The Chopard Alpine Eagle: A Sports Watch Without the Hype
80s-inspired bracelets and dials set Chopard apart in its entry into the sports watch category.
The basic premise of a sports watch is simple: it tells the time, you can wear it anywhere, and of course, it shouldn't be too expensive, relatively speaking. Chopard Alpine Eagle meets all these requirements. Available in two sizes - 36mm and 41mm - to fit almost any wrist. Chopard uses a different COSC-certified movement for each version: caliber 09.01-C (36mm) or 01.01-C (41mm), which means each nicely fills the sapphire caseback.
As with most watches in the sports watch category, the bracelet is the Alpine Eagle's signature feature. It didn't disappoint, featuring a unique three-link construction with links held together by a single screw on the back of the bracelet. It keeps the edges clean, so they are polished and chamfered to contrast with the brushed outer link. This is an effortless update to Chopard's original St. Moritz from the 1980s.
Speaking of which, the Alpine Eagle draws various inspirations from that original St. Moritz. At the time, the young Karl-Friedrich Scheufele realized that Chopard needed its own sports watch to compete in a growing category.
In 2019, Schaefer and Chopard launched the Alpine Eagle. Sure, the Alpine Eagle looks like some other modern sports watch, but still retains cues from the original St. Moritz: paired screws on the bezel, three-link bracelet, dial finish (inspired by eagles). At first glance, the Alpine Eagle looks familiar, but upon closer inspection, it's the details that set it apart.
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