The luminous hands are a slim, curved sword design with a pole seconds hand which once again features the red Alpina triangle, now as a counterweight. Dial print of this Alpina logo and signature is big, though awarded the 44mm case and ample dial property, it isn’t overpowering. Other than that, the dial is marked with “Automatic 100M-330FT” and “Swiss Made” in its traditional six o’clock place. Overall, the dial is powerful and appealing. Some may take offense at the repetition of Alpina’s triangle which appears no less than three occasions from the dial and hands however, quite honestly, that is simply how Alpina rolls and you see their logo everywhere in their collection. The inclusion of an anti-reflective sapphire crystal ensures unfettered screening of the dial despite variable lighting conditions.Moving to the case, which can be 44mm by 10.7millimeters in size with a brushed finish and a very minimal utilitarian layout, we see again how Alpina are paying homage to important pilot’s watches of days long past. Absent are any intricacies in alternating finish or complex circumstance shapes or bevels. The tool watch feel is evident here and gives the watch a no-nonsense aesthetic which plays to the pilot’s watch idea. A simple but neatly engraved case back adds to the pragmatic idea. A slight problem for me is the use of case plating on two of the four variations of the Startimer Pilot Automatic. While I know the drive to make a “golden” and a “titanium” version, I believe that the idea of case plating is a bit distasteful for some who know this plating can easily wear off with use, particularly on a tool watch.
First Place Prize
aBlogtoWatch and Swiss watch maker Frederique Constant present you with a very special giveaway opportunity. This month you can win an all-expenses paid trip to Geneva, Switzerland to visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture. There you will sit with their watch makers and construct an in-house made Frederique Constant manufacture movement and watch all by yourself. And as a little souvenir, you’ll get to keep your new self-made timepiece. On top of that, I will be going with you to share in the experience. There are also second and third-place prizes.
Frederique Constant began producing their own in-house made movements a few years ago. Some of those movements are also in Alpina Watch Dealers Denver Replica watches which are built under the same roof. The winner will have some choice as to what watch they’d like to assemble. This is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity for most people and I am happy to give aBlogtoWatch readers a chance to experience it.
Prior experience is not necessary, but those of you who enter should feel comfortable enough with their hands to perform the careful task of putting a watch movement together. You’ll be building one of Frederique Constant’s in-house made and designed movements under expert instruction -and I will be there as well building one with you.
When is the trip and how long will it take? You’ll need to be available in May of 2013 for about five days total including travel time. All travel details will be arranged for you and because people will need to arrange for the time off, we will work with your schedule during the month of May 2013 to find the best time. The winner also agrees in advance that their name and likeness can potentially be used for promotional purposes by aBlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant. That basically means we reserve the right to publish details about the experience as well as shoot video.
Second & Third Place Prizes
We aren’t done yet, there is more. In addition to the first prize (the trip), second and third place winners can win Frederique Constant or Discount Alpina Watches Uk Replica watches. The second and third prize winners will get to choose from a selection of popular new Frederique Constant or Alpina timepieces such as the Classics Manufacture, Extreme Diver, Aviation Chronograph, and more based on manufacturer availability. Each will be valued at between about $1,500 – $3,000 depending on your choice of model. Enter below for a chance to win one of these great prizes and happy holidays from aBlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant.
To Enter You Must:
1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required. In the body of your comment mention what part of watch making interests you the most and why this experience to go build a watch sounds appealing to you.
2. Be a pal. If possible, Facebook like all or any of the following:
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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on December 31, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.
A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non US entrants may apply based on sponsor’s policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor’s inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.
Good luck, and thanks to Frederique Constant the sponsor of the holiday 2012 watch and trip giveaway here on aBlogtoWatch.com!