July 6, 2014
One of the more exciting developments thus far this year is Chopard’s reveal of its first in-house hand-wind chronograph caliber, the L.U.C 03.07-L. It’s about time we take a closer look, don’t you think?! The L.U.C 03.07-L is a flyback chronograph, with column wheel, vertical clutch and Geneva Seal, among other technical attributes — and it looks absolutely delicious. Naturally a caliber of this caliber needs a good home, and indeed the first watch to house the new 03.07-L is the the 1963 Chronograph (Ref 161964-5001) you see here. Superb, superb, superb.
Like the L.U.C 1963 Chronometer, the new 1963 chronograph commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Scheufele family’s ownership of Chopard, and what a fitting celebration it is. This is Limited to only 50 pieces (one for each year since the Scheufele family took over Chopard).
42mm x 11.5mm rose gold case, rose gold crown with L.U.C logo, exhibition caseback, hand-wind L.U.C 03.07-L manufacture caliber (4Hz/28,800 vph, 60 hrs power reserve, Geneva seal), fitted on hand-sewn alligator strap with rose gold pin buckle.
The chronograph hands are done in red, enhancing legibility and adding a slight measure of sportiness to the piece. The case and pushers are magnificent — a perfect blend of brush and polished surfaces, with good proportions and curves. And of course, a real treat on the back, a view of the new chronograph caliber — a gold background plate with beautiful shaped and decorated nickel silver bridges (their distinctive color tone is unmistakable).
Now with its own manual wind chronograph, Chopard joins a select group of brands who have the expertise and capabilities to manufacture such a high-end caliber. As Chopard co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele stated in regards to his manufacture’s new hand-wound chronograph, “I have a real passion for this type of movement which represents the quintessence of traditional horology in its purest and noblest forms.” I couldn’t agree more. Though the Calibre 03.03-L was Chopard’s first in-house chronograph caliber, it is an automatic. The caliber 03.07-L is a real treat for the horological purist.
All in all, this 1963 Chronograph from Chopard is about as close to perfect as you can get. Nicely done Chopard. Can’t wait to put my hands on this one.