Chopard launched a new and extraordinary work for the precious L.U.CXP watch series, continuing the Chinese Zodiac commemorative watch that is pursued every year. The brand specially selected Japanese traditional dill painting technology to present a brand new watch with the theme of the Chinese Lunar Year of the Pig. The pig symbolizes tolerance, ingenuity and innocence. This exquisite and elegant work presents the image of a happy golden pig on the dial and is equipped with an ultra-thin movement of Chopard L.U.C96.17-L. Known as the essence of the ancient Japanese lacquer painting art, Maki-e is perfectly integrated with the top Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship, creating a brand new L.U.CXP Year of the Pig watch, limited to 88 pieces. As always, the Chopard Masters celebrate the Chinese New Year with a symbolic dial. The Lunar Year of the Pig will begin on February 5, 2019 and end on January 24, 2020.
LUCXPUrushiYearofthePig gold pig dill watch 18K rose gold case, 39.5mm diameter, dill paint lacquer dial, presenting the ‘Golden Pig’ 2019, hours and minutes, LUC96.17-L automatic winding movement, power reserve 65 hours, sapphire crystal glass and bottom cover, waterproof 30 meters, alligator leather strap, limited to 88 pieces.
Extraordinary art reveals harmony and temperament
The dial of this new zodiac watch is entirely handmade, and Chopard pays tribute to the long-standing Asian culture by using the traditional Japanese dill painting process. On the dial, a round (meaning happiness) golden pig (a symbol of abundance) is strolling through the colorful forest. The zodiac pig represents sincerity, hard work, friendliness and generosity in the traditional Chinese zodiac culture. Therefore, the Year of the Pig symbolizes success and prosperity, and is also a year of celebration.
Urushi Lacquer Art: Continuing the ancient precious art
Urushi means an ancient traditional lacquer art. Its name comes from ‘Urushi’. Raw lacquer raw materials are extracted from lacquer tree once a year, and a small amount of resin is collected. Three to five years after the resin is collected, it can become a very durable raw lacquer after aging and processing. The raw lacquer raw materials can be painted layer by layer, and each layer is extremely thin. This requires extremely rigorous and delicate work methods. Only the experienced master Fang, who has many years of experience, knows this, fine small particles with iridescence, and gives the paint a three-dimensional impression, sparkling brilliance, and meticulous layer changes.
The L.U.CXPUrushiYearofthePig watch is equipped with the L.U.C96.17-L automatic winding movement and has patented Twin® double barrel technology.
Just like the L.U.CXP watch in previous years, Chopard worked with the Japanese royal lacquer maker Yamada Heiando to create this precious dial. The Japanese lacquer master Shiki Ichiro, known as the ‘National Treasure of the World’ in Japan, designed the dial in person, and Chopard specially invited Master Shiki Koizumi to draw it. Such arts and crafts can only be matched with L.U.CXP watches.
The artisan masters at Chopard Watch Factory follow the tradition of fine watchmaking and hand-decorate this low-key and elegant timepiece. The case is made of ethical 18K rose gold. Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can enjoy the beauty of the L.U.C96.17-L movement.
The master of Maki-eiko Koizumi draws a L.U.CXPUrushiYearofthePig watch.
Chopard Fine Watchmaking
As a family-run brand, Chopard firmly adheres to the spirit of independence. All the processes of making L.U.C watches are done in the brand’s watch factories in Geneva and Fleurier. From movement conception, finished product design, cast gold, case stamping and processing, movement component production, traditional hand engraving and decoration, surface treatment, polishing, assembly, adjustment and quality control, Chopard masters every production link perfectly, every All LUC series watches are such extraordinary masterpieces. These watches are the result of exquisite craftsmanship, extraordinary, meet the expectations of modern gentlemen. L.U.C watches cleverly combine exquisite craftsmanship, excellent quality and rich emotions.