Alpina – On automatic pilot

Startimer Pilot Automatic

CASE : titanium-colored steel, back engraved with the case logo, water-resistant to 100m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber AL-525, 38-hour power reserve)

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date

DIAL : matt dark gray

STRAP : black leather

Heir to a tradition dating back to the first half of the 20th century, an era when Alpina served as a supplier for various European air forces, the Startimer Pilot perfectly meets the inherent requirements of sturdiness, reliability and legibility governing the world of aviation watches. Since its launch in 2011, it has been enjoying a success that has enabled it to become the brand’s biggest success. In 2017, the collection has been enriched with a Startimer Pilot Automatic entirely in tune with the aesthetic codes of the collection. Its characteristic oversized applied numerals are naturally luminescent as are the hands, whereas the signature triangle appears in red at 12 o’clock and at the base of the seconds hand. This new launch has been introduced in four versions, notably a model with resolutely modern tones playing on shades of gray between the dial and case. And as one has come to expect from Alpina, this selfwinding watch is offered at an ultra-competitive price, at under 900 euros.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

Review overview