Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF

The manufacture celebrates 25 years of watchmaking in Fleurier with a limited edition, high frequency, lightweight version of its modern sports watch, the Alpine Eagle.
When Chopard introduced the Alpine Eagle in 2019, the brand was in the right place at the right time. Old edicts about when and where to wear a stainless steel sports watch went out the window. The Alpine Eagle’s design codes were inspired by Chopard’s St. Moritz from the 1980s. Yes, it sometimes hurts to think that watches from that era are considered vintage, but time marches on, and a whole new generation of enthusiasts are getting into the design of that decade.

The Chopard Alpine Eagle was an immediate success, and today, Chopard welcomes the Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF In titanium. Moving the Alpine Eagle’s story forward by embracing new materials and a souped-up movement. And the reason the brand can make moves like this is because of its independent manufacture in Fleurier. Which coincidentally is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
The Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF In titanium continues the tradition of being at the intersection of cutting-edge and classic design. It combines the comfort of titanium with the power of an elegant but sturdy mechanism. Plus, the 41 mm diameter timepiece houses one of the most advanced chronometer movements to emerge from Chopard’s workshops — the Chopard Calibre 01.12 C. This high-frequency escapement beats at 57,600 vibrations per hour (8 Hz) which is twice as fast as a normal automatic movement.
A high-frequency movement is necessary to achieve maximum precision in a lightweight watch. It’s also an aerodynamic caliber, measuring in at just 9.75 mm thick. Finding the balance between comfort and performance is not an easy feat to pull off. But more on that later.
The Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF shares many of the attributes of its predecessors. At first glance, you might mistake it for the Alpine Eagle Large in Lucent Steel A223. Plus, there are other 41 mm models in the collection. But when you examine the piece in the metal, you can detect the differences, with the titanium being distinguished by its darker color. It also feels less cool but more comfortable to the touch.
Fans of the Alpine Eagle design codes will be comforted by the satin-brushed bezel, case middle, and wide bracelet link. The central caps of the links are polished, as are the case bevels, while the eight screws featuring slots are set at a tangent to the bezel circle. Thanks to the robustness of the titanium, the wearer won’t have to worry as much about scuffs and scratches.
Many other luxe touches make the Alpine Eagle soar above most sports watches. The watch’s sunburst dial, which Chopard calls the “eagle iris” pattern, is a tribute to the stately raptor’s steely gaze. In the Alpine Eagle Cadence 8HF, the Vals Grey color was inspired by a Swiss village of the same name in the canton of Graubünden, which is known for its houses with quartzite-tiled roofs. The shade of this limited edition is hand-patinated, making each dial unique and, again, distinctive from the rest of the Alpine Eagle collection.
The rest of the display is also appealing. The minutes track is minimalist with baton-type hour-markers and 12 o’clock in Roman numerals. The dial bears two inscriptions: “8 HZ Chronometer” appearing beneath the brand name and a unique arrow-shaped signature reserved for Chopard’s high-frequency watches.
There is something emotionally satisfying about the layout of the movement as well. Luckily, the transparent sapphire crystal case-back reveals the H8F heartbeat of the Chopard Alpine Eagle Cadence. This watch represents another intersection – between the L.U.C Haute Horlogerie collections and the sporty Superfast lines.
One of the benefits of this internal evolution is that Chopard can use the properties of monocrystalline silicon to optimize the capabilities of the 8 Hertz frequency movement. This light, self-lubricating material is used for the pallet-lever, the escape-wheel, and the impulse-pin – basically, any component subject to lots of friction. In turn, this eliminates the need for traditional lubricants to lengthen the movement’s longevity.

The lightness and tribological properties of silicon offered the watchmakers the freedom to develop an escapement dedicated to high frequencies without taxing energy. This is how the automatic Calibre 01.12-C can deliver a 60-hour power reserve.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch

Chopard has once again committed itself to the Only Watch sale by offering a one-of-a-kind timepiece inspired by nature: the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch chronograph, specially created in support of the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy. Since 2005, this charity project has brought together nearly 50 watch manufacturers in a formidable creative drive.
Bearing ultimate testimony to the expertise and inventiveness of Chopard’s watchmakers, the Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is distinguished by its dial in Swiss granite from the Graubünden region, speckled with blue and green inclusions recalling the colours of the Alpine massif seen from the sky. It brings two novel touches to the Alpine Eagle collection: for the first time, a case made of beadblasted Lucent Steel A223 and a calf leather strap. Three patents have been filed for the chronometer-certified Chopard 03.05-C flyback chronograph movement that powers it.
Above and beyond its technical prowess, the Alpine Eagle collection has been a guarantee of aesthetic finesse ever since its launch, entirely aligned with Louis Sullivan’s “form follows function” doctrine. The new Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch fully reflects this principle. On the right-hand side, the chronograph pushers are subtly and discreetly integrated on either side of the protective crown guards so as to preserve the Alpine Eagle’s characteristic harmony of form and symmetry.

With the Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch, harmony also reigns supreme on the dial, which is adorned with a carefully selected natural Swiss stone: an exceptional granite quarried in the canton of Graubünden. Its blue and green inclusions have been chosen to evoke the beauty of the Alpine forests and lakes as seen from the sky by an eagle.
One of these breathtaking landscapes is the Lauenensee. This lake in the canton of Bern is a place dear to Only Watch founder and organiser Luc Pettavino, who liked to go there with his son Paul, whose illness gave rise to this charity project. It is also an iconic landmark for Chopard Co-President Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, who presented the Alpine Eagle collection there for the first time in 2018, along with his father and son. Their shared admiration for this place of refuge justifies the rich decorative work gracing the dial, and exuding a sophistication that contributes to the aesthetic originality and symbolic value of the watch.

The addition of the black counters for the 30-minute, small seconds and 12-hour indications – respectively placed at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock – is carefully designed to highlight the natural hue of the granite. To enhance the legibility of measurements, the dial transfers and the three hands linked to the chronograph function match these precious inclusions, as well as the tachymeter scale, also discreetly punctuated by blue-green transfers at the 100, 160 and 240 graduations. Divided into four steps, the scale features intervals varying from 5, 10, 20 or 40km/h per line. This arrangement facilitates the reading of average speed measurements.
The Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is the first timepiece in the collection to be fitted with a black calf leather strap.
The extra-wide 44 mm-diameter case of the Alpine Eagle XL Chrono Only Watch is sculpted in Lucent Steel A223, an innovative steel alloy made from 70 percent recycled material and developed by Chopard for its anti-allergenic properties and its robustness, as well as its incomparable brilliance achieved through a meticulous resmelting process. In another first, this material has been beadblasted, thereby creating an even nobler texture and accentuating the avant-garde spirit of Lucent Steel A223.

At the heart of the case beats a sophisticated chronograph movement manufactured by Chopard’s Artisan Watchmakers and endowed with a precision chronometer, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Chopard Calibre 03.05-C has a 60-hour power reserve and also features an elaborate design guaranteeing accurate adjustments and optimal use of the timekeeping functions. Equipped with a column wheel, it represents the culmination of several technical innovations for which Chopard has filed three patents resulting from the daring approach of its research and development teams.
Firstly, it is equipped with a unidirectional gearing system that avoids energy losses while ensuring fast winding, a function particularly appreciated for chronographs which are known to be consistently energy-hungry. In addition, its vertical clutch mode guarantees an accurate start for time measurements. This chronograph calibre is also of the flyback variety, enabling smooth and seamless short-time measurements thanks to three elastic-armed pivoting hammers that facilitate zero-resetting the counters. Lastly, the Variner balance equipping the Chopard 03.05-C movement ensures stability by compensating for its inertia variations throughout the period when the watch is in use.
The ninth edition of Only Watch – considered the world’s most important charity watch auction – will be held on 6 November in Geneva. More than 50 watch manufacturers have each donated a unique timepiece, specially created for the occasion. The profits from this sale will be entirely donated to the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy to help fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic neuromuscular disease affecting 250,000 children, adolescents and young adults worldwide. Since its creation in 2005, Only Watch has already raised over 70 million Swiss francs.

“We are delighted to support the cause of major scientific research into a disease that affects so many children and adults”, says Karl-Friedrich Scheufele. “Ever since our first participation in 2005, this longstanding commitment has enabled us to develop unique and daring models stemming from lengthy aesthetic and technical research, endowed with powerful distinctive features that our collectors have not necessarily expected.”
Devised by three generations of gentlemen in the Scheufele family, the Alpine Eagle collection is a modern reinterpretation of the St. Moritz, the first horological creation by Karl-Friedrich Scheufele in the late 1970s. With its pure and assertive design, Alpine Eagle enriches this heritage with powerful inspiration drawn from Nature. Featuring a round case with stylised flanks; a material exclusive to Chopard (Lucent Steel A223); a crown engraved with a compass rose; a bezel with eight functional indexed screws; a textured dial with deep colours and luminescent indications; and a seconds hand shaped like an eagle’s feather, Alpine Eagle radiates a resolutely contemporary look of refined elegance.

Chopard’s independence and integrated skills enables the Maison to perform the entire range of the collection’s production and assembly stages in its own workshops, from movement to bracelet as well as components and case.