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Adventure-ready outdoor timepieces have been in the Alpina identity since the brand was founded in 1883. The Alpiner Extreme Automatic has been the pinnacle of this tough, sporty philosophy since its introduction in 2009, but for 2022, the Swiss brand has overhauled this aggressive all-purpose sports watch with a modernized, more compact case and a range of striking visual touches. The new Alpiner Extreme Automatic line offers a sharp modern integrated sporting look, paired with rugged construction and impressively intricate details.
While it retains the same spirit as the 2009 original, the new Alpiner Extreme Automatic line’s 41mm-wide by 42.5mm-tall semi-integrated stainless steel cushion case transforms the distinctive, aggressive look into a more compact, wearable package. The overall look is layered, faceted and ultra-modern, adding Alpina’s clear spirit to the integrated sports watch theme currently resonating throughout the watch industry. The crisply brushed and polished bezel features six screws, each decorated with a mountain triangular motif that honors Alpina’s Alpine heritage. The brand pays particular attention to the Alpiner Extreme Automatic case sides, which display an attractive mix of brushed, polished, chamfered, pointed and recessed surfaces through its sandwich-style construction. Alpina fits the heavily guarded crown with rubberized knurling to allow easy operation even with heavy mountaineering gloves, while visually anchoring the crown in the contoured pattern of the integrated rubber strap. Although the size of the new Alpiner Extreme Automatic is considerably smaller than its predecessor, the athletic, squared-off form ensures that it is a watch that demands attention on the wrist. Accordingly, a shorter lug-to-lug length and slim 11.5mm overall thickness opens up this bold look to a wider variety of wrist sizes than ever before. Alpina proudly displays its AL-525 automatic movement through the Alpiner Extreme Automatic’s sapphire display caseback, but even with this addition the brand rates the watch for a dive-ready 200m water resistance.
Available in three colors, the Alpiner Xtreme Automatic Dial attractively combines elegance with sporting practicality. Each of the three dial options shares the same deeply textured dial surface, complete with a sharply stamped repeating triangular pattern that gives the design an almost architectural three-dimensionality. The ridges and gaps formed by this pattern also work together with the dial’s slight sunburst effect, creating a stunning array of highlights and shadows in the right lighting conditions. Alpina’s modernist, blunt take on the classic Alpha handset gives the extreme automatic a refined feel on the wrist, especially when paired with the luminous-faced applied indices and the brand’s instantly recognizable red triangular seconds hand counterweight. A generous infill of white luminous material across the handset and indicators makes it an instantly readable design even in the dark.
Each of the three dial color options gives the Alpiner Extreme Automatic a unique character. The black dial model is the most classic and versatile of the group, with a complete, contemporary look that suits any occasion. Alpina pays homage to the muted, mature color palette of its mountain homeland with these dial colorways, and instead of the bright ocean blue dial option, the brand offers the Alpiner Extreme Automatic a rich, subtle midnight blue dial option. But the most attractive colorway among the three is the green dial variant. Showcasing shades from forest green to olive in different light conditions, this masculine, green option is undeniably stylish and reinforces the adventurous outdoor spirit that guides these models.
Alpina powers the Alpiner Extreme Automatic line with its AL-525 automatic movement. This reliable powerplant offers some attractive finishes, including blued screws and Alpina’s unique asymmetrical, black-coated winding rotor, while keeping the overall look clean and functional. In terms of performance, the AL-525 offers a dependable 38-hour power reserve at a beat rate of 28,800 bph. To complete this beautiful sporting design, Alpina fits every model in the Alpiner Extreme Automatic series with a dial-matching integrated rubber deployant strap. These straps offer an ideal mix between durability and comfort, while the raised grid texture pattern gives the overall design a more luxurious, cohesive feel.
A decade after the line’s introduction, the revitalized Alpiner Extreme Automatic series brings new life to this cornerstone line, offering both an outdoor-capable all-purpose sporting watch and a truly dynamic, modern integrated design. The Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic line is available now through authorized dealers. MSRP for each model in the series €1,495. For more details, Please visit the Alpina website.
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