Our industry – watchmaking – can easily be viewed as far, exceptionally far away from responsible issue. How would this be possible from an industry able to sell 40mm objects at more than 300.000 Euros? In fact, there is an association that applies sustainable considerations to luxury, both jewelry and horology: Fairmined gold . This standard performs responsible artisanal and small-scale mining, through mining activities, environmental protection, labor conditions, traceability of Fairmined minerals and socio-economic development. Don’t expect this to come in an ugly watch (like those ugly earthy colored recycle napkins). This responsible artisanal gold is featured in an elegant and desirable watch, the Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined.
To demonstrate the world that the watchmaking industry can also consider the destiny of people exploiting mines, Chopard has decided since a couple of years presently to develop an association with Fairmined, a certification guaranteeing that the gold used to craft a portion of their watches has been responsibly mined and the excavators have received reasonable installment and an overall premium. Chopard already appeared in 2014 a watch using this sustainable metal – the L.U.C Tourillon 8 Days. This year, the brand shows its responsible goals in a more affordable and classical watch, one that we had some appropriate craving for, the L.U.C XPS, a slim, elegant timepiece with an intriguing micro-rotor ultra-slight movement.
The case-back, middle case (including the lugs) and bezel of the new L.U.C XPS Fairmined are entirely made of Fairmined gold, here a rose alloy to be precise. Nothing is not quite the same as different golds: same extents – 18 karats – same weight, same durability. We’re not talking about a gold that could be more fragile or less proportioned regardless of whether sustainable. It’s only a matter of a responsible mining. The Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined comes though in 18k rose gold and the case measures a reasonable and elegant 39.5mm. It also has an extremely slim profile, at 7.13mm, allowing it to be called ultra-slim. Of course, we’re a long way from the 3.65mm of a Piaget Altiplano 900P but the Chopard was not created to be a record breaker, just a slim and elegant watch. It comes with a classical construction, an appropriate dial (something the Piaget doesn’t have) and furthermore, an automatic movement.
The most surprising piece of this Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined is for sure its deeply engraved dial. It comes with a non-regular sunburst silk brushed slate-dark galvanic dial, made to look like a gold nugget – we encourage you to zoom on the photograph bellow to investigate the example. Without being ostentatious, it give the extremely classical Chopard L.U.C XPS a real originality and has the right to be contemplated. On this dial are applied discreet faceted gold records. The dauphine hands are also made in this matching metal.
The sapphire caseback reveals a superbly completed and well constructed development. Chopard, with the L.U.C collection, can achieve legitimate Haute Horlogerie timepieces, that can be enhanced with the Geneva Seal or the considerably seriously requesting Quality Fleurier certification . The Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined comes with none of these guidelines but, nevertheless, has a superb development. The self-winding L.U.C Caliber 96.12-L is certified chronometer and comes with a double barrel (Twin® technology) ensuring over 65-hour power hold and a more stable delivery of energy through the whole force save. The self winding mechanism relies on a nice 22k gold micro-rotor that allows the development to be slim at 3.3mm. It comes with a pleasant completion, as the bridges enhanced with Côtes de Genève are chamfered with hand-polished beveled angles, the principle plate is circular-grained and the screws and screw-slots are polished.
The Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined is a watch that must be applauded for two reasons: one that you may expect from us and another that demonstrates that the industry also has some consideration for its suppliers and not just its clients. We’re before a timepiece that allies an elegant and original feeling, with its superb dial and its pleasant extents, an intriguing horological content and sustainable considerations, something that is uncommon enough in the luxury world to be noticed and encouraged. This Fairmined gold remaining parts anyway uncommon and therefore, the The Chopard L.U.C XPS Fairmined is limited to 250 pieces, only available in the official Chopard boutiques.
More details on the Baselworld 2015 page of Chopard and Fairmined.org