Chopard

Sandro
Grand Complication watchmaker tourbillon artisan

At Chopard, complications are introduced when the time is right: the foundations of the Manufacture – the original watch movements – have been laid, and the additional functions testifying to constantly evolving expertise have been added little by little. Only a few watchmakers from the L.U.C Grand Complications workshop, such as Sandro – an Artisan at Chopard since 2000 – are capable of bringing tourbillon movements to life. Sandro joined Chopard in 2000 as an apprentice and moved to the Grand Complications ateliers in 2006, after a stint in the casing-up workshop. This passionate Artisan guarantees the quality of the Manufacture's certified movements.

The art of the tourbillon at Chopard is more about conquest than prowess. Since Chopard Manufacture came into being in 1996, each calibre has been conceived as a key element and observing the full array of these mechanisms reveals that they form the cornerstone of a Manufacture. One step at a time, the watchmakers have moved forward, setting new milestones, to create the prestigious complication watch that is the tourbillon watch. As Sandro explains: "The tourbillon was based on the idea of placing the regulating organ of the movement in a mobile carriage that spins on its axis to escape the effects of gravity that affected pocket watches in the past, when they generally remained in the same vertical position inside a waistcoat pocket.

This process improved the precision of the watches.”. Chopard's flying tourbillon watch movement has been awarded a patent for its mechanism that automatically brings the seconds hand to a halt when the crown is pulled out for time-setting. "This was a request from Mr. Scheufele. He thought it was normal that in creating a tourbillon that improves accuracy, one should be able to set the watch to the exact second”, says Sandro, one of the few watchmakers capable of assembling such a complex mechanism.

"A tourbillon is one of the pinnacles of the art of watchmaking."

Sandro, Grand Complication watchmaker Artisan

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Assembling a tourbillon watch: an authentic accom­plish­ment

"The tourbillon is a horological feat that requires watchmakers to demonstrate distinctive expertise and ultimate mastery when it comes to assembly."

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