The Alpiner 4 collection pays homage to the brand’s first sports watch from 1938, the Alpina 4. The “4” denotes Alpina founder Gottlieb Hauser’s four criteria for a sports watch: a stainless steel case with shock-resistance, water resistance, and anti-magnetism. Alpina’s initial revival of this concept in 2014 saw two watches: A GMT and a Sellita-based chronograph. For 2016, the brand is expanding the collection with the introduction of a GMT “Business Timer” and a new Automatic line.
The new “Business Timer” GMT remains largely faithful to Alpina’s inaugural offering from 2014. It features the same 44mm case and bi-directional bezel with a 360-degree insert. Though the case falls a bit on the larger side, it’s beautifully sculpted with attractive bombé lugs that keep the case from looking like too much metal on the wrist. The mixed finishing furthers this.