Chopard celebrates the Day of the Dead with the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte
There's something about skulls that just fascinate us. Not least of all that it's symbolic of death and its mysteries, it's also an unlikely icon that has trickled into all manner of art, pop culture (Halloween, anyone?), and yes, horology too. And since we're on the topic, there's not another occasion that reveres skulls the way Día de Los Muertos does it, where flowers, suns, and guitars in a dizzying array of colours festoon the streets in a fiesta to rival Coachella. Distinct to Mexican culture, this joyful celebration of the cycle of life — and the annual renewal of the awareness of our mortality to bade us to live life to its fullest — now serves as inspiration for Chopard's latest one-of-a-kind creation, the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte.
So named for the Day of the Dead, the watch reflects the cultural wealth of Mexico's national holiday with the maison's artisans hand-engraving traditional motifs all over the 43mm-sized rose gold case. Most notably, the gold dial features the stylised Mexican Calavera skull in black varnish, dotted with sun and floral-themed patterns. Its eyes double up as indicators, with the perpetual calendar counters set within its sockets and the tourbillon bridge appearing as a moustache above its mother-of-pearl teeth. Even the very contours of the dial have been adapted to trace the outline of the jaunty looking skull.
Detailed to the nth degree, the complexity of the La Santa Muerte timepiece extends beyond its flamboyant death mask, as right beneath it beats the L.U.C 02.15-L calibre. The in-house movement adds to the watch's remarkability, featuring the Quattro system where four barrels power a calendar tourbillon with a nine-day power reserve — one of the most prestigious horological combinations out there that also bears the 'Poinçon de Genève' quality certification. See the making of this intricately detailed masterpiece in the gallery above.
The Chopard L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte will debut at the SIAR watch show in Mexico City in October.