Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie

Chopard welcomes the new Imperiale Joaillerie model to its Imperiale line. After the Coffret de l’Impératrice, launched in September 2015 and celebrating Byzance and the magic of the East, Chopard draws inspiration for its latest creation from South America and the heart of the Inca civilization.
   
This secret watch 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.
When the dial opens, the signature symbols of the Imperiale collection appear, those precious 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 precious timepiece is fitted with blue or turquoise damask straps picking up the unmistakable Imperiale motif or with turquoise alligator straps. The case in Fairmined 18-carat 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.

Technical details
Model: ImperialeJoaillerie
Ref. 384628-1001

Case
Fairmined18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 38.00 mm
Thickness (including the cover): 12.50 mm
Water resistance: 50 metres
Entirely set with diamonds
Crown in 18-carat white gold set with diamonds
Lugs set with 4 pear-cut diamonds
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition caseback

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.12-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Bridges adorned with “Côtes de Genève”

Dial and hands

Dial in white mother-of-pearl
Rhodiumed and sword-shaped central and minutes hands
Small seconds picking up the Imperiale motif

Straps
Straps in blue or turquoise damask picking up the Imperiale motif and lined with turquoise leather, or in turquoise alligator leather

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