Back in 2006, Chopard managed to launch the L.U.C XP. It was the first ultra think timepiece in the L.U.C line of watches, and it garnered the 2006 GPHG prize in the ultra thin category. The 2017 model displayed a new direction for these watches, and the objective was to freshen up the dial, as well as offer a new, more modern look to the watch with the hope of gaining a wider audience. The XP was unveiled with a stainless steel case, having a matte silver toned dial that had been satin brushed. The dial had amazing blue numerals, and the watch came with a woven blue strap made of cashmere. For 2019, the new watch is done in a similar fashion, having a nice navy blue dial with contrasting rose gold colored indications.
It is true that the 40 millimeter diameter of the steel case is not the watch purist’s idea of a properly sized dress watch, The size works because the 7.20 millimeters of thickness offsets the larger case, and makes the watch easy going under s dress shirt sleeve. The choice of stainless steel is another thing to consider because it helps to keep the price under control, while at the same time being a material that can be used on a day to day basis. The bezel is polished and the lug surface contrasts with the satin brushed case bands. The lugs also have a soft, round edge, helping the watch have its comfortable feel.
The dial is all about minimalism, but has a better and more fashionable navy blue color that contrasts nicely with the rose gold indications. I am sure this seems like a small change, but i assure you the new blue dial is quite noticeable, and offers a much more chic look to he watch. The blue dial has a deep vertical brushed finish that mirrors the satin finish of the flanks of the case. The background is perfect for rose gold indications, and perfect for the Arabic numerals at the 12, the 3, the 6, and the 9 0’clock. The attention to detail reaches the numerals, as they are curved and polished for added volume. The hands have been finished in the same manner, and are gold plated, tapering toward the tips.
Regarding the movement, this watch is powered by the Calibre 96.53-L. It has 172 components. This is an in house movement having a tungsten micro rotor. The movement is ultra thin, having a thickness of only 3,30 millimeters. One of the great things about having the micro rotor is that the owner of the watch can see much more in the way of mechanics, including components of the gear train. The movement has a frequency of 4Hz, or 28,800 vph, and has stacked mainspring barrels which offer the watch a 58 hour power reserve. The case is 40 millimeters in diameter, and 7.2 millimeters thick. Has 30 meters of water resistance, so i would not swim with it. The price point is $9,150, and more can be learned at chopard.com.