Think about a full stainless steel watch with an integrated case and bracelet. Chances are you might have more than a few in mind. It is probably the most popular and perennially relevant style, and a proven hit with vast numbers of watch buyers across all ages. This other brand also very recently released one in the same vein.
But is there space in the market for more? Chopard definitely thinks so, which is why the new Alpine Eagle looks somewhat familiar, but is not without its own unique strengths.
Admittedly it’s hard to escape the comparisons, particularly with the steel on blue model, but this sporty luxe timepiece is well worth a closer look. For starters, the watch is exceptionally well made—testament to Chopard’s advanced manufacturing prowess.
Smooth bevels hug the bezel which is round and punctuated with eight screws. Grouped in pairs and positioned on the four cardinal points, their slots are set at a tangent to the circular bezel. A minute detail, but one that will not escape the trained eye as a mark of fine watchmaking.
Another unique design element is found in the dial, finished with a sunburst motif that’s also delicately snailed. Unlike smooth or satinated finishes, this one brings textural variation and is reminiscent of an eagle’s iris.
Which brings us to the whole Alpine Eagle thing—what’s that about? So this entire collection is inspired by Chopard co-founder Karl-Friedrich Scheufele’s passion for nature and hiking in the beautiful Swiss Alps. Its landscape, the flora and fauna, and indigenous alpine eagles who are the apex predators of this environment.
Hence these watches are dedicated to contemporary eagles: aspiring men and women who are successful, inspirational, and woke. That last point is why the Chopard Alpine Eagle is made with sustainable materials such as ethical gold and Lucent Steel A223. Sustainable materials is a big thing at Chopard and will likely get even bigger.
Lucent Steel A223 is touted as the best stainless steel alloy that rivals even white gold in appearance. This incredibly strong yet pure material comes from recycled steel to boot. Comparable to surgical steel, it is hypoallergenic, and A223 references its Vickers strength.
Lucent Steel A223 contains far less impurities than conventional stainless steel and is 50 per cent harder. Thus it shines more brilliantly than steel and scratches less easily. In a sense it’s even more precious than gold because the smelting processes involved are much more complex. Chopard spent four years developing Lucent Steel A223.
Like the case material, movements are also made in-house. The Alpine Eagle 41mm runs on Calibre 01.01-C while the 36mm model uses Calibre 09.01-C, both chronometer certified self-winding movements.
The Alpine Eagle is available exclusively at Chopard boutiques. Prices unavailable.