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Baselworld 2013 - The Alpina 130

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (154)

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

Baselworld 2013 - Alpina

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on May 3, 2013 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (4)

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


Beautiful Watch Photo - Alpina

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on December 28, 2012 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Just because I appreciate a good watch photo when I see one. Photo courtesy of Alpina.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on November 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Unique and innovative appearance with a timeless, classical look!

Alpina is a brand that has been known for generations as a premier provider of watches worn by aviators. Now, the company is further expanding its reputation as a manufacturer of watches that can not only withstand the most demanding environments, but which can look incredibly stylish and elegant at the same time.

Alpina announce the new limited edition as follows:

With a design that somehow manages to combine a completely unique and innovative appearance with a timeless, classical look, Alpina is delighted to announce the launch of a new version of their immensely popular Aviation Collection. The Alpina Startimer Pilot Big Date is sure to be a limited edition model that enthusiasts will view as a "must have" timepiece for their collection.

Do you want to know the date, as well as the time? Look at this watch! The extra-large date display is ingeniously placed at the six o’clock position--unmissable yet unobtrusive at the same time.

Don’t worry; this watch still boasts all the features that make it uniquely and unmistakably an Alpina.The company’s signature red triangle still stands out at the base of the minute hand, and the incredibly durable, elegantly brushed and highly polished two-part stainless steel case surrounds the inner workings.

With a diameter of 44 mm and a beautiful but hard-wearing sapphire crystal with an anti-reflect coating, the large, luminous white numerals and luminous white hour and minute hands stand out proudly from the striking black face. The small second hand is displayed in the bottom half of the watch face and actually integrates the large date display.

In acknowledgement of the excellent craftsmanship and dedication to perfection of another world-famous aviation brand, and one with which Alpina has a close working relationship, the Startimer Pilot Big Date has a Cessna aircraft beautifully engraved on the case back.

Alpina watches are renowned for their reliability,and the new Startimer Pilot Big Date models are no exception. The quartz caliber movement has 6 jewels, a battery life of 48 months, and the watchis water resistant to a depth of 10 ATM (300 feet).Each of the two models is presented in a limited edition of just 8,888 pieces. The precise numberof each watch is carefully engraved on the back case. One edition comes with a striking blackleather strap with a folding stainless steel buckle.The other is presented with a gleaming metal bracelet; visually stunning and suitable for all conditions, no matter how extreme!

Alpina is delighted to present these totally unique timepieces for your approval.

At over £700 these watches are not cheap for a Quartz powered watch and it is interesting to see the Swiss watch industry  push the quartz market at a high price point, though not of course Breitling high. We at Beastie Folly like this watch and we like it being quartz too!

Alpina and 24 Hours of Le Mans

Posted by Adrian Ainsworth on July 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We have just been to the 2012 Le Mans Classic and while our minds were full of cars at this great event, there was room for a few thoughts on watches. This is a new offering from Alpina which has caught our eye and which marks their partnership with Level 5 Motorsports. Car themed watches are a big deal just now at Beastie Folly and this one though a biggie at 47 mm has caught our eye. Oddly it is the non chrono model with the petite second hand that we favour - what do you think?

Words below and pictures are from the Alpina press release.

Alpina Racing at the 24 hours of Le Mans

Roaring engines, tightened muscles, hands gripped around the steering wheel, pushing the limit to get to the top. After hours of racing, light is fading, the energy is starting to lack but you stay focused, you fight the exhaustion. It’s all about skill, courage and persistence.


The 24 Hours of is the world’s oldest active endurance car racing event and takes place in France, on Le Circuit de la Sarthe. Everything started 89 years ago, in 1923. Every year there would be a 24-hour race and every three years a winner would be chosen in function of the results of the past three years. This idea later got abandoned and the race evolved in a few different ways, but the goal was to change the race as little as possible, to keep its originality, which gave this historical race its beautiful reputation.


Technically, this race is probably one of the hardest races nowadays, because of its extremely long racing time and its quick change in from racing track to public roads. The public roads are not as smooth and well kept as the racing tracks because of the traffic all year round, which can give the drivers a hard time. Teams must consist of three members who usually do two-hour shifts, having the time to rest between the shifts. The 24 Hours of Le Mans can in some way be compared to the Olympic games; the race is timeless and is about passion, winning this race is about honor and pride, and not just about money and fame and that is what we like at Alpina Geneve.


Racing Sports watches, true to the heritage of Alpina, but benefiting from cutting edge precision engineering in their conception, production and testing to ensure that each that leaves our manufacture is perfect in every way. It is not by chance that Alpina proudly partnered with Level 5 Motorsports, who races in the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Last year, Level 5 Motorsports managed to get the third place and that success gave the team even more ambition to winning the 24 hours of Le Mans.


Level 5 Motorsports’ team for the 24 hours of Le Mans 2012 consists of Scott Tucker, Luis Diaz and Christophe Bouchut, three men with very different background, age and nationality. However, there is one thing that holds those three racers together: the love and the passion for cars and for racing, their infatigability and their ambition to become a winner.


With five major victories in the past two years, team Level 5 Motorsports is doing extremely well. Scott Tucker at their head; nothing seems to stop them. But how did this all begin?


In 2006, Scott Tucker, at the age of 51, started his racing career by setting up Level 5 Motorsports. He started racing in the Ferrari Challenge for the first two years. In 2007, Tucker claimed his first win; he had talent and ambition, even though his age. “Since day one, we have set out to mount a first-class effort toward winning a World Championship”. This success gave him the courage to expand the team and enter the Rolex Sports Car Series. Over the years the team grew and grew, recruiting new, young drivers, combining experience and passion and always keeping its ambitious spirit. “We’ve surrounded ourselves with the world’s best technical partners, proven crew members and championship drivers. With Alpina Geneve we’ve found another great partner that shares our vision for excellence.”


This year, Level 5 Motorsports upgraded to a new car, the HPD ARX-03b, a racing car developed by Honda Performance Development. The car was developed and built in 2012 and is a more modern version of its predecessor, the Acura ARX-01. It had an outstanding debut, grasping 6 victories out of the first 7 races it participated in. The car has a height of 1030 mm and a width of 2000 mm. With a carbon fibre monocoque and a Honda HR28TT 2.8 Litre V6 Turbocharged engine, it has the perfect balance of strength, weight and power.


Alpina Geneve created a watch especially for the partnership with Level 5 Motorsports, the Alpina Racing Automatic. Featuring a 47 mm stainless steel case with black dial, black leather strap with red contrasting stitching, full 12-hour chronograph function, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and an automatic movement with transparent case back to view the movement, it is the perfect combination of beauty, resistance and precision.