Happy Go Lucky
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).