[dropcap size=small]A[/dropcap]nniversaries of glamorous events deserve glamorous celebrations. That’s what Chopard is going for with two new Black Tie models – both Poincon de Geneve- and COSC-certified – created for its 20th year as official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival. These are just for the gentlemen though, since the ladies have 70 jewellery creations to look forward to – one for each year the Cannes festival has been running, a challenge that Chopard takes on annually.
The first to get the red carpet treatment is the L.U.C Lunar One. The stunning perpetual calendar, which includes an orbital moon and moonphase indicator, features a satin-brushed galvanic black dial, with the bezel and hour markers adorned with baguette-cut diamonds. The collection’s logo is now dressed in gold, referencing the festival’s Golden Palm Award, whose trophy Chopard first designed two decades ago. This eight-piece limited edition houses the self-winding Calibre 96.13-L, which comes with a gold micro-rotor and a 65-hour power reserve, thanks to a double barrel.
The second timepiece is a more straightforward dress watch. The ultra-slim L.U.C XPS 1860 now takes on a platinum case in a limited series of 20 pieces. The black gold dial is decorated with a hand-guilloche sunburst motif meant to recall the sunshine of Cannes, as well as baguette-cut diamonds for the hour markers. The L.U.C 96.01-L movement keeps the watch slender with its 3.3mm thickness, and also has a gold micro-rotor that provides 65 hours of autonomous power.