The Elaborate Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Goat” Timepiece

Through the fusion of fine watchmaking and exceptional Japanese lacquerwork, Chopard honors the Chinese calendar's "Year of the Goat" with the creation of the L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Goat” timepiece. I've priorly discussed Chopard's L.U.C XPS Poinçon de Genève which, in essence, is technologically identical to this wristwatch; yet, there is one significant variance: The dial. 


This dial, composed of gold dust and a honey-like lacquer known as Urushi, is crafted entirely by hand. These substances, gold dust and Urushi, are delicately applied using a minuscule bamboo brush. As you can see, vivid hues and intricate details help to transform this small, purposeful canvas (dial) into a spectacular work of art. 


Depicted on this Chopard timepiece is a golden Goat resting on a flower bed. Brilliant clouds hover above this tranquil scenery while a large tree and other aspects of nature border the setting. 

The case--an ultra-thin, 18 karat rose gold, Calatrava-like design--measures to a diameter of precisely 39.50 millimeters. Additionally, Chopard offers a version in 18 karat white gold.

Unlike most dress watches, this piece is water-resistant to 30 meters; although, I do not recommend taking this wristwatch into water.

Portrayed in the following photograph is a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback. Its outer edge bears multiple engravings and important Genevan watchmaking hallmarks. 

A 29-jewel, 3.30 millimeter thin, selfwinding L.U.C 96.17-L movement powers the Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Goat” Timepiece. Featured in this movement is a 60-hour power reserve and impressive finishes, most clearly exhibited by the Côtes de Genève-adorned bridges. 

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