Alpina extends its 1970s-propelled Startimer Heritage Pilot family with a chronograph. Any chronograph, mind you, however a monopusher chronograph dependent on a development by La Joux-Perret, not something you would hope to discover on a watch retailing for simply over EUR 3,000. Introduced in three distinctive colourways, the watch has a commanding presence and will engage enthusiasts of cool, retro-styled energetic chronographs.
Flying on vintage wings
The Startimer family is Alpina’s scope of pilot watches and was extended as of late with the Startimer Pilot Heritage sub-assortment, a model with a cool 1970s vibe compounded by its unmistakable protective cap styled case. Until this point, the Heritage family was just addressed by the Startimer Heritage GMT watch and the joining of a chronograph is most welcome.
For the record, this isn’t the principal chronograph complication for Alpina. The brand as of now flaunts a flyback chronograph with a production development in its Alpiner family (a development imparted to sister-brand Frederique Constant), however up until the present time, the Startimer Pilot Heritage was flying solo with a GMT (there is a quartz chrono in the standard Startimer pilot line-up, yet that doesn’t count).
A 1970S-enlivened Case
All three models share a 42mm treated steel case with 100m water-obstruction that is differently depicted as a cap style case or a combo pad/bullhead-style case. Glancing through the files, you can perceive how comparative the case is to a few Alpina models from the 1970s, incorporating this Alpina chronographs with 7750 or Lemania movements.
Call it what you like, the case has a ton of character and is pleasantly gotten done with cleaned flanks and a differentiating silk completed bezel. Simply over the screw-down crown at 2 o’clock is the single pusher to actuate the chronograph. Alpina’s choice to go for a monopusher, instead of a more regular twofold pusher chronograph, was to honor the main Alpina sports chronographs, similar to this model from the 1920s.
Available in three variants – silver, blue and silver, and blue and silver with red hands – the dials of. the Alpina Startimer Heritage Chronograph feature a bi-compax design with differentiating colors for the counters (running seconds on the left and 30-minute slipped by time on the right) and a thick tachymeter scale. Every one of the three models have applied silver records with green lume at the tips while the hand-cleaned hour and moment hands include white lume. By a long shot the raciest or sportiest model is the blue dial with differentiating silver counters and tachymeter scale and the two chronograph hands chose in hustling red.
Automatic chronograph movement
Powering the Alpina Startimer Heritage Chronograph is Caliber AL-727, a programmed monopusher chronograph development dependent on a development planned by La Joux-Perret. You can’t see it since it is ensured under the screw-down caseback. The choice to source the development from an outsider bodes well since Alpina, La Joux-Perret and Frederique Constant all have a place with the Citizen Group and pooling assets is the surest method to contain costs. To guarantee stun obstruction and improve precision, the development wavers at a recurrence of 28,800vph/4Hz and can supply as long as 55 hours of force reserve.
All three references of this Alpina Startimer Heritage Chronograph come with tough calfskin ties with differentiating white sewing and retail for EUR 3,090. More data at alpinawatches.com .