Daintier, artisanal and more refined: Just some of the reasons we’re digging the Chopard Happy Sport watch.

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To most, Happy is a Pharrell Williams anthem. To others, it’s the catchword for spinning diamonds on watches and jewellery. And you don’t have to be an expert to know that the brand behind it is the Swiss house of Chopard. These rocks – dubbed Happy Diamonds – are such a cornerstone of the brand, the company’s success in the ’80s were largely credited to them, never mind if the stones were seen as a fad when they debuted in 1975.

The brains behind the Happy Diamonds was Karin Scheufele, the matriarch of the Scheufele family that took over Chopard in 1963. She did away with traditional diamond settings; the rocks move in sapphire glass crystals instead. “Diamonds are happiest when they are free,” she said. If Karin started the ball rolling with the concept, then it’s daughter Caroline who took it next level.

Chopards Happy Sport Watch Is All Grown Up


Enter the Happy Sport watch collection that Caroline launched in 1993. Happy Diamonds spin on the dial like modern-day charms. And like any best-seller, it has spawned a bunch of incarnations: zebra motifs, Skittle-coloured colours, oval and square cases, and those moving diamonds in the shape of four-leaf clovers and snowflakes.

The latest rendition is a coming-of-age moment for the Happy Sport. An automatic model, launched in 2013, has now shrunk to 30mm. The dial comes in the traditional guilloche engraving, and a choice of steel, rose gold, a two-tone steel and gold bracelet, or a choice of classic leather to match.

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