With Baselworld 2016 just around the corner, we see the release of the Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph. For those not in the know about the Alpina Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph, it debuted the in-house AL-760 calibre, and this all-black version is the refreshed and sportier sibling of the original 2015 model. While its predecessor donned a classic brushed and polished steel suit, this new version presents a more virile attire courtesy of the black PVD coating that covers the 44mm-diameter case. In addition, the PVD coating is great protection against daily wear and tear and gives the chrono a sportier and more contemporary edge.
The chronograph is the one of the most popular complications in the watch arena, and with the proliferation of cheap quartz chronos on the market, the function is often taken for granted. This is hardly the case here, as developing and manufacturing a chronograph complication is, well, pretty complicated. So, when Alpina announced the debut of its AL-760 in-house calibre last year, ears pricked up in the watch world. For a company of its size to develop a flyback chronograph movement from scratch and do battle in such a fiercely competitive segment of the market was in itself remarkable. A fresh new look for the watch is certainly a welcome addition to the collection and for buyers who prefer a cool PVD look.
An unusual feature on the Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph is the positioning of the rectangular pushers which are aligned with the crown. The crown, engraved with the Alpina logo, rises above the pushers and the lack of protectors on either side calls for caution as a direct hit might well break it. It was actually for this very reason that Omega fitted the crown of its Speedmaster with protectors. It is, however, a screw-in crown, a vital aspect for a watch that is water-resistant to 100 meters.
One can immediately recognize the M2 Pioneer as a pilots’ view, but the Alpina’s individuality is less easy to pin down. It’s sporty-elegant, using a stainless-steel case bearing polished and matte finishes, shaped pushers with polished beveled edges, a generous amount of luminous material on its hands and markers, and silver-colored monitors around the subdials. Everything looks great, but doesn’t explicitly state “expedition” or “mountain trek.” This could be a benefit, though, as most people don’t often find themselves beneath frozen waterfalls or bivouacked on a mountain. The Alpina Watches Bands Replica is available with a steel bracelet or an alligator strap; the strap variant appears right paired using a suit.Tutima has completed its move in Ganderkesee, Germany back to its first home in Glashütte, also is producing all its watches there. The business currently proudly prints the Glashütte title on the dial up. The requirements for doing so are that the organization create 50 percent of their motion’s value in Glashütte and build both the watch and movement there.The Tutima dial includes a center-mounted minutes counter tops, 24-hour subdial at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, a historically popular look.The watch is powered by an ETA 7750 that has been heavily altered so it has the same display design as the Lemania 5100, the movement used in Tutima’s first NATO Chronograph. (Lemania stopped making the 5100 in 2002. Tutima had hauled up on those moves before production stopped and used them before its source was depleted.) The design, with a center-mounted minutes counter, 24-hour subdial at 12 o’clock and 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, has been a popular one. Tutima calls the motion Caliber 521.
The black sunburst dial houses three sub-dials with a 30-minute counter at 3, date at 6, and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The three counters are slightly sunken and have circular rings, which improves legibility while providing depth to the dial. Big, sturdy indexes and hands of the Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph accentuate the masculine look of the timepiece and are visible in low light thanks to the beige luminous coating. The color beige is also used to highlight the telemeter located on the outer rim of the dial.
The AL-760, first debuted in the Alpina Watches New York Replica Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph
Despite housing a movement measuring 30.5mm in a 44mm case, the AL-760 sub-counters have plenty of space between them, which makes for a more attractive and legible layout on the dial. And there must be plenty of space inside the flyback chronograph module too, because it is composed of just 96 parts. Even though the caseback is solid (we’ll try and have images of that once we get hands-on with the watch), the calibre has been adorned with Côtes de Genève and perlage decoration, anglage for the bridges, and a PVD-coated rotor. The movement operates at 4Hz, but has a power reserve of 38 hours which may be a bit low for some.
The refreshed, dark look of the Alpina “Full Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph provides a nice variation on the line and, really, we hope to see even more come out. Price for the PVD coated watch is actually around the same as the original version at $4,750. alpina.com