On July 20th, 1969, humans walked on the moon for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the area around their lunar landing site, collected soil and rock samples, set up experiments and overall, marked history forever. As part of its “Reach your Summit” campaign, Alpina Watches could only salute the efforts made 50 years ago that changed mankind’s relationship with space.
Alpina is proud to announce the successful launch of an AlpinerX watch into space, reaching an altitude of 33’793 meters going higher than the planet earth’s highest summit: Mount Everest at 8’848 meters. Once again Alpina pushed its limits and maxed-out the use of the watch’s altimeter function.
Sending the AlpinerX into space
In partnership with “Sent into Space“, a start-up company specialized in Space photography (based in the region of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England), the watch was filmed on its way up into space and finally back to planet Earth after a 3-hour flight. The film offers breathtaking views of the AlpinerX going firstly through the troposphere and then through the various levels of the stratosphere, with planet Earth as a backdrop. The watch was then recovered by “Sent into Space” 60KM away from the launch location.
The first AlpinerX to have gone into space is now visible in the Alpina museum in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland.
AlpinerX – Limited Space Edition
To honour this achievement and mark the 50th anniversary of Man’s first landing on the moon, Alpina created a special edition of 299 pieces in a rich blue color. If the case, bezel, dial and strap of the watch are an homage to space’s infinite deep blue, the silver indexes and hands have been treated with a black luminescent solution glowing in dark environments.
Further enhancing the singularity of the timepiece, the case-back carries a special engraving featuring the moon at the center of Alpina’s famous triangle logo, inspired by the Matterhorn in 1900. Each watch has been hand-assembled in the brand’s workshops in Geneva and is individually numbered.
To celebrate the last edition of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship which took place in Chiba, Japan on the 7th and 8th of September 2019 Alpina and Michael Goulian launched a new AlpinerX watch limited to just 250 pieces.
Since 2003 the Red Bull Air race has been taking place all around the world, bringing excitement to aviators and racing fans alike with more than 90 races in total.
Michael Goulian designed the watch himself using the AlpinerX configurator from the Kickstarter project, finetuning it to match the new colours of his U.S. based air show plane. You can see a yellow inner ring and a matching strap with the Team 99 logo at 2 o’clock on this one-of-a-kind AlpinerX smartwatch.
The connected timepiece uses advanced measurement functions benefiting from environmental sensors such as the new heart rate monitoring over BLE connection, UV, temperature, altitude, pressure, north direction.
Conceived for outdoor enthusiasts, the watch uses the dedicated Alpina companion application, available for iPhone or Android: it tracks your heart rate while exercising, records and analyses your sleep patterns and notifies missed calls and messages and enables you to easily configure the parameters of your watch. The new companion app has been revisited in order to have an easier overview of all your data via a dedicated dashboard.
Each function is measured in real time by the watch and streams data to the user’s smartphone to analyze activity and identify areas for improvement while allowing the AlpinerX to receive smartphone notifications on its digital screen.
The AlpinerX has been carefully conceived and designed in our manufacture in Plan-Les-Ouates, Geneva. With its sporty and powerful look, its quality materials and refined details, the AlpinerX makes a strong statement and quite simply, a cool timepiece to wear.
The case is made from glass fiber with a steel back case engraved with the Team 99 logo.