Pilot’s watches rank among the most sought-after timepieces. Harking back to the pioneering days of aviation, these timekeepers still exude a spirit of adventure and audacity today, although the make and inner workings are much more advanced than yesteryear. Among the first manufacturers of pilot’s watches and a onetime supplier of military aviation, Alpina introduces its Startimer squadron in a new generation this year.
Reviving the design codes of the once airborne originals, the mechanical debutantes arrive in a 41mm stainless-steel case equipped with a notched bezel that shows the Alpina red triangle engraved at 12 o’clock and boasts a fluted onion crown as well as a closed back.
Another nod to the history is the the smaller font of the Arabic numerals. The seconds hand, with a triangular counterweight, has been redefined too.
In contrast to previous executions, the Startimer Pilot Automatic displays the date at 6 o’clock. Powered by the sister brand’s Frederique Constant FC-525 caliber, the watch is being offered in three versions. First, with a black or blue dial in steel – the first with a metal bracelet, the latter with a brown vintage leather strap. The third version combines a black dial and a steel case with a raw-touch black calfskin leather strap. Pricing starts at approximately $1,100 when converted to USD.
To learn more, visit Alpina, here.
It would have been so easy to love this new addition to the Startimer collection… without that date awkwardly sticking to the number 6. Longines doing a much better job on their Spirit collection.