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Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection

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Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection

Soft lines and balanced shapes, moderation and solid watchmaking mechanics; the Classics collection sums up the spirit of Frederique Constant. Embracing feminine and masculine creations, the modern and traditional, it has established itself as an all-important pillar of the Geneva-based manufacture.

Whether barrel-shaped, round or rectangular, the Classics share some common hallmarks, in particular their fondness for Roman numerals, sleek styling and predominantly guilloché dials revealing everyday complications: date, day, month and chronograph among the most common, moonphase and week among the more unusual.

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection - the Classics Index Automatic
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection

Modern and dynamic

The updated 2021 editions now form part of a livelier and more contemporary dynamic, while preserving their timeless and elegant design.

To this end, Frederique Constant has done significant work, allowing three variations of its Classics to return to centre stage: the Classics Index Automatic, Classics Quartz GMT and Classics Quartz. A total of 11 new versions are already available to revitalise this key collection.

Classics Index Automatic: modern sleek

This is the most nourished and renewed range within the Classics collection, with five new models. The overall spirit: more modern, dynamic, understated and contemporary creations. Two-part guilloché dials have been replaced by plain matt blue, white or black dials. Roman numerals have given way to the modernity of applied hour markers, bevelled and tinged with luminescent material. Hands that were slender and tapered are now sword shaped, showcasing stronger and bolder geometric lines.

Considered one of the fundamental materials in watchmaking, steel adorns four of the 40 mm diameter cases, the fifth being rose gold-plated with blued steel hands. Each variation is powered by the automatic FC-303 calibre, offering a power reserve of 38 hours, and complemented by a nubuck-finish leather strap in brown, black, or blue, with the exception of the “full steel” model, which features a blue dial and a coordinating steel bracelet.

Owing to their very competitive pricing, these creations represent the most affordable access to mechanical watchmaking by Frederique Constant, complete with authentic automatic Swiss Made movements.

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection

Classics Quartz GMT: long-distance traveller

In redesigning its “Classics Quartz GMT” range, Frederique Constant has prioritised the needs of frequent travellers in creating functional, easy to read timepieces attuned to the times and to crossing continents.

The three new models make perfect companion pieces for hubs and major airports. All share a 40 mm steel case, a sunray-brushed dial and a quartz movement powering three hands for the hours, minutes and central second time zone, hovering over a date window at 3 o’clock. The luminescent hour hands are complemented by a central GMT pointer finished with a red arrow, showing the second time zone at a glance, anywhere in the world and without the risk of day/night confusion, being calibrated immediately over 24 hours.
In the same vein, any adjustments to the settings can be made using the single crown. When the hands are at midnight, the second time zone can be adjusted by turning the crown in one direction. Turning it the other way adjusts the date. Simple and intuitive!

The first model, with a grey dial and a brown nubuck-finish calfskin strap, is followed by a very stylish second model featuring a blue dial and a blue strap, complemented by the sportier third variation, complete with a black dial on a steel bracelet.

Classics Quartz: the essence of time

With its three new “Classics Quartz” models, Frederique Constant is reaffirming its vision for timeless, affordable and beautifully finished watches. Within a 40 mm steel case housing a silvered dial in blue or black, the super sleek and understated aesthetic focuses attention on the essence of time measurement: two hands for the hours and minutes, along with the date window.

In the absence of seconds hands, there is nothing to distinguish this Classics Quartz aesthetically from a mechanical watch. Indeed, there are more subtle similarities, thanks to its high level of finishing: the sunray-brushed dial, polished case, applied hour markers doubled at 12 o’clock and topstitched nubuck-finish leather strap or three-link steel bracelet.

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection - - Classics Quartz
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collectionFC 220 Classics Quartz

FC-220SS5B6

Classics Quartz FC-220SS5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz FC-220SS5B6

FC-220SS5B6

Hours, minutes, date

FC-220 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Silver dial with sunray decoration, applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Brown calf leather strap with nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

595€

FC-220DGS5B6

Classics Quartz FC-220DGS5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz FC-220DGS5B6

FC-220DGS5B6

Hours, minutes, date

FC-220 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dark grey dial with sunray decoration, applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Brown calf leather strap with nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

595€

FC-220NS5B6B

Classics Quartz FC-220NS5B6B
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz FC-220NS5B6B

FC-220NS5B6B

Hours, minutes, date

FC-220 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Navy blue dial with sunray decoration, applied silver indexes

Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Stainless steel bracelet

695€

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – FC 252 Classics Quartz GMT

FC-252DGS5B6B

Classics Quartz GMT FC-252DGS5B6B
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz GMT FC-252DGS5B6B

FC-252DGS5B6B

Hours, minutes, date, GMT

FC-252 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dark grey dial with sunray decoration, applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Stainless steel bracelet

795€

FC-252NS5B6

Classics Quartz GMT FC-252NS5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz GMT FC-252NS5B6

FC-252NS5B6

Hours, minutes, date, GMT

FC-252 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Navy blue dial sunray decoration, applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Navy blue leather strap with nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

695€

FC-252SS5B6

Classics Quartz GMT FC-252SS5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Quartz GMT FC-252SS5B6

FC-252SS5B6

Hours, minutes, date, GMT

FC-252 caliber, quartz

1 Jewels, 45 months battery life

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Silver dial with sunray decoration, applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Brown leather strap nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

695€

Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – FC 303 Classics Index Automatic

FC-303NB5B6

Classics Index Automatic FC-303NB5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Index Automatic FC-303NB5B6

FC-303NB5B6

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

FC-303 caliber, automatic

38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Black dial, applied silver indexes with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Black calf leather strap with alligator embossing, nubuck finishing and black stitching

895€

FC-303NN5B6B

Classics Index Automatic FC-303NN5B6B
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Index Automatic FC-303NN5B6B

FC-303NN5B6B

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

FC-303 caliber, automatic

38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Navy blue dial, applied silver indexes with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

Stainless steel bracelet

995€

FC-303NN5B6

Classics Index Automatic FC-303NN5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Index Automatic FC-303NN5B6

FC-303NN5B6

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

FC-303 caliber, automatic

38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Navy blue dial, applied silver indexes with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver hands with white luminous treatment
Date window at 3 o’clock

            Blue calf leather strap with alligator embossing, nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

895€

FC-303NV5B4

Classics Index Automatic FC-303NV5B4
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Index Automatic FC-303NV5B4

FC-303NV5B4

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

FC-303 caliber, automatic

38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Silver dial, applied rose gold plated indexes with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished rose gold plated hour and minute hands with white luminous treatment
Blue second hand
Date window at 3 o’clock

                        Brown calf leather strap with alligator embossing, nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

1’095€

FC-303NS5B6

Classics Index Automatic FC-303NS5B6
Frederique Constant revisits its most iconic collection – Classics Index Automatic FC-303NS5B6

FC-303NS5B6

Hours, minutes, seconds, date

FC-303 caliber, automatic

38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, 28’800 alt/h

Polished stainless steel 2-part case
Diameter of 40 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Silver dial, applied silver indexes with white luminous treatment
Hand-polished silver hour and minute hands with white luminous treatment
Blue second hand
Date window at 3 o’clock

                        Brown calf leather strap with alligator embossing, nubuck finishing and off-white stitching

895€

Source: Frederique Constant

Alpina reveals its online community’s top four AlpinerX Alive models

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Alpina reveals its online community’s top four AlpinerX Alive models
top four AlpinerX Alive models

Alpina reveals its online community’s top four AlpinerX Alive models!

The big day has arrived! After a pre-launch through an online campaign last spring, Alpina unveils today the AlpinerX Alive models that have been highly acclaimed by its community. Indeed, they are now available for sale.

Alpina has once again demonstrated the strength of its online community. On introducing the new AlpinerX Alive between May 3rd and June 2nd last year, the Brand gave fans the chance to customise their own model in choosing from over 1’500 configuration options. Among more than 1’500 design options, 499 configurations were carried out by 48 countries, to develop more than 1’920 AlpinerX Alive timepieces.

A true reflection of Alpina’s spirit

Of these 499 configurations, some combinations have achieved great success: an ultra-sporty red version, a bold and sleek “full black” variation, an urban-inspired design with flashes of blue, as well as a more vintage option combining a black dial and a beige strap. The first two models (€ 995) share a red or black rubber strap and fiberglass case, while the last two (€ 1,095) come with a leather strap and a steel case. Each model will be delivered with an additional velcro strap.

Alpina reveals its online community’s top four AlpinerX Alive models
A true reflection of Alpina’s spirit

The first model, with its sporty red design, features a blue dial, a flange, hands and a red strap. Given its vibrancy and ultra-lightweight fibreglass case, this is the sportiest and most dynamic piece within this product line.  

The “full black” version strives to be more discreet and adaptable, for those who want a connected watch to monitor them at work and during leisure time. Both the dial and the rubber strap are black, just like the hands. The navy blue bezel provides a hint of colour and subtle contrast. As well as being the dominant colour of the third model, blue is one of the most fashionable tones for watches at the moment. Combining various shades, the red touch of the hands and the strap’s topstitching is suggestive of the urban and sporty heritage of this design.

Finally, the fourth model clearly illustrates the determination of Alpina’s community not to let go of the vintage trend. This AlpinerX Alive presents a traditional steel case with a beige calfskin leather strap featuring white topstitching that echoes the hands and index hour markers, in perfect contrast to the black dial – an understated and time-tested approach to a 21st century piece, paying tribute to its ancestors.

Designed for sporty urbanites

The AlpinerX Alive benefits from solid experience with respect to smart watches, from the now famous Horological Smartwatch dating back to 2015, to the very first AlpinerX, released in 2018.

A true reflection of Alpina’s spirit
Designed for sporty urbanites

The “Alive” version includes a new generation heart rate sensor developed by Philips Wearable Sensing, as well as built-in GPS, not to mention VO2 max and hydration. These new features are offered in addition to the perpetual calendar, second time zone, chronograph, activity monitor, sleep tracker and personalised notifications. All now available on a new high resolution AMOLED touch screen. The rechargeable battery provides up to seven days complete autonomy.

A sporting and philanthropic endeavour

As part of the pre-launch campaign in spring 2020, the purchase of an AlpinerX Alive involved donations of 25 Euros being made to the Wings for Life charity, which supports people with spinal injuries, most of whom have become disabled, in regaining all or some of their mobility. As a result, a total of 42,000 Euros was donated to Wings for Life.

Anchors away for Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society

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the Riva Historical Society
Anchors away for Frederique Constant and the Riva Historical Society

In 1988, over 30 years ago, a young and independent family company was established in Geneva, the heart of the Swiss watch industry. Meanwhile, on Italian shores, an association was set up to celebrate La Dolce Vita by preserving the famous Riva. This legendary yacht, the first examples of which were made by hand entirely out of wood, embodied the easy-going Italian way of life from the 20s to the 60s. In 2009, the two entities came closer together, giving rise to a continued partnership, the fruit of which can be seen in the Runabout collection. This year, Frederique Constant is introducing its new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic model in honour of this collaboration and available in two limited series each composed of 2,888 pieces. 

A long-standing Italian-Swiss friendship

Since their alliance, Frederique Constant has created many limited edition timepieces to support the noble work of the Riva Historical Society. Each piece draws inspiration from Riva’s heritage, imagery and universe. Borrowing certain hallmarks relating to yachting and escapism, the “Runabout” line expresses the fine craftsmanship and luxury common to both enterprises and their creations.

The chronograph makes a comeback

The 2020 collaboration will see the return of a complication that hasn’t been available for some years: the chronograph. It even echoes Riva’s sporting past. From 1962, it produced certain models with a powerful motor (2 x 185 bhp) for enjoying the heady exhilaration of water sports on Lake Iseo, birthplace of the Riva.

Housed in a 42 mm steel case, the two new Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic models share a tricompax chronograph (12 o’clock – 6 o’clock – 9 o’clock) powered by the automatic FC-392 calibre, ensuring a power reserve of 46 hours. The Swiss origins of these timepieces are revealed through the guilloché dial – a traditional finish in Swiss Made Fine Watchmaking – either anthracite grey or silvered, depending on the edition. Two luminescent hands glide over a date window at 6 o’clock and are complemented by a large central seconds hand in blued steel, recalling the colour of the great Italian lakes. This maritime hue is picked up in the topstitching on the version that comes on a black calfskin leather strap and adorns the strap on the second model, which is finished with grey topstitching.  

Two limited series

The exclusive nature of these editions, each of which is strictly limited to 2,888 pieces, is indicated on the back of each watch in two places. Firstly, by the individual number engraved on each watch.

And secondly, by an original imprint representing the official Riva Historical Society flag, which features on the sapphire crystal of the watch.

Through it, fans of watchmaking will be able to appreciate the FC-392 calibre in detail, ticking at 28,800 beats / hour (4 Hz), complete with a gold coloured oscillating weight.

Each watch will be presented in a special case with a miniature replica of the legendary Riva moored alongside it.

Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic
Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Reference

FC-392RMG5B6

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph

Movement

FC-392 caliber, automatic with chronograph
25 jewels, 46-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case

Polished stainless steel 2-parts
Diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case-back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

Grey dial with silver color applied indexes with luminous
Hand-polished silver color hours and minutes hands with luminous and light blue seconds hand

Strap

Dark grey calf leather strap

Limited edition

Limited to 2’888 pieces

Runabout RHS Chronograph Automatic

Reference

FC-392RMS5B6

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph

Movement

FC-392 caliber, automatic with chronograph
25 jewels, 46-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case

Polished stainless steel 2-parts case
Diameter of 42 mm
Convex sapphire crystal
See-through case-back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

Silver color dial with silver applied indexes with luminous
Hand-polished silver color hours and minutes hands with luminous and dark blue seconds hand

Strap

Navy calf leather strap

Limited edition

Limited to 2’888 pieces

Source: Frederique Constant

How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead?

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How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead
How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead?

How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Many different designs, mines, and techniques have been used in the jewelry industry. However, we are sure that many of you have not heard of this technique before.

The most painful thing for everyone is to lose their loved ones. Death is a really sad event, and we always want to keep the pieces from it and remember it all the time to remember the person who died. How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead? Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? Turning ashes into diamonds is something that has been in great demand in recent years. If you’re interested, the Cremation Institute does a good job breaking down the process and also recommending a few reputable companies. Making diamonds from the ashes of the dead allows their loved ones to be remembered after they die. In this comprehensive Eterneva Review, we have prepared, you will find how the process continues, how it is prepared, the price, and all other details.

How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead
How about making diamonds from the ashes of the dead?

Process

It may seem strange at first glance to produce precious jewelry such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets from human remains. But this process is very popular in recent years. In this process, very sensitive and careful procedures are carried out and only prepared by a professional team.

After cremation, there is carbon in the bones and hair in the dead body. Since the body burns in the cremation, only part of the human residue contains carbon. While carbon is being produced, this carbon is isolated. The isolation process of carbon can take weeks. It is a long process. Then, with this graphite powder, preparations are started. So the first step of the turning ashes into diamonds process is taken.

In the second step, the graphite powder is refined and filtered until it reaches a carbon consistency. Then graphite is created by applying heat and pressure. The name of this process is the graphitization process. In the process carried out under the supervision of specialists, the carbon is processed at a temperature of 2500 degrees, and the formation of the diamond is achieved. This growth that starts with crystallization becomes a diamond in time.

The diamond, which reaches the desired size, is removed and cleaned with acid. In the third step, the cutting process of the diamond is started. This is the most important step. The quality of the diamond is determined by the way it is cut. It is cut as desired and polished thoroughly.

Color

The coloring process is optional. Colors such as red, pink, black, or green can be preferred. The processing time of the diamond depends on color preference. Because, each color can take different time. Some colors may take months. In the last step, the diamond is evaluated and the certification process is performed.

Cost

You have seen how difficult the turning ashes into diamonds process are. The price of such a diamond can start from $ 750 up to $ 20k. The price changes according to the size, color, and cutting technique of the diamond.

Which company to use?

Not all companies can do these difficult operations that we have explained in Eterneva Review. For this they need to have the necessary equipment and experience. Turning ashes into diamonds is made only by a few companies in the world. Before finding Cremation Diamond Company, be sure to ask about the process we explained above. Make sure they prepare certified and real diamonds.

Maybe it may seem strange to you, but you can also prepare diamonds for your pets. Companies also perform this process, especially for pets. They can prepare jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, rings, or whatever type you prefer. Color and size are up to you. Note that these criteria set the price.

Carrying the memory of your loved ones with you, feeling their ashes, and even talking to them is the best way to remember them all the time. Diamonds prepared with this technique are now very preferred. Cremation Diamond Companies have started to become widespread recently. You can reach these companies online and order online. You can send your special requests and order.

If you want to feel our dead loved ones for life and keep their memories alive, you can use this new technique.

AlpinerX Alive: Alpina’s first smartwatch for urban sports aficionados

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AlpinerX Alive

AlpinerX Alive: Alpina’s first smartwatch for urban sports aficionados

Stylish, connected, and charitable! To be presented on May 3rd as part of an online launch campaign, the successor to the first Swiss connected sports watch comes with new features and technology and will be available for personalization until June 2nd, thanks to an interactive configurator offering 1’500 possible custom designs.  One can expect integrated heart rate monitoring, an integrated GPS, a new high-resolution digital screen… and a personal trainer! For every watch sold, 25 euros will be donated to the non-profit Wings For Life Foundation, supporting research into finding a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Alpina launched the AlpinerX Smart Outdoors on Kickstarter in 2018. This innovative initiative brought the sporting community together and allowed everyone to get involved in designing their own timepiece with 11,000 potential configurations. The result? Three thousand individually designed watches delivered and four best-selling designs used to make up the AlpinerX Smart Outdoors collection. The epitome of ‘Swiss Made’!

AlpinerX Alive Stylish
Alpina’s first smartwatch for urban sports aficionados

It’s Alive!

Today marks the beginning of a new chapter: the AlpinerX Alive. Ahead of its official launch, Alpina decided to make the new model, complete with new expertise, available for presale online. Given the global circumstances, this option gave me the opportunity to stay home and purchase a timepiece in anticipation of a sports routine bouncing back post-crisis.

From March 28th until April 30th, Alpina offered its community members the chance to custom design their own AlpinerX Alive using an online configurator allowing for over 1,500 possible designs and available on the website dedicated to the AlpinerX Alive. As a reward for their creativity, each model created this way was eligible for a 50% discount on the final retail price.

On May 3rd, the AlpinerX Alive and its online configurator will be officially launched. The Maison’s expanding community of “Alpinists” will be able to customize their watches until June 2nd, choosing from a range of colors and materials depending on how sporty or classic the look they want to achieve. The first 700 watches ordered will benefit from a 50% discount on the sale price. Beyond that, the promotional offer will gradually decrease as the number of watches purchased increases.

Comprised of six models, the official AlpinerX Alive collection from Alpina will be in store from August. The configurations available until June 2nd being exclusive to the configurator means that these timepieces will feature unique combinations.

the Alpina Smartwatch app
the Alpina Smartwatch app

An avalanche of new features

The new AlpinerX Alive represents a real qualitative improvement in the world of connected sports watches. More than an evolution, this is a brand new smartwatch offering for sporty urbanites. Alpina has developed new features to support them in everyday professional life, as well as their well-being and sporting activities. 

The new AlpinerX Alive is characterized by the complete integration of new features. The first is heart rate monitoring, thanks to an integrated sensor developed by Philips. The heart rate is now measured straight from the user’s wrist, using cutting-edge technology.

Another new feature of the AlpinerX Alive is its integrated GPS: it is now possible to track the user’s run or walk – along with the heart rate – using the app.

For the first time, these features will be displayed on a whole new high-resolution AMOLED touch screen. Thanks to an analog and digital interface, the AlpinerX experience is more intuitive, faster, and more interactive, irrespective of the exercise conditions. The watch is now equipped with a rechargeable battery, offering users up to seven days of battery life. 

Like a personal trainer on the wrist

And that’s not all! The AlpinerX Alive offers further features, including; measuring breathing, VO2 max, and hydration, all essential constituents of well-being and sporting activity.

To help tailor exercises to the day and to the user’s physical condition, the AlpinerX Alive has also been enhanced with weather information and a Dynamic Coach. The customized virtual assistant offers a range of exercises related to the user’s performance, sleep, and data analysis, making recommendations to improve daily life and sports performance. That is then gathered, analyzed, and summarised within the Alpina Smartwatch app, which is free to download for iOS and Android.

These new features are in addition to the perpetual calendar, GMT, chronograph, sleep and activity tracker, and personalized notifications.

Engineered for daily life

The 45 mm case for the new AlpinerX Alive is available in two variations: navy blue fiberglass (995 CHF) or stainless steel (1295 CHF). The option to combine one’s choice of strap, hands, and dial makes this the perfect everyday watch for urban sports aficionados and athletes.

The AlpinerX community will be able to interact with the dedicated AlpinerX Alive website in order to share feedback, likes, preferences and ask questions to the Geneva manufacture as part of another brand-new interactive experience for the Maison and members of its community. 

Connected and charitable

With this launch, Alpina has elected to support a cause close to its heart; spinal cord research, led by the non-profit Wings For Life Foundation, co-created by Dietrich Mateschitz, the founder of Red Bull. Every AlpinerX Alive purchased between 3 May and 2 June will see 25 euros donated to Wings for Life with a view to helping victims of spinal cord injury – most of whom have become handicapped – to regain all or at least some of their movement.

Alpina is also involved with the global race known as the Wings For Life Run, designed to raise funds for the eponymous foundation. Since 2014, the race has been held on the first weekend in May in many countries around the world simultaneously. The 2020 edition may have been canceled, but Alpina is still showing its support for the race by making a donation and remains its official sponsor.

*Offer excludes the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
AlpinerX Alive
995 CHF

Functions

Always-on time (hours, minutes, seconds, day and date), world timer (2nd-time zone + local 24h time), chronograph, heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, smart alarms (get-active alerts, sleep alarm), weather, breath, messages review, notifications & alerts, workout, hydration, VO2 Max, cardio fitness index, GPS

AlpinerX Alive 995 CHF

Movement

AL-284 connected caliber. Heart rate sensor provided by Philips. Rechargeable battery. 7-Day Battery*
*Battery life may vary upon usage (GPS, Heart Rate Monitoring, Notifications etc.)

Case

Navy blue fibreglass 2-parts case
360° bi-directional turning bezel
Diameter of 45 mm
Scratch-resistant and convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM/100m/330ft

Dial

Navy blue dial with mat finishing, silver color indexes with white luminous treatment
Red hands with white luminous treatment
AMOLED touch screen

Strap

Red rubber strap

AlpinerX Alive
1295 CHF

Functions

Always-on time (hours, minutes, seconds, day and date), world timer (2nd-time zone + local 24h time), chronograph, heart rate monitoring, activity tracking, sleep monitoring, smart alarms (get-active alerts, sleep alarm), weather, breath, messages review, notifications & alerts, workout, hydration, VO2 Max, cardio fitness index, GPS

AlpinerX Alive 1295 CHF

Movement

AL-284 connected caliber. Heart rate sensor provided by Philips. Rechargeable battery. 7-Day Battery*
*Battery life may vary upon usage (GPS, Heart Rate Monitoring, Notifications etc.)

Case

Stainless steel 2-parts case
360° bi-directional turning bezel
Diameter of 45 mm
Scratch-resistant and convex sapphire crystal
Water-resistant up to 10 ATM/100m/330ft

Dial

Navy blue dial with mat finishing, silver color indexes with white luminous treatment
Red hands with white luminous treatment
AMOLED touch screen

Strap

Navy blue & red leather strap

Source: ALPINA

The Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

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A history rooted in the origins of the chronograph

The Flyback Chronograph Manufacture: two new stylish, sporty variations on one of the cult designs by Frederique Constant.

2017, 2018, 2020 – Now, for the third time, and in response to demand from collectors, Frederique Constant presents two new variations on its Flyback Chronograph Manufacture collection. This timepiece, destined for the discerning chronograph enthusiast, was developed, manufactured and assembled in its entirety in-house at the Geneva manufacture. The individuality and intricacy of the collection make it highly desirable among lovers of the chronograph.

A history rooted in the origins of the chronograph

The flyback was one of the first features to be added to the chronograph during the 1930s. A straightforward concept, it allows the chronograph to be stopped, reset and restarted with a single press of the push-piece, rather than three successive presses.

And yet this ingenious idea, which comes into its own when timing successive races at sporting events, is underpinned by a truly sophisticated mechanism. While the chronograph’s stop, reset and restart functions were originally controlled by pressing two push-pieces in sequence, in flyback mode, a single press of the push-piece engages all three operations simultaneously.

a brand new flyback design

Six years in development, a brand new flyback design

The conventional flyback mechanism is based on a set of several column wheels that act as a system of clutches. The FC-760 caliber that operates the Flyback Chronograph Manufacture dispenses with this complexity, replacing the standard column wheel with a star-shaped wheel. This results in a thinner movement with fewer parts and operations. The FC-760 caliber from Frederique Constant is simpler, smoother and more reliable.

Pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock declutches the chronograph’s movement and resets it. Once the pusher is released, the movement and the chronograph re-engage and the chronograph restarts. No fewer than 6 years of development were required to attain this degree of sophistication. The FC-760 caliber, which can be admired through the new collection’s sapphire crystal, is also more aesthetically pleasing. The flyback module accounts for just 96 of the entire movement’s 233 parts, making it one of the most efficient flyback modules in the world, as well as one of the most affordable, thanks to its ingenious, patented construction. As a result, prices for the new Flyback Chronograph Manufacture start at 3,895 euros.

Two-color options, two new variations

Two colour options, two new variations

These days, half of all chronographs are gold, a color that already features heavily in this collection. In response to demand from collectors, Frederique Constant can today unveil two new options, both featuring two-tone styling with silvered counters. In a first for this model, the counters and the face are different colors. This novel contrast improves legibility and gives the chronograph a sportier feel.

In the first version, the three counters are set against a chocolate-colored dial with a 42-mm rose-gold case. The second features a blue dial with a stainless-steel case. Contemporary and dynamic, these new Flyback Chronograph Manufactures have baton indices and luminous hands, as well as an alligator strap with deployment clasp stamped with the Frederique Constant logo.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Flyback Chronograph Manufacture FC-760CHC4H4

RRP 4’195€

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture FC-760CHC4H4

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, the date by hand, tachymeter

Movement

FC-760 Manufacture caliber, automatic, flyback chronograph with date adjustable by the crown
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement 32 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case

Rose gold plated polished and satin stainless steel 3-parts case
The diameter of 42 mm
Glass box sapphire crystal
See-through case-back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

Brown dial with applied rose gold plated indexes
Hand-polished rose gold plated hands

Strap

Dark brown alligator leather strap

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Flyback Chronograph Manufacture FC-760NS4H6

RRP 3’895€

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture FC-760NS4H6

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds, flyback chronograph, the date by hand, tachymeter

Movement

FC-760 Manufacture caliber, automatic, flyback chronograph with date adjustable by the crown
Perlage & Circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement 32 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case

Polished and satin stainless steel 3-parts case
The diameter of 42 mm
Glass box sapphire crystal
See-through case-back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial

Navy dial with applied silver indexes
Hand-polished silver hands

Strap

Blue alligator leather strap

Source: FREDERIQUE CONSTANT

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