Louis-Ulysse Chopard was a Swiss watchmaker and founder of Chopard watches. He was the son of Félicien Chopard, who was a farmer who encouraged all of his children to learn the trade of watchmaking. When he was very young, Louis-Ulysse learned quickly that it was the watch dealers who were turning the highest profits. Every spring, he would watch the dealers pick up the movements, fit the pieces together, case up and market the watches. It was with this in mind that Louis-Ulysse created his own brand in 1860 when he was only 24 years old. That brand was L.U.C. Manufacturing in Sonvilier, Switzerland.
Chopard never mass-produced his watches, but a combination of form and function soon won over an ever-growing number of customers. Chopard recognized the importance of the international market as the future of his brand, so he set off on a journey to Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Russia to expand his base. In 1912 he gathered his finest pieces and made his way to Poland, The Netherlands and Hungary. On this trip one of his pieces was purchased by Nicolas II, cementing Chopard’s reputation internationally.
These days Chopard is involved in many areas outside of watch manufacture. In July, José Carreras et Karl Scheufele joined forces to fight leukaemia by creating a limited edition which would run for successive years, and whose profits would go to the José Carreras Foundation for the fight against leukaemia. In 1998 Chopard became the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. Chopard has also enjoyed a long relationship with the Monaco Grand Prix. Between their production hibs in Geneva, Pforzheim and Fleurier, Chopard employs over 700 people worldwide and continues to be a creative force in the world of watchmaking.
A Chopard watch is much like an automobile in that proper cleaning and maintenance will help to ensure a higher value down the road. Watches have a ton of moving parts, and if one of those parts is off by even a fraction of a degree, the entire mechanism will suffer. Make sure to take your Chopard in for a “tune-up” every four years or so to make sure all the bits and pieces inside the case of the watch are moving as they should. Regular cleanings can also have a dramatic effect on a watch’s value. A clean, polished bracelet and a well-functioning clasp can mean a world of difference when our team of evaluators is determining the final value of your Chopard watch. Make sure to hold on to your original box and paperwork as well. Not only does it add to the watch’s overall value, it helps our evaluator’s to establish the legitimacy of your Chopard.
With Pawngo, loaning against your Chopard is as easy as filling out our simple application. Our team of evaluators are all GIA graduate gemologists and have decades of experience in the field. Once you fill out your application, our evaluators will send you an initial offer based on your description. Once you accept that offer, you’ll receive a prepaid FedEx shipping label. After your Chopard is received at Pawngo’s secure facility, we will run a thorough evaluation and send you out your final offer. Once that offer is accepted, we fund your bank account directly! It’s as simple as that. All you need to do is click the button above to
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