Chopard L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art


Chopard L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art

Skull One
Pop Art

A bold and colourful expression of the highly collectible watch inspired by Día de los Muertos
La Cote des Montres - October 23rd, 2023

25-piece limited edition in beadblasted DLC-coated steel
A bold and colourful expression of the highly collectible watch inspired by Día de los Muertos

Chopard is delighted to present the fourth watch in the L.U.C Skull One series, an exclusive timepiece collection inspired by Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. The 25-piece limited-edition’s bold, high-concept design captures the Maison’s creativity and imagination, while staying true to its culture of horological excellence. At its centre is a vivid, a pop art-inspired Mexican calavera, the skull symbol associated to the annual festival, presented in bright flashes of colour and surrounded by a 40mm black bead-blasted, DLC-coated stainless-steel case. The watch is powered by L.U.C 96.53-L, an automatic calibre entirely conceived and assembled in Chopard Manufacture workshops.


A pop art design

for a colourful celebration  

At base, the L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art is a blackened stainless steel watch powered by a remarkable mechanical watch movement. It’s also slimline, with a thickness of just 7.2 mm. But it will be remembered for its striking, colourful interpretation of the Day of the Dead tradition, elegantly visualised by Chopard artisans. Its dial features a transferred skull motif in the colours of the Mexican national flag, giving the watch its non-conformist, pop-art feel. At the same time, the watch’s black DLC-coated case and black Dauphine hour and minute hands lend it stark, shadowy contrasts. Even the mischievous moustachioed L.U.Chopard logo, which recalls the Maison’s founder Louis-Ulysse, has been given a kitsch look reminiscent of Day of the Dead motifs. The watch is set on a black calfskin leather strap with green and red leather lining and stitching, echoing the bright colours of the dial. The strap’s stainless steel buckle is also finished with a black DLC coating.


Life below

The mouvement L.U.C 96.53-L 

Behind the L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art’s lively dial is Chopard L.U.C 96.53-L, a high-end, ultra-thin automatic calibre conceived and assembled in Chopard Manufacture workshops in Fleurier. Thanks to Chopard’s Twin Technology, whereby two co-axial barrels work in sequence, the movement delivers a 58-hour power reserve. It also features a balance spring with a flat terminal curve, mounted on a balance wheel oscillating at 28,800vph (4hz). The movement’s bridges are beautifully hand-finished with côtes de Genève stripes. These components, alongside the movement’s tungsten alloy micro-rotor, are visible through a gently tinted sapphire crystal case back chosen to heighten the sense that on the Day of the Dead, the wearer will be taking a glimpse into a mysterious, endlessly captivating realm.


The L.U.C Collection

A blend of tradition and modernity  

The L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art is part of a continuing story that began when, under Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s leadership, Chopard established the L.U.C collection, devoted to the art and traditions of fine watchmaking. The first watch in the line, the L.U.C 1860, was introduced in 1996. The collection has expanded over the years, consistently offering exquisite, often highly original complications in watches devised, developed, produced, assembled, decorated and certified according to the finest traditions of Swiss watchmaking in Chopard’s Fleurier and Geneva watchmaking workshops. The audacious L.U.C Skull One Calavera Pop Art marks the next chapter in this enchanting tale, simultaneously demonstrating Chopard’s undimmed capacity for reinvention and surprise. This 25-piece timepiece is a rare, playful, highly collectible execution of Chopard’s watchmaking and design codes – and will live long in the memory.


L.U.C Skull One
Pop Art

Technical description

Reference. :168592-3008
Limited edition :25 exemplaires en acier microbillé traité DLC
Case :Beadblasted DLC-coated steel
Beadblasted DLC-coated steel bezel, case-back, flanks and space between the lugs
Diameter:40.00 mm
Thickness:7.20 mm
Water resistance:30 metres
Crown:5.00 mm
Beadblasted DLC-coated steel with the L.U.C logo
Glass :Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Caseback :Exhibition case-back
Tinted glass
Movement :Calibre L.U.C 96.53-L
Mechanical with automatic winding
Winding via a tungsten alloy micro-rotor
Balance-spring with flat terminal curve
Bridges adorned with côtes de Genève motif
Components :172
Diameter :27,40 mm
Thickness:3,30 mm
Frequency :28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve :58 hours
Two barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Dial : Multicolored dial with a skull transfered motif and pop art-style L.U.Chopard logo
Hands : Black Dauphine-type hours and minutes hands
Functions : Central display of the hours and minutes
Bracelet :Black calfskin leather strap, green lining, red stitching
Clasp : Pin buckle in beadblasted DLC-coated stainless steel
Price :12,500 €