Endowed with an inherently technical, distinguished and sporting nature, the L.U.C Engine One is an aesthetic hybrid combining authentic automobile mechanics with Fine Watchmaking. The finishes on its Chopard Manufacture tourbillon movement evoke those typically appearing on engines, while its horizontal layout reflects the design of racing-car cockpits. Through aesthetics, functionality and performance, Chopard once again affirms its long-established and intimate relationship with the field of competitive motor sports.
Designed and built by Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, the movement of this timepiece bears the reference number L.U.C 04.02-L. The openings in its movement are a nod to the openworked design of a racing-car air intake. Engine-block cylinder heads inspired the grooves engraved on the dial-side bridges. For functional reasons, the latter are in fact an integral part of the main plate of the movement. The latter is visible from both sides of the “machine” through two flat sapphire crystal watch glasses. The interplay of polished and satin-brushed surfaces, the cut-off curves and the concave surfaces, combine to express a particularly sophisticated approach to design in both formal and ergonomic terms.