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Alpina AlpinerX Alive Smartwatch for Watch and Tech Fans

Swiss watch maker Alpina has announced a new version of its AlpinerX hybrid smartwatch, dubbed the AlpinerX Alive. The big changes here include a new color screen with touch sensitive glass over the top, and new features including a heart rate sensor. The original Alpina Alpiner X smartwatch was an awesome blend of Swiss watch making and connected tech, so it’s cool to see an even tighter integration of the two worlds for this new version.

Alpina AlpinerX Alive

The Alpina AlpinerX Alive’s face is dominated by the analogue dial, but with a small color OLED touchscreen set in the bottom half. It’s a marriage that supports both form and function, and doesn’t detract from the Alpina’s style. The screen shows the time and date, notifications, alarms, hydration reminders, step count, heart rate, battery percentage and timers.

The heart rate monitor on the back of the watch and the built-in GPS supports next-level fitness tracking. The original AlpinerX is aimed at the outdoor enthusiast, while the AlpinerX Alive seems to have broadened its appeal, and now includes sleep tracking, breathing reminders, and fitness coaching too. All this requires the use of its companion app. However, all this new tech does mean the AlpinerX Alive now has greater power requirements, and the battery needs recharging every seven days. The original AlpinerX does not need charging at all, and runs on a standard watch battery.

There are two case types available: a polished stainless steel case and a blue fiberglass case. Both measure 45mm, and whichever you choose, it’s possible to customize everything from the type of strap and the shade of the inner bezel surround, to the color of the dial and the hands. There are a generous 1,500 different designs possible using Alpina’s online configurator, so you can really make the watch your own.

Alpina AlpinerX Alive

Again like the original, the Alpina AlpinerX Alive looks set to satisfy both watch geeks and tech enthusiasts, and it’s one of the few examples of the traditional Swiss watch industry getting smartwatches right. However, credentials like this don’t come cheap. The blue fiberglass Alpina AlpinerX Alive costs around $1,030, while the polished stainless steel version is around $1,340. Plus, it’s not easy to buy one yet, as Alpina currently has not opened sales in the U.S. or the U.K. yet.

The original AlpinerX was similarly restricted at first, but became easier to purchase internationally after a few months. It was worth the effort, and it looks like the AlpinerX Alive will be too.

David Novakhttps://www.gadgetgram.com
For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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