A superlative reinterpretation of an icon
At the heart of Chopard traditions, the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie watch showcases the vast array of exceptional skills cultivated within the Manufacture in Geneva. Haute Horlogerie and Haute Joaillerie thus combine to give birth to an entirely diamond-studded watch providing a precious backdrop for an L.U.C tourbillon movement.
This is a watch that single-handedly testifies to the entire history of a Manufacture. Epitomising the very core of the Chopard culture, at the exact spot where beauty meets precision, the Happy Sport Tourbillon is a radiant reflection of the most remarkable skills and hallmarks of the Geneva-based House. Combining the playful freedom of Happy Diamonds with the modern nature of the Happy Sport Joaillerie model, the Happy Sport Tourbillon embodies the skilled perfection of the Haute Joaillerie workshops with the technical virtuosity of Haute Horlogerie. Now making a noteworthy stage entrance, the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie beats to the pulse of innovation, creativity and artistic crafts.
1976. Love is in the air. Liberty is a desire, a conquest, a sense of urgency. Chopard creates diamonds free from any settings. These playfully whirling and twirling gems became a House signature of which the entrancing and joyful character is reaffirmed through countless variations. As Karin Scheufele summed it up at the time “diamonds are happiest when they are free”.
1993. Radical lines and bold styles; the age of triumphant women. Caroline Scheufele, artistic director and co-president of Chopard, imagined a sports watch based on an unusual match between steel and diamonds. Avant-garde, versatile and deliberately shaking up the established codes of feminine watchmaking, the Happy Sport soon became a cult model that lends itself to an infinite number of transformations.
2013. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this line, the collection welcomes its first mechanical interpretation, the Happy Sport Medium Automatic, a model loyal to its original pioneering spirit.
Happy Sport Tourbillon
2014. The Happy Sport joins the world of Haute Horlogerie with the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie model housing a an L.U.C 02.16-L movement produced by the Chopard Manufacture. The magnificent radiance of Haute Joaillerie adorning the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie stages the perfect setting for this exceptional movement. Available in 18-carat white or rose gold, this creation stems from the most delicate gem-setting techniques such as the snow setting that entirely carpets the dial with a flurry of diamonds. The tourbillon bridge are also gem-set, as is the bezel embellished with the refined touch of 36 trapeze-cut diamonds. The crown features baguette-cut diamonds and a briolette-cut diamond. Last but not least comes the 7 famous moving diamonds spinning between two sapphire crystals. Their infinite freedom of movement reaffirms the joyful spirit of the Happy Sport watch.
The tourbillon movement, a pinnacle of traditional watchmaking, is firmly propelled into the modern age by the Happy Sport attitude. It thus acquires its new stature as a contemporary kinetic work of art. This tourbillon movement was especially designed to match the style of the Happy Sport cases and this 42 mm diameter makes this the largest model in the collection. Endowed with a 9-day power reserve corresponding to 216 hours of autonomy, the Happy Sport Tourbillon Joaillerie bears the imprint of excellence: that of the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark, a prestigious certification that notably distinguishes the quality of its finishing and the meticulous care lavished by the artisans on every single part of the movement.
In less than 20 years, Chopard Manufacture has succeeded in joining the extremely exclusive ranks of authentic watchmaking “Manufactures”. While perpetuating the traditional values and skills of horology, Chopard Manufacture is resolutely geared towards research, high technology and design. It thereby testifies to the formidable vitality of the House of Chopard in its constant quest to form new ties between the past and the enduring spirit of innovation.