Marking the first Chopard Classic Rally Dubai 2017 to be held throughout the United Arab Emirates on November 10 and 11, Chopard along with partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons launch the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the Desert.
The first edition of the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai
Chopard, along with partner Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, present the first edition of the Chopard Classic Rally Dubai, a two-day of competitive regularity rally. Thirty teams will leave from Dubai in their classic automobiles along some of the beautiful enchanting scenery of the UAE deserts, mountains and roads.
The Chopard Classic Rally Dubai is a rigorous test of timing and navigational skills, offering to passionate participants the opportunity to challenge their driving abilities. Starting from the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai and going towards the northern emirates, passing by Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al-Quwain and Ras al-Khaimah, the rally map follows a different challenging itinerary each day throughout the UAE lands with Hatta and Jebel Jais mountains as main landscapes.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Chopard Co-President and a passionate driver of collector’s cars, will be taking part in this first edition, competing along with the legendary ex-formula driver Jacky Ickx.
The perfect tool for Emirati nomads
The L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the Desert is designed to facilitate the lives of Emirati long-haul travellers who need to remain in touch with several time zones. At any given moment, a single glance at this essential horological complication indicates the time anywhere in the world. This authentic wrist instrument is available in stainless steel with a sand colour dial featuring brown accents and transfers recalling strong Emirati identity and preciousness. All of them meet the high standards of the L.U.C collection by Chopard: excellence in terms of their mechanism and finishing, along with a refined aura intended for men of good taste in general – and in this particular case for modern-day nomads.
The L.U.C Time Traveler one – Time of the desert operates in concentric layers. A discreet central hand indicates the date, while a surrounding railway track circle serves to read off the hours and minutes of the local time zone – swept over by Dauphine fusée type hands typical of the watches in the L.U.C collection and adjusted via a crown positioned at 2 o’clock. Moving a further step outwards, a large 24-hour graduated ring operates in coordination with the disc bearing the reference cities symbolising the 24 main time zones. Once they are synchronised with the local time zone via the 4 o’clock crown, no more adjustment is required.
A set of elegant contrasts
With a dark brown alligator leather strap, the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the Desert features a 42 mm case, an ideal size for any wrist. Its extremely reasonable 12.09 mm thickness means it can be worn discreetly under a shirtsleeve, while its alternating satin-brushed and polished finishes endow it with the inherent sense of distinction shared by all L.U.C timepieces.
A universal mechanism
A complex yet user-friendly instrument, the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the desert is based on a calibre entirely developed, produced and finished in the Chopard Manufacture workshops in Fleurier. Calibre 01.05-L is distinguished by a 6.25 mm thickness and a functional nature that appreciably simplifies its owner’s life. This self-winding movement has a 60-hour power reserve. It guarantees that the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the desert will be running smoothly and reliably after a well-deserved rally weekend, during which it has remained safely on a bedside table.
Calibre 01.05-L is finished in accordance with the criteria governing the most prestigious watchmaking certifications, including decorations such as chamfering and Côtes de Genève applied to the various components.
Like all L.U.C watches equipped with a function indicating the seconds, the L.U.C Time Traveler One – Time of the desert is chronometer-certified by the COSC. This approach stems from the determination of Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, a passionate devotee of fine watchmaking.
L.U.C Time Traveler One
Limited edition of 20 pieces in stainless steel
Total diameter: 42 mm
Thickness: 12.09 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Two partly satin-brushed
Stainless steel crowns with L.U.C logo and globe 6.50 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle
Polished bezel and case-back
Exhibition back with glareproofed sapphire crystal
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 01.05-L
Number of components 262
Total diameter: 35.30 mm
Thickness: 6.52 mm
Number of jewels: 39
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 60 hours
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève
Dial and hands:
Sunburst satin-brushed dial in a sand colour achieved by galvanic treatment
Dubai city name written in Arabic – Finely snailed chapter ring
Hour-markers and Arabic numerals painted with white Super-LumiNova
Sand colour circular satin-brushed city disc with brown and red transfers
GMT function disc featuring a brown colour varnished section for the hours between 6.30 am and 6.30 pm featuring white transferred markings; and an ivory colour varnished section for the hours between 6.30 pm and 6.30 am featuring brown transferred markings
Dauphine fusée type hands: rhodiumed for the hours and minutes
Rhodiumed baton-type arrow-tipped date hand
Rhodiumed baton-type central seconds hand
Railway track chapter ring
Functions and displays:
Central display of the hours, minutes, seconds and date
City display on the outer dial disc – Disc-type display of the GMT function
Two o’clock crown serving to adjust the date and the time in the main time zone
Four o’clock time serving to adjust the city disc
Strap and buckle:
Brown alligator leather strap with brown alligator leather lining
Stainless steel pin buckle
Ref. 168574-3005 – in stainless steel
Limited edition of 20 pieces