Since 1976, Happy Diamonds have been joyfully lighting up the eponymous creations from Chopard. Over the years, the famous moving diamonds have been staged through a myriad of precious and playful watch and jewellery creations. This year, Chopard is revisiting the iconic model in which they were first introduced.
1976. While out on a walk in the Black Forest during the 1970s, Chopard designer Ronald Kurowski was entranced by the sight of a waterfall and the thousands of tiny water droplets bursting out from it, reflecting the daylight and sparkling with all the colours of the rainbow.
This vision sparked a brilliant idea: to enable diamonds to sparkle in full dazzling radiance, they should be freed from their settings and allowed to circulate freely. Thus was born the Happy Diamonds concept destined for a truly brilliant future. “Diamonds are happier when they’re free”: it was in these terms that Karin Scheufele hailed the first creation featuring moving diamonds, a Happy Diamonds watch.
Moving diamonds provided inspiration for all manner of bold designs and have since been interpreted through a broad range of watches, necklaces, pendants, rings and earrings. Over the years, Chopard Co-President and Artistic Director, Caroline Scheufele, has repeatedly surprised observers by achieving the feat of perpetually reinventing this theme.
2016. The first Happy Diamonds creation was a gents watch with a large cushion-shaped 18-carat white gold case framing a black dial magnificently highlighting the first moving diamonds. This first creation, which won the prestigious Golden Rose of Baden-Baden in 1976, has inspired a model celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of moving diamonds.
Paying tribute to the original cushion shape, but this time designed for ladies, today’s Happy Diamonds watch is a precious jewelled timepiece exuding a vintage charm mixed with a contemporary feel. The prong-set diamonds circling the dial emphasise its gentle curves, while moving diamonds whirl freely across a textured white mother-of-pearl background. Chopard is introducing a new type of Happy Diamonds: diamonds set with prongs, to sparkle even more while continuing their free and playful dance. There are more diamonds than ever on the dial and they also vary in size, thereby accentuating their whirling dance and the sense of diamond-studded profusion. Inside this playground, a mini subdial, also ringed with diamonds, bears the watch hands. This precious timepiece also exists in a round-shaped version.