Chopard has extended its last year’s Happy Sport Mark II collection with new All Black model. The device is now available in two versions: one with a fixed bezel set with almost four dozens of beautifully cut diamonds, and the other featuring a sportier design with a rather standard unidirectional rotating bezel with a diving time scale. Both feature a matte black PVD finish that makes a perfect background for the moving diamonds on their dials.
Both versions feature a monochrome, minimalist design and have their carbon-treated scratch-resistant steel cases accented with gray indexes on the dial, and are almost sparkling with their sets of diamonds moving behind the sapphire crystal.
Yes, besides the usual diamonds that are fixed to the bezel, there is also a set of five precious stones but also roll freely across the dial as you move your hand through space. As far as I understand, there is an extra sapphire crystal above the hands that allows the diamonds to travel freely, although I have a feeling that with time there may start to appear signs of premature wear of the front crystal given how hard the diamonds are.
Although the Swiss watchmaker positions the new collection as ‘unisex”, they may not feel comfortable if you are a small woman or a big man. Whole 42 millimeters in diameter and 12.5 mm in height, it may look outright bulky if your wrist is on a thinner side.
Another issue that you should take into account before buying this beautiful, but somewhat controversial timekeeper is the movement that powers it.
Like many watches designed for ladies, the Happy Sport Mark II Chrono All Black features a simple quartz caliber with the date and chronograph functions.
Of course, the movements are Swiss-made and undergo thorough internal quality control before casing, but the trouble here is that the watch is offered at an almost mind-blowing price of just below $9000 U.S. dollars, which makes the choice of the movement look like a kind of mockery.
Seriously, a $9k watch with a quartz movement that, however accurate and reliable, costs like 50 dollars at best?
Wearing such a hefty price tag, the collection should feature at least an ETA Valjoux 7750. At least, using the legendary industry work-horse, Chopard could show us some degree of respect!
Okay, I am getting too emotional here. Let’s move on with this review.
Although its indexes sport a darker shade of gray, the dial is legible enough both in normal lighting and in darkness since the minute and hour hands are white-colored with an additional luminous coating so you can always guess what time is now. The only problem here is the tiny date window.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Chopard Happy Sport Mark II Chrono All Black specification
Price range: $9000 (MSRP)
Movement: Quartz, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date
Power reserve: 48 months
Case: PVD-coated high-grade stainless steel with a fixed bezel
Diameter: 42.00 mm
Height: 12.95 mm
Dial: Black dial with five mobile diamonds and hours, minutes, and seconds counters located at 3, 9 and 6 o’clock respectively. Date window between 4 and 5 o’clock.
Hands: Steel, luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black crocodile leather strap with polished blackened steel buckle
Crystal: Sapphire (anti-reflective coating)