Chopard L.U.C hits 4,130 metres with AWG

We’ve a rather unique watch spotting article today. Mr. Hassan Akhras, better known as the Arab Watch Guide on Instagram, recently made the trek to the Annapurna Mountain base camp, located at a height of 4,130 metres. On his wrist, was a limited edition Chopard L.U.C 8HF Power Control.

A wristcheck in the Himalayas . Why not?

A wristcheck in the Himalayas . Why not?

Annapurna Mountain base camp is a popular destination for trekkers, and is the staging area for climbers looking to ascend to Mount Annapurna. This ‘eight-thousander’ is part of the 55KM long Annapurna massif in the Himalayas, and is the tenth highest mountain in the world, standing 8,091 metres above sea level.

Although a popular destination for adventure trekkers, the journey to the Annapurna Mountain base camp is no walk in the park. Reaching the location requires serious stamina but the rewards, as you can see from the pictures, are being able to see some of the most beautiful scenes and landscapes on the planet.

The handsome L.U.C in black contrasts nicely against the predominately white mountains.

The handsome L.U.C in black contrasts nicely against the predominately white mountains.

For his journey, Mr. Akhras selected a Chopard L.U.C 8HF Power Control, which is an interesting watch for such a journey. You see the timepiece’s in-house calibre L.U.C 01.09-L features a high frequency escapement that beats at 8Hz or 57,600 vibrations per hour. As a matter of fact, when it hit the market back in 2012, this piece was the first with a high-frequency escapement to receive chronometer certification from COSC.

As you may know, the advantage of having a high frequency escapement is better timing precision. Considering that Mr. Akhras would be taking on some seriously challenging terrain that could subject the watch and its movement to a lot of different forces that could impede accuracy, having a high-frequency escapement is a definite benefit. According to Mr. Akhras’ Instagram/Snapchat posts, the watch performed perfectly over the course of his journey.

Chopard squeezes out 60 hours of power reserve from a single barrel in this piece.

Chopard squeezes out 60 hours of power reserve from a single barrel in this piece.

Beyond its high frequency nature, the escapement is a high-tech piece of engineering. The brand says that it crafted certain components of the escapement using silicon (impulse-pin, lever, escape wheel), and Chopard even developed a new means of fixing silicon to steel. The escapement is said to be compatible with almost every L.U.C movement that is produced, however it is reserved for special or high-end movements and watches at present.

The watch is a limited edition piece (250 only), and features a black ceramic case . Ceramic is very resistant to scratches, which is a good thing when your roughing it in nature but, at the same time, you have to be careful because if you drop the watch, there’s a chance of the ceramic fracturing. Thankfully, both Mr. Akhras and the L.U.C survived the trip and are now safely back in Dubai.

You can read more about Mr Akhras’ journey on his blog by clicking here.

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