The Alpiner 4 AL-760 chronograph adds a sporty splash of black to the Flyback Manufacture Chronograph

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The family-owned Swiss-based watchmaking house, Alpina, has been inspiring designs and time-telling since 1883. The harbingers of Swiss sports watches have steadily impressed upon us the fine art of watchmaking and how it can create a fresh experience for those who don it, with each ticking second. Even to this day, Alpina watches are regarded as end-to-end pieces of art as the company develops, produces and puts together the movements themselves. This is testimony to the holistic attention paid to the mechanics and design of each chronograph that emerges from the house of Alpina.

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The Alpiner 4 Black Flyback Manufacture Chronograph AL-760 is yet another marvel to behold. The original version arrived at Baselworld 2015, celebrating 132 years of the Geneva-based company. What really stood out among the accolades of this unique chronograph is it being Alpina’s first in-house Manufacture Flyback Chronograph, bearing the patented ‘Direct Flyback Technology’. This sees a completely different and rather simplified return-to-zero mechanism. The flyback function is native to Alpina’s line of pilot watches with split second functions. Devised way back in the 1930s, the mechanism greatly aids pilots with greater visibility of time and precision. The Full-Black, sportier rendition added zest and vigor to the Flyback Manufacture Chronograph, which set many eyes on it at this year’s Baselworld.
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So what really sets this year’s version apart? The apparent absence of brushed and polished steel is plainly visible on the timepiece. It comes with a PVD coating that creates a fine highlight for the beige highlights. The black dial is immersive and the luminous beige hands adorn its face with consistency. This, with the Alpina 4 attributes of being water-resistant, antimagnetic, anti-shock and remaining stainless, make the chronograph a rather desirable wear. Being a true companion to the sporting kind, the watch can withstand water pressure even at depths of 100 meters. The sapphire crystal is no less tough, bringing with it the assurance of scratch resistance. An elegant black leather strap with beige stitching adorns the wrist of the active wearer, bringing its own charm to the ensemble.
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Coming to the mechanics of the watch: the modular caliber is easy to service, thanks to theintegrated chronograph build that has fewer components, fulfilling the ‘simplicity’ aspect that Alpina insists upon. The screw down winding and the setting crown are consistent with former watches from the company. The in-house-made movement comprises of 32 jewels and a 38-hour power reserve. The push-piece at 4 o’clock and the associate mechanism that accompanies it performs three tasks sequentially. First, the clutch gets disengaged, second, a single-piece hammer ensures that the hands position themselves vertically, thus setting the chronograph to zero and finally, the clutch engages once more when the push-piece is released. All of this happens sequentially, with precision and with the single press of the push-piece. The date hand can be found at 6 o’clock and is truly legible, without the unsightly well that is found in most conventional builds.
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The original version of the Alpiner 4 Flyback Manufacture Chronograph was around $4,750. We expect this year’s full black rendition to be priced around the same range, though prices have not been announced as yet.
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FENDI MINI BY THE WAY SNAKESKIN BAG WITH MINIATURE CREATIONS

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Don’t buy any ‘By The Way’s’ yet before you read this.

You see, we were excited when the newer version of the Fendi By The Way Bag was getting a tale with lots of Swarovski crystal embossed.

READ: Fendi Mini By The Way Leather Bag

Not only because the size was ‘mini’ but the tale was like… a crocodile tale. It was elegant, beautiful and shiny – basically our taste!

The Swarovski stones matches like twins to the color of your bag. The black with black stones and the pink with light pink and white stones. Lovely!

Now Fendi reintroduces the By The Way Bag in Snakeskin, completely embellished with beads, sequins and crystals.

Besides that it is in beautiful yellow – the color of the summer, it has the same crocodile tale that we’ve mentioned earlier. And to make it even cuter than ever, it’s stitched with cute miniature creations of the Fendi classics everywhere on the bag.

It comes with a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap, featuring an internal zipped and slot pockets, measuring 5’ x 8’ x 4’ (H x W x D), priced at €2990 euro via MyTheresa.

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Is Chanel Discontinuing the Grand Shopping Tote?

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It’s somewhat rare that brands discontinue popular bags from their popular collections, but we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately about the potential end of the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote–it might be a thing of the past in the near future. Or maybe it’s just getting a huge price increase. Or perhaps it’s simply being yanked from the American market because of its relatively low price point and market over-saturation? No one seems to know.

I first read of the GST’s looming demise yesterday on Mizhattan, which posits the story as fact rather than a rumor and reports on low stock level at several NYC-area stores. We then looked to our Chanel subforum over at PurseForum, which has a discussion on the GST’s theoretical disconinuation that dates back to December. In it, members from all over the world report on what they’ve been told by Chanel sales associates; many in the US have heard that the bag will soon be gone, while European readers are more likely to report that their SAs were baffled when they asked about the GST’s pending disappearance. One tPFer even contacted a Chanel boutique in Paris, where the associate told her that the GST is in the permanent collection and isn’t going anywhere.

Among the European Chanel lovers, the talk is instead of a future price increase; the GST is among the brand’s most attainably price bags for its size, and Chanel may be concerned that it’s diverting customers away from its other, more expensive bags of a similar size and type. Rumors about the GST also went around last year around this time, so who knows if this might just be another game of telephone gone awry.

We’ve reached out to our sources at Chanel; if we hear anything definitive back from them, we’ll update this post. In the meantime, have any of you heard any news from your regular SAs?

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