Category: Chopard Watches
Editor’s note: As race car driver and Chopard Ambassador Romain Dumas wins the Time Attack 1 Division of the 99th Running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb wearing the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Speed Black, we go hands-on with two new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches. We recently went hands-on with some of Chopard’s other new 2021 releases, and you can about them here and here. These have been photographed with the grateful assistance of J Farren-Price Sydney and Chopard Australia. For our other detailed hands-on reviews, please head to our dedicated reviews section here.
As the road bends curving like the nude beauty of a voluptuous body, you witness the beauty of naked nature in your rear-view mirror; grass in various shades of green lace the valley, the cold air breezes past, motorbikes can be heard revving, your adrenaline pumping, the grey asphalt road with clearly marked white lines beckons.
The blue sky laced with white clouds moves over the horizon. The abundant of tress cast their shadow, and the mountain peaks in the distance stand tall and firm.
You pull up at the lone solace for rest amongst this haven of ‘motor-valley’, the Chalet Raticosa.
A must stop for motorcyclists, near the Chalet at the top of the pass is a sign post, covered in racing symbols and stickers. A welcome scent of gasoline in the air engulfs you.
With Lamborghini, Ferrari and Ducati factories in the vicinity, all this is a reminder that you are passing by the famous Italian Raticosa Pass, and the love for motorsports courses through this pass’s every bend and turn.
The 2021 Mille Miglia race is spread over the course of four days and includes three passes along the way: Passo della Cisa in the first leg and Passi di Futa e Raticosa on the third day of the race. In fact, the Raticosa and Futa passes are now the only real stretches of the Mille Miglia where one can still drive as if the time is still 1955.
At almost a 1000m above sea-level, the Passo della Raticosa is where the exciting and adrenaline pumping journey of the annual Mille Miglia car rally-cum-race takes centre stage. And the same passion for motor-sports comes alive on the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa.
The new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa comes in two variations: with a varnished beige dial and fauxtina accents in stainless steel ref. 168589-3033 aka ‘the dawn version’ and the 500-piece limited edition with a varnished black dial with fauxtina accents again in stainless steel ref. 168589-3034 aka ‘the dusk version’.
They both retail for the same 8’620 AUD or 5’900 CHF or 8’140 SGD. They are both 500-piece limited editions and COSC-certified, and come on the exact same strap. Both these versions feature the same design and specifications as well, but the real beauty shines through when looked at up close; they are different as day and night, dawn and dusk.
The best part is, from a collector’s point of view, there is a space for both of these chronos to co-exist in one collection.
Given these are on my ‘must-get-at-some-point’ list, I have of course tried a number of Chopard Mille Miglia watches over the years; but have never officially reviewed them. So when we got to go hands-on with these, suffice to say I felt like a child let loose in a toy store.
My first reaction was how familiar they looked, and yet different at the same time. Truth be told most of these watches are very similar every year, featuring minor tweaks or colour changes. But if you have a winning formula, why tinker with it? Chopard has a history of churning out some exquisite pieces from time to time, with one of my favourites being the Mille Miglia Racing Colours Yellow from 2018. Both the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa feature the same design architecture as the ones I have tried on, but on the wrist, the beige, black and fauxtina colours come alive, lending these a distinctive aesthetic.
These measure at 42mm diameter — 47mm with the crown — and 12.67mm thickness, with a rather long lug-to-lug of 50mm. On my ~16cm wrist, these sit surprisingly well. There wasn’t any overhang thanks to the curved lugs. Honestly, it’s a good design for someone with slim or large wrists. Another reason why this works on slimmer wrist sizes like mine is the case design and dial: the watch features a stepped bezel that not only visually demarcates the case but also decreases it to 39mm. Given the thickness of the bezel, the actual dial ends up being only 35mm. So when looking from the top, the small dial makes it work on my wrists while the large lug-to-lug ensures it sits with an impressive presence. The watch is not very thick (for a chronograph), measuring only 12.67mm. It’s main middle case-band is only 7mm, again aiding in making the watch look slimmer. Assisting this effect is the 4mm high stepped bezel as well.
Given the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa features an all polished case and lugs with no surface texture breakage, these design and height/diameter differences help bring a degree of nuance to the watch design.
Both the watches weigh a rather decent 95g each, which makes them wear just right: not too heavy for a chrono that they become burdensome, and not too light that you can barely feel them.
The one dimension I did find annoying was the 19mm lug interhorn spacing. It just makes it difficult to source aftermarket straps and on a 42mm diameter watch, 19mm could easily be increased.
That said, I particularly love the perforated strap that features a rubber base reminiscent of vintage Dunlop car tyres topped by a beautiful thin layer of brown calfskin patinated leather. An embossed and branded pin buckle completes it.
The strap patina also complements the faux-patina looking, lume in-filled, 1920s-car-dashboard-inspired Arabic numerals.
Both these feature the same display case-back with Mille Miglia and LE branding that showcases the ETA 2894-2 calibre and the decent decorations in the form of Geneva Stripes on the bridges and the circular-grained mainplate.
The dial layout is also the same on both, symmetrical, a bit cluttered but highly legible. The fonts on the main dial and sub-dials are different, further aiding in readability.
The peripheral sloping tachymeter scale adds to the sense of depth perception already accentuated by the external sloping bezel, and the red on the tip of the chronograph second’s hand perfectly complements the Mille Miglia arrow at 12’o clock.
The crown design seems to have changed and evolved over the years as well, and I particularly appreciate the presence of an almost oversized crown with a steering wheel embossed on it.
It’s always the little details that go a long way, and the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa is impressively chockfull of them.
This is where the similarities cease, and the day and night, dawn and dusk personalities start to take form.
The black dial version ref. 168589-3034 is my favourite of two. In this version, for starters, the date wheel colour has been matched to the dial, that provides a sense of coherency.
But most impressively, it is the execution of contrast of the sub-dials and dial that is the star for me: the chronograph counters are sunken again providing visual relief, and feature concentric circles or an azurage pattern. To top it off, there is also a mild sun-ray effect to them. Then the main dial while in the same black colour features a circular-brushed texture and a rather strong sun-ray effect.
The ‘dawn version’ or the beige coloured ref. 168589-3033 is completely opposite in personality (on a micro level). The main dial features a grained texture, that rather than contrasting synchronises with the sunken counters. The date wheel here is not matched to the dial but is in traditional white. But the pink-ish faux-patina look in-fills on the dial really come alive in this version. And only that, for someone with a naturally tanned skin, this works superbly. I really liked how the brown strap, beige dial and faux-lume worked on my skin tone.
At the end of the day, both these watches are great. They are opposite but the same. The black one is more dressy and the beige one more casual. But both are sporty and soaked in motor-sports DNA. These are also different from Chopard’s previous releases. We managed to get a couple of comparison shots with another silver and black dialled Chopard Mille Miglia and all of these offer something distinctive.
Before we head on to the movement specifications, there are a couple of elements I wouldn’t mind seeing altered.
One, it kind of bothers me that while the case features a screw-down crown, the timepiece is only 50m water-resistant. Given the sporty design, I would really appreciate if Chopard increased this to 100m in the future editions.
And two, it is that god-forsaken cries against design architecture, the 4.30 date aperture. Frankly it’s not even required on the dial, as is already a fair bit of activity on the dial. Remove that, and the dial is a symmetric wonder, and is something that I as both a watch enthusiast and an architect definitely appreciate.
Both the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa feature the outsourced automatic movement, the ETA 2894-2. This movement is available in three grades if I am not mistaken: Elaboré grade with a nickel balance, Top grade with a Glucydur balance, and the most accurate of the lot, the Chronomètre grade. Chopard has thankfully chosen to go with the latter, the COSC-certified grade.
I say thankfully because the ETA 2894-2 in general don’t have the best reputation amongst watch enthusiasts, especially when compared to the ETA Valjoux 7750. Without getting too technical, this is due to ETA 2894-2 being more of a module that cannot be easily and readily serviced by any watch repairer (as its parts aren’t readily available at local watchmakers and usually must be sent to Switzerland for replacement). This ends up making the long-term running cost of an ETA 2894-2 timepiece potentially higher than that of a chronograph watch fitted with a Valjoux 7750 or an integrated movement.
The integrated vs modular chronograph debate has been raging for a bit now, and I have no intentions of adding more fuel to that fire. So I am not going to address it directly in this review. It’s a topic for another time and place. But I will say this though; from a personal point of view, I prefer the integrated approach, that is, ETA 7750. That said, my Heuer Monaco LE 1969 features a Dubois Depraz chronograph module on top of a Sellita base. So it’s not like I would not buy the Mille Miglia because it uses a modular movement. I just prefer if it came with an integrated one instead, especially considering the fact that Chopard has the means to create exceptional in-house movements thanks to its Fleurier Ebauche workshops.
All said and done, the ETA 2894-2 is based on the ETA 2892-A2 that is a much more premium ETA offering than say the standard 2824. The ETA 2894-2 features very smooth winding, is robust, Chopard offers COSC-precision, and the movement is thin.
And for those connoisseurs and collectors for whom the possible higher service cost is not a deterrent, there is no other reason why someone shouldn’t consider a watch with the ETA 2894-2.
And when the package looks as handsome as the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa, this consideration kind of takes the back seat.
Another aspect to consider is that usually the ETA 2894-2 is used over the ETA 7750 family because the 7750 measures a bit larger at 30mm x 7.9mm; so chronograph watches with the ETA 2894-2 can be slimmer and fit under the cuff.
And for those who would like to own a sporty chronograph timepiece that can also be used as a dress watch, the black dialled Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa ref. 168589-3034 with only 12.67mm thickness is a stellar offering.
As for the specifications, in regards to the generic ETA 2894-2, it measures 28mm x 6.10mm, comprises 37 jewels — instead of only 25 in the 7750 — beats at the standard frequency of 4Hz, and offers ~42-hour power reserve.
Besides powering the Chopard Mille Miglias, ETA 2894-2 is also used by a number of other brands such as Bell & Ross, TAG Heuer (as Calibre 17), Longines and even Hublot (as HUB4300). In the past, I have also seen it used by other brands such as Bulgari and Ventura as well. So rest assured, you are in good and reliable company here.
When it comes to the original Mille Miglia races, Sir Stirling Moss and his Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR are legendary. And when it comes to having a horological equivalent of this for your wrist, the Chopard Mille Miglia sets the stage on fire.
That said, the Chopard Mille Miglia watches are not for everyone. I remember the first time I saw a Chopard Mille Miglia was at an AD while looking at an Omega Speedmaster FOIS. And as legendary as the Speedmaster is — and I personally do own the 2018 iteration CK 2998 — I couldn’t help but drifting towards the Mille Miglia. It’a a car lovers dream watch.
My wife couldn’t understand what I saw in it, and even now, after working with me on our website for a year and half, doesn’t see the many minute details on the Mille Miglia that I find so impressive. I am sadly yet to own one of these, but if I ever was in a situation where I was behind the wheels of a race car, there is no other watch I would rather wear. These are a sure-fire speed junkie heart kick-starter. If you feel the need for speed, these are the ones for you.
My love for the Chopard Mille Miglia is obvious. And if I had the funds, I would be getting one of these.
But my dilemma with the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches is that I don’t want just one, but both. I think they work best as a set.
I reckon these should have also been available as a set of both, that came inside a nice lux packaging, with perhaps an additional red car replica of the one used by the Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. And I am not a marketeer for the brand but they could have made the price for the package a bit cheaper than buying these two individually.
For over 30 years, Chopard has been the official timekeeper of Italy’s famed Mille Miglia classic car rally. The races are so relevant in Chopard’s existence that every year Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele competes in the gruelling, 1,000-mile contest that runs from Brescia to Rome and back.
It is then only natural that the Maison produces a new Mille Miglia watch collection every year to mark this event.
And this year’s versions can be simply summarised by the Italian saying:’Segui il tuo corso e lascia dir genti’.
It roughly translates to ‘Follow your own road, and let the people talk’.
Simply put, you can’t go wrong with the new Chopard Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph Raticosa watches. Honestly, if you like the look and have the finances for it, get both.
This dream team of both watches, driver and navigator, dawn and dusk, interchangeable during day and night, allows you to travel in the fast lane.
And even if you decide on just one, these chronos will allow you to follow a distinct road on your horological journey.
We did a random survey of 100 golf club listings on EBAY a couple months ago and our “Golf Club Scam Alert System” found that there was a high-probability that 24 of those listings were FAKES! (24% of the club we surveyed were fake)Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition
Since this has become such a problem we thought it would be a good idea to help you know what you are getting when you purchase something online. So today we are going to show you 10 ways not to get scammed when you are purchasing equipment online. But first, we want to give you the background on how this whole illegal operation all got started and why it is so rampant right now.
HOW & WHERE GOLF CLUB COUNTERFEITING ALL GOT STARTED
Why? Well there are many reasons why this became such a popular profession and one worth serious jail time and heavy fines. It all started when foundries overseas started to get the majority of the golf club production business from the United States. China and Taiwan began to get almost all the work in regards to golf club manufacturing about 2 decades ago. And now…the US produces next to nothing and the reason is cost and efficiency. The engineers and foundries overseas for the most part are finely oiled machines…they do incredible work at unbeatable prices. They are very good, extremely creative and incredibly hardworking. The majority of their workers put in 12-hour days, 7-days a week, and are paid only about $150 a month. But…and this is a big but…they can make up to $10,000 for stealing an original design by an OEM…which is a huge motive when you consider the fact that it is more than they make in 5 years!
Secondly, and no less important to the cause of Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition club counterfeiting is the fact that so many people now touch this product or design before it is completed. There are now lots of middle-men involved in the production of a golf club…believe it or not there might be over 75 people touching a design before it hits the shelves. And this leaves much more room for mischief. This is where the majority of the shadiness begins. There is much less control when lets say a company like Taylormade gives its design to a firm overseas compared to one in its own backyard.
The counterfeiting of golf clubs actually began in Taiwan although after the Taiwanese government started enforcing intellectual-property laws and the Taiwanese wages went up compared to China’s, the roles reversed and now China is the main producer of counterfeit golf clubs. They make about 85% of all the counterfeit golf clubs on the market today. Although…ironically many are funded by Taiwanese investors…interesting huh. Employees make such little money, that they’re will always be stealing and the selling of molds going on in this business. Even though many foundries perform daily body searches with metal detectors at every entrance an exit and security cameras which watch over them like hawks during their shifts…it still won’t make a difference. There is just too much to gain…the market for this has just gotten too big.
So, why do we keep using these foundries to make our clubs you ask? Well the big OEM’s will tell you…the benefits and rewards (profits…go figure) are just much larger then the risk of someone knocking off their club. If they didn’t use these foundries, drivers instead of costing $300 would run you about $1000 smackeroos!
We spoke to reps from every major name brand Chopard Happy Sport Golf Edition club company on the market and then put together a comprehensive checklist for you to use the next time you purchase something of EBAY or from any online retailer for that matter. And if you don’t think these fakes are showing up in the big retail stores…guess again. Almost all of the big chains have had to implement mandatory inspections of every club that comes through their shop because the quality of the counterfeits are getting so good. And that is why we put together the most comprehensive checklist.
Chopard has had a long relationship with the 1000 Miglia race since its revival back in 1977. The brand is the official timekeeper of the event since 1988 and has time and again released watches paying homage to the race. This year, Chopard dedicates the all new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition timepiece to the 39th historical re-enactment of ‘the Race of the Red Arrow’ 1000 Miglia race that is set to take place from the 16th to the 19th of June. This year, Chopard dedicates the all new Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition timepiece to the 39th historical re-enactment of ‘the Race of the Red Arrow’ 1000 Miglia race.
The Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition also called the gentleman driver’s chronograph comes in two editions; a 1000 piece stainless-steel and a 250-piece stainless-steel and ethical 18K rose gold edition. Both the timepieces sit comfortable on the wrist with a 44mm case size with sturdy lugs.
The closed caseback decorated with the Brescia>Roma>Brescia inscription and a chequered flag surrounding the 1000 Miglia logo signifies the relationship between the timepiece and the historic rally. Another aspect of the racing watch is the polished ceramic tachymeter scale present on the bezel that makes the watch a perfect tool for calculating the average speed during the 1000 Miglia rally.Sitting within the beautifully shaped case is the grey dial housing the famous 1000 Miglia ‘Red Arrow’ motif beside the semi-instantaneous date-display window at 3 o’ clock with a date magnifier, the chronograph counters in white and grey and hands and hour-markers coated in Super-LumiNova to further ensure the readability of both day and night-time indications. The combination of colours like grey, white and red represents a strong visual identity that a timepiece like this deserves. As a timepiece dedicated to racing, it comes as no surprise that the movement beating at the heart of the timepiece must measure time dependably. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition model is powered by a chronometer-certified movement with 48-hour power reserve, stop-seconds function, water-resistance to 100 metres as well as a glare-proofed sapphire crystal to increase legibility. Strapped to either a black calfskin leather with red stitching and inner rubber strap (stainless-steel version) or a black calfskin and black rubber strap (stainless steel and ethical 18-carat rose gold version), the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition is a beacon of motorsport pedigree and the sign of a motorsport aficionado.
The world of historic auto racing is as much about channeling the style and atmosphere of racing’s glamorous past as it is about on-track competition, and few such events demonstrate this principle as dramatically as the Mille Miglia in Italy. Originally run as a flat-out road rally on a 1,000-mile loop of public roads stretching from Brescia to Rome and back through the heart of Italy from 1927 to 1957, the modern Mille Miglia is more of a celebration of motoring and the Italian countryside with an annual four-day jaunt through major Italian landmarks in some of the world’s most desirable classic automobiles. Chopard has been part of the revived Mille Miglia story since 1988, and to commemorate the 2021 edition of the event beginning on June 16, the brand has announced two new limited edition iterations of its vintage-inspired Mille Miglia chronograph. With graphical touches inspired by vintage Italian road signage and a wealth of unique and intriguing finishing, both versions of the new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition deliver an intricate and charismatic retro-modern feel.
Like many iterations of the Mille Miglia, the 44mm case of the Chopard Mille Migla 2021 Race Edition appears to have a bold wrist presence in initial images. Available in either stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and ethically sourced 18K rose gold, this case’s narrow tachymeter bezel and sizeable 13.8mm thickness contribute to a wide and imposing overall stance. That said, the wide-set short lugs should help to mitigate this size on the wrist somewhat. While the overall form is sporty and simple, where the design of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition truly shines is in the details. The main case body is fully brushed, allowing the polished surfaces of the crown, wide-knurled piston pushers, and bezel (all in rose gold on the two-tone model) to stand out starkly. The polished black ceramic bezel insert adds a healthy dose of personality to the mix, with a lacquered tachymeter scale with light, rounded typography lifted directly from midcentury Italian highway signs. While not strictly accurate to the ‘50s era the Mille Miglia event reminisces about, touches like this bathe the more modern profile of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a warm layer of nostalgic charm. The etched solid caseback continues this graphic style for the “Brescia > Roma > Brescia” text flanking the engraved checkered flag and Mille Miglia logo motif. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition boasts 100 meters of water resistance, which should be more than adequate for the sporting rigors of the event itself.
Both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition share the same low-contrast reverse panda dial design, with the pointed applied hour indices, baton handset, and red-tipped chronograph hands finished in either stainless steel or rose gold depending on the model. The dial design carries on the rounded, retro typography of the bezel as well, with numerals in the rehaut, chronograph subdials, and the dial text showing off a vintage Italian flair. Perhaps the most interesting element of this dial design, however, is the main dial surface itself. With a graphite gray galvanically treated color, this muted surface sports a deep radially brushed finish. While radial brushing has become a popular alternative to sunburst finishing in recent years, the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition stands out from the crowd with its execution. Rather than centering the radial brushing in the middle of the dial beneath the main handset, the brushing instead radiates outward from the running seconds indicator at 9 o’clock. This asymmetrical look is immediately eye-catching in images, and cleverly continues the azurage pattern of the subdial itself. It’s an interesting and individualist choice, one which goes contrary to the common practice among 7750-based chronograph dials to de-emphasize the running seconds indicator as much as possible.
Chopard does not elaborate on the powerplant inside the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition beyond stating that it is an automatic chronograph movement and that it has been COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy. That said, based on the subdial layout, likely dimensions, and beat rate, it’s more than likely that this movement is an ETA/Valjoux 7750 or one of its many derivatives. The 7750 is a true stalwart of the watch industry, powering chronograph designs from a myriad of brands since 1974. Despite its age, the 7750 platform is still more than capable of reliability and accuracy, and in this application sports a serviceable 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. That said, some purists may be put off by the movement’s use at this price range, where many competitors use in-house chronograph movements. Chopard completes the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a black calfskin rally strap with red or black contrast stitching and a textured rubber inner lining with a pattern inspired by ‘50s Dunlop racing tires.
Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition – Dalla sua rinascita nel 1977, la gara della 1000 Miglia continua ogni anno a far fremere i motori delle auto leggendarie e i cuori dei concorrenti lungo il percorso ad anello di 1.600 km che attraversa San Marino, Roma, Siena e Firenze.Chopard, Partner Principale e Orologio Ufficiale dell’evento dal 1988, rinnova anche quest’anno il suo impegno e presenta per l’occasione i cronografi Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition. L’elegante segnatempo con movimento di precisione certificato “Cronometro”, disponibile in un’edizione limitata di 1.000 esemplari in acciaio inossidabile o in versione bicolore di 250 esemplari in acciaio inossidabile e oro etico rosa 18 carati, riflette la passione inalterabile di Chopard per gli sport motoristici.
L’edizione 2021 della 1000 Miglia, che si terrà dal 16 al 19 giugno, sarà la trentanovesima rievocazione storica della “corsa automobilistica più bella del mondo”. La prima edizione risalente al 1927 fu organizzata su iniziativa di un gruppo di appassionati di automobilismo di Brescia che risposero così al trasferimento del Gran Premio d’Italia nella città di Monza. Il percorso dell’edizione 2021 sarà un omaggio alla gara originale e, per la prima volta dalla rinascita della competizione nel 1977, il percorso si snoderà in senso antiorario. Saranno circa 400 le auto che si dirigeranno da Brescia verso la costa tirrenica, con una sosta a Viareggio, prima di toccare Roma, l’Appennino e Bologna.
The Chopard Happy Sport is a well known figure on the watch market, having first been unveiled in 1993. Now as it hurtles towards its 30th anniversary, Chopard has launched two new Happy Sport models that are based on that very first model from ’93. The watch was conceived by Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, stated in 1993 at its launch that the Happy Sport was: “A watch that I could wear all day long: at the gym, in the office or for a dinner in town.” This versatility was possible, in some parts, thanks to its stainless-steel sporty case style with the addition of diamonds. And it’s the diamonds that are the clever bit.
To the observer, the Happy Sport seemingly has diamonds that happily cascade around the face of the watch. The seven ‘dancing diamonds’ are each encased in a spinning-top capsule that moves freely between a sandwich of two sapphire crystals, which is a clever optical illusion that is manufactured entirely in-house by the artisans at Chopard. In fact, it was Scheufele’s mother who first discovered the original prototype that was made in 1976 and made the point that diamonds are “happier when they are free”. And freely they seemingly dance on the wrist with each movement of your day.
The Chopard Happy Sport the First watches are available in two versions, both 33mm stainless-steel cases based on the original design. The first version is available in a launch-year-referencing 1,993 pieces with a silver dial that has blue Roman numerals that echo the blue cabochons on the winding crown and four lugs. The second watch is available in a run of 788, a lucky number for Scheufele, with a diamond set bezel and textured mother-of-pearl dial.
The Happy Sport is more than just a pretty face though, boasting an in-house movement that is entirely designed and produced by Chopard. Calibre 09.01C is automatic and has a 42-hour power reserve and is made up of 148 components. A watch’s bracelet is key to its overall aesthetic and Chopard has developed, again fully in-house, a four-pebble link bracelet. Similar in concept to a beads of rice bracelet, the pebble bracelet promises fluidity and comfort on the wrist.
To help celebrate the launch of the new watches, Chopard has enlisted Julia Roberts. Says Caroline Scheufele, “It was her and nobody else! Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport.” Julia Roberts stars in a video (see below) that was directed by Xavier Dolan who was also responsible for the artistic direction of a photoshoot with Shayne Laverdière.
Ross Povey, the founder of TudorCollector.com is regarded as the world’s leading expert on vintage Tudor watches. Although an expert on Rolex and Tudor watches primarily, Ross’s work covers the entire field of horology and he is currently Editor-in-Chief of Revolution magazine in the UK. He writes for and has contributed to some of the most influential horological publications, including; The Telegraph, The Rake, Bulang & Sons, Watchonista, Hodinkee, QP and is the co-author of the book Daytona Perpetual, a celebration of the automatic Rolex Daytona released through Pucci Papaleo Editore. Ross is also an international speaker and regularly hosts watch events in the UK and Europe.
Few things can make a watch look as striking or as modern as a monochrome color scheme. The combination of gray, black, and white is as handsome as it is versatile, and Chopard proves this with the latest addition to its high-end L.U.C GMT One line. By blending the clean lines and fine details of the GMT, one with a sportier colorway and advanced materials, the new limited-edition Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black bridges the gap between refinement and aggression.
While the 42mm case of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black shares the same form as the standard GMT One series, this new model starkly reinterprets the design in black ceramized Grade 5 titanium. This advanced material, created by superheating the surface layer of titanium with electroplasma, offers even greater wear and corrosion resistance than normal titanium with an incredible hardness of 700 Vickers. This matte-black surface adds a tough utilitarian edge to the long tapering lugs and twin crowns of the GMT One series without losing the lightness and elegance that sets this apart from its rivals.
Chopard complements the black case of the L.U.C GMT One Black with a monochrome dial design that creates variety with both shading and texture. The main dial surface features deep vertical brushing in anthracite gray, surrounded by an hours track with prominent azurage. The interplay between these two textures, despite using the same shade of gray, creates a fascinating variety in changing light.
Operated via 5 o’clock crown, the rotating outer 24-hour ring in black and silver continues this stealthy color scheme, while adding a lighter radially brushed finish to the mix of textures.
To avoid the stark and overpowering contrast that sometimes occurs with monochrome designs, Chopard renders nearly all elements, from the printed hour markers to the minutes track, and even the lume on the brand’s signature stepped dauphine hands, in a pale gray rather than pure white. This leads to a more refined, nuanced look than bright white and deep black.
Inside the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black beats the in-house L.U.C 01.10-L automatic GMT movement. To complete the gray and black monochrome look, the movement itself is finished in a striking anthracite gray, adding an aggressive edge to the Côtes de Genéve across the full bridges and signed rotor. The L.U.C 01-10-L is COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy and backs up this remarkable performance with a robust 60-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Chopard finishes this sporty take on the GMT One with an equally sporting black fabric-patterned rubber strap with striking white-contrast stitching.
With both a striking new look and advanced new materials, the limited-edition Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black offers a dramatic and high-tech new perspective on one of the brand’s flagship models. Only 250 examples of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black will be made. The Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black is available now through authorized dealers
The Chopard L.U.C. Skull One offers an eye-catching juxtaposition of formal and playful in a surprisingly versatile package. The lines of the case, the extremely thin height, and the impeccably finished gold hands and numbers clearly belong to Chopard’s L.U.C. line of elegant dress watches. But what immediately catches your eye is the smiling skull taking center stage. Chopard has long played with dials on the L.U.C. line, combining art and horology, but the Skull One may just be the most fun. Sure, it might sound odd to describe a skeletal motif as fun, but the calavera, or skull, on the Skull One is anything but morbid as it celebrates one of the most festive holidays on the Mexican calendar – Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. Though the early roots remain obscure (and rather controversial in academic circles), the contemporary form of this annual celebration is held in remembrance of loved ones who have died – a celebration of both death and life. Toys are left on the graves of children, food and drink for the adults. The Día de los Muertos, in other words, is a short, albeit sweet, reunion between the living and the dead and, indeed, cause for celebration.
If there’s one image that best captures the spirit of Día de los Muertos, it’s undoubtedly the calavera. Whether portrayed in art (e.g., Jose Guadalupe Posada’s famous etching of La Calavera Catrina), candy sugar skulls, or painted on faces, the colorful and extravagant skulls are inextricably linked to the festival. This isn’t the first time that Chopard has looked to the holiday for inspiration – with the L.U.C. Perpetual T, Chopard went all-in with the Día de los Muertos theme. The watch featured a fully engraved 18k gold case and dial with calaveras, marigolds, and other adornments celebrating the holiday, not to mention a perpetual calendar, tourbillon, and nine-day power reserve. While the L.U.C. Perpetual T was nothing if not extravagant, the L.U.C. Skull One is, at once, restrained and playful, resulting in a watch that’s surprisingly versatile.
The first word to come to mind when describing skull-dial may not be “versatile,” but Chopard’s superb execution, subdued color scheme, and gold accents make this a watch that can be worn in a surprising number of situations, so long as you have the style and personality to match.
The Skull One is housed in a 40mm stainless steel beadblasted case that’s been DLC-coated to a deep anthracite. Chopard also manages to keep the watch extremely thin, at only 7.2mm, thanks in large part to the automatic L.U.C. 96.53-L caliber powering the watch. Though the diameter edges towards the larger end of the spectrum for dress watches, the dark tones of the case and dial and slim dimensions reduce the visual heft. Besides, if you’re going to wear a watch with a skull adorning the dial, you want to see that skull center stage. Any larger and the watch would lose its dressy versatility, any smaller and you lose the visual impact. In other words, the sizing is spot on.
The black and grey lacquered dial is absolutely the star of the show. The skull displays a fun twist on the traditional calavera (which are typically female) by adding in a mischievous gap-toothed grin and an impressive handlebar mustache. (I’m a bit jealous I can’t pull that off myself.) A sunray pattern radiates out from the skull, providing a three-dimensional effect and serving double-duty as minute markers. It’s hard not to smile when checking the time, though I’m sure not everyone will want a constant reminder of their own mortality. But for those who are enamored by the connection to Día de los Muertos, it’s hard to find a better execution of the motif.
Let’s move on to the movement. The Skull One is powered by Chopard’s L.U.C. 96.53-L in-house automatic movement. The L.U.C. 96.53 powers hour and minute hands (you won’t find a date or running seconds hand here), beats at 28.8kbph, and features an impressive 58-hour power reserve made possible by the two co-axial barrels. Keeping the mainspring wound is a micro-rotor — a nifty trick that allows Chopard to keep the movement extremely thin at only 3.3mm. With the Skull One, you don’t get the Poincon de Geneve or Qulite Fleurier seal that comes on their movements with the absolute highest level of finishing. But don’t let that give you the impression that the finishing is anything less than superb. To ensure that the Geneva stripes and 27 jewels don’t disrupt the rest of the watch’s dark colorway, the sapphire caseback is given a smoky tint. It’s a small detail, but absolutely fits the character a watch. Chopard completes the package by mounting the L.U.C. Skull One on a warm brown calfskin leather strap with DLC-coated buckle to match the case finishing.
The Chopard L.U.C. certainly isn’t a watch for everyone, nor is it meant to be. My guess is that if you’ve read this far, you know already whether the watch is for you. That said, the Skull One is a much more thoughtful and well-rounded watch than a cursory glance might suggest. Considering this is a limited edition of only 100 watches, you’ll have to be quick if this watch strikes your fancy. The Replica Chopard L.U.C. Skull One
Chopard Chopard solemnly launched the Chopard L.U.C Skull One timepiece, a limited edition of 100 pieces, decorated with Mexican calavera skulls as a tribute to the Day of the Dead. The black lacquered dial and gold-plated hour markers, 40 mm DLC (carbon diamond-like) bead polished stainless steel case and brown calfskin strap complement each other, complementing the dark colors. Under the undead mask of Strange Fun, it is equipped with the L.U.C 96.53-L self-winding mechanical movement made by the master craftsmen of Chopard Manufacture. Chopard LUC Replica Watch L.U.C SKULL ONE 168592-3004 chopard luc skull one replica
The Spanish “Dia de los Muertos” means the day of the dead. This festival born in the Aztec civilization merges with the Spanish Catholic culture and becomes a mixed tradition to celebrate the cycle of life, which is also true The cognition of “mortal” is used to appreciate all the meaning of survival. In this festival to commemorate the deceased relatives, pay homage to the ancestors and connect the family members of the other side of the sky together again. Although the festival is related to death, Chopard unexpectedly took this opportunity to re-examine the theme of fantasy through the L.U.C Skull One timepiece. The lacquered dial is decorated with calavera skull faces. This Mexican-style skull is embellished with sun, flowers and heart-shaped patterns. The curled beard and the toothless smile contrast with each other. Skeletons are thin but very cordial, and time flows on their faces, marked by hands, Arabic numerals and gilded hour markers, and contrasts sharply with the overall black tone.
The hand-stitched brown calfskin strap gives this limited edition of 100 pieces a touch of chic elegance. This high-quality leather is obtained according to strict responsibility and ethical standards, and with the passage of time, the light brown that has undergone the old treatment will last forever.
The case of the new timepiece is equipped with the L.U.C 96.53-L self-winding mechanical movement. The ultra-thin thickness is only 3.3 mm, but it is still equipped with a double barrel made with Chopard Twin technology, and the power reserve can reach 58 hours. The movement is wound with a tungsten alloy miniature oscillating weight to obtain a source of power. The beautifully decorated “Côtes de Genève” on the bridge makes the L.U.C Skull One watch beautiful inside and outside. Through the open case back, you can admire the exquisite movement, and the dark-toned design is consistent with the dark aesthetics of the work.
The family brand Chopard firmly adheres to the spirit of independence. The entire process of making L.U.C watches is done in the watch factories in Geneva and Fleurier. Movement building, finished product design, gold casting, stamping and mold processing, movement parts, traditional manual decoration, surface treatment, polishing, assembly, debugging and quality monitoring. Chopard masters all the above watchmaking processes. Each LUC series wrist Watches need to go through these processes before they can achieve the outstanding watchmaking that belongs to Chopard. The extraordinary Chopard Chopard L.U.C series timepieces show exquisite craftsmanship and meet the aspirations of modern gentlemen. The craftsmanship and emotion are ingeniously integrated, pure and sincere, and resonate.
Case: DLC (carbon diamond-like) bead polished stainless steel, total diameter 40.00 mm, thickness 7.20 mm, water resistance 30 meters DLC (carbon diamond-like) bead polished stainless steel crown, 5.00 mm bead polished bezel, bottom cover , Table rim and lug connection piece Anti-glare sapphire crystal table mirror Open case back – light-colored table mirror
Automatic mechanical movement L.U.C 96.53-L
Total diameter 27.4 mm
3.30 mm thick
Number of gems: 29
Vibration frequency 28,800 times/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve 58 hours
Double barrel-Chopard Twin Technology
Tungsten Alloy Micro Oscillator Winding
Flat end curved hairspring
Bridge deck decoration Geneva ripple
Dial and hands: black dial, calavera skull pattern, lacquer finish, gold-plated Arabic numerals and hour markers, gold-plated princess hour and minute hands
Function and display: central hour and minute display
Strap and buckle: Brown calfskin strap with matching color stitching and lining DLC treated stainless steel pin buckle
Inspired by watchmaker and founding father Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the L.U.C collection bearing his initials has been home to arguably some of Chopard’s finest contemporary work. Well, that collection just got a new flagship wth the Geneva Seal-certified Chopard L.U.C Lunar One – a dashing perpetual calendar watch with a moon phase indicator, cased in platinum. Introduced in 2005, the Lunar One gets a fresh dial design and a platinum case this year. No surprise here, but the watch looks beautiful and is yet another object of lust for all but 100 people who will get to call one of these their own.
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The new dial introduces applied Roman numerals, a trio of subdials at 3, 6, and 9 for the moon phase and calendar complications, along with the “big date” aperture, which carries through from earlier variants. But even in all that activity, the deep blue sunray dial is probably the best possible canvas to contrast all the polished elements and indicators delineating the information on each register. Note that the sunray texture ratdiates not from the center, but from the Chopard logo. The Lunar One’s alternating brushed and polished platinum case measures a very full 43mm wide, and squeezing this watch in a case any smaller would be nearly impossible. The fact that the watch is 11.47mm thick will likely keep it from appearing too big on the wrist for those who might be inclined towards a smaller case.
The subdials do appear to me to be squeezing the numerals around them. It gives me the same feeling as when I’m unfortunate enough to have the middle seat on a plane, packed between two people too wide for their own seats. The feeling of these subdials being a little “bloated” definitely makes the idea of the watch being even one millimeter narrower seem like a balloon-popping proposition.
The Calibre 96.13-L beating within is considered to be Chopard’s crown jewel, hardly a small accomplishment in a stable of pretty interesting calibers at both ends of the complication spectrum. Requiring adjustment only once every 122 years (hypothetically speaking), the perpetual calendar nicely complements the moon phase indicator, but it is no typical moon phase indicator with a stationary aperture displaying the current shape of the moon. This one is an “astronomical moon phase” complication that orbits the 6:00 register in accordance with its proper phase and astronomical positioning in the nighttime sky.
From a finishing standpoint, the movement – visible through the sapphire crystal caseback – dazzles with its generous Côtes de Genève stripes, contrasting circular-grained and beveled movement bridges, and a 22-carat gold micro-rotor – something of a rarity amongst automatic perpetual calendars. The 96.13-L operates at 28,800vph and has a substantial power reserve of 65 hours.
It bears mentioning that the Lunar One is a COSC-certified chronometer – a somewhat redundant distinction, considering that this watch also bears the Geneva Seal. Also called the Hallmark of Geneva or the Poinçon de Genève, depending on the translation, this ultra-exclusive independent certification of excellence governs the hand finishing, assembly, movement casing, and adjustment of the watch, and is usually reserved for the very best of the best (learn all about the Geneva Seal in-depth here). That distinction also comes with a certain exclusivity,
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