Chopard shows Haute Horlogerie is not a man’s world with Imperiale Tourbillon jewellery watch
Chopard, the Swiss based luxury watch leader had earlier wowed the rich ladies with its 201 jewellery watch, which is also the most expensive watch in the world with a price tag of $25 million. This time, the watch manufacturer has come up with a unique haute horology piece “Imperiale Tourbillon,” which brings together their forte; fine watch making and jewellery designing. Using their home grown expertise at setting jewellery and carving them into minute pieces, the watchmaker brings along a Poincon de Geneve quality hallmark, which is a benchmark for fine horological crafting techniques with the L.U.C 02-14-L movement, entirely designed, developed and crafted by hand. However, pricing and number of editions aren’t known as yet.
Set in a 18K white gold 42mm casing, the watch features diamonds in a rather overbearing abundance of diamonds, which has been targeted towards the ladies. Baguette cut and briolette cut versions of the precious stone are seen on the watches dial, casing, sides, crowns and even the strapping, which has more glittering versions of it adorning the part. The main difference, and a virtual contrast in the scheme of things is the set of amethysts around the semi-exposed tourbillon movement, and the 1-miute counter at the 12 ‘o’clock slot. Other than that, the multi-layered diamond studded dial has nothing much more to boast, except for the rather aesthetic white gold rhodium plated hour and minute hands. Inside the casing lies the watch’s hand wound tourbillon 02.14-L movement, which includes 33 jewel components. This movement which beats 28,800 vibrations per hour also has the advantage of a 4 barrel Quattro technology which was developed in house. The power reserve for the timepiece meanwhile stands at 216 hours, i.e. 9 days, which comparatively on the longer side.
Also if other masterpieces are what one would look at to know what this brand can produce, than a glance at the LUC triple certification and the LUC Engine One tourbillon is definitely worth the look. With these designs and the new one at Baselworld 2012, this next stroke of creativity from the company becomes total guess work, but none the less expected with high quality.