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Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch

Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch Watch Releases

The Chopard L.U.C XPS series of watches represents a reserved and simple elegance within the brand’s Haute Horology collection. Chopard partnered with the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 — since then, Chopard has become a fixture on the film festival’s red carpet. That’s where the Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch comes into play. This is an elegant watch for a beautiful setting, meant to catch the cameras and elicit the feel of the Mediterranean. Chopard created the watch to be worn on the red carpet where the men are just as interested in standing out as the women wearing Chopard Jewelry. The Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur is being released in a limited edition of 10 pieces, all made from ethically sourced 18k white gold.

Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch Watch Releases

Analysis

This is a beautiful timepiece, and while I find the narrative of an azure dial that references the Mediterranean a little difficult to accept, no one can deny that Chopard has created a looker here. The XPS line has, traditionally, been simpler pieces in the L.U.C line which is reserved for Chopard’s higher-end and more complicated pieces. You can read about the stainless steel version and the Officer Watch here. Chopard executed this watch well: The blue dial is exceptionally done with a textured hand-guilloché radiating out from the brand’s name. This is a sub-seconds watch with a recessed sub-dial sitting nicely at 6 o’clock and a date window intersecting that. The date is nicely balanced on the dial, making it easy to appreciate the added functionality. The hour indices are rectangular and rhodium-plated.

Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch Watch Releases

The movement is nearly as lovely to look at as the dial. The L.U.C 96.01-L features a 22k gold micro-rotor and Chopard’s Twin Technology dual-barrel power reserve, giving it at least 65 hours of operating time. Chopard is apt at communicating its attention to detail with movement finishes. Côtes de Genève decorates the bridges of the movements, as well as chamfered edges and an engine-turned mainplate.

The watch features a 40mm 18k white gold case; Chopard really highlights the fact that its precious metals come from sustainable or ethically sourced suppliers; this is a nice touch with so many precious metals coming from conflict zones. While a little superfluous on a piece like this, the watch does feature 30 meters of water resistance.

Chopard L.U.C XPS Azur Watch Watch Releases

Conclusion

This is a good lookin’ watch. I’ve always thought that Chopard, in general, had a good grasp on style. It’s always been a brand that could put a little flare on a piece effectively. In my opinion, however, the brand narrative can have a polarizing effect on potential watch buyers. This is a lovely watch and, I suppose, the partnership with the Cannes Film Festival is a neat touch, but might not be needed. This watch stands on its own merits: A well-executed dial, balanced and featuring everything you’d practically need in a timepiece; a movement that stands up to a lot Switzerland can throw at it; and exclusivity in the form of a limited edition that will make this desirable from day one. Chopard will be releasing the L.U.C XPS Azur Watch in a limited edition of 10 pieces. Pricing has not been announced, but for additional information keep an eye on ABlogtoWatch and chopard.com.

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  • benjameshodges

    …date window.

  • dr3

    Perhaps it is my ignorance, but why is it proving so hard to colour match date wheel to dial? Technical reasons would seem unlikely surely? Seems like quite the design oversight given attention given to this watch elsewhere.

  • Alex A

    Amazing!
    Love the brand.

  • Pete L

    Beautiful movement and decoration on the gorgeous blue dial but that date window looks like a gaping wound against the rest of the watch. I am not normally in the anti date window club as I find it useful but it needs to be done well and this doesn’t look good to my eye. Shame.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    You wonder what they were thinking don’t you?

  • Independent_George

    As mentioned in just about every comment . . . the date window. Needs to have a matching date wheel.

  • wejpasadena

    I love that shade of blue…and the date at 6 o’clock is nice…the way the hands flare out – I don’t get that.

  • BJ314

    Very Art Deco and as such, the date window is exactly as it should be.

  • SuperStrapper

    The dial is very lovely but overall the watch doesn’t do much for me. The colour is more sporty than anything else but this certainly is no sport watch. The crown looks too small and that white date window is a blight. This watch requires no date display.
    Caliber is stunning as expected with LUC.