Alpina’s Regulator Is Back! Meet The New Alpiner Regulator Automatic
After a 15-year hiatus, Alpina brings the regulator back into its collection with the new Alpiner Regulator Automatic.
Alpina unveils its new Alpiner Regulator Automatic, a timepiece inspired by the brand’s Avalanche Regulator from 2005 and its “Extreme” Regulator from 2006. Fifteen years on, and the regulator is now firmly back in the Alpina collection!
The Beauty Of The Regulator
The regulator is an interesting complication as it offers a totally different way of reading the time. Where a standard timepiece has the hour and minute hands fixed in the center, a regulator dial splits the hours and minutes into separate displays. In the case of the Alpiner Regulator Automatic, the sub-dial at 10 o’clock displays the hours, a small seconds sub-dial is at 6 o’clock, and the minute hand has been left in the center. Thus, separating all this information into different zones on the dial.
Alpiner Regulator Automatic Inspirations
The new Alpiner Regulator Automatic is inspired by the Avalanche Regulator from 2005 that featured a hybrid round and cushion-shaped case, and the “Extreme” Regulator from 2006 that came in a rose gold-plated case with visible screws on the bezel.
For the new Alpiner Regulator Automatic, the brand has modified the case to be perfectly round and made the dial highly legible by enhancing its large minute hand with white luminescence along its whole length. The previous baton indices have also been updated to a new triangular form that echoes the Alpina logo and its mountain peak.
Like the central minutes hand, all the hands and indices have been enhanced with white Super-LumiNova for excellent legibility. Plus, its dark blue dial further increases readability thanks to a Côtes de Genève decoration. While Côtes de Genève, or Geneva stripes as they are also called, are usually found as a motif on a watch’s movement and found quite rarely on the dial side, the result on the Alpiner Regulator Automatic is a particularly elegant looking regulator function.
All The Details
There are three timepieces to choose from, two of which come with a blue dial and a choice of a brown calfskin strap or a stainless-steel bracelet. The last model – a limited edition of 883 pieces – comes with a black and white dial, red hands and numerals, and paired with a black calfskin strap with red topstitching. All of them come in a 45mm case and are powered by the AL-650 automatic movement, which has a 38-hour power reserve.
National Park Foundation Donation
For each timepiece sold, Alpina will be donating $100 to the United States National Park Foundation. Alpina is the official partner of the foundation, and many of its timepieces help support this great organization that strives to ensure all people are able to discover their own connections to national parks. Because the National Park Foundation doesn’t just care about where America has been, they want to inspire where we go next.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)