Noble metal and high-tech material come together in this variation that’s still as sporty as ever, boasting up-to-the-minute design and high-performing engineering.
Just like the other models in the collection, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono dial stands out with its dazzling pattern echoing the iris of an eagle’s piercing eye. To boost this new version even more, Chopard has gone for an elegantly-stylish combination that contrasts perfectly. In a nutshell, ever-so deep black decorates the time data dressed in a hue on a par with the warm shade of the case. We discover the scenography inherent to the chic sporty range unveiled in 2020. In addition to the small seconds at 6 o’clock and the can’t-do-without hour and minute hand duo, the watch takes on 30-minute and 12-hour subdials displayed respectively at 3 and 9 o’clock. The central direct-drive ensures time is measured precisely. A date aperture at 4:30 completes the ensemble. Everything is encircled by a tachymetric scale nestling on the flange.
The data is driven by the selfwinding 03.05-C caliber, protected by a 44 mm-diameter case, waterproof to depths of 100 meters. For the first time ever, the manufacture has gone for a blend of ethical rose gold and ceramized titanium, a lightweight alloy that’s as resistant as ceramic. The chronograph movement, equipped with a column wheel with flyback function, offers autonomy of 60 hours. Its chronometry is COSC-certified, proving its accuracy.
To ensure absolute visual harmony, the timepiece is worn on an elegant black calfskin strap clasped by an ardillon buckle.
Price: EUR34,400 chopard.com
By Dan Diaconu