In 2022, Alpina is renewing its partnership with the Freeride World Tour for the 5th consecutive year. To celebrate this collaboration Alpina is revealing an exclusive limited edition, the Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour 2022, produced in 100 pieces, to the delight of aficionados of mountain slopes and snow sports.
For four years, Alpina and the Freeride World Tour have shared the common values of the mountains, sport, excellence, performance and precision. Again this year, Alpina is proud to be able to witness the ascension of the athletes to reach their peak, and excel.
Now the most demanding freeride skiing and snowboarding competition ever known, and attracting the best athletes from across the world, the Freeride World Tour will be celebrating its fifteenth anniversary in 2022. After fifteen seasons of challenges, lines to create with ever-increasing inventiveness and technical mastery, and snow-covered mountain slopes which are more impressive with each descent, this time, the Freeride World Tour boasts a new stage in Spain, as well as a new format for the Qualifier Tour.
The competition this year will begin at Baqueira Beret, in Spain, from January 22th – 28th, and will be followed by the traditional stop-over in Andorra, at Ordino-Arcalís, from January 30th to February 5th. The tour will continue in Canada, in the Kicking Horse Golden BC resort, then at Fieberbrunn in Austria, before its finale on the iconic and majestic Bec des Rosses at Verbier, in Switzerland, from March 23rd to April 3rd.
Bearing the name Xtreme Verbier, this stage that celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2021 is, without doubt, the pinnacle of freestyle skiing and snowboarding. Probably the most difficult terrain to master, it allowed itself to be tamed last year by Victor De Le Rue (snowboard), a member of Alpina’s Alpinists Team who claimed his second world champion title – the first in 2019.
In 2022, Alpina is proud to support Victor for a new season, alongside Juliette Willmann in the women’s skiing category.
Bec des Rosses within reach
As is customary and to celebrate the renewal of its collaboration with the Freeride World Tour, Alpina is presenting a dedicated limited edition, which this year is called the Alpiner Quartz Chronograph and which will be produced in only 100 pieces.
A descendent of the famous Alpiner4, created by Alpina in 1938 and bringing together for the first time the 4 key features of a sports watch – anti-magnetic, shock resistant, waterproof and made of stainless steel – the Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour 2022 proudly pays tribute to it by reproducing these fundamental principles, to which it has added a chronograph.
A sporting complication par excellence, it is differentiated on the black dial by three counters enhanced by a silver circle, in whose centre the hands turn, covered in a luminescent material, echoing the hour and minute hands. At 12 o’clock, instead of the famous Alpina red triangle – which finishes the seconds hand here – the Freeride World Tour logo sits proudly. Representing decidedly and obviously alpine peaks, its natural place is assuredly on this timepiece, the Alpiner collection being, since Alpina began, dedicated to the alpine world.
A 42 mm steel case houses everything, fitted to a three-link alternation of satin and polished links, echoing it. On the back of the watch, freeride fans can admire the legendary Bec des Rosses engraving, alongside the Freeride World Tour logo and the limited edition number X/100.
The power of quartz
As regards the movement, the choice of a quartz calibre offers the Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour 2022 some exclusive strengths. The first, longevity in a class of its own, with autonomy of four and a half years, depending on use. If put aside for a day, a weekend, a month or even a year, this watch will always be fully operational, ready to climb new peaks.
The second, quartz is nearly totally shock-resistant and guarantees chronometric accuracy far greater than that of a mechanical movement, for a fraction of its price. Finally, this movement also offers a date, a functional additional and useful for everyday use.
Alpina Alpiner Quartz Chronograph Freeride World Tour 2022 Limited Edition Technical Specifications
Reference AL-373FWT4E6B – Limited Edition Limited edition of 100 pieces: RRP 895€
- Hours, minutes, seconds, date, chronograph
- Calibre AL-373
- 54 months battery life
- 13 jewels
- Brushed and polished stainless steel 2-part case
- Diameter of 42 mm
- Height of 10,90 mm
- Scratch-resistant convex sapphire crystal
- Engraved case-back
- Water-resistant up to 10ATM/100m/330ft
- Black dial with sunray finishing, white graduations
- Applied silver color indexes filled with white luminous treatment
- Black outer ring with white graduation
- Freeride World Tour logo at 12 o’clock
- Hand-polished silver color hour and minute hands filled with white luminous treatment, silver color chronograph second hand
- Seconds counter at 3 o’clock, red hand filed with white luminous treatment
- Minutes counter at 9 o’clock, silver color hand filled with white luminous treatment
- Hours counter at 6 o’clock, silver color hand filled with white luminous treatment
- Date window at 6 o’clock
- 3-link brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet
SWISS MANUFACTURER OF ALPINE SPORTS WATCHES SINCE 1883
Founded in 1883 and famous for its iconic red triangle, Alpina is a Swiss watch manufacturer based in Geneva. The brand set out to design luxury sports watches offering exceptional accuracy and reliability in the most challenging sporting environments, like the Alps.
A true pioneer of the watchmaking industry, Alpina has been the source of numerous patents and innovative calibres over the past 138 years. At the beginning of the 20th century, Alpina became the official supplier of watches to military pilots, before revolutionising the concept of sports watches in 1938 with the legendary Alpina 4.
True to its long tradition of innovation, Alpina launched the first Swiss made Horological Smartwatch in 2015, creating a new segment in the luxury Swiss sports watch market. In 2020, the brand introduced the AlpinerX Alive, a new generation of connected watches equipped with a heart rate monitor and GPS, among other things. Also committed to protecting the planet, Alpina created the Seastrong Diver Gyre Automatic range using recycled plastic from the oceans. In 2021, the brand is doubling down on its promise to get involved with organisations fighting to protect the environment. Joined together by the unifying principle We Shape the Change – the environmental equivalent of Reach Your Summit – Alpina will undertake a variety of measures aimed at drawing public attention to current environmental issues.
Inspired by the Alps from the very beginning, Alpina has always been heavily involved in outdoor activities and mountain sports. The brand has established strong partnerships demonstrating its commitment to this world, as well as a team of ‘Alpinists’, including athletes and friends of the brand working in the most challenging environments.