Heir to a tradition dating back to the first half of the 20th century, an era when Alpina served as a supplier for various European air forces, the Startimer Pilot perfectly meets the inherent requirements of sturdiness, reliability and legibility governing the world of aviation watches. Since its launch in 2011, it has been enjoying a success that has enabled it to become the brand’s biggest success. In 2017, the collection has been enriched with a Startimer Pilot Automatic entirely in tune with the aesthetic codes of the collection. Its characteristic oversized applied numerals are naturally luminescent as are the hands, whereas the signature triangle appears in red at 12 o’clock and at the base of the seconds hand. This new launch has been introduced in four versions, notably a model with resolutely modern tones playing on shades of gray between the dial and case. And as one has come to expect from Alpina, this selfwinding watch is offered at an ultra-competitive price, at under 900 euros.
Startimer Pilot Automatic © Alpina
Startimer pilot automatic
Case : titanium-colored steel, back engraved with the case logo, water-resistant to 100m
Diameter : 44mm
Movement : mechanical self-winding (caliber al-525, 38-hour power reserve)
With Baselworld 2016 only around the corner, we see the release of this Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph. While its predecessor donned a classic brushed and polished steel suit, this new version presents a more virile apparel courtesy of this black PVD coating that covers the 44mm-diameter case. In addition, the PVD coating is excellent protection against everyday wear and tear and provides the chrono a sportier and more contemporary edge.The chronograph is the among the most popular complications in the eye arena, as well as the proliferation of cheap quartz chronos available on the market, the purpose is frequently taken for granted. This is hardly the case here, as manufacturing and developing a chronograph complication is, well, pretty complex. For a company of its size to develop a flyback chronograph movement from scratch and do struggle in such a fiercely competitive segment of the marketplace was in itself remarkable. A fresh new look for the watch is certainly a welcome addition to the collection and for buyers that prefer a trendy PVD look.The refreshed, dark expression of this Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph gives a nice variation on the line and, really, we expect to see much more come out. Cost for your PVD coated watch is really around the same as the original version at $4,750.
Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, date
Dial : matt dark gray
Strap : black leather