This year at BaselWorld, Chopard is going deep into its areas of expertise—fine watchmaking, classic styling and high jewellery making.
The new Classic Manufactum by Chopard has been designed to be a bridge between the past and present, a link between the pocket-watches that forged the reputation of brand founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, and Chopard’s modern-day wristwatches. Everything about the design of the Classic Manufactum reflects the classicism of the Belle Epoque: the porcelain-type dial, the shiny black Roman numerals; the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock with a “railtrack” graduation typical of the pocket-watches of the era; and the slender gold-toned hands. This timepiece is powered by Chopard Calibre 01.04-C, a new mechanical self-winding movement entirely developed in-house and produced in the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches, the Chopard Group unit in charge of the industrial production of movements not destined for its L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collection.
CLASSIC MANUFACTUM, CALIBRE 01.04-C
L.U.C. Lunar One redesigned
Speaking of L.U.C, the L.U.C Lunar One has undergone a transformation—the rounded 43 mm-diameter case, with its polished and satin-brushed lugs, has been entirely redesigned to ensure aesthetic balance and enhanced comfort. The crown, engraved with the L.U.C logo, is slender while remaining perfectly ergonomic, and the case-back with its generous sapphire crystal central opening is engraved with the inscriptions “Chopard Manufacture”, “Lunar One” and “L.U.C”
L.U.C LUNAR ONE
For the ladies
In 2011, Chopard introduced the surprising Mille Miglia Racing In Pink model. This year, Chopard offers women a sporty and elegant chronograph simply named Mille Miglia Lady, powered by a COSC-certified mechanical self-winding movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set
The new Imperiale Tourbillon Full Set embodies a concentrated blend of high watchmaking and high jewellery—Chopard’s twin areas of expertise. Its chronometer-certified tourbillon calibre bearing the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark is housed within an 18-carat gold case and dial entirely set with diamonds, illustrating almost the entire range of gem-setting techniques. Chopard clearly preferred not to choose between making this a watch or a jewellery creation. The gem-setting work is a demonstration of the brand’s jewellery-making skills; while the L.U.C 02-14-L (4T2I) movement is entirely designed, developed and crafted in-house and equipped with a tourbillon.
IMPERIAL TOURBILLON FULL SET, MILLE MIGLIA LADY
Source: Europa Star April - May 2012 Magazine Issue