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Alpina Startimer Pilot Heritage Manufacture, 2021.

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I wanted to share with you a new release from Alpina, which I find very interesting, the Startimer Pilot Heritage Manufacture. 

Interesting it is, for three reasons. 

First and most important, a reminiscence of the Past, with this modern bumper movement which belongs to a bygone era, as it disappeared at the end of the 50's, early 60's, replaced by the rotor we all know, now. 

The vintage: 

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Here, a picture of the Cal AL 709, which is automatic, of course, beating at 28, 800 vibrations per hour and with a 38 hours power reserve. The finishings are not top, for sure, but I find it pleasant to see:

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Then, because its case and dial are original, too. A cushion shaped case, 42 mm big, 13, 25 mm high, which is available in steel ( my preference ) or in yellow gold plated, water resistant to 100 meters good enough to face most of the situations we can live. 

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The dial is really cool with this red lume on the hands and indices. 

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And for once, I find that the idea of a see through case back is excellent, as there is something uncommon and interesting to see, the bumper. I think it is the first time that we can see a bumper through a case back! 

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Third and last interesting thing, the price: 3250 CHF for the steel, 3350 CHF for the yellow gold plated, that is quite fair. 

A last information: Both of these versions are limited to 188 pieces. 

What do you think? 

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Best,

Nicolas 

Comments:
VinnieD November 19th, 2021-11:42
The case is very 70s... a little too much for me but that movement looks very interesting and quite beautiful in its own way. I would love to learn more
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amanico November 19th, 2021-15:39
If you are not mad about cushion shaped cases, then it is not for you, for sure. I grabbed the infos I got from them, I will try to learn more. 
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Chronometer (aka yacomino) November 19th, 2021-11:51
The case shape is really cool here… 
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amanico November 19th, 2021-15:40
What I think, too. 
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orahu November 19th, 2021-12:35
I am lukewarm at best on this offering — the red lume doesn’t work for me. 
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amanico November 19th, 2021-15:42
Not everyone's taste, for sure. But I quite like this blend of funkiness, cool factor, and clacissism. 
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orahu November 20th, 2021-02:29
I get it and and agree about the cool factor! 
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amanico November 20th, 2021-08:26
At least it is original. ;) 
VinnieD November 20th, 2021-15:36
very much so! it is great to see brands go off the beaten track and innovate aesthetically
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amanico November 20th, 2021-22:05
I am in total agreement with that. Very fresh, in this cynical world. 
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No *new* releases today but some *very old,* amazing ones! :-) A celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Patek Philippe Museum!

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I believe this is not yet available at , but I will soon follow up with all the pictures and press releases on the celebration of the Anniversary of the Patek Museum as I receive them from Patek! Hope you'll enjoy! FabR (Patek moderator) .


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