This Chopard L.U.C Engine One replica watch was an aesthetic and technical success, because it was entirely built around its movement.
However, it had the flaw of its qualities: its price. A tourbillon is expensive, and very few amongst us could pretend to be able to afford the watch.
So, we hoped that Chopard would reinterpret the L.U.C Engine One’s spirit into a more affordable price range.
As our most loyal readers certainly know, the team Watchonista has been positively impressed by the Chopard Engine One Tourbillon fitted with the caliber L.U.C 1TRM.
When you write during Baselworld 2012, you don’t have time for reading, and you sometimes have some very good surprises when you discover some steel fake Chopard L.U.C Engine One watches, as it was the case on Chopard’s booth. Unexpectedly, Chopard achieves an excellent show in a globally dull Baselworld 2012.
It is now done, with the LUC 8HF. The “HF” is not a reference to the Lancia Delta Integrale. Here, “HF” stands for “High Frequency”, and the “8” is a remainder of the 8Hz frequency.
But the watch probably borrows some of the spirit of the famous rally car, even if unconsciously.
It features angular and virile shapes, innovations and high performances, all of these actually fitted into a rather compact watch, actually.
In fact, it is almost surprising that, despite all the connections established between the brand and the automotive field, Chopard did not build the 8HF’s storytelling around this theme.
The main interest in this piece, is of course the technical solutions which make this 8Hz frequency achievable.
Most of the attempts at high frequencies usually remain in the realm of prototyping.
With these very expensive watches, produced in extremely limited edition, one remains in a research laboratory , where calibers are especially and only developed to reach the high frequencies.
Chopard took the absolute opposite line, by choosing a slightly modified LUC caliber as a basis, in order to produce a less exclusive Chopard copy watch, very quickly.