Alpina has a watchmaking history dating back 130 years, including 50 years as an official supplier of timepieces to the continental airforces. Alpina just made some pre-Basel announcements about some new models releasing in 2014, one of them being the Startimer Chronograph, appropriately nicknamed “Black Star.”

Alpina Startimer Chronograph (Black Star)

Alpina Startimer Chronograph (Black Star)

Alpina is a brand that does a good job of combining a somewhat rugged or utilitarian look with luxury. The new Startimer Chronograph is no exception. It’s boldly sized at 44mm and its stainless steel case features a PVD-applied coating. The gray dial has stunning specs, including a sunray pattern, applied markers and chronograph registers at the three and six o’clock positions. Both the front and back of the watch have a sapphire crystal. Inside the watch is Alpina’s caliber AL-860 based on the Selitta SW500, a 30-jewel automatic chronograph movement with a 46-hour power reserve. The watch is rated water resistant to 100m and rides on a black leather strap with off-white stitching and a deployment buckle.

Alpina Startimer Chronograph (Black Star)

Alpina Startimer Chronograph (Black Star)

I don’t have a confirmed price yet, but my best guess is the Black Star will retail in the $2,500-$3,000 range.

Full Specs:

  • Reference: Startimer Chronograph (“Black Star”) AL-860GB4FBS6
  • Case: 44mm stainless steel w/PVD-applied coating
  • Crystal: Domed sapphire w/anti-reflective coating
  • Movement: AL-860 automatic chronograph
  • Case Back: Exhibition w/sapphire crystal
  • Strap: Leather w/off-white stitching & deployment buckle
  • Water Resistance: 100m

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