Alpina Startimer Pilot Chrono Desert Camouflage

Alpina uses their experience as an official supplier of military and pilot watches to develop a new version of its iconic Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph.

Early aviation pioneers had strict requirements for their instruments, they need to be precise and provide ultimate shock resistance. Alpina also provided an anti-magnetic case,a high contrast dial with oversized luminous numerals and hands for instant readability. This new 2016 edition of the Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph comes with a new attractive military camouflage design and all the qualities expected in a high-performance Pilot’s watch: precision, functionality and readability. read more

Alpina Review:Extreme Diver

Are you a fan of Alpina watches? I guess you are, and me too, so today’s review is about Alpina Extreme Diver.

Aesthetics:

In true tool watch form, the Extreme Diver is a chunky steel watch with substantial measurements (the case measures 44mm and is 13mn thick). Unlike many of its contemporary dive-watch brethren, the case is a cushion-case square, with stepped ?wings? off the left and right side and exposed lugs at the top and bottom, with a 22mm lug width. This gives the case a distinctive look apart from the multitude of ?Oyster? style cases or homage pieces on the market. The oversized crown resides on the right side of the case, and is rubberized for easy grip and operation. read more

Review On Alpina Startimer Pilot Chrono Desert Camouflage

Early aviation pioneers had strict requirements for their instruments, they need to be precise and provide ultimate shock resistance. Watch brand Alpina also provided an anti-magnetic case,a high contrast dial with oversized luminous numerals and hands for instant readability. This new 2016 edition of the Startimer Pilot Big Date Chronograph comes with a new attractive military camouflage design and all the qualities expected in a high-performance Pilot’s watch: precision, functionality and readability. read more

Las Vegas Hosts Watch and Jewelry Shows This Week

The Couture show at the Wynn Las Vegas (June 2 – 6) and the JCK show at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (June 3 – 6) were augmented by a couple of new shows to add to the mix (and to the cab fares). These included the JIS Exchange in partnership with JCK at the newly renovated Tropicana, and the World Watch Market at the Trump International. The JIS Exchange was a trade-only jewelry buying and selling event held for the first time in Las Vegas, June 3 through yesterday, while the World Watch Market was a brand-new effort at a consumer watch show, held Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5. It was a busy week in Las Vegas, with the annual jewelry and watch shows in town. read more

The Special Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph Big Date

The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Black Chronograph Big Date is designed to cope with the most extreme conditions any professional diver could encounter. The watch has been designed with all the necessary features that allow owners to get the information they need, when they need it, for a safe dive. The aluminum, unidirectional, turning bezel turns in just one direction: anti-clockwise. With this fail-safe feature the number of elapsed minutes can never be accidentally decreased, only increased. read more

Citizen to Acquire Frederique Constant, DeMonaco and Alpina

The Japanese company, which already owns several Swiss watchmaking concerns (La Joux-Perret and its affiliated brands Arnold & Son and Angelus) as well as Bulova, seeks to expand its own presence in stores that carry the mid-price-range timepieces made by Frederique Constant and Alpina. Citizen Watch Co. said Thursday that it plans to acquire Frederique Constant Holding, the Geneva-based watchmaker that owns and operates the brands Frederique Constant, Alpina, and DeMonaco. read more

Let’s Countdown To TimeCrafters 2016

As team iW arrived at 66th and Lexington this morning, we were greeted with the sound of hardware tools and looking at finishing touches at TimeCrafters 2016. All of our team was excited by the improved scope of the luxury watch show and excited to see all of the programming offered.

Walking around the booths, watches featured and discussed all year on our site and in our magazine are on display at the Park Avenue Armory from May 13-15. (Particularly excited about the Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 and Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Skeleton Double Flying Tourbillon). The 18 brands will show their best at TimeCrafters, and unless you travelled to Baselworld in March or were lucky enough to attend the trade-only SIHH in January, chances are you haven’t yet seen any of the debut 2016 timepieces that are shown. read more

Show You The Dials of TimeCrafters 2016

Fitted with a silicon lever and escape wheel, this 232-part movement drives central hours and minutes, along with chronograph and tachymeter functions, while insuring a 50-hour power reserve. The 42mm brushed stainless steel watch has a transparent sapphire crystal caseback with the Tour Auto logo. This year’s edition, Zenith’s second, features a gray dial and gray fabric strap. In just a few days TimeCrafters 2016 opens at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. read more

5 Yachting Watches – Regatta Time

British watch manufacturer Bremont made news last year as the new official timing partner of the America’s Cup, and several other watch brands sponsored teams. Aside from sponsorships, some brands have developed timepieces specifically suited for competitive sailing and other nautical activities, often with some version of the all-important regatta countdown function. Here we run down five yachting and regatta watches and reveal why they’re ideal companions out on the waves. read more

Alpina Launched New Alpiner Watch

Alpina has unveiled a new Alpiner Manufacture model, with 41.5mm diameter stainless steel case, vintage-inspired cream dial with applied pearl black numerals,and the brand’s in-house caliber Al-710.

Three central hands indicate the hours, minutes and seconds. There is a nicely styled date sub-dial at 6 o’clock. read more