New York 2022: Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon
In March, at Watches and Wonders 2022, Swiss watchmaker Chopard debuted the Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon. Drawing inspiration from historic Chopard models reinterpreted over generations, the design features rich blue tones and references the Swiss Alpine eagle with its flying tourbillon.
The timepiece is a chic addition to Chopard's collection of modern sports watches and will be on display at the WatchTime New York 2022 event at Gotham Hall in Midtown Manhattan from October 21st to 23rd. Together with more than 30 participating brands, Chopard showcased many of the most sought-after watch launches of the past year as part of the three-day event.
The Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon is protected by a 41mm Lucent Steel case and bezel adorned with eight tangentially set screws. The middle case has a vertical satin-brushed finish, and the polished bevels complement the compass rose-steel crown. Closing the sides of the case is anti-glare sapphire crystal, exposing both the dial and mechanism. Extending from the case is a tapered integrated bracelet made from a satin-brushed steel link.
The main dial is in "Aletsch Blue" shade, achieved by a galvanic treatment and an embossed pattern radiating outwards from the tourbillon at 6 o'clock. Platinum hour markers and numerals treated with Super LumiNova®. The design of the flying tourbillon forgoes the upper bridge, thus creating the illusion of no accessories. Inspired by the eagles of the Swiss Alps, the design incorporates its majestic nature into intricate Chopard finishes.
Inside, the LUC 96.24-L mechanism powering the watch is a result of research and development at the Chopard Manufacture. The movement is only 3.3 mm thick and powers the flying tourbillon, which rotates once per minute. Utilizing the Chopard Twin technology with two stacked barrels, the watch is able to provide a power reserve of 65 hours. The Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon is the first complication in the Alpine Eagle collection to be recognized with the Hallmark of Geneva quality.