L’Heure du Diamant – The exceptional skills of Chopard
As BASELWORLD 2012 closes its doors, we are unveiling exquisite High Jewellery watches vividly embodying technical virtuosity. When jewellery tradition meets watchmaking expertise, Chopard’s gifted exponents of the different artistic crafts unite their talents in creating L’Heure du Diamant.
The sublime radiance of jewellery expressed as a watch? Such is the promise nestling at the heart of the unique models that emerge each year from our workshops. Creating them calls upon the finest in-house craftsmen and requires hundreds of hours of work. It all begins with human hands – the expert, patient and inventive hands of the artisans of Chopard who take turns in delicately fashioning these exceptional pieces. The flowing interaction and complementary nature of different talents is facilitated by the physical integration of over 30 crafts under one roof – a privilege that the Scheufele family cultivates with all due care through focusing on handing down know-how from generation to generation and on training. Chopard is keenly aware that the most precious of all corporate assets is human expertise.
From draughtsman to watchmaker, jeweller, gemsetter and polisher, the full range of specialists unite their skills in giving shape to the most daring dreams. High Jewellery watches vividly embody technical virtuosity dedicated to serving eminently contemporary artistry as well as traditional watchmaking techniques. Time is an essential factor in making a High Jewellery watch since each of them demands several hundred hours of work. Depending on its shape, it may house a mechanical or quartz movement. Traditionally crafted in 18-carat white gold, it is meticulously set with a refined combination of navette-, baguette- or brilliant-cut diamonds that exalt the beauty of its lines and proportions.