Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Watch
18K rose gold case, 39.5mm diameter, equipped with L.U.C 96HM self-winding movement, Urushi lacquered reclining tiger dial, gold-plated prince-style hour and minute hands, brown or black alligator strap, 18K rose gold buckle
Japan & ldquo; National Treasure & rdquo; Class lacquer master Kiichiro Masumura uses Japan’s top traditional lacquer painting process to design a unique dial for Chopard, with a simple and implicit LUC XP watch. The beautiful ‘Ukiyo-e’. The new L.U.C XP ultra-thin watch is equipped with the L.U.C 96HM automatic mechanical movement.
The combination of Japan’s top traditional craftsmanship and Switzerland’s top luxury watchmaking technology, the L.U.C XP Urushi watch was born. The beauty created by the fusion of the two eastern and western top craftsmanship is beyond words. Only by seeing it can you understand it. Mr. Masahiro Masamura is a Japanese temple-level artist. He has been officially named the ‘Master of the World’ by the Japanese government for his outstanding achievements in the fields of traditional Japanese lacquer painting and dill painting. ‘The National Treasure of the World’, the title of Master of Arts, began in 1950. It was established by the Japanese government to reward those who have made outstanding contributions in inheriting traditional culture and heritage, as well as traditional crafts. Japanese traditional lacquer painting and dill painting are naturally included in this list. Its simple and smooth beauty perfectly matches the style of Chopard L.U.C XP series ultra-thin watches.
RushUrushi is a long-established Japanese lacquer art. The raw lacquer raw material is extracted from the resin of Urushi tree, also known as ‘lacquer tree’ or ‘Japanese lacquer tree’. The lacquer tree mainly grows in Japan and China. The process of collecting resin is similar to collecting rubber from rubber tree. Can be collected once and in very small quantities.
Rhenium resin needs to be stored for three to five years after being collected before it can be processed into a wear-resistant, honey-resistant raw lacquer. The processed raw lacquer is usually applied to daily necessities such as bowls and boxes, which need to be painted layer by layer, and each layer is very thin. Maki is a kind of lacquer painting process. It mainly uses metal powder such as gold powder, embellishes lacquer painting, outlines and highlights the outline of lacquer painting. The fine gold powder is embellished on the lacquer with a small bamboo tube and a mouse brush to outline the slender lines. This is a pinnacle of craftsmanship. Only a handful of ‘lacquer masters’ are familiar with this, and Zengcun Jiyilang is one of them.
Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi is the first to introduce this precious lacquer painting process into the dial decoration. As early as 2008, Chopard first produced several lacquered watches, but only launched in the Japanese market. Today, Chopard has again launched 9 lacquered treasures, including 9 different dial themes. The design and drawing of the dial were done by the lacquer master Kiichiro Masamura, while the gold powder decoration was made by the Japanese royal masters, and also made by Yamada Heiando, a lacquer maker known as ‘national treasure’ . Five of them are inspired by the basic elements of the universe in the ancient Chinese philosophy: ‘The Five Elements’, namely wood, fire, earth, gold, and water, corresponding to five kinds of spirit beasts: blue horned dragon, phoenix, and moonlight unicorn , Crouching tiger, basalt snake turtle and beast. The sixth dial is about the universe, and the remaining three are peacocks, goldfish and jungle. Each dial is carefully hand-drawn and unique, and every detail is worthy of careful taste and endless charm.
Last year was the 150th anniversary of Chopard, and the celebrations continued to this year. The 150-piece high-jewellery touring exhibition continued. Chopard’s work has never lacked imagination, coupled with the influence of the market prosperity and celebration atmosphere, which led to the release of colorful and vibrant bright works this year, even the highly popular and complex such as LUC Engine One Tourball The menus also boldly use bright red and orange hues to give people a fresh look.
Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Watch