Alpina, as many of you may know, is the halo brand for Frédérique Constant, which was one of the few remaining independent watch manufacturers left in Switzerland until the Citizen Group purchased them in May of 2016. This is not necessarily a bad thing, since Frédérique Constant, and by extension Alpina, was working on more "in-house" movements to help differentiate themselves in the market. Citizen's acquisition should provide more know-how and capital to further achieve this goal. The Alpina Startime Pilot is an excellent watch. It has a distinctive look and the fit and finish is on par or better for it's intended price category. I especially like the large date format and the subdial for the seconds hand. The bracelet is well made and is large enough for most male wrists. Finally, the packaging and documentation that come with the watch are excellent and what you would expect from a mid level Swiss watch. All in all, I think the watch is an excellent buy.
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