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Chopard L.U.C 18K Rose Gold Tourbillon QF Fairmined Watch

Side of Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined

Chopard has partnered with the Alliance for Responsible Mining,a South American organization. ARM is a gold industry which work with  miners and experts. ARM has established a certification standard for the “Fairmined” gold, ensuring fair treatment for miners. The Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined represents a new chapter in watchmaking, but the question on the lips of many watch enthusiasts is whether this watch offers more than a clear conscience. Front of Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined
Chopard has employed many of the familiar design codes synonymous with its L.U.C collection, including dauphine fusée hour and minute hands, together with applied Roman numerals denoting the hours. A power-reserve indicator, positioned at noon, bears a resemblance to the display of the L.U.C Quattro. Side of Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined

Positioned at the base of the dial is the freely disclosed tourbillon carriage, visible through a circular aperture. A small seconds display, featuring a neat rose-gold hand, floats above the dial, interfacing with crisp white markings encircling the aperture. The tourbillon bridge, anchored by four screws, consists of two parallel bars spanning the aperture. Rather than presenting the bridge in a highly polished finish, Chopard has exercised judicious restraint, matching the bridge to the surrounding dial canvas. The result is a sense of understated horological deportment which befits the overall styling of the timepiece. A detail that I find particularly attractive is the minute track encircling the dial. With its readily visible white markings, it offers functionality by aiding the interpretation of time and provides delightful delineation between the main dial area and the case.Side of Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined 02

Measuring 43 mm in diameter, the watch nestled comfortably on my wrist. Indeed, a sad consequence of merely writing about watches is that you are aware that at some stage the watch has to be returned. The caseback is attached with eight silver-colored screws and includes a sapphire crystal center stage. The profile of the caseback is relatively flat and the lugs are gently curved. The strap is constructed of black alligator leather on the outer surface, with a contrasting brown alligator lining. The watch affixes to the arm with the aid of a rose-gold pin buckle.Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined caseback This watch contains a magnificently finished movement which meets a demanding set of certification criteria.