Alpina Unveils The Alpiner Extreme Automatic And Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic With Integrated Bracelets
Alpina’s tough Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic was introduced in late 2022. The first piece of the Alpina Alpiner Extreme collection was inspired by the brand’s flagship model from 2005. A couple of months later, the Alpiner Extreme Automatic followed. The collection consists of a line of tough watches that are attractive and competitively priced. For 2023, Alpina is choosing to further expand the collection by introducing an integrated bracelet. It’s a smart and logical move that will make the Alpiner Extreme collection more attractive to a wider audience. The new Alpiner Extreme Automatic on a bracelet comes with two new dial colors. The Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic sees one new model on a bracelet and a new black version on a rubber strap. The four watches kick off Alpina’s 140th anniversary in style.
It hasn’t been that long since Alpina introduced its Alpiner Extreme collection. Fratello’s Thomas van Straaten wrote about the Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic in the late summer of 2022. The timepiece was inspired by the brand’s 2005 Avalanche Extreme Regulator as Thomas explained. After the introduction of this 888-piece limited edition, the Alpiner Extreme Automatic followed a couple of months later. The regular model proved to be an attractive modern sports watch that is tough and stylish, intended for the urban-sporty lifestyle. In a new move, Alpina now extends the collection for 2023 with Alpiner Extreme models that come on an integrated bracelet. It makes the Alpiner Extreme line an even more well-rounded collection of affordable daily wearers.
The Alpiner Extreme Automatic
Let’s start with the Alpiner Extreme Automatic models. These two watches come with a 41mm × 42.5mm cushion-shaped case in stainless steel. The case is 11.5mm thick and is water resistant to 20ATM or 200 meters. The new integrated stainless steel bracelet offers an alternative to the rubber straps that the watch came on until now. The new bracelet’s design fits the watch’s overall style perfectly and gives it a modern and sturdy presence.
In addition to a new bracelet, Alpina also introduces two new dial colors. The first is a vibrant blue with a different hue than the already existing dark blue color. This color reminds me of vintage Royal Oak dials and looks stylish and sporty at the same time. Further emphasizing the sportiness, the color returns on the screw-down crown at 3 o’clock. The second model features a gray dial that creates an almost monochromatic look for the watch. The only hint of color comes from the counterbalance on the seconds hand, which is painted red on both models. Overall, the dial design looks balanced with its pattern, lume-filled hour markers, and date window at 3 o’clock.
The Alpina AL-525 caliber
If you turn the watch around, you are greeted by the brand’s AL-525 caliber, which is based on the Sellita SW200-1. The automatic movement features 26 jewels, operates at 28,800vph, and has 38 hours of power reserve. As Sky explained in her introduction of the Alpiner Extreme Automatic, Alpina has jazzed up the movement visually by using blued screws and adding an asymmetrical black-coated custom rotor.
This ensures that the view of the movement is more interesting compared to the regular Sellita caliber. Additionally, the utilitarian look adds to the overall presence of the watch. The two additions with the integrated bracelet make this Alpiner Extreme Automatic a great pick at just under €2K. Each version can be yours for €1,995, making them competitive in the current market, offering the total package.
The Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic
Let’s move on to the two Alpina Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic models. The watches are technically identical to the one that Thomas wrote about in August last year. Therefore, the focus is completely on the design and presence. The first model adds the same stainless steel bracelet to the watch as the regular Automatic models. The 200m-water-resistant case is the also basically same size at 41mm × 42.5mm, but the Regulator is slightly thicker at 12mm compared to the 11.5mm thickness of the regular model. The watch has a blue dial with two gray sub-dials for the regulator layout with a separate display for hours, minutes, and seconds.
Powering the watch is Alpina’s automatic AL-650 caliber, which is also based on a Sellita movement. As such, it has 31 jewels, ticks at 28,800vph, and has a 38-hour power reserve. Regarding the layout, the movement features a central minute hand, running seconds at 6 o’clock, and an hour display at 10 o’clock. The movement features a black rotor with the Alpina logo in white, leaving half of the movement visible as it turns.
The Black Alpiner Extreme Regulator Automatic
The second Regulator model comes with a fully black dial. Despite its monochrome look, it has a considerable amount of depth thanks to the contrast of the dial pattern and the finish of the two smaller sub-dials. These elements create a rather dynamic backdrop that works really well. Alpina chose a black rubber strap instead of the stainless steel bracelet for this model. The strap perfectly complements the overall look and matches the dial and the crown nicely. Alpina will produce 888 pieces of each of the two Regulator models. The blue/gray version with the bracelet will be available for €2,450, whereas the black-dial model on the rubber strap will be €2,150.
All four of these watches are great, logical additions to Alpina’s Alpiner Extreme lineup. The integrated bracelet is a fan-favorite feature, and I must say that it looks great on the Alpiner Extreme. It shows that Alpina manages to move quickly and add some true value to its collection.
For more information, please visit the official Alpina website.