Alpina Extends Alpiner 4 Collection with New Automatic and GMT Models


In 2014, Alpina launched its Alpiner 4 collection, based on a classic model from 1938 and incorporating the “four essential features” that define a sports watch: anti-magnetism, shock resistance, water-resistance, and stain-resistance. This year, the brand adds two new members to the Alpina 4 family, the Alpiner 4 Automatic and the Alpiner 4 GMT “Business Timer.”

Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic - black dial

The Alpiner 4 Automatic, the first simple, three-hand date model in the collection, has a 44-mm stainless steel case and a bidirectional rotating bezel that can be used for timing events. The watch has a convex, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a threaded crown, and a solid, engraved caseback.Its sunray-finished dial has applied luminous indices, luminous hands, and a 3 o’clock date window. The movement is Alpina’s automatic Caliber AL-525, with 26 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency and 38-hour power reserve. Three dial colors are available — silvered, black, and Alpina’s hallmark “glacier blue,” which has been reintroduced for this model. All of the Automatics come on stitched leather straps, brown or black, with red lining.

Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic - white dial
Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic - blue dial
Alpina Alpiner 4 Automatic - Caseback

Like the first Alpiner 4 GMT from 2014, the new GMT Alpiner 4 GMT “Business Timer” is powered by the Sellita-based Alpina Caliber AL-550, which features automatic winding and the same number of jewels, frequency, and power reserve as the movement in the automatic. This movement controls a GMT (second-time-zone) function that allows the user to set the local time by independently moving the hour hand in one-hour increments while the red, arrow-tipped 24-hour hand always displays the home time. The watch gets its nickname from its red-and-blue “Pepsi” GMT scale around the dial, whose color scheme represents business-opening hours around the world, allowing a traveler to check at a glance if his home time zone is open for business. The steel case is 44 mm in diameter and has a bidirectional turning bezel; the dials — available here in black or silver — are sunray-finished with applied luminous indices and luminous-coated nickel hands. Both “Business Timer” models have genuine leather straps (brown for the white-dial version, black for the black-dial) with white contrast stitching and red lining.

Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer - white dial
Alpina Alpiner 4 GMT Business Timer - black dial

As were previous Alpiner 4 watches, each of these new models is equipped with modern versions of the four “sports watch basics”. For antimagnetism, the watches are certified to the ISO 764 norm, which specifies that a watch must resist exposure to a direct current magnetic field of 4,800 A/m without impact on its accuracy. They are certified to the anti-shock standard of ISO 1413. The cases are in stainless steel and water-resistant to 100 meters. The Alpiner 4 Automatic models retail for $1,395, while the GMT “Business Timer” is priced at $1,995.

 

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  1. I had one of these…the plastic bezel is a huge turn-off and the only reason I sold what is otherwise an excellent timepiece.

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