Watches and Wonders 2023: A review on the Chopard Alpine Eagle 41 XPS.

Dec 23, 2023,22:10 PM

I am not a super fan of these so-called " luxury sports watches ", and, among them, the Nautilus or the Royal Oak, with a preference for the Royal Oak, though. Same for the Vacheron 222. 

My favorite, till now, was the Girard Perregaux Laureato. 

As for the Chopard Alpine Eagle, I must say that it was not in my scope at all, and I don't even mention the St Moritz, which I always found too " rococo "... Then, this new Alpine Eagle came, and... 

This is funny because I was not mad about its case, the date between 4 and 5 o' clock was a no go, the bracelet was ok, just ok, and the dials were not to my taste... Till... This new Alpine Eagle 41 XPS. 

Here are the reasons which totally made me change my mind, at this point I am considering it as one of the Stars of Watches and Wonders 2023! 

1/ THE DIAL  is THE part which is driving me nuts.  

Pink, salmon, or more poetically called Monte Rosa Pink by Chopard, The brass plate has been textured like an eagle's iris, giving a lot of character, elegance and relief. The small seconds subdial is smoother, with a circular decoration, which I find to be a good idea, as it helps reading them. 

The applied indices and III, IX and XII are in white gold, as well as the hands. Both the hands and the applied hour markers are filled with super bright superluminova. 

The only detail I less like is the circle of metal surrounding the seconds subdial... That was not mandatory, in my opinion, but not a big deal.


It is funny to see how a dial can change the perception you may have on a case. I find it interesting, now. I would have imagined that 41 mm was too big, not at all. I thought that the case shape, almost Genta-esque, would not be to my taste... On the contrary! 

Chopard inaugurated their new steel, called Lucent, harder, more brilliant, with this watch and the other Monte Rosa Pink, the LUC 1860. I find that the choice of this kind of steel is spot-on for a sports watch. 

The other spectacular detail about the case is its thinness, with a height of only 8mm, mainly thanks to its movement, as we'll soon see, which allows this watch to play the sport chic game with talent. What a profile!

The crown, nicely integrated, has a generous size of 6, 65 mm. 

The bezel reminds the era the ancestor was designed, obviously, with its superbly aligned 8 screws. 


Pièce de choix, lettres de noblesse... Whatever you want to call it, it is THE killing detail of this watch, the part which makes this watch belong to another category. 

COSC Chronometer certified, Geneva hallmark, hence superbly finished and decorated with all the traditional techniques such as Côtes de Genève, perlage, anglage this yellow gold guilloché micro rotor automatic movement also has the good taste to be quite thin, with a height of only 3, 30 mm and a very good power reserve of 65 hours. One of the finest micro rotor movements I know, Girard Perregaux Tourbillon with gold bridges apart. 


Truth to be told, I am not a huge fan of this integrated bracelet, not to the point to hate it, though. Let's say that I would have preferred it to be fully brushed, without this center link polished. Especially when the case is all brushed... As well as the bezel. 

BUT... It is super comfortable to wear. 

So you got my point. I consider this watch to be one of the most interesting of the show. At this point I would love to get one for me... Yes, yes, I had to pinch myself to be sure I was not dreaming or that I was not drunk... I like the Alpine Eagle, now! 

There is still one point I / we will have to swallow... The price, which is 24, 400 Euros (ouch). 
But even if it is not a limited edition, I heard that it will be limited in production, annually. And, compared to some other contenders from some so-called prestigious brands, it is not ridiculous at all. Not ridiculous, but high priced... 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,



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;) Thanks, mdg.

 By: amanico : December 23rd, 2023-22:37

Superb write up Nico!

 By: Aquaracer1 : December 23rd, 2023-22:46
Stunning dial, this is the star of the show for me, yes, better with no date. I never noticed the circle around the sub dial until you pointed it out . Better without in my option, but not a reason to skip all together. The price is steep, if I was to mov... 

This is a killer piece

 By: TeutonicCarFan : December 23rd, 2023-22:56
I definitely am close to pulling the trigger. For me, I am waiting/hoping for a micro adjustment on the clasp. It would drive me crazy otherwise. Also, I'm not too thrilled on adding another steel bracelet watch, I'd prefer something fun like Ti..and agre... 

Tried it on, very nice.

 By: Spangles - Dr. Tabby : December 23rd, 2023-23:05
I like the LUC 1860 salmon very much.

Solution: Get both...😂

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : December 23rd, 2023-23:30


 By: hora12reborn : December 24th, 2023-06:44


 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-07:12

I love your solutions. ;)

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-07:12

Excellent review, amigo!

 By: 1WatchMan : December 23rd, 2023-23:40


 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-07:12

De nada!

 By: 1WatchMan : December 24th, 2023-08:06


 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:19

Great review. I like everything about this piece except the 41 mm size.

 By: hoseachandra : December 24th, 2023-00:18
38-39 mm would suit many more wrist. Luckily, the 8 mm thinness help a lot. I agree that any sport integrated bracelet watch should have maximum thickness of 9.5 mm to be qualified as "true chic and luxury sport watch". Anything beyond 10 mm shows not eno... 

Another great review!

 By: KCLQMULKU : December 24th, 2023-00:25
When the AE was first released it did not attract my attention as much as other releases. But since the XPS and other limited variants I had since changed my mind, appreciate them much more, and find them to be remarkable pieces and unique in their own ri... 

Alot of Beautiful details, the dial finish, the side profile picture, wow, great pic of the crown and side case and the gorgeous movement

 By: SALMANPK : December 24th, 2023-00:57
Great Review. I can understand why this reference would tempt you so much. S

Merci, S.

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:20

What can I say! I agree with everything and I fell so hard in love with this one that…

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 24th, 2023-01:02
It also made me fall in love with the AE collection in general! They are very comfortable!

I saw! ;)

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:20


 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 24th, 2023-12:51


 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-16:44

And if I must confess, I am not done yet for 2023!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 24th, 2023-17:02

Naaaah??? Really???

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-22:11

Really! I know it’s almost shameful! Sometime too much is like not enough!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 24th, 2023-23:06
But hey, sometime when the opportunity strike you take it 😜

Come on, let's see that!

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-23:07

First need to receive it!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 24th, 2023-23:11

Something I was not expecting till 2024 but came early to my AD…

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : December 25th, 2023-01:09
It’s a Chopard 😉

Aaaah, ok. One more!!!

 By: amanico : December 25th, 2023-07:18


 By: Gelato Monster : December 24th, 2023-01:05

Thanks, GM.

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:20

this one is very you my Vlad

 By: Gelato Monster : December 25th, 2023-07:45

Which one? :))))

 By: amanico : December 25th, 2023-07:55

This Alpine Eagle 41 XPS.

 By: Gelato Monster : December 25th, 2023-08:14

LOL! ;)

 By: amanico : December 25th, 2023-09:20

Great review, Nicolas.

 By: MichaelC : December 24th, 2023-02:05
I ordered through my AD and should be getting close. My only dislike is the bracelet aesthetic. I understand the design intent, but I don't like it. The polish, and the raised profile. I have what I think is a very solid idea to fix it. I need to make a s... 

+1 should be good :-)

 By: SALMANPK : December 24th, 2023-20:06

;-) ;)

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-21:52

Thanks for this excellent review, mon ami.

 By: MTR : December 24th, 2023-02:10
My personal opinion: this watch is a stunner and a big hit! The price doesn't shock me at all compared to what some competitors dare to charge for much less. Personally, the date windows on the sister models don't bother me that much because they are in t... 

Great write up Nicolas.

 By: agyzace : December 24th, 2023-04:13
What I am not thrilled about: 1. Numerals 2. Small seconda hand. Would prefer central seconds or no seconds at all. Dont get the small seconds approach for such piece

Bitten by the eagle😁

 By: hora12reborn : December 24th, 2023-06:32

or should I say caught by the 🦅

 By: hora12reborn : December 24th, 2023-06:33

Even better! :)

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:22


 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-11:22

Thanks for this in-depth analysis of your thoughts on this watch!

 By: quattro_spirit : December 24th, 2023-06:44
Even though I share some of your enthusiasm, I will personally not pull the trigger on this one, nor on the 1860, both of which I have tried on at W&W where they were presented to me by the late and great Jose Garcia. Let me explain precisely why. 1/ ...  

Great review!

 By: jlux : December 24th, 2023-13:54
These are the best pictures of that watch and dial that I have seen on the web !! I can understand why others love that watch so much; design language being however very subjective I have to admit that the AE does not really "speak" to me.

Thanks for your detailed review

 By: penfriend : December 24th, 2023-13:58
It resembles my feelings - it is 99% tempting but still not an immediate purchase for me. Non adjustable bracelet or clasp is for me the primary point at this price stage with this kind of bracelet - hey, it’s not a president! I cannot understand how a ma... 

Great objective review

 By: Derreck : December 24th, 2023-16:04
You made me realize many points which I would somehow miss on my own. Thanks for taking the time and share this with us!

Pleasure, Derreck.

 By: amanico : December 24th, 2023-21:45

I liked the alpine eagle from the start

 By: jaspermccrea : December 24th, 2023-17:30
... and ended up with the blue faced one. I handled the first ever XPS in the London boutique a few weeks ago, and it's definitely different to the regular one, but unlike you, I think some of the changes aren't entirely for the better. The loss of a mm o... 

Another impressive in-depth review, Nico!👏👏👏

 By: Mach : December 24th, 2023-19:43
I believe it goes without saying that I’m a huge fan of this spectacular piece. With no prior purchase history, I’m especially shocked that I was fortunate to obtain one, which I’m wearing today: 1. Just to add to your review, the dial can change dependin...  

One of the special pieces from 2023 👌

 By: holdemchamp1225 : December 30th, 2023-20:49

Superb post!

 By: patrick_y : March 13th, 2024-14:23
For a fella who is not a tremendous fan of Genta-esque, integrated bracelet, sports watches, you rather liked this watch! The killer here is the movement. This is a wonderful movement. There is so much inner beauty here. And the Chopard 96 movement is not... 

Allow me to be critical...

 By: patrick_y : March 13th, 2024-17:15
1. This dial. The eagle's iris. I still find it a little "strange." And I'm not crazy about it. It's also stamped. And I think the indices and hands are made of steel (not gold). 2. This bracelet is beautifully constructed, expecially from that side profi... 

Can't wait to try it on!

 By: patrick_y : March 14th, 2024-18:24
I really like this one! Looking forward to acquiring mine later this year!

You will love it.

 By: amanico : March 14th, 2024-22:19

I have Nautilus’ poor imitation

 By: loujo : March 18th, 2024-17:33
GP Laureato, and it picked up scratches like there is no tomorrow. So I wouldn’t really fault Chopard’s polished center links. But for some reason I feel the overall design is more industrial and less refined than RO or Nautilus. Again I am only talking a... 

more than three weeks....

 By: Peter : March 15th, 2024-19:36
...of wearing the alpine eagle XPS more or less continuously. and i still don't know completely how i feel about it. here are a few thoughts. the contrast of the pink dial and the white metal hands and indices (white gold?) is strikingly beautiful and giv...  


 By: Peter : March 17th, 2024-18:31
the more i look at my AE XPS the more i get convinced that the watch gains a lot of its distinctive estethics from the height of the hour markers, which makes the dial really three dimensional .

and IMHO...

 By: Peter : March 20th, 2024-08:31
the more i wear the AE XPS the mire i appreciate the package.

Clearly, yes.

 By: amanico : March 20th, 2024-08:44

One of the best steel watches

 By: SCane : March 31st, 2024-22:10
It is almost perfect. There are basically 2 drawbacks: 1) central link that will eventually scratch; 2) 1mm too big in diameter. Don’t know how good the links bracelet are connected though.

Not yet

 By: SCane : April 1st, 2024-21:27
I was able to touch other alpine eagles. But I was disappointed with their movement finishing. Salmon one seems to have a great movement so this drawback is eliminated.