Alpina Presents the Club Collection - Part of Their Nightlife Watches ¶
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Since we started carrying Alpina Watches at Matt Baily, the brand has offered decisively sporty watches. The Extreme Avalanche models, for instance, are not only rugged and water resistant, but look the part of luxury sport watches with their robust bezels and rubber straps. The company slogan, "Be a Player," is personified by Alpina's ambassadors, who are important players in their fields varying from sports car racing to slalom skiing. The new Club collections, released at the last Baselworld fair by Alpina, honour a different type of player. The Club watches are dedicated to urban players, presenting more elegant face and case without sacrificing the sporty DNA that Alpina has become known for.
The case of all Alpina Club watches is 44mm wide and in stainless steel. Black or rose gold PVD coating is available alongside the natural steel variations. The dials are intricate and full of interesting details without being cluttered or difficult to read. The straps too are much more formal. Rather than rubber, an alligator-grain leather is used and thickened with round padding. The crown is another detail that has benefited from important stylistic changes without losing the distinctive Alpina character. It is as big as on the Extreme Avalanche models, but has lost its rubber sheath and is finished with a glossy polish.
Club Manufacture Regulator
The AL-950 in-house movement raised Alpina to manufacture status, meaning that they are able to manufacture watches from the inside out entirely in their own facilities in Geneva. The large, simple design of the Club watches matches the refined qualities of the traditional Regulator complication. A Regulator watch displays the hours off centre. In the case of Alpina, a subsidiary dial at ten o'clock indicates the hours of the time. Only one hand is centred. It points to the minutes, which are marked on a graduated ring on the dial's edge and amplified by photo-luminescent, five-minute markers. A second sub dial at six o'clock displays the date. The Club Manufacture Regulator displays refinement and class both inside and out.
The name says it all again. The automatic AL-525 Alpina movement indicates the time by way of the minute, hour, and second hands on a simple dial. Overall the style is more sombre than the other models in the Club series, an borders on stealthy with the all-black version. Regardless of the toned down attitude, the 44mm case and distinctive look assure that the Club Autos are as remarkable as all other Alpina watches.
The first thing that jumps out when looking at the dark grey version of the Club Chronograph is the silver subsidiary dial at six o'clock. It is configured to show both the minutes and hours of the chronograph. This configuration is cleaner and more compact than the traditional setup, and conjures visions of Patek's 5960 reference. The Alpina Genève AL-353 calibre quartz movement powers the Club Chrono.