Watch Spotlight: Chopard’s Classic Manufacture Watch

Jul 31, 2012

The elegantly understated Classic heralds a new collection at Chopard. Equipped with a new mechanical movement developed and produced in-house, it is inspired by the magnificent pocket-watches that Louis-Ulysse Chopard had made his speciality, and symbolises the encounter between tradition and modernity.

Like a fragment of history that has found its way unscathed through time thanks to its noble and understated character, the new Classic Manufacture by Chopard is a bridge between past and present, a link between the prestigious pocket-watches that forged the reputation of brand founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, and modern-day wristwatches. As its name implies, everything about the design of the Classic Manufacture reflects the delightful classicism of the Belle Epoque: the porcelain-type dial provides a perfect setting for the shiny black Roman numerals; the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock features a “railtrack” graduation typical of the pocket-watches of the era; and the slender gold-toned hands set the finishing touch to the perfectly harmonious overall effect.

A new “in-house” movement

Available in 18-carat rose, white or yellow gold, this timepiece with its refined exterior is equipped with the calibre Chopard 01.04-C, a new mechanical self-winding movement entirely developed in-house and produced in the workshops of Fleurier Ebauches, the Chopard Group unit in charge of the industrial production of movements not destined for its L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collection. After certain models of the Imperiale collection in 2011, it is now the turn of the first timepiece in the Classic collection to receive an “in-house” movement. The third reference produced by the Fleurier Ebauches workshops, the calibre Chopard 01.04-C drives the hour and minute hands, along with small seconds and a date display at 3 o’clock. Beating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, it guarantees a generous 60-hour power reserve.

The beautifully rounded 38 mm-diameter case features an 18-carat gold crown and an exhibition back. The Classic Manufacture is fitted with a matt black alligator leather strap fitted with an 18-carat gold pin buckle.

Chopards Classic Manufacture Watch Specifications

• 18ct rose, yellow or white gold
• Total diameter: 38.00 mm
• Thickness: 10.06 mm
• Water resistance: 30 m
• Crown in 18ct rose, yellow or white gold: 6.00 mm
• Glareproofed sapphire crystal
• Exhibition back

• Mechanical self-winding: Chopard 01.04-C
• Diameter: 28.80 mm
• Thickness: 4.95 mm
• Number of jewels: 27
• Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
• Power reserve: 60 hours

Dial and hands:
• Porcelain-type dial
• Gold-toned hour, minute and small seconds hands
• Shiny black transferred Roman numerals

Functions and displays:
• Central display of hours and minutes
• Small seconds at 6 o’clock
• Date at 3 o’clock

Strap and buckle
• Padded strap in matt black alligator leather
• Pin buckle in 18ct rose, yellow or white gold

Ref. 161289-5001 – in 18ct rose gold
Ref. 161289-0001 – in 18ct yellow gold
Ref. 161289-1001 – in 18ct white gold

King Jewelers is an authorized dealer for Chopard watches in Middle Tennessee and South Florida, as well as over forty luxury Swiss watch brands including Bell & Ross, Breguet, Cartier, Chanel, DeWitt, Harry Winston, Hublot, Jaquet Droz, Montblanc, and Roger Dubuis. King Jewelers is a member of the American Watch Guild and has been named a Leading Watch Retailer in North America by International Wristwatch Magazine. King Jewelers also offers expert watch repair and watch restoration at their retail locations in Aventura, FL and Nashville, TN. For more information on Chopard watches, please visit or take a look at our Chopard page.


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