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Power Reserve is one of the functions that define the characteristics and limitations of the watch, which determines the maximum running time of the watch (after each full string), in other words, after removing it from the wrist (automatic movement depends on the wearer’s movement without interruption), or twice the winding gap (manual movement, manually wounds at regular intervals), the longest time the watch continues to run. According to the wearing habits, the power reserve has also experienced significant development.

Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru Wristwatch with 65-hour Power Reserve

Before talking about the growth of the watch’s power reserve, you first need to be aware that these numbers should be treated with reservations. As the barrel continues to release energy, the watch will gradually lose its precision. The mechanical movement relies on a constant power supply to maintain accuracy, and in the last four or five hours, the power supply is declining and the accuracy of the watch is greatly impaired. Therefore, we need to subtract the part from the given number to ensure that the watch continues to display the correct time after the memory is exhausted.

Urban Jürgensen The Alfred Watch with 72-hour Power Reserve

Movements more than 30 years ago often follow traditional norms, which provide 38 or 42 hours of power reserve, corresponding to a six-day work week, which is the norm for a long time in the past. As weekends become more popular, the 38 or 42 hour power reserve is somewhat out of place. However, in the 1960s and 1970s, the watchmaking industry had other concerns, mainly to equip the wrists of the developed world with affordable watches as quickly as possible. Then, in the 1980s, mechanical watchmaking brands struggled to cope with quartz shocks. As a result, the power supply of the watch movement has stagnated for a long time. In addition, intrinsic friction, size reduction and cost constraints are also responsible for the slow progress.

Rebellion T2M Timepiece with 83-day Power Reserve

At the turn of the century, the diameter of the watch is enlarged, and the number, size, and energy stored in the barrel also increase. At the same time, the idea of having multiple watches began to dominate. Many customers choose to buy two watches, one for work and the other for leisure. The watch for work needs to increase the power reserve to ensure continuous operation from this Friday night to the following Monday morning. As a result, 60 or 65 hours of power reserve began to emerge, in fact, it has become the standard for the development of the latest generation of movements in the past five years.

IWC Portofino Hand Wound Moon Phase Edition 150 Years Watch with 8-day Power Reserve

Buyers’ hobby for more advanced features has spawned many movements with power reserves of 8 days, 9 days, or even 10 days. The standard is inherited from the long shell clock and pocket watch, which is equivalent to more than a week after the full string, very convenient. These movements are usually equipped with multiple large barrels and are designed manually. After all, the addition of an automatic mechanism makes them look too bulky.

A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31 Watch with 31-day Power Reserve

The pursuit of high performance has driven the power reserve to break through the limits. The A. Lange & Söhne Lange 31 is a large (46 mm diameter, 16 mm thick) watch that is almost no longer suitable for wearing. This watch has a power reserve of up to 31 days and comes with a dedicated winding key to save your fingertips.

Hublot Big Bang MP-11 3D Wristwatch with 14-day Power Reserve

Hublot uses the Bugatti cylinder design to increase the number of barrels in MP series, providing a series of extreme power reserves for 10 days, 16 days, 40 days, or even 50 days. The brand even developed a dedicated electric Torx stylus for the winding operation of the ultra-long power reserve movement. The Rebellion T1000 wristwatch has a power reserve of 1,000 hours, while the large T2M watch (58.7 mm in diameter) lasts for 83 days before the upper shaft is hidden in the bezel. Obviously, the pursuit of performance often affects ergonomic considerations, as the extreme watches are always like that.

Chopard brings the L.U.C All-in-One high-complexity watch at 2018 Baselworld International Watch & Jewelry Show. With exquisite, limited, unique and extra-complex features, the new Chopard LUC All-in-One limited watch combines 14 outstanding functions in one, clear display of the perpetual calendar and complete astronomical month are on both sides of the dial. And it also has a beautiful tourbillon. This series is limited to 10 platinum and 10 18K rose gold, and has the prestigious “Poinçon de Genève” quality logo. This is the review of Chopard L.U.C All-in-One rose gold high-tech complicated limited edition wristwatch 161925-5002.

The new LUC All-in-One watch is compatible with the essence of the big complex function and the outstanding and elegant aesthetic style of the LUC series. It fully displays the charm of color and exquisite details, which is the peak and masterpiece in Chopard watchmaking workshop.

All functions are displayed on the finely crafted dial in a generous and clear way. The large date perpetual calendar is presented in the form of dual display windows and sub-dial, and a tourbillon is located below, revealing a delicate bridge. On the bottom of this watch, the time equation, power reserve, and sunrise and sunset times are balanced and listed above, echoing the orbital astronomical moon phase display. The moon phase display design is the iconic watchmaking feature of the L.U.C series, and it also reflects Chopard’s insistence on high quality and uncompromising brand culture.

The watch is 46mm in diameter, and the case and crown are made of 18k rose gold. The vertical satin is polished in the middle of the case, which is extremely delicate and full of quality. The polished bezel is smooth and round, and the metallic luster is very charming.

The L.U.C All-in-One watch with a brown alligator strap (crocodile skin lining) adds a touch of finishing touch to this extraordinary timepiece. The clasp is also made of 18k rose gold with the L.U.C. logo on it, and the small details perfectly show the high-tech quality and exquisite workmanship.

It is equipped with the superb L.U.C 05.01-L. movement, consisting of 516 parts, it accumulates the most complex functions provided by the L.U.C series. Its 14 complex display systems are located on both sides of the watch, highlighting the exquisite watchmaking technology of the Chopard Watchmaking Workshop. The elements of this watch, from R&D to manufacturing, from the gold to the finishing of the components, are all refined to the standards of the Geneva Seal.

Chopard is a high-end watchmaker running by the family and has always been known for its independent watchmaking philosophy. Each manufacturing step of the L.U.C series is completely achieved in the state of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, near the Meilan production site in Geneva and Fleury. From movement development, finished product design, gold casting, stamping and finishing of the case, movement components, hand-refined traditional decoration, surface treatment, polishing, assembly, adjustment to quality control, Chopard is fully accurate inside. Master all the watchmaking processes and use these peak techniques to creative each LUC watch.

Reference: 161925-5002

Case Material: 18K Rose Gold

Diameter: 46MM

Strap: Brown Alligator Leather Strap (Crocodile Lining)

Buckle: 18K Rose Gold Folding Buckle

Movement: Hand-wound L.U.C 05.01-L Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: Approximately 216 Hours

Water Resistance: 30 Metres

Limited Edition: 10

At the 2018 Baselworld International Watch & Jewellery Show, Chopard launched a new extraordinary timepiece, including the Happy Sport series, the L.U.C series, and the Mille Miglia series.

2018 Chopard Happy Sports Wristwatches

Since 1993, the Happy Sport collection has crossed the boundaries of gender and style, with stainless steel and diamonds, and it has a moment of solidification. On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the series, the Chopard Happy Sport collection introduces a new model, it extends to the Happy Fish, the Happy Ocean and the Happy Snowflakes watches, all of them are the classics of the Happy Sport collection, witnessing an important moment in life. This series of watches breaks the traditional relationship between the wearer and the time, leaving a strong mark on the watch industry: the wearer is not reading time, but to enjoy the fascinating sight of the spinning diamond and its trajectory.

2018 Chopard Mille Miglia Timepieces

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the collaboration between Chopard and Trinidad, the brand launched a Mille Miglia 2018 Race Edition racing watch this year, it is a limited edition, and it is an excellent chronometer watch certified by the Swiss Official Observatory’s Precision Timepiece.

2018 Chopard L.U.C Watches

The L.U.C All-in-One watch is compatible with the essence of the big complex function, and the outstanding and elegant aesthetic style of the LUC series. It fully displays the charm of the color and the delicate details, which is the time of Chopard watchmaking workshop to the peak and the exclusive masterpiece of the brand. This series is limited to 10 platinum and 10 18K rose gold. The L.U.C Full Strike minute repeater introduces a new platinum style. The Chopard brand’s first minute repeater is adorned with a unique grey tone shell, but continues its revolutionary technology and unique high-quality sound. Chopard launched a L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru barrel-type observatory watch in platinum, its sensuous curves are more striking thanks to the brilliance of precious stones. L.U.C Quattro watch is equipped with L.U.C 98.01-L movement, with up to 9 days of power reserve function, and it has obtained the Swiss official observatory precision timepiece certification, which is considered a model of contemporary elegance. The L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch combines engraving and paper-cutting to showcase the patterned stylized peony.

2018 Chopard Diamonds Watches

Chopard, a watch and jewellery brand, sings extraordinary creativity, cleverly capturing the complex and powerful nature of opal and revealing its charm. The brand combines this mysterious gem with modern design to create a natural blend of styling and materials, creating three masterpieces of watches, which just like colorful amulets, displaying mysterious magic.

Chopard, a name that is no stranger, when mention to this word, your first reaction must be the talented musician and his world-famous piano music. However, this Chopard is not that Chopard. It is not a famous song produced by the masters of the world, but a masterpiece from the hands of skilled craftsmen; it has no lingering sounds for three days, but it can also bring people the touch and joy of art. In more than 50 countries, Chopard watches are regarded as the best in the simple and elegant timepieces. You can pay close attention to it if you are interested with.

At the Basel exhibition in 2018, Chopard re-interpreted the iconic L.U.C series of L.U.C Quattro watches. Equipped with the L.U.C 98.01-L movement, the watch has a power reserve of up to 9 days and is certified by the Swiss Observatory’s Precision Timepiece, it is considered a model of contemporary elegance. Let’s have a look about this Chopard L.U.C Quattro 18 Carat Rose Gold Hand-wound Mechanical 43MM Men’s Limited Edition Wristwatch 161926-5004.

The diameter of this watch’s case is 43 mm and it is crafted in delicate 18K rose gold. The middle layer of the watch is decorated with a satin finish, the bezel is polished, and the bottom of the watch is hand-engraved. Its craftsmanship is rigorously certified by the Geneva Seal.

The watch introduces a new dial with a contemporary design and a minimalist style, its entire dial is finished with a vertical satin-brushed silver face, which is cleverly matched with a contrasting blue pointer. The 6 o’clock position has a sub-dial, following the logo of the L.U.C Quattro watch. This small dial is equipped with a small seconds hand and a date display function indicated by a pointer. Its scale design is more detailed and simplified. At 12 o’clock, the power reserve display is subdivided into nine scales that echo the top and bottom symmetry. With a 180 degree fan design, it is also a unique design of the L.U.C Quattro watch. The minute scales are paired with large Arabic numerals “3” and “9” at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, combining with the blue solid-set time scale very well. The shape of the time scale follows the design of the most distinctive rocket-style sharp-shaped pointer in the L.U.C series, and the pointer is covered with SuperLumiNova luminous coating.

The 18K rose gold crown is decorated with the L.U.C logo.

The watch is paired with a blue hand sewn alligator leather strap (brown alligator leather lining). Its design is unprecedented in the L.U.C series.

The watch is fitted with a pin buckle and the top is engraved with this series’ English letters.

The bottom of the watch is polished. This watch is equipped with a 98.01-L movement, and this mechanism is characterized by the patented Quattro four-barrel box technology. The two sets of double barrels stacked in series can drive the movement continuously for 216 hours, giving the certified chronometer a power reserve of up to 9 days, and the movement with a thickness of only 3.7 mm will not be occupied too much space, perfectly showing the slim features of the LUC Quattro series watches and making elegance.

In a simple and elegant style, this new watch contains subtle detail design with exquisite craftsmanship, creating advanced, sophisticated and unique timepiece masterpieces, it is limited to  51 pieces.

Reference: 161926-5004

Price: CHF 25,000

Case Material: 18 Carat Rose Gold

Diameter: 43MM
Strap: Blue Hand Sewn Alligator Leather Strap With Brown Alligator Leather Lining

Buckle: Pin Buckle

Movement: Hand-wound L.U.C 98.01-L Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: About 216 Hours

Water Resistance: 50 Metres

Limited Edition: 51