Chopard Happy Diamonds
Since the inception of the design in the 1970s, Chopard has utilized the idea of Happy Diamonds over and again. The first timepiece in this iconic collection was made in 1976 and it is, to this day, notable. The watch was essentially made for men.
Ever since 1976, Swiss watchmaker Chopard has established a strong presence by changing the Swiss watchmaking industry’s jewellery watches division with the introduction of the Happy Diamonds collection. These watches offered an opportunity for the very first time to view moving diamonds between sapphire crystals.
Today, the Chopard Happy Diamonds collection lives on in the watchmaker’s catalogue and continues to make an impression on generation after generation.
Chopard Happy Sport
In 1993, Caroline Scheufele imagined a sports watch based on a unique combination, of steel with diamonds. The Chopard Happy Sport was hence birthed out of innovation and creativity. Faithful to the spirit of the Happy Diamonds that appear on its dial, like ballerina-styled freely swirling between two sapphire crystals, the Happy Sport quickly transformed into a symbol for both Chopard and for the women’s luxury timepiece genre.
Chopard LUC began in 1996 as a tribute to the brand’s founder, Louis-Ulysse Chopard. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the co-president of the company, was the key driving force behind the decision. He was motivated by his goal to create movements that were worthy of the watchmaker’s grand history. Starting out with a blank canvas, he was determined that the first movement made fully in-house by Chopard had to be something special – something the market lacked.
This manifested into the Calibre 1.96, today known as the Calibre 96.01-L, a double barrel, automatic movement with a micro-rotor. Finished with attention to detail, the LUC collection marked the beginning of a new journey for the Chopard brand.
Chopard L.U.C men’s timepieces set the highest benchmark in Swiss luxury watchmaking. The steps involved in making a L.U.C watch are all conducted at Chopard’s Geneva as well as Fleurier’s modern-day ateliers. These timepieces created by the concoction of meticulous craftsmanship and finesse meet all the requirements of a contemporary luxury watch.
Chopard Mille Miglia
Created in 1927 by two aristocrats so as to compensate for the loss of the Italian Grand Prix by their hometown of Brescia, the Mille Miglia took the original option of having racing cars compete on roads rather than tracks. Discontinued in 1957 for safety reasons, it was revived 20 years later under the name Mille Miglia Storica and became the world’s most prestigious classic car endurance race.
Reserved for models of which at least one had taken part in the original race between 1927 and 1957, the Mille Miglia today is synonymous with exclusivity, since only 450 handpicked teams can take part. The race nonetheless remains a dream event that is the biggest date on the Italian sports calendar and attracts impressive crowds lining the sides of the roads.
The Mille Miglia line comprises the Mille Miglia Classic models picking up the aesthetic codes of the oldest cars having taken part in the race (1927-1940), and the Mille Miglia GTS watches reinterpreting the design features of the cars from the subsequent period (1941-1957). Chopard displays its sporting spirit by presenting an annual limited edition to mark the latest edition of the race. Year after year, the inimitable design of Mille Miglia watches and the brand’s ability to renew the collection without ever betraying it, contribute to making these models authentic grand classics.
Chopard Alpine Eagle
The story of the Chopard Alpine Eagle collection goes way back to the 1980s. But before we dive deeper into the Alpine Eagle, we need to learn some things about another watch, the St. Moritz. This was Chopard’s first offering in the steel sports watch in an era where the Royal Oak and the Nautilus were sending shockwaves across the watch world. The watch was designed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Karl Scheufele III’s son.
In 2019, the brand re-created this steel sports watch in the form of the Alpine Eagle. Created by the original creator’s son, Karl-Fritz, the watch took the place of the original St. Moritz. Today, watches in this collection offer masculine cases with an equally impressive inside mechanics.