Chopard marks 25 years of ‘Happy Sport’

Updated 12 April 2018

Chopard marks 25 years of ‘Happy Sport’

Chopard recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the launch of its luxurious timepiece “Happy Sport.” 

“Happy Sport,” described as “a vision of independence, modernity and freedom of movement,” delivers a delicate touch with a pastel-colored textured mother-of-pearl dial.

In 1993, Chopard Co-President Caroline Scheufele designed a sport watch with a link between steel and diamonds. The watch soon became a powerful emblem of the Geneva-based maison and of feminine watchmaking.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chopard transported this watch into a new era. It has been endowed with a mechanical self-winding movement, the 09.01-C, exclusively developed for 30 mm ladies’ watch cases. 

“Feminine and technical, playful and radical, the icon of Maison Chopard represents the essence of a successful watch model. ‘Having it all’ is the perfect motto for the women who choose ‘Happy Sport,’” a press release said.

The silky iridescence of textured mother-of-pearl, and the singularity of its wave-like motifs endow “Happy Sport” with unique character. This luminous heart framed by a 30-mm case is available in four versions: A blue dial with a gem-set steel case; a pink dial with a steel and 18-carat rose gold case; a white dial with an 18-carat rose gold case; and a white dial with a gem-set 18-carat rose gold case.

The delicate colors echo the subtle shimmer of textured mother-of-pearl. These chromatic landscapes are cheered by the presence of five moving diamonds whirling above the dial. Attar United Co. is the official owner of Chopard boutiques in the Kingdom.

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.