The Chopard Alpine Eagle watch collection debuted in 2019 and now has more than two dozen models. This collection is inspired by the brand’s far older St. The Moritz collection has retained its position as an admirable watch line. Similar to the St. Moritz, the Alpine Eagle’s classic appearance lends itself easily to many variations without detracting from its reliable construction and thoughtful design.
This year’s Chopard introduced the Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon, the first tourbillon in the Alpine Eagle family. This new model comes with lucent steel, Chopard’s iconic material, which you can find in the case and bracelet.
Lucent steel is made by re-melting steel with certain additives to produce a material that is tougher and stronger than the common steel used in watchmaking. It also polishes to give a whiter and brighter appearance, which is really pleasant. This material is also hypoallergenic, scratch-resistant, and durable.
The dial comes in a blue sunburst color that is textured in an “iris of the eagle” design. The time is displayed in Roman Numerals at 12, 3, and 9 o‘clock while the tourbillon is positioned at 6 o’clock. The layout of the dial successfully creates a beautiful balanced dial that leans towards sporty while maintaining the elegance of Chopard DNA.
The bezel is secured by eight screws, two at each of the four cardinal points. This little detail has a subtle, attention-grabbing tilt to match the contour of the circular case.
Inside the case, beating the L.U.C 96.24-L is a mechanical self-winding movement with a 22-karat gold micro rotor that can be seen via the transparent sapphire crystal caseback. This is the first automated flying tourbillon calibre created by the Chopard Manufacture. This movement also features circular graining on the mainplate and bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève.
This movement beats at 25,200 vibrations per hour (3.5 Hz) and has a 65-hour power reserve thanks to the two barrels inside. It was created, made, and put together at Chopard’s Haute Horlogerie workshops, and it has COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certification.
Unrelatedly, the watch is one of the few flying tourbillon watches to have both Poinçon de Genève and Poinçon de Paris certifications. For more information about our Chopard collection, visit The Time Place boutique.