Palme d'Or Steps Still Life

At the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or is awarded to the winner of the Best Film category every year.

Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, redesigned the prestigious trophy in 1998 – a delicately curved 18ct gold stem with a small heart at its base, reminiscent of the symbol of the firm. The stem is adorned with leaves appearing to have been caught in mid-motion and it rests on a crystal cushion shaped like an emerald-cut diamond. This precious detail makes each Palme d’Or unique, for Mother Nature never creates two identical crystals…

The 2012 Palme d'Or white

In 2000, the symbolic object was joined by two additional Palmes, identical replicas of the Palme d’Or only smaller. They are presented every year to the Best Actress and Best Actor staring in a competing movie. In 2011, the Palme d’Honneur, previously awarded sporadically, has become a yearly tradition. This sister to the Palme d’Or, mounted on a smoked crystal, is from then on awarded every year at the beginning of the Festival to an important director never before honoured in Cannes. All these trophies are hand crafted every year in the workshops of Chopard by its craftsmen. Please enjoy those beautiful photos of the making of the Palme d’Or.

LoL, Sandra

2 Palme d'Or Wax SculptingWax Sculpting Step 1

4 Palme d'Or Wax SculptingWax Sculpting Step 2

9 Palme d'Or Opening Of The MouldOpening of the Mould

10 Palme d'Or Lost Wax Investment Casting Step 1Investment Casting Step 1

11 Palme d'Or Lost Wax Investment Casting Step 2Investment Casting Step 2

12  Palme d'Or Lost Wax Investment Casting Step 3Investment Casting Step 3

13 Palme d'Or Gold CastingPalme d’Or Casting

14 Palme D'Or Cleaning Cleaning

16 Palme d'Or Flame PolishingFlame Polishing

19 Palme d'Or Second CleaningSecond Cleaning

23 Palme d'Or Setting On CrystalSetting on Crystal

24 Palme d'Or Setting On CrystalPhotos: Courtesy of Chopard