Alpina unveils the Startimer Pilot Automatic Michael Goulian Team Special, a limited edition timepiece in celebration of its partnership with Michael Goulian, champion aviator and air show superstar, and his race team “99MG”. The piece, upon purchase, is presented in a special edition box alongside a miniature model of Michael Goulian’s Red Bull Air Race World Championship competition airplane.
Drawing inspiration from the Startimer Pilot Automatic collection, this model maintains all the pilot features as well as excellence and qualitative finishing details. With a titanium-colored stainless steel 44 mm case contrasting with a matte dark blue dial, it displays the typical oversized luminous hand-applied indexes and hands with a date window at 3 o’clock. The watch features a black genuine leather strap as well as a case back engraved with the signature of the aviator himself with his race team name “99MG”.
Startimer Pilot Automatic Michael Goulian Team Special © Alpina
“We are pleased to create a dedicated timepiece for a special member of the Alpina Watch Ranking Replica family,” says Morgane Leynaud, Marketing Manager, Alpina Watches. “Michael and his talents embody the Alpinist lifestyle and values, and truly represent our brand in the category of pilot watches.”
“I’m truly touched and honored that Alpina has worked with me to create a timepiece that embodies the same virtues as our Red Bull Air Race Team #99,” says Michael Goulian. “I’m very proud to be able to wear this watch and I’m sure aviation enthusiasts of all types will love thiswatch as much as I do.”
Limited to 188 pieces and retails for $1,150 at select authorized retailers and AlpinaWatches.com, this timepiece is only available in North America and the Caribbean.
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