Alpina takes a new direction with the Alpiner Extreme, its most robust collection of watches to date. It has always been based on a square-shaped architecture with a mix of materials and finishes, but the new models have been revamped in all key areas. Alpina marks a turning point with the new Alpiner Extreme collection, focusing more on the outdoorsy lifestyle than ever before. To put its money where its mouth is, Alpina first launched the Alpiner Extreme Regulator and now joins the family of three-hand time and date models, the Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic.
The cushion-shaped stainless steel case, 41mm across and 11.5mm high, has a three-part construction. The raised bezel is fixed with six exposed screws, all bearing the Alpina 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 200 meters of water-resistance, the Alpina Alpiner Xtreme Automatic can take a bit of abuse and be obscured by a dip in the pool or a sudden downpour while hiking.
The dial for the Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic follows the style we saw on the new Alpiner Extreme Regulator. It has an embossed triangular shape 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 thin, basically needle-like, and has a red triangular counterweight. A framed date window cuts into the 3 o’clock marker and a sloping minute ring surrounds the dial.
Inside we find Alpina’s Caliber AL-525, which is the brand’s internal code for the Sellita SW200-1 that it regularly uses. This wider alternative to the ETA 2824 runs at a frequency of 28,800vph and offers a power reserve of 38 hours. It is driven by a signature asymmetric rotor finished in black. Nothing overly spectacular, but it does what needs to be done easily.
The Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic comes on an integrated black, blue or green textured rubber strap to match the dial. It ends with a sturdy folding clasp signed with the brand name. Retail for three colors CHF 1,595, It seems very reasonable to go anywhere, do any sports watch.
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