On July 20th, 1969, humans walked on the moon for the first time in history. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin explored the area around their lunar landing site, collected soil and rock samples, set up experiments and overall, marked history forever. As part of its “Reach your Summit” campaign, Alpina Watches could only salute the efforts made 50 years ago that changed mankind’s relationship with space. Alpina is proud to announce the successful launch of an AlpinerX Space Edition watch into space, reaching an altitude of 33’793 meters going higher than the planet earth’s highest summit: Mount Everest at 8’848 meters. Once again Alpina pushed its limits and maxed-out the use of the watch’s altimeter function.
Sending the AlpinerX into space
In partnership with “Sent into Space”, a start-up company specialized in Space photography (based in the region of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England), the watch was filmed on its way up into space and finally back to planet Earth after a 3-hour flight. The film offers breathtaking views of the AlpinerX Space Edition going firstly through the troposphere and then through the various levels of the stratosphere, with planet Earth as a backdrop. The watch was then recovered by “Sent into Space” 60KM away from the launch location.
The first AlpinerX Space Edition to have gone into space is now visible in the Alpina museum in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland.
AlpinerX – Limited Space Edition
To honour this achievement and mark the 50th anniversary of Man’s first landing on the moon, Alpina created a special edition of 299 pieces in a rich blue color – AlpinerX Space Edition. If the case, bezel, dial and strap of the watch are an homage to space’s infinite deep blue, the silver indexes and hands have been treated with a black luminescent solution glowing in dark environments.
Further enhancing the singularity of the timepiece, the case-back carries a special engraving featuring the moon at the center of Alpina’s famous triangle logo, inspired by the Matterhorn in 1900. Each watch has been hand-assembled in the brand’s workshops in Geneva and is individually numbered.
ABOUT SENT INTO SPACE
Sent Into Space Ltd is an exciting and novel company who specialize in sending items into Near Space. They are the global experts in Near Space, applying cutting-edge research and innovation to create inspiring experiences. A large part of what they do is associated with producing advertisements for companies who are seeking a dramatic, attractive and novel approach to their advertisements. We have conducted 500+ successful flights, including projects for companies such as, Xbox, Google, The BBC, Sony Music and Audi to name but a few.
Further to our corporate projects we work in schools conducting our educational Near Space projects with students of all ages. This typically involves giving a science lesson surrounding the subject of space, familiarizing the students with our equipment and ultimately conducting a launch from their premises. Thirdly we have a research arm and have been published numerous times, most notably on our studies on life in the stratosphere.
ABOUT ALPINA – THE ORIGINAL SWISS ALPINE SPORTS WATCH MANUFACTURING SINCE 1883
Alpina, famous for its red triangle signature representing the renowned Matterhorn mountain, is a fine Swiss watchmaking manufacture based in Geneva, Switzerland that has been founded in 1883 by a group of passionate watchmakers.
A true pioneer of the Swiss watchmaking industry, Alpina has been the source of numerous patents and innovative calibers inventing the concept of the Swiss sports watch as we know it today, with the birth of its legendary Alpina 4 in 1938.
Faithful to its long tradition of innovation, in 2015 Alpina introduced the first connected Swiss Made Horological Smartwatch, thereby creating a new watch category in the Swiss luxury sports watch industry operating with the greatest precision and reliability in the most demanding sporting environments, like the Alps.
Since 2016 Alpina has been the official watch Supplier of the French Ski Federation and has announced a renewal of its partnership until 2020.
Alpina AlpinerX Space Edition Technical Specifications
- Navy fiber glass and stainless steel
- 45mm diameter
- 360° bi-directional turning compass bezel
- Scratch – Convex Resistant Sapphire Crystal
- 10 ATM/100m/330ft Water-resistant
- Engraved case-back
- MMT-283-1, Horological Smartwatch
- All connected functions operated by the crown
- 2+ years battery life
- Navy dial with mat finishing with applied black luminous silver indexes
- Digital screen
- Blue hands with black luminous treatment
- Navy leather strap
- Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date
- Activity Tracking
- Heart Rate Monitoring (over BLE connection)
- Sleep Monitoring
- Dynamic Coach
- Worldtimer (2nd Time Zone + Local 24h Time)
- Smart Alarms (Get-Active Alerts, Sleep Alarm)
- Calls & Messages Notifications
- UV Indicator
- Time Recorder (Stopwatch, Timer, Workouts)