Last year Alpina, the accessibly priced Swiss brand that’s owned by the Citizen Group, introduced the Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage GMT which was received positively.
Following up on the success of that watch Alpina recently debuted another watch in the same 42 mm x 40.75 mm cushion-shaped stainless steel case called the Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph.
With similar retro-styling, in three different dial variations, instead of a Sellita movement as the aforementioned model has, the Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph features a unique mono-pusher chronograph made by the Citizen Group’s specialist movement division La Joux Perret.
The resulting caliber AL-727 is automatic, has 28 jewels, beats at 4Hz, and has a 55-hour power reserve. The functions include hour, minutes, small seconds, and a 30-minute chronograph, with a tachymeter scale on the flange. The single pusher on at 2 o’clock can perform the start/stop/reset functions. And there’s no date window, keeping the dial clean and making for one less function that you need to adjust.
The case features a mixture of brushed and polished surfaces and has a screw-down crown, screw-in solid caseback, a domed sapphire crystal, and a water-resistance rating of 100 meters.
There are three versions of the Startimer Pilot Heritage Chronograph. A silver-colored dial with applied silver indices and black and white counters, blue-colored dial with applied silver indices with silver counters and white and black hands, and a blue-colored dial with red and black hands.
Comes with either a brown or black leather strap and retails for $2,795.