In celebration of the unique and rich culture of Mexico, Chopard has unveiled the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of La Santa Muerte. Stunningly represented by multiple fascinating motifs including skulls, flowers, guitars and suns, Santa Muerte translates directly to “Holy Death”, and is known as the patron of this legendary Mexican celebration.
Stemming from the Aztec civilisation and tinged with Spanish Catholicism, Día de Los Muertos — Day of the Dead — is a joyful celebration of the cycle of life, an occasion for renewed awareness of the possibility of death, which in turn gives full meaning to life. A day of remembrance, Día de Los Muertos also provides an opportunity for gifts, offerings and libations to the deceased, and to cultivate the ties that bind families on either side of the final frontier.
Entirely hand-engraved by the artisans of Chopard Manufacture, the timepiece’s gold case and dial are adorned with motifs typical of Día de Los Muertos, which is generally celebrated as the saint’s feast day. Inside it, beneath the death mask, beats a supremely sophisticated calibre: a perpetual calendar tourbillon with a nine-day power reserve. The black varnished skull is beautifully decorated with floral and sun-themed patterns, its gap-toothed rictus is made from mother-of-pearl while its moustache is in fact the tourbillon bridge, allowing views of the mechanism below.
The special edition was unveiled at the 2018 Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR). For more info, see here.