In 2019, family-owned Swiss watchmaker Chopard launched the ultra-successful Chopard Alpine Eagle collection. The 41mm version features two models in 18-carat ethical rose gold with either an “Aletsch Blue” or a “Bernina Grey” dial, while the 36mm version in Lucent Steel A223 with an “Aletsch Blue” dial radiates with a bezel adorned with diamonds. The modishly sporty collection – which became an instant hit amongst watch connoisseurs – recently welcomed three new members to the Alpine Eagle family.
Measuring 44mm in diameter and 13.15mm thick, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono boasts a drastic wrist presence that will satisfy anyone with a penchant for substantial chronographs. Aside from the piercing “Aletsch Blue” dial, Chopard unveils a novelty for the collection with two Alpine Eagle XL Chrono models showing off a pitch-black dial which takes its cue from the intense darkness of the eagle’s mountainous habitat. The distinctive sunburst motif reminiscent of an eagle’s iris is maintained in both versions.
50% more resistant than conventional steels, anti-allergenic and light-reflective, solid Lucent steel A223 is used for two models while the third combines Lucent steel with 18-carat ethical rose gold accents on the bezel, crown and part of the bracelet. A round bezel with eight functional indexed screws substantially elevate the case structure. The rectangular pushers on either side of the crown guards and the integrated bracelet with satin-bushed sides and polished central cap with a triple folding clasp work together in preserving the harmonious aesthetic of the collection.
The richly textured display hosts three sub-counters (minutes at 3, hours at 9 and small seconds at 6 o’clock) with a date window tucked tidily in between 4 and 5 o’clock. The tachymeter scale for average speed measurements is graduated from 60 to 400 and features red dots at 100, 160 and 240. The Roman numeral 12 and hour markers as well as the baton hours and minutes hands are rhodium-plated and enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova.
Powering the three models is the sophisticated COSC-certified Chopard 03.05-C automatic movement with four patents testifying to its accuracy and user-friendliness. It is equipped with a unidirectional gearing system that prevents energy losses while ensuring rapid winding. The vertical clutch guarantees accurate time measurement starts, while the flyback function enables smooth successive timing. The movement is also fitted with a Variner balance with balance spring to make sure that the rate of the movement is stable by compensating for its variations in inertia. With a frequency of 28,000vph and open- worked tungsten alloy rotor, it has a power reserve of up to 60 hours.
From dial and bracelet all the way up to movement and case created completely in Chopard’s watchmaking ateliers, the Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono collection joins the ranks of watch brands which offer not only high-quality in-house movements, but also imposing ergonomics and designs.
This story first appeared in the May 2021 issue of Men’s Folio Malaysia.