May 02nd 2013

IMPERIALE Joaillerie Améthyste – An irresistible treasure


Is it a watch or a piece of jewellery? Presented at BASELWORLD, the IMPERIALE Joaillerie Améthyste is clearly unwilling to reject either of these facets, as Chopard has instead channelled expertise from both fields into this exceptional model. Equipped with an in-house movement, this timepiece combines High Jewellery and precision mechanics to create an exquisitely unique aesthetic.

The IMPERIALE Joaillerie Améthyste timepiece appears in majestic grandeur with its admirable gem-setting composed of graded shades of baguette-cut amethysts, baguette-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds. The 40 mm-diameter and 18-carat white gold case provides a spectacularly contrasting frame to its mother-of-pearl dial adorned with amethyst hour-markers.

Entirely developed and crafted in the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches – our facility dedicated to industrial movement production – the Chopard Calibre 01.03-C which drives the IMPERIALE Joaillerie Améthyste beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and is equipped with a barrel ensuring an excellent 60-hour power reserve. These technical characteristics ensure the reliability, performance and precision of this mechanical self-winding movement.

Enthroned at the centre and surrounded by diamonds, the characteristic arabesque motifs of the IMPERIALE collection form a delicate background. The presence of the colour formerly known as “imperial purple”, the lugs inspired by the columns of classical architecture, the crown shaped like a lotus flower and the dagger-shaped hours and minute hands form a regal set of details echoing the heritage of the grand historical empires in this watchmaking collection.

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