Founded in 1860 in Switzerland, Chopard is famous the world over for its exquisite collection of fine jewelry and luxury watches. Chopard is one of the few remaining independently-operated watch and jewelry houses, owned by the Scheufele family, who purchased it from the Chopard family in the 1960s. Thanks to their impeccable quality and incredible designs, Chopard watches and jewelry have been favored by royalty and celebrities for well over a century. Chopard’s creations are a staple on glamorous red carpets, enjoyed by both men and women.
Today, Chopard has three facilities across Switzerland, which includes the Chopard Manufacture (the main production facility for the L.U.C watch collection), the Fleurier Ebauches (where the movements for Mille Miglia, Classic Racing, and the ladies’ Chopard watch collections are made), and the headquarters in Geneva (home to high jewelry production and an in-house foundry to smelt the company’s own gold).
It’s clear that Chopard takes its watchmaking arm very seriously and Chopard’s men’s watches are particularly notable. Here are three of the best Chopard men’s watches not to miss, especially if you are a fan of rose gold timepieces.
Chopard Mille Miglia GMT Chronograph
Co-President of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, is passionate about auto racing. As such, a good portion of Chopard’s men’s watches is dedicated to the adrenaline-fueled world of motorsports. Take for example the famed Chopard Mille Miglia watch collection, made in honor of the iconic Italian open-road motorsport endurance race that ran from 1927 to 1957. In 1977, the Mille Miglia was reborn as a rally for classic and vintage cars and today the 1000 Miglia is often referred to as “the most beautiful car race in the world.”
The Chopard Mille Miglia watch collection made its debut in 1988 and the company continues to make this popular sporty and retro-inspired lineup until today. This particular example, the Chopard Mille Miglia GMT Chronograph in 18k rose gold is a limited edition model (250 pieces) that brings together two fantastic watch complications: the chronograph and the GMT.
The watch sports a 42mm case, furnished with two chronograph pushers flanking the winding crown. The red-tipped central chronograph hand sweeps around the dial when activated to point to a tachymeter scale on the dial. What’s more, the rose gold case is topped with an engraved 24-hour marked rose gold bezel to use in conjunction with the 24-hour hand on the dial to indicate a second time zone. The black dial is also home to a trio of subdials for the chronograph functions, as well as a date window at 3 o’clock. Finished with a black leather strap, this 18k rose gold automatic Mille Miglia chronograph GMT is one of the best looking Chopard men’s watches available in our pre-owned luxury watch collection right now.
Chopard L.U.C Quattro
Named in honor of founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard, the L.U.C collection is home to the finest Chopard men’s watches, designed and manufactured in-house at the Maison’s Geneva and Fleurier workshops and often featuring the coveted Geneva seal.
This Chopard L.U.C Quattro in 18k rose gold is a handsome dress watch well suited for more formal attire. The 43mm rose gold case houses a distinctive brown dial with a sunray satin-brushed motif, punctuated with rose gold Roman numerals and rose gold hands. On the upper portion of the dial is the power reserve indicator while on the bottom is a subdial with both the date display and the running seconds.
The Chopard L.U.C Quattro runs on the in-house Caliber L.U.C 98.01-L mechanical movement, which is the world’s first manually-wound movement comprised of four barrels–hence the “Quattro” name. Those two sets of two stacked barrels supply the Chopard L.U.C Quattro with an impressive nine-day (216 hours) of power reserve. The beautifully crafted, intricately decorated, and technically impressive Chopard movement, complete with the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, can be admired through the sapphire caseback.
Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One
Chopard’s first world timer watch, the L.U.C Time Traveler One collection was introduced in 2016 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its Fleurier manufacture. A true world timer watch, the Time Traveler One displays the time in all 24 timezones simultaneously via a rotating 24-hour ring.
This particular version is the Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One in 18k rose gold, fitted with a highly legible silver dial and a classic brown alligator strap. The rose gold case measures 42mm in diameter and is equipped with two crowns: a L.U.C crown at two o’clock to adjust local time and date and a globe crown at four o’clock to adjust the city disc. Due to its 24-time zone complication, it’s not hard to see how the Time Traveler One is one of the best Chopard men’s watches for frequent travelers.
Complex to build yet easy to use, powering the Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One is the automatic Caliber 01.05-L with a 60-hour power reserve. The delicately decorated movement featuring Côtes de Genève stripes and chamfered bridges is proudly displayed via the exhibition sapphire caseback.
From sporty to elegant, simple to complicated, Chopard boasts a wide choice of fine men’s watches. If you have not had the pleasure of wearing a Chopard watch yet, discover Gray & Sons collection of pre-owned Chopard watches.