Alpina has prepared a couple of new aviation-inspired watches which will be unveiled at the Baselworld 2014 Watch & Jewelry Show. Among them there is Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunstar model. It is a pretty solid watch whose best trait is the presence of the brand’s own self-winding movement. The watch is likewise distinguished by its plain but nice gray dial with a sunray motif. There is still no official information regarding the pricing of the piece, however, considering the previously released similar models, it can be expected that the watch will be substantially cheaper than the similar pieces by other watchmakers.
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic Sunburst can be considered as a piece that is suited for the people who want to own an automatic mechanical watch, but lack enough funds for something a bit more complicated. Its automatic AL-525 caliber with 26 jewels which operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph does not include additional complications. Its only supported functions are three central hands and a date display. The supported power reserve measures to 38 hours.
The caliber can be observed through the transparent case-back which is certainly another plus. By the way, the material that was used for the housing’s construction is stainless steel. Its diameter measures to 44 mm, while the height is exactly 10.2 mm. The front side displays a convex sapphire crystal. The watch’s construction likewise includes a screwed crown and guarantees water resistance to 100 meters.
Oversized and Luminous Numerals for Better Legibility
Beneath a domed crystal of Alpina Sunburst Pilot Automatic Sunstar lays a pretty gray dial with sunray finish. It includes eight nicely-styled, applied and oversized Arabic numerals which are, just like hour and minute hands, treated with luminous coating. Its date display lays at the traditional three o’clock position. For the strap of the newcomer, Alpina chose a crocodile leather strap with the contrasting stitching. At its thickest part, the attachment is 20 mm wide, while on the narrowest portions, it measures to 18 mm in width.
As it has been mentioned, there are still no official reports about the pricing of the new watch. The previous practice has shown that similar Alpina watches tend to be cheaper than the similarly-styled ones from its competition which is obviously a tactic by which Alpina wants to compete with more famous watchmakers. Most likely, its cost will be expressed with a low four-digit price. Apart from this newcomer, Alpina has prepared another watch from the Startimer series for the Baselworld 2014 show – Startimer Pilot Black Star Automatic Chronograph.