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Alpina takes to the skies with new Startimer Pilot Collection

by Michael Weare
18 February, 2011
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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Swiss Watch Manufacturer Alpina Genève, who will be appearing at Baselworld 2011, has just launched the Startimer Pilot Collection; an attractive range of contemporary timepieces, inspired by original Alpina designs from the 1920s and 30s.

For two decades, Alpina Watch International was known as a specialised manufacturer and official supplier of military watches for pilots. These early aviation pioneers had strict requirements: their instruments had to be extremely precise and provide ultimate shock resistance. In addition, Alpina pilot’s watches were mostly equipped with an anti-magnetic case, a high-contrast dial with oversized luminous numerals and luminous hands for instant readability.

The new Startimer Pilot Collection has four variations.

There’s a basic three-hand date automatic (cal. AL-525). Then there’s an in-house developed and produced automatic (cal. AL-710), featuring minute and hour indication and off-centre date hand. In-house (cal AL-950) powers the iconic Startimer Pilot Regulator. And finally a well designed automatic chronograph version (cal. AL-860).

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These new timepieces come in a wrist swallowing 44 mm size anti-reflective satin-finished stainless steel case, in matt black dial with oversized white luminous numerals, a glare-free sapphire crystal and a signature red Alpina-triangle on the second hand are the key features.

The leather strap is something old, but also something new: it closes on the front side of the wrist, not on the reverse or lower sides, thereby resembling the vintage leather straps of the past. A newly designed metal bracelet is available too, and fits on all versions.

To support the launch of the new collection, Alpina has joined forces with Cessna Aviation and PrivatAir, signing a three-year agreement with both partners. The Alpina Startimer Pilot timepieces will be limited to 8,888 pieces and will come in luxurious packaging, alongside a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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