Right from the start, in fact, as far back as 1883, Alpina has always been associated with timely innovation. Alpina introduced the first sports watch in the 1930s with the Alpina 4. Now the Swiss brand retraces its roots to revive a highly collectible vintage sporting chronograph.
BACK TO THE BEGINNING
Now the new 42mm Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph is making a return to the sports watch concept which the Swiss brand was the first to create. In addition to sports watches, Alpina was also among the first to introduce pilot’s watches in the early seat-of-the-pants days of aviation at the start of the last century.
Pilot watches made by Alpina became trusted and renowned and it wasn’t long before they were the official manufacturer and supplier for over 50 years of military aviation watches to a number of continental air forces.The Startimer Pilot Heritage’s is aimed at lovers of the ultimate high-precision measuring device for sports-inspired watches, the chronograph.
You don’t have to be into aviation or loop any loops to admire or desire a Startimer watch, they are equally at home on the race track or a formal summit meeting for that matter.
NEW SINGLE-PUSH-PIECE MONOPUSHER
But it is reassuring to know each watch is made to the same standards required of a military-grade pilots watch: robust build, ease of operation, an easy to read dial and now, for the first time from the brand, a single-push-piece chronograph located at 2 o’clock, based on a movement designed by La Joux-Perret. And why La Joux Perret, one of the most established and long-standing movement manufactures in all Switzerland? Well, they were purchased back in 2012 by the Citizen Group, and Alpina, in case you didn’t know, is also a part of the Citizen Group.
In the case of the mono-pusher, the more seasoned and old school technology is, the more desirable it becomes, thus a monopusher complication is often used in watches which are considerably more expensive than what’s on offer with the Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage collection.
The bicompax chronograph, with sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock, is used to measure short time intervals (30 minutes) with the precision of the AL-727 caliber. This new movement, made especially for the Startimer, has a 55-hour power reserve which is fully 45% more than its predecessor.
3 COLOR OPTIONS
The new Startimer models are available in 3 versions; two blue versions, one with an all-blue bezel and dial, the other with a greyed bezel, and one in all grey. The pieces are encased in polished stainless steel, (satin polished on the dial) which is a cross between a retro Bullhead and a cushion-shaped case. The hour and minute hands feature Super-LumiNova for ease of reading in all light conditions, and a screw-down crown and case back with 100 meters water resistance.
The Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronographs will sell for $2,795.