Swiss Haute Horlogerie Meets Italian Sprezzatura

by Portfolio Magazine
Photos courtesy of Chopard
22 Sep 2020

Chopard teams up with Kiton Ateliers, resulting in one handsome timepiece — the L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton

A partnership between two legendary maisons — Chopard and Kiton Ateliers — results in one handsome timepiece: The L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton. Limited to 100 pieces, the watch is the best of both worlds, where Swiss Haute Horlogerie meets Italian sprezzatura.  

The timepiece's spirit of purity and simplicity is elevated in a 'suit' made to measure by the artisans of Kiton Ateliers. The case measures 40mm in diameter and is a mere 7.2mm thick. This thinness allows for genuine wearer comfort and imposes an aura of simplicity, two imperatives that sum up the philosophy of the L.U.C collection and contributes to its elegance, all while echoing Kiton founder Ciro Paone's motto: "Elegance must be associated with simplicity."  

Its chromatic uniformity also adds to its allure, where a beautiful black silhouette is subtly carved out from the slate grey shades of the beadblasted DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) steel case, dial, and strap. Meanwhile, Kiton's signature is evident through a houndstooth motif achieved by galvanic treatment and lacquered finishes. 

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Within, the L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton incorporates an in-house movement, the L.U.C 96.53L calibre. Ultra-thin at just 3.3mm thick, it is an evolution of Chopard Manufacture's first L.U.C 96.01-L movement, which was synonymous with watchmaking excellence and applied in a multitude of new interpretations since it was first presented in 1996. 

The mechanical movement L.U.C 96.53L with automatic winding is equipped with twin barrels ensuring a 58-hour power reserve. It is powered by a micro-rotor made of tungsten, a high-density alloy facilitating optimal winding.   

Carrying on with the timepiece's artisanal approach, the strap is handmade and free of any chemical treatment. It comes in a soft blend of Mongolian cashmere, wool, and flannel with a slight touch of elastane, ensuring enhanced wearer comfort. What's more, this opulent wristband is lined with red alligator leather, as is a second back alligator leather strap also sold with the model. 

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