The Alpina Startimer Pilot Collection takes flight
A group of 32 journalists and VIP Customers were flown around the Alps in chartered Cessna Private Jets, including the Cessna Citation Mustang. The event was organized impeccably by PrivatAir. “We are very happy with our collaboration with Cessna Aircraft and PrivatAir”, said Peter Stas, CEO of Alpina Watch International SA.
After a joint presentation of Alpina Genève, PrivatAir and Cessna – which took place at the PrivatAir Office on Geneva International Airport – during which journalists were able to rediscover the Alpina Startimer collection and to understand the motivations of this great collaboration, the members of the press have been invited to board in Cessna Citation Mustang & CESSNA Citation Excel private jets, for a memorable flight from Geneva to Chambéry airport (France), by making an incredible tour over the Alps at very low altitude. The summits of the Mont Blanc and Matterhorn were at an almost touching distance.
Guests enjoyed the impressive views of the Alps in awe.
During a delicate lunch above the ‘Lac du Bourget’ in Chambery, the Alpina Startimer Pilot timepieces were shown and discussed in-depth. Peter Stas, CEO of Alpina Watch International SA, proudly showed his AL-710 Manufacture Startimer Pilot, build with an in- house developed and produced automatic caliber that features minute and hour indication as well as off- center date hand.
The iconic Manufacture Startimer Pilot Regulator combines historic pilot watch design features with a modern day regulator lay out.
Last but not least, a well-balanced and powerfully designed automatic chronograph version (cal. AL-860) is part of this new range. This chronograph is based on a SW500 base caliber that is being modified to a Bi-Compax on CNC machines at the Alpina Manufacture in Plan-les-Ouates, Genève.
Alpina Startimer Pilot timepieces are limited at 8’888 pieces and are presented in a dedicated, luxurious packaging, alongside a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery.
About Alpina Alpina is an independent family owned watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva. Founded in 1883, Alpina celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2008 and is developing into a cool Sports & Lifestyle brand with its new, contemporary-design collections. The company is involved in all stages of Watch Production, from initial design to final assembly and quality control. Each watch is assembled by hand and extensively controlled with latest equipment to ensure maximum quality. The company innovates to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its factory in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva is ultra modern and offers the best environment for its watchmakers. Production will reach 10’000 timepieces in 2011.
More about Cessna Aviation This renowned airplane manufacturing company headquartered in Wichita, Kansas is a subsidiary of the US conglomerate Textron, a $10.5 billion company operating in 25 countries. Since its creation in 1927 Cessna’s strong devotion to high quality workmanship, precision and creativity and its passion for the aircraft industry, have led it to be an industry leader. Cessna is now the leading manufacturer and inspired designer of innovative, light and midsize business jets, utility turboprops and single engine aircraft.
The Cessna Citation Mustang is an entirely new kind of business jet. One that’s designed – and priced – to bring the dream of jet ownership comfortably within reach of a whole new class of upwardly eager operators. Ample cabin-class seating, true jet speed and a good half- continent range. Extraordinarily high levels of performance and assurance are now available in a jet aircraft costing millions less.
More about PrivatAir PrivatAir is a leading international aviation group with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland and operating bases in Zurich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Bahrain. Services include Private Charter for VIPs and executives, Aircraft Sales & Management, Private Airline Services, Ground Services and Training.
The company’s wide range of clients includes celebrities from the arts, sports and entertainment industries, successful business people, royalty and public officials, as well as private aircraft owners. PrivatAir aims to take the best practices of the commercial airline industry and to add the flexibility of business aviation, as well as its exceptional standards of service.