The luxury sports watch design with an integrated bracelet has always held a special place of its own among horology enthusiasts. Among some of the most iconic timepieces to carve out this niche were the creations of Gerald Genta, such as the iconic Nautilus by Patek Philippe. Now let’s welcome a new creation by Chopard worthy of our consideration, the “Alpine Eagle” collection.
Following the theme of this collection Chopard has associated their brand with a sustainable approach by launching the “Eagle Wings Foundation”, which has been founded by president of Chopard himself, Karl-Friedrich Scheufelle. Those seeking more information on these noble efforts can do so by visiting: www.eaglewingsfoundation.org/
For now these watches can be had in either a 41mm or smaller 36mm version, constructed out of stainless-steel, 18k gold or a combination of both. On the flip-side we encounter a transparent sapphire exhibition caseback, which allows to view the inner workings of this in-house movement.
Mounted to the case is a rounded bezel held in place by 8 screws in pairs, aligned at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. Their slots have been placed at a tanget towards the bezels circle. This bezel may seem reminiscent of the ones seem on: Audemar Piguet’s Royal Oak, IWC’s Ingenieur or the aforementioned Nautilus; but Chopard is proud of their alternative.
It also comes equipped with a setting-crown that has been engraved with the Chopard logo. All topped by a sapphire crystal, which assists these timepieces with a water-resistance of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
As for the dial, this may very well by the highlight of this collection, despite its unique and sturdy case design; and integrated bracelet. There is undoubtedly a lot to admire here. First off lets mention the technical aspects, time is told via a mixture of Roman numerals and hour index markers, while a ring of smaller minute marking circle around the periphery of the dial.
But, the real delight comes in the form of the mesmerizing sunburst texture that can be had in three available color options: blue, grey or slate grey.
Inspiration for the dials overall finishing can also be attributed to the eagle’s iris, from which this collection name was derived. There is also a date aperture tucked-away between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. The central hands, Roman numerals and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Alpine Eagle
The “Chopard Alpine Eagle” (References below) is powered by the in-house mechanical self-winding movement, caliber 01.01-C with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. This caliber was crafted by Chopard’s own Fleurier Ebauches workshops. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. While the smaller 36mm models are powered by caliber 09.01- C with 27 jewels, 25,200 Vph and a power reserve of 42 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to all these watches is an integrated bracelet, secured to the wrist by a triple folding clasp. The chosen alloys for each model differ depending on the various available options, which can consist of stainless-steel, gold or a mixture of both.
For more up to date information and retail pricing visit the official Chopard website here.
MSRP: $12,780 iN Steel (Ref#: 298600-3002) & $19,600 iN Gold (Ref#: 298600-6001)