Chopard Alpine Eagle 41 XP TT (Tech Titanium)

Act Naturally: Chopard Shows Off Its Latest Nature-Inspired Innovations at Watches and Wonders

From the outdoor-ready L.U.C and Alpine Eagle models to the refined L’Heure du Diamant models, the family-owned brand once again asserts its mastery of mechanics and materials.

By Rhonda Riche

For all their use of high-tech mechanisms and cutting-edge design, Chopard has always sought to be in tune with nature.

Whether it’s through sourcing sustainable materials like ethical gold or producing timepieces that can take the challenges of all the elements, this care for Mother Earth is evident across its collections. And the brand’s Watches and Wonders 2024 releases were no exception.

So, let’s take a look!

Alpine Eagle 41 XP TT

Chopard’s newest entry in the “extra-plat,” or ultra-thin, category is all about depth perception. Made from grade 5 titanium, the Alpine Eagle 41 XP TT is also a work of ingenious architecture.

Moreover, with its light 41mm-diameter case, this sporty timepiece makes the most of its open work face space, providing almost total visibility into the workings of the in-house L.U.C Calibre 96.17-S movement.

This movement is a mere 3.30mm thick and made with cool contrasting materials and finishes to flaunt the finest artistry and innovation within Chopard Manufacture. It also features an off-center micro-rotor in 22-karat gold with high inertia, ensuring its efficient winding of two stacked barrels that can store the energy needed for a 65-hour power reserve.

Available now, the Alpine Eagle 41 XP TT retails for $26,500.

Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

The new 44mm Alpine Eagle XL Chrono high-precision timepiece is a reinterpretation of the brand’s classic flyback chronograph. However, like the entire Alpine Eagle collection, this model remains strongly inspired by the power of the bird of prey and the beauty of the Alps.

Encased in ethical 18-karat rose gold, this watch features a Bernina Grey dial that recalls the color of Alpine rocks. But it soars with its patented Chopard 03.05-C movement that is chronometer-certified by COSC and includes a flyback function.

Offering a 60-hour power reserve, thanks in part to a unidirectional gear drive system that prevents energy losses while ensuring rapid automatic winding, the movement’s vertical clutch ensures accurate time-measurement starts. Finally, because this watch includes a flyback feature, resetting the chronograph is nearly instantaneous, thanks to three pivoting hammers with elastic arms.

Available now, the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono retails for $73,400.

L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25

One of the most delightful things about jumping-hour watches is that the digital display allows for so much more face time. In the case of the new limited edition L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25, the added real estate is a showcase for a beautiful black Grand Feu enameled dial.

Vitreous, or Grand Feu enamel, is the ancient art of fusing glass with metal. The process starts with one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust, silica, which is powdered and baked repeatedly at around 800 degrees Celsius. The result is pure and elegant, yet the clean graphics and digital display make the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 stand out in the crowd.

Of course, the L.U.C 98.06-L jumping-hour movement is also a marvel. For all the simplicity of the dial, the jumping hour complication is a complex mechanism that requires a lot of energy to make the hour click into place with precision. Chopard has perfected this technical feat with the L.U.C 98.06-L jumping-hour movement.

This calibre uses four barrels to store up to eight days of power, making it one of the few jumping-hour mechanisms with this level of autonomy. Available now, the L.U.C Quattro Spirit 25 is limited to 100 pieces and retails for $50,200.

L.U.C Qualité Fleurier

The Foundation Qualité Fleurier was born in 2001 with the mission to elevate the already strict standards of Swiss watchmaking. To be awarded this certificate, a watch must meet certain criteria, including being made entirely within Switzerland and being COSC-certified. That’s what makes the L.U.C Qualité Fleurier a collector favorite.

This relatively simple-looking 39mm timepiece showcases the finest craftsmanship and innovation of the Chopard Manufacture. On the outside, its curved case lines (which, this year, features resized lugs and crown) and functional silver-toned monochrome sector-type dial convey the kind of effortless elegance you can only get from decades of expertise.

This 2024 model is also the first in the L.U.C Qualité Fleurier family made from eco-conscious Lucent Steel – Chopard’s exclusive alloy created with a recycling rate of at least 80%. Available now on a brown calfskin strap featuring beige stitching, the new L.U.C Qualité Fleurier retails for $20,300.

L’Heure du Diamant

At Watches and Wonders 2024, Chopard also revealed a garden of earthly delights by releasing three new L’Heure du Diamant models. Two of the models – the Ref. 10A178-1321 and the Ref. 10A178-5321 – come with malachite dials, a white gold or a rose gold case, respectively, and matching bark-style bracelets; the third – the Ref. 13A178-1306 – comes with a mother-of-pearl dial, a white gold case, and a black satin strap.

Of course, the manufacture is well-regarded in the realm of jewelry watches, and this year, its L’Heure du Diamant collection is blooming with colorful dials and bark-texture bracelets.

These 26mm-diameter jewelry watches are crafted from ethical gold sculpted using an in-house technique, richly set with more than two carats of brilliant-cut diamonds. This handcrafted gold-work harkens back to a technique perfected by Chopard’s owners, the Scheufele family, in the 1960s.

And beating at the heart of this tiny talisman is the Chopard 10.01-C – one of the smallest and thinnest mechanical manual-winding movements on the market. Available now, both malachite-dialed models retail for $55,800. Meanwhile, pricing and availability information for the mother-of-pearl Ref. 13A178-1306 was not known at the time of publication.

For more information, check out the Chopard website.

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