This year at Baseworld, Alpina launched the Startimer Pilot Blackstar Chronograph, presented in a 44 mm diameter stainless steel case treated with a stealth black PVD coating. The dial has a sunray grey finish with dual black subdials and a black outer minute ring.

The leaf-shaped hour and minute hands are white with luminous material. The hours are marked by applied luminous Arabic numerals, indexes, and a triangle at 12. The chrono second hand is white with a red Alpina counter-weight. Chronograph start/stop and reset functions are controlled by black PVD coated pump pushers. Winding and time setting are controlled via a black PVD steel Pilot crown.


Inside, is an Alpina caliber AL-860 that is based on a Sellita SW-500. It runs at a frequency of 4Hz, has 30 jewels and a 46-hour power reserve. The sapphire crystal features an anti-reflective treatment and there is an exhibition caseback. The water resistance is rated at 100 meters. The Alpina Startimer Pilot Blackstar Chronograph comes with a black leather strap with off-white stitching and a deployant buckle in steel black PVD.

The retail price is $3,395.

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