This year, Chopard launched the new L.U.C XP limited-edition watch with the theme of the Chinese zodiac. China will enter the year of the golden monkey on February 8, 2016. Chopard will launch a dill watch with the theme of golden monkey picking peaches. The dial is hand-made in limited edition by Japanese lacquer masters, and the golden monkey picks peaches, implying the new year’s wisdom and good luck.
The rich meaning of the Seiko dial
For more than a thousand years, the Chinese zodiac monkey has always held a positive symbolic meaning. Those born in the Year of the Monkey are intelligent, curious and curious. They are knowledgeable, creative and innovative. The monkey, the five elements are territories, and the wise and wise. Monkeys are persistent, yet charming. They love to express themselves and are self-confident. Golden monkey picking peach is the theme of traditional Chinese New Year pictures, and ‘eight’ peaches symbolize harvest and good luck. In fact, peach means health, and the number eight means luck.
Under the careful interpretation of Chopard Chopard, a golden monkey perched on a fruit-bearing branch, picking peaches, and the setting sun glowed a golden sky. The golden valley in the background presents a warm scene, its hue perfectly matches the soft rose gold case.
The L.U.C XP Golden Monkey Peach and Dill Painted Watch comes with a black alligator leather strap and a special case carefully decorated with the Dill Painted Craftsmanship. The outside of the watch box is black, and the inside is painted with gold. Its octagonal design has a pleasant meaning in Eastern culture.
Raw lacquer raw material is extracted from resin of lacquer tree. The resin of the lacquer tree must be carefully collected, aged and processed before it can be made into lacquer. It needs to be painted layer by layer, and each layer is extremely thin. The master of lacquer painting uses lacquer painting technology to outline the pattern highlighted by gold powder on the lacquer surface, which requires extremely strict and meticulous techniques. However, Fang Jing, a veteran master with many years of experience, is dedicated to perfecting the craftsmanship throughout his life, and strives for perfection in every action.
Like previous years’ L.U.C XP dip-watches, Chopard worked with the Japanese royal lacquer maker Yamada Heiando to create this precious dial. The Japanese master of the Maki field, known as the ‘National Treasure of the World’ in Japan, designed the dial, and supervised the drawing of the dial by Master Koizumi, who was specially invited by Chopard Chopard.
The vast and profound Far East craftsmanship is fused with the noble Swiss fine watchmaking symbolized by Chopard Haute Horlogerie. This extraordinary dial features an L.U.C XP case. Its slim shape and delicate bezel elegantly highlight the magnificent works of Japanese maki artists. The watch is equipped with the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.17-L movement, which is only 3.30 mm thick.
This finely crafted self-winding movement is extremely thin and features micro-rotor technology. The micro-rotor is made of 22K gold and is cleverly placed in the movement to achieve a balance between thin thickness and practical functions. The movement is equipped with Twin® dual barrel technology, which has an unprecedented power reserve of 65 hours and is retouched to the highest aesthetic and technical standards.
L.U.C XP Golden Monkey Watch
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
Open case back
Automatic mechanical movement L.U.C 96.17-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times / hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Twin barrels with Twin® technology
Table bridge with Côtes de Genève
Dial and hands:
Crafted with dill and decorated with a monkey pattern
Gold-plated crown prince hour and minute hands
Function and display:
Central hours and minutes display
Strap and buckle:
Black alligator strap with Alsavel hand-stitched lining
18K Rose Gold Pin Buckle