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23 September, 2021
Chopard was founded in 1860 in Sonvilier by Louis-Ulysse Chopard. The company was famous for its ladies’ timepieces and pocket watches that it exported across the world to illustrious places like the Court of Tsar Nicholas II in Russia.
Chopard was bought by Karl Scheufele, a watchmaker from Pforzheim, in 1963. The Scheufele family has owned the company ever since and it is internationally renowned for its creations both in haute horlogerie (L.U.C) and haute joaillerie as well as its use of sustainable materials such as Fairmined gold and Lucent steel.
Five interesting facts about Chopard
Chopard has been a partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1998 and makes the famous Palme d’Or gold trophy.
One of Chopard’s signature collections is the Happy Diamonds, launched in 1993, where diamonds move freely across the dial of a watch.
The brand is the sponsor of the famous Mille Miglia classic car race that runs from Brescia to Rome and back again. The brand’s president, Karl-Friederich Scheufele participates in the race each year, as did his father before him.
Famous racing driver Jacky Ickx is a friend of the brand and has a watch collection named after him. Ickx has co-driven the Mille Miglia with Karl-Friedrich Scheufele on a number of occasions too.
Famous people spotted wearing Chopard include Rihanna, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Colin Firth, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, Ivanka Trump, Kendall Jenner, Victoria Beckham, and Andy MacDowell.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1860 Company status: Independent family company Senior Management:
– Caroline Scheufele, Co-President
– Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President Number of employees: Almost 2,000 Flagship collections:
– Happy Hearts
– Happy Sport
– Ice Cube
– Mille Miglia Bestsellers:
– Happy Sport 30 mm
– Mille Miglia Classic Chronograph
– Alpine Eagle Small Retail prices in USD: From average price USD 4,000 (jewellery) and from USD 5,260 (watches) to several million USD for unique models (on request) Annual production:
– Watches: 75,000 pieces
– Jewellery: 75,000 pieces