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Exploring the depths of the sea BASELWORLD 2016: The Chopard Happy Fish

Diamonds on the horizon? The sea is never so beautiful as when evoked by Chopard. Playfully and joyfully sparkling as they dip and bob across the foam, Happy Diamonds lead us on a merry dance embracing multi-facetted maritime delights. They radiate an original and powerfully poetic strength extolling the colourful wonders of a far-off paradise.

Translucent sapphire-dotted waters, velvety-smooth waves enhanced with shimmering mother-of-pearl: the skill of the Chopard artisans is a journey in itself…

Launched in 2002 with a distinctive marine-life inspiration, the Happy Fish is another stopping point along the long-distance voyage undertaken by the Happy Sport, which has perpetually reinvented its peerless chic through each of its interpretations. Created in 1993 by Caroline Scheufele, it overturned existing watchmaking conventions by the unusual association between steel and diamonds. The radical modernity of its lines and materials make a perfect match with the playful spirit of Happy Diamonds, the setting-free diamonds that dance joyfully between two sapphire crystals.

Shimmering mother-of-pearl and luminescent moving diamonds give a stunning ocean-coloured performance

The exquisite Happy Fish collection welcomes a splendid model. With the “métiers d’art”, the new Happy Fish celebrates the magic of the underwater world. Offering a delightfully harmonious vision in turquoise and gold, the graceful movements and flowing curves of a majestic fish that is visible by night come to life through delicate engraving on the shimmering mother-of-pearl. The delightfully rounded shapes adorned with gold leaf create a softly glistening and luminous effect enhanced by graded shades of snow-set blue sapphires. Dancing across these waves are seven luminescent moving diamonds, while the red jasper eye of the fish stands out like an exclamation mark against the turquoise backdrop. The extreme delicacy of this jewellery craftsmanship continues on the bezel which is set with diamonds of three different alternating sizes for a softer effect, while the 18-carat rose gold case fitted with a white shimmering alligator strap shelters a mechanical self-winding movement.