May 29th 2013

Happy Sport Diamantissimo – A precious work of art


In celebrating the magical twentieth birthday of the iconic Happy Sport watch, Chopard unveils a precious timepiece, the Happy Sport Diamantissimo. An authentic work of art which is the finest expression of two fields of expertise: High Jewellery and Fine Watchmaking.

An 18-carat white gold masterpiece, set with 958 baguette-cut diamonds and 1,978 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 65 carats in all, the breathtaking Happy Sport Diamantissimo is a demonstration of the jewellery skills cultivated by Chopard.

Driven by an in-house manufactured L.U.C 96.17-L mechanical movement that is capable to store enough energy to keep the watch ticking for at least 65 hours, the exceptional timepiece embodies watchmaking excellence. The self-winding movement features two barrels and bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève with diamond-set platinum micro-rotor. The impeccable mechanism is built on 29 jewels and beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz).

The Diamantissimo watch is a precious tour de force that called for no less than 4,500 hours of work – of which 1,700 for the gemsetting alone – patiently lavished upon it by the various artisans and specialists involved in its crafting. The dial, case and bracelet links are embellished using the so-called “invisible” setting technique that is particularly hard to master. This involves each stone being perfectly cut and adjusted to create a seamless diamond-studded surface showing no spaces and no setting prongs. The visual effect of such a technique is truly striking, giving the distinct impression that the diamonds are simply juxtaposed without any gold to hold them together.

With this supremely refined horological gem, the days and hours will be ticking by with exquisite elegance over the coming twenty years.

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