Keeping traditions alive play a big part in Chopard Manufacture's raison d'être as the luxury watchmaker devotes an ancestral craft to an even more ancient pantheon of mythology with the launch of the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rooster. In a culmination of Swiss, Japanese and Chinese customs, this year's Zodiac-themed haute horlogerie piece sees the rooster taking centrestage on a handcrafted dial, composed of exquisite mother-of-pearl marquetry and embellished with the Urushi lacquer technique.
Sized at 39.5mm in diametre within an 18K rose gold frame, the rooster motif dazzles with an iridescence using fragments of tiny purpose-cut mother-of-pearl that makes up the creature's grand plumage, in addition to a smattering of gold powder across the backdrop to depict a glowing sunset. This detailed craft is then preserved by treating the dial with thin layers upon layers of Japanese varnish to seal in the artwork — administered only by the most skilled of master lacquer artists.
Matching expertise for expertise, the external beauty of the watch is balanced with a precision core in the form of the L.U.C 96.17-L movement: An ultra-thin, self-winding calibre equipped with a micro-rotor and twin barrels for a prolonged 65-hour power reserve. Further distinguished with a pair of gilded Dauphine-type hands, bevelled components and bridges finished with the Côtes de Geneve insignia, the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rooster is an exceptional refinement of artisanal symbolism to the coming Chinese New Year.
The L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rooster is available at Chopard boutiques.