ALPINA – ALPINER AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH

alpina alpiner chrono

A CHRONOGRAPH THAT’S ON TOP

Alpina is an expert in designing timepieces with a chronograph. The model in the Alpiner collection is a case in point.

Having a chronograph complication in a movement tends to overload time displays on the dial so brands play with case sizes to free up the features and improve readability. Alpina has pulled off quite a feat as the Alpiner Automatic Chronograph’s case is just 41.5mm and all the functions are perfectly readable! To achieve the result, the brand has stripped the dial back to basics. The complication counters appear on the vertical axis. The minute counter stands at 12 and the hour counter at 6 includes the date. A low-key small seconds at 9 completes the ensemble. This clean and classic layout is rimmed by a telemeter scale and luminescent markers.

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The grey dial lies beneath the chronograph’s large central seconds hand bearing Alpina’s signature red triangle. Two classic piston-shape pushers measure short time. The complication is built into the self-winding AL-750 calibre which gives the watch a 46-hour power reserve.

Flip over the Alpiner Automatic Chronograph and you’ll see three peaks engraved on the back – the Jungfrau, Mönch and Eiger – that have been Alpina’s symbol since 1883. Its stylish black or brown leather strap with white stitching makes it hard not to be tempted by its timeless elegance!

Price: € 2,150 alpinawatches.com

By Dan Diaconu

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