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Chopard grows its Alpine Eagle range with new chronograph models

Additions to a collection inspired by the first watch launched by company co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in the 1970s.

In the late 1970s, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele — who heads family-owned Chopard today, along with his sister Caroline — introduced his first watch range, the St Moritz. That luxury sports timepiece inspired the Alpine Eagle, a collection launched last year with time-and-date models. It was also Chopard’s answer to the ongoing demand for steel sports watches on integrated bracelets.

  • Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel with blue dial
    Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel with blue dial

Following a familiar industry path when it comes to launching new ranges, the brand now expands the collection with the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono. There are three variations in a new 44mm case: In steel with a blue or black dial, and in steel and rose gold with a black dial. Not just any steel, mind you — Chopard uses its own Lucent steel, which is more lustrous than regular steel, and also harder and more scratch-resistant. And not just any regular blue or black dials, either — inspired by the iris of an eagle, Alpine Eagle dials feature a disinctive, highly textured sunburst pattern.

  • Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel
    Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel with black dial

While not new, the 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement powering these 2020 additions is pretty special too. Chopard has four patents on the COSC-certified column-wheel chronograph movement, which includes features such as a unidirectional gearing system that prevents energy losses while ensuring rapid winding, and a Variner balance that helps to minimise the movement’s rate variation.

  • Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel and gold
    Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono in steel and rose gold

Elsewhere, expect the same fine details that were introduced with the first Alpine Eagle models. These include a seconds hand shaped like a feather, a winding crown engraved with a compass rose, and — our favourite feature of these watches — a bracelet that features satin-brushed ingot-shaped links topped by polished, raised central caps for a result that’s subtle yet striking.

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