Alpina

  • A week on the wrist with the Alpina Startimer

    A week on the wrist with the Alpina Startimer

    It’s refreshing to wear a mechanical watch. The soft sweep of the seconds hand reminds us of the fleeting nature of time while the endless ticking in a dark room is a comfort and a spur to action. Add in a little limited edition provenance with big face and crown and you’ve got a stew going. This particular stew is called the Alpina Startimer. It is a pilot’s watch, a watch… Read More

  • BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW first to sell CarPlay as standalone service

    BMW buyers will now have the option to get CarPlay installed in their new rides. But for a cost. BMW is charging $300 to add the service to new vehicles making the German auto maker the first to charge buyers for access to CarPlay. This sits as a starch difference from other manufacturers which either include CarPlay as a standard feature or bundle it in a technology package. BMW is… Read More

  • Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    Swiss Watch Makers Announce An Activity Tracking System Designed To Hide Inside Fancy Watches

    If you’ve been wondering how Switzerland was going to react to the coming of the Apple Watch, ponder no more: two smaller luxury watch companies, Alpina and Frederique Constant, have added electronic components to otherwise staid analog watches, essentially turning a fancy timepiece into a sort of mechanical Fitbit. The platform, called Manufacture Modules Technologies or MMT, is… Read More

  • Alpina Introduces the Startimer Pilot

    I’ve been following Alpina for years now and I’ve always been fascinated if not a little off-put by their styling. Finally, howeover, we have a chrono that’s actually worth a second look. This is the Startimer Pilot running an in-house automatic movement, the AL-860. It will be on sale this year alongside the AL-950, the Startimer Pilot Regulator that they’re most… Read More

  • Alpina Manufacture Regulator Watch Review

    Alpina makes sporty but classic watches. “What does that mean” you say? Well allow me to explain. The design of Alpina watches has always aroused my curiosity. While they hold themselves as makers of “wild, extreme,… Xtreme!” watches, they actually take much more influence from more simple classic timepieces. Which is an interesting concept when people are trying… Read More