Hands-on with the Chopard LUC Engine One tourbillon

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Launched last year for the brand’s 150th anniversary, the Chopard LUC Engine One tourbillon is obviously inspired by automobile racing. The automotive theme extends to the details: the engine block-like movement is mounted on the case by three arms with silent block shock absorbers.

The LUC calibre 1TRM is manually wound fitted with a flying tourbilon that features Chopard’s distinctive three-armed tourbillon cage. And like all Chopard tourbillons the balance wheel is the proprietary Variner (VARiable INErtia) balance. While I appreciate the quality of finish and movement construction of the Engine One, as I do with all of the upper-end Chopard LUC watches, the design strikes me as a cross between a Daniel Roth and Richard Mille.

Nevertheless, the Engine One is fairly priced and one of the more interesting options in the crowded field of tourbillons. It is a limited edition of 150 pieces. – SJX

I took all photos shown here; they are not press photos.

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