2012/04/06 - Chopard L.U.C Triple Tourbillon - A world's first

The Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon has received the three most prestigious certifications in Swiss watchmaking, becoming the first watch to do so. The stunning timepiece has been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, or COSC) certificate, the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, and the Fleurier Quality Foundation label.
Together, these distinguished certifications provide assurance of superior quality, precision and reliability never before seen.

The COSC is the only neutral body able to grant the title of ‘chronometer.’ To earn certification, a movement must be built with utmost care and precision, as well as endure 15 days of tests conducted in five different positions and at three different temperatures.

The historic Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark – of which only a very limited number of brands are worthy to claim membership – requires strict compliance with 12 exacting criteria, ranging from the integrity of the materials, the craftsmanship of components, as well as movement construction and assembly.

The Fleurier Quality Foundation certification, undoubtedly the most difficult to obtain, subjects the timepiece to the unparalleled Chronofiable testing procedure. The 21-day Fleurier procedure, which incorporates the COSC tests, evaluates long-term resilience by simulating six-months wear through strains such as impact, wrist movement, and variations in humidity.

The 43mm diameter 18-carat rose gold case embraces the new curved shape of the L.U.C collection. The polished and satin-brushed lugs have been entirely redesigned, ensuring enhanced comfort and perfect aesthetic balance. The crown, engraved with the L.U.C logo, is slimmer while remaining attractively ergonomic.

With the greatest importance placed on readability, the dial features refined silver-toned and grained detail designed to catch the light — a sublime contrast to the rhodiumed black hands personalized in the ‘Dauphine’ style. The hours are marked by delicately applied 1960s-inspired black rhodiumed Roman numerals and topped by a minute track.

The remarkable exterior encases the hand-wound Chopard Manufacture L.U.C Calibre 02-13-L (L.U.C 1.02QF), a movement fitted with four stacked and series-coupled barrels: the Chopard’s patented Quattro® technology that ensures nine full days of operating autonomy.
While the L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon is a first in terms of the combined level of official recognition, none of the individual certifications are new to Chopard.

All L.U.C models are certified by the COSC (apart from the L.U.C XP), and many of L.U.C movements also carry the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark for years now. In regards to the Fleurier Quality Foundation, Chopard was one of its founding brands.