Soaring high: Chopard launches Alpine Eagle XL Chrono
Refined and contemporary are the perfect words to describe Chopard’s Alpine Eagle collection which has spread its wings to reveal a debut automatic flyback chronograph. The original collection was launched in 2019 but only in time-and-date and time models but this one is soaring ahead, thanks to Chopard’s in-house column-wheel movement.
The Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono is a sporty offering – and it’s big, as you’d expect from the XL clue – coming in at 44mm diameter and 13.15mm thick. The timepiece comes in three stunning variations. Two versions are in Lucent Steel A223 – a steel alloy created by Chopard and partner Voestalpine Böhler – with a piercing blue or black dial. The third is an ethical rose gold and steel release with a black dial for a beautiful two-tone look.
The alloy is anti-allergenic and even created from recycled steel, making it more resistant to scratches than normal stainless steel. And it’s good to know that the rose gold used is sourced from mines participating in the Swiss Better Gold Association or through the Responsible Jewellery Council.
Gift of nature
Embellished with a sunburst motif, the galvanic blue or black dial is inspired by the iris of
an eagle, and according to Chopard, reminds us that nature is the most gifted of all muses.
With its counterweight shaped like an eagle’s feather, the rhodium-plated second hand takes the form of an arrow.
A strong structure comprises a round bezel with eight aligned screws on a classic tonneau-shaped case. Both polished and brushed surfaces make this watch look incredibly expensive. An integrated bracelet mirrors the case and is finished with an ingot central link and two external links with bevelled polished edges plus a triple folding clasp for super security.
The case body extends to form the lugs and the first link of the bracelet, allowing a flowing integration between the head and bracelet, with stunning lines, as seen in the automatic