Chopard Alpine Eagle 41mm: Malaysia Review And SpecsWritten by Leong Wong
The eagle has landed at Chopard.
Karl-Friedrich Scheufele was just 22 years old when he presented his first watchmaking project to his father, Karl Scheufele III, the man responsible for elevating Chopard to the global brand that we know today, after its acquisition by the family in 1963. That nascent idea would go on to become the St. Moritz watch, significant for the fact it was not only the Maison’s first sports offering, but also the first timepiece made of steel in its workshops, at a time when Chopard was better known as a specialist in gold and diamond-set gold watches.
Karl-Fritz, Karl, and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele
Almost 40 years later, Karl-Friedrich, now Co-President of Chopard, finds himself back at the drawing board—prompted by a little prodding from his own son, Karl-Fritz, no less—for a new collection inspired by his coming-of-age design. This reimagining, aptly named Alpine Eagle, embodies the hiking and skiing enthusiast’s lifelong passion for the Alps and the raptors that soar in the skies above.
Hence, the design has a wealth of references to its namesake bird and natural habitat. Key elements include its rock-like textured brass dial that evokes the eagle’s iris, hands that call to mind its feathers, and the alternating polished and matt finishes that are reminiscent of glaciers.
What strikes you immediately about the Alpine Eagle is its distinctive 41mm case with two distinctive lozenges at nine o’clock and a complete block at three o’clock where the crown sits. So, in terms of first impressions, the watch’s roots may not be immediately apparent, but a closer examination reveals quite the contrary.
Enthusiasts will know, for example, that the eight rivets grouped in pairs at the four cardinal points on the bezel, were a main feature on the St. Moritz. More than just an aesthetic consideration, they fulfil a technical function by guaranteeing the watch’s water resistance to 100 metres. Meanwhile, the bracelet—comprising a single ingot-shaped link, topped by a raised central cap—has been refreshed with a softer, more gentle bevelled edge.
Self-winding Calibre Chopard 01.01-C
At the heart of the matter is an in-house developed and manufactured COSC-certified movement with a 60-hour power reserve. It is visible through the sapphire crystal back of the case crafted from Lucent Steel A223. This unique metal that took Chopard four years to develop, has three noteworthy characteristics: it is hypoallergenic, ultra-resistant, and emits a brilliance and brightness comparable to that of gold.
The Alpine Eagle is smart, stylish and surprising. Its one-two punch of legacy and technology are a nice bonus. But it also stands out as an able representation of Chopard’s strict code of ethics and responsibility as well as support of important initiatives in the world of philanthropy. Fittingly, Alpine Eagle’s launch coincides with that of the Eagle Wings Foundation, which is dedicated to protecting the alpine environment, and of which Karl-Friedrich is a founding member. In addition, the 18K rose gold used in the bi-tone version of Alpine Eagle is ethically mined to reflect Chopard’s efforts at adopting more sustainable practices.
|41mm Lucent Steel A223 or Lucent Steel A223 and 18K rose gold|
|Stamped brass with sunburst motif in blue or slate grey, Super-LumiNova-coated applied numerals, hour markers and rhodium-plated hands, date|
Self-winding Calibre Chopard 01.01-C
|Lucent Steel A223 or Lucent Steel A223 with 18 rose gold links|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
Editor, CROWN Malaysia
A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.
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