Allow us to introduce arguably one of, if not the best value for money mechanical world timers on the market today, the newly announced Worldtimer Manufacture from Alpina Geneve. It looks great, is exceptionally well made, features an in-house movement and comes complete with a price tag you will simply not believe.
A Worldtimer, as distinct from a dual-time watch, displays the time in all of the 24 zones around the world, an incredibly useful tool for globetrotting executives and pleasure travellers alike and one normally reserved for a significantly higher price bracket. That was until Alpina came along and decided to create a Worldtimer that would be both accurate and affordable.
Using a tried and tested layout, which in my opinion is both attractive and legible, the dial of the Alpina WT features an outer rotating ring with the names of 24 cities inscribed on it and a inner rotating ring with 24-hour markers. These are used to easily and quickly indicate time in the different time zones. To set the local time, which is shown by a standard hour and minute hand, you simply rotate the outer disc to the 12 o’clock position via the crown. Then when you want to know what time it is in New York relative to where you are it’s just a matter of lining up the city with the number shown on the inner rotating bezel. Rounding out the dial is a date display at 6 o’clock.
What really impresses me though is that the Alpina WT is powered by an automatic caliber AL-718, based on the in-house developed AL-710 caliber used in the Startimer Manufacture. The movement features a 48-hour power reserve and is visible through the sapphire case-back.
Presented on a leather crocodile strap the Alpina Worldtimer will be a limited production of 8’888 pieces and, as it is part of the Aviation collection developed in close collaboration with Cessna Aircraft and PrivatAir, each piece will be accompanied with a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery.
And the price? An incredible US$ 3’450.
The Final Word
Let’s recap; here we have a top quality, Swiss-made Worldtimer that looks great and is powered by a manufacture movement all for under $US5,000. To me, that’s incredible value for money from a reputable brand that is going from strength to strength and is definitely worthy of consideration whether you are in the market for a new timepiece or not. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way?
For more information please visit Alpina Geneve’s official website: www.alpina-watches.com
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