What We Know
The Alpine Eagle drums on with a new dial variation that helps to separate the model – in looks – from a certain other steel sports watch with a blue dial. This new pine green dial model sits inside of the 41mm size range in the broader collection and puts a different spin on a fairly new watch that takes direct inspiration from the Chopard St. Moritz of old.
Cased in Chopard’s own proprietary Lucent Steel A223, this is the Alpine Eagle model that you already know. While the dial is a new color, it retains that striking pattern, and bold legible Roman numeral markers. In addition, the watch continues to feature the angular integrated bracelet with polished centerlinks. The entirely Lucent Steel construction lends the watch to sustainable efforts given that it is crafted from 70 percent recycled materials. In addition, part of the proceeds from the sales of this model will continue to be donated to the Alpine Eagle Foundation, aimed at enabling the reintroduction of the white-tailed eagle in the Lake Geneva region.
Inside the watch, and visible through an exhibition caseback, sits the same chronometer certified Chopard 01.01-C self-winding movement with 60 hours of power reserve.
The new green Alpine Eagle will set prospective buyers back $14,800. There is also a solid gold variation with the same pine green dial launching today with a price tag of $51,000 as well as a range of 33mm models.
What We Think
We like an Alpine Eagle with a green dial! At least this writer does. Truly. I had the chance to spend about a week experiencing this watch, and having already been a fan of the design from afar, was really taken with it. I know the naysayers out there look at this piece and see only a Royal Oak or an Aquanaut. I hear you. But there’s room in the integrated luxury steel sport watch space for everyone. And I really think the Alpine Eagle has a lot to offer here, both mechanically and aesthetically.
Blue dial, grey dial, or green dial, I think Chopard has done good work in bringing what I consider to be a luxe product at a price point that undercuts some of the models mentioned above. The dial work (reminiscent of the iris of an eagle) is outstanding and, in turn, a stand-out feature of the model range. I found that it worked especially well in green. In direct sunlight it takes on an almost-emerald color, and in darker scenarios it’s almost grey-green, which means that it doesn’t present as flashy despite the colorful dial.
That’s really the only meaningful difference between this and prior versions. You continue to get the high contrast of the stylized Roman numerals against the green backdrop, the “love it or hate it” 4:30 date window, and the overall form factor of the Lucent Steel case and bracelet. To me, the watch wears closer to a 39mm timepiece than a 41 due to how the links hug the wrist and I am typically someone who clocks out at 40mm.
And you still get the same value proposition via the Chopard 01.01-C movement and its chronometer certification. It goes without saying that the added accuracy allows this watch to feel all the more sporty (in addition to its 100m of water resistance). Let’s just say (and you can ask my wife if you don’t believe me) that I had a really hard time taking this watch off and sending it back to Chopard. The Alpine Eagle, simply put, is the most fun, stylish, and approachable take on the luxury sports watch format and it’s really nice to see it continue, and to see the effect a dial swap can have on the overall package. Don’t sleep on the Alpine Eagle.
Model: Alpine Eagle
Case Material: Lucent steel
Dial Color: Green
Indexes: Roman numerals
Water Resistance: 100m
Caliber: Chopard 01.01-C
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve: 60 hours
Winding: 60 hours
Chronometer Certified: Yes
Pricing & Availability
Limited Edition: No
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