The latest iterations of the Chopard Happy Sport watch recall the elegant design codes of the original, which innovatively paired stainless steel with diamonds. First conceived in 1993 by Chopard co-president Caroline Scheufele as a sports watch for women, the design offered both practicality and a refreshingly cheerful edge, and became a classic of the house.

The newly unveiled Happy Sport The First watches rethink this classic piece in two limited editions. Key design accents of the original watch endure, with a fluid ribbon of steel ‘pebbles’ remaining as a tactile and comfortable bracelet. The new timepieces’ proportions, too, are an important component, with the 33mm-diameter case designed according to the principles of the golden ratio, and framing a round face.

Freely moving diamonds first appeared in Chopard’s collections in 1976, and the playful gemstones are at the heart of the Happy Sport The First pieces too. Free to cut a sparkling trail around the face, a series of diamonds sit – untethered – between the sapphire crystal layers of the dial.

In a sustainably minded move, the watch case is now crafted in Chopard’s specially developed Lucent Steel A223 – an anti-allergic and bright steel that is made from 70 per cent recycled metal – and frames a technically accomplished new movement.

A new partnership, too, marks the next era for the Happy Sport, with the brand unveiling Julia Roberts as the face of the classic watch. It’s a fitting nod to Chopard’s links with cinema (the company has been an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival since 1998), and wider support of the arts. ‘It was her and nobody else!’ says Scheufele of the partnership. ‘Julia Roberts was the only person I felt could convey the spirit that I see in Happy Sport.’ 

The two new watch editions are certainly an elegant way to put on a happy face. §