Described as contemporary, refined and assertive, the new Chopard Alpine Eagle sports timepiece is a reinterpretation of the classic St. Moritz. It was the first watch created in 1980 by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, now co-president of Chopard.
Alpine Eagle is driven by Scheufele’s passion for the Alps and the immense power of an eagle. It’s crafted from an ultra-resistant and light-reflecting metal named Lucent Steel A223. This alloy is 50% more resistant to abrasion than conventional steels and has a unique hardness. Its crystal structure and purity enables it to reflect light in a unique way. Lucent Steel A223 took Chopard four years of research and development to perfect.
The round bezel is punctuated by eight screws, grouped in pairs at the four cardinal points. These screws also serve a technical function by guaranteeing the watch is water-resistant to 100 metres. All Alpine Eagle’s flat surfaces are satin-brushed, a finish carefully crafted to create light effects further enhanced by polished chamfers. The hours and minutes hands, like the hour-markers, are coated with Super-LumiNova to enhance nighttime legibility.
The Alpine Eagle 41 houses the 01.01-C calibre with a 60-hour power reserve, while the 36 mm models host the 09.01-C calibre with a 42-hour power reserve. Both are visible through a transparent sapphire crystal back. Both watch sizes are also chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control.
Alpine Eagle features an integrated case and bracelet. The case is further distinguished by a protrusion protecting the crown engraved with a compass rose. At launch, Alpine Eagle is available in ten references in steel, gold, bi-material or diamond-set gold and is available in unisex models with the aforementioned 41mm and 36mm sizing options.
That’s just a small insight into the materials, inspiration and watchmaking techniques that have gone into the Chopard Alpine Eagle. It’s A refined watch for a sophisticated gent and a desirable centrepiece for any budding collector.