First revealed in 2006, the original Chopard L.U.C Twist was okay, to say the least. Still, however dressy it was, the silvered dial combined white gold Dauphine hands was not contrasting enough, thus significantly hampering the legibility. The second edition of the L.U.C. Twist, which is now offered with a completely black lacquered face, solves the problem. More than that, it makes the watch almost perfect: the winning combo of large Arabic numerals, black dial, and polished hands not only turns the gadget into a nice accessory ready for a black-tie event but also allows you to grasp its reading at a single passing glance.
As far as I understand, from the hardware point of view, this is still the same gorgeous dress watch that was presented three years ago during Baselworld 2006, albeit with a new dial.
It is still powered by the same landmark “L.U.C. 1.96” COSC-certified movement (it was Chopard’s very first in-house automatic caliber that sported twin mainspring barrel design with the bobbins stacked one on top of the other to deliver almost stunning 70 hours of guaranteed power reserve.)
The caliber is still encased in the same circular-shaped body that measures 42 millimeters in diameter and is available either in 18-karat white gold (Ref. 161888-1003) and even dressier (and more conspicuous) rose gold alloy (Ref. 161888-5007).
Its small-seconds display is still located at 7 o’clock and its golden winding / setting crown still stays at a rather unusual for a dressy timekeeper position at 4 o’clock providing the dial with an even more eccentric appearance. Can’t say that I find this sort of crown placement terribly comfortable, but I don’t see it as a big problem either.
The date window is still placed at 3 o’clock, although it would be wonderful if it was moved just an hour counterclockwise to balance the subsidiary seconds sub-dial.
Well, maybe the guys from the Swiss-based brand simply wanted to introduce a piece of sanity into their twisted product.
Too bad that the Twist will be produced only in gold since a much less expensive stainless steel version would have made it much more popular among the connoisseurs, which is not ready to pay around €10,000 for this precious piece of beauty, but would still like to get a less expensive version.
At least, yours truly would be glad to get himself an “entry-level” LUC Twist in polished steel.
Chopard L.U.C Twist (refs. 161888-1003 and 161888-5007) specification
Price range: About $15,000
Movement: L.U.C. 1.96 caliber, two mainspring barrels, COSC-certified chronometer with the Poinson de Geneve mark, decorated by hand, Swiss Made
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, small seconds
Power reserve: 65-70 hours
Case: Rose or white gold, 18-karat, transparent case back
Size: 41.00 mm
Case height: 10.00 mm
Hands: White gold, luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Brown or black hand-sewn alligator with tone-on-tone stitching, 18-karat pink or white gold buckle engraved with “Chopard” logo
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective