New Release: Chopard L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25
Today, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture, the brand introduces the L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25. This new limited piece in ethical gold also marks the first jumping-hour movement from the manufacture.
Last year, during Geneva Watch Days, we had the opportunity to visit the Chopard headquarters. Things were relatively quiet for obvious reasons, but we did have an opportunity to visit an in-house museum filled with both vintage pieces and the newest models. It was an eye-opener for me and I gained a real appreciation for Chopard. Specifically, I spent a lot of time looking at modern L.U.C. pieces. These are from the Chopard Manufacture and represent the best of what the company can offer in terms of finishing and watchmaking innovation. Today, Chopard marks 25 years of its manufacture with the new and limited L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25.
The L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25
The L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25 is more than a color update to help celebrate a birthday. In fact, this watch is the first in-house jumping-hour complication from Chopard. The 100-piece limited edition will come exclusively in a 40mm ethical 18K rose gold case with a white Grand Feu enamel dial. Chopard goes to great lengths to explain that this dial is fired several times at a very high temperature and is given an overall domed look. Black enamel is used for details like the minutes track and corresponding numerals.
The L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25 is equipped with a single rose gold hand as well as a frame around the hour indicator at 6:00. The new L.U.C 98.06-L hand-winding caliber powers this watch and it sounds like a real wonder. Chopard uses its own Quattro technology here and that means four stacked and series-coupled barrels to bring the power reserve to an astounding 192 hours or eight days. The movement, by the way, is on display via a sapphire case back.
Thoughts and pricing
As mentioned, I like the L.U.C. lineup in general. The watches are a little less delicate than dress watches from most of the other high-end Swiss makers. The L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25 follows in that vein with a bold hand, a massive 7mm crown, along with a substantial polished case with matte flanks. I will admit that more traditional models like the XPS series are more to my liking as jumping-hour movements always leave me feeling a little empty from a visual standpoint.
This model, though, carries off the look as well or better than most I’ve seen. If such a complication is interesting to you, prepare for a high-end price tag to match the craftsmanship. The Quattro Spirit 25 will retail for €44,500.
For more information on the L.U.C. Quattro Spirit 25, visit the official Chopard site.