Tutima Basel 2013

With Tutima’s return to Glashutte, came a full line of new products.  As a matter of fact, the entire brand has completely changed, but its line up still kept to its traditional design elements.  With totally new movements and designs, Tutima had some of the most exciting introductions at Basel World 2013.

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

Tutima Grand Flieger Classic Automatic 6102-01

The closest in look to the previous line up (the Grand Classic) is the Tutima Grand Flieger Classic.  In the standard 3 hand auto variation, Tutima uses their new caliber 330. You will notice that all of the new Tutima movements are coated in an antique gray, giving a unique vintage look.  The case remained 43mm as in the Grand Classic, but some great modifications have been made internally. Continue reading

Alpina Startimer Pilot Manufacture AL-710B4S6

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

Alpina had hit a home run with their Startimer Pilot Limited Edition series.  These 44m Stainless steel cases cam in a fairly wide variety of movement types (Selitta based 3 hand, Chrono and even a regulator).  In today’s review, we will be taking a look at their in-house manufactured movement AL-710B4S6.

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

The Startimer Classic series all have a matte black dial with white Arabic numerals, nice sized white hands and their signature red triangle at the tail end of the second hand.  While this movement displays central hours, minutes and seconds, it also has a date wheel at 6 o’clock, unlike the standard auto (AL-525B4S6).  All models will also have sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating.

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

The case design is simplistic, but very nice, and has a completely brushed finish.  There is some polished accents on the side of the bezel, which add that little detail needed.  The bezel is very thin and makes for a ton of dial space.  It does make it easy to read, but also gives a slightly larger appearance than some other 44mm’s.  The screw-down crown is large and easy to operate, it also gives it that “pilot” type look.

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

The strap is a black leather with folding deployment clasp.  I personally prefer the strap to the bracelet variation, but to each their own.  The strap is pretty long, and should accommodate to just about any size wrist.

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

The AL-710 movement (as I mentioned before) is designed and manufactured in-house by Alpina.  The decoration is spectacular utilizing Geneva striping, perlage, blue screws and a beautifully deisgned PVD rotor (that also has striping).  Another fine detail and patented design from Alpina is its escapement at 6 o’clock.  Underneath the escapement, you will find micro-perlage, which I really enjoyed seeing in the movement.  Alpina also rates their in-house movements to -/+ 5 seconds a day, which puts it right up there with COSC standard.

Alpina Startimer Manufacture AL-710B4S6

Overall, the Alpina Startimer Pilot AL-710B4S6 is a beautiful piece, and a tremendous value at $2,595 MSRP.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 1-800-486-3996.

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