Historical official partner of the Cannes International Film Festival and creator of the Palme d'Or since 1998, Chopard has designed a model inspired by the prestigious award. Made of ethical 'Fairmined' certified gold like the Palme d'Or itself and set with diamonds, the Happy Palm reflects the quintessence of glamour. Five dancing diamonds and a tiny gold palm whirl upon a finely worked mother-of-pearl dial. Perfectly reproducing the delicacy of a palm leaf, it is adorned with Urushi lacquer, a resin harvested in Asia from trees bearing the same name and then decorated according to an ancestral Japanese art called maki-e. Using infinitely accurate touches, the artisan drew and accentuated the motifs of the dial by sprinkling fine gold particles on the still wet lacquer. No less than 170 hours of work were required to create this dazzling plant-life motif. The back of the case reveals an equally spectacular work of art, the L.U.C 96.23-L movement.
Case & Dial
18-carat yellow gold
see-through sapphire crystal
WHITE DIAMOND CARAT:
White mother-of-pearl dial, hand painted in Japan using the Urushi lacquer technique with special palme d’or-inspired decoration.
Strap & Buckle
gold alligator leather strap (glossy), white alligator leather strap (matt)
CHOPARD BOUTIQUE EXCLUSIVITY:
self-winding mechanical movement
Power Reserve of approximately 65 hours, L.U.C Twin Technology (two stacked barrels)
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour)
The L.U.C 96.23-L movement is decorated with fine hand-engraved Palmes d’or according to the fleurisanne technique. This art, which originated in the Swiss village where the Chopard manufacture is based, developed in the mid-19th century, the frontiers of its reputation have expanded to China. It is distinctive for its high-relief patterns: the engraver does not gouge out the decoration, but rather makes it stand out” by removing the material around it.
Launched in 1993, the happy sport model is the first watch to combine diamonds with a stainless steel case. It remains until today one of the most iconic models and most desirable in the industry.