March 20th 2015

Baselworld: the “métiers d’art” watches


This year, at BASELWORLD, feast your eyes on these fine examples of mastery and craftsmanship. Our master craftsmen are expert at combining the most precious materials in our watches.

The Happy Fish « Métiers d’Art » watch

This new Happy Fish celebrates the magic of the underwater world. Offering a delightfully harmonious vision in turquoise and gold, the graceful movements and flowing curves of a majestic fish that is visible by night come to life through delicate engraving on the shimmering mother-of-pearl. The delightfully rounded shapes adorned with gold leaf create a softly glistening and luminous effect enhanced by graded shades of snow-set blue sapphires. Dancing across these waves are seven luminescent moving diamonds, while the red jasper eye of the fish stands out like an exclamation mark against the turquoise backdrop. The extreme delicacy of this jewellery craftsmanship continues on the bezel which is set with diamonds of three different alternating sizes for a softer effect, while the 18-carat rose gold case fitted with a white shimmering alligator strap shelters a mechanical self-winding movement.

The L.U.C XPS 35mm Esprit de Fleurier- the Fleurisanne Engraving

Admired for its understated elegance and technical sophistication, our ultra-thin L.U.C XPS model has become a classic. In 2014, the diameter of this star model was reduced, creating the L.U.C XPS 35mm. In 2015, the L.U.C XPS 35mm Esprit de Fleurier addresses women with a subtle mother-of-pearl blue dial, while its Manufacture-made movement is adorned with fleurisanne engraving, an almost extinct artistic craft.

A speciality of the village of Fleurier that has been home to Chopard Manufacture since 1996, fleurisanne engraving is a now almost extinct art that contributed to the reputation of local 19th century watchmakers and to the appeal of their timepieces that spread as far as China. This highly distinctive technique is notably distinguished by its motifs carved in high relief. The engraver cuts away the surrounding metal to leave the pattern he wishes to make stand out. The raised surface is then engraved with a scrolling pattern known as ‘volutes’ or with flowers, and polished to achieve a shiny effect. The background is hammer-stippled to give it a grainy effect. This extremely demanding skill requires the artisan to devote considerable time to this process and to display absolute technical mastery.

Eager to revive and ensure the future of this ancient craft, we have trained expert hands in-house in order to perpetuate this traditional form of engraving that played such a key role in making the village of Fleurier known far and wide.

IMPERIALE: A Tahitian mother-of-pearl and diamonds dial

We introduce a new jewellery interpretation of the IMPERIALE collection representing the epitome of luminous distinction. This new 36mm Joaillerie model beats to the rhythm of a self-winding movement and reprises the collection’s design codes with a regal bearing: the dial appears adorned with magnificently shimmering Tahiti mother-of-pearl, while the bezel and the lug-covers are entirely set with diamonds.The fascinating “métiers d’art” dial reflections, together with the radiance of diamonds, create a luminous harmony to which a subtle silver-toned brushed canvas strap sets the perfect crowning touch.

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