Chopard has put the deep freeze on its sporty Alpine Eagle collection, but in a good way. The latest model, the Alpine Eagle Frozen, is fully set with diamonds and/or sapphires, a surprising treatment for a sports watch, but not surprising considering Chopard, in addition to being a high watchmaker, is also one of the world’s top jewelry makers.
The Alpine Eagle Frozen collection was launched in 2019 as a sports watch, co-created by three generations of the Scheufele family (Chopard’s owners): Karl Scheufele, his son Karl-Freidrich Scheufele and his grandson Karl-Fritz Scheufele. It was inspired by the grace of the eagle and the beauty of the Alps. The gem-set models “evoke tiny flakes of frost covering glaciers and spectacular skies that can only be admired from Alpine peaks,” says Karl-Freidrich. The diamonds sparkle like snowflakes that have settled on the mountain tops.”
The Alpine Eagle Frozen is fully set, which means even the bracelet is completely paved with diamonds – there is no non-diamond-bracelet option. The only variables are choices between 18k white or rose gold for case and bracelet, and either a sapphire or diamond bezel. The sapphires can be all blue or in rainbow colors – sapphire is one of the few gemstones that come in several colors, including blue, pink, yellow, green, orange and purple. Either way, each bezel takes 20 hours to set. There are two case sizes: 41mm or 36mm. Both have automatic movements made by Chopard, and Roman numerals that light up in the dark, thanks to plenty of Super-LumiNova, the luminescent material of choice in the watch industry. It retains the eight screws on the bezel and stylized flanks that are signature to the model. Prices on request.
To remind us that the Alpine Eagle is still a sports watch, Chopard is also introducing a new chronograph model this week. The 44mm case of the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono is made of 18k rose gold with a case middle made of ceramized titanium, so-called because it is treated with an oxidation process that gives it a hardness and scratch-resistance comparable to ceramic. The typical tri-compax design includes chronograph hour and minute totalizers in subdials at 9 and 3 o’clock, and small seconds at 6 o’clock. It contains the chronometer-rated Chopard 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement, with a 60-hour power reserve, and is priced reasonably for a gold flyback chrono, at $34,500.