Today's offering showcases this elegant diamond Chopard La Strada owned and worn by the "King of Pop", Michael Jackson. According to his personal assistant and biographer Frank Cascio, Michael handpicked the watch.
It features original brilliant Chopard factory set diamonds that have the white sparkling fire one would expect from perfect Chopard set diamonds.
Chopard states about the La Strada, "As a tribute to Federico Fellini's legendary film, the La Strada watch...communicates great sensuality. With a subtly bulging shape, enhanced by a voluptuous bracelet and a (gray)-toned dial, this watch reflects the spontaneous generosity of the Italian cinema."
While not burdensomely heavy, it is a watch that feels very substantial. If you are looking for a watch that really makes a statement, this is it.
Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. The "King of Pop", he is the most awarded artist in the history of popular music. Michael is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 350 million records worldwide.
His sound and style have influenced artists across many genres, and his contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his highly-publicized personal life and early rise to fame made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.
He received 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend and Grammy Lifetime Achievement awards, 6 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records, including the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time". His wide-ranging musical and dance talent earned him inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Dance Hall of Fame (the only recording artist to be inducted), and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes.
He created many beloved and often chart-topping hits like "Beat it", "Say, Say, Say", "Billie Jean", "I'll be there", "Rock with You", "Man in the Mirror", "ABC", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Black or White", "Bad" from inconic best-selling albums like "Thriller" (the best-selling album in the world in history), "Bad", and "Dangerous".
His Chopard remains at excellent condition levels with mild wear. It is the large size model from the line.
We have installed the same new Swiss battery in it that came with it from the Chopard factory making it ready for immediate enjoyment - other than that we have left it the exact same state we acquired it in.
Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its proper functioning.
It is accompanied by its original boxes, a letter of authenticity signed by Michael's personal assistant and biographer Frank Cascio stating that the watch was personally handpicked by Michael and was his personal property that he owned and wore, and a copy of Mr. Cascio's book My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man.
This is an opportunity to own an almost mint condition example of a watch that originally sold new for well over $10,000 by itself with no cultural icon provenance.
Retail price: Discontinued - last known retail price in c. the 2000's: $12,520.00 + tax USD
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to have an impeccably documented watch personally owned and worn by The King of Pop himself. Our new Celebrity Collection:
I'm excited to have recently launched a new collection that is composed of 41 watches owned by 22 iconic celebrities. It may be the largest current collection of celebrity-owned watches in the world. It will be constantly changing and is currently headlined by watches and clocks owned by some of the most legendary Hollywood actors and actresses, musicians, comedians, and entertainers:
- The King, Elvis Presley.
- The King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
- The King of Comedy, Jerry Lewis.
- Hollywood icons Steve Martin, Burt Reynolds, Olivia Newton-John, Bob Hope, and Mickey Rooney.
- Legendary musicians Johnny Cash, Frank and Nancy Sinatra, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, and Hank Williams, Jr.
- Further filling the current collection are watches from King Edward VIII and the Duchess of Windsor, beloved Hollywood host Ed Sullivan, heavyweight boxing champion Jack Dempsey, Academy award-winning actresses Loretta Young and Doris Day, Emmy award-winning actress Valerie Harper, and fashion designer to the stars Nolan Miller.
- It also includes rare watches given by heads of state: A prototype 18K gold Buren Microrotor gifted by His Royal Majesty Ibn Saud, former King of Saudi Arabia; a Felsa given by former Libyan Colonel and Head of State Muammar Al Qathafi; and a Longines given by Highness Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa former Prime Minister of the State of Bahrain. All three watches are new-old-stock in presentation shadow box frames with photos.
Recently sold was a watch given a handful of years after the Civil War concluded by the Vice President Elect to honor an Army commander who went on to receive the Medal of Honor.
This is a significant, exciting, and constantly changing new collection you won't want to miss! Stay tuned over the coming weeks for photos of other special pieces from the collection!
To view the first few already up for sale follow this link: https://shop.connoisseuroftime.com/collections/our-celebrity-owned-historical-event-watches?page=1&sort_by=created-descending
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: La Strada, Ref. 41/8415 8357
Year built: c. 2000's
Serial no.: 846,331
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Case material: Stainless steel
Case condition: Presents as just short of mint - it has been left just as we acquired it.
Dimensions: 23.5mm diameter (excluding crown) by 35mm long
Dial: Gray, signed Chopard, steel Roman indices, mint condition. Note that the glareproof coating on the crystal adds some bluish tint at certain angles.
Hands: Original, steel "epees"
Movement type: Chopard Swiss quartz
Band: Original integrated steel La Strada bracelet, can fit a wrist up to approx. 7.5 inches, adjustable by removing or adding links, presents as just short of mint condition
Crystal: Sapphire, mint condition
Servicing: We have installed the same new Swiss battery in it that came with it from the Chopard factory making it ready for immediate enjoyment - other than that we have left it the exact same state we acquired it in.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email email@example.com for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Original Chopard boxes; PAPERS - A copy of a signed letter about the watch from Franck Cascio, a copy of Mr. Cascio's book My Friend Michael: An Ordinary Friendship with an Extraordinary Man
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within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
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