A tireless traveller and insatiable creative spirit, Chopard continues its imperial world tour by offering a new interpretation of the sovereign watch that has become a brand classic. The new Imperiale Joaillerie model retains its aristocratic characteristics, while now enriched by artistic details evoking the Inca civilization.
With the Imperiale line, reinvented in 2010, Chopard succeeds in summing up the quintessence of style and elegance in a watch. Year after year, by combining noble classicism with contemporary aesthetics, the collection forges the image of a modern and refined woman with a distinctive personality.
Synonymous with splendour, power and extreme passions, empires of all eras and every part of the world continue to exercise an inexhaustible and enduring creative influence. 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.
A secret watch combining the best of Jewellery and Fine Watchmaking
The watchmaker-jeweller offers a secret watch that 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. Its almost hypnotic radiance exudes an aura of mystery and seduction. What riches does it conceal? When the dial finally 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. Imperiale, or when jewellery perfection meets watchmaking excellence.
Case: Fairmined 18-carat white gold Total diameter: 38.00 mm Thickness (including the cover): 12.50 mm Water résistance: 50 metres Entirely set with diamonds Crown in 18-carat white gold set with diamonds Lugs set with 4 pear-cut diamonds Glareproofed sapphire crystal Exhibition caseback
Movement: L.U.C 96.12-L Mechanical self-winding Total diameter: 27.40 mm Number of jewels: 29 Power reserve: 65 hours Frequency: 28,800 vph Bridges adorned with “Côtes de Genève”
Dial: White mother-of-pearl Rhodiumed and sword-shaped central and minutes hands Small seconds picking up the Imperiale motif
Straps: Blue or turquoise damask picking up the Imperiale motif and lined with turquoise leather, or in turquoise alligator leather.