Following the success of its Avalanche Extreme Regulator Collection, and to celebrate the brand’s 125th Anniversary, Swiss watch maker Alpina presents a brand new Manufacture Calibre, fully designed and developed in-house. Alpina’s first series of Regulator wristwatches, presented in 2005, are a reminder of the brand’s heritage and fascinating history – albeit with a design that is resolutely fresh and contemporary.
In 2008, Alpina is renewing with its watch making tradition, which has been the cornerstone of the brand revival’s success amongst watch enthusiasts and trade professionals alike, and launches a brand-new manufacture calibre, the AL-950, in a new collection: the Alpina Manufacture Regulator.
Inspired by the past, yet built with today’s design and technical know-how. A stunning and well-balanced timepiece, arguably more “sober” than its big brother, the bestselling Alpina Avalanche Extreme Regulator, which is behind the brand’s successful comeback to the forefront of the watch making scene.
The “Extreme” has been resized – from a stately 48mm to a more respectable 46mm. But brand aficionados, rest assured: The iconic design elements of the “Extreme” remain – along with an even bolder and more elaborate dial design.
The movement is designed and developed entirely in the manufacture’s workshops in Plan-les-Ouates, Genève, and features an automatic winding mechanism incorporating Alpina’s trademark rotor – a salute to the designers (Straub & Co.) of Alpina’s first automatic calibre of 1945, the 582. As with all Alpina’s mechanical timepieces, the finely decorated movement is visible through a transparent case back.
After two years of Research and Development, the expert watchmakers at Alpina were ready to present a brand new Alpina Manufacture Movement with automatic winding and date. The dedication and hard work of the entire Alpina team is thus rewarded, and an ambitious dream has come true. A team of specialists (designers, engineers and watchmakers) worked on this project passionately for over two years. With the help of high-precision avant-garde machines,some of which have even been improved to suit the needs of the company, each and every team member worked hand in hand to revive Alpina as a Manufacture.
Yet the idea of a new manufacture calibre for Alpina is not new: When the two co-founders of Frédérique Constant, Aletta and Peter Stas, took over the famous Swiss watch brand Alpina in 2002, their goal was to manufacture tough yet elegant, top-quality sports watches. The success of the Avalanche Extreme Regulator confirms their feeling that a watch must be beautiful, comfortable – and of impeccable quality. After considerable investments in technical know-how and, most importantly, a highly motivated and expert team of professionals, their ambition of manufacturing a bespoke in-house calibre has been accomplished.
Automatic, new Regulator Manufacture Calibre AL-950, 13 ¼ lines (31 mm) diameter,Incabloc shock-absorber, 28,800 Bph, 25 jewels, Glucydur balance, Nivarox No.1 balance-spring, power reserve 48 hours. Bridges decorated with Perlage and Côtes de Genève, finished anglage, black rotor decorated with Côtes de Genève.
Hours (Regulator at 10 o’clock), Minutes, Date at 6 o’clock.
Surgical Stainless Steel; 46 mm diameter ; 3-part case secured by six triangular shaped stainless steel screws; sapphire crystal, see-through crystal case back; 20 ATM Water-resistant, individually numbered; ABS-coated screw-down crown with red enamelled Alpina triangle.
Black and anthracite (slate grey) dial.;Applied indexes, white painted luminous hands.
Rubber strap with deployment buckle.