We don’t often feature ladies timepieces here on The Watch Lounge but when we do, we go all out! Like this stunning (blinding?) new creation from Chopard; the Imperiale Tourbillon.
A piece unique in every sense of the word the Imperiale demonstrates Chopard’s supreme skills in the art of Haute Joaillerie. It also, in a somewhat unexpected but nonetheless pleasant surprise, showcases the brand’s strong watch-making heritage.
Animated by a chronometer-certified tourbillon calibre L.U.C 02-14-L movement – entirely designed, developed and crafted by hand – the Imperiale bears the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark and demonstrates a level of complexity not usually seen in women’s timepieces. And to be honest, it is somewhat refreshing.
The hand-wound calibre is equipped with four stacked and series-coupled barrels, which according to the brand ensures over nine 9 days of operating autonomy as well as a constant regularity of rate.
The Bling Factor
Of course it may be a bit of a challenge to fully appreciate the inner-complexities of this COSC certified tourbillon movement as it is housed within an 18-carat case and dial set entirely with diamonds.
Using what is called a snow setting technique the brand’s highly skilled artisans have carefully set brilliant-cut diamonds of a various diameters all across the center of the dial to create what can only be described as a mesmerizing effect. In addition, the crown is adorned with baguette and briolette-cut diamonds whilst oval-cut cabochons and baguette-cut diamonds do their best to conceal the bezel, lugs and bracelet.
What really catches my eye though is the gorgeous power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, a beautifully contrasting arc of amethysts serving as brilliant indicators of the remaining energy.
The Final Word
I’ll be honest, the first time I laid eyes on the Imperiale Full Set a number of adjectives sprang to mind; “stunning”, “brilliant”, “breath-taking” however the most fitting seemed to be “excessive”. Whilst I can certainly appreciate and admire the incredible level of skill required to produce a timepiece such as the one above, I still believe it is possible to create a woman’s timepiece that is attractive both for its femininity and its complexity without needing to resort to covering it with diamonds and other precious stones.
Admittedly not a topic we often discuss here on The Watch Lounge but I’d still love to hear your thoughts all the same.
As always, for more information please visit Chopard’s official website: www.chopard.com