Pre-Basel 2012 - Alpina Heritage Pilot 50mm Limited Edition ¶
Pre-Basel 2012 : New Alpina Heritage Pilot
Baselworld is fast approaching (March 8-15th) and that means it is time for manufacturers to start revealing their latest and greatest models for the 2012 season. Occasionally a marque will reveal some information ahead of the show (like Rado did with their D-Star 200 Diver), as Alpina has done this year with its new Heritage Pilot model.
The Heritage Pilot takes inspiration from aviator designs of the 1930s, with a large (50mm – yes FIFTY millimetres, putting this into U-Boat territory) case, sub-seconds display, simple luminescent dial and hands with a vintage Alpina logo. It features a hand-wound Unitas-based calibre movement (shared with several existing Extreme Regulator models) that is visible through a hunter-caseback – an exhibition back protected by a hinged cover, not something you see very often outside of a few Patek Philippe models nowadays.
Alpina has been around for over 100 years and produced pilot’s watches during the 1930s, including one model that is a clear inspiration for this edition (move the seconds from 6 to 9 o’clock and you have a perfect idea of what it looked like). It may be “retro” (which seems to be the in-thing this year) but they have the heritage to back it up.
Details are limited at this point, but we know it will be offered in stainless steel in a limited series of 1883 examples. Keep your eyes on the Baily Blog for more details as they become available.