Chopard goes a splashin’ with the new Happy Ocean collection

Chopard goes a splashin’ with the new Happy Ocean collection

Take a dip

Text: Angelyn Kwek

The Chopard Happy Ocean series proves that it’s better down where it’s wetter

Paradise is unequivocally always a pristine seaside bathed in golden rays, inviting one and all to take a header into the glittering waters. A dreamy landscape that so inspired Chopard, the maison has reimagined the iconic Happy Sport family into a nautical edition that takes to the deep blue with a pair of brightly shaded timepieces.

Aptly named the Happy Ocean, a sizeable 40mm steel case sports a unidirectional rotating bezel painted in two-toned hues of either blue-turquoise or blue-raspberry — a direct influence of its oceanic muse, from the azure seas to the fluorescent coral beneath the waves. In this same vein, the dial features a rich navy colour, enhanced by white indexes and hands that glow blue in dim conditions. However, a special exception is made for the indications required for diving: The minute-pointer and the indicator perched at noon on the bezel stand out with a green illumination instead. And among these elements, the signature moving diamonds freewheel about, this time calling to mind a school of flitting fishes or a burst of oxygen bubbles floating in the weightlessness of a world under water.

Chopard Happy Ocean

Manufactured as a nautical watch with a water-resistant of 300 metres, the Happy Ocean is equipped with the 01.01-C automatic winding calibre, developed entirely in-house at the maison's workshops in Fluerier. Additionally touched with stylistic components in the form of 'C' shaped indentations along the circumference of the bezel — allowing for a firm grip and ease of use even in the ocean's depths — this detailing also extends to the screw-down crown, complemented by a NATO strap to tie-in with the vibrantly sporty aesthetic. Time to go for a spot of snorkeling, we say.

The Chopard Happy Ocean will debut at Baselworld 2017.