Chopard’s new replica watch is a miracle on your wrist

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Three patents including one for its revolutionary sapphire gongs mark out Chopard’s first ever minute repeater as something very special

Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s call that replica watches produced within its L.U.C range represent the highest order of chronological endeavour is certainly answered in the final piece of the manufacture’s 20th anniversary collection.

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Named the Full Strike, replica Chopard’s first minute repeater is also a three-patents-holding masterclass in watchmaking, thanks to the unique integration of sapphire ‘gongs’ into its watch glass. Visible at 10 o’clock, the crystal clear solution to the traditional constraints on sonority incurred when using brass or gold gongs signficantly adds to the overall effect of the open-worked dial, which also displays the minute repeater’s strike governor at eight o’clock.

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The governor is a miracle of micro-engineering, eliminating the pauses between sounding hours, quarters and minutes usually found in full-repeating wrist replica watches. Rather than use the traditional sliding mechanism to deploy the repeater, here it’s triggered by depressing the coaxial pusher set into the crown an extremely stealthy solution.

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Another unusual feature: the dual power reserve indicator, at two o’clock, which displays both the striking mechanism’s rate of depletion, along with the autonomous movement’s. The purity and amplitude of the repeater is more than matched by the timepiece itself: as with all L.U.C models, it answers to not one but three certification boards, including the Poincon de Geneve quality hallmark, which in this instance recognises the quality of both the 500-plus part movement and its elegant 42.5mm Fairmined gold case.

Chopard L.U.C Full Strike is limited to 20 pieces.