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Happy Sport Oval - Chopard revives the first bracelet of its iconic watch

For the timeless, playful Happy Sport watch, perpetual self-reinvention is an expression of supreme elegance. With inimitable panache, it provides a fascinating material embodiment of successive eras, treating them as playgrounds for its ever-creative spirit. The feather-light, perfectly adjusted proportions of its impeccable and distinctive oval shape are now rendered even more feminine by pairing them with the original “galet” bracelet adorning the very first watch in this iconic collection, back in 1993. It once again testifies to the in-house skills cultivated by Chopard and expressed in this talisman watch in stainless steel, 18-carat rose gold or as a two-tone version, the slender elegance of which echoes the gentle easy-going charm embedded at the heart of Happy Sport. Beating steadily inside, like a secret form of luxury, is a self-winding movement developed and crafted by the Maison.

Die Happy Sport und ihr erstes Armband

Joyfully blending genres, steel and diamonds, the eternal and the ephemeral, the very spirit of Happy Sport brings together a vast range of possibilities within an iconic watch. Its new bracelet is the quintessence of this kind of paradox, expressed here in a bracelet made of metal and yet as flexible as knitted mesh. Available in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, or as a two-tone 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel option, this exceptional bracelet follows the curves of the wrist, the better to accentuate its slenderness. It pays tribute to the original Happy Sport’s first bracelet, which, in 1993, reinvented the very notions of style, allure and elegance with a watch that was at once sophisticated and sporty. Finely interwoven pebbled links lend the Happy Sport Oval an elegance tinged with vintage charm: a watch in the form of a simple yet precious talisman jewel. The smooth succession of highly polished rounded pebbles composing this bracelet ensure a uniquely supple feel that makes it wonderfully pleasant to wear.

The Happy Sport Oval watch comes with a bezel in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel that is either polished or diamond-set. Its bracelet is entirely crafted in-house by the artisans of the Manufacture Chopard. It testifies to the vertical integration of all the skills and crafts that contribute to the prestige of the Maison’s watch and jewellery divisions. A unique combination of talents that are complementary and also ensure the in-house mastery of each stage involved in fashioning exceptional models – as indeed are all creations emerging from the Chopard workshops.

Ein sublimes Oval

To mark the 25th anniversary of Happy Sport, Chopard has interpreted its watch icon in an oval with reinvented proportions. Drawing on the elegance of lines traced by dainty downstrokes and upstrokes, Happy Sport Oval enhances the stylistic repertoire of Chopard’s icon by integrating it within a vast trend that, from fashion to watchmaking, now pays homage to timeless femininity through lighter and more closely fitting proportions. The bezel with its calligraphy-like curve lends a sense of distinction and finesse to the watch as well as to the wrist it adorns. Each line of the Happy Sport Oval is an invitation to light-heartedness, with its soft curves epitomising a truly easy-going approach to life that embodies the sparkling optimism of a resolutely Happy Sport spirit. The oval, symbolically a place of refuge as well as of individual blossoming, is the landscape of all possibilities, where transformations take shape. On the dial of the Happy Sport Oval, every second bears the promise of future happiness. Chopard’s watchmaking expertise has enabled it to equip the Happy Sport Oval with a mechanical self-winding movement, the 09.01-C, developed and produced within its own Manufacture. Technical sophistication, intriguing allure, supreme femininity: this is about having it all and refusing to renounce anything.

Die Happy Sport, eine neue Sicht der Zeit

In 1993, picking up the mood of the moment, Caroline Scheufele – now Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard – imagined a sporty watch based on an original and quirky association between steel and diamonds. This unprecedented and bold move gave rise to the Happy Sport. Cultivating the spirit of the Happy Diamonds twirling across its dial like étoile ballet dancers performing free variations between two sapphire crystals, the Happy Sport rapidly became an emblem of the Maison and indeed of feminine watchmaking in general.Happy Sport is the standard-bearer not only of an aesthetic and stylistic revolution, but also of a totally rethought relationship with time and body language. We no longer look at our watches merely to tell the time, but also to contemplate the perpetual ballet of dancing diamonds. Chopard thereby offers a new approach to the very concept of luxury: a relationship with time that is no longer merely pragmatic, but above all, poetic. An authentic show in which creativity is in constant play, and in which the wearer of the Happy Sport plays a vital role – since it is her own movements that give the required impetus to this constantly recomposed scene. The collection reflects this fast-paced lifestyle, in that ever since its inception, Happy Sport has constantly reinvented itself and undergone infinite transformations. The result is a profusion of models that reflect Chopard’s boundless creativity. This formal and conceptual generosity accompanies women’s every move, just as it does with stylistic evolutions and inner revolutions, sweeping a whole world in motion along in its unique cadence.

 

Ref. 278602-3002 – in stainless steel with a polished bezel
Ref. 278602-3004 – in stainless steel with a diamond-set bezel
Ref. 275362-5004 – in 18-carat rose gold with polished bezel
Ref. 275360-5005 – in 18-carat rose gold with diamond-set bezel
Ref. 278602-6002 – in 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel with bezel in polished gold and two-tone bracelet
Ref. 278602-6004 – in 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel with a gold bezel set with diamonds and two-tone bracelet

Technical Details

Case:
18-carat rose gold or stainless steel
Total diameter: 31.31 x 29 mm
Thickness: 10.77 mm
Water resistance: 30 metres
Facetted crown in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel
set with a blue sapphire: 5.00 mm
Facetted cabochons in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel
Bezel in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel, polished or diamond-set
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition back with screws, bearing Happy Sport logo and a glare-proofed sapphire crystal pane

Movement:
Mechanical self-winding movement Chopard 09.01-C
Number of components: 159
Total diameter: 20.40 mm
Thickness: 3.65 mm
Number of jewels: 27
Frequency: 25,200 A/h (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: approx. 42 hours

Dial and hands:
Silver-toned dial
Navy blue transfers
Seven dancing diamonds
Gilded or rhodium-plated Roman numerals or hour-markers
Gilded or rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands
Gilded or rhodium-plated sweep-seconds hand

Functions:
Hours, minutes, seconds

Bracelet and clasp:
“Galet” bracelet (i.e. pebble bracelet) in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel or as a two-tone version in 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel
Folding clasp in 18-carat rose gold or stainless steel

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