Chopard introduced the Alpine Eagle collection in 2019 to compete in the growing segment of luxury sports watches with integrated bracelets. A modern interpretation of Chopard’s St. Moritz line from the 1980s, the Alpine Eagle, viewed by many as an attempt to create a genuine alternative to Royal Oak and Nautilus, became an essential part of Chopard’s offer as the collection has grown and is now an array of references in different sizes, materials and includes a flyback chronograph, a flying tourbillon, and a watch with a high-frequency (57,600vph/8Hz) movement, not to mention time-only, time and date, and references richly decorated with precious stones. This year the brand presents an ultra-thin Alpine Eagle model in a 41mm case with a thickness of just 8mm.
The case of the Alpine Eagle 41 XPS has a familiar shape, distinguishing flanks and a bezel with eight proper screws and an engraved crown. For balanced proportions in line with the slim profile, the sides of the bezel were slightly trimmed, so the dial looks larger. The case is manufactured from Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy that, by 85%, consists of recycled material. This alloy has been the material of choice for Chopard for some years, preferred for its anti-allergenic qualities and brilliance produced by the recasting process, but also to demonstrate the brand’s commitment to using materials with responsible origins.
The dial is textured, stamped with a radiating pattern, in what the brand calls the “Monte Rosa Pink”, quite harmonious with the applied white gold hour markers and the white gold hour and minute hands filled with Super-LumiNova. The small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock is flat but uniform in colour with the rest of the dial surface and features black markings for the small seconds’ track.
The movement contributing to the extra-thin case is an automatic L.U.C 96.40-L with central hours and minutes, small seconds, and a stop-second function for precise time-setting; it is only 3.30mm high. Still, it has two stacked barrels to guarantee 65 hours of power reserve, wound by an off-centre gold micro-rotor. This calibre is decorated with Côtes de Genève on the bridges, with other components finished to satisfy the Poinçon de Genève requirements. The Alpine Eagle 41 XPS bears this quality mark on the caseback and the main bridge. The movement is certified by COSC, and the chronometer indication is placed below the Chopard text logo on the dial.
The Chopard Alpine Eagle 41 XPS bracelet has a triple folding clasp with safety pushers. Its mid-link is polished, and the wide link and sides are satin-brushed. The material, as expected, is the same Lucent Steel A223 used to make the case. It is priced at EUR 24,400.
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