Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Replica Chopard is defining its idea of the perfect gentleman, an equation that combines fashion sense, manners and a touch of humor. “The Gentleman’s Way” promotes the brand’s L.U.C. timepieces by laying out a list of 11 “golden rules” for the sophisticated modern male, the intended consumer for the watches. Taking a lighthearted approach, Chopard’s films do not take themselves too seriously, incorporating quirky elements.
The watches go on sale as part of 40th anniversary celebrations for Happy Diamonds, the concept of freely dancing diamonds inside the watch face.
The Happy Sport was created in 1993 by Caroline Scheufele, Chopard co-president and artistic director in a move to make the Happy Diamonds idea more accessible.
She designed a sporty watch, still using dancing gemstones, in a more robust and affordable steel and diamonds and called it the Happy Sport.
“True to the spirit of Happy Diamonds, these gems dancing freely between two sapphire crystals soon became a symbol of Chopard and feminine watchmaking as a whole. Precious, yet resolutely sporty. Conventions have never been its thing,” the company says.
Harrods will unveil a special London edition of the chopard replica watch happy sport ladies in three variations – rose gold, stainless steel and rose gold and rose gold and diamonds – all featuring a mother of pearl dial with a leather strap and seven moving green tsavorites, a modern take on the iconic floating diamonds.
Harrods will stock five pieces each of the rose gold, and rose gold and steel models and two of the diamond set version.
classic jewellery replica chopard watches for women along with matching necklaces, earrings and rings compose the Precious Chopard collection which is as refined as it is spectacular. Just as Haute Couture utilizes only exceptional fabrics, giving life to this collection naturally called for the most beautiful stones.
The watches are set with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies. On their dials, matching baguette-cut gems surround a dainty corolla evoking a floral motif using the snow-setting technique. The models are fitted with bracelets extending this jewellery lacework theme, or with brightly coloured brushed fabric straps. The earrings and rings reflect the subtle curves of the watch, while the necklaces are graced with delicately openworked, interlacing motifs.
“Imbued with the graceful charm of a blooming corolla and the joyful flurry of a whirling tutu, the Precious Chopard collection appears to have escaped from a dream ballet for which we have created the jewellery and a great couturier has designed the costumes,” Chopard describes the inspiration behind the Haute Joaillerie collection.
The spectacular fake chopard watch mille miglia limited edition mens is set with pear-cut blue sapphires, brilliant-cut pastel sapphires and white diamonds, composing a subtle and airy lacework pattern. On the dial, baguette-cut sapphires surround a dainty corolla.
The watch bracelet picks up this ornamental jewellery lacework theme and the model is also available with a satin strap. The earrings and the ring are graced with the same delicate curves, finely adorned with a lacy pattern of pear-cut sapphires and hemmed with diamonds, while the ring is crowned by a brilliant-cut central blue sapphire.
Chopard does something harder than it looks with the new Esprit de Fleurier Peony imitation chopard l.u.c. engine one tourbillon XP 35 mm: it depicts the floral motif in a way that is both unique and subtle. This is not an easy feat considering the overuse of the flower in ladies’ timepieces – the surest way, apparently, to distinguish them from men’s timepieces. The peony is represented on the watch in two ways. First, on the dial, using carved mother-of-pearl set with diamonds to form lines that resembles the outlines of the peony’s irregular petals. Chopard’s stylized representation is great because it reflects the uneven petal arrangement of the real-life peony, which is more abstract than the severe outline of, for example, the daisy.
But the real highlight of the Fleurier Peony is the decorated movement, visible through the caseback. The bridges and plates are engraved using a rare craft called Fleurisanne engraving, a technique that involves removing metal to form a raised motif, usually in a scroll or floral pattern. Once raised, the motif is polished and the base surrounding it is stippled by hand, one dot at a time, to create a grainy surface and then rhodium plated for contrast. Fleurisanne engraving was developed and practiced in the 19th century in Fleurier, Switzerland, where the Chopard manufacture is located. It was part of the special cachet of the region’s watchmakers. Chopard has revived the tradition and trained its craftsmen in the art. It takes two-and-a-half weeks to complete one chopard l.u.c. louis-ulysse the tribute watch, including two weeks just for the engraving of the movement.
The Esprit de Fleurier Peony not only has a high watchmaking exterior, but also an elite movement inside. It contains the L.U.C automatic Caliber 96.23-L, Chopard’s finest in-house movement, with two stacked barrels for a 65-hour power reserve and a micro-rotor that keeps it to a slim 7.5mm cased thickness – keeping a watch under 9mm has become essential in the ladies’ category. Few manufacturers are creating slim automatic calibers for ladies’ watches, and Chopard has a definite advantage with its in-house manufacture capabilities. The Esprit de Fleurier Peony may be particularly geared to the Asian market. It is made in a limited edition of eight, a lucky number in Asian culture, and the peony represents wealth and honor in Asian culture. Under the Tang dynasty, peonies were grown on a massive scale and the blossoming of the peony reflected the prosperity of China itself. It is symbolic of good health, abundance and happy marriages. This is not to say the watch doesn’t appeal to a North American audience, especially to anyone who appreciates the craftsmanship of the Fleurisanne engraving. The replica chopard l.u.c perpetual chrono watch Esprit de Fleurier Peony has an 18k rose gold case is 35mm wide and 7.5mm thick, and water resistant to 30 meters. It is fitted with a brushed pink canvas strap. The bezel, lugs and case side are set with 2.23 carats of diamonds.
In the late 1980s, I was convinced that, to tackle the high-end mechanical chopard replica watches market we needed a genuine and integrated approach to in-house watchmaking. I analysed the opportunities, including existing manufactures that might be purchased or taken over, but concluded the only way forward was to build our own from scratch. The first step was to master an initial base calibre as opposed to a complication; we would work from the bottom up and then go on to build more complex timepieces. From this, our first in-house movement, the L.U.C 1.96, was born.
It was certainly easier said than done. The biggest challenge was having patience, which I underestimated because I was very enthusiastic. The further we developed, I realised this kind of thing takes time. Even 20 years ago, you could already work well with computer-aided design, so the planning stage was in some ways the easier part and very convincing, as you could see a watch materialise on your screen. But between this stage and actually making it a reality was a steep learning curve.
We were really the early bird in developing in-house manufacturing, and even ten years later, other brands were struggling to introduce their own calibres and movements, because the capacity to do so was harder to find. By this time, we had already set up a team and were into our third copy chopard l.u.c full strike minute repeater watch project. Today, we can genuinely say we’re as well integrated in watches as we are in jewellery, and we’re able to produce everything that counts in-house.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chopard manufacture, we’re launching our first world-time watch, the chopard l.u.c replica watches Time Traveler One, as well as our first timepiece to feature a dual-time function built into the movement, the L.U.C GMT One. I’ve been thinking about introducing these complications for many years, as I felt it would really complement the collection of other functions we already offer, such as a chronograph and perpetual calendar, which are the cornerstones of a manufacture.
It’s a useful complication but also a very contemporary one, because people today travel and work extensively across different continents. It’s also very decorative in terms of design, and last but not least, relatively affordable, especially when opting for the stainless-steel version. It’s extremely wearable for business, but also a little sporty at the same time. We always want to make sure we offer interesting innovation, so you’re not just buying prestige and marketing value, but a really interesting chopard l.u.c tourbillon dragon watch both inside and out.
The gongs (visible at 10 o’clock) and the watch crystal are machined together from a single block. Chopard says that sapphire produces a clearer, purer tone than metal, and the fact that there is no break between the gongs and the watch crystal means there is better transmission of the acoustic waves.
The chopard l.u.c time traveler one world time watch has other unusual features. The repeater is activated not by a slide on the side of the case but by a pusher integrated into the crown. The chiming mechanism has been engineered so that there is no silent gap between the hour chimes and the quarter chimes or between the quarter chimes and the minutes chimes; the entire sequence has a uniform cadence. Chopard says that yet another difference between the Full Strike and conventional repeaters is that the strike governor (which is visible at 8 o’clock), doesn’t hum.
The movement, the in-house Caliber 08.01-L, has two barrels: one for the chimes and the other for the movement. The movement has a power reserve of 60 hours. The chime barrel stores enough energy to enable the chiming device to strike 12:59, the time that requires the longest chiming sequence, a total of 12 times. The power reserve for both barrels is shown in a display at 2 o’clock. Caliber 08.01-L bears the Geneva Seal and is certified by COSC.
The case is made of rose gold and is 42.5 mm in diameter and 11.5 mm thick. Chopard will make 20 Full Strike watches; the piece commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Chopard Manufacture. Price: $245,000. To hear the Full Strike’s chimes, click on the sound file below. To read about more watches in Chopard’s 20th anniversary collection, click here.
For an aesthetic that is still fresh and beloved today, it is pretty hard to believe that Chopard Happy Diamonds replica watches collection has just turned 40 years old. Indeed a sight to behold, the maison’s concept of sparkling, free-moving diamonds exudes an inexplicable sense of joy that has continued to captivate and surprise throughout an impressive four decades.
This delightful quality belies the design’s sheer originality and unconventionality that remains unsurpassed until today. Copied or referenced umpteenth times, the Happy Diamonds concept has been written into Chopard’s historical legacy as one of its chief creative triumphs and an instrumental part of its wide-ranging design lexicon.
Born in 1976, the concept was the brainchild of Chopard’s in-house designer Ronald Kurowski, who got the inspiration from watching how sunbeams danced across a waterfall during a walk in the Black Forest. Seeking to reproduce the magic of water droplets sparkling under the sunlight with rainbow colours, he dreamt up the concept of leaving diamonds free to float and whirl between two slices of sapphire crystals.
Each diamond was encased in a gold capsule with a bevelled base, allowing the stones to move in any direction, spinning and twirling as they go.
For those who associate Happy Diamonds with feminine creations, it must be astonishing for them to learn that the concept was originally meant for a men’s timepiece. When Chopard stalwart Karin Scheufele saw the first completed chopard happy diamonds small yellow gold case watch, she exclaimed, “These diamonds are happiest when they are free!” – and thus the collection was named.
Since winning the prestigious Golden Rose of Baden-Baden the same year Happy Diamonds made its debut, the concept has gone on to evolve into a complete fake chopard happy diamonds chronograph watch and jewellery collection, largely thanks to the efforts of Karin Scheufele’s daughter Caroline Scheufele.
The current Chopard co-president and artistic director, Caroline Scheufele was just a teen when she set her eyes on the Happy Diamonds watch. “Being able to see the design and the inspiration come together to be produced into a timepiece was overwhelming and exciting, because the concept of having the diamonds dance between two sapphire crystals was new and refreshing,” she says.
The main person responsible for subsequent expressions of the original concept in jewellery and fake chopard happy anniversary ladies watch designs that became so warmly embraced worldwide, Scheufele created her first Happy Diamonds piece in the form of a clown with a tummy full of moving diamonds and colourful stones.
The success of this jewellery creation, initially produced as a one-off model for her own personal collection, led to the launch of the Happy Diamonds jewellery line in 1985, marking the beginning of jewellery-making at Chopard. The clown was followed by the elephant, the ladybird, the teddy bear, and of course, Scheufele’s much-cherished heart.
The later Happy Diamonds lines include Happy Sport, Happy Fish, Happy Spirit, Very Chopard, Happy 8, Happy Emotions, Happy Diamonds Good Luck Charms, and Happy Hearts.
Chopard achieves top-level minute-repeater sound in a single brilliant stroke.
“From the start of the project 5 years ago, I encouraged my team to do something innovative,” says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, copresident of Chopard (800.246.7273, chopard.com). “The last thing I thought we should do was to make just another minute repeater.” The company’s new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater (price upon request) is much more than that: It is one of those rare replica chopard imperiale quartz watches designed around an idea so good, it vaults far ahead of the work of brands with longer pedigrees and greater depth of experience in acoustic watches. The Full Strike is easily one of the two or three best-sounding repeaters created during the last decade—crisp, clear, with both richness and intensity. Its quality stems from a simple idea: The gongs are made of sapphire—the same piece that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to propagate the sound.
The acoustic potential of the crystalline material will be apparent to anyone who has tapped a knife to a wineglass. But for Chopard, a relatively small company, the arrangement has even more significance. By forgoing conventional metal gongs attached to the movement, Chopard has avoided much of the complex tuning process normally required to harmonize the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. The rarity of the chopard lady’s diamond watchmaking talent required to tune at the highest level might otherwise have been an insurmountable hurdle for a boutique operation like Chopard’s 20-year-old L.U.C. manufacture.
Freed from this constraint, the designers and engineers concentrated on other avenues to make this minute repeater stand out. The chime is powered for multiple uses by a separate barrel wound from the crown, rather than the usual slide. An elaborate series of safety systems both protects the movement and smooths the operation of the strike mechanism, which is perfectly visible in an openwork format. These features, and particularly Chopard’s breakthrough approach to sound, are much more than a capstone to the manufacture Scheufele has built one stainless steel “happy sport” watch at a time. It is an idea-based achievement that will easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built.
Chopard is as famous for its glamorous red carpet jewelry collections and over-the-top jewelry chopard replica watches as it is for its men’s complications and in-house movements. Co-president Caroline Scheufele is a longtime patron of the Cannes Film Festival and designer to the stars (Chopard jewelry has a long winning streak of adorning Oscar winning actresses), and one of the era’s most extraordinary designers. The company’s new tradition of creating a special jeweled watch within its Imperiale collection, is therefore welcome, as it categorizes a collection of watches, like the Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie, that are likely to be highly collectible.
The new Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie watch proves once again what wasn’t really needed to be said, that the insatiable creative spirit of the Swiss watchmaker always renders incredible results. Inspired by South America and the heart of the Inca civilization, brand’s newest creation features a dial covered entirely with brilliant-cut diamonds and many turquoises in subtly varied shades.
Chopard – like Cartier, Faberge, and Graff – is firmly rooted in the world of high-end jewelry, and it gives them particular credibility in the art of high jewelry watchmaking. Chopard has introduced some memorable and expensive jewelry watches over the past decade, usually one-off pieces and often to celebrate a milestone. Last year, Chopard started a new tradition, introducing a high-jewelry chopard happy diamonds copy watch within its Imperiale collection. In keeping with the regal theme of the line, each jewelry piece will celebrate the design codes of a particular empire. Last year, it was the Coffret de l’Imperatrice (The Empress’s Jewelry Box), which commemorated the exotic aesthetic of the Byzantine empire, with shapes recalling the lancet arches of Moorish architecture. It’s a shape that mirrors the signature motif in the Chopard Imperiale collection, representing the tips of combat daggers used by monarchs and Roman emperors. It also resembles the insignias of rulers that are traditionally embroidered on wall hangings and cushions.
This year’s high jewelry piece is the Chopard diamond chronograph stainless steel 32mm watch which celebrates the ancient Mayan civilization of Peru, Chopard using turquoise, a gemstone abundant in that country. The Incan civilization was the largest empire in pre-Columbian America. Three gems are cut as inlays and set, mosaic style, alongside sparkling diamonds in a pattern that recalls pre-Colombian mosaics. The Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie is constructed in the style of “secret watches,” with a cover that swivels to reveal a dial underneath. The cover is entirely set with custom-cut turquoise in various sizes and two matched shades, interspersed with diamonds in a pattern that resembles a mosaic. The pattern of the mosaic composition reflects the signature element of the Chopard Imperiale collection. The motif is also repeated in the shape of the lugs, the central hands, the small seconds indicator and the pattern on the strap. The unique damask strap differentiates the watch, not just from other standard models but from other jewelry watches. The luxurious fabric calls to mind imperial robes and gowns, with its hint of embroidery and rich weave. Also optional is a turquoise colored alligator strap!
Turquoise has been prized as a gemstone for thousands of years. Jewelry set with the gem has been discovered buried in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4,000 BC. Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago. According to its mythology, turquoise brings good fortune. As a talisman, it was set into daggers, sabers, and the bridles of horses. It is found in the Earth’s most dry and barren regions, including the mountains of Peru. The Incans used it to decorate ceremonial masks and other decorative objects. Today, turquoise is the birthstone of December and the gemstone of the 11th wedding anniversary.
The outer dial of the Chopard Imperiale Joaillerie with diamond rose bracelet is mother-of pearl, overlaid with Roman numerals and hour markers, and the inner dial is decorated with a sunburst guilloché pattern, representing the Inca dynasty’s fascination with and worship of the sun god. The Chopard Imperiale Joillerie is unique, but others can be made to order. It is an exceptional piece, combining chronometry, gem-setting and miniature mosaics all in one collectible package. This kind of high end watchmaking for ladies falls into the category of timepieces that will fetch high prices at auctions in the future. It is valuable from a chronometry, design, and cultural point of view.
The watch even has an ecological aspect. The case is made of 18k white gold that is classified as Fairmined, a label that guarantees strict respect for the rules of economic, social, and environmental development in the mining process. Fairmined gold standards cover everything from the management of toxic substances to proper health and safety as well as employment standards.
Next, the rhodiumed and sword-shaped central and minutes hands should definitely get your attention, while the straps in blue or turquoise damask, picking up the Imperiale motif, should be more than enough to complement everything else. The straps are lined with turquoise leather or turquoise alligator leather, so the final choice is yours.
The case, bezel, crown and lugs are set with diamonds, and the lugs are set at each end with four pear-shaped diamonds. The watch contains a movement from Chopard’s elite L.U.C family of calibers. The automatic L.U.C 96.12-L was designed, developed, and hand-decorated entirely in the Chopard manufacture in Fleurier. It has a 65-hour power reserve. The case is 38mm wide and 12.5mm thick, and features an exhibition caseback. It is water resistant to 50 meters and is priced at www.chopardreplica.co.uk
Swiss maison’s artistic director and co-president Caroline Scheufele retains faith in Macau and China projects
What are the reasons behind opening a new boutique in Macau amid the slowdown?
This boutique has been a long time in the planning. We have always wanted to be in the Wynn and it finally happened. We are also opening a second one in the old Wynn, Wynn Encore, at the end of this month. You cannot only look at the present, you also need to consider the long term. We’ve always wanted to be in Macau. We have put a lot of projects on hold in China, but we’re confident that we’ll return to them. Things will change. After a downturn there is always an upside. Being favourite chopard watch imperiale, we didn’t do what some of our colleagues did to put all the eggs in China. We kept our eggs in different baskets.
How do you view the potential of Macau?
There are huge developments going on. There are new casinos such as MGM Cotai, which will have another 1,500 rooms. People who live here still believe in Macau and the Chinese will always gamble. It is in their blood.
What difficulties have you encountered during the slowdown?
You have to be more creative and get closer to your clients. You need more trained people who really know the products. People are becoming more intelligent about what they buy. Before, they just bought. Now they compare products and brands. They’d rather buy one more important thing than having three things they want, whether it’s fashion, chopard mille miglia zagato chronograph black dlc steel replica watch or jewellery. It’s important for our team to be more knowledgeable about our products and the history of Chopard because the very high end clients in China are also shifting from certain brands to others. They don’t want to wear a uniform, from top to toe, where everybody looks the same. There are a lot of changes going on within the luxury market in general. It’s not just to do with the slowdown.
Chopard has enjoyed spectacular development in new products. Do you worry about brand dilution?
No I do not. I think if you venture into other products, whether it’s eyewear, accessories or homeware, the product itself has to be of the same top quality, as the fake chopard women’s classique watch and the jewellery. We cannot make a 10-million-dollar necklace and then have a perfume that is packed cheaply, is not creative and doesn’t smell elegant. The products have to be in line with each other. I think some brands make a mistake because they let somebody else do it and they stamp their logo on it, but it doesn’t match the brand’s vision. It’s important when you venture out and do something else that you identify yourself with that product.