Imperiale Reference 38/3180-21, a yellow gold quartz wristwatch with chronograph and date, Circa 2000

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At the age of 24, Louis-Ulysse Chopard started his company L.U.C. Chopard in Sonviller, Switzerland. Since the brand's inception in 1860, Chopard understood the need for thin and accurate pocket watches to be functional for daily wear. The brand gained world recognition in 1912 after Tsar Nicolas II became a client. Following Louis-Ulysse's death in 1915, his sons Paul-Louis and Paul André took over the business and moved their headquarters to La Chaux-de-Fonds. In 1963, the company was taken over by Karl Scheufele, who remains the brand's owner. Arguably Chopard's most recognizable design, the "Happy" line was inspired by Scheufele's daughter Caroline. In 1996, his son Karl-Friedrich established Chopard as a manufacturer of its own range of in-house movements under the name L.U.C., creating groundbreaking, exquisitely finished watches that have earned the brand worldwide acclaim.

This Imperiale reference 38/3180-21, a yellow gold quartz wristwatch with date, circa 2001, Caliber 1270 quartz movement with 22 jewels, diamond paved dial with ruby indexes. Subsidiary dials for 30-minute and 12-hour registers, constant seconds, aperture for date. 18K yellow gold case with ruby-set bezel. Burgundy red alligator strap with 18K yellow gold pin buckle.

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The watch is in overall good condition. All diamonds are intact. Case is in good condition with surface wear and signs of scratches. Bracelet has signs of stretches, scratches and surface wear throughout commensurate with age. Buckle is in good condition. Dial is in good condition, diamonds are intact. The movement is running at the time of cataloging, however, it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the battery may need replacing at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.



Reference Number



Date, Chronograph



Dial Color(s)

Pavé diamond

Dial Numerals



Caliber 1270

Movement Type


Case Material(s)

Yellow Gold

Case Number


Case Size (mm)


Case Back

Secured by screws

Band Material

Alligator Skin

Dimension Notes

Fits a wrist size of 6.5 inches or smaller.

Clasp Type


Clasp Material(s)

Yellow Gold


Dial, Case

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