At 6 o’clock, you may see the seconds sub-dial using a hand that is similar to the hours and minutes hand since it’s also gilded, but it isn’t done in precisely the exact same style. I love Chopard’s own-designed and proprietary font and red color used to indicate the time increments at 15, 45, and 60 and even though I wasn’t certain about the markers in between the digits initially, it’s something I quite like today. Additionally, a noteworthy detail is that these markers — equally the numerals along with the little points between them — are so modest, despite my good near-sight I could barely take them out.Additionally, as is usual for a lot of L.U.C watches, there is the date window positioned at the bottom of the moments sub-dial, mixed into the minute path to minimize its influence on the dial aesthetics. “To date or not to date?” — this is always the matter, but I can love Chopard sticking to its idea of incorporating this excess piece of functionality. Again, to be taken into consideration is also the simple fact that this is one of those smaller date dividers — consider the sub-40mm size of this watch and the proportionally yet smaller date window, and also the distraction-factor really is minimized.The display case-back allows a view to the Geneva Seal accepted 97.01-L Calibre movement which, like the 97.03-L found in the L.U.C Tonneau watch, is a tonneau-shaped automatic movement. The motion measures at 28.15mm by 27.60mm in just 3.3mm thick and is made of 197 components, and contains 29 jewels.Chopard calls the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru “the sole tonneau shape watch wound by an automated movement” — although the Clé de Cartier, several Richard Mille pieces, and even some Franck Muller models spring to mind as additional watches which match this description.The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hebdomadaire is really a tonneau shaped watch with a tonneau shaped motion, but one that is a manual wind, but the RM 67-01 (hands-on here) is very much a tonneau-shaped motion in a tonneau watch.
Aficionados of high-end mechanical watches will find it curious but the Chopard Happy Diamonds is one of the best selling ladies watches ever. The floating diamonds that are its signature have now been sprinkled into a diver’s watch for ladies that makes its debut Baselworld 2017.
The Happy Ocean is a 40mm, stainless steel diver that’s hard to take seriously at first glance but is nonetheless rated to 300m and equipped with Chopard’s in-house calibre 01.01-C.
Produced in the Fleurier factory that also makes Chopard’s top of the line L.U.C movements as well as the Ferdinand Berthoud chain and fusee tourbillon, the 01.01-C is automatic with a 60-hour power reserve.
The dial has a generic dive watch style, with five free floating diamonds above it. The stones sit in between two sapphire crystals, one just above the dial and the other a conventional crystal on the outside.
Available with red or green accents on the bezel, the Happy Ocean is delivered on a fabric NATO-style strap.
Price and availability
The Happy Ocean is priced at SFr8200 (about US$8230) and will be available starting July 2017.