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The Chopard Alpine Eagle Sunburnt in Support of the Aboriginal Corporation

Merging watchmaking and contemporary art for a good cause.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

Introduced to the luxury sports watch scene in 2019, the Alpine Eagle draws inspiration from the original 1980s Chopard St. Moritz, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s inaugural watch creation. Since its debut, the Alpine Eagle has become an essential collection, offering authentic, contemporary, and highly compelling timepieces. For the new and distinctive Alpine Eagle Sunburnt, Chopard partnered with tattooist, punk musician and Indigenous artist Shaun Daniel Allen (Shal). A portion of the profits from this collaboration will support the programs of the Ngunya Jarjum Aboriginal Corporation in Australia.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Sunburst case measures 41mm wide and 9.7 mm thick, in line with models from the permanent collection, looking elegant and comfortable on the wrist, with the broad chamfered bezel and eight distinctive screw heads all aligned. The case is made of Chopard’s Lucent Steel alloy, which is more scratch and abrasion-resistant than traditional stainless steel alloys. It also carries a brilliance on the wrist that gives the case an extra radiance in some lighting conditions. A glare-proof sapphire display caseback adorned with unique abstract motifs designed by Shal completes the package, and the watch is rated for 100 meters of water resistance.

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The intricate organic “eagle’s eye” texture of the dial draws inspiration from a bird of prey’s iris, while the colour palette mirrors the deep red and ochre hues of the Australian soil. A first for the collection, the Sunburnt dial showcases a captivating colour gradient, darkening around the edges to reflect the dynamic play of light and shade of the Australian landscape. Applied rhodium-plated Roman numerals and baton indices treated with Super-LumiNova, along with rhodium-plated baton-type hands and an arrow-type seconds hand with an eagle feather counterweight, shine bright on the deep red background. The date indication at 4:30 only slightly unbalances the design, with the dark date wheel blending in with the darker edge of the dial.

Powering the Alpine Eagle Sunburnt is Chopard’s in-house 01.01-C automatic calibre, featuring a solid 60-hour power reserve, a 28,800vph beat rate, and COSC chronometer certification for precision. Yet, if the printed motif on the exhibition caseback somewhat obscures the view of the attractively finished movement, it is for a good cause.

An integrated bracelet with wide links featuring alternating finishes with a triple-folding clasp completes the look of this limited edition of 20 pieces, exclusively available from Chopard Boutiques in Australia at the equivalent of EUR 18,600. More details at

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