Alpina Startimer Pilot Watches
At 44mm wide, the Startimer Pilots come in steel cases that are 100 meters water resistant and have sapphire crystals. I like the thin bezel that maximizes dial space. The little touch of red on the counterweight of the chronograph seconds hand is welcome. Using a bi-compax layout, the dials are classic looking but functional - while the chronograph doesn't significantly obscure reading of the dial. The sizable Arabic hour numerals feels functional and sound. Inside the watch are Swiss automatic movements, while the version with just the time and date has an in-house made Alpina/Frederique Constant movement. According to Alpina these Startimer Pilot watches are being made in partnership with plane makers Cessna and PrivatAir. Look for them at reasonable prices sometime this year. Each is said to be limited to 8,888 pieces.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.