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Chopard Unveil Alpine Eagle 33mm Collection with New Petit Case Size

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 Steel 33mm, 41mm and 36mm (298617-3002, 298600-3001, 298601-3001)

Chopard’s Alpine Eagle is quite possibly the most underrated watch in the great pantheon of sports luxe watches. Names like the Nautilus, Royal Oak and RM pop all the time, but the Alpine Eagle is always mentioned in the next sentence as an afterthought. Which is a shame because they balance on the boundary between sporty and elegant incredibly well. That duality is emphasised to an even greater degree by the new Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm collection with their new petite cases.

Anyone with their finger on the pulse of the watch industry will have noticed that there has been a recent swing back in the favour of small watches after several year of dominance from large pieces. So now is the perfect time for Chopard’s smallest edition of the Alpine Eagle, joining models at 36mm, 41mm and 44mm. There are 6 references being made at the new case size, two in steel, two in bi-colour and two in gold. So, let’s break them down into pairs and take a closer look.

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm Lucent Steel

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel (298617-3001)

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm Lucent Steel (298617-3001)

Presented in Chopard’s exclusive Lucent Steel A223 with blue dials, these two watches exemplify what makes the Alpine Eagle a sports luxe icon. Lucent Steel has a brighter lustre than stainless steel and is twice as hard as regular steel, making it superior in both the ‘sports’ and ‘luxe’ categories. Also, it’s produced from 70% recycled materials, improving its sustainability.

Stylistically, they bear a strong resemblance to the existing Alpine Eagle range, just at a smaller scale. That means a strong, wide bezel with decorative screws on an equally strong case and an integrated bracelet. Ref. 298617-3002 goes a step further by adding diamonds to the bezel, granting it a higher degree of femininity compared to the unisex ref. 298617-3001. But then, who are we to police whether you want your watch iced or not?

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel (298617-3001)
Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel with diamond cut bezel (298617-3002)

Ref. 298617-3001/298617-3002

As for the dials, they’re classic Alpine Eagle fare with sunburst stamped textures in a rich hue of blue, called Aletsch Blue. Blue is one of the most enduringly popular colours in watchmaking, making it the perennial favourite of sporty-chic timepieces.

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm Bi-colour

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel and 18k rose gold (298617-6001)

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm Lucent Steel and 18k Rose Gold (298617-6001)

Similar to the steel models above, the Alpine Eagle 33mm bi-colours are identical to each other except for the fact that one of them has a diamond embedded bezel. AS for the materials that make up the bi-colour it’s a combination of Chopard’s Lucent Steel and their ethically sourced 18k rose gold.

On the whole, bi-colour isn’t quite as popular as it was a few years ago, but the Alpine Eagle shows just how handsome it can look. The gold bezel, bracelet links, Roman numerals and crown add an unexpected depth to the design. Plus, it isn’t overwhelming because the dial has been toned down compared to the electric blue of the steel versions as it’s now Bernina Grey.

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel and 18k rose gold (298617-6001) 2
Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 lucent steel and 18k rose gold with diamond set bezel (298617-6002)

Ref. 298617-6001/298617-6002

Housed inside the bi-colour models, and indeed all six 33mm references, is the Chopard 09.01-C automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve. This movement has the accolade of being among the smallest to attain COSC chronometer status, meaning it has great reliability and accuracy.

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm Rose Gold

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 18k rose gold with diamond set bezel (295384-5001)

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm 18k Rose Gold with Diamond Set Bezel (295384-5001)

Lastly, the two gold models of the Alpine Eagle 33mm abandon any semblance of sportiness for a full spread of opulence. Both versions feature diamond bezels with ref. 295384-5002 also featuring diamond indexes. Additionally, the two variants have different colour dials, ref. 295384-5001 in silvery-white (Val Grey) and ref. 295384-5002 in a matching tone of rose gold (Pink Dawn).

Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 18k rose gold with diamond set bezel (295384-5001) (2)
Chopard Alpine Eagle 33 18k rose gold with diamond set bezel and bracelet (295384-5002)

Ref. 298684-5001/298684-5002

Of the six references being released, my preferences lean towards the non-diamond editions so these gold versions aren’t really my cup of tea. However, there’s always a time and place for bling. And now at 33mm, that time and place can be more easily found for those with smaller wrists.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Chopard Alpine Eagle 33mm
  • Ref: 298617-3001 (stainless steel with blue dial)
    298617-3002 (stainless steel with blue dial and diamond-set bezel)
    298617-6001 (stainless steel and 18k rose gold with grey dial)
    298617-6002 (stainless steel and 18k rose gold with grey dial and diamond-set bezel)
    298684-5001 (18k rose gold with grey dial, diamond-set hour-markers and bezel)
    298684-5002 (18k rose gold with pink dial, diamond-set hour-markers, bezel and bracelet)
  • Case/dial: 33mm diameter x 7.95mm thickness, stainless steel or 18k rose gold case, blue, grey, or pink dial, brass stamped dial with sunburst pattern
  • Water resistance: 50m (5 bar)
  • Movement: Chopard calibre 09.01-C, automatic, 27 jewels, 159 parts
  • Frequency: 25,500 vph (3.5 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 42h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, stop seconds
  • Strap: Stainless steel or 18k rose gold bracelet with triple folding clasp
  • Price/availability: £8,850 – £41,100

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.