Alpina Smartwatch keeps its cool crossing Alaskan ice field


Alpina’s Horological Smartwatch has kept its cool supporting two polar explorers as they crossed the St. Elias-Wrangler Ice Field in Alaska. 

Norwegian Polar explorer Borge Ousland and French professional adventurer Vincent Colliard successfully completed the 270-mile unsupported crossing of the field in just 19 days, representing their third glacier crossing for their Icelegacy project.

Each wearing an Alpina Horological Smartwatch, Ousland and Colliard were able to measure their activity and sleep during the crossing.


The Alpina Horological Smartwatch offers bi-directional communication with iPhone and Android apps, and its patented sensor-fusion engine tracks activity and sleep patterns with high accuracy and in real time, with information displayed on its dial.

Designed to withstand rain and shock, the timepieces accompanied both explorers walking 30,000 to 45,000 steps per day.

Speaking of the timepiece, Vincent Colliard commented said: “The Horological Smartwatch is the perfect companion for my adventure. Indeed, I know that I can set off on a long hike, use the smart features, all without needing to juice it up again.”

As part of the Alpina & Icelegacy project, Ousland and Colliard will be crossing the world’s 20 largest icecaps on earth over the course of next 10 to 15 years. Pushing themselves to their physical limits and amid some of the harshest landscapes on earth, the overall goal of the project is to raise awareness about the ice melt and initiate long-term activism.

In supporting this expedition, Alpina watches hopes to raise awareness about the retreat of the polar glacier and dwindling of fresh water resources.


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