Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon Esprit de Fleurier Limited Edition Watch
Applying classic decorative techniques (called "fleurisanne engraving) known in the small (but popular for watch making) Swiss town of Fleurier, Chopard will offer just 15 pieces of this limited edition in-house made L.U.C Tourbillon Esprit de Fleurier watch. The movement - as you should be able to tell - is hand-engraved throughout with floral motifs. You see just part of it through the partially skeletonized dial, but the entire movement is decorated with that style. Plus, Chopard uses 18k gold for the main movement plates.
The movement itself is the calibre 4TT3NGM hand-wound movement with a massive power reserve of 216 hours (8 days) - through four barrels. There is a power indicator on the dial telling you when to it needs to be wound. Other functions include a tourbillon (that doubles as the subsidiary seconds hand) as well as hour and minute hands in blued steel. The movement is also a COSC certified Chronometer.
The Esprit de Fleurier comes in a 40.5mm wide case in 18k white gold. Chopard cleverly made this a "two-tone" watch without making it obvious. Very nice for lovers of traditional watches with decorative effects. Just 15 pieces will be made by Chopard, and they won't be cheap.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.