Baselworld 2019: Chopard reveals its first-ever flying tourbillon watch
The Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin is a refined wrist machine that’s crafted in ethical Fairmined gold.
When you attempt something for the first time, you want to make sure you get it right. By all accounts, the L.U.C Flying T Twin – Chopard’s first-ever flying tourbillon – the Genevan manufacturer appears to have hit the nail on the head.
The ultra-thin case, which measures 40mm by 7.2mm, makes for a very elegant frame to showcase the artistry of the dial and the virtuosity of the flying tourbillon. It’s not an everyday watch; rather, something you’d pair with an evening jacket for a night on the town.
The contrast between the 18K Fairmined rose gold case and anthracite grey dial heightens the appeal. The warmth of this colour combination draws the eye in, encouraging lingering gazes upon the dial decoration: Snailed motif around the chapter ring, honeycomb design in the centre. Hand-guilloched, the latter is a nod to the first insignia used by founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard.
The gaze inevitably rests on the centre of attraction at 6 o’clock – the flying tourbillon – as it spins on its own axis. Regular tourbillons are supported both above and below; flying tourbillons are only held up from below. This regulating organ performs a full rotation in one minute, and carries with it a small, triangular seconds hand.
Through a sapphire case back, the view from the reverse is no less spectacular. An engraved 22K gold micro-rotor takes centrestage amid meticulously finished plates, bridges and wheels. Fitted with a hand-sewn alligator strap, the Chopard L.U.C Flying T Twin is limited to 50 pieces.