Chopard has a tradition of launching an exceptionally unique watch inspired by the repertoire of Chinese astrology every year. For the Year Of The Dog (2018) the luxury watchmaker is releasing L.U.C XP Urushi watch with a fresh interpretation of Urushi – an ancestral Japanese technique shown on its dial. The L.U.C XP Urushi Year Of The Dog radiates elegance and refinement in the form of an ultra-thin technical masterpiece. Chopard has always placed sentiment at the heart of creative work with ties to culture in an effort to keep traditions alive.
The Year of the Dog begins on 16 February 2018 and Chopard is putting their best paw forward with delicate work of the master craftsman Minori Koizumi, who works for the Japanese imperial family.His work celebrates the age-old art of Urushi-e lacquer work, using resin taken from the tree of the same name. With the L.U.C XP Urushi, Chopard showcases a beautiful harmony between beauty and precision – Japanese art and Swiss craft.
Th L.U.C XP Urushi portrays the Akita Inu dog – a breed from the Land of the Rising Sun. The snow-filled decor, lush flowers, and the lucky-charm dragonfly add the bright accents to the scene. Several layers of lacquer and meticulous hand-painting with the encasement of tiny iridescent particles make the final watch showing ultimate finesse. The L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Dog dial has Dauphine-type hands made of pink gold but no indices and no numerals.
The Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi has a self-winding movement beating at the heart of its 39.5mm-wide and 6.80mm-thick super-flat 18-carat pink gold case. The calibre L.U.C 96.17-L provides 65 hours of power reserve as it is equipped with two barrels driven by a micro-rotor. A touch of traditional art is added with guilloché and Côtes de Genève patterns on the crystal case back. The L.U.C XP Urushi is truly a work of exquisitely fine nuances This sophisticated movement decoration and finishing is performed by expert hands at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, in accordance with the highest aesthetic quality standards of traditional watchmaking.
A single glance at the L.U.C XP Urushi Year Of The Dog unveils traditions and a fascinating range of skills all the way from Switzerland to Asia. Priced around $27,000 only 88 L.U.C XP Urushi watches will be made and the lucky collectors will have the chance to wear this masterpiece on their wrists with a hand-sewn black alligator strap and a pink gold tang buckle. The extraordinary timepiece is one of the best tributes to the Chinese zodiac, Japanese artistry, and Swiss craftsmanship – what more could you want in a limited edition Chopard watch? Visit here for more information.