In the midst of all the new watches for SIHH 2014, we can sometimes easily overlook the new watches for Baselworld. One of these watches is the Alpina Black Star, a new model based off of their wildly popular Startimer chronograph. Unlike the original, that has a gray sunburst dial, this new watch has a stunning black sunburst dial and PVD or DLC (I am not sure which) "stealth" case. The dial and case design remains the same otherwise. They both use the same in-house bi-compax automatic chronograph movement, the caliber AL-860. I do not believe the Black Star is a limited edition like the original Startimer chrono.
I think Alpina's design team did a good thing by taking a very popular watch and giving it a new twist. Often times these "new twists" ruin the watch completely but it makes this watch look better than ever. The Black Star is just beautiful and although I hope to see more from Alpina, but this watch is more than enough in my book. It looks like a pilot watch and unlike most, it is actually functional and something that a pilot might wear. I just love watches like this one.
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