The Only Watch L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon created by Chopard is a unique timepiece designed by its brand for the Only Watch 2011 charity auction. It has a distinctive personality and indisputable strength, reflecting the brand’s innovative determination to break the traditional watch design.
The LUC Engine One Tourbillon watch (Ref. 168526-3004) is equipped with the patented LUC Calibre 1TRM manually wound tourbillon movement, just like a car engine, mounted on a quiet block that can absorb vibrations, supported by three lever arms, as if suspended In the middle of the case. The design, development and production of this movement are done in the Chopard watchmaking factory, with a vibration frequency of 28,800 times per hour and a power reserve of up to 60 hours. This tourbillon movement includes hours, minutes, seconds, and power reserve display. It has also been certified by the Swiss Official Observatory (C.O.S.C), which proves that it has the highest standards of accuracy and reliability.
In order to comply with the traditional practice of automobile manufacturing, this miniature ‘engine set’ is also branded with the brand’s logo; a bow-shaped component at 12 o’clock is directly fixed on the front of the movement to display the power reserve; The corresponding 6 o’clock tourbillon splint, Chopard has adopted a new design that has never been used before.
The L.U.C Engine One Tourbillon Only Watch is a mechanical masterpiece. Its excellence lies not only in the manufacture of high-end movements, but also in its exquisite appearance that others cannot imitate. Titanium case covered with diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating is waterproof to 50 meters, alternately polished and frosted; the slightly curved lugs are fixed to the case with screws to enhance the overall dynamic effect. The side of the case is engraved with ‘Only Watch 2011’.
The dial is also inspired by the automotive world, with a transparent design. The unique Arabic numerals and hour markers of the L.U.C series are smudged yellow and anti-engraved in the anti-glare sapphire crystal glass. The four raised ‘bones’ on the hand-stitched black alligator leather strap are reminiscent of the seat texture of a classic racing car, thus perfecting the design of this watch.