Within the Chopard Imperiale Jumping Hour, the L.U.C. movement inside is an innovative jumping-hour calibre equipped with exclusive Chopard Quattro technology developed entirely within the Maison's workshops.
It brings a splendid tableau to life: while the 12 o’clock aperture displays the hours, the minutes tick gracefully past in the centre with the rotation of a fully engraved flower.
The L.U.C 98.06-L1 movement is one of the few jumping-hour watches – which are generally very energy-hungry – to offer up to eight days of power reserve. Chopard Quattro technology’s four stacked and coupled barrels endow this IMPERIALE watch with an over 190-hour power reserve despite the amount of energy consumed by the rotation of the hours disc.
This mechanical hand-wound movement is composed of 240 parts, with bridges and a mainplate in Ethical gold entirely engraved with motifs matching the dial, hand-crafted and painted by the Manufacture's movement-decorating Artisan.
It is highly complex, guaranteeing reliability and precision within a mere 5 mm thickness. The end of its balance-spring is endowed with a Phillips curve that precisely regulates the oscillations of the regulating organ – a feat of which only genuine Haute Horlogerie Manufactures are capable. Finally, the movement is also fitted with a swan’s neck regulator enabling fine adjustment.
Celebrating the union between glamour and poetry, Chopard has designed this precious watch which immediately reveals its full brilliance through a case in ethical 18-carat yellow gold entirely set with diamonds totalling over 8 carats.
The dial expresses the quintessence of the ancestral expertise of a Japanese master lacquer artist specialised in the Urushi technique: between the layers of lacquer, gold flakes illuminate the background, mingling with golden buds and sparrows and inlaid mother-of-pearl cherry blossoms.
The high-quality workmanship of this IMPERIALE timepiece has earned it the Poinçon de Genève.