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The concept of 4
|Independent quickset hour hand|
More than any other watchmaker, Alpina was responsible for the concept of the modern Swiss sports watch, as it is known today. After several patents to ensure water-resistance and following the development of the famous Alpina "Block Uhr" in 1933, in 1938 Alpina presents the "Alpina 4": the first modern Swiss sports watch. The concept behind the "Alpina 4" was to combine the 4 essential features that defined a sports watch, in one single timepiece:
1. Anti-magnetic, 2. Anti-shock, 3. Water-resistant and 4. Stainless
Such had to be a sports watch, in the vision of the Alpina founder Gottlieb Hauser, to be able to tackle the entire vertical Alpine sports environment, from mountain climbing to alpine lake diving. In 2014, Alpina revived the Alpina "4" concept with its new "Alpiner 4" collection, dedicated to the Alpine sports universe.
After several patents to insure water-resistance - and as development of the famous Alpina "Block Uhr" in 1933 – in 1938 Alpina presents the "Alpina 4": the first modern Swiss sports watch.
|Applied index on dial for a executive classy looks|
The new Alpiner 4 GMT features an extremely easy-to-use GMT caliber. In fact, the Alpina AL-550 "Jumping Hour" GMT movement allows to set local time by independently moving the hour hand from hour to hour, while the 24H hand always displays home time. This particular GMT system is the most intuitive one to read local and home time. The 4 Alpina sports properties. Concerning anti-magnetism, the watches are certified according to the ISO 764 norm, which specifies that a watch must resist exposition to a direct current magnetic field of 4 800 A/m without any impact on its accuracy. Regarding the anti-shock properties both watches certified to the ISO 1413 standard.
|Anti-Magnetic & Anti-shock to ISO 764 & ISO 1413 standards|
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