Following an awesome 2018 Kickstarter launch, Alpina has added four new designs to its AlpinerX smartwatch, and made some technical advancements to make the watch more appealing to sports and outdoor activity fans. If you haven’t heard of the AlpinerX, it combines sweet Swiss mechanics with outdoor-focused smartwatch technology.The new colors include a light brown leather strap with off-white stitching, which matches the black glass fiber case and stainless steel bezel perfectly, and because the leather only has a nape on the top, it’s comfortable to wear. Another version with a stainless steel bezel comes with a black rubber strap, with Alpina and Geneva embossed on it.
The other two new models have body-colored stainless steel bezels, one in blue, and the other in black. The black version is stealthy, with white numbers on both the face and the bezel, while the blue and orange model was considerable louder. The orange ring around the face really stands out, as does the orange stitching on the leather strap, which like the black version has a carbon-like texture.
Additionally, there are two limited edition AlpinerX watches, one for Alpina’s 135th anniversary, and the other a collaboration with the Freeride World Tour snow sports event.Tech-wise, changes include a heart rate monitoring and GPS. Adding a complete GPS unit, however, would make the watch too big, Alpina said, as the case must still house the MMT-283 Caliber movement, so the watch has been updated to support GPS from a connected phone. Rather than redesign the existing watch with a built-in heart rate sensor, the AlpinerX has support for third-party, body-worn heart rate sensors. While neither solutions are what Alpina considers ideal, these functions do still fulfill the needs of people interested in buying one.
Alpina will release the new AlpinerX smartwatch designs in April, and each is priced at $1,000. The watches can be purchased through Alpina’s website or through selected retail partners.