Sports watches with integrated bracelets have become more and more prevalent recently. Chopard only seriously entered this arena in 2019 when they introduced their “Alpine Eagle” model. Since then they’ve been steadily expanding this collection in size, colors, and complications. Which leads us to this new “Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon” addition with the same gorgeous “eagle eye” inspired dial, but a significant boost in terms of complications.We always like to shine a light on worthy causes, so once again let us recall 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 can do so by visiting: www.eaglewingsfoundation.org/
The 41mm case is made out of Lucent steel A223 with a mixture of brushed and polished finishes. Lucent Steel A223 is a proprietary stainless steel alloy developed by Chopard, which they claim boasts 50% greater scratch resistance than standard stainless steel, hypoallergenic properties, and a brighter shine than traditional stainless steel alloys.On the flip-side we encounter a transparent sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical 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 tangent towards the bezels circle. This bezel is very reminiscent of those seen on models, such as the: Audemar Piguet’s Royal Oak, IWC’s Ingenieur or Patek Philippe’s Nautilus; but this is clearly a legit and solid alternative by Chopard.It also comes equipped with a setting-crown that has been engraved with the Chopard logo. Despite the inclusion of a tourbillon this watch has preserved a water-resistance of up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on a Aletsch blue colored dial with applied white gold hour index markers and the Roman numerals for 3, 9 and 12. Followed by a blue ring circling the flange with smaller minute markers and cubes for each five-minute increment.Inspiration for this dial's overall aesthetics can be directly attributed to the eagle’s iris, from which this collection name was derived.But, the true novelty in this new edition is the flying tourbillon, placed at the 6 o’clock position. Chopard wisely embraced the pattern of the “iris” texture, which seems to flow towards this fulcrum element.The central white gold hands, hour index markers, and Roman numerals have all been fitted with a Super-LumiNova filling, for an enhanced legibility.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon
The “Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon” (Ref#: 298616-3001) is powered by the in-house mechanical self-winding movement, caliber L.U.C 96.24-L with 25 jewels and 25,200 vph. It comes equipped with two stacked barrel and power reserve can last up to 65 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to this watch is an integrated Lucent steel bracelet, secured to the wrist by a three-piece triple folding clasp. For more up to date information and retail pricing visit the official Chopard website here.