The Chopard L.U.C Chrono One Flyback watch is one of the world’s finest high luxury chronographs with an automatic movement. A worthy rival to such prestigious competition as the Patek Philippe Ref. 5960P or Glashutte Original’s PanoMaticChrono, the Chrono One Flyback fully bolsters the reputation for watchmaking excellence that Chopard’s L.U.C collection has become noted for amongst collectors. Originally released by Chopard in a limited edition 2006 series, the Chrono One Flyback will now be part of the regular Chopard L.U.C lineup in a choice of 18K rose gold, as well as white.
A well-rounded example of horological excellence, the Chopard Chrono One Flyback has many things going for it: elegant yet dashing design, outstanding fine execution, and the exclusiveness of an extremely sophisticated manufacture movement. (As an interesting side point, even the gold cases are produced in-house from alloys that Chopard has developed.) From a mechanical point of view, the movement inside this Chopard timepiece is outstanding from both aesthetic and operational perspectives. The L.U.C 11CF Calibre possesses three exemplary technical features that Chopard has gotten patent protection for. They are:
- a unique automatic-wind system with a unidirectional gear that regulates winding speed
- a reset function governed by hammers that cushions chronograph reset
- a small seconds reset that facilitates precision setting of the time.
Of note to purists, the chronograph mechanism of the Chopard L.U.C Chrono One Flyback is fully integrated. A column-wheel is present, as would be expected from such an uncompromising, high-end execution.
Chopard just continues to add new chapters to its excellent reputation as a first-class luxury watchmaker. I hope that the L.U.C collection will have a minute repeater within the next several years – if that happens, I have little doubt it will be well worth the wait!