Alpina Startimer Pilot Worldtimer
Alpina was founded in 1883 in Geneva where the brand has always sought to strive for new and innovative techniques to improve their watchmaking efforts. Alpina started their career in horology making blank movements or what is known as an ebauche movement. Under Gottlieb Hauser, the brand started the very concept of the sports watch which is now, the most popular style of watch worldwide. Alpina has always had a special relationship with aviation as evidenced with their alliance with both Cessna and Privatair.
The Alpina Startime Pilot World Timer uses an in house self-winding movement Caliber AL-718 which is made entirely in Switzerland. This movement features a 42 hour power reserve. The balance wheel beats at an unremitting 28,800 VpH which is ideal for watches that rely on precision yet still need to be durable. Keeping this watch well lubricated are 26 jewels. This movement can be seen through an exhibition case back made from sapphire crystal.
The case is made from a solid block of high quality stainless steel which is brushed for an understated look. The case features dimensions of 44mm which is currently a trendy as it is considered oversized. The prominent jewel shaped crown is ridged and screw locked optimizing the water resistance which stands at 100 meters (330 feet). The stationary bezel holds firmly the sapphire crystal which Alpina has chosen due to its scratch resistant properties. The strap is made from black genuine leather which is stitched in black complementing the overall décor of this piece. The Alpina Startime Pilot World Timer is fitted with a traditional ardillon buckle.
The dial is featured in matte black with the innermost dial indicating the time in hours, minutes, and seconds. There is a bidirectional GMT ring with black and white color variations representing day and night. The large flange carries the names of large cities representing each of the 24 time zones. The GMT function works by rotating the ring in accordance with the current time in order to get home and away times. A large subdial at the 6 o’ clock position displays the date using an indicator.