Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chronograph

Chopard’s luxury sports watch collection reinforces its sporty style with chronographs.

The Alpine Eagle collection is a luxury sports watch, because it was hosted in 1972 with the time and date, only the time-only model that hit the market in 2019 has never weakened Chopin’s interpretation of the genre, the Alpine Eagle collection strengthens its sports credentials With this brand new The introduction of the 44 mm automatic flyback chronograph. The core of the three new models is Chopard’s column-wheel chronograph movement, which has 60-hour autonomy and COSC certification. The new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono is available in a Lucent steel case with a blue or black dial, or a two-tone ethical rose gold and black dial stainless steel version. Let’s look at it, on the wrist.

From the holy. Moritz vs. Mountain Eagle
With the advent of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak in 1972, almost all veritable watchmakers are involved in this category. Chopard tried this luxury sports watch long before the Alpine Eagle appeared. Chopard’s first luxury sports watch was St. Moritz, designed by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in 1980. St. Moritz was a model that successfully captured the top luxury of the 1980s, with a very delicate bezel with eight screws, and was eventually discontinued. Although there are many sports watches related to the classic racing world (such as Mille Miglia), the brand’s product portfolio lacks a steel sports watch with an integrated bracelet and powerful design.

Since 2013, Chopard has been adopting the concept of sustainable luxury goods, using ethical gold (Fairmined gold) in its watches and jewelry. When this idea was approved to reinterpret St. Moritz in a more modern way, the theme of the environment was basic. To prove that Chopard is not just playing with the vital “environmental sustainability” label, the brand is also a founding member of the Eagle Wings Foundation. The foundation recorded the impact of climate change on the Alps in a unique way. When a white-tailed eagle soars over the Alps, it has a camera on its back to provide a unique perspective on the impact of global warming on glaciers.

Alpine Eagle series watches have common features: eight screws on the round bezel; unique crown guard on the tonneau-shaped central case; 100m water resistance; integrated bracelet; textured sunburst dial inspired by the eagle’s iris ; Feather-shaped counterweight on the central seconds hand; date window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock; compass rose engraved on the crown; and super hard and shiny Lucent steel.

XL chronograph case
This chronograph is the third luxury watch to join the Alpine Eagle series and the first super-sized watch with a diameter of 44 mm and a height of 13.15 mm, which is large enough to accommodate a complex movement. Once again, Lucent A223 steel is the material of choice for watch cases. This material is equivalent to surgical steel, 50% harder than ordinary steel, anti-allergic and highly reflective. Two models are made of solid Lucent steel, while the third model is a mixture of Lucent steel and 18k rose gold decorations on the bezel, crown and central link of the bracelet.

Like many luxury sports watches, the case structure uses a round bezel, with eight aligned screws mounted on the top of the tonneau-shaped case, and is completed with a combination of brushed and polished surfaces. The Alpine Eagle’s crown guard mirrors the similar structure on the other side of the case, now on both sides are brushed rectangular buttons and the crown. The one-piece bracelet uses a polished ingot-shaped central link and two exterior links with brushed finishes. It uses a triple-folding clasp to fix the beveled polished edges on the wrist, and the case finishes are used.

Hawkeye dial
The eye-catching sunburst pattern on the dial and the eye-catching texture in the form of an eagle-eye iris is another common feature of many Alpine Eagle replica watches. Interpreted in Aletsch Blue in the past, the novelty of this chronograph is the new Pitch Black dial color. There are two colors to choose from. The richly textured surface of the dial has two raised and snail-shaped horizontal counters with rhodium-plated rims (30 minutes at 3 o’clock and 12-hour counters at 9 o’clock) ), at 6 o’clock there is a clock with a running seconds dial with a snail-shaped inner and rounded edges, a date window between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock marks, and a tachymeter on the periphery. The three chronograph hands are red, and the central chronograph second hand is equipped with the iconic feather weight.

The white tachymeter scale used to measure the average speed ranges from 60 to 400 with red dots at 100, 160 and 240. The Roman numeral 12 and hour markers are rhodium-plated, treated with X1 Super-LumiNova and applied to the dial. The rod-shaped hour and minute hands are also rhodium-plated and glow.

Automatic chronograph
Below the deck, through the sapphire crystal back cover, you can see Chopard’s 03.05-C automatic flyback chronograph movement, which has been certified by the COSC Observatory. This column wheel movement has four patents and is equipped with a one-way gear system to prevent energy loss.

The vertical clutch ensures accurate time measurement starts, while the flyback function ensures smooth and continuous timing. The movement is also equipped with a Variner hairspring, which ensures the stability of the movement speed by compensating for its inertial changes. With a frequency of 28,800vph and a hollow tungsten rotor, the movement can store up to 60 hours of autonomous operation time.

Technical specifications-CHOPARD ALPINE EAGLE XL CHRONO
Case: 44 mm diameter x 13.15 mm height-Lucent A223 steel or Lucent A223 steel and 18k ethical rose gold, brushed and polished-100 meters water resistance-Anti-glare sapphire crystal glass on dial and case back
Dial: Brass dial, printed with Aletsch blue or dark black sunburst pattern-Super-LumiNova luminous coating numerals and hour markers-Super-LumiNova rhodium-plated hour and minute hands-Red chronograph hands
Movement: Chopard 03.05-C-Automatic flyback chronograph with column wheel and vertical clutch-310 components-28,800vph (4Hz)-60 hours power reserve-Skeleton tungsten rotor-Variner balance-COSC certified chronograph
Bracelet: Lucent steel or Lucent steel and rose gold one-piece bracelet, satin-finished and polished-triple folding clasp
References: 298609-3001-Lucent Steel A223 material, Aletsch blue dial
298609-3002-Lucent Steel A223 material, dark black dial
298609-6001-Lucent Steel A223 and 18k rose gold, deep black dial