Chopard Imperiale Chronograph 40mm DLC Blackened Stainless Steel Watch (388549-3007): Review


9.8 Price
10 Power Source
10 Design
10 Functionality
9.8 Overall Quality

Chopard is a Swiss watchmaker founded by Louis-Ulysse Chopard in 1860 in Sonvilier, Switzerland. While they were originally known for their ladies watches and pocket watches, Chopard has established itself over its 157 year history as a high end, luxury jeweler with wristwatches of the best quality and incredible designing chops.

The brand underwent a positive change in 1963, when the company was sold to a watchmaker from Germany — Karl Scheufele — with the strong influence of two amazing watchmaking countries, Chopard has a unique look, quality, and air about it that makes its timepieces a wonderfully exclusive choice for the wealthy.

Brand: Chopard
Type: Imperiale Chrono 40mm Watch (DLC Blackened Stainless Steel)
Model: 388549-3007
Purchase Link:


It is definitely time to feature a Chopard luxury timepiece in our extensive list of the best high end timepieces on Earth. With that in mind, we took a look at the Swiss watchmaker’s latest models with hungry eyes — and we came across the men’s Imperial Chrono 40mm DLC Blackened Stainless Steel timepiece.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 40mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Movement: Self-Winding Mechanical / Automatic
  • Jewels: 37
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Dial Hands: Skeleton
  • Subdials: (3) 60 second, 30 minute, 12 hour
  • Case Material: Black DLC Finished Stainless Steel
  • Case Back: Solid
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Bezel Material: DLC Finished Stainless Steel
  • Band Type: Strap
  • Band Material: Black Rubber (Imperiale)
  • Band Color: Black
  • Buckle: Stainless Steel Pin Buckle
  • Functions and Features: Roman Numeral, Hour, Minute, Independent Seconds Counter, Date Display, Automatic Mechanical Movement, DLC Stainless Steel Finish, Indexes, Push Buttons, Chronograph, 30-minute counter, 12-hour counter
  • Power Reserve: 48 hours
  • Water Resistance: 50 meters (165 feet)

Power Source

This Chopard features a Swiss made, self-winding mechanical movement, complete with 37 jewels. It has a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and the oscillating weight is heavy metal.

This movement powers the main three dial hands (hour, minute, and second); the chronograph feature, the calendar date window, and three subdials that call the black dial home. With a 48 hour power reserve, this watch can go two days without being worn and keep precise time.

The Good

This Chopard is a glamorous timepiece that really makes a statement regardless of how and where you wear it. With a dynamic look, a mysterious design, and a contemporary set of features and materials, the Imperiale Chronograph is just about perfect in every way.

The DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish of the stainless steel case is something that really sets this watch apart. See “The Highlights” section below for information on this process. The DLC finish offers a dark and durable look to the 40mm case and with a black rubber strap that is distinctively Chopard, this luxury watch is stunning.

The dial features a monochrome aesthetic with dark tones — this design serves this watch very well and allows it to shine in its own way.

The reverse of the case features a brushed DLC finish stainless steel case backing with “Imperiale” engraved into it. Around the rim of the back case are 8 stainless steel screws that secure the case directly, which is very different from screw-down backings.

The strap connects to the case in a way that is reminiscent of a pocket watch, which is where Chopard found its start originally, in the mid-1800s.

The range of features displayed behind the scratch resistant Sapphire crystal is impressive and each function is easy to view but still blends in to the monochrome dial design that is both mysterious and contemporary in nature.

The Bad

Taking into consideration all of the materials used, the price, and the quality of this timepiece, there are no negative aspects of this model to speak of.


This Chopard Imperiale All Black men’s watch is stunning in design and in its functionality. Featuring a Swiss made automatic/self-winding mechanical movement, this Imperiale has all of the power it needs to keep regular time, work the chronograph feature, keep track of the date, and work the three subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.

From a mechanically functional standpoint, Chopard does an excellent job in power this timepiece. As far as the functionality of the exterior case and materials, this Swiss watch also passes the test. The strap is made from a black rubber (Imperiale), which is comfortable to wear, can withstand the elements well, is smooth in texture, and looks like a patent leather.

With a high quality scratch resistant Sapphire crystal protecting the beautiful dial and a solid backing, the Chopard can offer a 50 meter / 165 foot water resistance, which is respectable for a timepiece that is intended as a dress piece or luxury casual watch.

The case is also well protected — made from stainless steel, the DLC finish offers additional quality, reliability, durability, and resistance against damage.

The Highlights

Inexpensive watches sometimes use ion-plating (IP) to color stainless steel to give a watch a good look. Better quality timepieces will use Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating which vaporizes metals and binds them to the surface of stainless steel — in layers — in a heated vacuum, for an amazing look.

However, Chopard is luxury and uses a Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) finish on their stainless steel construction metal (on the case, bezel, and metal bracelets). DLC is a different process than PVD coating and offers a much better quality finish to the watch’s metal. Rather than spraying on a number of metals, DLC uses a form of carbon. Once carbon is blasted onto the surface, it is cooled very quickly — it is similar to the way synthetic diamonds are created.

Chopard’s DLC finish makes this watch more resistant to the elements and scratching and makes it more durable and in our opinion, more beautiful.

The stunning DLC finish on the solid stainless steel is much higher quality than PVD coating that some luxury brands use to color their stainless steel. This method of protecting the steel of the watch case is a certain plus in this Imperiale.

In addition to the chronograph and date features, this automatic timepiece has one of the most brilliant dial designs we have seen in some time. The black dial features Roman Numerals and indexes alike that complement the features quite well. The calendar date is located between the 4 and 5 o’clock position and displays an Arabic numeral with the day of the month.

The three subdials are the stars of the show. Located at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, these subdials offer 60-second, 12-hour, and 30-minute counters in addition to the three-hand main analog display. The hour and minute hands are skeletonized and the second hand thins to a fine point. Each subdial uses Arabic numerals and stick markings as indicators.

To finish off the overall design, the main dial is scratch resistant Sapphire and offers an incredible look onto the black dial.


This Chopard Imperiale Chrono 40mm men’s timepiece is available only upon request at Chopard’s exclusive online retailer (link below).

The watch itself is actually reasonably priced and this makes it that much more attractive of an option. You can purchase this epitome of class for $9,630.00 from Chopard.


You can purchase it right away at 33% off, unworn and brand new, from the trustworthy Jomashop for $6,452.00.


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