Chopard’s biggest wonder yet
When Chopard first unveiled its first minute repeating watch, many among watch lovers praised the luxury watchmaker’s innovative take on the minute repeater's chiming sounds.
The Louis Ulysse Chopard Full Strike is a lovely crafted timepiece with the particularity of having synthetic sapphire gongs, which are usually made out of stainless steel.
The Full Strike evocates a warm and precious feeling in its internal tones resonating in the rose gold case of the watch. Most of the watch’s intricate mechanics are put in motion through the crown, which once again adds to the eccentric impression the piece conveys. The mechanical complexity of the watch would make one infer that it is either a thick or heavy timepiece, which it isn’t; the case is only 42.5 mm wide and 11.5mm thick.
As such, Chopard found a fantastic balance in the minutious craftsmanship of a complicated timepiece and the delicacy of an aesthetically appealing watch. It is no wonder that such an admirable display of luxury watchmaking was deservingly awarded with the prestigious “Aiguille D’Or” at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, even among the fiercest competition from fellow luxury brands such as Bulgari’s Octo Finissimo or Zenith’s Defy Lab.
In the midst of a surging popularity and a limited production (only 20 pieces were crafted to this day), one would be advised to get his hands on the Full Strike to experience the ethereal tingling of the sapphire-tainted chimes.