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Frédérique Constant & Alpina

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Frédérique Constant

Frédérique Constant has been a supporter of heart disease-related research and initiatives since 2009. This year they selected a new ambassador for the cause: Spanish actress and model Inès Sastre. A limited edition of 100 watches has been produced for The World Heart Federation’s programme to prevent cardio-vascular diseases. The “Ladies World Heart Federation” collection includes four models, all with automatic movement and 38-hour power reserve. The two rose gold-plated models have vanilla satin straps, and are available with or without diamond-set dials. One of the stainless steel versions has a white alligator strap; the other is finished off with a dark grey satin strap. The key motif of all four watches is the Double Heart Beat aperture at 12 o’clock. The caseback of the watch is transparent sapphire crystal, to exhibit the movement. The rotor and central part of the dial are embellished with the finely engraved logo of the World Heart Federation.

The five-model Slimline Moonphase Manufacture is simple and timeless; in addition to the two rose gold versions the range includes a rose gold plated watch case with dark brown alligator strap and a further two stainless steel cases with black and navy straps. The dials are silver, navy and chocolate. All versions are fitted with a 26-piece jewel-movement (with a Perlage and Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement) and 42-hour power reserve. The specialty of the Slimline Moonphase is that several functions can be regulated with the same crown: winding the watch, setting the date, adjusting the moon phase, as well as adjusting the hour and minute indicators.


Perhaps not many people know that Alpina is not a young brand. Beyond the novelties showcased at the exhibition in their booth, the company also presented the past 130-years of their history. Gottlieb Hauser originally established the “Alpina Swiss Wathmakers Corporation” as a society with the aim of optimizing watch movement manufacture. From 1901 he made movements under his own brand name. The brand’s mission ever since has been creating sport and leisure watches, in compliance with the highest horological standards.

Alpina is also celebrating its 130th anniversary with the Alpina 130, an automatic “Bi-compax” chronograph (two-register chronograph with sub-dials at ‘3’ and ‘9’). The exterior of the Heritage Pilot Chronograph was inspired by one of the brand’s models from the early 20th century, but its technical qualities are fully compatible with the requirements of our age.

The StarTimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date is a truly functional companion for aviation enthusiasts. The dial is 44mm in diameter, it can also be read in the dark, and is fitted with a scratch-proof and anti-glare surface. The black, grey or military green dials have matching colour straps in a unique technical fibre, or metal straps are also available.

The latest model of the dive watch series is the Extreme Diver 300, with an exceptionally reliable AL-725 automatic chronograph movement. The robust 44mm stainless steel case is water resistant up to 300 metres. It has two sub-dials; a 30 minute counter and a 12 hour counter in a 12H-6H-chronograph counter layout. The black PVD-coated bezel can only be turned one way (it is so-called unidirectional), so that the number of minutes spent underwater cannot be accidentally reduced.


Photo credits: Frédérique Constant, Alpina, Loupiosity.com.
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