Alpiner Extreme Quartz: Alpina’s compact encapsulation of adventure sports

It’s distinctive and assertive, featuring a new, slimmed-down unisex format, three lively colors and a high-precision quartz movement. Housed in a cushion case resized to a compact 34 x 35.2mm, the Alpiner Extreme Quartz dial comes in rock beige, lustrous pink, glacier blue or verdant green; the first three options are set on a steel bracelet, the fourth on a rubber strap matching the dial. All four are clearly ready for adventure and the conquest of the great outdoors.

It could be said that Alpina’s doing its bit for sex equality. Staving off any jealousy fueled by gendered watches, the leading specialist in wide open spaces has designed a new unisex line to join its Alpiner Extreme range, characterized by three key changes.

A new, smaller case

The first change involves the use of a new steel case. The collection was previously available only in a 41 x 42.50mm format; the new option measures a more compact 34 x 35.2mm giving it an edgier feel. The imposing cushion format that constitutes the Extreme style hallmark is now dimensioned to fit all wrists – and is easier to fit under a buttoned shirt sleeve for city wear.

The Alpiner Extreme Quartz has a decidedly sporty temperament, but its Swiss Made horological ancestry is none the less apparent for that. The case surfaces boast traditional alternating satin and polished finishes, while the bezel has been given a vertical brushed finish running parallel to that on the central link of the steel strap. The case edges are mirror polished and its satin finish is circular, matching the cushion shape. The crown is finely knurled to ensure a firm grip. Each screw is engraved with a triangular motif echoing the Alpina logo, while the solid, screw-down caseback is engraved with the Alpiner collection symbol – as well as ensuring certified water resistance of 10 ATM.

The first quartz movement for the Alpiner Extreme

The second major change is the introduction of a new quartz movement: this is a first for the Alpiner Extreme line, which previously featured only automatic movements. The AL-220 caliber now delivers Swiss accuracy for 45 months – the best part of four years. More compact than its automatic counterparts, it’s been custom-designed to fit effortlessly into the new, smaller case. What’s more, it’s impervious to all impacts and outdoor pursuits, doesn’t require winding, and makes the Alpiner Extreme line more affordable than ever before.

The movement powers three hand-polished luminous central hands and a discreet date display located at six o’clock. The applique hour markers are also luminous, ensuring they remain perfectly readable in any environment.

The colors of the Alps

The third and final change is the choice of three all-new liveries for a dial engraved with Alpina’s triangular emblem, the symbol of its native Alps; the same distinctive shape also forms the counterweight on the seconds hand.

The first timepiece features the rocky brown of the Alps, making it the perfect companion for scaling summits; the second opts for a lustrous pink, a nod to the first light of dawn as it breaks over the mountaintops. The third is clad in a glacier blue mirroring the depths of mountain lakes, while the fourth comes in a verdant green recalling the plant life that forms the backdrop to summer mountain walks.