Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic & Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

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:

1. Anti-magnetic

2. Anti-shock

3. Water-resistant 

4. Stainless

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.

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

Case

Stainless steel, 44 mm diameter with 360° bi-directional turning bezel

Scratch – Convex Resistant Sapphire Crystal

Water-resistant 100m / 330ft

Anti-magnetic

Anti-shock

Engraved case-back

Threaded crown

Movement

AL-525, Automatic Caliber, 26 jewels, 38 hours power reserve, 28,800 A/h (= 4 Hz)

Dial

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

Strap

Brown leather strap with red lining or Black leather strap with red lining

Functions

Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date

Price ???*

 

And some mood-shots of the new watches…

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic
ALPINA Alpiner 4 Automatic

 

 

 

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.

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

 

 

Movement 

Automatic, 26 jewels, 38H power reserve, 28’800 Ah

Functions 

Anti-Magnetic, ISO764 certified to 4800 A/m.

Anti-Shock

Hours, minutes, seconds, date, GMT 24H, 360° turning compass bezel

Case 

Stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter, Bidirectional turning bezel, Sapphire crystal, Water-resistant 100M/ 330ft

Dial 

Black sun ray dial, Silver sunray dial with applied luminous indexes, Date window at 3’, Nickel hands with white luminous and Red GMT

Strap 

Brown, Black genuine leather strap with red lining

Price ???*

 

And some mood-shots of the watches…

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

 

ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer
ALPINA Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer

 

 

* Yes guys, I will add the prices of the watches as soon as Alpina confirms  them …

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments

  • I love them. They look great.

    I suppose the 36 on the bezel indicates time zones? The reason this is a question is that I just Goggled and found were there are now 38 time zones.

    So what is up with the bezel and how does it work?

    Thanks.

    Keep up the great work!

    • 36 stands for 360 degrees. You can use it combined with a map (when you know where N (north) is…) and check out the direction to go to. Better be a boy scout…

  • Too much text and numbers on the GMT-modell (boy scouts will like it). But the “normal” watch with the glacier blue dial looks great.

  • Miss Alpina looks beautiful in her different dresses, will get plenty of offer to be taken out for dinner.

  • Your article says, “If you loose your home-time when traveling and setting your watch, I´d recommend you better not to buy such a gimmick.”

    Please elaborate or clarify.

    Thank you

    • When you set the watch at home to the correct time and reference time (=home-time) with the second hour-hand you must not loose either the minutes, nor the seconds when you set the watch again when traveling. E.g. arriving in NYC coming from Europe you simply pull out the crown in its second position and you only adjust the hour-hand in one-hour-steps. For NYC you adjust six hours to the back. Then when correctly set the hours the watch still shows the correct minutes and seconds since the adjustment process did not interact with minutes and seconds, because the movement continues to tick. And, the second zone-time indication still shows the reference-time set at home (=home-time). If a “GMT” watch does not offer these features it is useless and just a gimmick…

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