For the upcoming edition of the Baselworld 2013, Chopard has prepared a new version of its Imperial Chrono model, featuring an all-black styling and diamond decorations. The newcomer with the prominent luxurious appearance from the Imperial collection includes a host of black DLC coated steel components (namely, its 40 mm wide housing) and runs on the self-winding chrono movement.
The Swiss high-end jeweler and watchmaker Chopard has expanded its Imperiale series with yet another model. This collection is part of the brand’s offer for a quite some time and includes both timekeepers and high-end jewelry pieces. It was originally introduced in the 1990s and subsequently completely revamped three years ago. Drawing its inspiration from the monarchs from the olden days, the design of all the products from the Imperial collection feature several characteristic references and details, which is visible on the face of the new model. Such motifs are the use of dials with stylized Roman numerals and arabesque decorations or its sword-shaped openwork hands.
Boasting a high-class monochrome looks; the all black appearance of the new Chopard model is disturbed only with the shimmering of the diamonds set on its bezel. Other appealing decorative components of the timekeeper are its crown set with an onyx, as well as lugs which are created in order to resemble ancient columns.
As it has been mentioned, Chopard Imperial Chrono All Black has its case, as well as its bracelet, constructed from steel which includes black DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating which is responsible for the distinctive black shimmering style of the dark and elegant newcomer by Chopard. All steel components were made in the brand’s workshops. The modestly sized 40 mm housing has the thickness of 10.9 mm, a sold metal back and guarantees water resistance to 50 meters. Its appealing onyx-set crown has the diameter of 5.5 mm, while the front of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal with ant-reflective treatment. As for the black bracelet, it fastens with a deployant buckle.
Inside the black steel casing of the Chopard model with the reference 388549-3006 is the watch’s beating heart, its automatic-winding mechanical chronograph movement. It includes 37 jewels, features the diameter of 28.6 mm and the thickness of 6.1 mm and operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph. The supported power reserve measures to 42 hours. As far as the supported functions are concerned, Imperial Chrono All Black features a chronograph with counters for small seconds and 12-hour and 30-minute sub-dials. Only other supported feature, apart from a chronograph, is a date display set between four and the five o’clock positions.