The white lotus magnified by Chopard 2017 Jewellery Watch Prize
— November 13th, 2017 —
The white lotus, an oriental flower of remarkable delicacy, symbolises purity of heart and mind. Chopard could not have imagined a finer emblem to compete in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Embodying the encounter between the watchmaking know-how and the jewellery expertise cultivated by the Maison, the Lotus Blanc watch unfurls to reveal the secret of its exceptional beauty: infinite beauty matched by perfectly mastered execution.
Chopard’s passionately dedicated co-president, Caroline Scheufele, draws inspiration from her travels and her encounters in giving rise – supported by the High Jewellery department designers – to the most fabulous creations.
It was during a trip to South-East Asia, when strolling in a garden, that she was touched by the exquisite refinement of the white lotus. A sacred flower in eastern religions, this apparently fragile aquatic plant served as a throne for divinities, for its dainty petals conceal an incomparable force enabling the lotus to be daily reborn, as immaculate and pure as on its very first day. Its corolla closes every night, before blooming once again at sunrise. To express this perpetual renewal, Chopard has dreamed up a gorgeous secret watch that can be uncovered at will.
Set with 25.66 carats of white diamonds, this precious timepiece reflects the meticulous work of the in-house artisans. From designer to watchmaker and from jeweller to micro-gemsetter, the prestigious High Jewellery crafts have patiently combined their talents in giving life to this daring dream. Its petals sparkle as if dotted with dewdrops open in one smooth move; while the flowing bracelet composed of fine rows of diamonds evokes the undulating waters on which the flower bobs gently up and down. The effect is truly striking, as the plant gracefully awakens and slips into slumber once more, surrounded by magnificent halo of light.
A true jewellery artwork distilling a blend of precision and excellence, this unique piece with its ingenious opening mechanism has been selected by Chopard to compete in the upcoming Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Lotus Blanc watch – 2017 Jewellery Watch Prize
Caroline Scheufele came on stage to collect the Jewellery Watch Prize for the Lotus Blanc creation.
Caroline Scheufele receiving the Prix de la montre joaillerie
She made sure to thank her teams: “Chopard has achieved worldwide recognition for the quality of its High Jewellery models. I am proud of the work accomplished over the years by my design and creative teams. I wish to express my gratitude to the artisans of the High Jewellery department. Together, we daily create supremely refined models blending tradition and innovation, contemporary and ancestral techniques, stunning material combinations and perfect colour associations, together with light effects and daring designs. In this relentless quest for excellence, beauty and sophistication are a constant source of inspiration.”
Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele
The white lotus, a remarkably delicate oriental flower, symbolises purity of heart and mind. Stemming from an encounter between the watchmaking expertise and jewellery creativity of the Maison, the Lotus Blanc watch unfurls like a corolla to reveal the secret of its exceptional beauty: infinite creativity combined with perfectly mastered execution.
Set with a total of 25.66 carats of white diamonds, the precious timepiece reflects the meticulous work of the in-house artisans. From designer to watchmaker and from jeweller to micro-gemsetter, the full range of prestigious High Jewellery craftsmen patiently combined their talents in giving life to this daring dream: petals sparkling as if sprinkled with dewdrops open up in a smooth, flowing movement; the supple bracelet, composed of slender rows of diamonds, evokes the rippling water on which the flower rests. The effect is striking. The plant awakens and then relapses into slumber with infinite grace, surrounded by a magnificent luminous halo.
A creation in ethical gold
The two awarded creations are both made of ethical gold certified Fairmined.
The Journey to Sustainable Luxury began when Chopard, with Eco-Age, forged a philanthropic relationship with the influential South American mining NGO, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM). The luxury jewellery and watch company became the world’s first watch and luxury jewellery company to directly support mining communities to reach Fairmined gold certification as well as providing training, social welfare and environmental support.
The Journey to Sustainable Luxury is Chopard’s commitment to a multi-year programme to achieve sustainable luxury. The goal is to improve the environment and the lives of those at the very beginning of the supply chain.