Flash News: Alpina Startimer Pilot's Watches
By Thierry Ané on February 13, 2014
Alpina starts the pre-Basel releases with two interesting additions to its successful pilot’s watch line, the “Startimer”.
While maintaining all the professional features one would expect from this collection, the newcomers bring an extra touch of elegance to these rugged timepieces thanks to refined finishes traditionally reserved for dress models.
The Startimer Pilot Automatic is a classic three-hand pilot model characterized by its extreme readability and the classic triangle at 12 o’clock. What is more unusual is the understated grey dial with “sunray” finishing surrounded by a black minute track. The dial also features oversized Arabic numerals covered with SuperLuminova as well as the signature red Alpina triangle on the central seconds hand.
The brand opted for a medium-size 40 mm steel case and fitted this model with a black calfskin leather strap adorned with white stitches. The exhibition case back offers a nice view of the automatic movement that powers this watch.
The second model, the Startimer Pilot Black Star, is definitely sportier and its 44 mm size makes it more contemporary on the wrist. Although this model is also in steel, it has been coated with a black PVD to give it a stealthier look. Aesthetically, the dial shares many similarities with the Startimer Pilot Automatic: the white Arabic numerals and the red Alpina triangle on the central seconds hand, the black flange, and the grey centre with the same “sunray” finish as the other timepiece and features the same black calfskin leather strap with white stitches.
Through the sapphire exhibition back, one can observe the AL-860 calibre. This self-winding chronograph movement presents a “Bi-Compax” 60 seconds and 30 minutes small counter layout that enhances the legibility.
More on these watches with our Baselworld report.