The Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru watch is a successor to the brand’s first L.U.C XP Tonneau watch which was released in 2001. This latest in Chopard’s deservedly vaunted L.U.C division is named after the distinction given to the most superior grades of wine produced… Though, how these two distinct fields of fine living resonate we shall try not only to explain, but also discover ourselves.
Reminiscent and similar to the delicate replica Chopard L.U.C XP Tonneau watch, the white dial fake Chopard L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru is an unusual piece from replica Chopard based on case shape alone – more on that in a bit. A glance at its spec sheet gives away an automatic, tonneau-shaped, 3.3mm thick movement wrapped inside an 18kt rose gold, tonneau-shaped case that measures just 38.5mm by 38.8mm, coming in at a slender 7.7mm thick.
The curved middle section of the case is vertical satin brushed while the bezel and area surrounding the exhibition case-back is polished. Past the domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal is a white porcelain-type dial with black Roman numerals, with a minute track surrounding the center of the dial. At 6 o’clock is the small seconds sub-dial, which is snailed and has a gilded seconds hand. The hour and minute hands are dauphine style and are also gilded.
It is not unusual for gold hands on this gold case fake Chopard watches to be polished to a point where it’s not even worth asking about legibility in higher-light conditions. The gilded, i.e. plated gold hands here are vibrant but are quite legible in the sunlight and at various angles. Set against the glossy, cool porcelain dial, the dauphine-fusée hour and minute hands are properly angular and thoughtfully proportioned for a tonneau-shaped case. Fusée means rocket in French and this specific type of dauphine hands is Chopard’s own – something I continue to very much enjoy regardless the case shape and dial style they install it on. Their faceted sides and perfect length give them plenty of volume – and no watch can be taken seriously without proper hands.
At 6 o’clock, you can see the seconds sub-dial with a hand that is similar to the hours and minutes hand in that it’s also gilded, but it is not done in the same style. I appreciate Chopard’s own-designed and proprietary font and red color used to indicate the time increments at 15, 45, and 60 and even though I wasn’t sure about the markers in between the digits at first, it’s something I quite like now. Also, a notable detail is that these markers – both the numerals and the little points between them – are so small, even with my good near-sight I could barely take them out.