Hands-On With The Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date Watch | aBlogtoWatch
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Chopard asked us to explain the fine details of their L.U.C watch collections featuring manufacture movements made in-house. Our second installment brings you a hands-on look at the Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date.
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“The L.U.C Lunar Big Date exudes a poetic touch that will captivate the most seasoned connoisseurs. The moon phase is so accurate that the difference between the true lunar cycle and the indication given by the timepiece amounts to just one day every 122 years. An exceptional timepiece, available in 18-carat white and rose gold.
What could be more inspiring than to stay in permanent touch with the Moon? With its portion of the night sky visible on the dial, the L.U.C Lunar Big Date is a vivid reminder of the enduring ties between our time and the sky above us. The moon phase is associated here with the central hour and minute hands, a large date display at 12 o’clock and a small second’s indication between 4 and 5 o’clock. The Fleurier Manufacture’s self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.20-L is housed in a generous 42 mm-diameter case in polished 18-carat gold. A silver-toned sunburst satin-brushed dial, elegantly studded with Roman numerals and swept over by Dauphine hands featuring the L.U.C design, sets the perfect finishing touch to this pleasingly balanced visual effect.
The vision of the Moon seen from Earth changes in time with its rotation: its visible side may be completely lit up by the Sun (full Moon), entirely plunged into darkness (new Moon) or only partially illuminated (various moon phases). The interval between two identical moon phases – called a month or a synodical revolution – is equivalent to 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds.
Achieving such accuracy in a wristwatch is an extremely complex feat to which Chopard Manufacture has risen with talent. The L.U.C Lunar Big Date is endowed with an extremely precise device in which the wheel driving the moon-bearing disc comprises 135 teeth. The indication is so precise that the discrepancy between the mechanism and the real lunar cycle amounts to just one day in 122 years.
Two stacked co-axial barrels (the Twin Technology) ensures a 65-hour supply of energy to the movement with its balance oscillating at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the movement is visible through the exhibition case-back. Fitted with a black hand-sewn alligator leather strap secured by a pin buckle, the L.U.C Lunar Big Date is an exceptional watch in terms of both precision and elegance.”