With this one-of-a-kind L.U.C Perpetual T – Spirit of the Chinese Zodiac, Chopard adds another member to its impressive L.U.C XP Urushi collection. This piece, which debuted in late 2017, depicts the entire Chinese zodiac in champlevé engraving on the perimeter of the case accented with a black patina over the 18-karat rose gold. The artisan has created twelve animals ordered chronologically and each symbolizing the Chinese calendar. The tiger’s head is perched on the crown while his body fits the case. A dragon and a snake are coiled between the lugs. The intricately adorned case houses a movement that integrates a perpetual calendar, tourbillon escapement and Chopard’s four-barrel Quattro system that gives more than a full week of autonomy to this singular timepiece. On top of all that, the L.U.C. Perpetual T is also Chronometer rated for accuracy. This is a spectacular piece with an (unsurprisingly) high price. Retail price $264,380
Design: 9 (out of 10)
Hand engraving combined with Urushi lacquer meld traditional elements to create an amazing impact.
Chronometer accuracy that lasts longer than a week on a single winding is no mean feat.
Case and movement elicit high levels of detail and attention. One of the small group of watches that qualify for the Geneva Seal.
Gold hands contrast the deep black dial.
As a piece-unique you simply don’t get any rarer than this.
As much a work of singular art as a timepiece and investment-grade wristwatch.
Overall iW rating: 53