Back in the 1980’s the St. Mortiz paved the way for what would eventually be the Alpine Eagle by Chopard. It was even described by Karl-Frederich Scheufele, as a “re-edit of the St. Moritz model”. Since then this collection has managed to carve its own spot in the limelight of horology. In recent years its been crafted out of many distinct alloys and packed with varying complications. This latest addition has the shine of gold tender and the celebrated mystique of the iris inspired dial.We always like to remind our readers that the “Alpine Eagle” collection was conceived to support the “Eagle Wings Foundation”, which was founded by the president of Chopard, Karl-Friedrich Scheufelle. Those seeking more information on these noble efforts to preserve wildlife can do so by visiting: www.eaglewingsfoundation.org/ The tonneau shaped 41mm case is made of 18k ethical yellow gold with a mix of vertically brushed surfaces, and polished accents around the bezel rim, and casebands all the way down into the lugs and integrated bracelet.Chopard has been using Fairmined gold since 2014, but the company fully committed to this ethically approach in 2018 when it announced they’d be using Fairmined gold exclusively for all its watch and jewelry collections. For more information about this noble and ethical initiative, visit their official website here. On the flip-side we encounter a transparent sapphire exhibition caseback that allows us to view the inner workings of this upgraded in-house movement. It features an equally gold oscillating weight adored with the logo.Mounted to the case is a rounded bezel held in place by 8 golden screws in pairs, aligned at each quarter hour position. Their slots have been placed at a tangent towards the bezels circle. This bezel design provides a great framing to its surrounding counterparts.It also comes equipped with a screw-down crown embossed with the iconic compass rose in a chiseled form. All topped by a sapphire crystal over dial with glare-proof coating. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on a gold colored dial with gilded applied hour index markers and the Roman numerals (3, 6, 9, and 12), while circling around a sloped flange is a black printed minute track ring.The aesthetic inspiration for this dial can be directly attributed to the eagle’s iris, which this collection is named after. By now we’ve seen it in a few different hues, but this gold version is still quite impressive. To refer to it only as a sunburst pattern doesn’t provide an accurate description. This design is truly stunning and exudes luxurious craftsmanship.There is also a date aperture tucked-away between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions, with a color coordinated disc to fade into the background and let the center canvas lead. The central hands, Roman numerals and hour index markers have all been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Alpine Eagle 41 Yellow Gold
The “Chopard Alpine Eagle 41 Yellow Gold” (Ref#: 295363-0001) is powered by the in-house mechanical self-winding movement, caliber 01.01-C with 31 jewels, 207 components, and 28,800 Vph. This caliber was crafted by Chopard’s own Fleurier Ebauches workshops. Power reserve can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. Mounted on the watch is an integrated 18k ethical yellow gold bracelet, secured to the wrist by a three-piece triple folding clasp. Unlike a few previous Eagle releases, this model isn’t a limited edition. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
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