Chopard L.U.C XPS Poinçon de Genève Watch Has Personality

Chopard L.U.C XPS Poinçon de Genève Watch Has Personality

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When you create a limited edition watch of just 25 pieces in platinum you are basically creating a perfect "my timepiece is still cooler than yours" watch. Chopard's L.U.C XPS is a simple dress watch, but it is one of my favs, and in addition to having a sexy design it has a lot of horological bragging rights. Now that the piece has the Geneva Seal on it - that new tougher to get Geneva Seal - any watchianado can say, "screw your AP, this guy here was built in the canton of Geneva - and according to some prissy Swiss official, it has superlative bridge polishing. Shit, that type of polishing is extra expensive around here."

The benefits of the Seal of Geneva (ahem, "Poinçon de Genève") are obvious to people like me, and perhaps you, but I just realized how utterly esoteric the concept would be to most people. Imagine a salesperson trying to explain it to some average Rolex buyer at a shopping mall. Awkward hilarity would ensue. Brands like Omega have sort of figured it out when they thrust terms like "Co-Axial" at the consumer. Co-axial escapements are cool and all, but the majority of people with them on their wrist haven't a clue what they are. But it sure does sound sort of cool, and Omega's prime intent is to simply hammer the consumer with it.

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Chopard LUC XPS blue daniels-4

Anyhow, going back to Chopard and this limited edition platinum version of the L.U.C XPS with that lovely blue dial. I got to thinking, "how would you properly wear a dress watch like this?" Most dress/formal watches are back, so how about one with a blue tuxedo? The most famous blue tuxedo that I came up with was worn by Jeff Daniels' "Harry" character in Dumb & Dumber. Given how in the film they start blowing through money, I don't think that purchasing a timepiece like this would have been out of the question. Though, given the duo's famous lack of good taste and judgement, I don't think something as classy as a L.U.C XPS would have caught their eye. Perhaps a watch like this is destined for a later, more mature and sophisticated Jeff Daniels character.

So let's fast forward to now when Daniels is currently the star of HBO's "The Newsroom" where he plays Will McAvoy - a brainy and outspoken news anchor and former attorney. He also seems to prefer wearing the color blue oddly enough. I think the likes of a Chopard L.U.C XPS in this platinum and blue dial guise would fit the bill quite nicely. While the solid platinum case back of the watch does have a hand-engraved Geneva Seal on it, it doesn't feature an open case back. That is sort of a shame given how nice the in-house made L.U.C 96.01-L movement is.

  • Kris C

    Not using a display back so customers can view that movement, just so that you can add a 2nd geneva seal is spitting in your eye while kicking you in the ass. Such a shame.
    Love that blue dial.

  • pkansa

    Love seeing that micro-rotor showing up in a modern watch – seems like a great way to get movement thickness reduced while not needing to go to a manual wind.

  • Panagiotis

    Agree with Kris, the 2nd Geneva Seal is a bit much, why not put one on the buckle as well? It’s free! 
    It might be that in the future the seal will not mean as much as it does now–like “swiss made” has morphed into a meaningless marketing junk phrase. So, sort of basing your watch on the Geneva look feels a bit tacky…and i don’t think it’s a very timeless look.
    Lastly, running seconds without hash marks to align the minute hand to, would drive me nuts!!!
    Skip the seconds altogether I say.

  • Ryan B

    Blue, thin, simple dial design, just don’t agree on the size as usual.

  • Ulysses31

    Stunningly beautiful watch.

  • MarkCarson

    Wouldn’t Jeff Daniels be more of an Omega co-axial man? I’m sure I don’t have to explain that reference around here :-)