Category: Chopard Watches
The case measures 45mm in diameter, and although housing a movement of this complexity is no small task, the piece would be better suited at 42mm. The movement itself measures 33mm, begging the question: how much did the movement size, or dial layout and aesthetics, influence the overall case size?
It is obvious that the final diameter of the piece was carefully considered. Chopard keeps the lug length short, sweeps them noticeably towards the wrist. They have positioned the pivot point (spring bar location) of the strap closer to the case instead of placing it towards the end of the lug.
At this price point ($74,900 CHF, or $103,685 CDN), and the limited release, a safe first assumption is that the piece is platinum. However, the case is grade 5 titanium. The use of titanium is an interesting choice, and certainly a matter of personal preference. But it sets up a noticeable contrast between the modern material and the otherwise very classic aesthetics of the Perpetual Chrono.
Titanium definitely contributes to lighter weight. For some this translates to a more comfortable wear. But don’t you want to feel every single ounce when you make this kind of investment? I like to know it is safely on my wrist without looking at it!
Chopard has done a good job conveying a lot of information on the dial with a few exceptions. The Rhodium themed colour scheme is appropriately austere without being stuffy. And accent colours (like red to indicate Chronograph functions) are certainly complimentary.
The two aperture large date window at 12 o’clock is easy to read. Chopard’s ability to maintain (as closely as possible) a very classic three subdial design elevates the watch face, with additional indication tucked into the larger subdials.
Where the colour and layout work, and dial symmetry is maintained, the day/night subdial feels out of place. It’s seemingly better paired in correlation to the moon phase, instead of the day of the week subdial. It might be the subtle sun and moon indications on the day/night subdial. Although the corresponding leap year indication on the opposite side of the dial seems on point to me.
In previous versions of the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono , the day/night indication was bolder with the night side of the subdial in black (as well as the “L” Leap year quadrant of that subdial). So the more subtle approach on this piece is clearly intentional, just not to my taste.
Is there a readily obvious poetic solution? No, although it might be a good sign that this minor detail is the only thing I can think of to complain about! The rotating moon phase and small seconds at 6 o’clock are well executed. But like the day/night indication the moon phase and small seconds do not feel like an intuitive pairing at first glance.
The more I handled the Perpetual Chrono the more and more sense the dial began to make. But it is important to note that at first glance a watch with this many complications can be a little disorienting.
The Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is a serious timepiece and a real achievement for any Maison. No one will deny that this watch is a marvel. At this price point there are also many, many choices in the world of horology. Like any serious piece, a watch must speak to you beyond the technical details, or aesthetic highlights. What does the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono say to you?
ChopardMille Miglia 2022 Race Edition
Fire up your engines! In 2022 the 1000 Miglia is celebrating an anniversary, the 40th edition of the legendary classic car race from Brescia to Rome and back which will be held 15 to 18 June. Swiss jeweller and watchmaker Chopard as the main partner and official timekeeper of the event since 1988, has released two new takes on their popular Mille Miglia Race Editions.
Housed in a 44mm case Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition is offered in stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and 18k rose gold, with silver-toned dial with circular satin-brushed finish, for a brighter look.
Chopard is an interesting brand. We like their watches. We’ve been to both of their factories and met their co-president. The problem is they aren’t big sellers. You don’t see the hype that follows brands like Rolex and Omega following Chopard around despite the fact their watches compete in dealers often. If you see one on the grey market, it’s usually at a great price, which again comes from the trickiness of selling them. Having said that, if you plan on keeping your Chopard, there’s a lot to like, and they’re a well-historied brand.
One key part of Chopard’s recent history is the Mille Miglia revival race. The original Mille Miglia of the 40s and 50s was a race from Brescia to Rome and back to Brescia in Italy, a round trip of 1000km. The danger of the race meant it didn’t last into the second half of the 20th century, but as humans are fickle and tradition-based folks, the race lives on as the Historic Mille Miglia, with owners of period cars taking part in the races, including co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
Every year, Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition makes a special edition to mark that year’s Mille Miglia. It’s usually based on the athletic and masculine Mille Miglia GTS line, and this year is no different. A pair of watches have been made for the 2022 event, both with big 44mm x 13.79mm diameter cases in either stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and 18k Fairmined gold.
We like the Mille Miglia GTS here at WristReview. There’s charm to the big, vintage-racer style watch. The chronograph pushers that look like engine pistons are a nice touch, as are the gentle shoulders leading up to the big crown. We also like that Chopard Mille Miglia 2022 Race Edition dedicated most of the real estate to the dial and so made the bezels very thin. For 2022, they’re also blue to match the lumed hands, markers on the dials, and detailing on the straps.
Underneath the solid screwed caseback is an automatic movement based on the Valjoux calibre 7750. Chopard has excellent decorations on its watches, and we’d assume this to be no different here, although we’re unable to confirm that. The watch has a 4Hz beat rate and a 48-hour power reserve. I remember when Chopard put its in-house made movements in these. Still, the 7750 is a reliable workhorse and undoubtedly meets Chopard’s strict standards. It is a COSC-rated chronometer, after all.
2022 Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’Art by Chopard is a collection of three exceptional watches honoring three animal species- the hummingbird, polar bear, and sea turtle. The hand-decorated timepieces are crafted from ethical gold and create fascinating miniature ecosystems in their dials achievable only for skilled artisans in Chopard’s workshops. Limited to only eight pieces, these watches are equipped with a Chopard Calibre 96.23-L with a 65-hour power reserve.The collection is a colorful and enchanting testimony to Chopard’s Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele’s love for nature and animals and Chopard’s commitment to sustainable development. Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’Art focuses on three endangered species with its eye-catching watches made with precious, semi-precious stones, mother-of-pearl marquetry, and precise gem setting.
The hummingbird watch invites you to the Amazonian forest effectively created using a malachite background, four different levels, and hues of mother-of-pearl. A pretty hibiscus flower made of four heart-shaped diamonds stands out as a burst of color against the green dial. Three heart-shaped dancing diamonds surround a flitting hummingbird. The dial of the sea turtle Happy Sport Métiers d’Art watch e exudes unmatched playfulness and animation. A stylized sea turtle poses with three pear-shaped dancing diamonds in a miniature aquarium created with protective mother-of-pearl and green opal arborescence. This soothing scenery is framed by a bezel paved with Chaton-set diamonds. Last but certainly not least is the polar bear-themed watch. The Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’Art watch is a reminder that sea turtles have diminished in numbers over the past century due to beach development, climate change, and marine pollution.
It exudes an aura that matches the beast’s gigantic size. Representing the ice of the Arctic region to the T are the textured mother-of-pearl and invisible-set triangle-cut diamonds. An adorable polar bear graces the dial at 9 o’clock, wholly clad in diamonds and holding a pear-shaped diamond in its arms. A blue satin-finished alligator leather strap complements the watch perfectly.
Chopard unveiled the Chopard Happy Sport Chrono at Watches &Wonders 2022, and women lived happily ever after. That’s the truest, shortest love story ever! Caroline Scheufele has served today’s modern women an ultra-chic icon in the form of Chopard Happy Sport Chrono . This 40 mm masterpiece has everything from making a statement in a fashionable sense to being ethical in essence. Seven dancing diamonds add a feminine touch to the watch that’s inherently sporty by nature.
Chopard keeps in mind its pledge of sustainable luxury and uses ethical gold to create this bold and beautiful watch. The Chopard Happy Sport Chrono is driven by a chronograph movement with a 54-hour power reserve and COSC-certified chronometer perfection. The dial features a sunburst satin-brushed and guilloché center, the hours and minutes counters required for the timekeeping functions are likewise harmoniously integrated, with blue transfers ensuring perfect legibility of the information. It’s finished with a midnight blue leather strap that adds to the stylish yet laid-back vibe.
The Super-LumiNova coating on the hour-markers and hands ensures the time can be read in the dark. The 40 mm automatic Chopard Happy Sport Chrono with diamonds is available on the official Chopard website for approximately $33,500. Similarly, Chopard’s Happy Sport Métiers d’Art paid homage to the animal kingdom with a limited edition line in ethical gold and dancing diamonds.
For a quarter of a century, the L.U.C collection has represented a pinnacle of watchmaking at Chopard, and this year it celebrates its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the family-owned firm has released a trio of new watches, two of which are magnificent in their complexity, and the other which neatly articulates Chopard’s capacity for truly elegant watchmaking. The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer is both traditional and (relatively) simple, and gets better the closer you look at it.
As a considered, three-handed time-only watch, there’s a lot going on with the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer . Featuring an “officer-style” case construction with a hinged door to see the movement, it offers direct reference to the 1920s of Louis-Ulysse Chopard, whom the collection is named after.
The case is crafted from ethically sourced 18K yellow gold, measuring 40mm in diameter and just 7.2mm thick. Keep in mind, that case width includes the hinged door to view the sapphire crystal caseback, which speaks to the razor-thin calibre within. Chopard’s attention to detail and technical sophistication is on full display in the crown, which features an integrated button to open and lock the honeycomb pattern decorated caseback door.
Arriving at the deep olive green dial, we have a railroad minute track that gives way to a ring featuring the applied yellow gold hour markers. At the very centre of the dial, you’ll see a wonderful guilloché engraving, in the same honeycomb pattern as the caseback of the watch.
The hands are instantly recognisable as from Chopard, with a distinctly tapered shape, while at 6 o’clock you’ll find a seconds sundial and date window. Just like the case, the dial is a masterclass in the various elements of watchmaking that Chopard is so proficient in.
Just because it’s hiding behind a locked door, doesn’t mean the movement of the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer isn’t the star of the show. The watch is powered by the automatic L.U.C 96.01-L calibre, which features no less than 208 components despite being a wafer-like 3.3mm thick. It also features a 22K yellow gold micro-rotor that can wind up to 65 hours of power reserve, while the bridges of the movement are finished with perfect côtes de genève. This stunningly executed dress watch arrives on a brown alligator leather strap, which only adds further warmth to the yellow gold hues of the case. The strap is secured with a matching gold pin buckle.
All considered, the Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 Officer demonstrates exactly why Chopard is one of the best watchmakers in the world, especially when compared to other traditionally focused and family-owned brands on a much larger scale. It’s a classically inspired timepiece that still manages to feel modern on the wrist, thanks to a number of design cues including the blend of green and gold. The only shame about this watch is that it’s limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, meaning only a few collectors will enjoy the pleasure of ownership. It is currently available and comes with an RRP of CHF33,500.
Inspired by the grace of the eagle and the majesty of the Alps, Chopard‘s sporty-chic collection welcomes the Alpine Eagle Small Frozen timepiece. Crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold, its 36 mm-diameter case, bezel and integrated bracelet are entirely set with diamonds. Endowed with technical expertise entirely on a par with its impressive aesthetics, this jewelled version of the watch for “contemporary eagles” is equipped with the Chopard 09.01-C movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. Thanks to its abundance of diamonds, reminiscent of tiny snowflakes glistening on Alpine peaks, it shines with an ethical and responsible aura.
Alpine Eagle Small Frozen is joining Chopard‘s sporty-chic collection, while adding a majestic touch thanks to the richness of its diamonds magnificently highlighting the art of gemsetting. This expertise is faithfully cultivated by the in-house Artisans, who have patiently paved the entire 36 mm diameter case, as well as the bezel, dial and each bracelet link with 765 diamonds (totalling 8.28 carats) in ethical 18-carat white gold. A challenge that requires no less than 20 hours of meticulous work for each timepiece. This is the first entirely gemset watch in the Alpine Eagle collection, which was successfully launched in 2019 based on the legacy of Chopard’s iconic St. Moritz model.
Thanks to the sparkle of the precious stones, Chopard confirms the profound inspiration the collection draws from Nature, duly celebrated as the greatest architect. In this instance, the design was guided by the everlasting snows of the immaculate and glistening Alpine peaks: “This watch is directly inspired by the Alpine glaciers and the way they brilliantly reflect the sunshine. Each diamond used on this timepiece sparkles like a snowflake that has settled on the mountain tops”, said Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of Chopard as well as Co-Creator of the collection with his son and his father.
The Chopard Alpine Eagle Small Frozen timepiece features the emblematic elements of the collection’s pure and assertive design: the eight indexed screws that secure the bezel to a round case with stylised flanks; the integrated bracelet; along with the compass rose which has been guiding adventurers since antiquity which engraved on the gold crown. The hours and minutes can be read off on the dial by day and night thanks to facetted hands and rhodium-plated Roman numerals enhanced with Grade X1 SuperLuminova.
Whether in the city or in the mountains, the Chopard Alpine Eagle Small Frozen timepiece can also count on the reliability of its mechanical movement with automatic winding, visible through a sapphire crystal on the back of the watch. The 148-component Chopard 09.01-C calibre is meticulously crafted by the Artisans of the Maison. It is subject to strict specifications, guaranteeing a power reserve of 42 hours as well as excellent reliability.
Chopard’s commitment to ethics is a reality that necessarily translates into the creations emerging from its workshops. Like all gold timepieces and jewellery bearing the Maison’s emblem since July 2018, the Alpine Eagle Small Frozen watch is made entirely from ethical gold. The diamonds used to adorn it are sourced from suppliers certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC). Offering living proof that it is always possible to orchestrate an encounter between ethics and aesthetics: the Scheufele family at the helm of Chopard from generation to generation works with conviction to invent objects endowed with both inner and outward beauty.
Inspired by the grace of the eagle and the majesty of the Alps, Chopard‘s sporty-chic collection welcomes the Alpine Eagle Small Frozen timepiece. Crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold, its 36 mm-diameter case, bezel and integrated bracelet are entirely set with 765 pavé diamonds. Endowed with technical expertise entirely on a par with its impressive aesthetics, this jewelled version of the watch for “contemporary eagles” is equipped with the Chopard 09.01-C movement with automatic winding and a 42-hour power reserve. Thanks to its abundance of diamonds, reminiscent of tiny snowflakes glistening on Alpine peaks, it shines with an ethical and responsible aura.
The world of historic auto racing is as much about channeling the style and atmosphere of racing’s glamorous past as it is about on-track competition, and few such events demonstrate this principle as dramatically as the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition in Italy. Originally run as a flat-out road rally on a 1,000-mile loop of public roads stretching from Brescia to Rome and back through the heart of Italy from 1927 to 1957, the modern Mille Miglia is more of a celebration of motoring and the Italian countryside with an annual four-day jaunt through major Italian landmarks in some of the world’s most desirable classic automobiles. Chopard has been part of the revived Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition story since 1988, and to commemorate the 2021 edition of the event beginning on June 16, the brand has announced two new limited edition iterations of its vintage-inspired Mille Miglia chronograph. With graphical touches inspired by vintage Italian road signage and a wealth of unique and intriguing finishing, both versions of the new Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition deliver an intricate and charismatic retro-modern feel.
Like many iterations of the Mille Miglia, the 44mm case of the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition appears to have a bold wrist presence in initial images. Available in either stainless steel or two-tone stainless steel and ethically sourced 18K rose gold, this case’s narrow tachymeter bezel and sizeable 13.8mm thickness contribute to a wide and imposing overall stance. That said, the wide-set short lugs should help to mitigate this size on the wrist somewhat. While the overall form is sporty and simple, where the design of the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition truly shines is in the details. The main case body is fully brushed, allowing the polished surfaces of the crown, wide-knurled piston pushers, and bezel (all in rose gold on the two-tone model) to stand out starkly. The polished black ceramic bezel insert adds a healthy dose of personality to the mix, with a lacquered tachymeter scale with light, rounded typography lifted directly from midcentury Italian highway signs. While not strictly accurate to the ‘50s era the Mille Miglia event reminisces about, touches like this bathe the more modern profile of the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a warm layer of nostalgic charm. The etched solid caseback continues this graphic style for the “Brescia > Roma > Brescia” text flanking the engraved checkered flag and Mille Miglia logo motif. The Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition boasts 100 meters of water resistance, which should be more than adequate for the sporting rigors of the event itself.
Both versions of the Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition share the same low-contrast reverse panda dial design, with the pointed applied hour indices, baton handset, and red-tipped chronograph hands finished in either stainless steel or rose gold depending on the model. The dial design carries on the rounded, retro typography of the bezel as well, with numerals in the rehaut, chronograph subdials, and the dial text showing off a vintage Italian flair. Perhaps the most interesting element of this dial design, however, is the main dial surface itself. With a graphite gray galvanically treated color, this muted surface sports a deep radially brushed finish. While radial brushing has become a popular alternative to sunburst finishing in recent years, the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition stands out from the crowd with its execution. Rather than centering the radial brushing in the middle of the dial beneath the main handset, the brushing instead radiates outward from the running seconds indicator at 9 o’clock. This asymmetrical look is immediately eye-catching in images, and cleverly continues the azurage pattern of the subdial itself. It’s an interesting and individualist choice, one which goes contrary to the common practice among 7750-based chronograph dials to de-emphasize the running seconds indicator as much as possible.
Chopard does not elaborate on the powerplant inside the Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition beyond stating that it is an automatic chronograph movement and that it has been COSC chronometer-certified for accuracy. That said, based on the subdial layout, likely dimensions, and beat rate, it’s more than likely that this movement is an ETA/Valjoux 7750 or one of its many derivatives. The 7750 is a true stalwart of the watch industry, powering chronograph designs from a myriad of brands since 1974. Despite its age, the 7750 platform is still more than capable of reliability and accuracy, and in this application sports a serviceable 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. That said, some purists may be put off by the movement’s use at this price range, where many competitors use in-house chronograph movements. Chopard completes the Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition with a black calfskin rally strap with red or black contrast stitching and a textured rubber inner lining with a pattern inspired by ‘50s Dunlop racing tires.
By adding unique finishing, vintage-inspired graphical touches, and a cool white-on-gray look to the brand’s Mille Miglia chronograph series, the limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition brings together a handsome and evocative tribute to one of the world’s most stylish races. Only 1,000 examples of the stainless steel Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition will be made, while the two-tone steel and 18K ethical rose gold model will be limited to 250 units. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2021 Race Edition is available now through authorized dealers at an MSRP of $7,610 in stainless steel and $11,000 in two-tone. For more details, please visit the brand’s website.
On September 10th, Chopard partnered with Luftgekühlt, an annual event at Bottleworks District in Indianapolis for car and Porsche aficionados founded by race car driver and two-times Le Mans class winner Patrick Long and Southern California’s Howie Idelson. To celebrate, Chopard unveiled a new watch collaboration: the 50-piece limited edition Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Luftgekühlt Edition. The watch, an auxiliary navigation instrument, is reminiscent in color of the Porsche 550 Spyder and designed in the spirit of the 1000 Miglia, Italy’s iconic race for classic and vintage cars. Chopard became the event’s principal timekeeper in 1988, and this new addition to the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS collection builds on a tradition of sporty elegance.
The Mille Miglia GTS Luftgekühlt Edition is modeled after the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control and features a satin-brushed silver dial—the first for this collection. This timepiece is all about subtle details: the power-preserve indicator at 9 o’clock evokes petrol gauges of the 1950s; its red white accents, the aesthetics of old dashboards. The date aperture found in the Mille Miglia red-arrow race logo was inspired by the numbers on the doors and bonnets of competing cars.
Turn the watch over, and you find a clear view of Chopard’s thoughtfully decorated 01.08-C technical self-winding movement. Made in-house, the 251-part mechanism offers 60 hours of power reserve and is driven by a tungsten oscillating weight. The caseback is engraved with the Luftgekühlt logo and surrounded by a steel ring marked with the ‘Brescia > Roma > Brescia’ route of the Mille Miglia; the dial is encircled by a varnished black aluminum bezel marked in 12 increments of 5, to facilitate elapsed time recording. Each timepiece is engraved with the edition number.
The watch comes on a classic black calfskin leather strap with silver stitching and black rubber lining, inspired by the perforations in racing gloves and 1960s Dunlop racing tires. The timepiece comes in a special box featuring a grill badge designed by the Luftgekühlt team and their artists.
Inspired by Italy’s classic 1000 Miglia, Brescia to Rome and back, the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS line is popular among watch collectors and car enthusiasts. The Maison was founded in 1860 and is a Swiss family-run independent company known for high-end quality. The Mille Miglia GTS is a result of a unique collaboration: Chopard, a classic; and Luftgekühlt, very hip. This is a watch you can wear anywhere. It is cool and elegant, not an easy balance—the Mille Miglia GTS gets it right.