he Alpine Eagle collection of sporty-chic timepieces welcomes a 41 mm-diameter model featuring an original “Zinal Blue” dial and a matching bezel decorated with baguette-cut sapphires in shades of blue and purple. True to the Maison’s commitment to sustainable luxury, this watch is crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold.
The Alpine Eagle Summit beats to the rhythm of the Chopard 01.15-C movement, whose precision settings are authenticated by chronometer certification. From gold smelting to bracelet manufacturing, along with gem-setting, component production and movement assembly, every stage in the making of the collection is performed by manufacture’s artisans of emotions.
A new dial colour is making its debut in the Alpine Eagle collection: like Aletsch Blue, Bernina Grey and Pitch Black, “Zinal Blue” is inspired by the palette of natural colours composing the beauty of the Alpine landscape. It draws its name from the eponymous glacier standing proudly in the heart of the Swiss Alps, whose shimmering blue and purple reflections, resulting from the ice’s partial absorption of light rays, captivate the gaze, creating a truly breathtaking sight.
Featuring a radiating pattern evoking an eagle’s iris, this textured dial is dominated by the colour blue, evoking the purity and freshness of ice, while its nuances recall the translucent crystals of the sparkling glacier. As the eye wanders over the dial, purple appears, like a mysterious imprint of Nature, suggesting the depth and energy emanating from the heart of the glacier itself.
This unique visual change is achieved through a subtle PVD (physical vapour deposition) treatment, which involves the use of several ‘target material pellets’ sputtered onto the dial to release atoms of material. Unlike traditional methods, this innovative process does not use pigments: the colours are obtained using specific gas mixtures and adjusted exposure times. They result from interference between the different layers deposited. In addition, the eagle-eye structure of the dial surface plays a role in the final appearance, as it influences the way light is reflected and refracted, accentuating the optical effects and creating unique variations between blue and purple.
The rhodium-plated hands, enhanced with Super-LumiNova Grade X1, gracefully sweep across this landscape frozen in time. Their precise movements mark the hours, minutes and seconds, like a reminder of the imperceptible passage of time that has shaped these Alpine treasures.
All around the dial face, a setting of baguette-cut sapphires, patiently assembled to form a subtle colour gradient, lights up the watch bezel and echoes the dial colour. It serves as a vivid reminder that, alongside its mastery of watchmaking skills, the manufacture also benefits from a renowned heritage in the art of gem-setting and stone selection.
This understated yet dazzling Alpine Eagle Summit model with its “Zinal Blue” dial whisks observers away into a world of natural splendour. Whether worn by a mountain explorer or a nature lover, it is a tribute to the grandeur of our environment that Chopard remains determined to protect.
Since its launch in 2019, the Alpine Eagle collection has been distinguished by a choice of materials whose origin meets the specifications of sustainable luxury. The 41 millimetre-diameter case and integrated bracelet of this new Alpine Eagle Summit model are crafted in ethical 18-carat white gold.
In keeping with Chopard’s goal of improving luxury practices, the fine gold used in the production of this model – just as in all the Maison’s watch and jewellery creations since July 2018 – is ethically sourced.
One of the rare manufactures to have had its own precious metals foundry for several decades, Chopard is thus in a position to control its value chain in order to offer creations conveying a more reasonable approach to our stewardship of the Earth.
True to the manufacture’s commitment to certified precision, the Chopard 01.15-C self-winding movement, beating at the heart of the Alpine Eagle Summit and visible through a transparent sapphire crystal caseback, is developed in Chopard watchmaking workshops and certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The word “Chronometer” embossed on the dial is a reminder of this label of precision and excellence.
When fully wound, the mechanism provides 60 hours of power reserve. Consistently targeting the highest standards of precision, watchmakers have also equipped this movement with a stop-seconds function enabling the wearer to set the time to the exact second.
Devised by three generations of men in the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is a modern reinterpretation of the St. Moritz – the first watch creation by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (now Co-President of Chopard) in the late 1970s.
With its pure and assertive design, Alpine Eagle further enriches this heritage with powerful natural inspiration. Alpine Eagle is a token of refined and resolutely contemporary elegance characterised by a round case with stylised raised sides, a crown engraved with the compass rose, a bezel with eight functional indexed screws, a textured dial with deep hues and luminescent indications, as well as an integrated metal bracelet.
Thanks to its independence and the integration of its various professions, Chopard performs all the production and assembly stages of the collection within its own watchmaking workshops, from movement to bracelet and including components as well as the case.
- Ethical 18-carat white gold
- Diameter 41.00 mm
- Thickness 9.7 mm
- Water resistance 100 metres
- Ethical 18-carat white gold crown with compass rose 7 mm
- Vertical satin-brushed case middle with polished bevels
- Bezel with eight screws set at a tangent, adorned with a gradient of blue and purple baguette-cut sapphires
- Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
- Exhibition case-back with sapphire crystal
- Mechanical with automatic winding Chopard 01.15-C
- Number of components 196
- Diameter 28.80 mm
- Thickness 4.95 mm
- Number of jewels 31
- Frequency 28,800 vph(4 Hz)
- Power reserve 60 hours
- Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Dial and hands
- Brass dial stamped with a radiating pattern inspired by the iris of an eagle, in a “Zinal Blue” colour achieved by PVD treatment
- Hour-markers set with baguette-cut diamonds
- Applied rhodium-plated Roman numerals enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova
- Rhodium-plated hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova
- Rhodium-plated seconds hand with eagle feather-shaped counterweight
- Central display of the hours, minutes and seconds
- Stop-seconds function
Bracelet and clasp
- Ethical 18-carat white gold tapering bracelet with satin-brushed wide link and sides, polished central cap, triple folding clasp