Eagle-Eye Precision: the Chopard Alpine Eagle Collection

Specialist Picks • 22 Jun 2023

Eagle-Eye Precision: the Chopard Alpine Eagle Collection

Encapsulating the spirit of the eagle, a symbol of freedom and strength, it is Chopard’s homage to its Alpine roots. Inspired by a historic Chopard model reinterpreted by three generations of the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is constantly enriched with new achievements.

Alpine Eagle 41 XPS in Lucent Steel ™

With the Alpine Eagle 41 XPS, Chopard orchestrates an encounter between the finest Chopard Manufacture movements and the sporty elegance of the Alpine Eagle collection.

Steel sports watch wtih orange-hued patterned dial


The ultra-thin model is powered by the L.U.C. 96.40-L movement that measures in at just 3.30mm thick. To facilitate precise time-setting, it is equipped with a stop-seconds function. It also features a swan’s neck enabling finer adjustment of the oscillating frequency – and thus the rate of the watch – by helping to modify the active hairspring length. The precision of this movement, which also powers a small seconds dial display, is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, as evidenced by the “Chronometer” inscription on the dial below the logo. This demand for accuracy embedded in the DNA of Swiss watchmaking lies at the very core of the philosophy upheld by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Co-President of the Maison, and drives the entire creative process of the Manufacture.

Display case back showing the watch movement with a gold micro-rotor
The L.U.C. 96.40-L movement with gold micro-rotor on full display, visible through the case back.


Thanks to its two stacked barrels based on Chopard Twin technology, the L.U.C 96.40-L movement guarantees a 65-hour power reserve, and its automatic winding system operates via a 22-carat gold off-centre micro-rotor. Recalling the attention to detail cultivated by the artisans of emotions, each bridge is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif and all other movement components are finished in compliance with the Poinçon de Genève criteria.

The Alpine Eagle 41 XPS debuts a new dial colour, Monte Rosa Pink, inspired by the palatte of natural colours that compose the beauty of the Alpine landscape. Etched onto the brass-based dial is a pattern inspired by the eagle’s iris. Gold hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova ® adorn the dial.

Steel sports watch wtih orange-hued patterned dial


Demonstrating Chopard’s commitment to the use of raw materials combining performance and responsible origins, the Alpine Eagle 41 XPS timepiece is made of Lucent Steel™, an innovative alloy composed of 80% recycled materials, developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic virtues, its robustness and its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous recasting process.


Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF in Titanium

Titanium watch with black dial and silver hour and minute hands, with orange second hand


The dial of the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF is marked with the so-called “eagle iris” pattern, a direct tribute to the piercing vision of the majestic birds of prey that inspired the collection. Its Pitch Black colour is inspired by the intense blackness of mountain nights when wild Nature reclaims its rights. The orange arrow-shaped sweep-seconds hand with its eagle’s feather-shaped counterweight, as well as the matching railway-track minutes circle, bring an elegant contrast and even sportier touch to the dial.

In addition, the minutes track has been pared down to just baton-type hour-markers and 12 o’clock in Roman numerals. Above all, the dial bears two unique inscriptions: “8 HZ Chronometer” appearing beneath the Chopard name; and a lower-positioned dynamic orange arrow-shaped logo, the unique signature of Chopard high-frequency watches. This exceptional property is also highlighted on the transparent sapphire crystal case back revealing the movement beating at a rate of 57,600 vibrations per hour.

Display case back showing the high-frequency movement
Display case back showing the high-frequency Calibre 01.12-C movement.


High frequency improves chronometry, a theme particularly dear to Chopard’s Co-President, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. Since 2012, Chopard has pioneered an entire series of watches with a chronometer-certified high-frequency movement. The manufacture’s high-frequency movement evolved in 2021, with the Calibre 01.12-C, a mechanical self-winding movement with a central rotor. Using the properties of monocrystalline silicon to make the most of this 8 Hertz frequency, this light and self-lubricating material is used for the components that are subject to high friction, guaranteeing the movement’s longevity. The lightness of silicon enabled Chopard to develop a high-frequency escapement without resulting in increased energy consumption. This remarkable feat comes in the form of a 60-hour power reserve, backed by several patents and technologies. Its precision is certified by the COSC.

While Alpine Eagle watches are traditionally made of Lucent Steel™, of ethical gold, or a combination of the two, the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF models are all-titanium. Whereas Lucent Steel™ is shiny, hard and particularly comfortable to touch, titanium is distinguished by its even lighter weight and darker colour. The Alpine Eagle design codes remain present: the bezel, case middle and wide bracelet links are satin-brushed. The central cap of these links is polished, as are the case bevels while the eight screws featuring slots are set at a tangent to the bezel circle.

With its pure and assertive design, the Alpine Eagle continues to enrich its heritage with new technological feats on all levels, from movement to materials. It is Chopard’s embodiment of impeccable elegance expressed in a resolutely contemporary manner.


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