I’ve never been much of a fan of “matching” as an aesthetic, as in matching furniture, matching jewelry or, heaven forbid, matching clothes (cue the family holiday cards). But I’ve discovered an exception in a watch-pen combo: the Chopard Alpine Eagle collection.
The Alpine Eagle watch collection was introduced in 2019, and the writing instruments came soon after. The timepieces currently comprise over two-dozen models for men and women, each inspired by Chopard’s much earlier sporty St. Moritz collection. And the pens, appropriate for men and women, have a complementary style that makes an Alpine Eagle watch on the wrist and a pen in the pocket a perfectly elegant pairing—though each works quite well as a standalone accessory.
Alpine Eagle Writing Instruments
The Alpine Eagle pens are offered in stainless steel evocative of the Lucent steel used to create the watch; some pens feature rose gold-plate trim. The barrel and caps play on the contrast between a matte and polished silver-tone finish that is contemporary in its minimalist design, while somewhat classic in its shape. The collection includes rollerball pens, ballpoint pens and fountain pens with an 18-karat rhodium-plated nib.
Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon
The watches within the Alpine Eagle collection are in Lucent steel or gold, some with gem-set cases, dials and bracelets. A recent watch model is this year’s 41mm Alpine Eagle Flying Tourbillon, the first tourbillon within the collection. Lucent steel, an alloy Chopard introduced in 2019, is created by re-smelting steel with proprietary ingredients to create a product that is stronger and harder than the more standard steel usually used in watchmaking. It’s also hypoallergenic, scratch resistant and polishes to a somewhat whiter and brighter appearance I find appealing.
The bezel of the watch has eight screws (two each at the four cardinal points) with an ever-so-slight—and ever-so-attentive—tilt on the screw slot designed to subtly coincide with the profile of the round case. The sapphire crystal caseback offers a view of the L.U.C 96.24-L mechanical self-winding movement with its 22-karat gold micro rotor. This is the first automatic flying tourbillon caliber developed by the Chopard Manufacture, and its decoration includes bridges embellished with Côtes de Genève and circular-graining on the mainplate.
The 3.3mm-thick movement beats at a frequency of 25,200 vibrations per hour (3.5 Hz) and has a 65-hour power reserve thanks to its two barrels. It was developed, produced and assembled in Chopard’s Haute Horlogerie workshops in Switzerland, and it is certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). Not so incidentally, the watch also has Poinçon de Genève certification—making it one of the few flying tourbillon timepieces with both credentials.
I love the blue sunburst dial, which is textured in what Chopard calls the “iris of the eagle” design, created here using galvanic treatment to achieve the desired color. Roman numerals mark 12, 3 and 9 o’clock, while the well-expressed tourbillon is at 6 o’clock, thereby creating a beautifully balanced dial that leans into the sporty while maintaining the elegance I expect from Chopard.