Baselworld 2017, Chopard unveils a diver within the Happy Sport collection.
With the launch of its latest watch, the Happy Ocean, the Geneva watch and jewellery maker, official sponsor of the Cannes Festival, is getting ready to spend the summer under the sun. Designed as a proper diving watch, this sporty chic timepiece will be a great companion for our seaside adventures, whether we indulge in dolce farniente on the beaches in Sardinia or, for the more courageous, set off to explore the underwater world.
As a new member of the Happy Diamond collection launched in 1976, the Happy Ocean is the latest newcomer in the Happy Sport lineage, introduced in 1993 and blending stainless steel with the most precious of all stones. As for all its peers, it obviously also houses these emblematic mobile diamonds floating on its dial. With such a unique configuration, the watch with the happy diamonds rapidly became an icon of ladies watchmaking. At the time, the innovative concept was based on the observation that for the diamonds to really sparkle to their maximum capacity, they needed to be freed of any setting and frolic around. However, there remained an obstacle to such freedom: how could one prevent the hardest of all stones to damage the sapphire glass as it joyfully moved around? Not surprisingly, the R&D teams from Chopard came up with the ideal solution: they would wrap the diamonds in a golden sheath and therefore ensure there would be no direct contact between the diamonds and the sapphire. With total freedom of movement, the diamonds could now gracefully move about and start seducing all women.
Featuring a 40mm diameter, the Happy Ocean brings a new size into the Happy Sport collection, which already offers sizes of 30, 36 and 42mm. By equipping the watch with a colourful and unidirectional rotating bezel (available in turquoise & blue or raspberry & blue), Chopard demonstrates once again its innovative spirit and modernizes considerably its offering within this collection. The watch is equipped with a resistant turquoise or raspberry-coloured rubber strap marked with a gentle wave pattern. It is also delivered with a deep blue Nato strap, here again a Chopard first for a ladies timepiece.
These two important elements achieve to grant a totally new look to the Happy Sport model, thus confirming the ambition of the Geneva watch and jewellery maker to reach out to a younger customer base. Our opinion is that this was both a wise and successful move by the brand, especially so since the aesthetic adjustments were not done to the detriment of horological interests, and ladies still have here the possibility of wearing a mechanical watch. Indeed, the Happy Ocean beats to the rhythm of an automatic Chopard calibre developed within the Fleurier Ebauches workshops. The movement, which we had already discovered back in 2015 with the Mille Miglia GTS, features a 60-hour power reserve and a highly efficient winding mechanism.
As the watch sits on your wrist, its 40mm diameter is not so intimidating as one could have initially imagined. The feeling is one of perfect balance and utmost comfort. When it comes to choosing the strap, the rubber option is very supple, fresh and enjoyable. As for the Nato variation, only rarely seen on feminine models, it undeniably adds an extra touch of style.
Even if the 40mm Happy Ocean cannot be fully considered as a diving watch (since the floating diamonds could obstruct some of the information on the dial), it was nevertheless developed as such: 300 meters water-resistance, as well as a bezel enabling a precise timing of your dives and shaped with large wave-like notches for an optimal grip in underwater conditions. Hands and indexes are treated in Superluminova making it possible to read time at night or in dark, deep waters. Staying true to what defines a true diver’s watch, the hour markers and the hour hands illuminate with a blue hue, with all other indications required for diving in green. The resulting effect is a splendid contrast, which is both useful and visually pleasing in the dark. However, let’s make sure we don’t get too distracted by elegant dance of the scintillating diamonds placed in between the two sapphire glasses of the dial.
In order to duly pay tribute to its reputation as a jeweller, and in case the sparkling effect of the five happy diamonds were not sufficient for the more sophisticated and glamorous parties of the Côte d’Azur, a high-jewellery version was also created. This even more precious declination features an automatic movement, an 18-carat white case and a navy blue mother-of-pearl dial framed by a fixed bezel set with diamonds, sapphires and either rubies or topazes. These variations are fitted with an alligator bracelet for an extra touch of refinement, or with a navy blue Nato strap that would make a fantastic effect on the deck of a nice sailing boat. The jewellery version is water-resistant to 100 meters (quite sufficient for us), thus confirming the versatility of this elegant and relaxed timepiece.
Steel version: 7’800.-
White gold & blue stones version: 49’000.- /White gold & pink stones version: 54’330.-