The limited edition L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony showcases Chopard’s remarkable handcrafted skills in art and watchmaking.

Every year, Chopard produces a watch that features its favourite muse, the peony. It also happens to be the maison’s co-president and artistic director Caroline Scheufele’s favourite flower. It blooms only once a year, in spring and only for a month. Its ephemeral nature is what makes it so precious.

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The blooms on the new L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony, which is limited to eight pieces, are depicted in luscious shades of pink. The petals are hand-painted on a purple dial using the camaieu technique to allow them to stand out. Instead of shading to highlight the shapes, a piece of white mother-of-pearl is carefully cut and then gently applied onto the painted petals to provide the desired outlines.

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To create a fuller picture of a lively peony garden, a butterfly is added at the top right of the dial; the insect is hand-carved from 18k rose gold.

The floral theme continues on the movement side. Powered by the L.U.C Calibre 96-23-L with its patented two stacked coaxial barrels, the Fleurisanne engraving technique is used to create the peony patterns. The motif is drawn by hand before it is marked with an engraving tip.

But the floral motif may look dull and flat without a proper contrast in finishing. The floral pattern is thus polished while the background is finely chased for a matt finish. The movement is subsequently rhodium-plated for added luxe.

The 35mm case in 18k rose gold features a bezel and lugs set with diamonds, and is complemented with a pink alligator strap with rose gold pin buckle.

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