22nd March 2018, Basel, Switzerland
Chopard unveils the first creations in a shimmering collection at Baselworld 2018.
As the 71st Cannes International Film Festival approaches, the High Jewellery workshops of Chopard have been beavering away to create 71 exceptional jewellery creations in the Red Carpet Collection dreamed up by Caroline Scheufele.
These superlative jewellery pieces will adorn the greatest actresses on the red carpet. Partnering the Cannes Festival for 20 years, Chopard annually crafts the legendary Palme d’or, made from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
While the High Jewellery ateliers are hard at work on these unique works of art, Caroline Scheufele – the woman who inspired them – announces an edition brimming with surprises.
This year, the Red Carpet Collection is inspired by the many travels and dreams of its creator. Like her ancestors who used to crisscross the globe with trunks full of precious items, travelling as far as the court of the Tsar of Russia – she tirelessly tours the many countries in which the family Maison’s creations are present. These journeys are a perpetual source of inspiration for Caroline Scheufele, who jots down and sketches her impressions in her travel diaries.
The first couple of creations have been revealed as a sneak peek.
The first precious wonder is an imposing bracelet composed of several rows of facetted tanzanite balls and a central motif dominated by a majestic, iridescent and mysterious black opal.
A gentle touch slides the opal to reveal its secret: a finely executed watch dial opening a window onto an oriental sky, crafted from pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony.
Secret watch in 18ct white gold and titanium featuring a black opal of 72cts and set with carved jadeite, turquoises, onyx, pear-shaped and brilliant-cut diamonds, brilliant-cut emeralds and brilliant-cut tanzanites. Dial set with pink mother-of-pearl and chalcedony. Bracelet composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 235cts.
Pursuing the oriental dreams of Chopard’s Creative Director, a choker provides a vivid hint of this fascinating collection. Gently held by rows of facetted tanzanite balls, a central red-tinted titanium motif plays with a fascinating aquamarine, inviting observers to immerse themselves in its blue-tinged shimmer.
Necklace in 18ct white gold and titanium, composed of tanzanite beads for a total of 459cts, and set with ceramic, a pear-shaped aquamarine of 12.4cts, one golden pearl of 12.7cts, pear-shaped aquamarines, pear-shaped tanzanites, pear-shaped tsavorites, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut pink sapphires, brilliant-cut spessartine garnets, brilliant-cut and marquise-cut diamonds and brilliant-cut yellow sapphires.
A keen film enthusiast, Caroline Scheufele has transformed her own love story with film-making into more than 20 years of partnership with the Cannes International Film Festival.
She redesigned the Palme d’or, which is crafted in the Chopard workshops from Fairmined-certified ethical gold.
Additionally, to support the world of cinema and promote youthful talents, Chopard also awards the Trophée Chopard to a promising young actor and actress.
While all this is happening in the background, Caroline Scheufele is secretly preparing a series of 69 new surprises that will ensure Chopard continues to shine on La Croisette.
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).