The Audi Quattro (or Kvattro, as the Germans pronounce it) has four-wheel drive, the L.U.C. Quattro has four barrels. Meaning four mainsprings, giving it an exceptional power reserve of 216 hours, or nine days. At Baselworld 2015, Chopard presented two new versions of the L.U.C. Quattro, one with rose gold case and brown dial, and the other in platinum with blue-grey dial. The movement is the same as that launched in 2005, the hand-wound L.U.C. 98.01-L. The four barrels are in stacked pairs, coupled in series.. Each barrel contains a spring which, when unwound, is 47 cm long, for a total length of 1.88 metres. At the time of its appearance, the L.U.C..98.01-L was possibly the first movement with such an arrangement.
The watch is fairly large at 43 mm diameter, and it has a very thin profile, with thickness just 8.87 mm. As it is hand-wound, the transparent sapphire caseback reveals the bridges with their Côtes de Genève finish and the Poinçon de Genève quality mark. The watches have a brown or navy blue alligator leather strap.
The dial is in sunburst finish, with hands that have a technical appearance. Seconds and date are shown at 6 o’clock, on a double scale to give more space to the numerals. Power reserve is shown in days at 12 o’clock.
Below, the platinum version:
Below, the rose gold version:
References and prices:
The two new references for the Chopard L.U.C. Quattro are:
reference 161926-5003 in rose gold, price 23,560 Swiss francs / £17,110 / €22,100
and reference 161926-9001 in platinum, price 29,000 Swiss francs / £21,060 / €27,210