Swiss luxury brand Chopard unveiled some genuine head-turners at this year’s Baselworld, including the new L.U.C Chrono One Flyback Collection. Consisting of two models, the collection picks up where previous L.U.C Chrono One chronographs left off, infusing more modern materials and contemporary design elements. Similar to previous models, these ones feature luminescent Dauphine fusée-type hands, minimalist fonts, and arrow-shaped hour-markers. Each one measures 42mm in diameter and 13.42 thick.
Despite their shared mechanics, the two new L.U.C Chrono One Flyback iterations appear to be quite different from one another on the surface. Limited to 250 units, the stainless steel variant delivers straightforward sophistication by way of a vertical satin-brushed dial motif and polished bezel and lugs. Driving home its elegant vibe is a brown alligator strap in slate-grey, with brown alligator leather lining.
The second version, meanwhile, emanates with masculine allure, putting steel grey hour-markers, hands and counter rims against a military dark green dial. Its lightweight and sturdy case features high-performance green Titalyt, a hypoallergenic material commonly employed in the respective fields of aerospace, aeronautics, and medicine. Sealing the deal is a double-sided brown calfskin leather strap. This one’s limited to just 100 units.
At the heart of each model is L.U.C Calibre 03.03-L, which first appeared in the inaugural L.U.C Chrono One from 2007. Optimised to provide high-quality sensory feedback, the self-winding movement delivers a 60-hour power reserve and COSC-certified chronometric performance. Also featured is a flyback function (hence the name)—it measures short times in rapid succession by resetting the counters to zero at a single press. That’s joined by a stop-seconds mechanism and an open-worked 22-carat gold rotor. The wondrous movement can be seen in its naked power and glory through a window in the caseback.