Happy Go Lucky

Bespoke - - EMPEROR 1688 -

Forty years ago, while out on a walk in the Black For­est, Ron­ald Kurowski, Chopard’s de­signer at the time, had an idea. By ob­serv­ing the daz­zling re­flec­tion of sun­light on a water­fall, he re­alised that in or­der to let di­a­monds sparkle at their full ra­di­ance, they should be lib­er­ated from their settings and al­lowed to cir­cu­late freely. But while Chopard’s sub­se­quently dy­namic, play­ful and al­most ir­rev­er­ent Happy Di­a­monds watches have earned their right­ful place in the hearts, and of course on the wrists, of stylish women across the globe, it’s pretty sur­real to think that the brand’s orig­i­nal Happy Di­a­monds watch, which de­buted in 1976, was ac­tu­ally a large, cush­ion-shaped 18-karat white gold time­piece de­signed for men. Granted, it didn’t have any di­a­monds on the bezel, just the free-float­ing ones in­side the case (con­tained, as they still are now, be­tween two sap­phire plates) but it still must have taken some­one with ex­tra­or­di­nary con­fi­dence in their own mas­culin­ity to have worn such a watch back then. Now, to hon­our the watch’s 40th an­niver­sary, Chopard has re­vis­ited its creative col­lec­tion and made a num­ber of changes. The dial is now in softly iri­des­cent mother-of-pearl, the num­ber of mo­bile di­a­monds has in­creased, so has the vari­ance in their size, to bet­ter em­pha­sise their whirling dance and sparkle. The stones on the bezel have been prong-set to shine brighter and the watch is now avail­able with a round case or a smaller it­er­a­tion of the orig­i­nal’s cush­ion-shape. There are also two new sub-di­vi­sions: Happy Dreams (as shown, with only prong-set di­a­monds) and Happy Sport (which adopts change­able straps).

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