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Alpina takes to the skies with Startimer Pilot Heritage with new design and case

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Alpina has introduced a new design for fans of air travel with a limited edition Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic.

The new design comes with a new case in addition to its famous hunter case-back and has been described as a rare piece for collectors of great pilot watches.

The Startimer Pilot Heritage is well-known among collectors. In 2015, Alpina paid tribute to the heroes of aviation with its cult favorite manual winding 50 mm Startimer Pilot Heritage watch, limited to 1,883 pieces.

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It came complete with a hunter case-back, an historic hinged case back that opened with a click to reveal the Swiss Made mechanics of the calibre inside.

Building on that momentum, Alpina has unveiled the Startimer Pilot Heritage Automatic in an ultra-resistant 44 mm steel case.

Limited to 1,883 pieces, Alpina is returning to the origins of large diameter pilot watches.

Presented against matte black, the hours and minutes stretch out in luminescent beige, carefully chosen to replicate the shade that was used on vintage dials.

Large hand-polished steel hands in the same luminescent shade hover over a 24-hour counter designed with long-haul flights in mind.

The brand has also revived the grooved design for the crown at 3 o’clock, making it easier to grip, even when wearing gloves.

Finally, the brown calfskin strap is embellished with topstitching in the same vintage beige as the hands.

As the watch develops a patina over the years, each piece takes on a life unique to its owner.

With this launch, Alpina says it is excited to continue its support of the National Park Foundation as an official partner and celebrate the long history of Aviation in the parks.

For every Startimer Pilot Automatic 40mm purchased through the US website, Alpina will donate $100 to the parks.

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