Chopard L.U.C. Quattro Facelifted Watch Replica in Yellow Gold (Ref. 161926-5001)

Chopard L.U.C. Quattro Facelifted Watch Replica in Yellow Gold (Ref. 161926-5001)
November 06 12:54 2016 Print This Article

The luxury fake Chopard L.U.C. Quattro gold hand-wound wristwatch is a nice attempt at making the good old Chopard Quattro relevant again in the world where a dress watch smaller than 40 millimeters in diameter rarely deserves a second glance. Featuring new styling cues and offered in a bigger, bolder case, the new watch makes a strong impression.

The set of barrels allows for a pretty much impressive power reserve of 216 hours or whole 9 days. Of course, recently there appeared a number of new, even more capacious movements capable to count time for as long as 10 days, but the Caliber 1.98 was the first of its kind.

Beating inside the case is the well-known Caliber 1.98 hand-wound movement.

First presented more than 10 years ago, the movement is made solely in-house and is protected by two international patents and features a sophisticated energy storage system with four co-axially placed spring barrels, hence the name of the series: Quattro (swallow that, Audi!)

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Mk. 2 (Ref. 161926-5001) hand-wound watch in rose gold

During its long lifetime the cal. 1.98 spawned a number of other movements, including the regulator type Caliber 1.98-37089 that was first revealed in 2004 and the caliber 1.02 with a tourbillon escapement.Although looking clearly overloaded, the double-duty design frees some dial real estate and also counterbalances the art deco-styled power reserve display.

Elegantly decorated with Cotes de Geneve stripes and proudly bearing the Poincon de Geneve Hallmark, the hand-wound movement is perfectly visible through a sapphire display back.

Besides a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, the movement also features a somewhat awkward-looking small seconds sub-dial that also doubles as a simple date display.

Speaking of size, I must note that the second generation of the best quality Chopard copy watch has grown significantly bigger.

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Mk. 2 (Ref. 161926-5001) transparent case back

 

The dial has also changed.

Besides the fact that the Arabic numerals were replaced with even bolder Roman numerals, the watch also features new Dauphine fusee-type hour and minute hands, as well as blued date and power reserve hands. The latter, by the way, seems to be inspired by similarly styled indicators in pre-WWII era elevators and plays quite nicely with the aforementioned Roman numerals and overall styling of the timekeeper.

While the original Chopard L.U.C. Quattro was introduced in a modest case only 38 millimeters in diameter, the Quattro Mark 2 is presented in a somewhat cheeky 43 mm body.

The recommended street price is still unknown, but I expect the watch to retail at around $30,000 or even more.

Photos: Chopard

Chopard L.U.C Quattro Mk. 2 (Ref. 161926-5001) hand-wound wrist watch specification

Price: CHF 23,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Caliber 1.98, 28,800 vph, 39 jewels, four spring barrels, in-house, Swiss Made
Winding: Manual
Movement decoration: Diagonal Cotes de Geneva stripes, Poincon de Geneve Hallmark, polished screw-heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, power reserve
Power reserve: 216 hours / 9 days
Case material: 18-carat rose gold
Bezel material: 18-carat rose gold
Crown material: Matching case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 43.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: 7.22 mm
Dial: Silvered
Numerals: Roman
Hands: Gold-toned
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Hand-sewn brown alligator leather strap lined with brown alligator leather; Pin buckle in 18-carat rose gold
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire, antireflective

However, since the height of the elegant fake Chopard watch remained virtually the same, the new version looks even thinner than the original totaling only 7.22 millimeters in its thickest point.

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