Michael Goulian, American Red Bull Air Race World Championship participant and brand ambassador for Alpina, has a new watch to his credit: the 99MG Limited Edition Startimer Pilot. The titanium-colored stainless steel timepiece measures in at 44mm, and the matte dark blue dial features oversized hand-applied indexes and Arabic numerals.
“I’m truly touched and honored that Alpina has worked with me to create a timepiece that embodies the same virtues as our Red Bull Air Race Team #99,” says Goulian. “I’m very proud to be able to wear this watch and I’m sure aviation enthusiasts of all types will love it as much as I do.”
Inside, the AL-525 automatic movement powers the hours, minutes, seconds and date at 3 o’clock, with 38 hours of power reserve. The solid caseback is engraved with Goulian’s signature and “99MG” in honor of his race team. The watch is fitted on a black leather strap with contrasting white stitching.
Alpina has been making professional pilot watches for decades, and it was, in fact, the official supplier of military aviation watches to continental air forces in the first half of the twentieth century. In this spirit, Alpina’s collaboration with Goulian includes its role as Official Team Partner, involvement in the 2017 Redbull Air Race World Championship events around the world, and other activities at air shows throughout the U.S.
“Michael and his talents embody the Alpinist lifestyle and values and truly represent our brand in the category of pilot watches,” says Morgane Leynaud, marketing manager of Alpina.
The edition, available in North America and the Caribbean, is limited to 188 pieces, and each comes in a special edition box that includes a miniature replica of Goulian’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship competition airplane. Price: $1,150.