It is the taste for simplicity that has led to the creation of two new models of the Grande Seconde Quantième. The watch is instantly recognized by connoisseurs thanks to its two off-center dials, direct-drive seconds hand and pointer-type date display highlighted with a touch of red. This emblematic silhouette is now displayed on a dial featuring a sunray finish, which helps capture and diffuse rays of light thus creating fascinating iridescence. Two shades are available, anthracite, equipped with hands in rhodium-plated steel, and gray, with hands in blued steel. Each version is available with a diameter of 39 or 43 millimeters.
These models are worn on new hand-made straps in light brown and slate gray alligator leather. The sleek silhouette of the horns, the convex appliques and perfect curves of the bezel and steel case strengthen this performance of remarkable purity. Lastly, the date, located on an incline on the dial at six o’clock, brings an added touch of modernity to this work of visual architecture.
A model of refinement, the Grande Seconde Quantième Satin-Brushed watches are true watchmaking prowess. In order to guarantee even greater reliability, the balance spring and pallet horns of the self-winding movement have been made with silicon. With unparalleled flexibility, silicon is a material that is perfectly stable over time and can withstand shock and variations in temperature, pressure and magnetic fields. Combining technological advances, watchmaking mastery and aesthetic perfection, Jaquet Droz offers two new icons, whose elegance and precision at once classic and contemporary, defy the passage of time.
Frankly, I can’t argue with what Alpina has done with all the Startimer Pilot Automatic. Sure, you will find far more impressive watches with air borne styling although not many come close once you take into account the list of attributes available on the Alpina. You are getting a trusted Swiss movement in a Swiss made bundle with a tastefully done pilot remedy for a price of about $1,000, and it is a sweet place for many collectors and general buyers alike. In a wristwatch world of ever growing options, with micro brands nipping at the heels of major players, Alpina have survived and thrived by producing value propositions like the Startimer Pilot Automatic. Alpina have mastered the art of taking a number of the higher end design thoughts of bigger manufacturers, sending them throughout the Alpina mixer, and releasing them at prices regular folks can actually afford. Despite my minor issues, for me, it’s a concept which actually takes off.Keeping the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic faithfully attached to your flight-suit, or in most cases, your wrist, is a thick black leather strap with contrasting white stitching, that’s exactly the same no matter which of those four variations you choose. No word about a bracelet has been yet announced. As mentioned before, the Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic AL-525 is offered in four variants; stainless steel with a black dial, stainless steel with a white dial, a polarizing rose gold plated version with a white dial, plus a “titanium coloured” version using a dark gray dial.