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Chopard L.U.C Urushi Collection

East meets West: An alliance of traditional craftsmanship
If one were to sum up the L.U.C XP Urushi watches in a few words, they might best be described as blending the quintessence of ancestral Asian art with the highest degree of Swiss horological refinement. Born from the encounter between Chopard and artist Kiichiro Masumura, proclaimed “Living National Treasure” by the authorities of his home country, they showcase the traditional techniques of Urushi and Maki-e.
Urushi, an ancestral art of lacquering
The varnish is made from the sap of the Urushi tree, also known as the “lacquer tree” or the “Japanese varnish tree”, and which mainly grows in Japan and China. The harvesting of the resin can only be done once a year and in very small quantities. Three to five years after being harvested, the resin is treated to make an extremely resistant, honey-textured lacquer. It is applied in exceptionally fine successive layers. Maki-e is a specific Urushi technique that consists of sprinkling the lacquer with metal powder – in this case gold – in order to accentuate its contours. The gold dust is applied using bamboo tubes and small brushes made from rat’s hair, in order to trace extremely find lines.