Sus­pended An­i­ma­tion

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Given it’s one of Chopard’s best sell­ing nov­el­ties, the con­ceptof Happy Di­a­monds has be­come a fa­mil­iar one, but when it was in­tro­ducedin 1976 it was so ex­traor­di­nary it re­ceived a Golden Rose of Baden-baden –the jew­ellery in­dus­try’s equiv­a­lent of an Academy Award. The seem­ingly sim­plei­dea of al­low­ing loose di­a­monds to float about for an ex­tra sparkly ef­fect was in­spired by the glis­ten­ing droplets of a water­fall, which the brand’s de­signer, Ron­ald Kurowski, had no­ticed, quite by chance, dur­ing a walk through Ger­many’s Black For­est. Now, more than forty years later, the brand has man­aged to conu­jre that orig­i­nal el­e­ment of sur­prise by ap­ply­ing the Happy Di­a­monds ef­fect to a time­piece you’d never nor­mally as­so­ci­ate with jew­ellery – a div­ing watch.the Happy Ocean com­bines a large 40mm di­am­e­ter, an in-house cal­iber, and some clas­sic scuba de­sign el­e­ments (such as a NATO strap, a uni-ro­tat­ing bezel, adepth rat­ing of 300 me­tres, and lu­mi­nous hands and hour mark­ers for un­der­wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity) with five bril­liant-cut di­a­monds that float about the dial like oxy­gen bub­bles. It’s a de­light­ful prod­uct made all the more tempt­ing by an ac­ces­si­ble price of 8,200 USD.

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