Alpina is a family-owned Swiss watchmaker that traces its roots all the way back to 1883. Even though the company has plenty of impressive timepieces under its belt, the Alpiner 4 Black Flyback Manufacture Chronograph AL-760 is in a league of its own, partly because it is based on an original version released during the Baselworld 2015 event in order to mark the brand’s 132nd anniversary. What makes this watch stand out is the fact that it includes a patented “Direct Flyback Technology,” which greatly aids pilots when it comes to visibility and precision.
This special version also features an eye-catching PVD coating that allows its beige highlights to really stand out. The Alpina 4 is generally known for its resilience, as it is completely antimagnetic, water-resistant and anti-shock, and this particular iteration is no exception. The in-house movement that powers this exquisite piece includes 32 jewels as well as a power reserve of 38 hours. Moreover a 4 o’clock push-piece is linked to a special mechanism that allows it to perform three different tasks. One of these tasks is to disengage the clutch, while the second involves a single-piece hammer that makes sure the hands position themselves vertically in order to set the chronograph to zero. The third task engages the clutch when the push-piece is released. As for the 6 o’clock mark, it shows off the date hand, which is incredibly legible.