Chopard Happy Sport Joaillerie
The Chopard Happy Sport Joaillerie is offered in two case options, both measuring 36mm in diameter. The model is beautifully appointed with exquisite gems, a sublime automatic movement and, most notably, the Maison’s legendary Happy Diamonds.
In terms of prestige, there are few brands able to surpass Chopard. The Genevan Maison is known for its mastery of both haute joaillerie and haute horlogerie. On some occasions the brand unites both disciplines, creating glorious gem-set watches.
This year, Chopard has enlarged its portfolio of Happy Sport models, releasing the Chopard Happy Sport Joaillerie. This model is presented in a 36mm case, offered in a choice of 18-carat white gold or 18-carat rose gold. In addition, the model is equipped with a self-winding in-house movement, expertly crafted at Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier.
The Calibre Chopard 96.17-C is slender, measuring just 3.30mm in height, beautifully decorated and employs a micro-rotor to energise the mainspring. The pièce de résistance of this model is its gem-set case and the bewitching spectacle of seven dancing diamonds, pirouetting around the watch’s horological stage.
In 1993, Chopard unveiled the Happy Sport, the first watch to combine diamonds with a stainless steel case. It has since become a legendary timepiece attracting legions of admirers. However, the idea of dancing diamonds, positioned between two panes of sapphire crystal, is part of Chopard’s DNA and dates back much further. Indeed, it was 1976 when the Swiss marque chose to infuse watches with Happy Diamonds. These models looked notably different from its competitor’s watches. The idea has since proved a huge commercial success. Moreover, the allure of the Happy Diamonds and the brilliance of the original idea continues to shine brightly.
The brand’s press release
Happy Sport arrays itself in light. While Chopard with its dancing diamonds managed to free these gems by having them whirl freely between two sapphire crystals, the artisans of the Maison have now succeeded in exposing them even more fully to light by means of the particularly airy prong setting. Instead of the traditional gold capsule with a spinning-top like base, which holds the dancing diamonds and enables them to turn without tipping over, the Chopard choreographers have been able to use a prong setting that holds the stones in place with only five prongs on the sides. Light thus penetrates even further into these resolutely happy diamonds, whose radiance is amplified by exposing a greater number of facets. The same gemsetting procedure is also used on the bezel and the hour-markers of the timepiece, creating a rich and graceful result.
The 36 mm case of these new jewellery versions of the Happy Sport, also entirely paved with brilliant-cut diamonds, is in 18-carat gold of ethical origin, with a first white gold version ensuring delightful harmony with the sparkle of the diamonds, and a second in rose gold creating stronger contrasts.
Beneath the two sapphire crystals staging the dancing diamonds – of which there are seven on these two Happy Sport Joaillerie models – the textured mother-of-pearl dial has been meticulously engraved with a guilloché motif, a token of exquisite craftsmanship testifying to the attention Chopard devotes to detail.
At the heart of Happy Sport Joaillerie, Chopard has chosen to fit its ultra-thin 96.17-C mechanical movement with automatic winding, based on the very first calibre created by Chopard Manufacture. Entirely developed in the workshops of the Maison, where its 167 components are assembled, it provides a comfortable 65-hour power reserve. All of which goes to show how the Maison renowned for its expertise in jewellery watches demonstrates equal mastery in dealing with both the aesthetic and technical aspects of its timepieces.
Happy Sport, a horological icon
Happy Sport timepieces have found their place in the hall of fame of great watchmaking classics within less than three decades thanks to the audacity of Caroline Scheufele, now Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard. In 1993, driven by her abundant creativity and the spirit of the times, she imagined the first ladies’ watch combining steel and dancing diamonds. A sporty-chic timepiece fully embodying its era and reflecting every move of the women who wear it.