On Sundays I like to flick through absolutely every single style section article in The New York Times, The Washington Post and anything her fashion majesty Cathy Horyn has written for The Cut. Then I read half a dozen substacks because I absolutely must know what the style literati deem au courant. And, simply because, sometimes a gal needs a break from watches.

I love to inhale this information as a guiding force, or rather a creative jumpstart for my own ideas. The trick is to take the inspo, digest it, manipulate it by trying it your way and then ta-da! You are that little bit closer to reaching the imaginary destination I like to call wardrobe satisfaction. It's a fictional place, the nirvana that most of us will never reach, but we keep chugging along in the hopes that our latest purchase will be the final piece of any mentally arduous and impossible-to-finish puzzle. It's a bit like trying to build a perfectly complete watch collection. And we all know that's a myth people perpetuate to justify their next purchase.

The real key is to take your inspiration from the outside. Not just Tim Blanks, or design supplements, or informational Substacks. Get your knowledge from the world around you, absorb the culture through your pores. EAT IT ALL UP. Watch movies for the clothes: anything Wim Wenders or even Jim Jarmusch is a good place to start. Look at the accessories in Baroque portrait paintings. Take motivation from slightly less obvious style icons like Paloma Picasso or perhaps PJ Harvey or Brian Molko or maybe Vincent Gallo. I, for example , have Charlotte Rampling etched into my psyche. Find your personal type avatar, dead or alive, it doesn't matter, it's a guiding force. Take it where you can get it! Fashion, like watches, is best enjoyed with a little context. All of this joy and wonder as well as exhilaration! Only to plummet you right back down to reality, due to the fact there's a problem at hand for those craving some sort of cerebral connection to their clothing. Suddenly, trend has become synonymous with luxury and has lost its capital F in the process. Which is a damn shame.

Gone are the decades where designers were focused on actual boundary-defying fashion - the provocative kind made by the likes of Alexander McQueen or John Galliano for Dior as well as Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. Their runway shows would shock and also innovate along with drive the narrative forward - so subversive this made a person rethink everything you thought an individual knew about clothing, that made anyone recalibrate your own personal style, but it was always done under the guise of sex in addition to glamor. It was a thrill.

Now we are left with a paradox associated with logos on everything or a doldrum of beige Loro Piana and Brunello Cucinelli complete with Hermès bag. Most runway shows (there are some exceptions to the rule - Demna for Balenciaga and Rick Owens to name but a new few) are focused on commercial ambition because the c-suite now dictates the outcome.

The Sans-Serif luxury brand monotony will leave you wondering what ever happened to idiosyncrasy? It's depressing really.

The same can be said with regard to watches. What used to be your platform regarding design, notably in the 1960s plus '70s, has become a predictable "luxury" focused machine, made to please the average consumer with absolutely no desire to step outside of the box. And when they do step outside of said package, I immediately wish they had remained firmly inside of the container because nobody asked for gargantuan, rainbow-inspired tattoo artist collaboration watches. Sigh.

I often question why watch design has reached such a stalemate (again there are exceptions to this critique) -- surely you will find designers having a more transgressive vision? Unfortunately it comes right down to the executives thinking about selling to your average consumer and not what might redefine and even push the actual culture ahead.

So how does one define luxury today? In the context of everything that's happening in a globe that's constantly evolving, luxurious is (and always has been) about aspiration. Now high-class just feels like sameness using a hefty price tag. It's an expensive and recognizable handbag or simply watch. From the cashmere baseball cap and a pair of loafers with a logo. It's certainly less regarding risk and more about "tasteful" (dare I say bland) looking items that will get you the recognition you seek if you partake in the "style for external validation" game on social media.
So where does the sports watch fit in this twisted, evil, luxury category gamut? It sits pretty much at the top of the food chain. But the Chopard Alpine Eagle is my solution to a happy middle ground. It's part of the extravagance category we have all become therefore attuned to, and yet the idea looks a little different, a little more unusual in shape with a deliciously textured dial that feels hypnotic to look at. The Alpine Eagle will have your entourage asking real questions about your watch rather than the usual silent nod regarding acknowledgement at your Royal Oak/Daytona/Nautilus, etc .

For all the so-called stainless steel sport view competition out there, the Alpine Eagle offers my vote as group underdog. Chopard is a brand name that doesn't usually get the credit it deserves; it often seems underrated amongst many of its horological peers. Bought by the Scheufele family in the early '60s, the brand as we know the item today is more commonly associated with its prominence in the high jewelry space, its sponsorship of the Cannes Film Festival and Mille Miglia. But Chopard originated as a bonafide watch manufacturer - it was created by namesake founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard way back in the 19th century.

The actual maison, which is currently run by the German-born Scheufele family members, introduced the particular St. Moritz, the predecessor to the Alpine Eagle, back in 1980. Then-22-year-old Karl-Friedrich Scheufele (now company co-president) insisted that the loved ones get on board with the dominating market trend of stainless-steel sports timepieces.
First launched in 2019, typically the Alpine Eagle is a modern update in order to its 20th century forerunner. It's a really good looking enjoy. This 41mm steel example with gray dial has a satin polished bezel, including beveled edges, which sits atop a good 9. 7mm uniquely shaped case and is fixed in place with screws; it is water resistant to 100 meters. The particular crown is actually signed which has a compass rose motif located at three o'clock, in between the refined crown guards, which are also repeated at nine o'clock. And while this particular feature really does bear some resemblance to the Nautilus style, it keeps things searching symmetrical.

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Typically the 41mm stainless watch comes equipped with the 01. 01-C mechanical movement with automatic winding. It beats at 28, 800 vph (4Hz) and has a power reserve of 60 hours. Often the movement is an in-house designed and manufactured caliber along with COSC chronometer certification.

The watch is made of Chopard's proprietary alloy: Lucent Steel A223 : composed partially of recycled stainless steel. Beyond the obvious ecological benefits of repurposing stainless steel in a new product, the new Lucent Metal A223 additionally boasts practical benefits, among them a greater hardness - to be able to 223 Vickers, making it 50% more resistant to abrasion than conventional steel.

I really appreciate the bracelet for you to case ratio on these watches. Can somebody make sure you send a note to Switzerland about overly skinny and/or tapered bracelets? I do not need a dramatic taper on a watch bracelet, EVER. And I would hope you don't either! But each to their own bracelet preferences I suppose.
The exact bracelet and case finishing is worth admiring: often the vertical satin-brushed caseband, the exact (slightly) tapered bracelet together with largely brushed surfaces, offset by the finished central caps (each individual link is actually easily removed with a screwdriver, a bonus! ), and slick facets at the edge of each link. And then, of course , there is the textured dial, reminiscent of an eagle's iris.