The playful swirl began in 1976, and ever since, the Happy Diamonds have been successfully spreading their joyful aura around the world. It all started with one statement: Diamonds are happier when they are free.
In the 1970s, Chopard designer Ronald Kurowski marvelled at the sight of a waterfall with thousands of water droplets bursting from it, reflecting the sunlight and shimmering with all the colours of the rainbow.
This vision sparked his brilliant idea of enabling diamonds to shine more brightly by freeing them from their traditional claw settings and enabling them to move spontaneously. Moving diamonds were consequently inserted into a golden socket with a concave tip that allowed them to “dance” around the dial.
The first Happy Diamonds model was a men’s watch, a large cushion-shaped timepiece with an 18-carat white gold case and bracelet framing a black dial magnificently highlighting the first moving diamonds. This iconic creation, which won the prestigious Golden Rose of Baden-Baden in 1976, inspired a model celebrating the 40th anniversary of the invention of moving diamonds.