It was in the autumn edition of Christie’s traditional “Important Watches” auction that the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse – The Tribute (N°1/150) by Chopard fetched the fine sum of CHF 57,500 (HKD 460,000). In addition to the pleasure of owning example 1 of an exceptional limited-edition timepiece, produced this year in a series of 150 to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary, its new owner will have contributed to a noble cause, since Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele had chosen to donate the entire proceeds to the Geneva Watchmaking School (EHG).
L.U.C Calibre EHG
Chopard and the EHG worked in partnership to create the L.U.C EHG movement driving the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse – The Tribute. For the Geneva-based company, this cooperation was the fulfilment of a long nurtured dream: the creation of a pocket-watch movement. For the institution founded in 1925, this caliber represented the possibility of perpetuating the tradition of the “school piece”, an established rite of passage in the life of any watchmaker.
The EHG trains 150 future watchmakers per year and is the last school in Switzerland to offer its students a chance to work on a “school piece”. Faced with a shortage of components for its former study-piece calibre and unable to acquire any more due to the small quantities required, the school was only able to offer this privilege to a handful of students at the time until Chopard came on the scene.
The L.U.C EHG calibre called for more than 5,300 hours of research and development. It indicates the hours, minutes and the small seconds at 6 o’clock. It is also endowed with an 80-hour power reserve and its balance oscillates at a frequency of 3 Hz, meaning 21,600 vibrations per hour. This hand-wound movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC and bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.
L.U.C Louis-Ulysse - The Tribute
Produced in a 150-piece limited edition for Chopard’s 150th anniversary, the L.U.C Louis-Ulysse – The Tribute is intended as a contemporary tribute to the watchmaking art in general, as well as to Karl Scheufele I. The latter had indeed filed a patent for an ingenious “adjustable lugs” system serving to quickly and easily transform a pocket-watch into a wristwatch. This system inspired Chopard to develop an extremely reliable cradle system that is particularly easy to handle and serves the very same role on its L.U.C. Louis-Ulysse – The Tribute.