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Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Manufacture, 2021.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-11:29

I wanted to share with you a new release from Alpina, which I find very interesting, the Startimer Pilot Heritage Manufacture. 

Interesting it is, for three reasons. 

First and most important, a reminiscence of the Past, with this modern bumper movement which belongs to a bygone era, as it disappeared at the end of the 50's, early 60's, replaced by the rotor we all know, now. 

The vintage: 


Here, a picture of the Cal AL 709, which is automatic, of course, beating at 28, 800 vibrations per hour and with a 38 hours power reserve. The finishings are not top, for sure, but I find it pleasant to see:


Then, because its case and dial are original, too. A cushion shaped case, 42 mm big, 13, 25 mm high, which is available in steel ( my preference ) or in yellow gold plated, water resistant to 100 meters good enough to face most of the situations we can live. 


The dial is really cool with this red lume on the hands and indices. 


And for once, I find that the idea of a see through case back is excellent, as there is something uncommon and interesting to see, the bumper. I think it is the first time that we can see a bumper through a case back! 


Third and last interesting thing, the price: 3250 CHF for the steel, 3350 CHF for the yellow gold plated, that is quite fair. 

A last information: Both of these versions are limited to 188 pieces. 

What do you think? 


Best,

Nicolas 

The case is very 70s... a little too much for me

 
 By: VinnieD : November 19th, 2021-11:42
but that movement looks very interesting and quite beautiful in its own way. I would love to learn more

If you are not mad about cushion shaped cases, then it is not for you, for sure. I grabbed the infos I got from them, I will try to learn more.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-15:39

The case shape is really cool here…

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 19th, 2021-11:51

What I think, too.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-15:40

I am lukewarm at best on this offering — the red lume doesn’t work for me.

 
 By: orahu : November 19th, 2021-12:35

Not everyone's taste, for sure. But I quite like this blend of funkiness, cool factor, and clacissism.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-15:42

I get it and and agree about the cool factor!

 
 By: orahu : November 20th, 2021-02:29

At least it is original. ;)

 
 By: amanico : November 20th, 2021-08:26

very much so!

 
 By: VinnieD : November 20th, 2021-15:36
it is great to see brands go off the beaten track and innovate aesthetically

I am in total agreement with that. Very fresh, in this cynical world.

 
 By: amanico : November 20th, 2021-22:05

I like it, because we haven't seen this and it is attractive and fairly priced. I wish they made a higher production is steel so it could be more easily viewed in person.

 
 By: emcquillan : November 19th, 2021-14:09
I've never understood gold plated. You get the concern of attracting attention without the benefit of the weight. Thank you for sharing.

I am totally with you. On all counts, my friend.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-15:44

Interesting - wonder what the bumper movement is like & whether you notice it while wearing watch.

 
 By: jml_watches : November 19th, 2021-15:35

I guess you certainly hear the famous " dong dong " when you move your wrist...

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-15:45

I like the cushion shape and those red indexes actually quite attractive.

 
 By: Watchlover78 : November 19th, 2021-17:45

Same for me.

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-21:58

Me too

 
 By: cazalea : November 19th, 2021-23:13
I like it. I still have my Grandfather’s bumper Omega. And yes, you can notice it if you’re paying close attention.

Cazalea

The physical feeling of the bumper on the wrist. Yes. You feel it " bumping ".

 
 By: amanico : November 20th, 2021-00:14

I like these cushion cases and this is a great example. Nice and interesting movement and bumper. Plus no date!👍

 
 By: hmd4m : November 19th, 2021-18:42

Absolutely!

 
 By: amanico : November 19th, 2021-21:58

I like it

 
 By: j.delage : November 21st, 2021-15:52
I think it would have been more interesting in bronze than gold plated. I think both colors work well quite frankly.

I don't see it on their website though.

Agreed. In bronze better than gold plated. Thanks for sharing your opinion!

 
 By: amanico : November 21st, 2021-15:54