Chopard L.U.C GMT One
The Chopard L.U.C GMT One, as its name implies, pairs L.U.C exalted quality with the convenience of a GMT function. With its simple to read dial and user-friendly crown, positioned at 4 o’clock, this watch provides a stress-free means of displaying the time at home.
This detailed review of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One includes live images, specification details and pricing
I hate flying. In the next few days I will travel to my nearest airport and face the trauma of business travel using a low-cost airline.
The horror story starts with the latest cost saving measure, weighing my own bags and placing them on a conveyor belt. Then it’s off to security for a disrobing session, while unpacking my hand luggage at break-neck speed. After I have removed my jacket, belt, shoes and watch I am invited to stand in a huge contraption which ascertains whether I have any metal on my person. Thereafter, a burly chap puts his hands inside my waistband to intimately search my body.
As this takes place, my cherished possessions are liable to being ransacked by all and sundry while they are left unattended. Then, assuming that all my belongings are in order, I can proceed to the airport lounge for the ritual of being fleeced for so-so food and beverages.
Rest assured, the plane is little better. The seats are too small and too close together, the air is rich in bacteria and the food is overpriced and barely edible.
Yes, it’s not much fun being a business traveller. However, Chopard offers a little piece of respite from the madness of flying, courtesy of its new Chopard L.U.C GMT One.
This dual-time timepiece is available in steel or 18-carat rose gold and provides a useful tool for the weary business traveller wishing to ascertain the prevailing time both locally and at home. Personally, I err towards the steel version of the Chopard L.U.C GMT One, appreciating its affordable pricing, but both prove easy on the eye.
The black dial features a sunburst motif emanating outwards from the brand’s nomen. The dauphine-fusée hour and minute hands subscribe to the house style and each hour marker resembles a tear-shaped index, save for 3, 9 and 12 o’clock where Arabic numerals prevail.
A supremely slender central sweep seconds hand elegantly stretches to the snailed hour track and interacts with the subtle lines in between each hour marker. At 6 o’clock, the date display usurps the customary hour marker and assumes a slightly larger scale.
The GMT hand is orange with a white tip. Unlike many GMT watches which require the wearer to use the crown at 3 o’clock to adjust the home time, the L.U.C has a dedicated crown at 4 o’clock. This is a highly intelligent approach as the crown normally found on a GMT can prove rather fiddly, assuming many roles. On the L.U.C, a second crown is positioned at 2 o’clock for winding the watch, adjusting the hands and setting the date. The Chopard approach to adjusting the GMT hands is simply much more user-friendly.
Surrounding the central dial area is a two-tone 24-hour disc, proving intuitive to use when determining the daytime or night-time hours.
A key strength of Chopard L.U.C timepieces relates to the user-friendly, simple to interpret dials. The L.U.C GMT One upholds this reputation with its highly legible dial layout and communicative hands.
Another aspect of Chopard L.U.C timepieces is that, with few notable exceptions, the proportions of the timepieces tend to be modest. The L.U.C GMT One proves to be no different, measuring 42mm in diameter. These reserved proportions should ensure universal appeal.
The bezel, upper lug and lower lug surfaces, along with the case back, are highly polished, while the case band is adorned with vertical satin-brush.
The crown at 2 o’clock, used for winding and setting the time, features three special letters on its vertical flank, L.U.C. The crown at 4 o’clock sports a depiction of a globe on its vertical plane and, as stated earlier, is used for the GMT display.
Gracing the rear of the case is an exhibition case back, providing views of the Calibre L.U.C 01-10-L self-winding movement. The watch is supplied with a black alligator leather strap paired with a steel pin buckle.
Smooth surfaces abound on this Chopard L.U.C, with every minute surface evincing a glass-like finish, free of any roughness or unduly sharp edges. The quality of the case can be readily discerned with close examination.
The L.U.C 01-10-L is a handsome movement but lacks the profound beauty of its older sibling the Calibre 96.01L (L.U.C 1.96). Nevertheless, the L.U.C 01-10-L remains a good-looking fellow.
The rotor is partly open-worked and the bridges are beautifully appointed with Côtes de Genève motif. The bevels shine brightly and the jewel sinks gleam resplendently. Circular graining is visible adjacent the balance. There are many attributes to this movement which will no doubt warm the hearts of connoisseurs.
Chopard has crafted a very user-friendly GMT watch. The simple to interpret dial and the dedicated crown at 4 o’clock, for adjusting the GMT display, make living with the L.U.C GMT One an enjoyable experience.
Facing the ordeal of flying on a low-cost airline is not obviated with the Chopard L.U.C GMT One, that is the preserve of a first-class ticket and the accompanying expeditious security clearance. Nevertheless, this timepiece certainly does not add to the woes of a weary business traveller, but confers ease of use, courtesy of its thoughtful specification. Indeed, irrespective of which class of air travel you partake, you can rely on this timepiece to deliver a stress-free experience when travelling.
- Model: Chopard L.U.C GMT One
- Reference: 168579-3001
- Case: Stainless steel; diameter 42mm; height 11.71mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date; GMT
- Movement: L.U.C Calibre 01.10-L, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 31 jewels; power reserve approximately 60 hours; 291 components.
- Strap: Hand-sewn black alligator leather strap with steel pin buckle
- Price: £7,450 (RRP as at 20.3.2017)