Manufacturer of jewelry, Swiss time-pieces and other such accessories, Charriol without doubt is the epitome of grace and elegance. It unravels the enigma of today’s fashion and lifestyle and makes such fine designs that are trendsetting but not overpowering.
It has a monopoly in the production of good quality wristwatches all over the world. It now has a wider range of products under it like leather goods, writing instruments and eye wear. Its present distributors include 3,200 retailers. The Charriol has patent rights worldwide over the use of gold cable or steel cable as a decorative motif.
It was founded in 1983 in Hong Kong by Philippe Charriol who was a French artist and entrepreneur. His classic designs maintain a balance of sobriety and liveliness. Later on, it shifted its headquarters to Geneva. This brand earned instant acclaim throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Its toughest competitors in today’s market are Rolex, Chopard, Cartier and David Yurman.
History of Charriol Jewelry
Though Philippe Charriol’s collection has a Victorian touch, the inspiration for the invention of Charriol jewelry was the Celtic culture. Philippe Charriol was an ardent devotee of the Celtic culture, the glimpses of which can be seen in his designs as well. Mr. Philippe Charriol deeply believed in ‘L’ art de vivre la difference’ which translated as ‘the art of living the difference’. After the success of his Celtic inspired collection, he brought out a range of writing instruments and leather goods in the market in 1989.
It continued to expand throughout the United States and China in 1984 and 1985 and in 1999; the brand changed its name from Philippe Charriol to just Charriol. In 1994, the company opened its quarters in La Jolla, Calif. In 2007, Charriol came up with the Celtic Classique collection and Celtic Noir collection which was executed in yellow and white and black and white respectively. Because of which Charriol rings, necklaces and earrings have a rich earthy look and an exclusive colour scheme of deep rich yellow and nutty bronze.
The Celtic Noir collection is a dramatic contrast between traditional and modern resources. It features bold, graphic pieces that take his collection to an entirely new level. The company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009 and in the same year entered into the fragrance market with its debut product Pour Femme Eau de Toilette for women and Charriol Pour Homme for men. Initially, the fragrance was released in Asia and Middle East.
Pour Femme is said to have the fragrance of passion fruit, Calabrese bergamot, teak wood, musk, freesia and datura. Whereas Pour Homme is composed of the fragrance of marigolds, lavender, fresh fern, cedar, amber and Tuscany lemon with green leaves. His jewelry is popular because his aesthetic designs give a contemporary yet sporty look.
Philippe Charriol worked like an alchemist to make these unique styles of jewelry. His designs are both enduring and wearable. One can easily say that Charriol jewelry which is executed in rich, bronze coloured stainless steel with 18 k yellow gold and diamond has a rich look that could fit a Byzantine princess.
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