Partnering with Kiton Ateliers – “masters of Italian tailoring” – Swiss watchmaker Chopard has unveiled the tastefully ultra-thin and extremely limited L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton timepiece. Imbued with elegance, distinctive in character, with guaranteed mechanical excellence – this is one collector’s item that likely won’t ever become out of fashion.
The L.U.C XP II owes its “perfect portions” to its case, which measures 40mm in diameter and just 7.2mm in thickness. Naturally, it makes for quite a comfortable wear, as well as one which has kept the complications to a minimum. As per the motto of Kiton Ateliers’ founder Ciro Paone, “Elegance must be associated with simplicity.”
They say you can never go wrong with black. And there is no finer example than with the L.U.C. XP II’s silhouette, carved from bead-blasted diamond-like carbon. This is only complemented by the golden dial and Dauphine hands, rounded out nicely by the hints of red at every quarter-hour indication, as well as the hint of red from the Kiton logo located at the six o’clock position – covered by glare-proofed sapphire crystal.
Even the strap is remarkably artisanal. Handmade from soft blends of Mongolian cashmere, wool, and flannel with a slight touch of elastane, the wristband is lined with red alligator leather.
The L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton incorporates Chopard’s in-house movement – the L.U.C 96.53-L calibre with automatic winding – to achieve “mechanical perfection”. An evolution of Chopard’s first L.U.C 96.01-L movement, the L.U.C 96.53-L is equipped with twin barrels which provide a 58-hour power reserve, powered by a tungsten micro-rotor, and visible through a transparent case-back. In short, beautiful inside and out.
The Chopard x Kiton Ateliers L.U.C XP II Sarto Kiton will be limited to just 100 pieces and retail for $15,800.