Alpina, Watch Reviews

Alpina – Alpiner Manufacture (AL-710)

Inspired by an Alpiner automatic model from the 1950’s, the contemporary Alpiner line embodies the concept of Swissness to the fullest.

It features the clean lines, essential dial design, and the intrinsic quality, reliability and finishes that distinguish the Swiss Manufacture – which invented the modern sports watch in 1938 – since more than 130 years.

The Alpiner line is the essential timepiece for the gentleman “alpinist” who values understated elegance but does not want to compromise on intrinsic watchmaking content. The combination of the “glass box” sapphire crystal, which today substitutes the hesalite version of the past century, and the vintage looking cream dial with a clear cut case and lugs, give the Alpiner watches their unique classic, yet contemporary look.

The in-house AL-710 automatic caliber can be considered as a particular refinement. The form of the black-coated ball bearing rotor that oscillates back and forth is an unmistakable reminder of the significant pendulum rotor of the Alpina 582 Manufacture caliber introduced in 1949. Beautifully decorated with Côtes de Genève and circular graining, the piece has a diameter of 30.5 millimeters. All the bridges and cocks are beveled and rhodium-finished. When the watch has been fully wound, 42 hours of power reserve are available. The large glucydur balance has a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.  The new Alpiner Manufacture model is proposed with a stainless steel case of 41.5mm diameter, and a vintage looking cream dial with applied pearl black numerals. It features also luminous hours and minutes hands and hours markers. The “Glass box” sapphire crystal is scratch resistant and you will be able to admire the beauty of the manufacture movement through the transparent case-back. 5 ATM/50m/150ft water-resistant, the new Alpiner Manufacture is delivered with a dark brown genuine leather strap.

Three central hands indicate the hours, minutes and seconds. The nostalgic look also calls for the date hand to be positioned at 6 o’clock. For a watch movement that has been completely developed and produced in-house, the watchmakers needed 134 components.