Pursuing its longstanding involvement in celebrating life’s finest milestones as well as honoring traditional Chinese arts, Chopard is taking things to a new level with an extraordinary new one-off creation: the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese zodiac. Chopard has created an entirely hand-engraved rose gold case depicting the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac.
With this timepiece, Chopard is further extending the approach that has driven the manufacture to create a yearly edition of the L.U.C XP Urushi. This year, the entire Chinese zodiac is portrayed on the case middle of this stylised unique piece, with a black patina coating adorning rose gold. The 12 signs are individually represented using the champlevé engraving technique where little cavities are hollowed out before being filled with black patina. Of course, the 12 animals are ordered chronologically, symbolising the Chinese calendar. The tiger’s head is perched on the crown while his body fits the case. A dragon and a snake are coiled between the lugs.
The case houses a perpetual calendar, a tourbillon and an over one-week power reserve ensured by the four barrels of the Quattro system of the L.U.C claibre 02.15-L. The perpetual calendar is indicating the complete date while taking account of the variable durations of the months, including leap years.The tourbillon sits enthroned at 6 o’clock on the dial, topped by a polished and blackened steel bridge. By constantly spinning on its axis, it releases the rate of the watch from the influence of gravity.
The solid gold dial of the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese zodiac is adorned with a hand-engraved motif inspired by traditional Chinese iconography and also featured on the bezel and the buckle.
We’re sorry to say, that the L.U.C Perpetual T Spirit of the Chinese zodiac is a limited edition of one piece. It will be the object of an exclusive presentation to Asian collectors at a private exhibition in Beijing.
Chopard just introduced the newest member to its Imperiale line. The collection was reinvented in 2010 and now the manufacturer succeeds once more in summing up the quintessence of style and elegance in a watch.
Synonymous with splendor, power and extreme passions, empires of all eras end every part of the world continue to exercise an inexhaustible and enduring creative influence. After the Coffret de l’Impératrice, launched in September 2015 and celebrating Byzance and the magic of the East, Chopard now draws inspiration for its latest creation from South America and the heart of the Inca civilization.
This secret watch combines the best of Jewellery and Fine Watchmaking. Chopard designed a watch that is as much a magnificent bracelet as a precious timepiece. Like a mosaic from the pre-Colombian era, the dial cover is entirely set with brilliant-cut diamonds and turquoises in subtly varied shades. Its almost hypnotic radiance exudes an aura of mystery and seduction.
When the dial opens, the signature symbols of the Imperiale collection appear, those details that endow this jewellery creation with its legendary distinction and strength of character: graceful Roman numerals, tapered hands reminiscent of combat daggers; as well as the famous motif evoking the embroideries adorning the hangings and cushions on which monarchs placed their insignia. The latter pattern appears on the watch cover mosaic, set with diamonds on the bracelet lugs, as well as lending an original touch to the seconds display; while the dial centre is stamped with a radiant sunburst guilloché decoration in a nod to the Inca dynasty’s fascination for this supreme heavenly body.
The case in Fairmined white gold is entirely set with diamonds and houses a veritable treasure: a self-winding L.U.C 96.12-L movement entirely designed, developed and hand-decorated in the Chopard Manufacture workshops in Fleurier.
The Imperiale Joaillerie watch is fitted with blue or turquoise damask straps picking up the unmistakable Imperiale motif or with turquoise alligator straps.