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New Chopard Classic Watches

Chopard Classic: Minimalistic Elegance For All Styles

The timepieces in the Chopard Classic collection exude a simple, refined elegance that is well appreciated by many watch enthusiasts. Despite only having limited releases, the Classic collection showcases the sophisticated yet minimalistic craftsmanship that Chopard is known for. 

Chopard’s first timepieces were designed to honor the first era of pocket watches. To do this, Chopard’s artisan watchmakers combined classic elements of older timepieces, including Roman numeral markers and the subtle design of the watch dials. The brand divided the Chopard men’s watches into two lines to distinguish the different calibers housed in each model. 

The Chopard Classic Manufacture and the similarly titled Chopard Classic are known to be the first lines launched for the Classic collection. Some of the later releases that also catered to the ladies included date indicators. With this, the ongoing trend of minimalistic watches goes on, thanks to Chopard’s famous designs.

Prices at a Glance: Most Popular Chopard Classic Watches

Model

Price (approx.)

Size

Features

Chopard Herre Classic Manufacture 161289-1001

$10,249 USD

38mm

• White gold case

• Glareproof scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

• Skeleton case back

• White dial

• Automatic

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Gent Classic 161278-5005

$7,149 USD

40mm

• Rose gold case

• Glareproof scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

• Solid case back

• White dial

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• Automatic

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic 171278-5004

$14,149 USD

40mm

• Rose gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Date indicator

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• Automatic

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic Rose Gold 139414-5001

$15,399 USD

28-30mm (approx.)

• Rose gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• Rose gold-toned watch hands

• Diamond markers

• Bezel embedded with diamonds

• Automatic

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic Quartz 137387-1201

$6,399 USD

28 mm

• White gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Bezel embedded with diamonds

• Solid caseback

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic Quartz 127387-5201

$3,239 USD

28mm

• Rose gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Lady’s Classic Watch 134200-5001

$12,559 USD

33.5mm

• Rose gold case

• Glareproof scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

• White mother-of-pearl dial

• Date indicator

• Bezel embedded with diamonds

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Lady’s Classic Watch 137387-5201

$6,469 USD

28-30mm (approx.)

• Rose gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Bezel embedded with diamonds

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic Manual-winding 163154-5201

$3,489 USD

36mm

• Rose gold case

• Sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• 30 m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

Chopard Classic Quartz 127387-0201

$3,239 USD

28mm

• Yellow gold case

• Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Yellow gold-toned markers and watch hands

• 30m water resistance

• Green alligator leather band

Chopard Classic 124200-5001

$6,499 USD

33.5mm

• Rose gold case

• Glareproof scratch-resistant sapphire crystal

• White dial

• Date indicator on 6 o’clock marker

• Rose gold-toned markers and watch hands

• Automatic

• 30m water resistance

• Alligator leather band

 

How much does a Chopard Classic watch cost? 

Watches from the Chopard Classic collection are currently not easy to come by in most watch stores. Since the designs were inspired by the earliest Chopard pocket watches, the collection mainly offers timepieces with white dials contrasting the darker color of Roman numeral markers. 

Fortunately, interested buyers can still find models like the Chopard Herre Classic Manufacture 161289-1001 on different online watch shops. Watch enthusiasts look forward to owning a Classic Manufacture piece because of the exclusive in-house movement it houses. These pieces also come complete with a white gold case and a convenient date indicator near the 3 o’clock marker. You can get yourself one of these watches for just $10,249 USD.

A more lavish men’s watch is the Chopard Classic 171278-5004. Measuring 40mm, this piece comprises a rose gold case and bezel embedded with 18ct diamonds. Interested buyers can find postings of this piece that costs around $14,149 USD. As an added function, a date indicator is positioned above the 6 o’clock marker.

Another Chopard men’s watch in the collection is the Chopard Gent Classic 161278-5005 that comes in an elegant rose gold case. With its 40mm size, the timepiece’s elegant features come with an approximate price tag of $7,149 USD. Like most of the models in the Classic collection, the Gent Classic offers a date indicator on top of the 6 o’clock marker.

Chopard also offers an array of watches for the ladies, such as the Chopard Lady’s Classic Watch 134200-5001. This piece is adorned with a beautiful mother-of-pearl dial, diamond-embedded bezel, and costs around $12,559 USD. It also offers a blend of comfort and extravagance to its wearer thanks to its 33.5mm sized rose gold case.

The Chopard Classic Quartz 127387-5201 is the best-selling piece for fans of traditional Chopard watchmaking. With an approximate price tag of $3,239 USD, the Classic Quartz comes in a versatile 28mm size that makes it the perfect wristwatch for both men and women. The model’s design also features the 18ct rose gold case and alligator leather band that fits almost any occasion.

Is it wise to invest in a vintage Chopard Classic watch?

Almost all the timepieces from the Chopard Classic collection are considered vintage since the conclusion of its production. The Chopard women’s watches from the collection are especially ideal for investment, in particular the pieces embedded with 18ct diamonds on the bezels. Additionally, most of the cases come in sturdy gold cases with tones of yellow, rose, or white.

If you’re more interested in purchasing Chopard men’s watches from the collection, it’s best to look for Chopard Classic Manufacture models. Most collectors value the unique in-house movement found inside the watch collection’s Manufacture line. Chopard’s watchmakers also added more exclusively produced parts in the Classic collection to accomplish their aim of recreating the company’s traditional pocket watches.

Chopard Classic Collection: History and Design Details 

Despite being born into a farming family, Louis-Ulysse Chopard struck out on his own and made his mark in Swiss watchmaking at the age of 24. One of his notable breakthroughs came from his success in exporting some of his best works to the illustrious court of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. From then on, Chopard gained an immense reputation for producing timepieces known for reliability and accuracy. 

In the 19th Century, Chopard became a household name in the Swiss watchmaking industry. The renowned watchmaker also struck gold when he was deemed the official watch provider for the Tir Fédéral and the Swiss Railway Company. Thanks to his deals with Scandinavian retailers, Chopard finally made his way to the international watchmaking market. After Louis-Ulysse Chopard's passing, his son, Paul-André Chopard took over the family business during World War 2 in 1943.

Due to the struggles following World War II, Paul-André Chopard decided to strike a deal with German goldsmith and watchmaker Karl Scheufele III. Since then, the Scheufele family took over as custodians of the Chopard brand. They then managed to save the Swiss company from near-ruin and establish a more successful enterprise.

To honor Chopard’s early line of pocket watches, the company launched the Chopard Classic collection. Its first timepieces were made with the goal of restoring and improving the brand’s traditional craftsmanship. Each piece showcases the simplicity of pocket watches adorned with white dials contrasting the black Roman numeral markers.

In hopes of attracting more watch enthusiasts, Chopard’s artisan watchmakers divided the Chopard men’s watches from the collection into two lines, the Chopard Classic and the Chopard Classic Manufacture. The difference between the two divisions lies in the automatic movement housed inside the watches. Pieces from the Chopard Classic hold the brand’s traditional caliber, while the Classic Manufacture is equipped with an in-house movement exclusively produced in Fleurier. 

To accommodate female customers, Chopard added the elegant Lady’s Watch and the Rose Gold models to the Classic collection. Most of the watches from both models come with bezels embedded with 18-carat diamonds. Additionally, some of the timepieces feature more extravagant options with mother-of-pearl dials or 18ct diamond markers.

Why Should You Buy from the Chopard Classic collection?

There are several reasons why you shouldn’t back out on tempting offers on Chopard Classic watches. Here a few reasons why you should buy one:

1. The unique Chopard men’s watches

Not all watch collections offer versatile designs for men’s watches. Fortunately, the Chopard Classic features designs available for both men and women despite being mainly categorized under men’s watches.

2. The prestige of owning a rare Chopard timepiece

Since Chopard halted the production of more Classic timepieces, you can rarely find the collection’s watches in regular watch shops. Grabbing the chance to own one makes it a great long-time investment.

3. All-around sophisticated design

The Chopard Classic collection was made to feature the craftsmanship of the company’s first pocket watches. Because of this, the minimalist design of Classic watches makes them the best accessory to complete almost any outfit.

Final Thoughts on the Chopard Classic Collection

Chopard garnered a large following for producing some of the finest minimalist watches. Aside from being rarely found in your neighborhood watch shop, the Chopard Classic collection offered an array of timeless pieces that showcase the company’s tradition and innovation. The ongoing appeal of the collection lies in its minimalistic appearance that was based on the earliest Chopard pocket watches. Despite being a discontinued collection, the Chopard Classic continues to gain fame for its versatile and reliable features. Plus, the dark-colored alligator leather bands go well with almost any style or occasion.

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