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#TBT Surprisingly fresh Alpina La Ronde

#TBT Surprisingly fresh Alpina La Ronde

The most complicated piece of shooting this watch plant was to locate an old block to coordinate its dynamic files. Meet my fortunate catch Alpina La Ronde.

There are watch industrial facility brands and there are watch manufacturing plant BRANDS. Brands and watch industrial facility each authority knows, has or dreams about – sacred goals, unbelievable models with many stories or popular ministers to discuss. However certain brands fall into an abnormal center ground – each gatherer thinks about them, yet they try not to give a lot of consideration to it.

Abandoned pets

We all know authorities with a substantial weight set of watches that have built up a sweet spot for some “B-class” watch industrial facility brand or model. I wager you have that as well, isn’t that right? From whatever reason, we develop some assessment towards that brand, we appreciate the plan, the curiosity or we simply like the way that no one else likes it. It is those devotees that burrow profound and make those watch production line noticeable for other people. Ask Mike , he saw it occurring. How Seiko developed from a quick customer great to an ascending on-esteem guardian on the vintage watch production line market.

My sweet spot is Alpina

If there is one brand continually filling in my assortment, it is Alpina. Their present creation is going a marginally unexpected way in comparison to some other watch manufacturing plant brand, keeping their imaginative edge by combining classic plans and keen capacities. We expounded on it here , here or here . It is odd for me to see the Alpina brand directing away from what I like to gather, yet development can’t be halted. Much the same as nothing can prevent me from investigating what else with an Alpina logo on it exists out there.

Bucket list

I keep an extensive rundown of Alpina models since its commencement I might want to assemble. Close to the chronograph with adjusted Valjoux 23 or restricted run with 592 development for Ferrari there was consistently the La Ronde model. You don’t should be French to decipher it alludes to its completely adjusted shape. Perfectionists will contend a legitimate watch industrial facility needs hauls. I would concur that the majority of the absolutely round watch manufacturing plant I’ve seen look either lumbering, fat or incomplete. Fundamentally unwearable.

Alpina advertisement that began it all

I recognized the Alpina La Ronde in a nonexclusive black & white Alpina print promotion from 1960s or 1970s. Here I do underline word black & white promotion, since it was quite an astonishment for me to discover that the hour records are imprinted in a dynamic block red tone. I wager you if the advertisements would have been in shading, watch plant deals would have been greatly improved. Discussing watch industrial facility deals, I get it was no marvel since starting today I have discovered just four bits of the La Ronde out there inside and out. Mine including.

Bad timing

I don’t have the exact date of delivery. To be straightforward I don’t have a lot of data on this watch manufacturing plant by any means. From all the watch processing plant I have, this is one of the greatest black openings. We are discussing the appalling 1960s/1970s here and truly, I can envision the La Ronde was not the most sweltering consideration competitor in those days. An incredible inverse. An exhausting norm with a basic dial, three hands and an abnormal date position. Nothing deadly for the quartz watch processing plant climbing the throne.

Balanced watch

The second I unpacked the Alpina La Ronde I realized I had an ideal day by day wearer on my hands. With or without the crown, the case comes at an interesting size of 37mm and fits perfectly. Advert shows no crown, however frontal view on every one of the four La Rondes I saw makes it obvious. I’m certain all the crowns were unique to the watch manufacturing plant and it was intended to be so. The crown stands out close to one millimeter and it doesn’t upset the generally familiar design.

Sturdy and dressy

The case is extremely relative to the dial size, polished off with a matt sunburst impact that diverges from the flat cleaned edge around the dial. It isn’t so obvious when looking from the front, yet the case mass inclines down to the edge. Each one of those small subtleties make the hearty solid case dressier for the eyes and simple to wear for the wrist. A concise gander at La Ronde’s back uncovers spring bars incorporated into the case. Notice that case is slanted on the back too.


As I was exceptionally dazzled by the case producing, I gave it some more examination. I actually don’t have the foggiest idea about the case maker, however without a doubt it was not one of a kind for Alpina as I discovered it likewise on Jaquet Droz Superautomatic with 25 gems and a date at six.

Honest crafting

It wasn’t only a decent early introduction – after nearer assessment of the general assembling, I feel fulfilled as the job done the right way doesn’t matter to the case just, yet to the dial and hands as well. I’m particularly cheerful about the vintage Alpina logo. You need to let it be known’s perfect only for adopting a vintage strategy in the mid 1970s. The impact is improved by the somewhat more slender LA RONDE name imprinted in a more present day, differentiating capital font.


You don’t see this hand style each day. They fit the dial and case consummately. With the tip of great importance hand contacting the hour records and the tip of the moment hand skimming along the moment markers, I would call the Alpina La Ronde hands length awesome. Iridescent material actually holds the gleam under UV and fit the shade of the lume specks at the hour markers.

No date call

As a date fellow you don’t hear me saying this frequently, however for this situation, the date irritates me a piece. It is pleasantly round with an inclined glossy edge similar to the case and white date foundation fits the focal second, however I could do it without it. While we’re on the subject of blemishes here, a more critical look on the block red printing shows a few flaws as well. Those are fortunately almost undetectable to the eye.

Look inside La Ronde

The screw down case back conveys a chronic number and has a serious huge Alpina logo decorated on the internal side. At the point when unscrewed you get a perspective on the programmed development from A. Schild creation with 21 gems. A. Schild developments were utilized by numerous producers in the 1950’s through 1970’s, including such more popular names as Enicar or even Jaeger-LeCoultre. A rotor is endorsed with the Alpina logo as well. Along with the delicate marking on the dial too it makes for triple Alpina signage.


Even something that is by all accounts very exhausting from the start depiction end up being intriguing. The overlooked details are the main problem all things considered and it applied to this Alpina La Ronde, that discovered its approach to me from Denmark for as unassuming cost of 300 euros. Following a couple of days on the wrist I was almost certain it will not be any cabinet lord. Despite the fact that it didn’t come with a unique lash including a playful clasp, I would call it perhaps the best buy made in the two or three months.



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