Full moon for Chopard at Baselworld 2012

Chopard presented a pair of LUC moon phase watches at Baselworld 2012. The first is the face-lifted Lunar One perpetual calendar in a largish 43 mm rose gold case, which like all Chopard cases is cast at Chopard’s own foundry.

This is just one of the few LUC watches that have been redesigned since Guy Bove, IWC’s ex-chief designer took over at Chopard. The new Lunar One is styled similarly to the LUC Triple Certification “3C” tourbillon, and unfortunately it suffers from the same problem – a superb movement presented in a less than compelling case.

While the L.U.C 96QP movement is superbly finished (revamped Geneva Seal certified naturally), and it’s an instantaneous perpetual to boot, the new Lunar One is still visually lacking in my opinion.  The new semi-Dauphine hands are especially not to my taste. The dial is a mixture of classical and modern elements that I cannot appreciated. It’s a shame because it is an technically outstanding watch, one of the best perpetual calendar calibres available today in fact. 

Chopard LUC Lunar One
Chopard L.U.C 96QP with Geneva Seal

The other moon phase timepiece is the LUC Lunar Twin. This only displays the date, as well as the moon phase. Again not my cup of tea (same hands), though the simplicity of the watch is appealing.

The Lunar Twin is in a 40 mm white gold case and equipped with the L.U.C cal. 96.21-L.

Chopard LUC Lunar Twin

I wish Chopard would unveil more watches like the new LUC Skeletec which has a much more coherent design. – SJX

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