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Thomas Earnshaw is revered as a legend and pioneer in the field of watchmaking. Born in Manchester, England, in 1749, he was famous for his work in refining and improving the marine chronometers of the time. These were the marine chronometers, crucial to the voyages of Royal Navy ships as they scoured the globe in the golden age of English history of science and exploration. None more than Chronometer no. 506, worn by HMS Beagle which took Charles Darwin on his trip around the world to inspire his groundbreaking study of evolution, “On the Origin of Species”.
Innovation, when combined with purpose, becomes progress. At Alpina, our innovations are exclusively devoted to serve the functional and design needs of those individuals challenging the hardest places on earth. Such as the Alpine summits.
From the very beginning, as far back as 1883, Alpina has been associated with horological innovation. Whether it was their innovative way of creating an excellent working environment, or through the introduction of new quality control criteria before anyone else, Alpina has always sought ways to improve how things are done.