Gorgeous diamond diver…
Chopard’s “Happy Diamonds” is one of the manufacture’s more longstanding and iconic collections, and one that I’ve long had a fondness for – but did you know the 1st Happy Diamonds model dates back to 1976 and was designed for a man?! I’ll save this is a topic for another discussion (see Did You Know? below), I only note here and now that the model quickly developed into one of what is now the Maison’s most longstanding and iconic ladies watch collection. It was a natural evolution, one could reasonably conclude. And ever since, there have been many elegant yet playful variations of the Happy Diamonds theme over the years, all having in common their “floating diamonds” resident between the dial and sapphire crystal, . For 2017, Chopard extends the concept by combining it with a diver’s watch for ladies. The result is the wonderful new Chopard Happy Ocean Diver.
Chopard Happy Ocean Diver
The 40mm polished stainless steel case comes in two color combinations: blue + turquoise, and blue + red. Each has a color accent in the bezel with the sword-style minute hand outlined in the same color. The watch is water resistant to 300m and features a practical blue NATO strap – a first for a Chopard ladies’ watch.
Inside is Chopard’s self-winding 01.01-C movement which delivers hour, minute, and date functions, with a 60-hour power reserve. On the back (sorry no pics) is an engraved wave motif.
Makes me wonder — is a similar men’s design forthcoming from Maison Chopard this year?
Did You Know?
The innovative watch design of 1976 came from the inspired mind of Ronald Kurowski, a designer at Chopard. The story goes that while hiking through the Black Forest, he came upon a waterfall with water droplets sparkling in the sunshine. It inspired him to design a watch embellished with countless dancing diamonds, without settings and freely moving between dial, bezel and sapphire crystal. Read the full and fascinating history of the Chopard Happy Diamond watch here>>>
The 1st Chopard Happy Diamonds (1976)