The first replica Chopard L.U.C. 3C Tourbillon (Ref. 161929-5001) hand-wound wrist watch is the world’s first and only timepiece that sports not one, not two, but whole three certificates of excellence from the most reputable authorities in the watchmaking business.
The point here is that a lot of serious watchmaking brands are afraid of submitting their products for the test, since it takes a very, very high level of both design and build quality to let the watch get the certificate.
Besides the more or less usual chronometer certificate from COSC and the famous Geneva Seal, the beautiful replcia watch also bears a not so well-known logo of the Fleurier Quality Foundation (FQF.)
Unveiled together with the facelifted version of the beautiful fake Chopard L.U.C. Quattro (Ref. 161926-5001), the new watch features similar technical specs.
In two words, guys at FQF not simply test the movement for isochronism, like COSC, or certify that it was produced in Geneva, Switzerland, like the Geneva Watchmaking School, but thoroughly examine the watch as whole, including numerous stress tests that simulate all the abuse that a timekeeper may be subjected to if worn by a reckless (or simply awkward) owner.
No wonder they decided to limit the total production run of the piece to just 100 examples.
As the L.U.C. Quattro, the 3C Tourbillon is offered in a rather large rose gold body 43 millimeters in diameter. However, thanks to the tourbillon module that seems to have added a couple of millimeters of thickness to the mechanism, the case of the watch has also become a trifle thicker measuring a little more than 11 millimeters in height.
As usual for Chopard, the timekeeper offers an almost unrivalled level of legibility in any lighting condition, since its hour and minute hands look very contrast on the silver-grained background of the dial during the daytime and glow quite brightly in darkness thanks to thin strips of Superluminova.
Although the models are powered by different movements, they share the same basic design, so the yellow gold replica Chopard L.U.C. 3C Tourbillon, too, features a double-barrel design with four mainsprings guaranteeing at 216 hours (that’s nine days!) of continuing power supply.