Chopard adheres to the true truth, pays tribute to the Asian tradition, and creates the L.U.C XP Year of the Mouse watch with a long tradition of Japanese traditional painting. As the next zodiac of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the mouse symbolizes wisdom and insight. This new watch, with its 18K rose gold case, presents a gold rat shape on the dial, revealing grace and richness.
As always, the master craftsman Chopard has created exquisite dials that are extremely expressive and symbolic to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year. Not only that, the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rat is the beginning of the zodiac cycle forms January 25, 2020, to February 12, 2021.
The dial of this watch is entirely handmade. Chopard uses the traditional Japanese art of Urushi painting to fuse raw lacquer and gold powder to pay tribute to the long-standing Asian culture.
On the dial, a golden rat is standing on the ear of corn which symbolizes the abundance, and persimmon is drawn next to it. This winter-picked fruit symbolizes longevity. Opposite the golden rat is a bunch of flowers, showing three lucky colors of blue, gold and green. In the traditional Chinese zodiac, the mouse symbolizes enthusiasm, charm, and the embodiment of alertness and wisdom. They are sincere to their friends, generous to their families, and optimistic.
The raw lacquer materials used by lacquer work are extracted from the resin of the Urushi tree, also called “lacquer tree” or “Japanese lacquer tree”. Urushi tree is mainly grown in Japan and China, and can only be collected once a year, and the quantity is rare. Resin is collected for three to five years before it can be processed into a durable honey-like raw lacquer. It needs to be painted layer by layer, and each layer is extremely thin.
Chopard has collaborated with Yamada Heiando, a master of the Urushi craft, to create this 88-piece limited edition watch, which presents a model masterpiece of handicraft japan-painting. As one of the masterpieces, Chopard demonstrates his deep love for rare craftsmanship and aesthetics.
Such a masterpiece of art can only be matched with a sophisticated high-end Chopard L.U.C XP watch. Chopard Manufacture’s master craftsmen follow the tradition of fine watchmaking and handcraft this elegant and slim timepiece.
Through the sapphire crystal case back, you can admire the exquisite movement of L.U.C 96.17-L.
The watch dial is only 3.3 mm thick and has a power reserve of 65 hours. The ultra-thin shape and practical characteristics are harmoniously intertwined in this masterpiece. In addition, the 18K rose gold case with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of only 6.8mm is exclusively customized for Asian consumers.