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Chopard Introduce L.U.C Full Strike Titanium Limited Edition with Verdigris Dial

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

Image credit: Gustavo Kuri

To my mind, Chopard are in the same category of watchmakers as brands like Laurent Ferrier – rarely the first brand to come up in conversation but always spoken of with fondness when they are. Talking about sports watches? The Alpine Eagle is robust and stylish. Talking about chronographs?

The Mille Miglia is up there. Talking about haute horology? The L.U.C Full Strike won the Aiguille d’Or at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève for its innovative minute repeater mechanism. The Full Strike is back on our radars in 2024 because at Watches & Wonders Chopard released an updated version with a verdigris dial and ceramicised titanium case, fittingly called the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

There have been several editions of the Full Strike already in gold, platinum, steel and sapphire, but this is the first to be presented in ceramicised titanium. Ceramicised titanium is a type of titanium that has had its surface oxidised using electro-plasma technology, giving it ceramic-like properties. Specifically, it has a dark grey colouration and an increased hardness rating while retaining the useful traits of titanium such as being lightweight and strong.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium
Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

Macro image credit: Gustavo Kuri

Its use in the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium, which measures 42.5mm in diameter, gives the case a relatively subtle appearance without the ostentation of some of the previous materials used. Chopard have used this relative subtlety to full effect by giving the watch a much more adventurous dial. It features a verdigris green colour with a frosted finish in the centre, very far from traditional dress watch aesthetic codes.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

The result is almost sporty in its execution, especially because the Roman numerals have been replaced with pointed indexes which, along with the open-worked minute repeater hammers, central hands and power reserve indicator, have been given a PVD coating the same colour as the case.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

Image credit: Gustavo Kuri

That brings us to the minute repeater complication itself, which is the true focus of the timepiece. It’s part of the calibre L.U.C 08.01-L, a movement with four patented mechanisms integrated into it. Those include elements such as the fact the chiming gongs and sapphire crystal are made from a monobloc piece of sapphire, meaning the entire top surface of the watch functions as the minute repeater’s resonator, creating an incredibly clear sound. Other innovations include a dedicated barrel powering the chiming complication and multiple safety features that protect the repeater when at low power and during activation.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium

Interestingly, the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium isn’t the only haute horological timepiece to receive a makeover in green this spring because Jaeger-LeCoultre just announced a green enamel edition of the Grande Tradition Calibre 948 World-Timer. Green was very popular in 2022, is it making a comeback? With the proliferation of sage green, mint and now verdigris… maybe.

Price and Specs:

Model: Chopard L.U.C Full Strike Titanium
Ref: 168604-3002
Case: 42.5mm diameter x 11.55mm thickness, anthracite ceramicised titanium, part skeletonised
Dial: Lacquered grey-green
Movement: Chopard calibre L.U.C 08.01-L, manual winding, 63 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 60h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve, minute repeater
Strap: Grey alligator leather
Price: Price on request, limited to 20 pieces

More details at Chopard.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.