Chopard - The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN New York Saturday, December 10, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Chopard
    Year: 2022
    Reference No: 161977-5003
    Case No: N°4276448
    Model Name: L.U.C QUATTRO SPIRIT 25 - Time for Art Edition
    Material: 18K pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. L.U.C 98.06-L, 48 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K pink gold pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    As part of the TimeForArt auction, a one-of-a-kind L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 model has been created with a white gold dial adorned with an engraved grinning skull symbol, entirely hand-decorated and subtly blackened. Inspired by the Mexican ‘Día de los Muertos’ mysterious calavera, this eye-catching visage is a universal theme also used in "Vanitas" paintings, and a constant reminder of the inevitable passing of time. Housed in a 40-millimeter 18 karat, ethical rose gold case featuring the L.U.C collection’s characteristically sleek lines and proportions, its innovative and ultra-sophisticated L.U.C 98.06-L jumping hour movement is equipped with four barrels based on the exclusive Chopard Quattro technology. Enabling up to eight days of power reserve, it is one of the rare jumping-hour watches with such a degree of autonomy. From the innovative movement to the hand-made dial on which the hours aperture appears at 6 o'clock, this unique creation is produced in-house thanks to the artistic crafts mastered by the artisans of Chopard Manufacture, thus ensuring a high level of finishing duly rewarded by the prestigious Poinçon de Genève.

    Generously donated by Chopard, the watch is being sold to benefit the missions of Swiss Institute.

    The buyer of this lot may be eligible to receive a charitable tax deduction for their purchase. Please see section 10 of this Auction’s Conditions of Sale.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 161977-5003
A unique pink gold jump hour wristwatch with eight-day power reserve and hand-engraved dial, sold to benefit Swiss Institute

40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

$60,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $107,100

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Head of Watches, Americas

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Head of Sale, New York

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The New York Watch Auction: SEVEN

New York Auction 10 - 11 December 2022