Official Watch Sponsor of Aurélien Ducroz since 2009, Alpina Watches has also become the Official Timekeeper for Team COVED-PAPREC, the sailing boat team led by Aurélien, which will compete again this year in the “Tour de France à la Voile”. The team will be comprise of four sailors, Aurélien and Olivier Backès who competed together last year, and two newcomers Guillaume Lebrec and Gurvan Bomtemps. A talented team whom after achieving 4th place last year, will strive to reach the podium this year.
The Tour started on July 7th in Dunkirk and will end in Nice on July 30th. 9 city-stages and 18 days of competition awaits the eager team. The COVED-PAPREC team will go against 30 other teams including some Olympic athletes.
Throughout the challenges of the Tour, Aurélien Ducroz will be wearing the new Seastrong Horological Smartwatch, the water-inspired sport’s watch. The Seastrong Horological Smartwatch is faithful to the traditional Swiss watchmaking codes all the while introducing smartwatch features such as call, text or email notifications, activity and sleep monitoring, sleep cycle alarm, get-active alerts, dynamic coaching, cloud back-up and restore capabilities, worldtimer 24 time zones. The MMT-365 app which connects to the smartwatch via Bluetooth is available on both iOS and Android systems.
This new model carries on the tradition by truly representing the outdoor, adventure-seeking brand that is Alpina.
Instead of concentrate on what is different about the new Alpina Seastrong Diver 300, what is the exact same is almost as interesting — especially once you believe its dramatic new identity is built atop the specific same 44mm situation and oversized crown of its predecessor. This time round, but the curved, ellipse-shaped indices on the dial and bezel provide a more conspicuous comparison to this unique, angular form of this semi-square circumstance, yielding a symmetry and purpose-built minimalism that appears to draw inspiration from aquatic icons such as Panerai’s PAM 389, or even the Nautilus 5711 from Patek Philippe.Intentional or not, even the 5711’s signature “ears” in 3 and 9 o’clock appear here, giving the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic an air of Gerald Genta’s porthole-shaped masterpiece — easily one of the trendiest silhouettes in watchmaking. What is particularly nice, however, is that despite some subtle similarities between the above, none of the new elements feel derivative — almost like homage has been paid in fleeting glimpses, re-drawn out of memory.