Chopard Mens Replica Watch describes the L.U.C. 1963 (The initials are for brand founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard) as “a wristreplica watch equipped with a pocket-replica watch movement” and “a direct descendant of the chronometers that Chopard was still producing in 1963.” Its signature feature is its huge dial, which occupies nearly the entire diameter of its generously proportioned 44-mm case. The dial’s impressive size corresponds with that of the movement, Chopard L.U.C. Caliber 63.01-L, which measures a full 38 mm in diameter.
The case is made of 18k rose gold, with curved, brushed-finish surfaces and a rounded, polished bezel. The porcelain-style white dial features a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, dauphine hands, black Roman numerals, and a rail-track minutes circle — all direct references to classical chronometer timepieces of yesteryear. However, Chopard has added modern twists to many of these elements: the seconds subdial overlaps the minute track and sports red Arabic numerals. The style of the dauphine hands matches that of other modern Chopard L.U.C. replica watches. The Roman numerals follow the rounded shape of the dial and have alternating solid and slender bars. The black “sleepers” on the minute track don’t touch the edges of the solid black “rails,” making for a slightly lighter, more open aesthetic.
Chopard’s manual-wound L.U.C. Caliber 63.01-L is a smaller version of the earlier Caliber 06.01-L, which the company developed in partnership with the Geneva swiss watches replica online watchmaking School and introduced in its “L.U.C. Louis-Ulysse Chopard – The Tribute” model in Chopard’s 150th anniversary year of 2010 (see what we mean about anniversaries?). It is, as noted previously, a large movement but one with a very simple architecture because it includes no major horological complications, only hours, minutes and small seconds. It has a two-tone treatment (rose gold and steel) that enhances its three-dimensional look. The eye-catching finishes include circular graining on the mainplate, and bridges made of nickel silver and adorned with côtes de Genève. Nickel silver is not only a nobler alloy than brass, which is more commonly used to make movement bridges, but also harder and more difficult to work with because of its tendency to scratch. The movement also boasts a swan’s neck index assembly.
At first glance you will notice that there is nothing particularly revolutionary or game-changing about the Chopard L.U.C Lunar Big Date Replica, which is completely fine with me. As far as I’m concerned the formula for making a high quality, attractive dress replica watch has been known for quite some time now, so more often than not attempts to dramatically improve on this are misguided at best and downright detrimental at worst.
As you can see in the photos I spent some time hands on with the white gold version of the Lunar Big Date, however there is also a red gold version available which is also quite attractive, although I personally prefer the more subdued tones of the former. At 42mm the replica watch comes in at the top end of what I would call the acceptable size range for a classic dress replica watch. Ideally I would have liked to see it in a Chopard 40mm replica watch case but that probably would have made the beautiful dial lay-out too cramped, which would have been a travesty to say the least. As it stands the Lunar Big Date sits nicely on the wrist and can be relatively easily slipped under a cuff as needed.
What really attracts my attention to this replica watch however is the highly legible, aesthetically pleasing dial, which offers a host of information without overwhelming the wearer. First, and most importantly, it displays the time – hours and minutes in the standard format – with small seconds shown on a separate sub-dial at 4 o’clock. In addition to the time, an oversized two-window date display ensures you always have that critical piece of information to hand whenever the need arises (such as signing a deposit cheque for your latest acquisition.)
The real kicker of course though is the gorgeous moon-phase display at 8 o’clock, which simultaneously indicates the phases of the moon in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Astrological types will no doubt note that the Northern part of the disc features the Big Dipper constellation, while the Southern part displays the Southern Cross.
More than just a pretty face though Chopard claims that its moon phase is so accurate that the difference between the true lunar cycle and the indication given by the timepiece amounts to just one day every 122 years. To make this possible the Lunar Big Date is endowed with an extremely precise device in which the wheel driving the moon-bearing disc comprises 135 teeth.
Just one of the many impressive features of the COSC-certified self-winding L.U.C Calibre 96.20-L responsible for animating the Lunar Big Date, the movement also boasts two stacked co-axial barrels which together offer a 65-hour power reserve. As a final touch, the beautifully finished movement (which is visible through the sapphire exhibition case back) also features an 18k gold micro-rotor.
The Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chronograph replica watch uses a 45mm-wide 18k Fairmined white gold case. Thickness is 15mm, and while the watch is undoubtedly large, its short lugs make it quite wearable on my 7-inch wrist. Fairmined gold is a result of mines being certified for a variety of factors including safety, social concerns, and environmental protection. This is a more responsible way of sourcing gold, one that is designed to ensure the long-term viability of smaller operators.
The Chopard Chronograph replica watch dial is a work of art, ruthenium-coated and host to a lovely hand-guilloche that radiates from the big date display. The rhodium-plated roman numeral markers are applied and match perfectly with the lumed hand set, which features a long minute hand promising strong legibility. The moonphase display is slightly recessed but adds a richness to the dial, with a deep blue and silver layout. As is common with moonphase complications, the display on the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chronograph replica watch is impressively accurate to within one day in every 122 years.
With a twin register layout, the perpetual calendar display is complex but easily absorbed. The Chopard L.U.C replica watch scale is represented in white on the outer perimeter of the subdials while, moving left to right, the am/pm, day, month, and leap year indicators reside within the subdials, with a distinct handset over a grey background. With first-rate finishing, the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chronograph replica watch’s balanced dial design is a mix of traditional elements blended with red accents and asymmetrical sub dials.
Delivered on a hand-sewn alligator leather strap with a matching Fairmined 18k gold tang buckle, the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chronograph replica watch is limited to just 20 pieces. While Chopard’s bread and butter is likely from more mass-produced pieces, I think watches like this remarkable perpetual chronograph represent a sometimes overlooked element within Chopard L.U.C replica watch, a heart for haute horology that is the equal of anything in top tier watchmaking.