Smartwatches are everywhere at the moment with fitness watches on the wrist of every gym goer and stylish wearables alerting every businessman of their appointments. For 2019, Alpina is taking things one step further and putting their smartwatches at the top of some of the world’s most dangerous mountains. By collaborating with the Ski Freeride World Tour, Alpina have released this spectacular Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition watch, a striking timepiece that effectively celebrates the exhilarating annual event.
The Ski Freeride World Tour took place this year between January 19th-26th starting in Hakuba, Japan and continuing through Andorra, Austria, Canada and Switzerland. This adrenaline pumping event is designed only for the bravest and best freeskiers and snowboard freeriders. Each round is taken on what is commonly known as ‘backcountry’ or ‘extreme’ terrain where there is ungroomed powder snow on dangerous, mountainous slopes.
This is the second year running that Alpina have worked alongside the Ski Freeride World tour to release a special edition watch. For 2018, the partnership bought to life the Alpina Startimer Pilot FWT Limited Edition, but for 2019, the duo have shaken things up with the release of a brand new Alpina smartwatch. This is certainly a clever move since the demand for smartwatches remains as strong as ever.
“We are proud and excited about this extended partnership with Freeride World Tour becoming the official time keeper for the 2019 edition. Alpina’s values are closely bound to the freeriding culture and we feel honoured to celebrate and participate in the evolution of this sport. We wish the very best to all the riders on this fantastic Tour! ” – Oliver van Lanschot Hubrecht, Alpina Brand Manager.
The design of the Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour watch follows in the steps of other Alpina Horological smartwatches that we have seen but is enhanced with the addition of the official Freeride World Tour logo at 2 o clock and a vintage-inspired dark brown leather strap. The 45mm case is crafted from black fibre glass and stainless steel and comes equipped with a bold bi-directional turning compass bezel, scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass and a case back engraved with a special FWT decoration.
Now for the functions, something we can’t ignore with the Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition being a smartwatch. Powered by the MMT-283-1 module, the watch comes fully equipped with standard hour, minutes, seconds and date function, activity tracking, a heart rate monitor, sleep monitoring, worldtimer function, smart alarms, call and message notifications, altitude and temperature measurements, compass, barometer and timer functions. You can find the full list of smartwatch features below but all in all, the Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour 2019 watch seems well equipped to take on anything the snow covered mountains throw at it.
Since it is a limited edition, with only 250 pieces being released worldwide, we highly recommend placing an order for the Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition smartwatch as soon as you can. Whether you are one of those awe-inspiring heroes that dares take on the slopes or just a smartwatch enthusiast who loves a strongly built timepiece full of incredible functions, we highly recommend adding this Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour smartwatch to your collection.
Specifications: Alpina AlpinerX Freeride World Tour Limited Edition Watch (AL-283FWT5SAQ6)
- Case Size: 45mm
- Case Material: Black fibre glass and stainless steel
- Glass: Scratch resistant sapphire crystal
- Bezel: Bi-directional turning compass
- Water Resistance: 100 metres
- Case Back: Closed with special Freeride World Tour engraving
- Movement: MMT-283-1 Horological Smartwatch module
- Battery Life: 2+ years
- Timer Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date, Worldtimer (second timezone and local 24h time), Time recorder (stopwatch, timer, workouts)
- Outdoor Functions: UV indicator, Altitude, Compass, Temperature, Barometer
- Fitness Functions: Activity tracking, Heart rate monitor, Sleep monitoring, Dynamic coach
- Smart Functions: Smart alarms, Call and message notifications
- Dial: Black matte with silver white luminous indexes and digital screen
- Strap: Dark brown leather
- Limited Edition: 250 pieces
- RRP: £795