“Baby, Get me Something Blue….”
Those words reverberated in my ears as I left for the annual Baselworld Watch & Jewelry Show. Certainly, ‘Blue’ was the flavour of the year amongst the designers in Basel. We already covered some of the blue or diamond-set offerings on AlphaLuxe in previous reports:
Precious Chopard: When High Jewellery Becomes Lacework
Chopard High Jewellery employ tradition and artistic crafts at the very highest level for the most prestigious jewellery. Precious Chopard was introduced to the High Jewellery Collection in 2016 as a delicate and precious, finely wrought and ablaze-with-light, exquisite embroidery mingling creativity with sensitivity. Precious Chopard jewellery sets were inspired by a blooming corolla or the flurry of a whirling tutu skirt.
For 2017, Precious Chopard Collection is joined by dainty long ear pendants and open-worked necklaces
Precious Chopard required the jewellery artisans in Chopard Geneva to become lacework experts. The subtle curves of the collection are picked up in the finely embroided trimmings as a daintily interwoven play on pear-shaped and brilliant-cut sapphires and diamonds.
Necklace in 18ct white gold set with pear-shaped and brilliant-cut sapphires (59.3cts) and brilliant-cut (8.7cts) diamonds. Ref 819900-1002.
AlphaLuxe Tip: USD Price on Request but don’t be surprised if I suggest it is “Definitely Higher than Half a Million Dollars”.
Earrings in 18ct white gold set with pear-shaped sapphires (9.7cts) and marquise-cut and brilliant-cut (0.9ct) diamonds. Ref 849971-1002
AlphaLuxe Tip: USD Price on Application but don’t even ask if unprepared for the “VERY HIGH 5-Figure Sum”. 🙂
Other earrings variants in 18ct white gold set with:
– pear-shaped (10.7cts) and brilliant-cut diamonds. Ref 849970-1001
– pear-shaped (7.2cts), marquise-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds. Ref 849971-1001
– pear-shaped (2.7cts), marquise-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds. Ref 849972-1001
– pear-shaped (3.4cts) and brilliant-cut diamonds. Ref 849976-1001
– pear-shaped (3.7cts), marquise-cut (2.8cts) and brilliant-cut diamonds. Ref 849977-1001
High Jewellery at Chopard
“In the Chopard workshops, everything begins with a story of hands: those of the expert, patient and inventive artisans within the Manufacture who successively apply their skills to these exceptional creations. This smooth, complementary interaction between the various talents is facilitated by uniting more than 30 crafts under the same roof. They represent a wealth that the Scheufele family carefully nurtures by focusing on the transmission of expertise from generation to generation, as well as on training. Chopard is keenly aware that the most precious heritage is above all, those responsible for crafting these exceptional pieces. Chopard creations are an integral part of the proud High Jewellery tradition and artistic crafts are exercised at the very highest level there: lost-wax carvers and casters, jewellers, lapidaries, gemsetters and polishers… From lines to volumes, from goldsmithing to working on precious stones, they perpetually push the boundaries of feasibility and, by pooling their talents, give vibrant life to the most prestigious jewellery”.
Chopard: Blue Watches to Wear
Of course, the ‘For You’ diamond-encrusted timepiece would match the Precious Chopard jewellery perfectly for sumptious soirées but my instructions were to find watches that were more fun and more blue.
Enter the sparkling rubies and topazes…
Happy Ocean watches are also presented in a precious jewellery versions. Instead of steel, the 40mm diameter, 18-carat white gold case is offered with navy blue mother-of-pearl dial, and framed by a fixed bezel set with diamonds, sapphires and either rubies or topazes. These blue sparkling beauties are supplied with an alligator leather and a NATO woven fabric strap in the same navy blue shade.
Alas, only water-resistant to 100m for the gemset versions (300m for the steel versions), the Happy Ocean watch is powered by a self-winding Chopard movement (01.01-C) entirely developed and produced in the Chopard Fleurier workshops.
Dial and hands:
• Navy blue mother-of-pearl dial
• Rhodiumed hours hand filled with white SuperLuminova (SLN) emitting blue luminescence.
• Turquoise or raspberry-rimmed minutes hands filled with white SLN emitting green luminescence.
• Rhodiumed sweep-seconds hand featuring a dot filled with white SLN emitting blue luminescence.
• White index with SLN emitting blue luminescence.
Ref. 274945-1001 blue and turquoise version
Ref. 274945-1002 blue and raspberry version
AlphaLuxe Tip: Unlike the steel Happy Ocean watches that are only USD 8200 depending on exchange rates, the gem-set versions are Price on Request, which is secret code for “Not much change from a stash of cash!”
Still, they are indeed, Mostly Blue Watches…..
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).