There is no end in sight to the ongoing integrated bracelet sports watch arms race in the watch industry. As enthusiasts continue to support these watches, this white-hot market segment has grown a wider spectrum of contenders for the genre’s most sought-after (and often unattainable) icons. One of the most compelling of these dark horse contenders to emerge in recent years is the Chopard Alpine Eagle. Inspired by the brand’s own integrated St. Moritz model released in 1980, the Alpine Eagle has garnered its own devoted following since its introduction in late 2019. For its latest release, Chopard brings a stunning new green dial to the lineup. On paper, between the green dial finish and the overall design, this should be one of the most on-trend timepieces in the industry right now, but Chopard takes a less obvious approach to delivering something unique and truly timeless than its competitors. . The new Chopard Alpine Eagle Pine Green is a true heavy hitter of a timepiece, offering a stunning finish throughout and a toe-to-toe presentation with models beyond its price bracket.
Although the Chopard Alpine Eagle pine green case is slightly larger than its competitors at 41mm wide, the design is effortlessly elegant and comfortable on the wrist. Much can be laid at the foot of the broad, low-rise crown guards, along with the matching case side protrusions at 9 o’clock. This gives the bulk of the case a slightly smaller overall diameter, and the short, sharply tapered integrated lugs help wrap the case effectively around the wrist. At 9.7mm-thick, the Alpine Eagle is already far from a thick watch, but in this case the tendency to nestle into the wrist construction makes it look even thinner in practice. In terms of overall form, there are elements of Alpine Eagle Pine Green that should be familiar to fans of the genre, but Chopard executes these riffs on common themes with admirable attention to detail.
For example, the wide chamfered bezel’s eight distinctive screws are all aligned for a cleaner and more cohesive look. Another prime example is the central raised polished black motif that extends from the case through the bracelet. With a sharp facet and excellent polishing, these blocks work to showcase the radiant luster of Chopard’s lucent steel A223 alloy. In addition to being more scratch and abrasion resistant than traditional stainless steel alloys, Lucent Steel A223 also has a luster on the wrist that provides a luster closer to white gold than standard steel in certain lighting conditions. Polished elements from the bezel to the tapering case side chamfers all share this sense of radiant reflection and are sharply complemented by soft, simple brushed sections. A sapphire display caseback completes the package here and rates the Chopard watch for 100 meters of water resistance.
The biggest difficulty facing the Chopard Alpine Eagle Pine Green, along with the larger series, is the challenge of detailing its unique “Eagle Eye” dial finish. As the name suggests, this complex organic shape is inspired by the bird of prey iris, but capturing this heavily grained, slightly arabesque pattern in full-scale photos is quite a challenge. This is a dial that must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, with richness and crispness to even the smallest textural detail that gives the dial design an intricately nuanced character on the wrist. Chopard’s new pine green dial hue is similarly subtle and far from an obvious choice for a dial like this. Rather than the bolder British racing greens or gemlike emerald tones that dominate the current green dial trend, Pine Green is surprisingly muted and desaturated. This dark, reserved moss color turns almost black at certain angles, reminiscent of eight mints and hessian uniforms, as in old-growth conifer forests. The Alpine Eagle line’s typical applied rhodium-plated Roman numerals and baton indexes are here and there to count and continue to be a point of contention among enthusiasts. The cut-out date window at 4:30, however, nicely balances the counterweighted design, although the dial-matching date wheel mitigates this effect somewhat.
Chopard powers the Alpine Eagle Pine Green with its in-house Chopard 01.01-C automatic movement. Like the case and dial, Chopard flexes its finishing muscle throughout the Chopard 01.01-C, accenting the balance cock with crisp arabesque waves across the three-quarter bridges and a bright polished angle. Perlage on the mainplate and a mix of fluting, anglaze and sunburst brushing on the partially skeletonized rotor complete the look, but the view of this attractively finished design is somewhat obstructed by Chopard’s printed Alpine eagle motif on the sapphire caseback. In terms of performance, the Chopard 01.01-C is no slouch with a beat rate of 28,800 bp, a 60-hour power reserve and COSC chronometer certification for accuracy. Our own test has this accuracy rating, yielding an average accuracy rating of just -1 second per day over our test period.
No integrated sports watch design is complete without a matching bracelet, and the Chopard Alpine Eagle Pine Green is no exception. Continuing the crisp chamfered and raised polish block motif of the case, this bracelet is bright and comfortable on the wrist. Although the raised central sections are comparatively small, it still offers a better look than many other designs in this segment and showcases the bright luster of the Lucent Steel A223 brilliantly.
Participating in two of the biggest trends sweeping the luxury watch industry, the new Chopard Apline Eagle Pine Green transcends the zeitgeist to deliver a stylishly offbeat, dramatically finished design that offers a compelling alternative to the segment’s most coveted offerings. Enduring appeal among enthusiasts. The new Chopard Alpine Eagle Pine Green is now available through authorized dealers. Here is the MSRP for the Chopard Alpine Eagle Pine Green $14,800 USD As of press time. For more information, please visit Brand’s website.
> Brand: Chopard
>Model: Alpine Eagle Pine Green
>price: $14,800 USD
>size: 41mm-wide, 9.7mm thick
>When the reviewer personally wears it: As a special occasion “flex watch” or when meeting with watch enthusiast business associates.
>Friend we recommend it first: Integrated sports watch lovers looking for a low-key alternative to conventional options without sacrificing quality.
>The best feature of the watch: Excellent dial finish, excellent lucent steel A223 case and bracelet.
>The worst feature of the watch: The 4:30 date window somewhat interrupts the flow of the dial; Applied Roman numerals include love-it-or-hate-it.