In less than 30 years, it has become a watchmaking benchmark and established itself as an icon thanks to its audacious design. The Happy Sport watch and its legendary dancing diamonds are reinvented in two jewellery versions, showcasing diamonds by means of a prong setting. This new technical feat gives the diamonds a lighter and even more luminous effect. Happy Sport Joaillerie watches are available in ethical white or rose gold. And of course, they feature a movement with automatic winding entirely made in-house by Chopard, the 96.17-C calibre, which guarantees mechanical excellence worthy of this proud icon.
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.