L.U.C Calibre 96.01-L was the first movement created by Chopard Manufacture after its founding. In this respect, it symbolises the companys return to the extremely select circle of authentic Haute Horlogerie manufactures. The creation and launch of this ultra-thin movement measuring just 3.30 mm thick and housed in the L.U.C 1860 watch were honoured in 1997 by the awarding of the Watch of the Year title by the Swiss magazine Montres Passion/Uhrenwelt. The L.U.C Twin technology of this bidirectional self-winding movement ensures a 65-hour power reserve. Its micro-rotor type oscillating weight is in 22-carat gold, its balance spring has a Phillips terminal curve, and the exceptional care devoted to its finishing and decoration earn it the right to carry the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark. This micromechanical masterpiece serves as the base mechanism for ten or so different movements.