Chopard’s L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillion

The Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon features more information on the dial about quality guarantees than virtually any other watch

Tourbillion in wristwatches were once an oddity but today, some brands make it their purpose to innovate and create such complications. To be sure, the pure timekeeping value of the contemporary tourbillon in the contemporary wristwatch remains uncertain; however, the same could be said for all contemporary mechanical luxury watches. “You could say that the mechanical watch is a survivor, or a relic of the past that is out of place in our electronic age,” says Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.

We prefer to look at a watch like the Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon as a masterpiece of human fastidiousness, creativity and beauty. On the creative side of things, to begin on a slightly whimsical note, the watch is the first in the world to bear three certifications of excellence from Switzerland: COSC, Poinçon de Genève and Fleurier Quality Foundation. Why should this matter you may wonder and why does Chopard think it such a coup that they’ve put notices on the certification on the dial?

Nevertheless, what is certain is that these mechanisms – from the simplest to the most complicated – remain of value to collectors and connoisseurs alike.

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Interestingly, this is a rare example of the mark of the Poinçon de Genève appearing on the dial. It usually only appears on the movement and, recently, on the case. Note also the rhodiumed black dauphine hands and matching Roman numerals

 

TELLTALE DIAL

Let us begin then with a look at that dial and the telltale words on it. At the same time, do note the unusual and quite lovely grained silver finish here. Even from a distance, the dial on the Triple Certification, or 3C Tourbillon as it known, makes an impression, like the skin of some magnificent beast with silver for its hide. Upon this hide are stamped quite a number of words including L.U. Chopard, Qualite Fleurier, Chronometer and the symbol of the Hallmark of Geneva. Do note that we have to get through a lot of exposition on the three certificates and what they mean. If you want to know more about the details of the watch and how it wears, please read the captions.

Moving on, only watches with a COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certificate can legally put the word ‘Chronometer’ on the dial. As you may well know, a chronometer is a watch with exceptional timekeeping properties whose movement has been tested extensively and verified by an independent Swiss regulatory body. Although this is arguably the most commonplace of the Triple Certification’s accolades it is worth noting that less than 3 percent of Swiss watches are issued COSC certificates.

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Here we can see the meticulous polishing and bevelling that has gone into the tourbillon bridge. Both the design of the bridge and the tourbillon carriage are particular to Chopard L.U.C models

 

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