Chopard has unveiled the fourth timepiece in its L.U.C Skull One series, a collection paying homage to the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). The L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art stands out with its pop art-inspired Mexican Calavera, a skull symbol intrinsically tied to the renowned festival. This vibrant motif, accented with the colors of the Mexican flag, sits within a 40mm bead-blasted, DLC-coated stainless steel case. Driving the watch is the L.U.C 96.53-L automatic calibre, crafted entirely within Chopard’s workshops.
The L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art distinguishes itself through its rich portrayal of the Day of the Dead’s spirit. The skull motif on the dial is set against the watch’s black DLC-coated case, offering a dynamic contrast. Additional details include a cheeky moustached L.U.Chopard logo, reminiscent of the Maison’s founder Louis-Ulysse, adorned with quirky designs evoking Day of the Dead iconography. The watch is complemented by a black calfskin strap highlighted with green and red lining and stitching and a DLC-coated stainless steel buckle.
The intricate movement behind the lively exterior is the Chopard L.U.C 96.53-L, a slender automatic calibre developed at Chopard’s Fleurier workshops. Noteworthy is Chopard’s Twin Technology, where two co-axial barrels enhance the movement’s 58-hour power reserve. The movement also boasts a balance spring with a flat terminal curve, which operates at 28,800 vph. The côtes de Genève-striped bridges and tungsten alloy micro-rotor can be admired through a tinted sapphire crystal case back. This design choice seeks to evoke the mysterious allure associated with the Day of the Dead.
The L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art is a continuation of Chopard’s L.U.C collection, a line emphasizing the art and traditions of watchmaking. Initiated under Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s guidance, the collection began with the L.U.C 1860 in 1996. Over the years, it has grown to include unique and intricate watch designs, all rooted in Swiss watchmaking excellence from Chopard’s workshops in Fleurier and Geneva. The L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art is a bold representation of this legacy, showcasing Chopard’s ability to innovate and surprise. This limited 25-piece watch stands as a testament to Chopard’s expertise in design and craftsmanship.