Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Monkey”

Year of the Monkey Chopard Watch

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Let’s ring, no, CHIME in the Lunar New Year with the masterfully crafted Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Monkey” watch. The watch is a 39.5 mm 18k rose gold timepiece, powered by a L.U.C 96.17-L automatic movement, but the true feature is the handcrafted Urushi dial.

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Chopard collaborated with Yamado Heiando, a japanese firm, and masters Kiichiro Masumura and Minori Koizumi to create the Urushi dial. Urushi is the ancient art of lacquering, specifically, lacquer made from the sap from the Urushi tree that is collected just once a year. The dial is also augmented with the technique of Makii, the addition of gold dust using small bamboo tubes. The intricate procedure of the dial creation and the rarity of the materials makes each dial a masterpiece created by a man considered “a living national treasure”. The dial features a golden monkey picking peaches at sunset, an image considered to be auspicious by Chinese tradition.

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Chopard collaborated with Yamado Heiando, a japanese firm, and masters Kiichiro Masumura and Minori Koizumi to create the Urushi dial. Urushi is the ancient art of lacquering, specifically, lacquer made from the sap from the Urushi tree that is collected just once a year. The dial is also augmented with the technique of Makii, the addition of gold dust using small bamboo tubes. The intricate procedure of the dial creation and the rarity of the materials makes each dial a masterpiece created by a man considered “a living national treasure”. The dial features a golden monkey picking peaches at sunset, an image considered to be auspicious by Chinese tradition.

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The Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi “Year of the Monkey” watch is made in a limited edition and retails for $24,290 USD.