Wow Watch Wednesday: Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set

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Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set

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.

Piece Unique
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.

Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set

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.

Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set

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

Tom MulraneyWow Watch Wednesday: Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set

2 Comments on “Wow Watch Wednesday: Chopard IMPERIALE Tourbillon Full Set”

  1. Fabio Anderaos

    Certainlly such piece costs much more than 1 million Swiss francs. Although I agree with the bulk of Tom´s comments, in particular with the very appropriate term ‘excessive’, I think this watch-jewel will be sold very soon for a billionaire from Asia or from a country of the United Arab Emirates, if it was not yet sold.

  2. Tom Mulraney

    I agree Fabio, this piece will definitely sell (assuming it has not already!)

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