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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Chopard Unveils 65-Carat, $1.58 Million Happy Sport Anniversary Watch


Chopard is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its successful Happy Sport watch line by releasing the Happy Sport Diamantissimo—an 18-carat white gold timepiece set with 958 baguette-cut diamonds and 1,978 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 65 carats. It retails for 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.58 million).

And it’s not just another pretty face as this timepiece is driven by a Chopard L.U.C 96.17-L in-house movement. The company said in a statement that this watch combines its expertise in high jewelry and fine watchmaking.

It took more than 4,500 hours of work to create the watch—with 1,700 hours dedicated to gem setting. The dial, bezel, case and bracelet links are covered with diamonds using the “invisible” setting technique. This involves each stone being cut and adjusted to create a seamless diamond-studded surface showing no spaces and no setting prongs.

Caroline Scheufele created the Happy Sport in 1993 and it has since been reinterpreted in elegant and even humorous ways, appearing in a number of identities, including Happy Beach, La Vie en Rose, Happy Spirit and Mystery Pink.


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