In 2010 Chopard completely redesigned their Imperiale Collection, then celebrating its 20th birthday. Two years ago they released an all-black version called, of course, the Imperiale Chonograph All Black, and it is today’s watch.
Made from DLC-coated stainless steel, this 40mm watch contains an automatic movement with 28,800 VPH and a power reserve of 42-hours. Thickness is 10.9mm.
What makes this all-black ‘less black’ is that the surface of the dial, which has a deocrative touch that is visible (and kind of shimmers) only at certain angles. This decoration is meant to be a nod to royal (imperiale) embroidered cushions…This ‘imperial’ theme is extended into the open-worked hands, which are designed to resemble regal tapered daggers, and Chopard states that the lug shape is meant to reflect the design of architectural columns. The crown resembles a lotus and is set with an onyx.
Those who like the background of date windows to be the same colour as the dial will no doubt be pleased with this detail here.
Like the case, the bracelet of the Imperiale Chrono All Black is DLCd steel. Which makes it very shiny. There is also a version of this watch with a rubber strap, so for those who want it a little less so.
Who is this watch for? Well this watch is very much about its looks; the DLC, the decorative details on the dial. If you like a bit of diamond in your life, it is also available in a diamond bezel version.
Ausralian RRP is $14,330.