Halloween may be about cheesy frights and boozy parties in the United States, but in Mexico, the concurrent Día de los Muertos celebration takes on a more reverent, though still joyous, tone—honoring one’s ancestors and using the reminder of the inevitability of death to better appreciate life. In celebration of the holiday and its unofficial patron saint, La Santa Muerte (the saint of death), Chopard has created the one-of-a-kind L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of “La Santa Muerte.”
Appropriately, the new watch will be presented for the first time at the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería watch show in Mexico, held from October 16 to 18. The watch is incredibly detailed, but the first thing that will catch your eye is its dial, which presents a stylized, Día de los Muertes–inspired Calavera skull over its hand-guilloched 18-karat-gold dial—somewhat similar in style to Fiona Kruger and her line of skull watches. The black varnished skull is decorated with floral- and sun-themed patterns, and its gap-toothed rictus is made from mother-of-pearl. The tourbillon bridge serves as a mustache for the skeleton and allows glimpses of the mechanism below. Thankfully, these playful elements help keep the watch from being too macabre.
In addition to the aforementioned tourbillon, the L.U.C 02.15L caliber powering the watch is equipped with a perpetual calendar (as you might have gleaned from its name) whose subdials act as the skull’s eyes and a lengthy nine-day power reserve, courtesy of its four barrels. It has also undergone COSC testing to confirm it meets the official standards of a chronometer—meaning it keeps extremely accurate time.
Luckily—if you think you can pull it off—this one-of-a-kind piece has arrived just in time for Halloween. So if you want the ultimate costume accessory, it may be time to head down to Mexico to say hola and talk some business.