Insider: Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin. The First Calibre with a Flying Tourbillon for Chopard.

With the new L.U.C Flying T Twin, Chopard is unveiling its first calibre equipped with a flying tourbillon. This technically and aesthetically sophisticated timepiece is distinguished by its hand guilloché gold dial with honeycomb pattern —exclusive to Chopard—, its ultra-slim case in ‘Fairmined’ 18K rose gold and its ‘Poinçon de Genève’ certification. The L.U.C Flying T Twin is exclusively available in a 50-piece limited edition and exquisitely designed to satisfy the most demanding and discerning watch connoisseurs.

The Dial

With a similar dial to the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Watch the L.U.C Flying T Twin features a beautiful anthracite dial with satin-brushed periphery with applied markers, white railway minute track, and a central honeycomb guilloché motif that honors the company’s first logo as back in 1860, Louis-Ulysse Chopard chose the beehive as a symbol of hard work and also because the area surrounding the Chopard manufacture in Fleurier is full of beehives.

At 12 o’clock, an applied ‘12’ numeral balances out the dial where at 6 o’clock, the opening for the flying tourbillon is located. The flying tourbillon makes a full revolution every 60 seconds and is equipped with a an arrow hand to indicate the seconds. The color combination between the dark grey dial along with the warm tones of the pink gold markers and hands, make for a very elegant and captivating look.

The Case & Strap

Available in a 50-piece limited edition, the ultra-slim case in ‘fairmined’ 18K rose gold features a stepped construction, a highly polished bezel and lugs and a satin-brush finish on its caseband. The watch is delivered on a matte black alligator strap with 18K pink gold pin buckle. Of course the watch bears the ‘Poinçon de Genève’ certification.

The Movement

Fully visible via its display case back, the beating heart inside the Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin is the new in-house COSC ultra-thin automatic L.U.C Calibre 96.24-L. This movement entirely developed, produced and assembled at Chopard is the first automatic flying tourbillon calibre developed by this manufacture. The 25-jewel movement beats at a frequency of 25,200 vph to provide a power reserve of 65 hours when fully wound. Like all other automatic calibres in the L.U.C family, the movement features a 22K gold micro-rotor. The impressive power reserve on this movement is possible thanks to Chopard’s Twin Technology: a patented Chopard system that combines two coaxial barrels, a particularly remarkable feat given the movement’s extreme thinness at just 3.3 mm thick.

On the Wrist & Price

On the wrist, the Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin ref. 161978-5001 wears true to its size and with unparalleled wrist presence. A stunning watch that not only captivates at 6 o’clock with its flying tourbillon opening but that mesmerizes equally with its very unique hand guilloché honeycomb motif at the center of the dial. As far as pricing, the number is relatively steep but the watch is flawlessly executed. Available in a limited edition of only 50 pieces.

Sticker Price $118,500 USD. For more info on Chopard click here.