BASELNEWS 2011The first CHOPARD movement from Fleurier Ebauches
The first Chopard timepiece to host a movement from the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches, the Imperiale Full Set model combines Haute Joaillerie and precision mechanics in an infinitely precious aesthetic. A watch graced with pure lines bearing eloquent testimony to Chopard’s constantly renewed innovation and technical expertise.
Is it a watch or a piece of jewellery? That’s a tough question to answer due to the fact that the Imperiale Full Set is clearly unwilling to renounce either of its facets. Chopard refuses to choose between Haute Joaillerie and mechanical reliability, instead its entire expertise of the past 150 years flow into this model. While the Imperiale Full Set appears in truly regal raiment with its admirable gem-setting composed of baguette- and brilliant-cut diamonds, this irresistible gem is also endowed with the outstanding performances of an in-house developed and manufactured mechanical movement.
The first CHOPARD movement
The Imperiale Full Set is the very first watch in the Chopard collections to house a movement entirely developed and produced in the Fleurier Ebauches workshops owned by the Chopard group and located in the Neuchâtel Jura. In doing so, it displays the substantial advancement of the vertical integration process undertaken by Chopard in recent years. Code-named calibre CHOPARD 01.03-C, the beating heart of the Imperiale Full Set beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz), while its barrel ensures a 60-hour power reserve. This range of characteristics ensures the reliability, performance and precision of this new mechanical self-winding movement. Nestling at the heart of the Imperiale Full Set and visible through the transparent case-back, the Fleurier Ebauches Calibre CHOPARD 01.03-C takes on its full dimension in its sparkling gemstone cloak.
Gold and diamonds…
The 40 mm cases in 18-carat white or rose gold are entirely paved with diamonds and appear like an extension of the dials, which are also diamond-set and only touched upon by the elegant dagger-shaped hour and minutes hands that elegantly move over the face of the watch. In its white gold version, the dial, case and crown of the Imperiale are entirely paved with baguette-cut diamonds. This luminous environment is punctuated solely by blue transferred Chopard and “Swiss Made” inscriptions appearing beneath the sapphire crystal. In its rose gold version, the brilliant-cut diamonds adorning the lightly curved case and dial rub elegant shoulders with the baguette-cut diamonds on the bezel, while the rose gold Roman numerals and appliques accentuate this delicately woven motif.
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