In 1980, Chopard introduced its first sports watch. It was a huge step forward for the brand which, until the release of the St. Moritz, was known solely as a manufacturer of high-end, luxurious timepieces.
It was a pioneering move from the brand. And the man behind this big leap in the Swiss Maison’s history? A young Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the now co-president of Chopard.
This year, Chopard is celebrating the St. Moritz by scaling another peak of design — and has revealed its new state-of-the-art reinterpretation of this milestone watch. The Alpine Eagle sports collection is crafted from an exclusive, ultra-resistant and light-reflecting metal called Lucent Steel A223, and beats to the rhythm of a Chopard chronometer-certified movement.
Scheufele tells us that he was inspired by his passion for the Alps themselves, and the lofty power of the eagle that soars above its peaks. And, what’s more, the watch isn’t the only aquiline launch from the brand — Scheufele has also unveiled the Eagle Wings Foundation; an ethical body dedicated to protecting the Alpine environment.
Our favourite model is the 41mm Alpine Eagle Large. Belonging to a select circle of watches with integrated cases and bracelets, this slightly larger timepiece was designed to be at once refined and contemporary — while featuring several design nods to the bird of prey from which it takes its name.
The rock-like textured dial evokes an eagle’s iris, the hands call to mind the raptor’s feathers and the cold glinting steel is reminiscent of the glaciers and icy slopes where the bird can often be found perching. Even the case, distinguished by a protrusion that protects the crown, bears a compass rose; an instrument that has helped Alpine adventurers find their way across the snow-capped mountains for centuries.
Inside the Alpine Eagle’s case, the 01.01-C calibre ticks away with a 60-hour power reserve, visible through a transparent sapphire crystal back. And, on its front, eight screws punctuate the bezel, grouped in pairs at the four cardinal points. This is perhaps the most overt nod to adventure on Chopard’s latest timepiece; a watch that champions the pioneering spirit in both practice and design.
Chopard Alpine Eagle Large
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