In 1938, Alpina’s founder Gottlieb Hauser got here up with a easy formulation that might distinguish Alpina’s sports activities watches. Often called the Alpina 4 idea, the quantity 4 alluded to the 4 important qualities of a sports activities watch: anti-magnetic, waterproof, anti-shock and stainless-steel building. Trustworthy to the founder’s imaginative and prescient, the Alpiner 4 assortment affords rugged, all-terrain watches for out of doors adventures. Providing easy three-hand automatics – and a considerably quirky number of automatics with regulator dials – Alpina introduces the brand new Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph assortment. Impressed by the success of a mannequin designed by Alpina’s group final yr, the 2 new chronographs fly the colors of Switzerland’s Alpine surroundings with granite and pine inexperienced dials and are powered by the model’s automated chronograph AL-860 motion.
The 2 chronographs are the extension of a chronograph mannequin launched final yr and created by Alpina’s group. Below the aegis of the “Alpina Group Watch Venture”, the model invited members of the group to contribute to the design of three new sustainable watches made out of current parts – Air, Land and Sea – by selecting circumstances, dials, palms, straps and actions. The one which pursuits us right here at present is the Land mannequin group members constructed, ensuing within the Alpiner 4 Chronograph “Granite.” The identify is a bit deceptive as a result of the dial of the chronograph was really blue, however apparently, the granite is a reference to the strong metal case and bracelet.
Just like the group chronograph, the big stainless-steel case of the brand new chronographs measures 44mm and has a whopper peak of 15.70mm. The screw-in crown and sealed caseback make sure the 100m water-resistance and the case show sporty brushed finishings and a few polished highlights on the graceful, rectangular chronograph pushers, crown and floor of the lugs. The coin-edged metal bezel rotates in each instructions and is graduated from 0 to 36, much like the bezel of an Alpina GMT watch launched in 2016. Marked in increments of 03, 06…36, and regardless that not clearly defined by the model, the bezel needs to be really a 360° bezel that can be utilized as a compass to assist hikers or outdoorsy folks discover their bearings. By pointing the hour hand on the watch within the route of the Solar after which aligning it with the 36 mark on the bezel, you may technically set up your place, or cardinal route, and make it again to camp.
Though the watch isn’t a GMT mannequin, it encompasses a 24-hour ring simply beneath the rotating bezel. Set towards a lightweight blue, darkish gray or darkish inexperienced dial with a sunray ending, the Alpiner 4 has a bi-compax structure with a working seconds counter at 9 and a 30-min chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. The counters are silver with black markings, and the chronograph counter has a vibrant pink hand to match the triangular counterweight on the central chronograph seconds hand. The indices are utilized and handled with white luminous remedy, as are the hour and minute palms. Under the pink ‘4’ are the inscriptions ‘ Automated, Chronograph, Antimagnetic and 100m/330ft in white. And it’s a no-date watch!
Each the blue and gray dial variations are introduced on a 3-link stainless-steel bracelet with brushed outer hyperlinks and a sophisticated central hyperlink. The inexperienced dial comes with a brown calfskin strap with white stitching and a pink lining.
Beneath the sealed caseback engraved with the silhouette of the Alps is the automated chronograph calibre AL-860. Based mostly on the Sellita SW500 chronograph motion, the AL-860 encompasses a bi-compax counter configuration and a no-date show. Beating at 28,800vph, the motion delivers a 55-hour energy reserve.
The inexperienced Alpina Alpiner 4 Chronograph on a leather-based strap (ref. AL-860GRS5AQ6) retails for EUR 2,695; the darkish gray dial (ref. AL-860DGS5AQ6B) and the blue dial (ref. AL-860LNS5AQ6B) with metal bracelets retail for EUR 2,795.
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