First there was the Chopard Happy Diamonds
, which then turned into the Happy Sport,
which then turned into a bunch of weird watches that were only eclipsed by the saturated world of fakes. The original concept was great, and then I think that Chopard just forgot what the whole point of the watch was. Well as a 150th anniversary celebration of the brand, Chopard released a brand new Happy Sport watch that finally feels fresh, yet connected to the original Happy Diamonds concept. The idea was about having a section of loose moving diamonds set in steel or gold, sandwiched between two sapphire crystals sitting over the watch dial. The Happy Sport Star Diamonds watch takes those diamonds and puts five of them into a star shaped steel settings. The watch dial itself is in a beautiful aventurine lacquered blue - that shines like a night sky. Movement is Swiss quartz.
The shape of the case has been updated as well. It retains the classic look, but with a more modern feel. There are two versions: one with just the loose star diamonds, and one with a diamond studded bezel. The watch is available with a matching blue satin or alligator strap. Only thing I would change is putting the date on a blue disc, or more tastefully incorporate it into the dial design. Oh, and while the Chopard name is nicely full applied to the sapphire crystal, it is rather showy for my taste.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review