What makes you instantly happy? For Hollywood actress Julia Roberts, it’s the sunrise, she says in Chopard’s newest multimedia campaign for its Happy Diamonds collection. The pairing of Roberts with the luxury house is one made in heaven if only because the actress is—best known for her role in Pretty Woman (1990), Notting Hill (1999) and 2001’s Erin Brockovich (for which she won numerous awards)—is famed for her million-dollar smile and contagious laugh, while Chopard for its vivacious creations that evoke a joyful lightness of heart. Its Happy Sport collection is a perfect example of this.
Created in 1993 by Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, the Happy Sport timepiece was a forerunner in the steel-case-and-diamond combo that is so popular today (before then, diamonds were only presented with precious metals); resulting in a timepiece that offered sophisticated luxury and casual-chic style in equal measures. “I wanted a watch that I could wear all day long: At the gym, in the office or for a dinner in town,” Scheufele said upon its launch.
Twenty-eight years later and the collection continues to grow from strength to strength with several standout models winning the hearts of women across the world—from 2003’s Happy Sport Love edition with L-O-V-E dancing across its face, to the 2018 gilded Happy Palm to commemorate the House’s 20-year partnership with the International Cannes Film Festival. This year sees the watch revisiting its roots with the 33mm Happy Sport and the Happy Sport the First editions.
Happy Sport 33mm
This newly introduced size is available in seven new references, including four bi-colour and three rose gold models; the latter of which is available with a leather strap or metal bracelet. In line with Chopard’s strong stance on sustainability, the new watches are crafted from REACH-certified and ethically produced Lucent Steel A223 (which is also 50 percent harder than normal steel) and ethical gold; and are equipped with the Chopard Manufacture 09.01-C automatic movement. And for those looking for a timepiece with more glitz and glamour, there’s a full-diamond set edition (in ethical white gold, of course) with a lustrous mother-of-pearl dial.
Happy Sport the First
Paying faithful tribute to its original precursor, this model is for stylistas who are purists at heart. Like its 33mm breathren, the 33mm First edition collection is being re-released in Lucent Steel A223, and available in two limited edition collections: 788-pieces for the diamond bezel versions and 1,993 for the non-diamond versions. And much like the original, each the First timepiece is completed with a gleaming pebble-link bracelet and seven mobile diamonds above its dial.
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