From the alps to Oz, the ‘original’ sports watch



Billed as “the original Swiss sports watch” Alpina is destined for what surely is sports watch country.

Australia has long been known as sports watch territory; witness the success of Rolex, Tag and Omega whose steel-bracelet timepieces have proved popular over the decades and can be worn around the clock, workplace to watering hole, bar-mitzvah to beach.

Joining the throng is Swiss brand Alpina who like to describe their timepieces as “the original Swiss sports watch”.

Alpina Alpinist
Alpina Alpinist

Hardly a supportable claim one would have thought, but one they back by citing the introduction in 1938 of an Alpina 4 model that met four sporting requirements: anti-magnetism, water-resistance, anti-shock properties, and a stainless steel case – and was proved on the wrists of adventurers in the Alps.

The Geneva-based brand launched in 1883 and is today under the patronage of Frederique Constant who have entrusted local operations to Lion Brands in Melbourne.

Alpina’s focus is on neat-looking timepieces with in-house mechanical movements. The line-up indeed includes a sporty new Alpina 4 range with chronograph and GMT variants and even a tourbillon, although for which sport such a complication is needed is unclear.


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