The unrestrained use of floral motifs on ladies’ watches continues, and despite my objection to this feminine cliche, I acknowledge that it is really well-executed in some cases, resulting in watches that actually appear to be made for adult women. The best floral applications on timepieces are applied in either abstract or unexpected ways, and the Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony replica watches UK does both.
The peony is represented on the dial using mother-of-pearl that is carved out and set with diamonds in a pattern that resembles the outlines of the peony’s irregular petals. Chopard’s stylized representation is perfect because it reflects the unruly, lush petal arrangement of the real-life peony, which seems abstract to begin with – , by comparison, are too literal and uniform to be displayed abstractly or elegantly on a dial, in my opinion.
The real highlight of the Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, however, is the decorated movement visible through the caseback. Every surface of the bridges is engraved using a rare métiers called Fleurisanne engraving. Fleurisanne is a technique that involves the progressive removal of metal to form a shallow relief, usually scroll or floral patterns, using a variety of engraving tools. Once raised above the background plane, the flowers and scrolling are given a high polish, and the base surrounding them is stippled – by hand, one dot at a time – to create a grainy surface. It is then rhodium plated to create an even greater contrast with the polished surface above.
The bridges are also chamfered and rhodium plated. Fleurisanne engraving was developed and practiced in Fleurier (where the Chopard cheap fake watches UK manufacture is located) in the 19th century, and it was part of the special cachet of the region’s watchmakers. Chopard has revived the tradition and trained its craftsmen in the intricacies of the art. It takes two-and-a-half weeks to complete one watch, including two weeks just for the engraving of the movement.
The Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony not only has a high watchmaking exterior and finish, but also an elite movement inside. It contains the L.U.C automatic Caliber 96.23-L, with two stacked barrels for a 65-hour power reserve and a micro-rotor that keeps it to a slim 7.5mm cased thickness – essential now for a ladies watch. Few manufacturers are creating slim automatic calibers for ladies’ watches, and Chopard has a definite advantage with its in-house manufacturing capabilities, particularly going forward in a market that requires watch manufacturers to exploit every advantage possible.