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  • Manufacturer: Chopard
    Year: Both circa 2012
    Reference No: The first 161902-5049, the second 161902-1021
    Movement No: The first 162’118 , the second 128’158
    Case No: The first 1’855’312 , the second 1’581’326
    Model Name: Both L.U.C XP Urushi, the first “Sky Peacock”, the second “The Ultimate Universe”
    Material: The first 18K pink gold, the second 18K white gold
    Calibre: Both automatic, cal. L.U.C. 96HM, 29 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Both crocodile
    Clasp/Buckle: The first 18K pink gold Chopard pin buckle, the second 18K white gold Chopard pin buckle
    Dimensions: Both 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Both accompanied by undated Chopard Certificate of Origin stamped Elegant Watch & Jewellery, lacquered Chopard presentation box with wooden outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Paying homage to the traditional artisanal craftsmanship of Japanese lacquering interpreted by horology, Chopard’s L.U.C. XP Urushi collection displays works of art featured on the dial by Japanese artists. A traditional craft, Japanese lacquering is famous for two main techniques used, Urushi and Maki-e with the application of the lacquer applied in layers. Maki-e refers to the technique of sprinkling metallic dust to form the motif.

    The present pair of Chopard wristwatches from the L.U.C. XP Urushi collection – one in white gold and one in pink gold, both display varying motifs and techniques used on the lacquered dial. The first example in white gold features a glossy black lacquered surface depicting etched flowers and colorful bugs named “The Ultimate Universe” is strikingly attractive executed with Urushi. The second example in pink gold features both maki-e and urushi sprinkled with gold dust to form a motif of the “Sky Peacock”. Both examples are presented in “like new” condition and is complete with its certificate and presentation box.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. The first 161902-5049, the second 161902-1021
A fine pair of white gold and pink gold wristwatches with Japanese lacquer dials by Kiichiro Masumura and Yamada Heiando, certificates and presentation boxes

Both circa 2012
Both 39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 230,000 
€16,000-24,500
$19,200-29,500

Sold for HK$226,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021