The Swiss luxury watch and jewellery manufacturer Chopard won the most prestigious award at Wednesday’s annual “Oscars of the watchmaking industry” – the 17th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) in Switzerland. Chopard took home the event’s top prize, the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix, for its L.U.C Full Strike Watch.
The accomplished, expert and versatile Chopard Manufacture has been working for more than six years on its most sophisticated chiming watch to date. The L.U.C collection already included the L.U.C Strike One model launched in 2006, which chimes each striking hour. The collection now welcomes a minute repeater entirely developed, produced and assembled by Chopard: the L.U.C Full Strike. This distinguished 42.5 mm-diameter watch in Fairmined rose gold with an openworked dial houses a substantial number of technical solutions that make it one of the most innovative minute repeaters on the market.
The L.U.C Full Strike is an exceptional watch that chimes the hours, quarters and minutes on transparent crystal gongs. These sapphire rings are an integral part of the watch glass, which creates a perfect loudspeaker faithfully to diffuse the chimes of the hammers striking the sapphire. This is a unique technical solution which is visible at 10 o’clock and results in a tone of matchless purity that is rich and full, powerful and resonant. The traditional metaphorical description of a sound as “crystal-clear” takes on a very literal meaning here. The L.U.C Full Strike chimes as a silver knife were delicately tapping a Bohemian crystal glass placed on the table of a gourmet restaurant.
In 2012 and 2013, Chopard won the “Jewellery and Artistic Crafts Watch” prize for the IMPERIALE Tourbillon Joaillerie timepiece and with L’Heure Du Diamant.
The white lotus magnified by Chopard
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.