Chopard Happy Sport Métiers d’art Collection – Limited Edition Collections Celebrating 25th Anniversary of the Happy Sport Line

Chopard has launched four new artistic editions to celebrate 25th anniversary of the Happy Sport line. Produced in 25 piece limited editions, these four timepiece models are created by most expert artisans of the manufacture employing ancestral techniques and precious materials.

The glamorous Happy Sports line was introduced in 1993 by Caroline Scheufele (now the Co-President and Creative Director at Chopard), who then came up with an innovative watch collection by combining the precious nature of diamonds with sporty metal like steel.

Since its creation, the Happy Sport line has been perpetually reinvented, in step with the evolutions in style and in society. To celebrate the 25th birthday of this emblematic collection in due style, the Maison has called upon its “Mains d’Art” (literally, ‘art hands’) – representing its most precious talents – in creating four models constituting veritable works of art.

Happy Palm
As official historic partner of the Cannes International Film Festival, responsible for designing and producing the Palme d’or trophy since 1998, Chopard is now unveiling a model inspired by the prestigious award. Made of Fairmined-certified ethical gold – like the Palme d’or itself – and studded with diamonds, the Happy Palm reflects glamour and glittering style of the Festival.

Five moving diamonds and a miniature “Palme d’or” dance around the finely crafted mother-of-pearl dial. Masterfully reproducing the delicacy of a palm leaf, it is adorned with Urushi lacquer, a resin harvested in Asia from the eponymous trees and decorated using the ancestral Japanese art of maki-e (literally ‘sprinkled image’). Using infinitely accurate touches, the artisan traced and accentuated the dial motifs by dusting fine gold particles onto the still damp lacquer. No less than 170 hours of work were lavished on creating this dazzling plant-life motif.

Meanwhile, the case-back reveals equally spectacular artwork, since the L.U.C 96.23-L movement is adorned with slender ‘Palmes d’or’, hand-engraved using the Fleurisanne technique distinguished by its raised motifs. Using this rare art-craft, instead of hollowing the motif out of the material, the engraver removed the surrounding matter. The Happy Palm is paired with an alligator leather strap coated with 24-carat gold or entirely set with diamond.

Technical details
Happy Palm
25-piece limited series in 18-carat yellow gold
Boutique Exclusive

Case
Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.09 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted crown in 18-carat yellow gold; 6.00 mm; set with a diamond
Facetted cabochons in 18-carat yellow gold
Bezel in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold set with diamonds of varying sizes
Glareproofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back secured with screws, bearing Happy Sport logo and fitted with a glare proofed sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding L.U.C 96.23-L
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 29
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Power reserve: approx. 65 hours
Nickel silver movement – with yellow gilding after engraving
Hand-crafted Fleurisanne engraving – palm leaf motif
Platinum oscillating weight – with yellow gilding
Two barrels – Twin technology

Dial
White mother-of-pearl dial with hand-painting crafted in Japan using the Urushi lacquer with a special motif inspired by the Palme d’or
Five moving diamonds and a moving Palme d’or in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold
Gilded, domed and conical hours and minutes hands

Functions
Hours, minutes

Strap
Alligator leather strap coated with gold
Diamond-set polished 18-carat yellow gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 275366-0001 – in Fairmined-certified ethical 18-carat yellow gold, teamed with an alligator leather strap coated in 25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Fish
Heir to a collection launched in 2002, the new Happy Fish watch stages a majestic gold and mother-of-pearl creature swimming in deep blue waters featuring delicate nuances created by snow-set sapphires arranged in subtly graded shades.

Gazing placidly at its surroundings through a red jasper eye, the dainty fish appears unperturbed by the seven diamond bubbles twirling next to it. Its gracefully flowing curves shimmer in the sunlight and are suffused with soft turquoise light when night falls.

Delicately crafted using engraving and inlaid luminescent pigments, the enchanting sight reappears with each new evening. A full 30 hours of work went into creating this fairytale tableau. The talent nurtured in the jewellery ateliers is also in evidence on the bezel, set with diamonds of three different sizes alternately arranged to create a softer effect, while the 18-carat rose gold case – paired with a royal blue alligator leather strap – beats to the tune of a self-winding movement.

Technical details
Happy Fish
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat rose gold
Boutiques Exclusive

Case
18-carat rose gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted crown in 18-carat rose gold; 6.00 mm; set with a diamond
Facetted cabochons in 18-carat rose gold
Bezel in 18-carat rose gold set with diamonds of three different sizes
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back secured with screws, bearing the Happy Fish inscription and fitted with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial
Gold dial snow-set with subtly graded shades of dark blue sapphires with domed fish in luminescent textured mother-of-pearl adorned with bas relief engraving
Gold leaf decor, red jasper eye
Seven luminescent moving diamonds
Gilded, conical and domed hours and minutes hands
Gilded sweep-seconds hand

Functions
Hours, minutes and seconds

Strap
Royal blue alligator leather strap
Polished 18-carat rose gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-5019 – in 18-carat rose gold
25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Snowflakes
This watch takes inspiration from the fluffy snow crystals .The powerful optical effect is perfectly mastered through the expertise of several artistic crafts, combined with high-quality materials. The mother-of-pearl adorning the dial comes from shells meticulously selected by Chopard. Subtle shades, iridescent shimmering and fascinating textures: every characteristic is carefully studied so as to compose a naturally shiny and luminous decor that is as lifelike as possible.

Highly skilled in the art of mother-of-pearl marquetry, the dial-maker has succeeded in tracing exquisitely slender flakes on this fragile surface, while others appear dotted on the watch crystal and the sides of the case. These hand-engraved motifs create a striking effect, instilling the impression of authentic snow crystals alighting on the watch before vanishing.

Aptly enhanced by the snow-setting technique, the bezel shines with dazzling radiance, very much like snow glinting in the sunlight. Guided by a blend of instinct and expertise, the gemsetters have carved out cavities in the gold in order to house stones that are individual adjusted as the work proceeds. The resulting sparkle is also accentuated by the diamonds spinning across the dial, accompanied by a moving snowflake.

Technical details
Happy Snowflakes
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat white gold
Boutique Exclusive

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
Case engraved with hand-crafted snowflakes
Facetted crown in 18-carat white gold set with a diamond; 6.00 mm
Bezel in snow-set 18-carat white gold
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal engraved with snowflakes
Exhibition back with snowflakes engraved on the sapphire crystal pane

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter : 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial
Dial in snow-set 18-carat white gold with mother-of-pearl marquetry snowflake
Three moving diamonds and one moving snowflake
Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Functions 
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Strap
Glossy white alligator leather
18-carat white gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-1014 –in 18-carat white gold
25-piece limited edition – Boutique Exclusive

Happy Sport Joaillerie
Inspired by Venetian architecture, the timepiece evokes the splendour of certain buildings like the famous Doges’ Palace. The entirely gemset bezel is adorned with diamonds, arranged between slender white gold arches. The romance and timeless beauty of Venice are also expressed through the exquisite refinement of the delicately guilloché mother-of-pearl dial.

This midnight blue watch face bears graceful Roman numerals interspersed with diamond-set hour-markers. The watch is fitted with a royal blue leather strap.

Technical details
Happy Sport Joaillerie
25-piece Limited Edition in 18-carat white gold

Case
18-carat white gold
Total diameter: 36.00 mm
Thickness: 12.65 mm
Water resistance: 30 m
Facetted crown in 18-carat white gold set with a diamond 6.00 mm
Snow-set bezel
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back

Movement
Mechanical self-winding
Diameter: 26.20 mm
Thickness: 3.60 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial 
Dial in textured blue mother-of-pearl
Seven moving diamonds
Rhodium-plated hour-markers set with diamonds apart from the four Roman numerals
Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands

Functions and displays
Hours, minutes and central seconds

Strap
Royal blue alligator leather strap
18-carat white gold pin buckle

Edition
Ref. 274891-1016 –in 18-carat white gold
25-piece limited edition

 

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