For 143 years, Chopard has stood for quality and creativity. Excellence and ingenuity—the hallmarks of this illustrious jewelry and watch brand—reign supreme in all the firm produces. Indeed, high technology and traditional craftsmanship blend beautifully at Chopard to create a world where dreams come true.
Intent on producing pocket watches and chronometers of stature, Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his company in 1860, and the brand has continually turned out masterpieces. Just about a century into its legacy, Chopard was purchased by jewelry entrepreneur Karl Scheufele in 1963.
It was his vision to unite his jewelry company with watchmaking under one brand and to propel both areas to greater levels of accomplishment in design and technology.
In 1975, Scheufele built a production facility in Meyrin-Geneva, marking a new era for the brand. In 1976, Chopard unveiled the now-famed Happy Diamonds collection to the world to buy, and in the 1980s, the brand launched the Gstaad collection of timepieces. In 1988, Chopard teamed with the Mille Miglia as an official partner and began creating the annual special-edition Mille Miglia watch—an icon of vintage automobile racing.
In the early 1990s, Karl and Karin Scheufele's children became integral players in the family business. Caroline took over the jewelry design and Karl-Friedrich headed up the watch division. In 1996, the brand established itself as a complete manufacturer with the opening of a movement factory in Fleurier. The L.U.C movement made its debut that year and was the impetus for other movements to come.
In 1999, Chopard unveiled the L.U.C Sport 2000 collection, and a year later presented the L.U.C Quattro watch—equipped with a new caliber with four barrels and nine days of power reserve. Chopard presented the L.U.C Tonneau in 2001. Chopard is also a major supporter of charitable causes and is a devoted patron of the arts. In 2001, Chopard began supporting the Elton John AIDS Foundation, creating limited-edition Elton John timepieces to buy, whose sales would benefit the foundation. Chopard is also intimately involved with such high-profile events as the Cannes International Film Festival.
Chopard's collections of ladies' jewelry and watches are amazing and inviting – the perfect items to buy as a gift or as an addition to a collection. From Happy Diamonds to Happy Sport, with free-flowing diamonds, from the 1950s-inspired chic La Strada to the innovative Pushkin and Ice Cube collections, rich colors, seductive shapes and innovation are prominent driving forces.
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With creativity at an all-time high, Chopard has grown at a faster rate than the market as a whole while preserving its independence—a rarity amongst watch and jewelry companies today. Caroline's exquisite designs continually impress and excite the senses, making the pieces ever-popular to buy.
All of Chopard's magnificent jewelry is created with the utmost attention to details. Each stone is handpicked and every design is completed by painstaking hand-craftsmanship. From gem selection to setting and polishing, master jewelers work long hours to ensure smooth, sensual finished pieces.
For the past decade, Chopard jewels have glistened on the necks and wrists of celebrities from all corners of the earth.
Partnering with the Cannes International Film Festival, Chopard is jeweler to the stars for 12 days each year at this exciting gala of heady days and wild nights. In addition to adorning the stars as they parade down the red carpet, Chopard produces all of the Palme d'Or trophies in its own workshops.