October 4, 2022
Adventure-ready outdoor timepieces have been at the heart of Alpina’s identity since the brand’s founding in 1883. The Alpiner Extreme Automatic has stood as the pinnacle of this rugged, sporting philosophy since its introduction in 2009, but for 2022, the Swiss brand has thoroughly overhauled this aggressive all-purpose sports watch with a modernized, more compact case and an array of striking new visual touches. The new Alpiner Extreme Automatic line offers a sharply modern integrated sporting look, paired with rugged construction and impressively intricate detailing.
Although it carries much of the same spirit of the 2009 original, the new Alpiner Extreme Automatic line’s 41mm-wide by 42.5mm-long semi-integrated stainless steel cushion case distills the distinctive, aggressive look into a more compact, wearable package. The overall look is layered, faceted, and ultra-modern, adding Alpina’s unmistakable spirit to the integrated sports watch theme that currently resonates throughout the watch industry. The crisply brushed and polished bezel features six screws, each emblazoned with a mountainous triangular motif in honor of Alpina’s alpine heritage. The brand pays particular attention to detail with the Alpiner Extreme Automatic’s case sides, which showcase a fascinating mix of brushed, polished, chamfered, angled, and recessed surfaces through its sandwich-style construction. Alpina fits the heavily guarded crown with rubberized knurling to allow easy operation even with heavy mountaineering gloves, while also visually tying the crown back into the textured pattern of the integrated rubber strap. While the size of the new Alpiner Extreme Automatic is markedly smaller than its predecessor, the athletic, squared-off form ensures that this is a watch that demands attention on the wrist. With that said, a short lug-to-lug length coupled with a slender 11.5mm overall thickness opens this bold look up to a wider variety of wrist sizes than ever before. Alpina proudly showcases its AL-525 automatic movement through the Alpiner Extreme Automatic’s sapphire display caseback, but even with this addition the brand rates the watch for a dive-ready 200 meters of water resistance.
Available in three colorways, the dial of the Alpiner Extreme Automatic attractively combines elegance with sporting practicality. Each of the three dial options shares the same deeply textured dial surface, complete with a sharply stamped repeating triangular pattern that lends an almost architectural three-dimensionality to the design. The ridges and recesses formed by this pattern also work in conjunction with the dial’s slight sunburst effect, creating a dazzling array of highlights and shadows in the right lighting conditions. Alpina’s modernist, blunted take on the classic alpha handset gives the Extreme Automatic a sense of refinement on the wrist, especially when paired with the brightly faceted applied indices and the brand’s instantly recognizable red triangular seconds hand counterweight. A generous fill of white luminous material across the handset and indices makes this an instantly legible design even in darkness.
Each of the three dial color options imparts a unique character to the Alpiner Extreme Automatic. The black dial model is the most classic and versatile of the group, with a stark, contemporary look that can adapt to any situation. Alpina pays tribute to the muted, mature color palette of its mountainous homeland with these dial colorways, and rather than a bright oceanic blue dial option the brand instead presents the Alpiner Extreme Automatic with a rich, nuanced midnight blue dial option. Perhaps the most striking colorway of the three, however, is the green dial variant. Displaying shades that range from forest green to olive in varying light conditions, this masculine, verdant option is undeniably stylish and reinforces the adventurous outdoor spirit guiding these models.
Alpina powers the Alpiner Extreme Automatic line with its AL-525 automatic movement. This reliable powerplant offers a handful of attractive finishing touches, including blued screws and Alpina’s unique asymmetrical, black-coated winding rotor, but keeps the overall look clean and functional. In terms of performance, the AL-525 provides a dependable 38-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bph beat rate. To complete this handsomely sporting design, Alpina fits each model in the Alpiner Extreme Automatic series with a dial-matching integrated rubber deployant strap. These straps offer an ideal blend between toughness and comfort, while the raised grid texture pattern gives the overall design a more luxurious, cohesive feel.
After over a decade since the line’s introduction, the revitalized Alpiner Extreme Automatic series brings new life into this cornerstone line, delivering both an outdoor-capable all-purpose sporting watch and a truly dynamic, modern integrated design. The Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic line is available now through authorized dealers. MSRP for each model in the series stands at €1,495. For more information, please visit Alpina’s website.
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