Hands-On – Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier Fairmined – Original, Luxurious and… Ethical

By rolex
April 7, 2021
4 min read

The classic elegance of L.U.C Chopard, with a contemporary twist and a trace of reasonable exchange… because indeed, watchmaking can also deal with social development and environmental protection. Meet the Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier Fairmined, a slender limited release timepiece resounding a unique perception of elegance, controlled by a superb micro-rotor development and crafted in ethical pink gold.

The Chopard L.U.C. XPS Twist is an alluring flimsy dress watch with an alternate… twist. Its plan reverberates the L.U.C classic elegance, faithfully respecting its distinctive features. However the crown, unusually situated at 4 o’clock, lends the watch its unique character. On the off chance that this asymmetrical situation of the crown isn’t new to Chopard as previous “twist” versions have been released, the comeback of the dial with unique swirled and profound engraved example is surely a nice touch.

Thanks to its ultra-slight caliber (3.3 mm), the Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist is a remarkably slender watch, regardless of its automatic winding mechanism. At 40 mm in width, it wears extremely well. There is noteworthy consideration regarding details throughout: the casebands are vertically silk completed while the bezel and caseback are perfectly polished. The watch bears the Fairmined label, implying that the watch’s gold begins from community-based artisanal and small-scale mining associations developed under the Alliance for Responsible Mining (more details on www.fairmined.org ).

Just like the previous (2015) version, the Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined , this dial is the thing that makes this XPS so unique (thus pleasant to the eye). Supposed to be roused by gold nuggets, it is deeply stepped and afterward galvanized. It features a sophisticated slate-dark color and a nice curve. The gold hands are matching the color of the hour markers and are also made in ethical gold. Compared to the previous version, the hands and files are larger, more “planned” and give the watch a bolder style, which isn’t to baffle us, as the main release was some way or another too bashful in that field. Never ostentatious, that dial stays the clear attraction of the Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist, but only when closely inspected – when worn, this example is in fact discreet.

The Chopard L.U.C. XPS Twist is controlled by the L.U.C 96.09-L caliber, bearing the Fondation Qualité Fleurier hallmark and is chronometer-certified by the COSC (for more data about these certifications, read our technical perspective here ). This slender automatic development with 22K gold micro-rotor runs at 4 Hz for a force save of 65 hours. Its two coaxial barrels are stacked one on top the other and work in arrangement, to give a more constant energy flow and, for such a slender development, a long force hold. As always with L.U.C. calibers, it is superbly gotten done with Geneva stripes, nice anglages on the extensions, perlage on the mainplate and polished screw heads – the Qualité Fleurier certification is extremely requesting regarding completing and decoration.

The L.U.C XPS Twist is produced in a limited release of 250 pieces. It is worn on a black alligator tie with alligator lining and pin buckle, which as usual for Chopard, shows an overall extremely pleasant quality and perfection. For more data, visit www.chopard.com .

Technical specifications –Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist Qualité Fleurier Fairmined

  • Case: 40mm width x 7.20mm thickness – Fairmined 18k pink gold – polished and satined case – sapphire crystal on the two sides – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: caliber L.U.C. 96.09-L – 27.40mm x 3.3mm – mechanical with automatic winding (22K gold micro-rotor) – 65h power save – 28,800 vibrations/h – 29 jewels – hours, minutes and small seconds
  • Strap: alligator tie with pin buckle
  • Certifications: Qualité Fleurier, COSC
  • Reference: 161945-5001
  • Limited release of 250 pieces
  • Retail price: EUR 18,210