Swiss luxury timepiece maker Chopard is celebrating their 150th anniversary and as a tribute to this momentous occasion, the company has released a motorsports-inspired special edition watch that should have its fans drooling profusely.

The limited edition L.U.C. Engine One Tourbillon was unveiled at the recent Only Watch Charity Auction to benefit research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Dressed in a black and yellow-toned version of the Engine One Tourbillon model, the Only Watch limited edition is powered by an L.U.C Calibre 1TRM ‘motor’. It features a look similar to an engine block and is mounted on silent-blocks with a mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement that was exclusively designed, developed, and built by Chopard.
The mechanical hand-wound tourbillon movement beats at a cadence of 28,800 vibrations per hour while driving displays of the hours, minutes, seconds. It also has a power reserve that lasts for about 60 hours.

Staying true to the motorsports inspiration, the engine block on the face of the watch features the Chopard signature while the DLC titanium case features alternating matte and polished finishes and has been designed to be water-resistant of up to 50 meters. Even the watch’s dial bears inspiration from the motoring universe, as does the hand-sewn black alligator leather strap that comes with four reinforced inserts bearing inspiration from car seats found on classic racing cars. The slightly curved lugs that have been screwed into the case carry the effect of streamlined car wings to provide a snug and perfect fit on the wearer.

No word yet on how much the watch fetched at the Only Watch Charity Auction, but judging by the look and painstaking detail in developing the piece and the use of a plethora of expensive items, we wouldn’t be surprised in the least bit if this fine piece of craftsmanship fetches a price north of six digits.

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7 comments:

  (714) posted on 06.16.2011

Well, even if this one is really very expensive, it would still be something worth to marvel at. Just take a look at the amount of work that they have put into this.

  (401) posted on 06.15.2011

Yeah, I would agree with you on that one. But one thing that I really don’t like is that this kind of watches are actually very impractical, since regular ones already have all their functions.

  (502) posted on 06.15.2011

Sometimes, I really find it odd whenever I see these car themed watches. I am not really against them, but I do find it weird when a lot of them are coming out at the same time. It’s really much like a big marketing blitz.

  (334) posted on 06.14.2011

I am not really into these themed watches. But I really can’t help but marvel at this baby. I would say that it is definitely one great piece of art.

  (592) posted on 06.14.2011

As for it looks, its definitely a magnificent creation by Chopard. We all know that this manufacturer has a lot things to offer since their beginning, and now they celebrates their 150th Anniversary, this watch represents their timeless creation.

  (412) posted on 06.13.2011

Even if they down say it, this one is probably going to be quite expensive. But with those looks, this one is certainly going to still be a hot sell, not to mention that it is for a good cause.

  (528) posted on 06.13.2011

Recently, I have read a lot about Swiss manufacturer trying to built a high performing cars which I think is kind of unusual, for I haven’t seen their existence for the past few months. And here it is, they been trying to follow the trend among car companies- the watch making! In fairness, their design is kind of cool compare to the most prominent brand in this industry.

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