Chopard wins the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix and the Jewellery Watch Prize
Geneva, Wednesday November 8th 2017
At the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, Chopard won the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix for the L.U.C Full Strike watch and the Jewellery Watch Prize for its Lotus Blanc jewellery creation. Chopard’s watchmaking and jewellery expertise is thereby honoured, whilst the Scheufele family’s vision and passion for excellence is rewarded.
Caroline Scheufele and her brother Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-presidents of Chopard, were both in attendance and shared the honours on stage.
L.U.C Full Strike – 2017 “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix
The L.U.C Full Strike receives the 2017 “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix.
After being presented with the trophy by Geneva State Councillor Pierre Maudet, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele said: “I was absolutely not expecting to win the Aiguille d’Or this evening. I am still deeply moved by this surprise result. In 2016, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Chopard Manufacture by launching an exceptional watch: the L.U.C Full Strike. I knew that we had created a truly unique model, but I did not anticipate such a great honour. The L.U.C Full Strike revisited one of the major horological complications, incorporating a significant innovation whilst respecting the traditions of movement development.
I was the ‘conductor` orchestrating this achievement, but nothing would have been possible without the expertise and tireless commitment of our watchmaking departments on all levels – from movement designers to watchmakers and decoration specialists. I wish to thank my entire family for their support through the years. It’s a truly wonderful adventure.”
As per his usual understated humility, Mr Scheufele may have been surprised to win the top prize at the Grand Prix for Horology in Geneva but as watch lovers and commentators, we already “clocked” the L.U.C Full Strike as a firm favourite.
The L.U.C Full Strike was the highlight of the Chopard Manufacture 20th anniversary celebrations in 2016 as their first minute repeater watch that featured several world firsts. It strikes the hours, quarters and minutes on sapphire gongs for a “crystal clear” sound. The gongs are tuned to two notes: C and F; with an unprecedented richness of tone, since this is the first time that sapphire has been used as an acoustic generator and amplifier.
Lotus Blanc watch – 2017 Jewellery Watch Prize
Caroline Scheufele, co-President and Head of Design at Chopard, collected the Jewellery Watch Prize for the Lotus Blanc piece.
She made sure to thank her teams: “Chopard has achieved worldwide recognition for the quality of its High Jewellery models. I am proud of the work accomplished over the years by my design and creative teams. I wish to express my gratitude to the artisans of the High Jewellery department. Together, we daily create supremely refined models blending tradition and innovation, contemporary and ancestral techniques, stunning material combinations and perfect colour associations, together with light effects and daring designs. In this relentless quest for excellence, beauty and sophistication are a constant source of inspiration.”
The white lotus, a remarkably delicate oriental flower, symbolises purity of heart and mind. Combining the watchmaking expertise and jewellery creativity of Chopard, the Lotus Blanc watch unfurls its petals to reveal the secret watch.
Set with a total of 25.66 carats of white diamonds, the precious timepiece reflects the meticulous work of the in-house artisans. From designer to watchmaker and from jeweller to micro-gemsetter, the full range of prestigious High Jewellery craftsmen patiently combined their talents in giving life to this daring dream: petals sparkling as if sprinkled with dewdrops open up in a smooth, flowing movement; the supple bracelet, composed of slender rows of diamonds, evokes the rippling water on which the flower usually rests.
Two creations in ethical gold
The two awarded creations are both made of ethical gold certified Fairmined.
The Journey to Sustainable Luxury began when Chopard, with Eco-Age, forged a philanthropic relationship with the influential South American mining NGO, the Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM).
Chopard became the world’s first watch and luxury jewellery company to directly support mining communities to reach Fairmined gold certification as well as providing training, social welfare and environmental support.
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 travelogue ‘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).