We’re excited to share the news that on 1 October, Chopard launched Alpine Eagle, a new sports-watch collection incorporating 10 timepieces. This unisex line reinterprets 1980’s St Moritz, the first watch created by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who is now Chopard’s co-president. As the name Alpine Eagle suggests, the new models are inspired by the beauty of the Alps – a personal passion of Scheufele’s – and the mighty eagles that are native to Europe’s highest mountain range. Available in 36mm and 41mm sizes, the Alpine Eagle collection makes excellent use of an exclusive, ultra- resistant, light-reflecting metal called Lucent Steel A223, as demonstrated here. Three particularly breathtaking models include a watch made with Lucent Steel A223 featuring a blue dial (£11,200), another made with Lucent Steel A223 and ethically sourced 18-carat rose gold with a grey dial (£14,000), and a model in the same materials with a mother-of-pearl dial and diamond-set bezel (£17,800).
Inspired by nature
Scheufele is a fervent enthusiast for the glory of nature. Known for his love of hiking and skiing, the Chopard co-president is a founding member of the newly formed Eagle Wings Foundation – a collaborative environmental project designed to raise public awareness of the beauty and fragility of Alpine biotopes. With this in mind, Scheufele’s contemporary looking collection clearly takes inspiration from the eagle and its unique environment. The rock-like coloured dials are made from stamped brass, a pale yellow alloy chosen by Scheuefele for its resemblance to an eagle’s iris. The counterweight of the seconds hand is shaped like an eagle’s feather, and the bright, glinting Lucent Steel A223 is reminiscent of Alpine glaciers.
As the name Alpine Eagle suggests, the new watches are inspired by the beauty of the Alps (a personal passion of Scheufele)
Brand new material
Chopard created Lucent Steel A223 specifically for the Alpine Eagle line – a process of research and development that took more than four years. It is 50 per cent more resistant to abrasion than conventional steel, with far fewer impurities, making the precious metal’s brightness comparable to gold. The use of steel in the Alpine Eagle’s design also pays tribute to the St Moritz, which, as well as being the first sports watch made by the brand, was also the first steel watch ever created in Chopard’s workshops. Up until that point, the brand was best known for its grand gold and diamond-set watches.
Spirit of adventure
All of the pieces in this new, highly practical collection include a glare-proof sapphire crystal on the case front and back, Super-LumiNova-filled hands, and a protrusion protecting the crown. In a further nod to the Alpine Eagle’s active, adventurous spirit, the crown is engraved with a compass rose – an aid to navigation that has been used by explorers for thousands of year. All 10 variants are presented on an integrated Lucent Steel A223 bracelet with a triple folding clasp and are water-resistant to approximately 100m. If you’re not one for the great outdoors, the watches will also complement a casual look thanks to their darker-coloured dials and smart bracelets.
The 36mm and 41mm watches are powered by calibres developed in-house by Chopard, and have been chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control. The 36mm watches house the 09.01-C calibre with a 42-hour power reserve, while the 41mm watches are powered by the 01.01-C calibre with a 60-hour power reserve and a date function. Both calibres can be admired through a transparent sapphire-crystal case back.
Visit our Regent Street showroom to view this limited collection.