Few things can make a watch look as striking or as modern as a monochrome color scheme. The combination of gray, black, and white is as handsome as it is versatile, and Chopard proves this with the latest addition to its high-end L.U.C GMT One line. By blending the clean lines and fine details of the GMT, one with a sportier colorway and advanced materials, the new limited-edition Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black bridges the gap between refinement and aggression.
While the 42mm case of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black shares the same form as the standard GMT One series, this new model starkly reinterprets the design in black ceramized Grade 5 titanium. This advanced material, created by superheating the surface layer of titanium with electroplasma, offers even greater wear and corrosion resistance than normal titanium with an incredible hardness of 700 Vickers. This matte-black surface adds a tough utilitarian edge to the long tapering lugs and twin crowns of the GMT One series without losing the lightness and elegance that sets this apart from its rivals.
Chopard complements the black case of the L.U.C GMT One Black with a monochrome dial design that creates variety with both shading and texture. The main dial surface features deep vertical brushing in anthracite gray, surrounded by an hours track with prominent azurage. The interplay between these two textures, despite using the same shade of gray, creates a fascinating variety in changing light.
Operated via 5 o’clock crown, the rotating outer 24-hour ring in black and silver continues this stealthy color scheme, while adding a lighter radially brushed finish to the mix of textures.
To avoid the stark and overpowering contrast that sometimes occurs with monochrome designs, Chopard renders nearly all elements, from the printed hour markers to the minutes track, and even the lume on the brand’s signature stepped dauphine hands, in a pale gray rather than pure white. This leads to a more refined, nuanced look than bright white and deep black.
Inside the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black beats the in-house L.U.C 01.10-L automatic GMT movement. To complete the gray and black monochrome look, the movement itself is finished in a striking anthracite gray, adding an aggressive edge to the Côtes de Genéve across the full bridges and signed rotor. The L.U.C 01-10-L is COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy and backs up this remarkable performance with a robust 60-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. Chopard finishes this sporty take on the GMT One with an equally sporting black fabric-patterned rubber strap with striking white-contrast stitching.
With both a striking new look and advanced new materials, the limited-edition Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black offers a dramatic and high-tech new perspective on one of the brand’s flagship models. Only 250 examples of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black will be made. The Chopard L.U.C GMT One Black is available now through authorized dealers at an MSRP of $11,500. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.
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