Alpina expands its Startimer Pilot Heritage mono-pusher chronograph collection with the Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic Chronograph Blackout, two black-cased models that offer a choice of dial: black or silver.
The pair adds a bit of darkness to the existing blue and silver models that characterize this impressive vintage-tinged pilot series.
The new contemporary color touch again serves to highlight how this cushion-shaped mini-series differs from its mostly round brothers within the Startimer Pilot Heritage collection.
Here with a polished and brushed black-PVD case, its vintage-inspired single-pusher and bicompax subdial layout set the watch further apart both within its own brand and from the vast majority of other Swiss-made aviation chronographs available.
The fact that Alpina fits the watch with a customized single‐push‐piece chronograph designed by La Joux‐Perret enhances its interest among collectors, especially given the watch’s $2,995 price tag.
The chronograph measures short time intervals (30 minutes) and also offers a 55‐hour power reserve, nearly 45% more than its predecessor.
Both variations of the watch offer a case that is polished black on the sides and satin‐finished on top. Circular guilloché counters assist light diffusion while sturdy hour and minute hands are topped with SuperLuminova.
Specifications: Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic Chronograph Blackout Edition
Movement: Alpina AL‐727 caliber, automatic mono‐pusher chronograph designed by La Joux‐Perret, 55‐hour power reserve, 28,800 alt/h.
Case: 42mm x 40.75mm by 14.5 mm black PVD coated stainless steel 2‐part. Scratch‐resistant and convex sapphire crystal, water‐resistant to 100 meters, engraved case back, screw‐in crown and case back, chronograph pusher at 2 o’clock.
Dials: Silver-dial model: Silver dial with sunray finishing and applied silver indexes filled with white luminous treatment, black outer ring with tachymeter graduation, silver hour and minute hands filled with white luminous treatment. Black seconds counter at 9 o’clock with sunray finishing and white hand, black chronograph hand and black minutes chronograph counter at 3 o’clock with sunray finishing and white hand.
Black dialed model: Black dial with sunray finishing and applied silver indexes filled with white luminous treatment, black outer ring with tachymeter graduation, hand‐polished silver hour and minute hands filled with white luminous treatment, black chronograph hand,
silver-color seconds counter at 9 o’clock with sunray finishing and black hand, silver color minutes chronograph counter at 3 o’clock with sunray finishing and black hand.
Strap: Black leather strap with white stitching.