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Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223

Chopard Alpine Eagle is a line of contemporary sporty-chic watches featuring a pure design and sophisticated mechanics.

Now the collection welcomes its first complication watch to bear the Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark thanks to an innovative flying tourbillon movement. Boasting an attractive Aletsch Blue dial, this timepiece in Lucent Steel A223 houses the ultra-thin L.U.C 96.24-L self-winding calibre developed by Chopard Manufacture.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon one of the very few flying tourbillon watches to bear double Chronometer and Poinçon de Genève certification.

Dressed in a case measuring 41 mm in diameter and an integrated bracelet, it is made entirely in the Maison’s workshops from Lucent Steel A223, an exclusive, ultra-resistant and remarkably brilliant alloy. A 6 o’clock opening on its textured Aletsch Blue dial reveals a transparent and light tourbillon mechanism that endows the entire creation with its elegantly sophisticated character.

Inspired by a historical Chopard model reinterpreted by three generations of men from the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection has been constantly enriched since its launch by new innovations. The latest is a flying tourbillon movement developed thanks to the watchmaking expertise of Chopard Manufacture, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021.

The L.U.C 96.24-L flying tourbillon movement is based on the development of Chopard Manufacture’s first calibre (L.U.C 96.01-L presented in 1997) and is similarly slim, at only 3.30 mm.

This ultra-thin movement made it possible to optimise the size of the Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon watch: the case has been reduced to just 8 mm thick, and the flanks and bezel have been trimmed down compared to a classic Alpine Eagle Large model, offering a wider dial aperture. These well-balanced proportions, a signature feature of the collection, endow the timepiece with an elegant and graceful appearance entirely suited to the lightness of the complication.

The L.U.C 96.24-L movement is equipped with a stop-seconds function enabling precise time setting. This precision is certified by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, evidenced by the “Chronometer” inscription on the dial below the logo.

Among the flying tourbillon watches on the market, those by Chopard are the only ones to receive both Chronometer certification and the prestigious Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark.

The latter guarantees the fine craftsmanship and smooth operation of the timepieces assembled within the Canton. Stamped on the case-back of the watch, it depicts the city of Geneva’s coat-of-arms composed of a golden key and above all of an eagle: a symbol reminiscent of the original inspiration behind the Alpine Eagle collection.

Thanks to its two stacked barrels based on Chopard Twin technology, the movement guarantees a 65-hour power reserve, and its automatic winding is driven by a 22-carat gold micro-rotor whose density contributes to the slenderness of the movement. Finely crafted by the artisans of the Maison, each of its components is adorned with a Côtes de Genève motif recalling the attention to detail cultivated by Chopard Manufacture.

With its pure and assertive design, the Alpine Eagle collection reflects Chopard’s creative richness and visionary spirit as well as drawing inspiration from the power of Nature.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon model is faithful to this aesthetic: a round case with stylised sides, a crown engraved with the compass rose, a bezel with eight functional screws set at a tangent, a stamped dial featuring deep colours, luminescent indications, and finally a metal bracelet that is particularly comfortable on the wrist.

The Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon is made from Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties, its robustness and its incomparable brilliance obtained through a meticulous re-smelting process.

Its Aletsch Blue dial is finely textured on a solid gold base according to a pattern inspired by the eagle’s iris. Centred on the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, this radiant design highlights the mechanism by emphasising its perfect transparency.

The collection’s aesthetic codes are also picked up on the arms of the tourbillon carriage, specially redesigned in the same shape as the gold hands on the dial, while the tourbillon carriage bears the small seconds hand, which has been meticulously coated with SLN X1 by the artisans of the Manufacture.

Technical details

Model: Chopard Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon in Lucent Steel A223
Ref. 298616-3001

Case
Material: Lucent Steel A223
Total diameter: 41.00 mm
Thickness: 8 mm
Lucent Steel A223 crown with compass rose 665 mm
Vertical satin-brushed case middle with polished bevels
Lucent Steel A223 bezel with eight screws set at a tangent
Glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Exhibition case-back with glare-proofed sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100 metres

Movement
Mechanical with automatic winding L.U.C 96.24-L via an engraved 22-carat gold micro-rotor
Number of components: 189
Total diameter: 27.40 mm
Thickness: 3.30 mm
Number of jewels: 25
Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 65 hours
Two stacked barrels – Chopard Twin technology
Flying tourbillon rotating at a rate of one minute
Bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motif
Variable-inertia balance
Chronometer-certified (COSC)
Poinçon de Genève quality hallmark

Dial and hands
Dial featuring an Aletsch Blue colour obtained by galvanic treatment, crafted in gold stamped with a radiating pattern centred on the tourbillon
Applied white gold hour-markers and numerals enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
White gold baton-type hours and minutes hands enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®
White gold triangle-tipped small seconds hand enhanced with Grade X1 Super-LumiNova®, attached to the flying tourbillon cage
White transfers

Functions
Central display of the hours and minutes
Small seconds at 6 o’clock on the flying tourbillon carriage
Stop-seconds function

Bracelet and clasp
Lucent Steel A223 tapering bracelet with satin-brushed wide link and sides, polished central cap
Lucent Steel A223 triple folding clasp

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