In 1980, the subsidiary of Uvex, Alpina, was founded in Derching, Bavaria. In 1985 Alpina Ski & Surf shield eyewear was launched (later SWING), which then became the top-selling Alpina sports spectacles in the world. ‘Some people are born to want it all. Style and function. Performance and grace. Good looks and an amazing brain. Quality and user-friendliness.’ These are in their words: ‘continuation of steady growth.’ Alpina also created a line of luxury and high performance sunglasses M1 – M8 wich are nowadays one of the most wanted vintage models, ultra-rare and almost impossible to find.