Each year, Chopard introduces a unique interpretation version of Peony. This colorful, fragrant, symbolic and loved flower since ancient times has found a space to bloom on the 35mm L.U.C. In addition to the exquisite and delicate decoration of the watch with the fleurisanne carving process, Chopard Watch Factory has added an equally delicate and subtle craftsmanship to this year’s new style: the art of paper cutting. Although they are two different methods of construction, they have the same goal: the peony flower that reflects the vigor of vigor, grace and luxury, and fleeting!
In 2018, Chopard introduced a unique interpretation version of peony. In addition to the exquisite and delicate decoration of the watch with the fleurisanne carving process, Chopard Watch Factory has added an equally delicate and subtle craftsmanship to this year’s new style: the art of paper cutting
The L.U.C. Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch continues the craft floral models introduced in the L.U.C. Esprit de Fleurier series since 2015, re-applying the characteristic elements of the series, using its light and smooth lines, while retaining its eternal spirituality. However, Chopard boldly combines two different skills this year, bringing together two top-end skills.
Chopard subtly blends the arts of the East and the West, and displays the stylized peony on the new L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, showing the art of making good use of the ‘virtual and real’ contrast. Peony flowers carved in black paper on the white face plate refined with the Great Ming enamel are gracefully and luxuriously displayed.
The peony flower is a kind of rich flower that has a national fragrance but fades away in a blink of an eye. Chopard chose to use a paper-cutting technique to show the king of this delicate and noble flower. The art of paper-cutting originates from the East and has developed significantly in all ages and civilizations since ancient times. Chinese paper-cut art—has been included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List, as well as ‘Kirie’ in Japan and ‘Sanjih’ in India, both of which were born in the Alps-Highlands of Vaud, Switzerland (Pays-d’Enhaut) The folk paper-cut art ‘Scherenschnitt’ has the same purpose. Swiss paper-cutting technology can be divided into two groups. One of them is the traditional paper-cutting art that expresses the rural scenery, and the other is the abstract paper-cutting art that has a more contemporary style and more pattern design. However, no matter what type of pattern is presented, what artistic intentions are used or what kind of tools are used to cut the engraving, each pattern paper cutting is a pleasing little miracle. Chopard subtly blends the arts of the East and the West, and displays the stylized peony on the new L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, showing the art of making good use of the ‘virtual and real’ contrast. Peony flowers carved in black on the black paper stand out gracefully on the white face plate refined with the Great Ming enamel. The bezel around the dial, the lugs, and the middle edge of the case are inlaid with brilliant diamonds, which not only set off the fine and elegant silhouette on the dial, decorated with precious diamonds, which complements the peony.
Chopard ingeniously carved peony on the 18K rose gold movement splint. The technique used by the master craftsman is the so-called fleurisanne engraving process. The engraving movement alone must take two weeks.
Elegant peony blooms not only on the face plate, but also on the movement of the watch, allowing the peony flower language and its symbolic meaning to be fully exerted. The artisans commissioned by Chopard followed these symbolic allegations to ingeniously craft peony on the 18K rose gold movement splint. The technique used by the master craftsman is the so-called fleurisanne carving process. In order to give the L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch a lifelike peony pattern and image, the engraving movement alone must take two weeks. The characteristic of this embossing technique is to sculpt the material around the pattern and keep the pattern you want to present. On the surviving surface, the swirling peony petals and leaf patterns are carved. Then carved one by one in the surrounding recesses to create a grainy appearance. After the engraving process is completed, the movement is then plated with rhodium to create an elegant and rare two-color movement.
L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch
18K rose gold material / LUC 96.23-L self-winding movement / hour and minute display / Fleurisannes craft carving-peony decorative pattern dial / diamond setting / sapphire crystal mirror, transparent bottom cover / waterproof 30 meters 35mm / Limited 8 pieces / Reference price: 770,000 RMB
The new L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch is equipped with the movement L.U.C. 96.23-L, which uses Twin’s patented technology, that is, it is equipped with a stacked coaxial double barrel, which enables a power reserve function of up to 65 hours. Putting such a self-winding mechanical movement in an ultra-thin case with a thickness of only 7.70 mm is a veritable technological innovation. This is entirely possible thanks to the intelligent construction of the micro-rotor. You can see this micro-rotor through the transparent case back. This charming flower watch is limited to eight 18K rose gold models.