Though he’s far too humble to admit it, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele has been one of the most innovative individuals in watchmaking. But you probably aren’t aware of this; because it’s not his or his company Chopard’s practice to be self-aggrandizing.
In fact, quite just the opposite, he and his family practise a sort of humility in extremitas — a sort of Martin Luther meets John Calvin sense of puritanical self-effacement despite their incredible achievements.
But on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the L.U.C Manufacture — the in-house watchmaking division at Chopard that he created — I thought it highly appropriate to look back at Scheufele’s extraordinary history in the creation of some of the loftiest, most ambitious and technically innovative movements in contemporary horology. All of which are entirely due to Scheufele’s unremitting commitment to never compromise the engines powering his sublime timepieces.
If you want some fast and easy perspective on what Scheufele has accomplished, ask yourself this: In the context of 1996, when Scheufele launched his first in-house movement, the caliber 1.96 with twin barrels providing for 70 hours of power reserve, a micro-rotor and with both a Geneva Seal for its peerless finish and a COSC certificate for its chronometric performance, who the hell else was making in-house movements of this quality?