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July 6, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Alpina, Cessna and PrivatAir Collaborate on World-Time Watch

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Genève, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

By the mid-nineteenth century, Greenwich Mean Time had been established as the primary reference time zone for the British Empire and for much of the world. GMT is based on the line of longitude running through the Greenwich Observatory located in the suburbs of London.

Over time, time zones became established based on GMT as being the number of hours ahead or behind GMT. Interestingly, because the clock began at noon under GMT, noon was represented by zero hours. As more sophisticated timepieces became available, the need for a new timepiece showing world time became apparent. 

Alpina’s Worldtimer features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities inscribed on it. A second rotating ring has 24-hour markers. This is used to display time in different time zones. Local time is shown by a standard hour and minute hand. The Alpina Worldtimer has a mechanical automatic caliber AL-718 with 28 jewels, as well as a 48-hour power reserve and water-resistency to 10 ATM.  The watch is finished off with a black leather crocodile strap and the front and the back of the watch are covered with sapphire crystal.

From the outer dial, the wearer can check the times in different time zones. Under the label New York, the number displayed is 5, meaning that it is 5h07 am in New York. Under the name Moscow, you see the number 13, meaning that it is 13h07 hours, or 1h07 pm, in Moscow. In this way, the Alpina Worldtimer shows the time around the world in a glance.

The Alpina Worldtimer is part of the Alpina Aviation collection, developed in close collaboration with Cessna Aircraft and PrivatAir. Alpina Genève, Cessna Aviation and PrivatAir work together closely to promote their equally high quality products and services, through cross-marketing activities in Europe and North America.

Developed in-house, the Worldtimer is based on the AL-710 caliber used in the Startimer Manufacture. The production of the Alpina Startimer Worldtimer will be limited to 8,888 pieces and will be presented in luxurious packaging, alongside a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery. The new Worldtimer caliber AL-718 ensures easy adjustment of all functions through a single crown. Best of all is its price, well below any other high-end Worldtimer with manufacture movement ($3,450).

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