The lat­est trib­ute time­piece by Chopard pays homage to the an­i­mals of the Chi­nese zo­diac.

The Peak (Malaysia) - - Con­tents -

AN­I­MAL IN­STINCT Chopard pays homage to the Chi­nese zo­diac.

Chopard re­turns this year with a brand new ex­clu­sive time­piece be­fit­ting any mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion. Pre­sented in a gen­er­ous 43mm case in rose gold, a closer look at the sides of this unique time­piece re­veals a com­plex de­sign de­pict­ing the 12 signs of the Chi­nese zo­diac, which is set to make its de­but dur­ing a pri­vate ex­hi­bi­tion held in Bei­jing. Ac­cord­ing to the Geneva- based com­pany, a to­tal of 200 hours were de­voted to the cre­ation of the case alone, which was achieved via a hand­held enam­elling tech­nique known as cham­plevé. This te­dious process in­volves carv­ing out de­pres­sions di­rectly into the piece of metal to be filled in with pul­verised vit­re­ous enamel and re­sults in a unique patina. This is fur­ther en­hanced by nu­mer­ous de­tails that in­clude an 18K gold dial hand-en­graved with snailed coun­ters in slate-grey, framed by a match­ing 18K rose gold bezel dec­o­rated with mo­tifs in­spired by Chi­nese iconog­ra­phy. Pow­er­ing this for­mi­da­ble time­piece is the Cal­i­bre LUC 02.15-L, a hand­wound me­chan­i­cal move­ment that boasts an im­pres­sive power re­serve of 216 hours.

Ar­dent fol­low­ers of the Chi­nese zo­diac with an eye for de­tail will be pleased to know that the 12 an­i­mals carved into the case have also been placed in chrono­log­i­cal or­der in ac­cor­dance with the Chi­nese cal­en­dar.

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