Alpina created a new, so far the best model in its very interesting Sailing Collection. Based on the construction and performances of the last year’s model, the new Yachttimer Countdown Automatic features a redesigned interface that highly increases functionality and provides a modern, striking look of the watch. Along with the countdown timer, which is the most important feature of a yachting timepiece, this model offers a 360° compass on the bezel, a tactical planner scale on the dial and the water-resistance of serious diving watches.
The new Alpina Sailing Yachttimer Countdown Automatic watch will be officially presented at the upcoming Baselworld watch fair to be organized later this month. At the first glance, it is obvious that the Swiss watchmaker created a tough, bold looking sport watch with everything that is required by professional yachtsmen. (Here you can compare Alpina’s watch with other high-quality yachting timepieces.)
Designed with the help of professional sailors, The Yachttimer features a new colorful dial with a black surface, which displays both five and 10-minute countdown function by the rotating disc that countdowns time from 10 to 1, finishing with the fluorescent START indicator. It is framed with the minute scale that goes from 60 to 0 and finally, with the black bezel, featuring the 360° compass. Hands, numerals and hour markers are covered with white SuperLuminova that along with a super-legible red seconds hand provides superb readability even in the most extreme conditions.
A robust, stainless steel case with the diameter of 44 mm has an interesting cushion shape with a nicely incorporated screw-in crown. It comes either with a black rubber strap or a steel mesh bracelet. The case is covered with sapphire crystal on both sides, which means that the case-back opens a view on a AL-880 self-winding chronograph mechanism. Based on a Sellita SW5000 movement, this mechanism with a black PVD oscillating weight ensures 46 hours of power-reserve and beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The new Alpina Countdown Automatic watch has the superb water-resistance of 300 meters (990 feet), which is much more than it is necessary for a yachting timepiece. The Swiss watchmaker announced that the watch would be launched in the limited edition, although 8,888 produced pieces can hardly be called limited. This is even better for all those lovers of sailing who wish to have this great sport timepiece on their wrists.