Alpina has taken a new direction with the Alpiner Extreme, its most robust collection of watches to date. It has always relied on a square-ish shaped architecture with a mix of materials and finishes, but the new models have been revamped in all key areas. Alpina marks the new Alpiner Extreme collection as a turning point, focusing more on an outdoorsy lifestyle than ever before. To put its money where its mouth is, Alpina first launched the Alpiner Extreme Regulator, and now a three-handed time-and-date model called the Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic joins the family.
The cushion-shaped stainless steel case, measuring 41mm across and 11.5mm in height, has a three-part construction. The raised bezel is fixed with six exposed screws, all featuring Alpina’s triangle logo. The right side of the case shows a rubber-clad crown flanked by two guards. On the opposite side, we see a protruding steel section visually balancing the case. With 200m of water-resistance, the Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic can take a bit of abuse and is unfazed by a plunge in the pool or a sudden downpour of rain when hiking.
The dial for the Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic falls in line with the style we’ve seen in the new Alpiner Extreme Regulator. It features an embossed triangular texture and comes in black, blue or green. The applied hour indices all feature Super-LumiNova, as do the central hour and minute hands. The seconds hand is long and slender, like a needle basically, and has a red triangular counterweight. The framed date window cuts into the 3 o’clock marker, and a sloped minute ring surrounds the dial.
Inside we find Alpina’s Calibre AL-525, which is the brand’s internal code for the Sellita SW200-1 it regularly uses. This widespread alternative to the ETA 2824 runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and provides 38 hours of power reserve. It’s driven by the signature asymmetrical rotor, finished in black. Nothing overly spectacular, but it does what it needs to do with ease.
The Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic comes on an integrated black, blue or green textured rubber strap to match the dial. This closes with a sturdy folding clasp signed with the brand’s name. All three colourways retail for CHF 1,595, which seems quite reasonable for such a rugged go-anywhere, do-anything sports watch.
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