Alpina watches are produced from start to finish in the company’s Geneva-based manufacturing house in Switzerland. Each timepiece is crafted by following the same exacting standards set out by original company-founder, Gottlieb Hauser. Alpina typically specialise in sports watches – each one defined by four essential principles highlighted by Hauser himself. The introduction of the “Alpina 4” concept in 1938 demonstrated a need for these four definitive qualities in a sports watch. The timepiece needed to be anti-magnetic, made from stainless steel, water resistant and equipped with anti-shock technology. The criteria would go on to equip divers, sailors, sports professionals, air force pilots and climbers with a reliable and accurate high performance sports watch, built to withstand some of the most challenging of external conditions ever imaginable.
Alpina watches were being sold in over 2000 outlets worldwide by the 1920’s and to this day still set benchmarks for horological standards in terms of ideals and innovation. These timepieces are designed for the wrists of men and women who are never too afraid to break boundaries and push themselves to their ultimate limit. Alpina started creating their own in-house manufactured movements and in 1901 began putting their name on their own watches and calibres. Despite the surge in popularity for the quartz movement which almost led to the Swiss manufacturer's demise, Alpina made a comeback in 2002 with a number of iconic timepieces that were to follow from this point in history.
In 2003, four completely new in-house developed movements were created, and just three years later a new purpose built manufacturing site was created in Geneva – the heart of luxury watchmaking. Alpina’s 130th year anniversary was marked in 2013, followed by a technological breakthrough in 2015 – the Horological Smartwatch with analogical time and quantified-self functionalities display. The AL-760 Automatic Flyback Chronograph was also developed in this same year, featuring patented “Direct Flyback” technology, invented by Alpina.
As an official stockist of Alpina watches here at Berry’s, we feature some of the Swiss watch manufacturer’s most iconic designs within our collections. The Alpina Seastrong collection is a family of sleek, robust companions, integrated with impressive water resistant technology. With unidirectional rotating bezels and luminescent coated indices and numerals, these Alpina watches are valued most for their highly readable dials. The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Chronograph in orange is fitted with an ultra-reliable Swiss-made quartz movement to ensure round-the-clock accuracy. Zesty orange accents grace the trim of the central minute hand and the chronograph seconds dial, whilst a large date aperture at 6 o’clock and the triangular counterweight motif at the base of the central seconds hand are distinct features of many watches from the Alpina Seastrong collection.
The Alpina Startimer Pilot watch collection draws inspiration from the company's original pilots watches from almost a century ago. Equipped with a clear, readable dial, the features are well laid out, promoting a legible format that will be welcomed by those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, as well as those who enjoy taking to the skies. The Alpina Startimer Chronograph watch has been crafted from a broad 44mm stainless steel case, framing a sophisticated anthracite dial. The chronograph functions are facilitated by two polished steel pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock on the bezel, and the black leather strap with off-white contrast stitching is the perfect way to enjoy the flawless performance of an in-house developed movement, complete with 46 hour power reserve.
Of course, our Alpina watch collection is constantly growing and we are always happy to enquire into any specific model of your choice should you be interested in a watch that is not featured within our collection. Talk to a member of our dedicated sales team today, who will be more than willing to contact Alpina direct to obtain availability and spec information for you should this be the case.