Alpina Startimer Pilot Watches
by Kyle Stults on July 05, 2011

Today I am highlighting several Alpina Starimer Pilot’s watches, all new for 2011.  The entire range looks great (except the Regulator which I do not really care for) and I applaud Alpina for a job well done on these watches — they make a great addition to the brand’s lineup.  Generally speaking, Alpina targets the “accessible luxury” segment (which I consider to be watches in the $1,000 – $3,000 range, give or take) and these watches are no exception.  Think of it this way:  these new Alpina Startimer Pilot’s watches look great but won’t cost you and arm and a leg like an IWC Pilot’s watch will.  Prices start at $1,150 for the basic 3-handed automatic and go up to $2,795 for the chronograph model on a steel bracelet.  Personally I prefer the look of the 2-register chronograph (last photo below).  How about you?

Alpina Startimer Pilot Watches

44mm satin-finished stainless steel case, dial marked by “sword” style hands,  all models are available with leather strap or metal bracelet

The Startimer series starts with a basic three-hand + date:

Next in line is the 3-hander + small date sub-dial, and with an automatic mechanical caliber AL-710, a “manfacture” movement (developed and produced in-house by Alpina):

Another In-house caliber, the AL-950, powers the Startimer Pilot Regulator — but this particular model does not look attractive to me in the least bit:

Last but not least, a well-balanced 2-register automatic chronograph version (cal. AL-860) — my favorite of the bunch:

USA prices are as follows:

Startimer Automatic on strap: $1150, on bracelet: $1350
Startimer Manufacture (date hand at 6) on strap: $2195, on bracelet $2395
Startimer Manufacture Regulator on strap: $2395, on bracelet $2595
Startimer Chronograph on strap: $2595, on bracelet $2795