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Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

“Quattro” in an Audi car means all wheel drive, while in a Chopard watch, Quattro means “four mainspring barrels.” I just needed to get that clarification out of the way. You’ll see the “Quattro technology” term thrown around quite a bit when reading about many of Chopard’s L.U.C collection watches. It means that the watch has a total of nine days of power reserve, or rather, 216 hours. That’s a healthy number, and today, I am going to review not only a watch with Quattro “technology” inside, but what is also simply titled, the Chopard L.U.C Quattro watch.

Chopard L.U.C collection watches are named for the brand’s founder and represent their highest effort timepieces produced at a special facility in Switzerland. This is often the case with brands who produce luxury watches at various price points, as more high-volume watches are produced at one facility, while more complex and higher-end models are produced at another. aBlogtoWatch visited Chopard’s L.U.C manufacture location, and I have to admit, it is rather impressive. I will further admit that I overlooked a lot of the L.U.C watches in the past, but in recent years have come to greatly admire (and desire) the products that Chopard is producing in the L.U.C family.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

It would not be correct to say that the Chopard L.U.C Quattro is a “basic” watch, as there are more simple models in the L.U.C family. It would, however, be more accurate to say that the Chopard L.U.C Quattro is the most basic watch to have the Quattro technology. Built on this base movement, other Chopard L.U.C watches also feature complications such as a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and a complex “orbital” moonphase indicator. Remove those complications, and you have the relatively basic, but certainly not simple Chopard L.U.C Quattro with the in-house made caliber 98.01 movement.

Chopard is dangerously close, if not already meeting the finishing standards of many of the brands that seasoned collectors feel help define good finishing in a quality movement. Explaining that is a great place to start when talking about the caliber 98.01-L which dutifully takes up much of the caseback window on the watch. Manually wound, the movement is produced from 223 parts.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Fitted with a lot of classic technology and decorative finishing, what I like most about this and most other Chopard L.U.C movements is that they also feel quite modern. That has to do with the wide size (it isn’t very thick, at 3.7mm) of 28.6mm and the contemporary frequency of 4Hz. As you may know, I have little patience for watch movements that operate at 3Hz or less… when they have no good reason to operate so slowly. The more frequency a watch movement has the more accurate it will be over time.

In terms of performance, there are two certifications that the 98.01-L movement has which are important to be aware of. First is the Seal of Geneva. Today, this certification is about a watch satisfying a list of qualifications, performance metrics, and assembly within the canton of Geneva. This latter requirement makes Seal of Geneva watches a bit rare – and as such, most of the timepieces which have the Seal (which does mean something) tend to be of a high quality. The movement also has the more basic COSC Chronometer certification. This is about accuracy for the movement itself. Together, these two certifications should garner a lot of respect for the watch as well as what Chopard is doing.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Looking at the movement, you can easily tell the location of the two stacked mainspring barrels – which, in total, equal four mainspring barrels. On the dial side, the movement offers the time with subsidiary seconds dial, a date indicator hand (built into that latter dial), and of course, the power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock. The symmetry and elegance of the dial is impressive to me.

What is also impressive is how most Chopard L.U.C watches today are great at communicating modern strength as well as traditional values. I am referring to the fact that the timepiece has design elements which make it look classic, but a lot of lines and angles which offer it a sense of modern masculinity and pride. The design isn’t for everyone, and frankly, it took Chopard a while to get here. Some of Chopard’s earlier L.U.C watches didn’t look that great, in my opinion, but over the last few years, the brand’s highest-end area of horology really found a nice aesthetic groove.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Chopard L.U.C Quattro dial has applied gold Roman numeral hour markers which each gently curve and distinctive hands that are unique to Chopard. The hands are the right length and, thankfully, are given a strip of SuperLumiNova in the center for darkness viewing. While lume isn’t always the most attractive element on a dress watch, I do have to say that the utility of lume should be enough for most brands to take it seriously. We are talking about the technology that more or less killed the minute repeater – so let’s thank Chopard for giving lume a bit more credit as something useful.

The hands for the time on the dial of the Chopard L.U.C Quattro are in gold and match the case material color. The hands for the power reserve indicator and the date are in blue – which is a nice way to add color and help people from getting confused with the hands. There is a slight level of depth to the dial which includes the various levels as well as the applied indicators. Flat dials are the enemy to anything high-end looking and more watch makers know that. I feel that Chopard’s approach to the dial of the L.U.C Quattro was very successful even though the design is trying to be slightly avant-garde (which, at the end of the day, tends to be a good thing from an artistic perspective).

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

At 43mm wide, the Chopard L.U.C Quattro is at the larger end of what a dress watch should be for most people (but not too thick at all, at 8.87mm). For comfort, Chopard uses nicely sloping lugs. If you like your formal watches on the wide side, then you’ll love the size. If you are used to a more petite dress timepiece, then the Chopard L.U.C Quattro perhaps isn’t for you – but Chopard certainly does have other smaller choices (they just won’t have over a week of power reserve).

Chopard offers the Chopard L.U.C Quattro in both this 18k rose gold version as well as an 18k white gold version. I like that the two models are priced the same. It is true that, technically, white gold costs more because of the included platinum in the alloy. With that said, the markups for gold in luxury watches are pretty silly, so no one is really losing out by simply charging the same for both materials. A few companies do this in the same way Chopard does; one that comes to mind is MB&F.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Attached to this very masculine and technically impressive formal watch is a thick brown alligator strap with also an alligator lining. Even the strap conveys a sense of traditionalism but also strength. That is a rare combination to get right, and in my opinion, a lot of today’s Chopard L.U.C watches do so rather well.

While the Chopard L.U.C Quattro isn’t a cheap watch, it doesn’t feel like too much money for the value you are getting. In fact, most Chopard L.U.C watches feel like good value for the money compared to what a lot of other high-end Swiss watchmakers charge. People looking to spend money in this price segment should really take a closer looks at some pretty good stuff they may have been missing out on from Chopard, and with its simple, strong, and sensible good looks and features, the Chopard L.U.C Quattro is among the watches more easily worn on a daily basis. Price for this reference. 161926-5001 Chopard L.U.C Quattro watch in 18k rose gold is $26,510. chopard.com

Necessary Data
>Brand: Chopard
>Model: L.U.C Quattro
>Price: $26,510
>Size: 43mm wide
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Watch collector searching for a modern-size timepiece with great features that isn’t from one of the common go-to brands for these types of watches.
>Best characteristic of watch: Pleasing to wear and read, the quality is quite good and the movement is easy to admire in terms of performance and certification. Value also happens to feel real.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Some sharp edges on the underside of the case. 43mm-wide size might be too large for some who’d wear this with sleeves.

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  • Santiago

    Nice review Ariel, thank you. I have a soft spot for Chopard, I think -as you very well say- they deserve better recognition than they get. It’s certainly their fault too because they have done some pretty horrid watches in the past.

    I have trouble accepting Roman numerals and especially when they are so big (happens with Cartier too), but that’s personal taste. I do love however the font they use for the Arabic numerals, reason why I think their regulator is one of the most beautiful watches I’ve seen this year.Having said that, using a double bezel for the subdial to offer only one information is a serious misallocation of valuable watch resources.

    Still, would gladly accept as a birthday present.

    • egznyc

      You’re right with me regarding Roman numerals. Generally I find them weirdly unmasculine. Particularly with Cartier. But for whatever reason I find them quite appealing here.

  • JosephWelke

    Lovely watch. I really like the hands, dial and particularly the movement. The finishing and the way the text circles around the mainspring barrels is really nifty.

    Two things: if this watch has a sub-seconds, I can’t see it. I see a date track that’s indicated by a blued hand, and another track that seems to go to 31, indicated by a gold hand, but some of it is permanently hidden by the hour and minute hands. Shouldn’t it indicate 60?

    Finally: why Chopard over JLC, Patek, ALS, and so on when selecting a dress watch? What gives Chopard its cachet, if it has any?

    • iamcalledryan

      Re the subdial I think I have figured it out – and I think it is unnecessarily confusing. The two tracks are both for the one date hand (blue) and they alternate the numerals – it takes up too much space and looks like two date rings. The second hand is the gold one and doesn’t have any numerals. Would have been far better to have one date ring.

  • BIG CHRONO

    Chopard did quite well in creating this retro inspired piece, right down to the power reserve indicator @ 12, reminiscent of Golden Age, Art Deco elevator floor indicators. This penthouse watch is way beyond my means, as I’m residing way below the poverty line in the sub basement.

  • Ulysses31

    Overall a really beautiful watch, thought the numerals seem overbearing.

  • iamcalledryan

    Beautiful movement, and the overall aesthetic works for me. But what is the deal with the subdial?

    The chapter ring appears to be TWO 0-31 date rings??

  • Sevenmack

    That rose gold case and accents ruin an otherwise-handsome watch. I know that some folks are trying to make gold a thing again. But seriously, in my opinion, gold has gone the way of bell-bottoms and two-tone.

    • egznyc

      Ouch! I don’t own a gold watch, but you know, it’s not because they’ve gone out of fashion. It’s because my wife agrees with your assessment 😉

      • Sevenmack

        Your wife is a very intelligent and special lady. As is mine.

        Funny enough, my grandfather was of the era of the two-tone and gold watch. He hated them. Preferred stainless steel. When his former employer gave him a Grand Seiko for his retirement, he specifically told them no gold and no two-tone. Until now, I never realized how much his hatred of gold watches rubbed off on me until I saw a gold Rolex one day and muttered something my grandfather said when he saw a similar watch 20 years ago.

        • egznyc

          Now can you share what was muttered? 😉 And good grief; hard to believe your grandfather was so dead set against a gold watch, even when he wasn’t buying it. My own feeling is if it is understated I’m fine with gold. Maybe even more than fine with it. Just kind of pricey. ;-(

          Is the problem only with yellow or pink gold – is white (stealth) gold okay? I assume it’s the perception that troubles you? Or is it really that you don’t like the colors?

          • Sevenmack

            He had said, what a nice watch ruined by that gold bull—t. Which I agree. While I don’t have a problem with white gold (save for the rhodium plating you have to do), yellow and rose gold just looks awful and cheap. Especially when you’re dealing with gold plating, which accounts for many of the gold watches of the 1950s and 1960s. Those especially look awful after years and years of wear and tear.

            I tried owning a gold watch, a Citizen with a brown dial and a gold-plated case. Couldn’t wear it. Just looked awful. I gave it away to one of my tutoring students. He loves it.

          • egznyc

            I definitely concede your point regarding gold plating – it’ll feel lighter than it should and will eventually wear off, which will look awful. But do you really think solid gold looks unattractive? Or that it’s too boastful a metal? I can understand that; really. Particularly on a young man. But past a certain age I feel it looks more appropriate. Call me ageist if you like but we all get s chance to graduate gracefully into a gold watch if we wish.

            Or just stick to platinum 😉

  • michael schafbuch

    gorgeous classical design

  • Shinytoys

    Chopard! I like it, alot!

  • DanW94

    It’s the Schick Quattro of the watch world. Looking forward to next model with 6 mainspring barrels for a cleaner, more comfortable time telling experience….

    Seriously, it’s a nice looking watch, even if the Roman numerals are a bit bulky. They need to cut out part of that plate to offer a better view of the four barrel engine.

    • egznyc

      Funny! Well I don’t know how many more mainspring barrels they can jam inside, but maybe that’s also why it’s 43mm wide, which is a little big for a dress watch.

  • Larry Holmack

    Stunning…..!!! Just a beautiful watch!!! Hummm….just wish you would have talked to my wife Ariel…..she did get me a new laptop for my birthday…but I would have rather had a $28 grand watch instead!!! LOL Oh well…my new laptop is really nice!!

  • SuperStrapper

    Chopard is a brand I don’t generally have a lot of regard for, but this is a very nice watch. Don’t like the pink gold, but it comes in white so I’ll disregard that. I’m a bit of an anomaly in that I like Roman numerals, and these are done nicely. I’m also a big fan of the ‘amphitheater’ style PR indicator, very well done. Movement looks great, if anything it just doesn’t have tons to look at, but all kind of skeletonized bridgework probably would have doubled the sticker, so whatever. Top it off with a contemporary size, and a nice handset that reaches out to where it should, and she’s a winner. Well done, Chopard.

  • spiceballs

    Don’t normally like fat Roman numerals but I think they work here with the “fatter” hands, and appreciate the lume. Love the movement but I think a bit too much red gold for me also.

    • egznyc

      Now you say red gold, but Superstrapper (a relation of Superman, perhaps? ;-)) says pink gold … I guess it’s you say tomatoes, I say tomatoes …

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can you imagine this on your wrist ! ( if you already own one , ignore the last comment ). This is just lovely, a beautiful uncluttered face and dials and markers reminiscent of the art deco period. The downside is the colour ( I shall use the proper spelling as I am Scottish ). I wont wear anything gold ……too bling.

    • Does white gold violate your “no gold” rule?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        It does, yes

        • egznyc

          But only you would know, right? 😉

          It’s so interesting to see how international a group this is! Would it surprise you that a friend of mine has a cat named Talisker? I think he’s named after the Scotch made there, and not after the place itself …

          • iamcalledryan

            I had some Talisker last weekend, first whisky that I have vaguely appreciated, being that I hate the stuff – so it must be good!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    ps…………….I miss the “like” button too.

    • Click the ^ button to the left of the Reply button to “Like” a comment. Hovering the mouse over the button/arrow will show who has already liked (or really voted “up” the comment).

      • iamcalledryan

        We even have down arrows now so watch out!

  • This is a very well built watch, though I’m surprised at some design decisions. I love its symmetry and, as a fan of combined sub dials, joining the date and seconds together contributes to the cleanness of the design. However, what absurd scale the sub dial has! There is really no need for doubling the date scale, especially when it could have just a few seconds markers. The power reserve is beautifully executed, but poorly placed at the place rightly reserved for the XII marker. Unfortunately, Chopard tends to bring “wow” to my lips just to be followed by “wait”…

  • giovanni

    very nice watch.like

  • Rafael Ramirez

    This is a good looking watch, I was very impressed until the sub-dial for the date, that in my opinion ruin it, with that many numbers over imposed. Better to put a seconds scale with a couple of numbers and indices.