In celebration of Chopard Manufacture’s 20th anniversary, Chopard is presenting an exhibition: “L.U.C – l’Art d’une Manufacture – the creation of a watchmaking legacy.”
It features exceptional watches from the L.U.C collection through the years. The exhibition is a tribute to Chopard’s 156 years of Fine Watchmaking expertise and the last 20 years of Chopard Manufature’s distinctive unique timepieces mingling art and time. “L.U.C – l’Art d’une Manufacture – the creation of a watchmaking legacy” is a journey through the origins of Chopard Fine Watchmaking creations, capturing the charismatic personality and modern spirit of aficionados who enjoy living with distinction.
Installed on the main floor of Phillips London (30 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6EX), one of the capital’s most avant-garde art galleries, this one-day pop-up exhibition – held on October 13th 2016 from 10 am to 7.30pm – retraces the history of the L.U.C Collection to date, for the first time.
New watch launched
Chopard launched the L.U.C GMT One traveller’s watch as well as the L.U.C Traveler One world-timer watch previously reported HERE.
Louis-Ulysse Chopard founded his own workshop in 1860 in Sonvillier, the Swiss Jura. Since 1963 Chopard bas been owned by the Scheufele family and its headquarters are located in Geneva. Internationally renowned for its watch and jewellery creations, the Group currently employs over 2,000 people worldwide. It is independent and strongly vertically integrated, controlling the entire process from design to distribution through 1,500 points of sale and more than 160 dedicated boutiques.
Over 30 different crafts are exercised in three manufacturing sites, with a strong emphasis on in-house training. Chopard has built its reputation on iconic collections such as “Happy Diamonds”, “Happy Sport” and “Mille Miglia”. The firm is also highly recognised for its High Jewellery creations along with its Fine Watchmaking expertise as a full-fledged Manufacture, expressed in the L.U.C collection. Chopard is a faithful partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and legendary classic car events, such as the Mille Miglia in Italy and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
In keeping with two of its fundamental values, respect and social responsibility, Chopard is strongly committed to various philanthropic organisations. In 2013, Chopard launched “The Journey”; a multi-year programme deepening its commitment to sustainable luxury, by sourcing from businesses that are demonstrably committed to responsible, ethical, social and environmental practices.
That explains the presence of Livia and Colin Firth at the exhibition because Livia is Creative Director of Eco Age that supports responsible mining.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of 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).