Rating
9.9Overall Score
Price9.8
Battery10
Design9.9
Functionality10
Overall Quality10

The Alpina Horological Smartwatch is unlike full-range smartwatches and other devices on the mainstream market. While we have seen hybrid smart watches that combine traditional timepieces and smart technology, you haven’t experienced the uniqueness, durability, and longevity of the Swiss brand of Alpina.

Known best for their outstanding outdoor timepieces, the Swiss company turned their expertise onto the Horological Smartwatch — a true cutting edge luxury piece with an ultra-long battery life and non-invasive smart features.

Brand: Alpina
Type: Horological Smartwatch
Purchase Link: http://alpinawatches.com/smartwatch/

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Specs/Size/Design

The Horological Smartwatch by Alpina features over 50 issued patents as well as over 50 patents pending on Alpina’s horology, biomechanics on natural human motion, and sensor fusion.

The Horological (as we will call this smartwatch henceforth) comes in different models in the Horological Smartwatch collection — but all of them feature the same smart technology and innovative development.

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With different color options based on the same gorgeous design, the Horological collection starts with a 44mm case, a textured sunray or guilloche dial for brightness, genuine leather straps, and a luxury lining. With its “smart analog” dial design, this timepiece is fully functional as an outstanding traditional timepiece — with hidden gems inside that allow you to customize your smart technology experience.

With the smart, casual, and subtle look that a luxury-grade, smart analog timepiece offers, the Alpine Horological collection blows its competition away.

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Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size(s): 39mm and 44mm
  • Case Shape: Round
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Engine: MMT-285; Alpina Calibre AL-240 (depending on model); MMT-365 is used in the newest releases
  • Battery: MMT (Manufacture Modules Technologies Sarl) — Geneva, Switzerland
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color(s): Silver, Black
  • Dial Features: Index Dial Markers, Minute Markers around Outer Rim, Combined Subdial
  • Dial Hands: Luminous, Silver-tone,
  • Case Back: Solid, Stainless Steel
  • Case Thickness: 12mm (for the 44mm case size) / 19mm (for the 39mm case size)
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Bezel Material: Stainless Steel (some ladies models feature diamonds)
  • Subdial(s): 1 – Combined Date and 1/100th Second Subdial
  • Band Type: Leather Strap or Metallic Bracelet
  • Band Material: Leather and Stainless Steel
  • Band Color(s): Stainless Steel, Black
  • Band Length: 8 inches
  • Band Width: 20mm (for men’s models) / 15mm (for women’s models)
  • Clasp: Tang (men’s) / Fold Over with Safety Clasp (women’s)
  • Crown: Screw Down
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Outdoor Features: Water Resistant Case, Water Resistant Leather Strap
  • Functions and Features: Luminous Hands
  • Smart Features

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Battery / Power Source

The Alpina Horological Smartwatch models is a mix of both a luxury timepiece, a horological timepiece, and a watch with smart features. THis means that this Swiss brand appreciates the combination of traditional and modern and their power source reflects that.

This hybrid Alpina’s battery lasts for two years — this means that you don’t have to hook it up to a charging cradle, worry about it dying when you are out on an adventure in the great outdoors, nor do you have to stick with low-power options often found in smartwatches.

Changing the battery is easy — every two years, simply head to any jewelry store and they will replace it — that’s it. After that, this timepiece will be good to go for another two years.

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The Good

The unique coupling of integrated components such as it’s sleep monitoring engine, activity monitoring engine, sleep and activity scoring engines, artificial intelligence-based coaching and insight engine, and other advanced sensor-fusion based components, this Alpina is a truly unique take on a hybrid outdoor smartwatch by such a legendary Swiss watchmaking company.

The patented technology used in this Horological Smartwatch has a platform that is the result of over 1,000 man years of development. With over 70 patents and the study of 170 million nights of sleep and days of activity, Alpina has done their research and has created smart technology that makes the sensors built into this smartwatch accurate and valuable.

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The platform used in this hybrid smartwatch includes a suite of integrated software, firmware, and communication components that are non-invasive for use with the beautifully traditional luxury timepiece.

Alpina licensed MMT for the creation of the Quartz movement and engine for their smartwatch.. One of the wonderful things about this Alpina brand Horological Smartwatch is that unlike mainstream smartwatches, this hybrid is not intended to be thrown out within 2 years — you can pass this timepiece on to others, because Alpina promises updates for the future, with new applications and more, which you can simply upload via the app. With every two years, you simply change the battery at any jewelry store and your Alpina Horological will be good to go for another two years of smart tech and timekeeping.

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The functions are incredible in this subtle hybrid. This Horological offers everything from timekeeping, date display, smart tech, and beyond.

Here are the functions offered in the Horological Smartwatch by Alpina:

  • Date Display Calendar at 6 o’clock
  • Date, Hour, Minute
  • MOTIONX Activity Tracking
  • SLEEPTRACKER Sleep Monitoring
  • Sleep Cycle Alarms
  • Get-Active Alerts
  • Smart Coaching
  • MOTIONX Cloud Backup and Restore
  • Android and iOS Compatible (App connection)
  • Smartphone Application for Customization and Control
  • Alarm
  • Stainless Steel and Leather Strap Options
  • Men and Women’s Options
  • 39mm and 44mm Case Options
  • Water Resistance of 100 meters / 330 feet
  • Water Resistant Leather Strap

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The Bad

The price of this hybrid smartwatch is likely too expensive than the every man and woman is willing to pay for, but sales so far have been good to Alpina.

Functionality

The functionality of the Alpina Horological Smartwatch is stunning. From the battery life, ease of use, easily connectable smartphone app, beautiful elegance of the dial face, and quality of the materials, this hybrid luxury smartwatch feels very complete.

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The battery will last you two years before having to replace it (which is easily accomplished by going to any jewelry shop), and it not only powers the range of advanced sensor-fusion based components without a hitch, but it also powers the analog dial that offers traditional time as well as a beautifully functional multi-use subdial at 6 o’clock.

The water resistance is impressive at 100 meters (330 feet), and is has to be to fit into Alpina’s lineup. Since the Swiss brand is known for their outdoor watches that function well for adventurers, mountain climbers, divers, and everyone in between, the Horological Smartwatch models are no exception — they can handle the elements as the brand intends.

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If you were worried about the leather strap options and going outdoors, don’t be — you can choose between a stainless steel bracelet or leather — and both are water resistant. The genuine leather is water resistant, so you can adventure without worry of ruining the leather or weakening the strap.

This Horological Smartwatch offers the same functionality regardless of whether you purchase the men or ladies models or a different color model. This Swiss luxury hybrid smartwatch is a beauty and a huge victory for Alpina.

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Highlights

It is difficult to only focus on a few aspects of this Horological when it comes to the highlights.

Personally, one of the most important parts of any smartwatch, hybrid or full, is battery life. This Alpina has it in spades and makes it extremely easy on wearers to use this watch daily, worry-free. The battery life is 2 years and replacing it is easy and inexpensive.

The design itself is very elegant and inline with luxury Swiss style. Alpina’s outdoor watches are legendary and their foray into the smart tech industry in watchmaking has been very successful. The Horological Smartwatch offers different model colors and sizes (39mm or 44mm) for anyone’s preferences, and with the same top-notch platform for its technology, this smartwatch is non-obtrusive and is truly an excellent mix of subtle smart technology and a beautiful luxury timepiece.

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Pricing

Along with competitors in the hybrid luxury smartwatch market such as Frederique Constant and Mondaine, Alpina’s Horological Smartwatch is a Swiss masterpiece and is priced as a luxury timepiece should be.

There are a variety of Horological Smartwatch models available, which come in different color designs, but price-wise, you can expect these styles to start at around $1,000 — more so for diamond-studded models ($3,000). There are model years from 2015 and on, so you can always seek out a previous model to start off with or keep within your budget.

Take a look at the following link to the popular and trustworthy Jomashop.com, which has 8 model options to choose from for prices ranging between $495 to $1,596.80.

Jomashop Alpina Horological Smartwatches: http://search.jomashop.com/search#w=alpina%20horological%20smartwatch

The smartwatches in the link above offer men and women’s sizes and designs.

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