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Highlighting the Symbolic Meaning of Peony with the Fleurisanne Carving Process

The elegant peony not only blooms on the dial, but also in the movement, so that the peony flower and its symbolic meaning are fully exerted. In Asia, peony represents the prosperity of wealth, but also symbolizes a happy marriage, and because of its medicinal value, it means the blessing of good health. Peony spring blossoms, so it is also used to describe the beauty of women. The craftsmen commissioned by Chopard followed the guidance of these symbolic meanings and carefully carved the peony on the 18K rose gold movement splint in a skillful manner.

Chopard is proud of the Fleurisanne carving process that can be used in the Fleuriye region

In order to give the L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony a lifelike peony pattern and imagery, it takes two weeks of work to engrave the movement. The feature of this embossing technique is to sculpt the material around the pattern and retain the pattern that you want to present. The vortex peony petals and leaf patterns are engraved on the remaining surface. Then, they are carved one by one in the surrounding recesses to create a grainy appearance. After the engraving process is completed, the movement is then chrome-plated to create an elegant and rare two-color movement.

Chopard LUC XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch is designed with 18K rose gold case, 35 mm diameter, hand-finished Fleurisannes craft engraving – peony decorative pattern and gold dial with black peony pattern, which is very exquisite and personalized. And it adopts with the most characteristic paper-cutting technology in Swiss Pays d’Enhaut region, the time-division display, LUC 96.23-L self-winding movement, 65-hour power reserve, 30-meter waterproof and anti-glare sapphire crystal matching well with the black brushed fabric (glossy) strap, this Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony 18K Rose Gold Diamonds Limited Edition Wristwatch 131944-5003 will meet your demands of pursuing fashion and stylish.

Therefore, each manufacturing step of the L.U.C. watch is completed entirely at the Geneva and Fleury production sites within the brand. From movement development, finished product design, casting gold, case stamping and finishing, movement components, metal bracelets, polishing, assembly, diamond setting, tuning to quality control, Chopard is fully capable of mastering all the watchmaking process by itself.

Chopard L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony 18K Rose Gold Limited Edition Wristwatch

Reference: 131944-5003

Case Material: 18K Rose Gold

Case Diameter: 35MM

Case Thickness: 7.70MM

Strap: Black Brushed Glossy Fabric Strap

Buckle: Pin Buckle

Movement: Self-winding L.U.C 96.23-L1 Mechanical Movement

Power Reserve: Approximately 65 Hours

Water Resistance: 30 Metres

The new LUC XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch has all the procedures that are so exclusive. The movement, which is equipped with the outstanding movement LUC 96.23-L, proves that it is equipped with Twin patented technology. The coaxial double barrel gives power reserve for up to 65 hours. Putting such a self-winding mechanical movement into an ultra-thin case with a thickness of only 7.70 mm is a veritable technological innovation. And this is entirely thanks to the savvy construction of the micro-rotor. This miniature oscillating weight can be seen through the transparent bottom. This fascinating floral rose gold watch is limited to 8 models.

This is a precious and extraordinary annual covenant, and it almost becomes a consistent ceremony. Every year, Chopard regularly introduces a unique interpretation of the peony flower for the L.U.C XP watch collection. This flowery, fragrant, symbolic and loved flower from ancient times finds space on the L.U.C. XP series 35mm watch.

In addition to the exquisite and delicate decoration of the watch with the fleurisanne carving process, Chopard Watch Factory added a similarly delicate craftsmanship to the new year: the new work of paper-cutting art. Although it is a two-pronged options, it has a consistent goal: to reflect the peony flower that is strong, graceful, and fleeting.

The Chopard watch factory is located in a quiet little valley of Fleuriye. In the spring, the valley is full of wildflowers, so Fryrier is famous (Fleurier is translated as “Fleurier”, but the root of the words means “flower”). A long time ago, this town gave birth to many traditional watchmaking techniques, and its exquisite craftsmanship was famous in China in the 19th century. Based on the long-standing relationship between Fleurier and China, so whether on the surface or in the heart of the L.U.C XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, the representative flower peony of China is blooming.

 

The L.U.C. Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch continues the craft floral watch that has been launched in the L.U.C. Esprit de Fleurier collection since 2015. It re-uses the elements of the collection, using its light and smooth lines, and retaining its timeless immortality. However, Chopard has boldly combined two different techniques this year to bring together two top-end high-end skills.

2017 Chopard L.U.C. Esprit de Fleurier Peony Watch

Peony’s Fleeting Beauty

Peony is a kind of rich flower with a national color and a fascinating but declining in the blink of an eye. The flowering period of the peony lasts only a short period of two weeks, and as long as it is hit by the wind and rain, the time when people can enjoy their gorgeous flowers is even shorter. Chopard chose to use the paper-cutting process to show the king of this delicate and noble flower.

The master of paper-cutting craftsmanship cuts out the delicate peony pattern, and the yin and yang alternately reveal the three-dimensional petals

The finished peony petal pattern was then pasted onto the large open flame enamel enamel dial

Chopard subtly blends the art of the East and the West, displaying the patterned stylized peony on the new L.U.C. XP Esprit de Fleurier Peony watch, which highlights the art of the contrast between “virtual and real”. The peony flower carved out of black paper is gracefully displayed on the white dial made of enamel. The bezel, the lugs, and the side edges of the middle layer of the case are inlaid with delicate and exquisite diamonds, not only bringing out the elegant silhouette of the dial, but complementing the peony by the precious diamonds.

In addition to the peony flower of the paper-cut art, the Chopard movement engraver carefully carved the peony on the 18K rose gold movement splint in a skillful manner

Since 1988, Chopard has been the official timekeeper for the Mille Miglia event. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the partnership with Mille Miglia, the Geneva watchmaker Chopard launched a new grigio sporty style watch, the Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale Wristwatch 168566-3007, to witness the brand’s enthusiasm of antique racing.

This sleek and stylish watch has a grigio look and belongs to the Mille Miglia GTS collection, which is launched by Chopard in 2015. The collection is inspired by the Italian legendary antique car race that has been officially timed since 1988. Its elegant aesthetic design and outstanding technical performance make it an exclusive top timepiece.

The case is made of titanium, with 43mm x 11.4mm size, it is designed with an anti-glare coated sapphire crystal. The titanium bezel is decorated with black aluminum inserts and sparkling numbers. DLC black steel screw-in crown is embossed steering wheel pattern. The back of the watch is engraved with the words “Brescia > Roma > Brescia” with colored mirrors, red washers and PVD screws. The water resistance is 100 meters.

Grigio rhodium-plated dial is designed with white transfer scale and matte black Arabic numerals. The date display window and the pointer power reserve display are located at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively. Arabic numerals, hour markers, and black hourly hands are coated with SuperLuminova fluorescent material to ensure clear reading even in dark environments. The central seconds hand with red tip is strikingly eye-catching.

Ferrari red, grey and black details, as well as oversized digital time scales reminiscent of the 1950s car dashboard, the new Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale watch is a symbol of cherishing the spirit of the antique car race for Chopard brand.

Equipped with Swiss-made Chopard Caliber 01.08-C self-winding movement with 40 jewels, and its vibration frequency is about 28,800 times / hour (4 Hz), which is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It is equipped with hollow oscillating weight, and the full string can provide up to 60 hours of power reserve. It has hours and minutes, date and power storage display function.

This watch features a black matte Cordura strap with a shot-finished stainless steel folding clasp, and it is limited to 1,000 pieces.

The watch lovers who are also interested in sports can collect one as personal investment, since its deep and dark sporty style is mysterious and mature enough to meet your demands. And the cordura strap is very comfortable to wear, what’s more, it is easy to clean up and maintain.

Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control Grigio Speciale Wristwatch 168566-3007

Reference: 168566-3007

Price: £6,640.00

Diameter: 43MM

Thickness: 11.4MM

Case Material: Titanium

Crown Material: Stainless Steel

Strap: Black Matt Cordura®

Buckle: Stainless Steel Folding Clasp

Movement: Self-winding Chopard 01.08-C Movement

Power Reserve: 60 Hours

Water Resistance: 100 Metres

Limited Edition: 1000

C Ronaldo helps Portugal win

In the second round of the World Cup group stage, C Ronaldo still gives high performance. The worse Portugal play, the better C Ronaldo can show.
The Portuguese team lacks of defensiveness, the midfield shorts of offensive and defensive conversions. Due to the shortage of neat offensive game making the every attack very painful. But fortunately the team has C Ronaldo — a beast of Portugal and he can help the team win the game which have no hope to win. He used his header to help Portugal lead four minutes after the start of the game.He carried with the team and made every effort to win the Portuguese team. After the match, Ronaldo was again praised by the international media.

Spain’s “Marca” played the title of “C Ronaldo is still the most decisive figure in the World Cup” and praised C Ronaldo for playing a decisive role. Almost at the same time, “Aspen” praised C Ronaldo as “Prince Luzhniki” and said that the Real Madrid star has scored 4 goals. He helped Portugal win a difficult victory. Although Morocco performed well, it was the first one to be eliminated.

Catalonia’s “Daily Sports News” even played the “Portugal is C Ronaldo + 10 other people” headline, pointing out C Ronaldo’s position within the Portuguese national team. C Ronaldo scored a goal soon after the start of the match to help Portugal win. Although Morocco played well, it paid the price for wasting the opportunity.

The king of the football world, C Ronaldo is passionate and outstanding at the stadium. While, he is full of love outside the game and is a full-fledged life experiencer.

As a TAG Heuer brand ambassador, Ronaldo often wears TAG Heuer watch.

On the 6th of this month, he met with a sick child to wear a TAG Heuer Gallant Tourbillon watch.
Let’s talk about C Ronaldo’s choice: the Calibre Heuer 02 watch.

High-end movement – Calibre Heuer 02

This movement is derived from the classic Calera series of self-winding chronographs that is self-developed and manufactured by TAG Heuer, integrating 168 components. Premium watchmaking standard device including column wheel and vertical coupling clutch. This modern, accurate and reliable mechanical movement is stylish, accurate, a single barrel providing 75 hours of power reserve. Through the hollow dial and the sapphire crystal case back, the state of the art of high-end mechanical devices can be seen at a glance.

This TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer 02 Chronograph watch is a return to the truth, the black dial uses a classic 3-6-9 chronograph layout taking with a 1963 prototype. The minute and hour counters are located at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock respectively. Small seconds hand is set at 6 o’clock and a calendar window is added at 4:30 o’clock.
polished case with the rotating bezel joined by the black polished aluminum 12 hours scale or bidirectional is low-key and luxury.

The result of the race is very significant, but the process is the most exciting of a race.
Just for a watch, the appearance is undoubtedly the first impression, but the internal structure is the key to winning word of mouth and standing foothold. TAG Heuer, like C Ronaldo, makes the world worship.

There is a saying in the jewelry industry that diamonds are long-lasting. In the watchmaking industry, it is no exaggeration to say that metal chain bracelets (mainly gold, stainless steel, titanium and platinum) enjoy a similar reputation. But this is not completely accurate. In recent years, rubber straps have continued to develop, and high added value has made it catch up with metal chain bracelets. Rubber is becoming an increasingly valuable material in terms of strength, durability, creativity, performance, and even development costs.

In the watchmaking world, no one can deny Biwi’s central role in the gradual transformation of rubber. This family company in Glovelier, Switzerland, has earned the respect of well-known brands in the industry. It seems that prudence is one of its key attributes. The main brands supplied by Biwi are unknown, but for a long time, RICHARD MILLE has established a fruitful partnership with the company, which includes a transparent rubber strap that has been developed over two years.

Richard Mille Wristwatches With Rubber Strap

Rubber straps can achieve such high visibility and technical achievements mainly for two reasons: one is plasticity and the other is “melting”. Plasticity includes shape, material and color, as well as antibacterial and deodorant treatments. Everything, or almost everything, is possible. The “melting” also contains unlimited possibilities. For example, the Hysek Kilada 41mm stainless steel automatic chronograph inserts the “H” insert in the rubber strap to pay tribute to the brand logo. The “H” inserts vary in material, steel, titanium or gold, depending on the model.

Hysek Kilada 4MM Stainless Steel Automatic Chronograph Rubber Strap Watch

Another major feature of rubber is its close connection to automotive tires, and this applies to almost all watchmaking brands seeking inspiration from the automotive world. In this regard, Chopard is a pioneer in the industry, the most representative example is the strap with the same contour as the Dunlop tires of the 1960s. At the time, Dunlop tires were considered the best tires on the market, and the tires of Karl Scheufele (the father of Karl-Friedrich Scheufele) chose this type of tire. In 1995, Chopard decided to recreate the era with the Mille Miglia collection.

Chopard Mille Miglia Race Edition Rubber Strap Wristwatch

Two years later, another Geneva manufacturer, Patek Philippe, put this idea into practice, and the brand specially designed the famous “Tropical” strap for the Aquanaut series watch. The development of such straps took more than a year, and multiple steps were required in manufacturing, using a variety of machines, including 150-ton presses.

Patek Philippe Aquanaut Tropical Strap Watch

The latest example of the integration of tires and straps comes from Roger Dubuis. As part of the collaboration, Roger Dubuis manufactures straps from Pirelli’s assembled racing tires. In this very unique collection, each watch corresponds to the seven famous color schemes of Pirelli. There is even an Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero in the collection with a titanium stud in the rubber strap, echoing Pirelli’s famous snow tires.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli Sottozero Rubber Strap With Titanium Studs Wristwatch

Rubber straps are growing rapidly, but given the novelty, there is still much room for exploration. One possibility is to add fluorescent materials; another is to make a fuss about strength and thickness to develop a robust rubber strap that is as robust as an ultra-thin watch. For example, the RICHARD MILLE strap can withstand 20 kg of traction.

 

Richard Mille Wristwatches With Rubber Strap

Eberhard & Co. Scafograf GMT “The Black Sheep” Rubber Strap Wristwatch

Ulysse Nardin Diver Deep Dive Rubber Strap Watch 3203-500LE-3/93

In the end, there is no doubt that the bracelet will follow another major trend: customization. We can look forward to seeing some of the colors that are not yet found in the brand’s popular palette (specifically, depending on customer needs), with more or less special materials (Santa Barth’s sand, Havana’s cigar leaves, UAE’s Crude oil), as well as shapes that have never been seen before (such as rubber cuffs). The prospects are very broad, but the production of temporary rubber straps is still in the hands of subcontractors. Increasing correlations may change the status, and we may see related mergers and acquisitions in the future.