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CHOPARD CELEBRATES THE 2019 BREAKTHROUGH PRIZE
Specially designed jewellery sets will be presented to the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates ahead of gala ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center
Mountain View, California – Silicon Valley’s Breakthrough Prize Foundation recognized the outstanding achievement of individuals in the fields of life sciences, physics and mathematics in a ceremony held at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. The Grand Luxury watch and Jewellery Maison Chopard partnered with the foundation to create special jewellery pieces for the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates, that were presented ahead of the seventh annual “Oscars of Science” event on Sunday. All previous and future Breakthrough Prize laureates, as well as junior researchers honored with the New Horizons Prize, will also receive these symbols of recognition.
All eight of the 2019 Breakthrough Prize laureates, as well as the winner of the 2018 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, were featured at the gala ceremony, which was hosted by acclaimed actor, producer and philanthropist Pierce Brosnan. Chopard, the Artisan of Emotions, marked the occasion by presenting the accomplished men and women of science with exceptional pairs of earrings, cufflinks and pins. Crafted in the Maison’s workshops in ‘Fairmined’-certified 18ct white ethical gold, the array features dancing blue sapphires, yellow sapphires and tsavorites, respectively, for each of the physics, mathematics and life sciences laureates.
The event brought together stars from the world of entertainment and Silicon Valley to celebrate science and scientific achievement. This year’s celebrity guests included musical performers Lionel Richie and G.E.M., and presenters Orlando Bloom, Ron Howard, Thandie Newton, Lupita Nyong’o, Rachel McAdams, Eddie Redmayne, and long-time friend of Chopard, Academy Award winner Julianne Moore, who unveiled the Chopard crafted jewellery sets during the telecast.
For this special evening, Academy Award Winner Julianne Moore sparkled in a pair of earrings featuring 6.12-carats of orange garnets, 3.97-carats of pastel yellow sapphires, 2.22-carats of blue topazes, 2.19-carats of pastel pink sapphires, 2.03-carats of lavender chalcedony cabochons, and .45-carats of tsavorites set in titanium, a bracelet featuring 53.43-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, a ring featuring 41.68-carats of multicolored sapphires set in 18k rose gold, and a flamingo ring featuring an 8.18-carat oval-shaped purple tourmaline and yellow diamonds set in rose gold, all from the “Haute Joaillerie Collection”, along with a bracelet from the “Red Carpet Collection” featuring 74.59-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold.
Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o dazzled in a pair of earrings from the “L’Heure Du Diamant Collection” featuring 7.86-carats of diamonds set in 18k rose gold along with rings from the “Ice Cube Collection” featuring diamonds set in 18k rose Fairmined gold.
Chinese Singer-Songwriter G.E.M. shined on the red carpet in a necklace from the “Green Carpet Collection” featuring 43.11-carats of pear-shaped diamonds set in 18k white Fairmined gold, earrings from the “Precious Chopard Collection” featuring a 5.13-carat pear-shaped diamond, a 5.01-carat pear-shaped diamond and 7.72-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, a ring from the “Haute Joaillerie Collection” featuring a 4.41-carat pear-shaped brilliant-cut diamond and 1.37-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, and three rings from the “Ice Cube Collection” featuring diamonds set in 18k white Fairmined gold.
For her musical performance during the telecast, G.E.M. adorned her look with a necklace featuring 22.98-carats of pear-shaped diamonds, 17.13-carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds and 5.64-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, a pair of earrings featuring a 5.01-carat round brilliant-cut diamond, a 5.00-carat round brilliant-cut diamond, and .79-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold and a ring featuring a 4.41-carat pear-shaped brilliant-cut diamond and 1.37-carats of diamonds set in 18k white gold, all from the “Haute Joaillerie Collection”, along with three rings from the “Ice Cube Collection” featuring diamonds set in 18k white Fairmined gold.
This year, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation awarded a collective total of $22 million for Breakthoughs in Treatment for the Leading Genetic Cause of Infant Death, Super-Resolution Imaging, Discovery of a New Kind of Electronic Material and other major achievements.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Awarded to C. Frank Bennett and Adrian R. Krainer, Angelika Amon, Xiaowei Zhuang, and Zhijian “James” Chen.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Charles Kane and Eugene Mele.
2019 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Awarded to Vincent Lafforgue.
Six “New Horizons” Prizes Worth $600,000 Awarded for Early-Career Achievement in Physics and Math.
Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded to Jocelyn Bell Burnell.
The Breakthrough Prizes are sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Ma Huateng, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki. Selection Committees composed of previous Breakthrough Prize laureates in each field choose the winners.
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Chopard – the Artisan of Emotions since 1860
Since its founding in 1860, Chopard has perpetuated a heritage of artisanal skills and traditional crafts by shaping contemporary creations synonymous with emotions. Guided by a resolutely positive vision of life, the Maison celebrates the precious moments of accomplished men and women around the world for whom watches and jewelry are a perpetual extension of their own joie de vivre.
In line with its vision, Chopard acts through the prism of three central elements: craftsmanship, ensured by the work of passionate Artisans who are experts in their respective fields; abundant and generous creativity, that enables each and every individual to find the precious objects most attuned to their own nature; and finally, ethics. Strongly involved in the strategic choices of the Maison, the Scheufele family believes that grand contemporary luxury must necessarily be ethical and responsible. It was for this reason that in 2013 Caroline and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, co-presidents, launched the Journey to Sustainable Luxury, leading in 2018 to the Maison’s announcement to commit to using 100% ethical gold in producing its watches and jewellery creations.
Today, the family Maison employs more than 2,000 people worldwide. It is independent and highly vertically integrated, controlling the entire process from design to distribution through 15 subsidiaries, 1,200 points of sale and more than 160 dedicated boutiques.
Over 50 different crafts are practised in three manufacturing sites with a strong emphasis on in-house training and transmission. Chopard’s expertise in Fine Watchmaking is acknowledged in the L.U.C collection, a line of exceptional timepieces crafted for contemporary gentlemen. The company is highly recognized for Haute Joaillerie creations such as its Red Carpet Collection, Green Carpet Collection and the exceptional Garden of Kalahari Collection. Chopard has also built its reputation on iconic collections of watch and jewellery like “Happy Diamonds,” “Happy Sport” and “Mille Miglia.”
About the Breakthrough Prize
For the seventh year, the Breakthrough Prizes will recognize the world’s top scientists. Each prize is $3 million and presented in the fields of Life Sciences (up to four per year), Fundamental Physics (one per year) and Mathematics (one per year). In addition, up to three New Horizons in Physics and up to three New Horizons in Mathematics Prizes are given out to junior researchers each year. Laureates attend a live televised award ceremony designed to celebrate their achievements and inspire the next generation of scientists. As part of the ceremony schedule, they also engage in a program of lectures and discussions.