In an exquisite amalgamation of artistic techniques and a demonstration of unparalleled skill and expertise, Chopard unveiled the newest rendition of its L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony timepiece earlier this year at Baselworld 2018.
Exclusively crafted for women in a comfortable 35mm size, the Esprit de Fleurier Peony has been a mainstay of the L.U.C collection for the last few years and this year’s creation is hard to tear your eyes away from.
Meticulously handcrafted, the Esprit de Fleurier Peony is a stunning display of the highest standards of haute horlogerie combined with craftsmanship par excellence. Chopard makes use of traditional paper-cutting techniques to create the black and white peony motif for the dial of the Esprit de Fleurier. The stylised Peony itself is cut from black paper, creating a striking contrast against the pristine white Grand Feu enamel dial.
In a further touch of majesty, the rose gold case, the lugs and the bezel are set with brilliant cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.83 carats.
The aesthetic appeal doesn’t just end at the dial and the case, but extends in all its glory to the in-house manufacture movement, entirely designed and assembled at the Chopard manufacture in Fleurier. The mechanical self-winding movement L.U.C 96.23-L measures just 7.55mm and offers up to 65 hours of power reserve. The movement itself marks Chopard’s mastery of yet another ancient technique, that of Fleurisanne hand-engraving, with each movement requiring two full weeks of work to complete. The technical details of how Fleurisanne engraving is carried out would need an in-depth understanding of materials and tools, but suffice it to say that the effect is simply mesmerizing, and one that we really hope Chopard continues to showcase on its timepieces in the future.
Limited to just 8-pieces, it sits elegantly on a brushed black canvas strap, fastened with a rose-gold buckle which is also set with diamonds.