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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    Is alpina supposed to be the lower tier arm of FC? seem like FC is usually associated with higher msrp?

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    I don't think so. Alpina seems to be a more sporty sister brand to FC, with a focus on adventure and pilot's watches as well as some chunky diving styles. FC definitely seems more dressy, and even their auto-themed offerings are pretty traditional. I think that dressy flavor means FC's range is much broader in price. They also just have many more models.

    FC does have more in-house movements, too, but from what I've observed they are sharing some of that capability with Alpina.
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    Public perception of Alpina?

    Keep celebrities away from Alpina and the watches reasonably priced. I prefer it that way.
    I have a few and love them



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    "Alpina, wha's dat"?

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    Question about ownership asked earlier...Alpina is owned by Frederique Constant who last year was bought by Citizen. Personally I think this diminishes their perception as being a small part of a huge Japanese conglomerate. Frederique was one of relatively few independents who called their own shots. Time will tell how they fit in under Citizen's umbrella.

    The other perception challenge IMO is their purchased history. Yes, Alpina was established in 1883 and have some contributions and accomplishments under their belt. But they fell into obscurity until acquired by FC.

    It's for both of these reasons why Oris I feel garners a bit more respect. They are (and I pray continue to be) independent and they have demonstrated the strength to survive for well over a century in continuous operation.

    However, like Oris you can find Alpina deeply discounted. That destroys any potential resale value but also minimizes your exposure.

    And all that aside, I think few here would debate that this is anything but a beautiful timepiece...



    And for this particular example consider how
    many contenders there are at this price with an in-house (granted, modular, but in-house nevertheless) flyback chrono. It's a short list. Eterna comes to mind as one example.

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchjrj View Post
    Question about ownership asked earlier...Alpina is owned by Frederique Constant who last year was bought by Citizen. Personally I think this diminishes their perception as being a small part of a huge Japanese conglomerate. Frederique was one of relatively few independents who called their own shots. Time will tell how they fit in under Citizen's umbrella.

    The other perception challenge IMO is their purchased history. Yes, Alpina was established in 1883 and have some contributions and accomplishments under their belt. But they fell into obscurity until acquired by FC.

    It's for both of these reasons why Oris I feel garners a bit more respect. They are (and I pray continue to be) independent and they have demonstrated the strength to survive for well over a century in continuous operation.

    However, like Oris you can find Alpina deeply discounted. That destroys any potential resale value but also minimizes your exposure.

    And all that aside, I think few here would debate that this is anything but a beautiful timepiece...



    And for this particular example consider how
    many contenders there are at this price with an in-house (granted, modular, but in-house nevertheless) flyback chrono. It's a short list. Eterna comes to mind as one example.

    It's not an investment, never will be. If you like it buy one and wear it in good health.
    Fair and good analysis, though I wish Oris will have the same deep discount as Alpina.

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    Alpina these days seem to focus on sponsoring extreme alpine events and athletes that aligns with the sporty nature of its watches. Pretty cool but unfortunately they aren't as mainstream, which limits their exposure to the general public somewhat.

    But we'll always have Billy Baldwin lol

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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    Alpina is solid! They have a great history and are well built. For the money, especially if you can get a discount, they are very hard to beat. They also have modified and in-house movements in their product lines. I had the Alpiner GMT 4 and sold it, however, I will be getting another Alpina very soon!
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    Re: Public perception of Alpina?

    I have been thinking about an Alpina myself especially the pilot line. For some reason the resale value and name put me off.
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