On the evening of October 11th 2017, Frederique Constant, Alpina and Ateliers deMonaco hosted a Manufacture Showcase at the National Arts Club in New York City. For the occasion, the three brands partnered with watch-collecting group RedBar Crew.
An unusual characteristic on the Alpina “Complete Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph is that the positioning of this rectangular pushers that are aligned with the crown. The crown, engraved with the Alpina logo, climbs over the pushers and the deficiency of guards on each side calls for caution because a direct hit may well break it. It was actually for this very reason that Omega fitted the crown of its own Speedmaster with protectors. It is, however, a screw-in crown, a vital aspect for a watch that’s water-resistant to 100 meters.The black sunburst dial homes three sub-dials with a 30-minute counter at 3, date at 6, and small seconds at 9 o’clock. Both counters are somewhat sunken and also have circular rings, which improves legibility when providing depth to the dial. Big, sturdy indexes and palms of this Alpina “Complete Black” Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph accentuate the manly look of the timepiece and are visible in low light thanks to the beige luminous coating. The colour beige can also be used to highlight the telemeter located on the outer rim of the dial.Despite housing a motion measuring 30.5mm at a 44mm case, the AL-760 sub-counters have loads of distance between them, making for a more attractive and legible design on the dial. And there must be lots of space within the flyback chronograph module too, since it consists of just 96 components. Though the caseback is solid (we will try and have images of that once we get hands-on together with the opinion), the calibre has been adorned with Côtes de Genève and perlage decoration, anglage for those bridges, along with a PVD-coated rotor. The motion operates at 4Hz, however includes a power reserve of 38 hours which may be a bit low for a few.