For the past 20 years, the Cannes Red carpet has been dazzling with creations from the house of Chopard. It all started in 1998 when the first trophy for the international film festival was officially designed by Chopard. Ever since, the association has only grown stronger. This year is no different.
At the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival, Chopard will be presenting two mysteriously elegant limited edition L.U.C Black Tie watches – The L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie and the L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie.
L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie
It’s the perfect amalgamation of performance and glamour. The dazzling baguette cut diamonds on the bezel, the stylish satin-brushed galvanic black dial and a stellar movement from the house of Chopard (which we’ll get into in just a minute); there is a lot to love in the new L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie Red Carpet Edition. One of the most interesting introductions from the house of Chopard earlier this year was the new L.U.C Lunar One watch. Featuring a perpetual calendar, an orbital moon and a moonphase indicator accompanied by all of the atelier’s artistic expertise, the Lunar One secured its place as the flagship model in the haute horlogerie L.U.C collection.
The new L.U.C Lunar One Black Tie is offered in a limited edition of 8 pieces and reflects the key attributes of the Lunar One: a sophisticated mechanism, timeless elegance, harmoniously balanced proportions, perfect legibility, along with alternating polished and satin-brushed case finishing. The hour markers on the dial have been adorned with baguette-cut diamonds giving it an even more royal touch. The collection’s signature L.U.Chopard logo takes on a golden glow, a nod to the Palme d’or (Golden Palm Award). that Chopard has been crafting at its workshops for the past 20 years, and echoes the emblem of the Cannes Festival depicted on the transparent case-back.
The satin brushed galvanic black dial acts as a perfect canvas to contrast the dauphine-type hands, white perpetual calendar indications, railway track minute circle and the orbital moon.
There are no changes made to the actual size of the watch and the Lunar One maintains its 43mm. The 355-part mechanical self-winding Calibre 96.13-L, is equipped with a 22-carat gold micro-rotor and a double barrel (Twin® technology) ensuring a 65-hour power reserve. Its particularly high level of finishing meets the demands of the prestigious Geneva label of excellence, and its precision is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie
The new L.U.C XPS 1860 Black Tie doesn’t try too hard to stand out. These puristic timepieces are timeless and easy to fall in love with. Attired in precious platinum , the watch is presented in a limited edition of 20 pieces. At 40mm with a case that is only 7.2mm thick, you’ll easily be able to slip it in and out of the cuff of a shirt.
In the centre of this bold black gold dial, is a hand-guilloché motif which also evokes the sunshine of Cannes. Just like the Lunar One, the hour markers are lit up in baguette-cut diamonds. The Dauphine-type hands gives the watch that extra edge. Beating inside this timepiece is an ultra-thin in-house mechanical self-winding movement, the L.U.C 96.01-L, which is 3.3 mm thick and is equipped with a 22-carat micro-rotor and a double barrel (Twin® technology) ensuring 65 hours of power reserve. Its artisanal finishing, visible through the case-back, testifies to the extreme degree of craftsmanship distinguishing Haute Horlogerie creations bearing the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ quality hallmark: bridges meticulously chamfered and adorned with Côtes de Genève, along with a chamfered and circular-grained mainplate.
These two exclusive models radiate a very different kind of aura and are all set to light up La Croisette for the 70th edition of the Festival.