Chopard Watch Alpine Eagle XL Chrono 298609-3001 44mm
Series: Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Collection
Material: Stainless Steel
Case diameter: 44 mm
BUCKLE: Deployment Buckle
Dial Colour: Blue
WATER RESISTANCE: 100 m
STRAP: Stainless Steel
Chopard strengthens the Alpine Eagle collection
Like several other brands dabbling in 1980s-style luxury sports watches, Chopard is not shy about pinning its hopes on nostalgia for the Alpine Eagle. Launched in 2019, the collection features designs that harken back to the watch category's formative years in the late 1970s and 1980s, with exposed screws on the bezel and chunky bracelets reminiscent of compatriots from decades past. The homage isn't without reason, though, as the Alpine Eagle was inspired by Chopard's own St. Moritz collection, which the brand launched in the 1980s to give its own take on luxury sports watches in stainless steel.
This year, Alpine Eagle returns with new styles, expanding its collection to include ethical rose gold models, women's products in 36mm cases and, most notably, large automatic chronographs.
Previously only available in Lucent Steel, a hypoallergenic steel alloy that is 50% more reflective and 50% harder than regular steel, as well as a bi-metallic version, the Alpine Eagle Large 41mm case is now also available in fully compliant Ethical rose gold – an offer that gives the watch a blunt ostentation.
Equipped with a COSC-certified self-winding movement with a 60-hour power reserve, the watch features an 'Aletsch Blue' dial with a textured surface that pays homage to Switzerland's largest eponymous Alpine glacier and 'Bernina Grey' 'The texture on the dial is reminiscent of Switzerland and Mountains of the same name between Italy. With the weight and trademark image of the timepiece, the sparkling new addition to the family is not to be missed.
Alpine Eagle now also includes a 36mm women's model, which is also quite fitting. While noticeably more refined than its siblings, the Alpine Eagle Small is equally dominant on the wrist. Currently, this model is only available in Lucent Steel, but there is an option to upgrade it to a gem-set bezel version.
Last but not least, given the sophistication of its sport inspiration, the XL Chrono is a perfect fit for the Alpine Eagle, a collection inspired by the mountain outdoors and its namesake Raptor. For this watch, Chopard uses the Calibre 03.05-C, a COSC-certified automatic flyback chronograph movement with a 60-hour power reserve. The engine is equipped with a column wheel, a component found in high-end chronographs that contributes to the smooth start of the chronograph mechanism, and a Variner balance wheel that improves stability at the rate of movement.
Externally, the oversized case and three-hole dial add a sportier dimension to the time-only model that debuted last year, highlighted by subtle red accents on the accumulator hands and a tachymeter scale that wraps around its circumference up to this point. Macho and rich, this is a tailored look for the Alpine Eagle.
The XL Chrono once again embodies all the unique characteristics of the Alpine Eagle that have been established with the launch of the collection. The porthole-style case and bracelet with ingot-type links remain an integral part of the aesthetic, as are the textured dials reminiscent of an eagle iris, the hands reminiscent of feathers, and the alternating polished and matte finishes inspired by the glacier .
Currently, customers can choose from the XL Chrono in Chopard's proprietary Lucent A223 steel, as well as a bimetallic version in Lucent steel and ethical rose gold. Both versions will feel their presence on the wrist, but it must be said that if you want a watch to bend, the steel and gold versions are better.