The new Alpiner 4 collection from Alpina has two new watches, a bi-compax chronograph and a GMT. Both come in a number of versions and we should expect the GMT to cost less than $2000, probably around $1000-$1500. I would expect the chronograph to go for around $2,000-$2,400 depending on the version. I will start with the Alpiner 4 Chronograph. This watch, first off, has a 44mm case which houses Alpina's workhorse bi-compax movement, the AL-860. Although I have zero idea how to use it the outer rotating bezel is supposed to be used for as a compass, hence the "36" marks (360˚ in a circle). The inner rotating bezel is for a second time zone. Pictures of all the versions are available below. Next we will briefly discuss the new Alpiner 4 GMT/24H. This watch also has a 44mm case however, the movement is brand new. Inside beats the AL-550 movement which allows the wearer to independently move the hour hand for easy time zone changes. In addition, it also has the inner rotating bezel for the GMT hand. You can see the pictures of the different versions below. Not as cool as being at Basel, but they are pretty good pictures that give you a good idea what the watches look like.
The Rolex Milgauss changed history when it came out in 1956. It was discontinued in 1988 due to a lack of popularity. However, Rolex decided to revive the Milgauss name in 2007. Now, seven years later they release a new version of the Milgauss, this time with a Z blue dial (zirconium alloy is used in the making of it, hence the "Z"). It will use the same green sapphire crystal found on the 2007 model, one of the best features of the watch in my opinion. The watch case is 40mm in diameter and is fully polished. Like other Rolex watches, it is made completely out of 904L steel. It will feature the Oyster style bracelet with a polished center link. The bracelet on the new Milgauss will also have their "easylink" system which allows the wearer to extend the bracelet an extra 5mm. At the heart of the watch will beat the in-house Rolex 3131 movement which has 31 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The new Milgauss looks fantastic, although I wish Rolex would develop a new movement.
Jake Fogarty is the founder and writer for most of what you will read here. If you want to contact me you can visit the contact and advertising page.