alpina pilot heritage


Alpha, a brand known for its robust sports watches, unveils a quartet of Startimers in a very fashionable vintage style and with a host of useful features

In 1928, 90 years ago, the Alpina brand (founded in 1883) unveiled a new concept in sports watches named “Alpina 4“. There were four aspects to the philosophy lying behind the watch: it was watertight (at the time, the word used was “impermeable”), shock-proof (thanks to the ingenious Incabloc system), anti-magnetic and stainless, guaranteeing great durability despite the almost daily challenges faced by top-level sportsmen or air-force pilots. It was in homage to the link between pilots and the company that the Startimer collection was launched in 2011. This autumn, four new Startimer Pilot Heritage models have been added to the collection.

alpina pilot heritage collectionThis mini-range stands out through a 42mm-wide cushion-shaped steel case alternating satin-brushed and polished surfaces to better catch the light. The metal case is watertight down to 100m, and includes two crowns: one screwed crown at 4 o’clock is used to wind up and set the watch, and the other, at 2 o’clock, activates the internal revolving bezel. The bezel features a 24-hour scale, and by means of a small white or black triangle at the centre of the dial, it displays a second time zone.

alpina pilot heritage casebackThe Startimer Pilot Heritage dial comes in four colours: satin black, royal blue, copper champagne – all encircled by the silver white ring of the bezel – and green-blue. The hours and minutes are shown in the centre with a pair of stick-shaped, lume-coated hands moving around applied hour markers, while the seconds tick away via a bright red second hand. The date is shown against a white background in a counter at 3 o’clock.

The timepiece is driven by the calibre AL-555, an automatic mechanical movement, providing 38 hours of power reserve.

Price: 1,295 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin