A Round-Up Of Chopard’s New Ladies Timepieces
Chopard marries high horology with high jewelry in its latest releases.
In addition to its wonderous watches, Chopard is one of the world’s most important high-jewelry houses. Every May — in normal years without a pandemic — Chopard showcases a new high-jewelry collection, the aptly named Red Carpet collection, on the world’s biggest stage: the Cannes Film Festival. There, pieces debut on A-List actresses as they ascend the iconic, red-carpeted staircase in their finest couture.
Naturally, its jewelry watches are among the best in the industry, combining its in-house expertise of gemstone sourcing and setting with its in-house movements. Here, we look at some of the incredible ladies’ timepieces Chopard released this year.
A signature element of Chopard’s women’s watches is dancing diamonds. Featuring diamonds set inside a gold bezel which shimmer and shake like confetti and spin around watch dials as you move. Now, dancing diamonds get the high-jewelry treatment in a trio of stunning timepieces in ethically sourced 18K white gold.
Each dial is comprised of a hypnotic series of concentric gem-set rings. In the center ring, a petite pavé diamond dial with blued minute and hour hands is surrounded by a ring of slightly larger diamonds. The dancing diamonds appear in the third ring above a white gold track and appear to float within the sapphire crystal, where they twirl and swirl around the dial.
Finally, the cases of these quartz-powered timepieces are decorated with a circular laurel wreath design, a motif that frequently appears in Chopard’s high-jewelry collections. Here, the wreath is made with 9.92 carats of diamonds, 13.53 carats of blue sapphires, or 13.65 carats of pink sapphires, all marquise-cut and each with a color-coordinated satin strap.
The Imperiale Moonphase appears with a new dial perfectly suited for a moonphase complication: aventurine. This glittering blue glass evokes a starry night sky, which Chopard emphasizes with the addition of five constellations — the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, and Draco — and plenty of diamonds that represent stars.
The 36mm watch features the in-house Chopard 96.25-C movement, a COSC-certified chronometer with a 65-hour power reserve. Moreover, the lunar cycle is so precise that it won’t need a correction for 122 years.
L.U.C Flying T Twin Ladies
A flying tourbillon is a hallmark of high horology and a goal for many prestigious manufactures. Chopard introduced its first flying tourbillon in 2019, and now, it makes its ladies’ debut in the L.U.C Flying T Twin Ladies. The watch measures a mere 35mm in diameter and 7.47 in height, an impressive feat considering the complicated movement within.
The flying tourbillon is on full display at 6 o’clock, where it hypnotically turns. There is a small seconds hand atop the tourbillon carriage that enables the wearer to accurately tell the time. It comes in two 25-piece limited versions: a platinum case with a diamond dial (and a diamond-set rotor) or an 18K rose gold case with a mother-of-pearl dial. And for extra bragging rights, the watches earned the Poinçon de Genève for their excellent craftsmanship.
L’Heure du Diamant
In the L’Heure du Diamant collection, Chopard deftly combines jewelry and watchmaking in a piece that can be worn every day. It features the in-house Chopard 09.01-C self-winding movement which has a 42-hour power reserve. It’s refreshing to have a diamond watch like this be powered by a mechanical movement, as many houses instinctively use quartz movements in all of their jewelry timepieces, not just in high-jewelry timepieces that are worn only on special occasions.
This year, Chopard introduced a new case shape in the collection. The new cushion-shaped case measures 30.80mm and is crafted in 18K white gold. It has a beautiful white mother-of-pearl dial topped with diamond hour markers. Additionally, the dial is encircled with rather large diamonds that total 4.44 carats.
The bracelet has a textured “tree bark” motif made using a proprietary technique. This rich texture highlights Chopard’s use of ethically sourced gold, which the brand has used in all its watches and jewelry since 2018. The watch also comes on a black leather strap for a less black-tie, more daytime look.
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