NEW: Chopard Alpine Eagle Frozen
Chopard’s sporty Alpine Eagle, now decked out in precious stones.
In the last few years, we’ve seen a resurrection of Chopard’s beloved St. Moritz timepieces in the new Alpine Eagle collection, with sporty, nature-inspired options for both men and ladies. Lately, a model armed with a high frequency 8Hz movement, the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF was also added to the family, highlighting Chopard’s technical prowess once again.
Watchmaking know-how aside, Chopard is perhaps better known for its bejewelled creations, with many a gem-studded timepiece making regular appearances on red carpets around the world. That said, it was only natural we’d eventually see an Alpine Eagle set in precious stones.
A proponent of fairmined gold, Chopard has committed to using 100 per cent ethical gold in its watch and jewellery collections since July 2018. The new Alpine Eagle Frozen also uses ethical 18K white or rose gold and come in the Large 41mm or a Small 36mm that’s a little more female-friendly.
As its predecessors were inspired by elements such as the iris of an eagle’s eye, the Alpine Eagle Frozen draws, similarly, from nature. Channelling the flakes of frost from glaciers (hence the ‘Frozen’ moniker), the Alpine Eagle Frozen is completely set with diamonds or a combination of diamonds and blue or rainbow-coloured sapphires, right down to the bezel and integrated bracelet.
Chopard co-president and co-creator of the Alpine Eagle collection, Karl-Friedrich Scheufele explains, “Alpine Eagle Frozen is directly inspired by alpine glaciers and the way they brilliantly reflect the sunshine. Each diamond used on this timepiece sparkles like a snowflake that has settled on the mountain tops.”
Indeed, harnessing Chopard’s expertise in gem-setting, each of the stones is patiently put in place by master artisans. Hundreds of diamonds, as well as baguette-cut sapphires feature on the timepiece in a challenging work that requires at least 20 intense hours of craftsmanship.
Driving the 41mm model is the self-winding Chopard Calibre 01.03-C with a power reserve of 60 hours, while the 36mm model is powered by Chopard’s Calibre 09.01-C, also self-winding, and with a power reserve of 42 hours.
All versions feature Super-LumiNova hands and applied indices, are water-resistant to 100m and come with glare-proof sapphire casebacks.
In a year that’s, as of now, still filled with a measure of uncertainty, we can at least count on Chopard to consistently produce quality timepieces inside and out, for us to admire or—if we should be so lucky—acquire.
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