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Chopard Greets the Lunar New Year with Ancestral Japanese Craft

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Every year, Chopard welcomes the Lunar New Year with an annual tradition: releasing a new timepiece inspired by the Chinese zodiac calendar and created using the ancestral Japanese Urushi lacquer technique.

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This year, the collection ushers in the year of the Water Rabbit. Limited to a series of 88 pieces, the Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Rabbit watch is a testament to the traditional craftsmanship of gold and lacquer.

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The 39.5 mm-diameter case, crafted in Chopard’s signature ethical 18-karat rose gold, surrounds a black dial. A whimsical scene plays out as two rabbits frolic amid Chinese olive trees, bathed in the light of a full moon—a nod to the ancient Chinese legend of the Jade, or Moon Rabbit.

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Master Lacquer Artist Minori Koizumi

Handcrafted by Japanese master artisan Minori Koizum, the dial is made with Urushi lacquer, mother-of-pearl inlays, and gold powder using Maki-e, a technique that places gold flakes between each lacquer layer.

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The ancestral Urushi lacquer technique is named for the special tree from which resin is harvested once a year. Three to five years after being collected, the resin is treated to become a highly resistant lacquer that the Urushi Master applies in extremely fine layers.

Urushi-3Over 160 hours of work go into the crafting of each Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi dial, with the artisan drawing on years of expertise passed down through generations. Only a few rare masters possess the skills required to apply this intricate technique.

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