Line extension: Alpina, the sister company of Frédérique Constant, just presented these two new timepieces. I must admit I like them! Have a look and tell me what you think …
Alpina is not a new brand! Alpina was founded in 1883.
After several patents to ensure water-resistance and following the development of the famous Alpina “Block Uhr” in 1933, in 1938 Alpina presents the “Alpina 4”: one of the first modern Swiss sports watches.
The concept behind the “Alpina 4” was to combine the 4 essential features that defined a sports watch, in one single timepiece:
So together with a few other brands Alpina was responsible for the concept of the modern Swiss sports watch, as it is known today.
Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic
The line is composed of three models with three different dial colors: glacier blue, black and silvered.
With the Alpiner 4 Automatic, Alpina also re-introduces its signature “Glacier Blue” colored dial, the distinctive blue of the Geneva manufacture.
Stainless steel, 44 mm diameter with 360° bi-directional turning bezel
Scratch – Convex Resistant Sapphire Crystal
Water-resistant 100m / 330ft
AL-525, Automatic Caliber, 26 jewels, 38 hours power reserve, 28,800 A/h (= 4 Hz)
Light blue dial with sun ray finishing, Silver dial with sun ray finishing, Black dial with sun ray finishing, all with applied silver lumina indexes Date window at 3’ o clock White luminous coated hour, minute hands
Brown leather strap with red lining or Black leather strap with red lining
Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
And some mood-shots of the new watches…
Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
The watch features an easy-to-use GMT-caliber. The Alpina AL-550 “Jumping Hour” GMT movement allows to set local time by independently moving the hour-hand one hour by hour forward and backward, while the 24H-hand will always display you set home-time. This type of GMT-system (invented and first presented by Rolex in its GMT-Master II at the time being) is the most intuitive and the only useful one to read local and home time. If you loose your home-time when traveling and setting your watch, I´d recommend you better not to buy such a gimmick.
Both Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer feature the 4 Alpina sports properties. Concerning anti-magnetism, the watches are certified according to the ISO 764 norm, which specifies that a watch must resist exposition to a direct current magnetic field of 4 800 A/m without any impact on its accuracy. Regarding the anti-shock properties both watches certified to the ISO 1413 standard.
Automatic, 26 jewels, 38H power reserve, 28’800 Ah
Anti-Magnetic, ISO764 certified to 4800 A/m.
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT 24H, 360° turning compass bezel
Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter, Bidirectional turning bezel, Sapphire crystal, Water-resistant 100M/ 330ft
Black sun ray dial, Silver sunray dial with applied luminous indexes, Date window at 3’, Nickel hands with white luminous and Red GMT
Brown, Black genuine leather strap with red lining
And some mood-shots of the watches…
* Yes guys, I will add the prices of the watches as soon as Alpina confirms them …