Alpina Watches have just launched a new watch model, the new Alpina Sailing Collection Chronograph.
The new watch models celebrate Alpina’s involvement with the Niceforyou Extreme 40 Catamaran racing team and are designed as yacht timers.
The Collection runs on the Sellita SW500 chronograph movement visible through the display back.
The idea behind the dots is that they measure ten minutes as the dots move from black to blue to red. It’s designed in this way because it is impossible to position sailboats against a line and expect them to stay in one place.
Instead, regattas have staged starts where a set countdown length is used to keep the boats maintaining a circulating position as close to the start line as possible. Once this time has elapsed a flag or audible sound signifies the start of the race.
By using the large and easy to read five dot layout, the remaining time can easily be read at a glance.
The starting sequence can vary in length (depending on the race) but having an accurate and easily referenced countdown timer means the crew can be prepared for the start of the race.
Alpina’s yacht timer is housed in a 44mm stainless steel case that is water resistant to 300m. The dial is in black or white and comes with a choice of rubber, mesh or a standard stainless steel bracelet.
Pricing with the rubber strap is US$2,800 but the stunning looking mesh bracelet is a further US$200 but it does at least come with a small model of the Niceforyou boat included.