Chopard presents L.U.C Skull One Vanitas, a horological interpretation
Chopard presents the L.U.C Skull One, a 100-piece limited-edition adorned with a Mexican calavera as a tribute to the Day of the Dead. Clad in a beautiful combination of dark hues thanks to a black dial with lacquered finishes and gilded hour-markers. The L.U.C Skull One features a 40 mm case in beadblasted DLC stainless steel and a brown calfskin leather strap. Beneath this mischievous death mask beats the L.U.C 96.53-L mechanical movement with automatic winding, crafted by Chopard Manufacture Artisans.
A design inspired by ancient traditions
A syncretic tradition, born in the Aztec civilization and blended with Spanish Catholicism, the Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead in Spanish – is a joyful celebration of the cycle of life and a reminder to be aware of the possibility of death, which in turn gives meaning to existence. The holiday intended as a remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, it is an opportunity to offer gifts, offerings and libations to the deceased. Macabre, yet in a manner that is all about parody, this festival gives Chopard the opportunity to revisit the theme of vanities through the L.U.C Skull One timepiece. Its lacquered dial features a calavera face, a stylized Mexican skull featuring sun, flower and heart-shaped motifs, as well as a moustache with rounded tips above a sweet toothless smile. An emaciated, yet harmless-looking and even friendly skull on which the hours flow.
A hand-stitched brown calfskin leather strap sets a final touch of elegance to this 100-piece limited edition. Responsibly sourced in accordance with stringent ethical criteria, this noble leather becomes even more beautiful when time enhances it with a light-brown patina.
An extremely accurate beating heart
The case of this new timepiece houses the L.U.C 96.53-L mechanical movement with automatic winding. Ultra-thin at a mere 3.3 mm, it is nonetheless equipped with two barrels based on Chopard Twin technology and ensuring a 58-hour power reserve. It comes to life thanks to a micro-rotor in tungsten – a high-density alloy ensuring optimal winding. With its movement bridges finely adorned with a “Côtes de Genève” pattern. It makes the L.U.C Skull One watch as beautiful inside as it is on the outside, which is why its precious calibre is made visible through a blackened transparent back reflecting the sombre aesthetic of this creation.
Chopard L.U.C Skull One
Price 9.730 Euros