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  • Manufacturer: Chopard
    Year: 2005
    Reference No: 16/1874/1
    Movement No: 100'970
    Case No: 1'150'375
    Model Name: L.U.C Quattro Regulator Only Watch 2005
    Material: Palladium
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 1.98-37089, 39 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k white gold Chopard folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Chopard fitted box, Certificate of Limited Edition dated September 2005 confirming the present watch is an unique piece made specially for Only Watch in 2005, COSC rating certificate, loupe and instruction manual

  • Catalogue Essay

    Only Watch is a biennial charity auction of unique and prototype timepieces, the proceeds of which go to research on Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.

    The present lot is a unique Chopard L.U.C Regulator made for the celebrated charity auction in 2005. The present watch not only displays hours and minutes on two separate dials, the minutes are indicated via a central hand and the hours via a subdial at 3 o’clock, but also displays a second time zone, date, subseconds and power reserve.

    Beating within is Chopard’s inhouse manual L.U.C cal 1.98 using Chopard’s “Quattro” technology translating into the use of 4 barrels that offer an impressive 216 hour (9 days) power reserve. The movement is furthermore painstakingly finished as evidenced by the prestigious Geneva seal.

    The present lot is nevertheless truly unique as it is the only Chopard L.U.C Regulator housed in a palladium case. Palladium is a white metal from the family of platinum but less dense, more malleable and lighter than platinum. It also features a unique dial. The back is engraved: Pièce Unique, Only Watch 2005.

    Chopard was founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860 in the small village of Sonvilier, Switzerland. By virtue of their precision and reliability, his watches quickly gained a solid reputation among enthusiasts and found buyers from Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia. In 1963 the founder's grandson Paul André Chopard sold the brand to Karl Scheufele, descendant of a dynasty of watchmakers and jewelers from Pforzheim, Germany.

    Under the leadership of the Scheufele family, Chopard has built a solid reputation in the field of haute horlogerie. As a family owned company Karl Scheufele and his wife Karin have orchestrated the company’s international expansion for more than 40 years and are still active in the firm. Their two children are its current co-presidents: Caroline Scheufele is responsible for the ladies’ collections and high jewelery, while her brother Karl-Friedrich Scheufele manages the men's collections and the Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier, the production site of L.U.C movements and has been directly involved in the creation and development of the L.U.C models like the present lot.

  • Artist Biography

    Chopard

    Swiss • 1860

    At the age of 24, Louis-Ulysse Chopard started his company L.U.C. Chopard in Sonviller, Switzerland. Since the brand's inception in 1860, Chopard understood the need for thin and accurate pocket watches to be functional for daily wear. The brand gained world recognition in 1912 after Tsar Nicolas II became a client.

    Following Louis-Ulysse's death in 1915, his sons Paul-Louis and Paul André took over the business and moved their headquarters to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1963, the company was taken over by Karl Scheufele, who remains the brand's owner. Arguably Chopard's most recognizable design, the "Happy" line, was inspired by Scheufele's daughter Caroline. In 1996, his son Karl-Friedrich established Chopard as a manufacturer of its own range of in-house movements under the name L.U.C., creating groundbreaking, exquisitely finished watches that have earned the brand worldwide acclaim.

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Ref. 16/1874/1
A unique and attractive palladium regulator-style wristwatch with power reserve, dual time zone and date

2005
39.5mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF25,000 - 50,000 
€23,200-46,300
$24,800-49,500

Sold for CHF25,000

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