WOTY 2013: Chopard L.U.C Perpertual T

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Chopard excelled in 2013 with the release of its second-most complicated timepiece to date, the L.U.C Perpetual T, which brings together a perpetual calendar and tourbillon with an impressive nine-day power reserve.

In spite of its advanced mechanical complexity, this watch has been crafted so that the gold dial is well presented and retains legibility, thanks to the L.U.C calibre 02.15-L. The date features in a large twin aperture. The day of the week and day/night indication are at 9 o’clock, while the months and leap year cycle are at 3 o’clock.

In order to avoid overloading the dial, the power reserve indicator is on the back of the watch and can be read through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. Meanwhile, the tourbillon owns its space at 6 o’clock, toppped by a polished steel bridge.

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Tested by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), the watch has the credentials to back it up for precision and timekeeping. The solid gold dial is framed by a 43mm-diameter rose gold case, and is adorned with a hand-cut guilloché motif.

The movement too has been hand decorated, with not a detail spared. The Perpetual T is elegant and complicated, which is why it stands out among a raft of beguiling mechanical watches in 2013.

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