Quick on the heels of the Alpine Eagle Pine Inexperienced mannequin, Chopard can also be releasing six references in a brand new 33mm case dimension. When the Alpine Eagle luxurious sports activities watch assortment was launched in 2019, the primary time-and-date fashions have been supplied in 41mm and 36mm case sizes, shifting as much as 44mm instances for the chronograph fashions The brand new, smaller case dimension is evidently focusing on ladies and is available in moral rose gold or Lucent Metal – and combos of each materials- with or with out diamonds on the bezel. Like all members of the Alpine Eagle household, the watch and the chronometer-certified motion are developed and manufactured in-house. And maybe the perfect information of all, the date window featured on bigger 41mm non-jewellery fashions has been suppressed.
Downsizing a watch whereas retaining its character would possibly appear to be a simple job, however it requires a complete examine of proportions and stability to make sure the genetic traits of the gathering don’t get misplaced. Though there have all the time been 36mm fashions within the Alpine Eagle household, a 33mm case is the smallest thus far. Manufacturers like Audemars Piguet have their iconic Royal Oak luxurious sports activities watch in dainty 33mm instances, however these are outfitted with quartz actions. As we defined within the earlier article, the Alpine Eagle assortment materialised in 2019 however took design parts from Chopard’s Eighties mannequin often called the St. Moritz, just like the bezel with eight practical screws, the tonneau-shaped case and the brightly polished center hyperlink of the built-in bracelet.
The Alpine Eagle 33mm is obtainable in three case supplies: Chopard’s proprietary Lucent Metal A223, a luminous anti-allergenic materials twice as arduous as metal and produced utilizing 70% recycled materials; moral 18k rose gold; and a mixture of each metals for a two-tone impact.
Like bigger fashions, the tonneau-shaped case hosts a raised spherical bezel with eight practical screws, and the screw-down crown with a compass rose engraving is flanked by crown guards which can be echoed on the left facet of the case for stability. Nevertheless, not like the 100m waterproof of the bigger fashions, the 33mm Alpine Eagle is just waterproof to 50m.
Once more, the finishings are hallmark Alpine Eagle with vertical satin-brushed surfaces and vivid polished accents on the bevels and crown. The built-in and gently tapered bracelet flows seamlessly from the case and options the marginally raised and brightly polished ingot-shaped central hyperlink initially featured on the St Moritz. The bracelet is hooked up to the wrist with a triple-folding clasp.
The six variants may be catalogued as follows: Lucent Metal A223 with Aletsch Blue dial, with and with out diamonds on the bezel; Lucent Metal A223 and moral 18k rose gold with Bernina Gray dial, with or with out diamonds on the bezel; moral 18k rose gold with Vals Gray dial with a diamond-set bezel, and an expensive rose gold mannequin with a Pink Daybreak with diamond indices, a diamond-set bezel and diamonds set within the central hyperlink of the bracelet (not pictured).
Chosen to seize the colors of Switzerland’s mountains, the Aletsch Blue dial of the metal mannequin evokes the bluish shimmer of the biggest glacier within the Swiss Alps. In distinction, the Bernina Gray dial of the two-tone metal and rose gold fashions evokes the color of rocks. One of many extra luxurious variations in rose gold incorporates a Vals Gray dial that remembers the silvery reflections of quartzite discovered within the canton of Grisons. The highest luxurious mannequin has a Pink Daybreak dial that captures the dawn over the mountains. All of the dials are textured with an irregular sunburst sample that remembers the iris of an eagle’s eye, and for a lot of an excellent piece of stories, they don’t have a date window.
Just like the bigger Alpine Eagles, the dial options a mixture of utilized Roman numerals and hour markers, rhodium-plated or gilded, relying on the case materials. The baton hour and minute arms and the hour markers are all handled with Grade X1 Tremendous-LumiNova, and the central seconds hand shows the eagle feather counterweight.
The brand new 33mm Alpine Eagles are powered by Chopard’s in-house calibre 09.01-C, an in-house computerized motion used contained in the 36mm variations of the Alpine Eagle (the bigger 41mm variations runs on the bigger in-house calibre 01.01.-C). Regardless of being smaller (20.4mm x 3.65mm) and working at a decrease frequency of three.5Hz, it’s nonetheless categorised as a COSC-certified chronometer. It delivers a decrease energy reserve of 42 hours in comparison with the 60 hours of the calibre 01.01.-C. Additionally fitted with a stop-seconds operate, the rotor on this calibre is stable and adorned with Geneva stripes just like the mainplate.
The six references of the brand new Alpine Eagle 33 fashions are priced as follows:
- Ref. 298617-3001 Lucent Metal with Aletsch blue dial, EUR 9,960
- Ref. 298617-3002 Lucent Metal with Aletsch blue dial and diamond-set bezel, EUR 13,500
- Ref. 298617-6001 Two-tone Lucent metal and 18k moral rose gold with Bernina gray dial, EUR 14,200
- Ref. 298617-6002 Two-tone Lucent metal and 18k moral rose gold with Bernina gray dial and diamond-set bezel EUR 17,500
- Ref. 298684-5001 Moral 18k rose gold with Vals Gray dial, diamond hour markers and diamond-set bezel, EUR 37,500
- Ref. 298684-5002 Moral 18k rose gold with Pink Daybreak dial, diamond indices, bezel and bracelet EUR 46,200
For extra data, please go to Chopard.com.
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