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Alpina 300 Extreme Diver Orange
by Kyle Stults on August 01, 2013
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ALPINA 300 Extreme Diver 300 Orange

This month Alpina officially launched its Extreme Diver 300 Orange range, featuring one automatic and one mid-size quartz model.  These watches are a color-based extension of the Extreme Diver range which my colleague James Bond introduced you to early last year.  As the name implies, the Extreme Diver 300 Orange is water resistant to a depth of 300m/1000ft.   The case is stainless steel, 44mm for the automatic and 38mm for the mid-size quartz.
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Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date Watches
by Kyle Stults on June 19, 2013
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At Baselworld a couple months ago I sat down with Alpina and was taken through their 2013 lineup.  They presented an attractive collection, led by a couple of nice heritage pieces (i.e. modern day interpretations of historical pieces) that I will show you before long, as well as a nice variety of new models across three of their lifestyle-themed collections:  Aviation, Diving and Sailing.  The watches I want to comment on today are the new Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date models, part of the Alpina Aviation collection.
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Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown Watch
by Kyle Stults on April 03, 2013
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Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown Watch

This is a new model in Alpina’s Sailing collection, a collection which is now five or six pieces deep and seems to get better every year.  This watch, the Sailing Yachttimer Countdown, essentially builds off of prior year models (you can see my brief introduction of the Alpina Sailing Collection in 2011 here) with similar style bezel and case (44mm, 300m water resistance, textured screw-down crown).  New, however, are the countdown windows used for regatta timing.
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Alpina Diver Midsize
by Kyle Stults on August 28, 2012
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Alpina is out with a new Diver “Midsize” collection – presented in two models, one for ladies with a mother-of-pearl dial (MOP) and the one you see here in a nice combination of steel case + black dial.  Both are sized at 38mm, which by today’s standards makes them more of a unisex model.  Actually, at 38mm this piece is a refreshing diversion from the massive (48mm) dive watches that the higher end manufactures seem to be on to lately.  To be fair, however, this is not really a watch to be comparing to the likes of Hulbot, Richard Mille, Corum and the like.  Although the Alpina midsize Diver is decently spec’d — 300 meter water resistance, uni-directional bezel, combination brushed/polished steel case, and luminous white indices, it is powered by a quartz movement.  And I am not a fan of the tri-date window (on any watch).  This said, the Alpina midsize dive watch will be a very affordable piece if you like the design and want something you don’t have to feel too bad about beating up on the reef.  If you  are a mechanical purist (as I am), then you’ll want to revisit the Alpina Extreme Diver, the 44mm big brother of this watch that we highlighted back in March.

Alpina Diver Midsize