The highest level of sophistication of a perpetual calendar dedicated to a private club passionate about horology
L.U. Chopard Perpetual Twin CronotempVs, a perpetual calendar with its union of the practical and the poetic, is the ultimate expression of elegance and sophistication for the modern gentleman. This year Chopard is presenting its celebrated perpetual calendar, in collaboration with CronotempVs that offers the gentleman connoisseurs a new expression of artful style and horological finesse. With this version of the L.U.C Perpetual Twin, Manufacture Chopard perpetuates the historic bond between the brand and the private watch collectors club CronotempVs. A story that began 10 years ago with the first club watch, the L.U.C Tech-Twist. With an unseen to date granulated gold dial and blackened indices, this perpetual calendar seals a relationship that will last for many decades to come.
Designed for life
Launched in 2016 on the 20th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture, the L.U. Chopard Perpetual Twin CronotempVs is recognised for its combination of purist-pleasing Haute Horlogerie and the practicality of an automatic steel wristwatch designed to be worn every day. Indeed, it remains the only chronometer-certified perpetual calendar in stainless steel currently on the market, a reflection of Chopard’s absolute commitment to superior quality in every watch it makes.
Chopard now presents this modern timepiece once more in robust stainless steel, with a newly-refined dial in a rich and urbane shade of blue. Additionally, the L.U.C Perpetual Twin is presented for the first time in 18-carat rose gold, with a subtle grey dial.
Balance and poise
The magnificent gold-granulated dial sets the scene for a perfect legibility in all conditions. The visibility on month and date has been improved with an increased contrast. A big date forms the focal point of the layout, with sub-dials for the perpetual calendar day, month and leap year indications, and small seconds at 6 o’clock. Minimalist applied hour markers bring quiet poise to this discreet and perfectly balanced design. As a hidden detail, even if this is the tenth watch so far, the “V” has been rhodinated in silver since this is a series 5 (calendar complication) of the collection.
Technical mastery: a perpetual calendar chronometer
Visible beneath a sapphire crystal caseback, the movement powering the L.U.C Perpetual Twin, mechanical automatic calibre L.U.C 96.22-L, is a work of true technical and artisanal mastery. Hand-made by Chopard’s skilled watchmakers, it exhibits the finest traditions of hand-finishing, and has been certified as a chronometer by the experts of Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) – a rare distinction for perpetual calendar watches, and one that guarantees utmost precision and reliability.
Chopard’s watchmakers also ensured that elegance is built into the watch from the calibre outwards, thanks to a 22-carat gold micro-rotor that sits within the plane of the movement, keeping the entire mechanism to just 6 mm in depth. Chopard Twin Technology, meanwhile, employs dual barrels to deliver an extended power reserve of 65 hours, meaning that the watch will continue running when left untouched for over two-and-a-half days.
25 years of excellence, innovation and tradition
In 2021, Chopard is proud to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier. In 1996, when Swiss watchmaking was still emerging from the struggles of the quartz crisis, Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele committed to defending and restoring the ancestral crafts and techniques passed down through generations of watchmakers. The village of Fleurier, where watchmaking heritage goes back over 200 years, Chopard Manufacture would become a force for the finest techniques in traditional watchmaking, hand finishing and artistic crafts.
In parallel, it has been able to innovate across the full range of modern watch production operations, from case and dial-making to movement development, advanced metallurgy and component manufacture. In particular, it has put chronometry – the ultimate measure of horological excellence – at the heart of all its activities.
The gentleman’s way
The L.U.C Perpetual Twin is in every way the watch of the modern gentleman – a quietly sophisticated statement of culture and elegance, for the man who naturally advocates for art, aesthetics, handcraft and style. And as such, it is a timepiece conveying the essence of Chopard watchmaking: a refined celebration of the watchmaker’s art, that is both distinctive and utterly discreet.
L.U. Chopard Perpetual Twin “CronotempVs”
Total diameter 43 mm
Thickness 11.47 mm
Water resistance 30 metres
Stainless steel crown with L.U.C logo 6.50 mm
Polished bezel and case-back
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back engaved with club watch engaving
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.22-L
Total diameter 33.00 mm
Thickness 6.00 mm
Number of jewels 29 jewels
Frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Dial and hands:
Perpetual calendar dials (large-aperture date, day of the week, month and leap years)
Black Dauphine-type hour, minute, day, month and small seconds hands
Rhodiumed red-tipped triangular leap-year hand
Black Roman numerals
Functions and displays:
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds display at 6 o’clock
Large date display at 12 o’clock
Day of the week and month displays at 9 and 3 o’clock respectively
Offset leap-year display between 2 and 3 o’clock.
Strap and buckle:
Hand-sewn black alligator leather with alligator leather lining
Steel pin buckle