Victorinox Swiss Army launches a new aviation minded limited edition timepiece this summer, drawing inspiration from a very special aircraft of the Swiss Air Force: the Cougar AS 532 helicopter. This twin-engined multipurpose chopper combines sturdiness, reliability and functionality, qualities that embody the spirit of Victorinox Swiss Army watches.
The Alpnach Chrono Power Gauge Limited Edition is named after the Cougar helicopter base of the Swiss Air Force in Alpnach, at the feet of the Alps. Like the AirBoss Mach 6 Limited Edition before it, this new timepiece from the Professional Series of Victorinox Swiss Army is inspired by the technicality of the aviation world. The bezel, crown and chronograph pushers are coated with black PVD providing an additional protection to the stainless steel, a process widely used in aircrafts. The rotating bezel offers a 60- minute visual countdown function designed for precision time-tracking during operations.
The two signature features of the Alpnach Power Gauge Limited Edition are its four blade small second indicator at 9 o’clock, designed after the rotor of the Cougar helicopter, and the mechanical movement’s 42-hour power reserve, or “Power Gauge” indicator at 3 o’clock, inspired by cockpit instruments. This select timepiece is limited to 532 units worldwide, after the model number of the Cougar AS 532 helicopter.
Powerful, reliable and highly functional: so is the Cougar AS 532 helicopter of the Swiss Air Force, a twin- engined, multipurpose utility aircraft that remains operational in the toughest conditions. And so is the new Victorinox Swiss Army timepiece directly inspired by the Cougar AS 532: the Alpnach Chrono Power Gauge Limited Edition.
Named after the helicopter base of the Swiss Air Force in Alpnach, at the feet of the Alps, this aviation-minded limited edition is packed with the kind of outstanding sturdiness, functionality and reliability that Swiss Army gears stand for. Its robust mechanical self-winding movement drives a chronograph with 1/4th of a second precision, which has been enhanced with an exclusive “Power Gauge” complication. The latter keeps track of the 42-hour power reserve of the movement, and is materialized by an indicator at 3 o’clock inspired by the look of cockpit instruments. It faces another outstanding feature of this model: the exclusive small second indicator shaped after the four blades of the Cougar helicopter.
In terms of functionality the Alpnach Chrono Power Gauge Limited Edition features a60-minute countdown function, activated by its unidirectional rotating bezel, and a tachymeter scale for speed measurement. Its special finishes include PVD coated bezel, crown and chronograph pushers on an otherwise brushed stainless steel case, as well as luxurious hand sewed, Swiss-made Barenia leather straps offering exceptional comfort.
Swiss-made mechanical selfwinding chronograph movement (ETA Valjoux 7750) with additional “power gauge” complication
43.50mm brushed stainless steel case (316L)
Unidirectional serrated rotating bezel with 60-minute countdown scale
Black PVD partly coated bezel, crown and chronograph pushers
Screw-in see-through mineral crystal caseback
Water resistant to 100M (10ATM, 330 FT)
Scratch-resistant, triple-coated inside, ultra resistant outside (1900 vickers) totally anti-reflective sapphire crystal
• Chronograph with1/4th of a second precision
• 12-hour, 30-minute and 60-second chronograph counters
• Date calendar at 6 o’clock
• Exclusive “Cougar 4-blade rotor”
• small second at 9 o’clock
• Exclusive “power gauge” 42-hour
• power reserve indicator at 3 o’clock
• Tachymeter scale for speed measurement
Available on Swiss-made, hand sewed luxurious black Barenia leather straps with white double stitching
Limited Edition of 532 pieces
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Suggested price (without VAT): Euro 2,458.00
Availability: Fall 2009