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INTRODUCING: Chopard’s L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition

The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition in ethical gold case and royal blue guilloché dial.

A new limited-edition timepiece in its signature L.U.C line celebrates Chopard’s long-standing partnership with Sincere Fine Watches.

Beehives are a design signature of the house of Chopard for the most endearing of reasons. Historically, farmers in the Jura region, such as the Chopard family, would supplement their income in the months between planting seasons with other non-agricultural jobs. Those with the requisite skills took on the manufacturing or finishing of watch components and movements, and some kept bees. Louis-Ulysse Chopard’s family did both, and the Maison that bears his family name continues to maintain elements of the latter industry through the former.

The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Limited Edition in 18K ethical gold case with royal blue guillioché dial.
The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition in 18K ethical gold with royal blue guillioché dial.

In its early years, right up to the 1920s, Chopard embraced the symbolism of bees, which were associated with values of dedication, teamwork, and generosity. Its watches bore engravings of a beehive surrounded by bees. When Chopard’s manufacture at Fleurier was established in 1996, co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele revived this iconic symbol, incorporating it into select models of the L.U.C collection. A new edition of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer, released exclusively for Sincere Fine Watches, celebrates its long-standing relationship as well as the well-loved L.U.C family and its standout design details.

A closeup of the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Limited Edition's dial.
A closeup of the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition’s dial.

The L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition debuts a unique shade of Royal Blue into its design. Signifying authority, trust, and confidence, this bold, bright hue was specially developed for Sincere Fine Watches. Within a 40mm case made from 18K ethical gold is a hand-guilloché dial on a solid gold base. It features a sunburst satin-brushed outer section, a finely snailed small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, as well as an engine-turned honeycomb motif in the middle. Gilded dauphine hands indicate the time on this stunner of a timekeeper, which also includes a minute track for enhanced clarity.

The exterior of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer Limited Edition's back cover features a hand-guilloché honeycomb pattern.
The exterior of the L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer SHH Edition’s back cover features a hand-guilloché honeycomb pattern.

The hunter-style case offers the wearer the best of both worlds – a beautifully engraved caseback that flips open to reveal the beautifully finished movement within. Even with a hinged cover, the watch maintains a shirt sleeve-friendly profile of 7.7mm. The outside of the back cover features the same honeycomb motif as the dial, while the inside contains hand engravings of a beehive and bees. These industrious insects appear randomly on each watch, endowing this already limited collection of just 12 watches with an added touch of exclusivity.

The beautifully finished ultra-thin Calibre L.U.C 96.01-L is housed within this half-hunter case.
The beautifully finished ultra-thin Calibre L.U.C 96.01-L is housed within this half-hunter case.

The back cover pops open gently via an ingenious spring system triggered by a pusher on the crown to reveal our all-time favourite Chopard movement – the self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L. This groundbreaking movement was the very first Chopard manufacture movement introduced in 1997, housed in none other than an L.U.C case. A highly efficient and meticulously finished micro-rotor made of 22K ethical gold sits just above the regulating organs, providing a substantial 65-hour power reserve with twin barrels. Assembled at Chopard’s Geneva facilities, it bears both the Hallmark of Geneva seal as well as COSC-certified precision.

The watch is completed by a matte-finish calfskin strap secured by an 18K ethical gold pin buckle. Head to an SHH boutique near you to discover this buzz-worthy watch today.

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