It is that time-honoured gesture we are all familiar with, when, during a formal dinner, the host picks up a piece of cutlery, and proceeds to strike a glass repeatedly to gain the attention of his guests. The clinking that we hear, in tones sonorous and full, is high pitched enough to travel the distance, making us stop what we’re doing so we can listen to the speech.
Now imagine that sound emanating from that most noble of horological complications, the minute repeater, and you will have an idea of what the new L.U.C Full Strike from Chopard sounds like at full clip. For what we have here, for the brand’s 20th anniversary is not just its first minute repeater, but one that uses sapphire crystal as the material for its gongs in the most innovative of ways, bringing forth a chime not just attention grabbing in volume, but as magical and authoritative as the finest cut-crystal glasses.
The secret? A sapphire crystal milled in one complete piece, making up not just the gongs, but the very crystal that is the face of the watch. Combined with the non-traditional layout of the dial-side mounted hammers, what we have with the Full Strike is a minute repeater that takes the sound generated by the gongs and transmits it directly forward, projecting it outwards towards the wearer of the watch.