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Chopard Love for the Valentine

True love needs no words, leave alone endorsements with elaborate gifts. Be that as it may, a cute intimate present does warm the cockles of the heart and lends more weight to expressions of Amor. The Swiss watch and jewellery maker Chopard has revealed a series of exceptional options for Him and Her, for just this occasion.

Travel in Italian style on the Mille Miglia road with the the new “Vintage Racing” desk clock that will undoubtedly delight devotees of the automobile world and enable them to keep elegant track of time between two meetings. The design of the clock is inspired by collector’s cars rear-view mirrors, a light metallic grey colour, palladium-coated finishes andideal dimensions. Set off on a relaxing weekend-for-two with the new“Weekender Classic Racing” bag with its sophisticated details and spacious inside pocket, which is about fine Italian craftsmanship applied to finely smooth leather. For the ladies, there are the “Precious Stone Scarves”. Chopard interprets sparkling showers of precious stones on the printed fabrics of its “Haute Joaillerie” silk twill scarves. With its interlacing gemstone motifs inspired by the jewellery creations of the Geneva-based Maison, these silk squares made in Italy are colourful and supremely elegant.

Details – Vintage Racing Table Clock, in stainless steel and palladium finish (Ref. 95020-0099). Classic Racing « Weekender » bag in smooth black leather and black perforated leather with red leather lining (Ref. 95012-0164). The “Haute Joaillerie” scarf in twill silk with precious stones pattern is 90x90cm (Ref. 95002-0569).

The Happy Hearts line by Chopard is a token of love and a lucky charm profoundly cherished by Caroline Scheufele. The heart motif has come to epitomise Chopard. Associated with the famous freely whirling and twirling Happy Diamonds collection, the Happy Hearts feature fine slender white or rose gold chains dotted with wide open hearts and dainty hearts enclosing mobile diamonds. This year, Chopard presented a new Happy Hearts collection, inwhich colour made a magnificent entrance, with turquoise, onyx, mother-of-pearl, lapis lazuli or set diamond-set hearts rubbing shoulders with traditionally open hearts. The line now features a stellar new bangle bracelet graced with two hearts – one in colour and the other enclosing a moving diamond – facing each other at each tip and performing an elegant pas de deux.

For Valentine’s day, Caroline Scheufele dedicates the bangle bracelet adorned with a vibrant red heart to the Happy Hearts Fund, which Chopard has been supporting since 2013. The Happy Hearts Fund founded in 2006 by Petra Nemcova in order to help children left destitute in the wake of natural disasters. The collection is eexclusive to Chopard Boutiques

Details – Bangle in 18ct rose gold composed of one heart set with diamonds and one heart with a mobile diamond. (Ref. 857482-5909). Pendant in 18ct white rose gold composed of one heart set with diamonds and one heart with a mobile diamond. ( Ref. 797482-5009). Also available in white gold (Ref. 857482-1909; rose gold with onyx (Ref. 857482-5201; in white gold with turquoise (Ref. 857482-1401), in rose gold with reconstituted coral (Ref. 857482- 5702).

L’Heure du Diamant is about listening to the Voice of the heart. It is an encounter between Chopard’s watchmaking know-how and its jewellery expertise. Chopard unites the strengths of its two fields of expertise in a dazzling collection gravitating around the most precious of all gemstones. Haute Joaillerie watches, pendants, and earrings are entirely set with prong-set brilliant-cut diamonds. These creations in white or rose gold blossom around a well balanced and varied circular, oval, drop-like or elliptical shapes. And naturally also in the form of Chopard’s signature heart symbol, to celebrate Valentine’s Day…

L.U.C 1937 Classic was a limited edition launched for Chopard’s 150th anniversary. Firmly rooted in the Chopard tradition of classic timepieces, the steel L.U.C 1937 features a satin-finished silver-toned dial and a Manufacture movement (Calibre 01.01-L). For Valentine’s Day 2016, Chopard has chosen to offer a steel version with a crown at 3 o’clock. The L.U.C 1937 appears in a steel version on an alligator leather strap with a satin-brushed silver-toned dial punctuated by rhodiumed Roman numerals and a transferred minute track. The Dauphine hands arecharacteristic of the L.U.C collection. The 42 mm-diameter steel case of the L.U.C 1937 Classic model features a timeless, distinctively curved profile, on which polished and satin finishes lend the ultimate touch of elegance that endow this timepiece with an inimitable aura of gentlemanly distinction. Its screw-lock crown at 3 o’clock guarantees water resistance to 50 metres, while the sapphire crystal case-back reveals the L.U.C 01.01-L calibre crafted in the Chopard Manufacture workshops at Fleurier.

L.U.C Calibre 01.01-L: precision and performance – This L.U.C 1937 Classic model beats to the rhythm of the new L.U.C Calibre 01.01-L and its 28,800 vibrations per hour. This mechanical self-winding movement is chronometer-certified by the COSC and has a 60-hour power reserve. Its construction designed to achieve faultless reliability drives the hours, minutes and central seconds hands, as well as a date display through a window at 6 o’clock. It also features a stop-seconds function enabling easy and accurate time-setting. The precise and high-performance L.U.C Calibre 01.01-L represents a significant landmark in the history of L.U.C movements, since its construction has served to increase production volumes and to further Chopard’s ongoing commitment to independence. These subtly elegant L.U.C 1937 Classic men’s watches are fitted with a black alligator leather strap lined with brown alligator leather and secured by a steel pin buckle.

Each step involved in making L.U.C watches is performed in-house at the group’s Meyrin and Fleurier production sites. Movement development, gold smelting, finished product design, stamping and case machining, movement components and metal bracelets, as well as traditional hand-crafted finishes, surface treatments, polishing, assembly, adjustments and quality controls: such is the comprehensive range of watch production operations fully mastered by Chopard.

Mille Miglia GTS Power Control is a sporty timepiece dedicated to the Mille Miglia classic car race, for which it has been serving as partner and official timekeeper since 1988. Issued in limited series of 1,000 in steel, the Mille Miglia GTS Power Control picks up the design codes of the classic cars that took part in the Italian race between 1940 and 1957. On the varnished dial, a powerful shade of red reigns supreme. This “Rosso Corsa” is one of the famous “racing colours”, the colour codes for cars that served to identify competitors’ nationality from the early 20th century through to the late 1960s. This emblematic red was chosen as the competition colour of: Italy. The power-reserve indicator is reminiscent of typical 1950s petrol gauges, whilethe oversized 6 and 12 o’clock Arabic numerals echo the dashboards of vintage cars. In a nod to the participant numbers placed on the doors and bonnet of the competing vehicles, the date window appears clearly on a white background in the Mille Miglia red arrow-shaped logo. The facetted hands and the hour-markers are painted with a luminescent coating and enhance the readability as well as the sporting character of this timepiece. The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control comes in a sturdy 43 mm-diameter case in steel, topped by a bezel with a black aluminium graduated insert. Its short, streamlined lugs have been designed to perfectly mould the curve of the wrist, ensuring optimal comfort and style further enhanced by the black Barenia leather calfskin strap secured by an 18-carat rose gold or steel folding clasp. The screw-down back guaranteeing water resistance to 100 metres is engraved with the inscriptions “Mille Miglia” and “Brescia > Rome > Brescia” and fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal pane revealing the Chopard movement and its openworked oscillating weight.

This exceptional aesthetic is matched by an extremely precise horological ‘engine’. The Mille Miglia GTS Power Control is equipped with Chopard Calibre 01.08-C, entirely developed, designed and assembled in the Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches workshops. Chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), this mechanical self-winding movement ensures extreme precision in driving the hours, minutes and seconds indications, as well as a date appearing at 3 o’clock and a power-reserve display at 9 o’clock.

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