This year at Baselworld, Alpina, one of the pioneers in professional pilot watches, introduced the new Startimer Pilot Automatic. Now the manufacturer also launched quartz versions of the Startimer. Time to look at both.
Alpina has been, for many decades, a reference in professional pilot watches. In the first 50 years of the last century, Alpina was the official supplier for military aviation watches to continental air forces and since then the brand has carried on the tradition of manufacturing reliable and precise pilot timepieces.
Pilots have the strictest requirements when it comes to their instruments, the same can be said about their watches. This is why Alpina has continuously worked to provide them with the most dependable timepieces, offering characteristics such as ultimate precision, shock-resistance or anti-magnetic cases. Since its initial launch in 2011, the Startimer Pilot Collection has become the most successful line of the Brand and one of the most recognizable professional pilot watches on the market.
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic
The four new Startimer Pilot Automatic maintains all the pilot features the Startimer Collection is known for. The combination of the finishing details and straight functions offer pilot watch aficionados the perfect balance between functionality and elegance on the wrist.
The AL-525G4TS6 features a titanium-colored stainless steel 44 mm case contrasting with a matte grey dial displaying the typical oversized luminous hand-applied indexes and hands with a date-window at 3 o’clock. The iconic red Alpina triangle is featured at 12 o’clock and on the seconds hand. The other three versions come in either stainless steel or rose gold-plated stainless steel featuring a dark blue or white dial. The AL-525 automatic movement boasts a 38 hour power-reserve and all watches are water-resistant up to 10 atm.
The five Startimer Pilot Quartz mix watchmaking excellence with practical functions. With these new versions, Alpina continues to respect the pilot watch and its key characteristics such as the oversized indexes and luminous treatment on the hands and the highly color-contrasted dials; major features that define a pilot’s watch and provide optimal readability. The 42mm case is available in two styles, either stainless steel or black PVD-treated stainless steel. The case is smaller than the usual 44mm pilot watches’ cases turning it into the perfect watch for daily wear. These versions are available with different types of strap, either nylon or stainless steel bracelets.
Alpina Startimer Pilot Quartz
Alpina Startimer Pilot Quartz
TAG Heuer launched two special series in honour of the famously unconventional Formula 1 team Red Bull Racing. Back in December 2015 TAG Heuer became the Official Timekeeper & Official Watch of the Formula 1 Red Bull Racing team in a landmark agreement. The two brands announced the new name of the 2016 car “Red Bull Racing – TAG Heuer RB 12”, with the watch manufacturer being included in the team’s official name. It’s the first time a watchmaker has ever been named directly in the official title of an F1 team.
Red Bull Racing has amassed four Double World Champion titles, having won the FIA Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles four years in a row. However, it was Red Bull Racing’s unorthodox approach to the sport and to to entertainment in general wich appealed to TAG Heuer, one which is perfectly in line with the brand’s new marketing strategy.
Now, at the most glamorous of all Formula 1 Grand Prix events (no, there’s no doubt about that) – Monaco – and to celebrate its first year of partnership with the most unconventional team in the Formula 1, TAG Heuer introduced two special series TAG Heuer Formula 1 Red Bull Racing Team watches.
The steel chronograph bears the team’s colours – midnight blue and red – an alliance which naturally alludes to the racing mindset. Adorned with a bezel sporting a tachymeter scale in matte blue aluminium, this piece truly reflects the DNA of the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection.
Inside works a quartz chronograph movement, the Ronda 5040D with the 1/10 second and hour counter at 6 o’clock, a minute counter at 9 o’clock and the current seconds counter at 3 o’clock. The hands are red, matching the team colours, while complementing the white counters and deep blue case.
The case back is engraved with the legendary black and white chequered flag, a symbol of Formula 1, as well as the Red Bull Racing Team logo. The watch is water resistant up to 200 metres.
The watch is available in two versions, one of which has a steel bracelet in keeping with the brand’s flagship models. But the model is also available with a strap made from technical textile for a sportier look, with red stitching inspired by the seat belts of racing cars.
So there’s nothing much new here and calling a watch two special editions that only vary in terms of the strap is a bit of a stretch we would say. But: Nonetheless, these watches are perfect for people who prefer a bit of colour on their wrists and of course they are high-quality like one would expect from TAG Heuer.
Mathieu Legrand is adding some serious bling-bling to its current collection with the new Mille Étoiles. The watch manufacturer is introducing this new watch in two different versions – in gold and rosé gold – both equally cool. We’ve heard there might be a third one in the making but we couldn’t get our hands on it – or confirmation by the manufacturer for that matter- just yet.
This women’s watch is a real head-turner due to the numerous zirconia on its dial and with one of these two you are definitely going to draw attention to your wrist – and yourself. The Mille Étoiles is not for the watch lover who likes an understated look because with one of these watches a place in the spotlight is guaranteed.
The Mathieu Legrand Mille Étoiles features a fully paved dial, a small date window at 3 o’clock and a big small seconds including a black railway minuterie at 6 o’clock. The manufacturer has decided against traditional numerals or indexes and opted for coloured zirconia. These are of a deep blue in the rose gold version and of a bright green in the gold version. The dial is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
The bezel, the sides of the case as well as parts of the bracelet and the clasp are polished. This parts contrast nicely with the brushed parts, generating an overall charming look. The case measures 40 mm in diameter and is water resistant up to 10 atm.
The Mathieu Legrand Mille Étoiles is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement, providing great reliability combined with highest precision. It lies within a stainless steel case with PVD coating in gold or rosé gold.
Overall, this beautifully balanced watch will make for a stunning, reliable companion. It can easily be worn every day as well as on special occasions, and with its moderate size it should fit on most wrists. We already love the Mille Étoiles and are sure, you will too.
Swiss watchmaker Chrono Diamond is now around for seven years and is committed to produce nicely made, reliable watches, aiming higher with each new model they create. And the Okeanos is no exception. The brand added this watch recently to its current collection, combining a toothed bezel, three subdials and a rubber strap. This handsome, classic chronograph can be worn on a daily basis.
We are sure that the Okeanos will evolve into one of the favourite models in Chrono Diamond’s collection with its rugged, beautifully balanced looks. It combines a nice case with an attractive dial, featuring an interesting woven pattern.
The dial is dominated by the highly polished indexes and hands. The hour and minute hands are slightly skeletonized and equipped with a tip made of lume, providing best legibility even at night.
The subdial at 3 o’clock is for the running seconds, the chronograph hours are displayed at 6 o’clock, the chronograph minutes at 9 o’clock. At 12 o’clock dominates a big date. We would have loved to see the date wheel matching the colour of the dial, making the date a little less intrusive, but okay.
The characteristic Chrono Diamond diamonds are replacing the indexes at 12 and 6 o’clock.
The case measures 41 millimetres in diameter and 11 millimetres in height which makes this watch not at all overly dominant. The classic design of the chronograph surely fits most wrists and we can imagine that the Okeanos will be attractive for women too, although it is promoted as a men’s watch.
The case combines a toothed, polished bezel with brushed sides and lugs, adding to an overall attractive look.
The Chrono Diamond Okeanos is powered by a Swiss made quartz movement which assures highest reliability and precision. It offers everything you’d need out of a three-register chronograph.
Highly functional and handsome, this watch will be a trustworthy partner in every situation. Chrono Diamond offers four different coloured versions.
Maybe you’ve never heard of Arc-Tic, based in downtown Reykjavik. It’s a small label, producing beautiful watches.. Now you can’t say that anymore, because we are introducing the Retro-watches of this Icelandic watchmanufacturer today.
The Retro-watches from Arc-Tic emanate a relaxed Nordic coolness. The Scandinavians are best known for their sparse minimalistic design, which made their furniture (and especially Ikea, yes) a huge hit world-wide. Now, we all can wear their famous style on our wrists; austerity with a splash of color.
The Arc-Tic Retro-watches are beautiful and simple three-hander. These quartz-powered watches are undeniably wearable and absolutely affordable. The only color on the dial are the red seconds hand and a red hyphen. These watches stand out in their starkness with their polished stainless steel case, generously-sized rhodium hour markers, rhodium logo and rhodium hands. These features catch the light – and the attention.
You won’t find any Super LumiNova on the dial, the hands or hour-markers; you will definitely need light to spot the time. That’s not for everyone but this decision emphasizes the retro-look considerably.
The case comes in two sizes – 36mm or 42mm in diameter – with 8mm in height. Both sizes are available with a white or black dial like mentioned earlier. The white ones come with a genuine honey-colored calfskin strap, the ones with the black dial with a black strap, including red stitching. The straps can be easily removed and replaced with a NATO-strap which is included in the delivery, its colors based on the Icelandic flag.
The Arc-Tic Retro is powered by a Swiss-made quartz movement and is water resistant to 50m. The case back is beautifully decorated, showing a map of Iceland, compass points and degree markings; also the Arctic Circle which inspired the name of the company.
The retail price of the Arc-Tic Retro watch is around 213€ and the watches are only available in stores around Iceland or from the Arc-Tic online store.
Gaspard Sartre has set itself the task of designing watches with a minimalist design and modern look.
Casual, elegant and with clear styling, the timepieaces are versatile accessories for all occasions. Select a new favourite look, reinvent yourself and your style, you can do that daily with these simple cases with clear, uncluttered dials and the optional changeable bracelets. No matter what size and colour you choose in this uniquely versatile unisex watch – a 36 or 42 millimetre diameter casing, in stainless steel or the versions in black, gold or pink – all possible combinations are available to you with the Gaspard Sartre bracelets.
With every watch you purchase two straps: One colored one and one in black. So from the beginning you have some variety which grows with every additional strap you choose to love.
Create a lasting impression during the day and on the tennis court with a casual Nato-Strap; the leather straps are flattering for more elegant occasions. Depending on your mood, you can wear a different combination on your wrist every day and ask yourself: What’s it going to be today?
In addition to the appearance, attention has been paid to the use of high quality materials – every watch features a precise Ronda quartzmovement inside.