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Chopard are always one of the key brands to look out for at Baselworld for their jewellery and watches and this year is no different.
As part of the 'Métiers d’Art', or 'Craftmanship' collection, the amptly named Happy Fish showcases Chopard's creativity. Set in 18k rose gold, this stunning timepiece comprises of mother of pearl with gold leaf design, blue sapphires and a red jasper eye to create the fish motif. In Chopard fashion, the dial contains seven ‘floating’ diamonds, as seen in previous pieces, but in this particular piece, they are designed to replicate waves as they move across the face. The 35mm case is ordained with 3 different diamond sizes, alternating to create a softer look and finally complimented by the white alligator strap.
The automatic movement is displayed through the exhibition back, showcasing the ornate engraving which is an incredible feat that also symbolises Chopard’s heritage. Fleurisanne engraving derives from the village of Fleurier – a town that Chopard has called home since 1996. The long precise process involves a scrolling pattern, or ‘volutes’, engraved upon the raised surface which is then polished to create the effect. Unfortunately, the engraving is an almost extinct art but Chopard hope to revive it by replicating it in-house and keep the tradition of Fleurier alive.
With a great start to the year already with their new Fairmined Gold timepiece, a watch created from sustainable and ethically sourced gold, and another year of ‘Chopard Loves Cinema’ at the Academy Awards, BAFTAs and Cannes Film Festival, the world is expecting great things from Chopard.