Last year 2011, Chopard managed to keep the watch enthusiasts entertained with fine creations like the LUC Engine tourbillon watch, LUC Triple Certification Tourbillon, and the Racing superfast Chrono-split watches, and 2012 was graced by their Imperiale Tourbillon till now. Their next masterstroke comes in the form of the LUC Tourbillon Dragon edition, which will see only 8 units of it ever seeing the light of day. Keeping in mind what 2012 has been mostly been talked about, this dragon edition would surely be a mentionable addition to our ‘Year of the Dragon’ edition offerings. Housed in a 18K rose gold casing with thematic ornamentation over it, there is a brown alligator leather strap which will help adorning the watch on lucky wearer’s wrist.
France being the center of much artistic beauty and craftsmanship, also boasts of the village of Fleurier, where the ancient craft of Gravure a filet finds a home in. Very aptly chosen as the place for Chopard watch manufacturing, it is this stratum of craftsmanship which has given the local watchmakers much of worldwide fame they enjoy today. Henceforth, the watch brand brings this craft alive yet again, on the Dragon edition Tourbillon watch which shows detailed semi-exposed core movement on the rear end of the watch. Hand wound and comprising of 18K rose gold main plates, the LUC 0202-L movement contains 33 jewels in its construction, and operates at the rate of 28,800 vph. One would see the dragon motifs on the bridges as well, which forms a part of this 4-barrel Quattro technology mechanism.
The main dial however, oozes the sophistication is supposed to. Combining the functions of hours, minutes, seconds and a power reserve counter, rose gold guilloche hands travel the span the 39.5mm wide dial. The sonds counter, also is a small peak into the engineering excellence packed inside, and also the place where the blue handed second counter is placed. The rest of the dial is about rose gold roman numerals and black markings to display time. All of this protected with a sapphire crystal anti-glare covering, something sees a repetition on the back as well. This unit fixes with your wrist via a 18K rose gold buckle and brown alligator hand stitched leather strap. However, word about pricing isn’t out as yet.