Back in 2019 was when Chopard first presented their luxury sports “Alpine Eagle” watch collection, exclusively with time-and-date and time-only models. Shortly after they were followed-up by a few flyback chronographs. The two main novelties on this new addition to the “Chopard Alpine Eagle'' collection is a bi-material case crafted in ethical gold and ceramized titanium, plus it's the first time this model gets released on a leather strap, instead of an integrated bracelet.The tonneau-shapped 44mm case is made of 18k ethical rose gold with ceramized titanium crown guards and a 13.15mm height that was required to properly house its elaborate caliber mechanism.
The dark grey color of the titanium is obtained by a process of oxidation using electro-plasma technology. This alloy not only ensures a hardness of 1000 Vickers, but it is also as resistant to scratches as ceramic and will not fade over time.On the flip-side is a sapphire exhibition case back, which allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. It features some visible purple jewels, a 22k gold oscillating rotor and the whole screwed-on circumference part is made of that ceramized titanium.Mounted to the case is a matching 18k ethical rose gold also with a vertical brushed finish, while the bevels offer a contrasting polished finish. The eight exposed gold polished screws have been placed in pairs on opposing sides. It comes equipped with flanked rectangular pushers to operate the chronograph functions with a gold polished screw-down crown. Water-resistance can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).Time is exhibited on an absolute black colored dialed obtained through a galvanic treatment, which Chopard has stated to be inspired by an eagle’s iris. It features gold-plated hour index markers and the Roman numeral for only the 12 o’clock position, followed by a ring of white printed minute markings with a cube shape for every 5-minute increment. The darker black flange section includes a tachymeter scale. There are three sub-dials: a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, a sub-seconds at 6 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter aligned at 9 o’clock. A dash of red appears on the tip of the chronograph seconds hand that features a feather counterweight.The central dynamic faceted hands, Roman numerals, and hour index markers have all been fitted with a Grade X1 Super-LumiNova coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a date aperture placed between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions. Inspiration for this dial's overall aesthetics can be directly attributed to the eagle’s iris, which explains the collection's branding.
Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
The “Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono” (Ref#: 295387-9001) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 03.05-C with 45 jewels, 310 parts and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Mounted to this watch is a black calfskin strap with red bridle stitching, while secured to the wrist by a bead-blasted ceramized titanium pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Chopard website here.
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