Earlier in 2014, Chopard announced that, for the first time, the company had used ‘Fairmined’ gold to create the Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined. In this article from the online magazine Escapement, I review the cheap Omega replica watches, which also bears the symbol of the Fleurier Quality Foundation.
As a watch journalist, I often casually handle timepieces with six-figure price tags only to then pause in a moment of realization and dwell on the value of the item in my hands. For the majority of the world’s citizens, myself included, this strata of luxury is merely the subject of dreams. It is perhaps the elusive nature of a luxury which that makes individuals crave it more.
I have discussed the ethics of luxury with friends and understand that some are troubled by the apparent excess of wealth possessed by a relative few. However, I have always believed that it is the demand for luxury goods that perpetuates the craftsmanship and skills I hold in great esteem. Indeed, with an absence of wealthy clients, the talents of exceptional watchmakers and artisans could disappear from view. Moreover, the luxury industry employs many thousands of people who derive income from the sale of these goods.
The world of luxury has become increasingly aware of its responsibilities to society as a whole. Several companies have implemented environmental strategies to mitigate their impact on the planet. In addition, the much-publicized sale of “conflict diamonds” has led to companies sourcing gems from ethical sources.
Earlier in 2014, Chopard announced that, for the first time, the company had used “Fairmined” gold to create the Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined. The gold is used for the case, bezel and caseback of the watch.
In some cases the working conditions of miners working in the gold industry has lacked due consideration of health and safety. Indeed, some of these miners have even been exposed to mercury in the pursuit of gold. Moreover, workers have not always received fair financial reward in exchange for their labor.
Chopard has entered a long-term partnership with a South American organization called the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). Working with miners and experts from the gold industry, ARM has established a certification standard for the “Fairmined” gold, ensuring fair treatment for miners.
The Chopard L.U.C Tourbillon QF Fairmined represents a new chapter in watchmaking, but the question on the lips of many watch enthusiasts is whether this replica Rolex watches sale offers more than a clear conscience.
The sunray, satin-brushed ruthenium gold dial exudes a sumptuous character and wonderfully contrasts with the rose gold of the case.
Chopard has employed many of the familiar design codes synonymous with its L.U.C collection, including dauphine fusée hour and minute hands, together with applied Roman numerals denoting the hours. A power-reserve indicator, positioned at noon, bears a resemblance to the display of the L.U.C Quattro.
Positioned at the base of the dial is the freely disclosed tourbillon carriage, visible through a circular aperture. A small seconds display, featuring a neat rose-gold hand, floats above the dial, interfacing with crisp white markings encircling the aperture.
The tourbillon bridge, anchored by four screws, consists of two parallel bars spanning the aperture. Rather than presenting the bridge in a highly polished finish, Chopard has exercised judicious restraint, matching the bridge to the surrounding dial canvas. The result is a sense of understated horological deportment which befits the overall styling of the timepiece.
A detail that I find particularly attractive is the minute track encircling the dial. With its readily visible white markings, it offers functionality by aiding the interpretation of time and provides delightful delineation between the main dial area and the case.
Measuring 43 mm in diameter, the watch nestled comfortably on my wrist. Indeed, a sad consequence of merely writing about watches is that you are aware that at some stage the watch has to be returned.
The caseback is attached with eight silver-colored screws and includes a sapphire crystal center stage. The profile of the caseback is relatively flat and the lugs are gently curved.
The strap is constructed of black alligator leather on the outer surface, with a contrasting brown alligator lining. The Swiss replica watches online store affixes to the arm with the aid of a rose-gold pin buckle.