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Alpina-NEW SEASTRONG DIVER 300 CHRONOGRAPH BIG DATE

   ALPINA WATCHES REVEALS THE SEASTRONG DIVER 300 CHRONOGRAPH BIG DATE

With the SEASTRONG collection, Alpina Watches has made diving watch history since the 1960’s when the Seastrong “10” was already capable of reaching depths of 200m/660ft. In 2015 Alpina reveals the Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph Big Date. An extremely well readable professional diving chronograph range that is 300m/1000ft water-resistant, immediately recognizable due to its distinctive coloured unidirectional turning diving bezels and its oversized minute hand for optimal diving time readability.

 Serious about diving

The all-new Alpina Seastrong 300 Diver Chronograph Big Date is a professional diving watch. Everything about this model is designed to cope with the most extreme conditions any professional diver could ever encounter, starting with water resistance to no less than 300 meters. That’s 1,000 feet below sea level, which means the watch can go to depths no human ever could.

Designed see what you need to see, when you need to see it

The Extreme Diver 300 has been designed with all necessary features that allow owners to get the information they need, when they need it, for a safe dive.

The aluminum, unidirectional, turning bezel, turns in just one direction: anti-clockwise. With this “fail-safe” feature the number of elapsed minutes can never be accidentally decreased, only increased. In addition, the 60 minutes markers on the bezel are luminous, as are the dial indexes, which perfectly contrast against the matt black dial. The watch’s hands are luminous for maximum readability in low visibility conditions, and the minute’s hand is oversized to safely read diving time.

Built-in features that are relevant to the professional diver

The 44 mm stainless cushion shaped steel case, the screw-in crown and case-back, the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the robust, water-resistant, genuine leather strap and the beautiful engraving of the Alpina diving symbol the case-back are all distinctive functional and aesthetic features matching the requirements of divers and those of everyday wear of the watch. The range comes in 4 different models, each with a different bezel colour: bordeaux, grey, navy blue and orange.

The AL-372 Swiss High Precision Quartz Chronograph movement

The extremely precise and reliable AL-372 1/10th of sec. Swiss quartz chronograph movement features 30 and 10 hour chronograph counters, add and split functions, big date and has a standard battery life of 48 months.

  
About Alpina

ALPINA, THE ORIGINAL SWISS SPORT WATCH

ALPINE SPORTS WATCH MANUFACTURING – SINCE 1883

Alpina, famous for its red triangle signature, is an independent, family-owned fine watchmaking manufacture based in Geneva, Switzerland. Founded in 1883, Alpina’s watchmaking history spans more than 130 years. A true pioneer of the Swiss watchmaking industry, Alpina has been the source of numerous innovations, patents and calibers. Alpina invented the concept of the sport watch, as we know it today, with the birth of its legendary Alpina 4 in 1938. Faithful to its long tradition of creating mechanical calibers, Alpina manufactures, in its Geneva-based Manufacture, four in-house movements in-house: the Tourbillon AL-980, the World Timer AL-718, the Automatic Regulator AL-950 and the Small Date Automatic AL-710. Alpina’s mission is to design and engineer luxury sport watches that operate with the greatest precision and reliability possible in the most demanding sporting environments, like the Alps.

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Baselworld 2013 – Alpina

Alpina had several new offerings at Baselworld this year, The Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Automatic Chronograph is a beautiful and worthy diver, The Alpina Geneve 2013 Sailing Yachttimer Countdown, is another stunner and The Alpina 130 Heritage Pilot Automatic Chronograph is just delicious and I will have to highlight that one shortly too, as it is another to add to my watch wish list! Here though I want to showcase The Startimer Pilot Chrono Big Date as this has really caught our eye and if I’m honest my favourite is the geen faced version, with the green canvas strap and the PVD case. Click the photos for delicious watch shots courtesy of Alpina and like me fall in love with the watches as you read the Alpina press release below.

The New Alpina StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date

The all-new StarTimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date was not designed for the business class traveller sitting in Seat 1A of a 747 jet; the one who has to decide between the beef or the salmon for his in-flight meal. This new range of Alpina Pilot timepieces was designed for serious pilots who fly in fast jets and who make split second decisions about the limits to which they can push their planes and themselves.

Features without frills

The StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date comes with plenty of features, but no frills. It features the perefctly readable and essential aviation dials of the Alpina Startimer range that are appreciated by pilots worldwide. Every element of functionality built into these watches is designed to provide the essential information to a pilot, the moment he needs it.

Every model in the new range is driven by the AL-372 quartz chronograph movement. Other features include an extra-wide 44 mm-diameter, two-part stainless steel case, a scratchproof sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, big date and small second displays at the 6 o’clock position. The unmistakable red Alpina triangle signature “the Alpiner” is in its traditional position at the base of the second hand, and for activities other than flying, these watches are water resistant to 100 metres. All watches from the collection come with a fabric “Cordura” strap with a tongue buckle in different colours matching the dial and case, or a stainless steel bracelet.

From one pioneer to another

The StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date comes with plenty of features, but no frills. It features the perefctly readable and essential aviation dials of the Alpina Startimer range that are appreciated by pilots worldwide. Every element of functionality built into these watches is designed to provide the essential information to a pilot, the moment he needs it.

A great range from which to choose

The first three watches in the new range, the B4S6, the BRS6B and the B4FBS6, all feature a striking black dial with extra-large contrasting white numerals. The indexes are Superluminova coated for optimum visibility in poor lighting conditions.

You can choose from either a subtle grey fabric strap with a tongue buckle, or a fashionable metal bracelet. Another variation sees the watch offered with a black PVD case and matching black fabric strap.The next model on offer is the GR4FBS6. This watch features a black PVD case, a military green 60 minutes dial and contrasting beige-coloured, luminous minute indexes and hands.

To complete the new look, a sand-coloured fabric strap offers the perfect complement to the beige hands and indexes.

Finally, the BGR4S6 is presented with a stainless steel case and a grey “camouflage” grey dial, lending the timepiece an appearance that respects both military and aviation specifications. The grey “camouflage” dial offers an excellent background for the beige minute indexes and hands. The sand-coloured fabric strap completes the package.

If you’re passionate about actually flying, rather than just travelling in airplanes; if you’d rather make a vertical climb than sit in a recliner, the new StarTimer Pilot Chrono Big Date range will suit your high-G lifestyle, as well as your spirit.

Technical Specifications

  • Movement Quartz caliber, AL-372
  • Battery life 48 months
  • Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, big date, chronograph
  • Case Round 2-part stainless steel case, 44 mm diameter
  • Sapphire crystal, nicely engraved back with Cessna plane image
  • Crown and case back screwed
  • 10 ATM Water-resistant
  • Dial Black, Green or Greydial, large white luminous numerals for the hours
  • White luminous hands with Alpina red triangle signature on the second’s hand
  • Big date and small second display at 6 o’clock


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Baselworld 2013 – The Alpina 130

Alpina had several new offerings at Baselworld this year, The Alpina Extreme Diver 300 Automatic Chronograph is a beautiful and worthy diver, The Alpina Geneve 2013 Sailing Yachttimer Countdown, is another stunner and The Startimer Pilot Chrono Big Date as has really caught our eye and we have already highlighted this here. When we looked at  the Startimer Pilot I mentioned that I want to also showcase The Alpina 130 Heritage Pilot Automatic Chronograph, which  is frankly sublime, so here it is  Click the photos for delicious watch shots courtesy of Alpina and as I said on my last Alpina blog, like me fall in love with the watches as you read the Alpina press release below.

Alpina 130 Heritage Pilot Automatic Chronograph

Alpina, the inventor of the modern sport watch, celebrates 130 Years of watchmaking

Since 1883, the contribution of Alpina to the Swiss watchmaking industry has been in the innovation of caliber and watch production methods and organisation. It can be rightly said that the “Alpina Union Horlogère,” whose members were called the “Alpinists,” was the ancestor of today’s modern Swiss watch groups.

With the creation of the legendary “Alpina 4” in 1938, Alpina invented the modern sports watch by defining and uniting in one watch the four necessary criteria – which still apply to this day – for a watch to be called a sports watch.

Since 1883, Alpina has conceived and manufactured its own movements and chronometers in-house. The famous 877, 582, 592 movements, just to name a few, today have their modern counterparts in the Alpina AL-980 Tourbillon, AL-950 Automatic Regulator, AL-718 WorldTimer and the AL-710 Small Date manufacture movements.

Alpina’s mission today, just as it was 130 years ago, is to manufacture extremely reliable, professional sports watches that embody the legacy of our visionary founder, Gottlieb Hauser. This is our reason for being, and the purpose of our work.

Alpina 130, Heritage Pilot Automatic Chronograph

It is an Alpina tradition to celebrate every decade of existence with a commemorative timepiece. Remaining loyal to this tradition, we celebrate our 130th anniversary with the Alpina 130, an automatic “Bi-compax” chronograph, inspired by an iconic Alpina pilot chronograph design from the beginning of the 20th century. While the design of this watch was inspired by the past, the Alpina 130 is resolutely contemporary in both its elegant design and technical conception.

Horological details which are no details

The Alpina 130 features a «Glass Box» sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. This complex crystal construction, as well as its perfect integration with the stainless steel or gold-plated case, gives the watch both an elegant and robust appearance, and guarantees perfect contrast between all elements of the dial, regardless of the angle of the light shining on the watch.

The classic dial design, with Telemeter and Tachymeter scales provides a perfect balance between technicality, elegance and readability, which is the signature of every Alpina professional aviation watch. To please true watchmaking enthusiasts, the AL-860 automatic chronograph caliber, with its fine fish scales decoration and blue screws, can be admired through the transparent case back of the Alpina 130.

Telemeter & tachymeter

The dial of the Alpina 130 is not only perfectly balanced in design, but also provides the functionality so essential to the gentleman in his cockpit.

The Tachymeter scale gives the means to measure average speed of movement, while the Telemeter scale provides the distance between the source of a specific sound effect and the position of the listener.

These functions are particularly important for pilots and drivers who rely on time, speed and distance variables. The «Bi-compax» layout of the chronograph counters, powered by the AL-860 Alpina caliber, complete the professional features of the Alpina 130 by providing optimal readability of the information found on the dial.

Technical Specifications

  • AL-860B4H5 reference no
  • AL-860S4H5 reference no
  • AL-860G4H6 reference no
  • AL-860S4H6 reference no
  • Alpina automatic chronograph caliber AL-860
  • Fish scale decorated movement with blue screws
  • Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Bi-compax chronograph
  • 41.50 mm diameter case
  • “Glass box” sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating
  • See-through case back
  • 5 ATM Water-resistant
  • Tachymeter scale
  • Genuine leather strap
  • Delivered in prestige wooden gift box