L.U.C FULL STRIKE
This new version of the GPHG Aiguille d’Or 2017 has a « Fairmined » 18K White Gold case and as i did not review the Rose Gold one, i couldn’t wait to have my hand-on it.
The L.U.C Full Strike is way more than a « simple » Minute Repeater! Its engineering and execution is impressive. Deep thoughts were applied in its development and the more i dig, the more i discover amazing/right conception choices.
First Minute Repeater of the Maison Horlogère CHOPARD, the piece strikes the Hours, Quarters and Minutes very loudly! It’s always a big challenge to produce a Minute repeater because the case must be water resistant and protect the movement from shocks but in the other hand, the sound must be audible.
I love its complexity! For instance, the Minute repeater won’t chime if the energy is too low. It perhaps seems logic but in fact, it’s quite difficult mechanically speaking! We are in front of mechanical components so how does it calculate the remaining energy ?
Another brilliant point is the fact that the crown is disconnected from the movement during a chime! It actually means that there is no way to damage the movement.
Manual winding, two barrels are inside the calibre L.U.C 08.01-L. One is dedicated to the time and the other to the Minute repeater. Both have a slipping spring making the barrels unbreakable. Turn the crown up or down to wind each mechanism.
In terms of novelties, 2017 was quite an incredible year! and for sure, the L.U.C Full Strike is the Best Minute Repeater i’ve seen/heard so far.
Limited edition 20 pieces