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Chopard St.Moritz 8300 Steel White Roman

SKU: CHOPARD002
Sale price£5,263.67 GBP


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-Specifications

Brand
Chopard
Model
St.Moritz
Reference
8300
Year
1990s
Movement
Automatic Cal.889
Case
37mm
Material
Stainless Steel
Bracelet
Chopard Integrated Steel Bracelet
Bracelet Length
Approx 22cm
Includes
Watch and Bracelet Only
Box/Papers
No Box/No Paper
Notes
The watch has been completely serviced by our watchmaker recently
Not polished in the service
Warranty
1-year Mechanical Warranty by us
Shipping
Global shipping via FedEx International Priority


-Description

Chopard is a luxury watch and jewelry brand founded in 1860 in Sonvilier, and although it has a strong image of fine jewelry, it is a watch brand that began as a workshop producing pocket watches.

Independently managed since its inception, the company has established a strong position with its outstanding technology and rich creativity. In recent years, the company has continued to produce a large number of timepieces that combine high technology and beautiful design, such as the highly acclaimed "LUC" dress watch collection and the sporty "Mille Miglia", inspired by the Italian automobile race.

This watch, St. Moritz, was manufactured in the late 1990s. This model is the predecessor of Chopard's luxury sports watch, the Alpine Eagle.

Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the current Co-President, persuaded his father to create the St. Moritz in 1980 as Chopard's first steel watch and the Maison's first sports watch.

It was a difficult proposition to launch, as the company had previously only made gold dress watches and ladies' watches with diamonds.

Over the 10 years since its release, St. Moritz has produced several variations and supported the development of Chopard. Approximately 40 years later, Scheufele's son Karl Fritz happened to discover St. Moritz, which led to the birth of Alpine Eagle.

Fascinated by its design and comfort, Karl-Fritz persuaded his father to create the Alpine Eagle, which has been regarded for generations as the revival model of St. Moritz.

Reference 8300 is a three-hand model from St. Moritz. It was sold from the late 1990s to the 2000s, available in stainless steel or steel/gold combination, with an estimated production run of around 500 pieces.

The case is made of stainless steel. The size is 37mm. The case design features a delicate finish with a complex combination of polish and hairline, and a bezel secured with 8 screws. Compared to the first-generation St. Moritz released in 1980, the bezel is thicker, giving it a sportier look.

The dial is a matte white Roman dial. The dial design has a sleek look that is very rare for luxury sports watches.

I think it can be said that it is a very rare dial, as there are only a few similar types of watches such as the Cartier Santos Galbee and Rolex Datejust Buckley dials.

The bracelet is slightly raised in the center link. The finish is also carried over to the Alpine Eagle, with a hairline finish on the left and right sides and a polished finish only in the center. The buckle is double-ended and seamlessly joined to the bracelet.

The bracelet is adjusted to 16.5cm, but there are extra links so it can accommodate arm circumferences up to 22cm.

The installed movement is automatic Cal.889. A thin movement made by Jaeger-LeCoultre. It was also used in the IWC Ingenieur, a bracelet-integrated watch from the same era.

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