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Alpina Introduces The Worldtimer Manufacture

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Alpina is a brand that draws inspiration from the history of aviation.  Not surprisingly, world timers because critical instruments to aviators – and here, Alpina brings us a watch that will let you track the times with considerable style.

As the post title suggests, this model is known as the Worldtimer Manufacture.   To track the different timezones, this piece doesn’t utilize the GMT hand that we might be more familiar with.  Rather, it relies on two rotating rings set on the outside of the dial.

The outer-most ring contains the names of 24 cities (representing the timezones), and you rotate this ring to set what city the main time display is showing (in the pictures of this post, Geneva is the “home” city).  You can then look over to the secondary city (say, Dubai) and see the secondary dial showing a 13 – so it’s just after 1pm there.  It seems complex at first, but I think it would be simple to get the hang of.

So, how is all this mechanical wizardry driven about?  It has an in-house movement, the AL-718, which has 28 jewels and features a 42 hour power reserve.  You’ve got sapphire crystals on both sides of the case, helping to net a water resistance rating of 10 ATM.  Last, but certainly not least, you’ve got a black leather strap (crocodile embossed) to hold it on your wrist.

All in all, this is a very nice looking watch, and has a pretty great way of allowing you to track multiple time zones.  I’m also really digging the layers in the dial that the various rings (and the date subdial) afford.

Were you to pick one up, you won’t see that many out there in the world, as this is being limited to a quantity 0f 8,888 pieces.  This, combined with the fact that you’ll need to get to an authorized retailer (no online sales), means that this is likely priced out of the reach of most of us.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. to quote another blog “Perhaps the most remarkable feature of the Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture is its price — just $3,450, substantially lower than most world-time watches in this class with an in-house mechanical movement…” this seems, for a watch like this, to be a kick butt price. Hoping to pick one up 6 months down the road, after some one else takes the new buyer ‘hit’ 🙂

  2. Not a fan of how the calendar at 6 o’clock overlaps both the main time dial and the world time indicator – but I’m fairly sure the entire run will sell out anyway…

  3. Does this mean whenever I want to tell time in other time zones I have to rotate the ring such that the city I’m in is at 12 o’clock?

  4. Kenny: No, you only rotate the ring when you want to change the time zone you are currently in. Once synchronized with the 24 hour ring that is driven by the movement, the time in all the cities of the outer ring is always correct and readable at a glance.

    They certainly aren’t in a big hurry to build them. I just received mine (ordered six months ago), and after being on the market for over a year, mine is #139. I have heard rumours they will be increasing the price on them, shortly.

  5. Kenny: Sorry, I misread your post. When you travel and change time zones, and you reset your watch to the current time, the 24 Hour ring will reset at the same time by the same amount (the 24 hour ring is slaved to the hour hand). You then adjust the city ring so your current time zone is at the 12 position. That will synchronize the cities properly with with the 24 Hour ring.

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