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May 14th, 2015

To Boldly Go – Alpina Supports Adventure of a Lifetime

Swiss watchmaker Alpina have a long history of crafting robust and reliable sports watches – so naturally they’re a fine fit for partnering with The Ice Legacy Project; a true landmark in polar exploration


The mountainous undertaking, which is headed by seasoned polar legend Borge Ousland and his young partner, Vincent Colliard, sees the two adventurers traverse the immensely challenging Stikine ice field in Alaska. The expedition began on May 9th, and should last around 4 weeks.

The Ice Legacy Project’s ultimate goal is for the two men to cross the world’s 20 largest glaciers, with the Stikine ice field being their second, following on from their highly successful Main Spitsbergen Glacier Crossing in August, 2014.


Throughout this long-term expedition, Alpina will be providing support in the form of their stunning Alpina Horological Smartwatch, which will measure data sourced directly from the body of the wearer, such as distance walked and sleeping patterns. This particular smartwatch, in opposition to many digital-display smartwatches currently available, features a smartly minimalist analogue display which depicts hours, minutes and date and is water resistant to a depth of 100m/330ft.


The Alpina Horological Smartwatch exhibits a 44mm diameter across the case, with a sleek silver sunray dial covered by a scratch-resistant dome of sapphire crystal. The timepiece’s movement is the AL-285 MMT connected calibre, designed and developed jointly between watch brands Alpina, Frederique Constant and technology firm Fullpower to mimic the classic quartz movement as closely as possible (right down to the battery life, which will last approximately two years).


On a more technological level, Fullpower’s MotionX platform – which powers devices and apps built by several global brands including Modaine and Nike – will deliver incredible capabilities to the Horological Smartwatch, including the aforementioned activity tracking. In addition to this, the timepiece also includes ‘get-active’ alerts, smart coaching, sleep cycle alarms and Sleeptracker’s sleep monitoring, which can judge both the quality and efficiency of the wearer’s sleep. Of course, there’s also MotionX’s Cloud back-up and restore for those looking for secure data-saving potential.

Due to the battery life, there’s no requirement to charge the watch itself, and the only input available to users looking to control the watch’s functions is through the crown. However, unlike traditional watches, the crown allows wearers of the Alpina Horological Smartwatch to connect the watch to their phone with a push of the button. From there, owners of this beautiful instrument of ocular horology will be able to use a mobile app to control every aspect of the watch, including adjusting the time.


Naturally, then, given its ‘brains’, the Alpina Horological Smartwatch is well-suited for polar adventurers such as Ousland and Colliard, where the ability to monitor the body could mean the difference between success and failure; life and death. More than that, though, Alpina’s backing of The Ice Legacy Project will also help raise awareness of the threat to polar environments, as well as assisting in the collection of scientific data, so the reasoning behind the venture is highly commendable.

Here at Banks Lyon Jewellers, we’re always fascinated to see how the luxury watch industry is continuing to embrace the new ‘smartwatch phenomenon’, and this marriage of technology and tradition is sure to create some notable results. While the Alpina Horological Smartwatch is currently unavailable, we’ll be keeping a close eye on this development, and in the meantime we’re delighted to offer our customers an extensive range of existing Alpina wristwatches. Should you have an interest in any of these particular watches, please feel free to browse through the models on our Alpina watches page, and if something takes your eye, do call us on 01524 38 48 58 today.


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