With new in-house movement—Alpina fly-back chronograph

After 3 years of development, Alpina has revealed a brand new in-house chronograph movement that’s in line with the brand’s automatic AL-710 caliber, with the help of a fly-back chronograph module (it isn’t a built-in chronograph). It works at 4Hz, has bi-directional winding, a 38-hour power reserve and 233 components (96 for that fly-back module).


“An unmistakeable sign of high-quality chronographs is really a column wheel rotating on bearings to manage the 3 start, stop and totally reset functions. In conventional systems, this component has lots of posts. In comparison, the calibre AL-760 doesn’t have standard-type column wheel, however a star-formed one. Along with the operating lever, that is controlled through the start/stop push- piece, this component accounts for the extremely smooth operation of the mechanism,” based on Alpina.


Rather than utilizing a horizontal wheel coupling, oscillating pinion or vertical clutch, Alpina produced a different way to actuate the chronograph mechanism that they describe as a rotating component with two toothed pinions.

Alpina states the new design works such as this, “when the button is pressed, it connects the 2 ‘storeys’ together. In the lower level, in the watch movement proper, it requires in the rotation of the center seconds and conveys this, through the corresponding upper component, towards the actuating mechanism to show the chronograph hands. Simultaneously, the low central seconds also drives the seconds hand at 9 o’clock, which turns continuously in symphony. The rotations of the chronograph hand are “recorded” through the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock.”


The brand new caliber AL-760 is making its debut within the Alpiner collection, and signifies Alpina’s fifth in-house movement. Ultimately, it’ll finish in other Alpina chronographs too. As well as, it’s basically guaranteed the fly-back module will ultimately be implemented inside the Frederique Constant line, because they are possessed through the same group and do not come with an in-house chronograph. (Editor’s note: the look has already been getting used inside a new Ateliers de Monaco chronograph. Ateliers de Monaco may be the high-end brand of the group.)


Far above an average chronograph, a fly-back complication enables you to definitely hit the restart button (at 4 o’clock) as the chronograph is triggered, leading to the chronograph seconds to fly-back and instantly start counting from zero. We examined the brand new chronograph in the Alpina Baselworld booth yesterday and may with confidence state that beginning, stopping, restarting and restarting as the chronograph is running, works very easily. The retail cost for that Alpiner Fly-back Chronograph is $4895.


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