MADE CIRCA: 1980
MATERIAL: 18ct Yellow Gold
CASE DIAMETER: 28mm
In 1860 the Swiss watchmaker Louis-Ulysse Chopard began producing his own timepieces in his home town of Sonvilier, Switzerland. Typically, watchmakers of the day would produce movements to be sold on to companies who would design the case. Chopard was unusual in that he marketed not only the movement but the cases within which they they were housed, selling watches as his own unique creations that led his company to be supplier to members of high society such as Tsar Nicholas II.
Upon the death of Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1915, the company was handed down to his son Paul-Louis and grandson Paul-André. They relocated to Geneva which enabled them to sign the movements with the Geneva Seal; a mark only applied to watch movements made in the Canton of Geneva. This is a sign of high-quality and, that each movement was hand made by qualified Genevoise craftsman from the City or Canton of Geneva.
Chopard was sold to Karl Scheufele III, a German goldsmith and watchmaker from Pforzheim in 1963 upon the death of Paul-André Chopard.
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