Best of the Best 2011: Men's Watches: Chopard L.U.C. Engine One

  • Chopard L.U.C. Engine One

    The design of the Chopard L.U.C. Engine One (800.246.7273, www.chopard.com) might be more elaborate than those of Chopard’s other L.U.C. watches, which match the reserved demeanor of company copresident Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. But the theme of that design—automotive mechanics—still suits Scheufele, a classic-car and car-racing enthusiast. The $80,760 timepiece sports a tourbillon movement with plating and bridging designed to look like a racetrack, and a spinning tourbillon cage that recalls a radiator fan. The movement even sits on silent elastomer blocks that serve as shock absorbers by decoupling the movement from the watch’s case. Despite these flights of fancy, which are visible through the upper crystal, the form of the titanium case is not overdone, and the basic mechanism of Chopard’s well-regarded tourbillons remains intact.

    Photo by Denis Hayoun
    This stunning timepiece is the most diamond-studded of the line’s three new hand-wound watches…
    A tribute to 19th-century watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec, Montblanc’s new timepiece has modern appeal…
    The HMX utilizes an intriguing system of mirrors and prisms to display the time for the driver…
    The dial features 18-karat gold Jaquemarts and a striking mechanism that sets them in erotic motion…
    Guests are taught to make timepieces surrounded by one of the largest selections of Rolex around…
    Gemstones reign supreme in this jewel of a collection inspired by the landscape of Provence…
    It is safe to say the 500-year-old craft of watchmaking is poised for a revolution...
    Arnold & Son reenvisions its founder’s 18th-century clocks through contemporary eyes…
    Lambert explains Montblanc’s considered approach to embracing the smart watch…
    FREE PREVIEW: The Dior VIII Grand Bal Pièce Unique (2014 Editions) is among Robb Report’s 2015 Best...