Friday, April 1, 2016

Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie

The mesmerizing, fascinating Imperiale Joaillerie by Chopard decked out in rainbow colours immediately draws all eyes to it. 581 sapphires, more than 1,000 hours of work to select, cut, sort and set stones totalling 47.98 carats.

This jewellery masterpiece is adorned in subtly graded shades covering the entire colour spectrum – from majestic purple (the emblematic colour of the Imperiale collection) to anise green through an entire galaxy of blues, reds and yellows – running through the thousand and one nuances composing this kaleidoscope of colours. These chromatic variations create a firework-like burst, a dazzling and ever-renewed sight that catches and holds the gaze.
A whole host of patient, expert and inventive hands in the jewellery and watchmaking workshops of the Geneva-based Manufacture have successfully devoted their attention to this exceptional work of art. They have given life to an 18ct rose gold watch entirely set with baguette-cut sapphires, forming a colour scale entirely covering the dial, case and bracelet.

The crown and lug-covers are adorned with amethysts. The selection, cutting, sorting and setting of the stones called for exceptional expertise and herculean efforts on the part of the Chopard artisans who lavished 1,012 hours on these operations alone. Just like in the finest fairytales, the watch appears to be attired in an haute couture dress reflecting all the colours of the rainbow and forming an exquisitely delicate ‘fabric’.

Inside beats a self winding heart: Entirely developed and produced in the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches, the Chopard 01.03-C calibre powering the Imperiale Joaillerie beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and has a barrel ensuring an excellent 60-hour power reserve. Chopard Calibre 01.03-C shines in all its luminous, multi-coloured splendour through an exhibition case-back.

Technical details
Model: Imperiale Joaillerie
Ref. 384240-5003

Case
18ct rose gold
Total diameter: 40.00 mm
Thickness: 10.60 mm
Water resistant to: 50 metres
Fully set with graded shades of baguette-cut sapphires
18ct rose gold crown set with graded shades of baguette-cut sapphires and one cabochon-cut amethyst
Lugs set with cabochon-cut amethysts
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding Chopard 01.03-C
Total diameter: 28.80 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Power reserve: 60 hours
1 barrel
Frequency: 28,800 vph

Dial
18ct rose gold dial fully set with graded shades of baguette-cut sapphires
Gold-toned openworked hour and minute hands

Functions
Central hour and minute display

Strap
18ct rose gold bracelet fully set with graded shades of baguette-cut sapphires

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