As a watch from Chopard’s high-end collection – you can safely assume the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike replica will be quite a watch. A 42.5mm (diameter) x 11.5mm (thickness) case in Fairmined rose gold, a complex movement, exquisite finishing, and an elegant, yet technical look… The Chopard L.U.C Full Strike is a visually and horogically appealing watch. There’s no doubt about it. The thought of having Chopard’s expertise dedicated to one of the most complex mechanisms in watchmaking is an exciting one to say the least.
The Chopard L.U.C Full Strike is a partially open-worked watch that exposes much of its inner-workings to the wearer and nearby observers. The dial, or what’s left of it, consists primarily of a partial hour ring to read the time – yes, besides being a minute repeater, it is a watch, so not only must you be able to hear the time but also to read it.
Though, that’s not what should tickle your interest here. Something much more fascinating is hidden right at the heart of this watch, a unique feature that improves the volume and the quality of the sound produced by the minute repeater mechanism – and with such a mens fake Chopard L.U.C watch, that’s the main thing we are looking for: a crystal clear and highly audible sound. “Crystal clear” being the key term here – but more on that later.
There are also two central hands, one small second sub-dial at 6 and one power reserve indicator between 2 and 3 o’clock. That’s all, and that’s enough. However, one element is a bit more complex: the power reserve. Because the mechanism to run the minute repeater requires a lot of energy, the Chopard L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with two barrels: one for the time and one for the striking mechanism.
Talking about mechanics, the movement, comprising no less than 533 parts, is finished with great attention to detail, and bears the Hallmark of Geneva. Bridges and main-plate, in German silver, are finished with Geneva stripes and are hand beveled and polished, with internal angles. The parts that compose the striking mechanism are visible on the front side and, again, finishing is impressive. The two hammers are in steel, black polished and beveled. The movement runs at 4Hz and boasts 60 hours of power reserve. Finally, it is chronometer certified by the COSC.
Both are equipped with a slipping spring, as used in self-winding movements, in order to ensure that winding operations are not impeded by an overwound spring. If you are familiar with the concept of a minute repeater (and if not, please read this technical article), you might have noticed something unusual here. In a normal repeater watch, the energy is provided by a winding lever, usually found on the caseband (which serves as both a energy generator and an activator for the striking). In this case, the energy is stored in a barrel wound by the crown – and this is why the repeater is actuated by an elegant and discreet pusher in the crown.
The first gilded one indicates the movement power reserve, while the other blue one indicates the number of chimes that can be activated. The latter indication is not there for information purposes only, since it also serves as a basis for one of the many security systems protecting the watch. The striking mechanism power reserve is coupled with a semi-toothed wheel. When the reserve drops too low, it deactivates the minute repeater chime, thus ensuring that the watch cannot sound fully, due to the lack of energy. Furthermore, the Swiss-made fake Chopard L.U.C Full Strike is equipped with a special system for indicating the twin power reserves, composed of two co-axially fitted hands.