A diamond-encrusted watch is all well and good, but floating diamonds never fail to up the sparkle game a notch. Which is why out of all the watches in Chopard’s arsenal, the Happy Diamond remains one of its best-selling ladies watches ever.
This year, the Swiss watchmaker has decided to shake things up a little by putting its signature feature into a ladies’ diver watch instead. Named the Happy Ocean, the timepiece is a unique blend of glitz, contrasting colours, functionality and sportiness that actually looks really good.
First designed for men in 1976, the iconic Happy Diamonds series quickly caught on with the ladies for obvious reasons. The concept was inspired by water droplets freely moving and sparkling in the sunshine, when Chopard designer Ronald Kurowski chanced upon a waterfall while hiking through the Black Forest.
Many playful yet sophisticated variations ensued, yet the floating diamonds remained resident between the dial and sapphire crystal case.
In two striking colour combinations — blue-turquoise or blue-raspberry — the colour accent on the bezel of the 40mm stainless steel case matches the outline of the sword-style minute hands. The wrist candy is also water resistant to 300m, and as a first for a Chopard ladies’ watch, is equipped with a blue utilitarian NATO strap.
The five diamonds within move without restraint amidst all this colour, shimmering under water as oxygen bubbles do.
Powering this sprightly watch is Chopard’s in-house calibre 01.01-C, an automatic movement that is born out of the same Fleurier factory that also makes the company’s top range L.U.C. movements, with a 60-hour power reserve on tap. At the back, an engraved wave motif reminds you of the watch’s functionality as it sits pretty on your wrist.
Chopard Happy Ocean will dive its way to local shores from July 2017 onwards, and will be priced at around S$11,570.