Chopard unveils the Alpine Eagle flying tourbillon at Watches And Wonders 2022

In 2019, as the luxury sports watch with integrated strap design gained unprecedented momentum among leading brands, Chopard introduced the Alpine Eaglehis vision of this sought-after and now very trendy watch category.

Inspired by the beauty of the Swiss Alps and its majestic avian, the Alpine Eagle is distinguished by a minimalist case and bracelet design combining polished and satin-brushed surfaces, a round bezel with eight screws, a crown guard and a magnificent texture of dial. reminiscent of the iris of the royal bird of prey.

Chopard went into overdrive by developing the special Lucent Steel A223 alloy for the case, which has three exceptional properties: it is hypoallergenic, 50% harder and more resistant to abrasion than conventional stainless steel and, thanks to homogeneity based on its crystal structure, presents an intense luster resembling the luster of white gold.

The inner workings didn’t fail to impress either: the first generation of the Alpine Eagle was equipped with the automatic manufacture caliber 01.01-C, which offers a 60-hour power reserve and an official COSC chronometer certificate. As expected, the original three-handed executions were soon joined by more technically complex models, including a flyback chronograph in 2020.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

During Watches and Wonders 2022, the Swiss manufacture unveiled another Alpine Eagle with a sophisticated complicated escapement: a flying tourbillon. While not too long ago the high-end market seemed to be awash with this little tourbillon, I think there couldn’t be a better place for a flying tourbillon than the blue “Aletsch” dial of the watch. ‘Alpine Eagle.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

The raw beauty of the embossed radiant decor provides a perfect backdrop to the filigree one-minute tourbillon that lives up to its name by forgoing an upper bridge, creating the illusion that it floats like an eagle flying freely and gracefully overhead. above the Alps. This combination is also a powerful demonstration that sports watch style and complicated mechanics can go very well together.

Back of the Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

The star of the show is the flying tourbillon which incorporates the seconds indication. This is integrated into the self-made LUC 96.24-L caliber inside the 42mm case, which measures just eight millimeters in height ultra-thin.

Chopard Caliber LUC 96.24-L flying tourbillon movement

Perfectly finished and decorated in accordance with Poinçon de Genève requirements, the movement offers a 65-hour power reserve ensured by the brand’s twin-barrel technology and features a hacking mechanism for setting the time to the second. in addition to a 22-carat gold micro-rotor for powerful winding.

Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon

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Fast facts Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon
Case: 41 x 8 mm, Lucent A223 Steel
Movement: Manufacture automatic caliber LUC 96.24-L with one-minute flying tourbillon, 25,200 vibrations/hour/3.5 Hz frequency, 65-hour power reserve, official COSC chronometer certificate, Hallmark of Geneva
Functions: hours, minutes, (hack) seconds
Price: €111,500

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