Chopard’s Animalistic Turn

Flash As A Rat With A Gold Tooth? Or, A Worthy Collectible.

By Terry Christodoulou 07/11/2019

Be honest, is this watch a little too, ahem, ratty?

The rat isn’t the most glamorous animal around – and making it the face of one of your special edition watches could be argued as a somewhat feral move.

Yet despite planting an elevated reworking of Ratatouille on the face of its latest watch, Chopard are again honouring Asian traditions – using the Japanese art of Urushi to highlight the next zodiac sign in the Chinese calendar.

The 40mm diameter 18-carat rose gold case is home to the intricate and highly symbolic design. The depiction of the rat has been entirely hand crafted using traditional Japanese lacquer in a technique known as Urushi, which combines the lacquer with gold dust. In the scene, the golden rat, stands on an ear of corn and in front a persimmon, symbols of abundance and longevity.

Making the Dial

Despite general grievances, the rat is known to represent intelligence, passion and resourcefulness – as well as being a faithful friend.

And much like the zodiac, there’s substance here behind the scenes – the special edition timepiece backed by Chopard’s watchmaking excellence and powered by the L.U.C 96. 17-L calibre, which can be admired through a transparent sapphire case-back and boasts a formidable 62-hour power reserve.

Chopard Rat

 

Limited to only 88 pieces, the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rat is available in Chopard boutiques.

https://www.chopard.com/intl/

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