By Natalie Ball


Chopard’s Co-president and Artistic Director, Caroline Scheufele, offers a glimpse of the first pieces in this year’s Red Carpet collection that will encompass 72 exceptional creations, that will grace the red carpet of Cannes International Film Festival 2019 – for which Chopard has been an official partner since 1998.

Chopard Making of Red Carpet Collection (5)
Chopard Making of Red Carpet Collection (1)
Chopard Making of Red Carpet Collection (2)

From the initial idea through to its fulfilment within the Chopard Haute Joaillerie workshops, the dazzling Red Carpet Collection dons its luminous apparel, driven by the expertise and talent of its Mains d’Art.

Firstly, a jewellery set composed of a necklace, a ring and a pair of earrings: splendid heart-cut tanzanites, Paraiba tourmalines, amethysts and diamonds meet and mingle inside light and airy circles made of 18-carat white gold and titanium. The necklace alone required no less than 14 weeks of work, testifying to the quintessential jewellery-making excellence embodied by the Maison. It offers a spectacular foretaste of some strong symbols inherent to this year’s Red Carpet Collection: the radiant heart cut as well as the dazzling coloured stones that will all be hallmarks of a collection exploring the many facets of LOVE.

Another highlight is a set composed of a ring and pair of earrings shaped like astonishingly lifelike orchids. Vividly expressing the creative and technical brilliance cultivated by the Maison, these flowers achieve immortality as if a single spell had transformed them into jewellery. A gold stem and buds are adorned with patiently set tsavorites. And because love is a game of seduction even in nature, these orchids attract foraging insects by means of their labella bearing white opals radiating the spectacular pinkish shimmer of tinted titanium. The petals on the earrings are entirely paved with diamonds, amethysts and garnets, while those of the ring are delicately coated with a fine layer of white ceramic – representing both an innovation and a technical feat.

Chopard red carpet collection
Chopard red carpet collection
Chopard red carpet collection

Finally, because nothing is more precious than time for those capable of loving, Chopard exalts the passing hours through two jewellery watches. On a wide, finely wrought bracelet set with 60 carats of diamonds forming a sculptural lacework pattern, the watch dial – itself set with eight marquise-cut diamonds arranged like a windrose against a mother-of-pearl backdrop – is framed by two precious coloured stones. On one version, these are two 3-carat Mozambique rubies; while the second bears two beautiful 4.2-carat fancy light yellow diamonds. These jewellery watches will grace the wrists of actresses having travelled to the Riviera to await the countdown to the Cannes Festival closing ceremony and its much-anticipated verdict.

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