Alpina has introduced a stylish bi-compax monopusher chronograph, the Startimer Pilot Heritage, that draws inspiration from the brand’s history. The aviation-inspired Startimer collection for the first time features a monopusher chronograph, based on movement designed by specialists La Joux-Perret. It is available in three color options for the dial, but more on that later.
The cushion-cased chronograph invokes the racing chronographs of the 1970s. The Startimer Heritage Pilot uses a 42 mm wide stainless steel case that has a mix of brushed and polished surfaces. The flanks have a polished finish while the top has a brushed (satin-finished) surface. The case is fitted with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. Featuring a screwed-in crown and caseback, the chronograph pusher is placed at 2 o’ clock.
The watch is available in three dial configurations. The first one is a silver gray sunburst dial with applied luminous indexes and the chronograph counters in black. The counter at 3 o’ clock measures up to 30 minutes, the one at 9 is the running seconds hand a black central chronograph seconds hand sweeps across the dial when the pusher is engaged.
The second version too has a sunburst blue dial with silver chronograph counters for a reverse panda look. Notably, the tachymeter scale on the flange is in the same color as the counter and both chronograph function hands (the central seconds and the minutes hand of the counter) is in red. The third version has a complete blue outlook save for the silvered chronograph counters.
The watch is powered by Caliber AL-727, designed by movement specialists La Joux-Perret. It oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vib/h) and offers a 55-hour power reserve: almost 45 per cent more than its predecessor. This is the first single-pushpiece chronograph developed for the Startimer Pilot Heritage collection, although Alpina has had monpusher sports chronographs in their past catalogue.
The watch is paired with a leather strap and is priced at €2,895 (Approx. AED11,730).