ALPINA ENLARGES ITS TOP-OF-THE-RANGE COLLECTION WITH A NEW AUTOMATIC LINE AND “BUSINESS TIMER” GMT MODEL. THE ALPINER 4 COLLECTION INTEGRATES THE CONCEPT OF “4” THAT SERVED AS A BASE IN 1938, WHEN ALPINA INVENTED THE CONCEPT OF THE SWISS SPORTS WATCH.
The concept of 4
More than any other watchmaker, Alpina was responsible for the concept of the modern Swiss sports watch, as it is known today. After several patents to ensure water-resistance and following the development of the famous Alpina “Block Uhr” in 1933, in 1938 Alpina presents the “Alpina 4”: the first modern Swiss sports watch. The concept behind the “Alpina 4” was to combine the 4 essential features that defined a sports watch, in one single timepiece:
1. Anti-magnetic, 2. Anti-shock, 3. Water-resistant and 4. Stainless
Such had to be a sports watch, in the vision of the Alpina founder Gottlieb Hauser, to be able to tackle the entire vertical Alpine sports environment, from mountain climbing to alpine lake diving. In 2014, Alpina revived the Alpina “4” concept with its new “Alpiner 4” collection, dedicated to the Alpine sports universe.