Loyal to the traditions of the past years, this year Chopard will continue to launch the limited edition new L.U.C XP Urushi ‘Year of the Rooster’ special edition watch with the theme of the Chinese Zodiac. On January 28, 2017, the year of the rooster officially entered the Chinese lunar calendar, so the chicken became the theme of the dial decoration of this extraordinary dill-painted watch. The dial is hand-painted in Japan by the master Makie, and this old masterpiece is combined with an ultra-thin and exquisite new L.U.C watch.
Chopard launches an L.U.C XP series Chinese Zodiac-themed limited watch every year, bringing together the traditional essence of Switzerland, China and Japan into one timepiece. Switzerland is represented by Chopard’s LUC high-end watchmaking and its exquisitely decorated ultra-thin movement; Japan uses the exquisite craftsmanship of precious lacquer painting combined with mother-of-pearl inlay; and Chinese culture is displayed on the dial decorated with golden chicken patterns The three merged into a new LUC XP Urushi ‘Year of the Rooster’ watch.
The ‘chicken’ in the Chinese zodiac sign represents the sacred messenger, which indicates that the cry of the day will scare away the demons. It is said that chickens are honest, candid, and resourceful. They are energetic, strong and do not admit defeat, always full of action and perseverance. They are kind and willing to provide others with good advice. They have inherent leadership. Decision making and decisive execution.
Continue ancient skills
In the traditional Japanese maki painting art, raw lacquer raw materials are extracted from a resin called ‘Urushi’, which can be made into lacquer through careful collection, aging, and processing. Raw lacquer raw materials are ready to be painted layer by layer, and each layer is extremely thin. Master Maki painted a piece of subtle, mother-of-pearl mother-of-pearl in advance, which added the mother-of-pearl sparkle iridescence and glitter to the dial of the L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Rooster” watch. The golden rooster on the dial looks magnificent, with its head raised and its wings full, with the sunrise behind it. Gladiolus on the side symbolizes good luck, and there are eight bunches in total, and ‘eight’ is an auspicious number.
These techniques require extremely rigorous and delicate work methods. Only experienced senior craftsmen with many years of experience can master this technique. Because they have dedicated their lives to devote themselves to improving this technique, they require excellence and perfection in every gesture. This craftsman attitude and virtue is also the philosophy that Chopard insists on. As with previous years’ L.U.C XP Urushi watches, in order to make this precious dial, Chopard worked with its loyal partner Yamada Heiando (Japanese royal lacquer maker). Together, they worked with Japanese national treasure-level lacquer master Kiichiro Masumura to design and direct the production of all dials, and they were hand-drawn by Minori Koizumi, the lacquer master.
Superior machinery from Swiss watchmaking traditions
Precious and deep oriental skills are combined with noble Swiss high-end watchmaking, which is the watchmaking process of Chopard L.U.C. This extraordinary dial is housed in the LUC XP case. Its slim bezel with the right diameter gracefully embodies the masterpiece of Japanese Maki-e craftsman and is equipped with the excellent performance of LUC 96.17-L movement. .
This ultra-slim Chopard self-winding mechanical movement uses a pearl oscillating weight, and a micro-automatic winding disk is made of 22K gold. The movement is equipped with a dual barrel and has a power reserve of up to about 65 hours. The movement also follows the highest aesthetic and technical standards for retouching: the side cuts are chamfered and polished, the screws are polished, the bridges are decorated with Geneva ripples, and this is the result of strict requirements and long-term efforts. The heart of the L.U.C watch factory lies in this. It is committed to making the highest quality watches, and it is consistent, striving for perfection both in aesthetic design and symbolism. The hand-stitched black crocodile leather strap adds a touch of extreme elegance to this watch, showing the unique elegance of each L.U.C watch. These masterpieces of watchmaking art with extraordinary decorative details are best suited for modern gentlemen who like to be different.
18K Rose Gold
Total diameter: 39.50 mm
Thickness: 6.80 mm
Water resistance: 30 meters
18K Rose Gold Crown with L.U.C Logo: 4.00mm
Anti-glare sapphire crystal
Perspective table bottom
Automatic mechanical movement: L.U.C 96.17-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of gems: 29
Vibration frequency: 28 800 times per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: about 65 hours
Double barrel with patented Twin® technology
22K gold pendulum, chamfered, engraved and machine-engraved
Bridge with Geneva ripples, base plate with round pearl patterns, chamfered components
Dial and hands:
Dill-painted golden chicken dial with mother-of-pearl
Gold-tongue sword-shaped hour and minute hands
Function and display:
Central hours and minutes display
Strap and buckle:
Hand-stitched black alligator strap
18K Rose Gold Pin Buckle
Model: 161902-5064 18K Rose Gold
Limited edition of 88 pieces