10 Photos - May 5, 2012
Photo: The 2012 Palme d’OrPhoto: The Palme d'Or 2012Photo: Caroline Scheufele, Chopard’s Co-President, redesigned the Palme d'Or in 1998.Photo: The Palme d’Or is first modelled into a wax prototype.Photo: The wax prototype is then being plaster-moulded and cast.Photo: Chopard is one of the rare companies to have its own in-house gold foundry.Photo: Once the Palme d’Or has been cast in gold, the sculptor “cleans” it.Photo: The Palme d’Or then goes through flame polishing, in order to smooth the surface out.Photo: The final polish stage requires patience and precision to avoid altering the size, geometry or aesthetics of the Palme d’Or.Photo: The final touch: the Palme d’Or is set on a crystal cushion shaped like an emerald-cut diamond.