Bringing Complexity In A Commoner Attire – The Rolex Sky-Dweller Replica Watches In Steel or Rolesor

A Steel Sky-Dweller… This is a watch many of us were secretly hoping for (we did) but we knew chances of actually seeing it would be small. Well, it seems that dreams can become reality, as here we are: for Baselworld 2017, Rolex introduced its most complicated watch – and what certainly is the ultimate traveller’s watch – in commoner attire; meaning a more casual look and more accessible prices. Here are the Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel ref. 326934 and Two-Tone ref. 326933, both of which come with more than just a material evolution.

What is the Rolex Sky-Dweller? Basically, it is one of the most practical watches you can think of, the perfect instrument for travellers or busy business people piece. It is a complex watch, with many functions, but not just for the fun of it. Indeed, as nice and mechanically interesting as a perpetual calendar can be, it has a rather subjective inherent purpose. An annual calendar however, which is much easier to develop and assemble, only slightly less precise and much more accessible, offers real added value, compared to a normal calendar. This is one of the functions of the Sky-Dweller. Add to that an extremely practical function for business travellers: the dual-time display, allowing you to keep track of home-time when traveling or another time-zone when you’re working with colleagues in another city/country for example. We all love the beauty of an integrated perpetual calendar, however this combination annual calendar / dual-time makes the Rolex Sky-Dweller fake watches with self-winding movements one of the most rational offers on the market.

With such a description, you might have envisioned an extremely complex watch – which it is indeed, being the most complex Rolex in the catalogue – however this complexity isn’t reflected on the dial. Rolex is Rolex and legibility and functionality are key. For the Sky-Dweller, the “Crown” imagined an extremely simple and perfectly legible display for the annual calendar. How many months in a year? 12. How many hours on a dial? 12. You get the idea. Next to each hour marker is a small rectangular window, which corresponds to one of the months of the year. The current month is highlighted in red while all the other windows remain white. Simple, clever, legible. Linked to that is the everlasting date window at 3, located under the no-less everlasting cyclops (a hallmark of all Rolex watches with date, even the Sea-Dweller now).

The dual-time function created some debate at first, when the watch was introduced, simply because it was quite oddly positioned on the dial. Rather than a 24-hour bezel (as on the GMT-Master II) or a dual-time window (like many competing brands), Rolex decided to equip the Sky-Dweller with a rotating 24-hour disc, with an off-centered position (yet with a look and fonts that recall the GMT-Master II). However, this display animates the dial and gives the watch a rather unique look. Plus, legibility is great – a triangle at 12, below the Rolex logo, points to the current hour on the disc. Local time is indicated classically by 3 hands (hours, minutes, seconds) on the central axis.

Another part of the Rolex Sky-Dweller’s greatness is hidden, however you’ll enjoy it as a wearer: the way adjustments are made. Combining the winding capacity, plus the adjustment of the date, the month, the local time-zone and the reference time-zone into a single crown should be too complicated in theory. However, recessed pushers are not Rolex’s style (bad for water resistance). So, what Rolex did is create a way to adjust all these settings via the bezel using a system that it calls “Ring Command Bezel”. Instead of pulling the crown in X positions or pushing small buttons, you simply rotate the crown in one of the 3 positions and then the selected function (date, local time or reference time) can then be rapidly adjusted in either direction using the winding crown. This patented “Ring Command Bezel” mechanism is composed of no less than 60 components. The best thing is that no one would guess that this classic Rolex fluted bezel is such a complication and that it actually rotates. It is clever, it makes adjustments easier and it improves reliability.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934The top Rolex Sky-Dweller replica watches are powered by a specific movement, developed especially for this watch: the Calibre 9001. It is one of the most complicated movements that Rolex has ever developed. It is of course a Superlative Chronometer, it boasts 72 hours of power reserve, it features Paraflex shock absorbers, a large variable inertia balance wheel and the blue Parachrom hairspring (antimagnetic). And even with the Ring Command Bezel and the SAROS (annual calendar) mechanism, it is built to last a lifetime (and then some).

Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934The 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934 and Two-Tone 326933

The Rolex copy wacthes with blue dials have always been available in multiple versions (12 models, with 3 different golds, on strap or bracelet, with many different dials – rose, champagne, silver, black, brown). Yet, until now, every one of these models was manufactured in precious metals (white, yellow or pink / Everose gold) with prices starting at EUR 34,850 (yellow gold on leather) and going up to EUR 44,700 (white gold on bracelet). Clearly not what we would call a cheap watch, which explains why, despite all its intrinsic qualities, it remains quite rare in the wild. However, times are changing: the market is not in the best shape ever, stainless is hot these days, the trend might be more for sporty chic than for precious gold and finally, Rolex has a younger CEO.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose 326135

A 18k Everose version of the Rolex Sky-Dweller (ref. 326135)

This is why for Baselworld 2017, the Rolex Sky-Dweller copy watches with brown crocodile straps have undergone a significant overhaul. Two new references are added to the collection, and for the first time on this model stainless steel has been used for the 42mm case. Along with the Day-Date (and the Cellini collection too), the Sky-Dweller was the only Rolex model to be offered exclusively in precious metals. Those days are over. Two new references: the Ref. 326933, in Rolesor, meaning a combination of steel and yellow gold, for the fluted bezel, the crown and center bracelet links – which means that the price goes down massively at EUR 15,650. The second reference added to the collection is the even more interesting Ref. 326934, which comes in full stainless steel (case, crown, entire bracelet) with the exception of the fluted bezel, which is made in white gold (traditional for Rolex) – and here, it means that the entry-level price for the Sky-Dweller goes down to EUR 13,150, almost a third of the yellow gold / leather version. Quite an interesting deal!

The introduction of stainless steel is not the only evolution to note. Indeed, following the recent evolutions adopted on certain watches (Day-Date, Datejust), these new version of the “Sky” receive a redesigned, modernized dial. Say goodbye to the old-fashioned Roman numerals or the omni-present present Arabic numerals. The 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934 and Two-Tone 326933 feature sportier and more contemporary rectangular indexes, in line with the 2017 Steel Datejust for instance. Combined with the cold look of steel and the use of metallic bracelets only, the 2017 Sky-Dweller becomes more casual than before (luminous indexes) and simply more modern. Some will probably argue that Rolex should stop with “maxi dials” (it’s true that the indexes are quite fat) but the “Sky” still benefits from this overhaul. Another small detail concerns the hour and minute hands, which are now slightly larger (to complement the new indexes) and longer.

Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934The 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel 326934 replica watches are available in three versions – white, blue and black – and the Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel-and-Gold 326933 in three versions too – white, champagne and black. Not only was the good news about the much more accessible prices but also the evolution of the dial of the Sky-Dweller gives a fresh, modern look to a watch that was probably not the easiest to sell previously. You asked for it, Rolex brought it to you.

Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” Special Edition Replica Watches

To commemorate the beginning of their fruitful partnership, Hublot have released the special edition “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” replica watches with black crocodile straps. Limited to only 113 pieces to celebrate 113 years since Sport Lisboa e Benfica’s inception in 1904, the “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” is one badass looking watch. As a football (or soccer) enthusiast, I think it’s wonderful to see watchmaking brands and footballing institutions coming together to create timepieces of passion, reflecting both the watchmaking atelier’s genome and the rich history of such an iconic sporting club.

 

Now onto the piece itself, and I must say, I am a fan. The black schematic theme that Hublot have implemented is quite breathtaking. I am a huge advocate of full-black watches. I find them versatile, good looking and super wearable. The Classic Fusion Chronograph “SELECÇÃO BENFICA LISBOA” Special Edition replica watches further reinforce my thoughts about full-black watches. But with those hints of red on the dial and black alligator leather strap, the whole piece comes to life. The 45mm wide, 13mm thick satin-finished and polished black ceramic case is a work of art. It’s a simple design that has resonated with Hublot for years now, and it’s one that we will identify with Hublot for many years to come. The bezel is also made of the same material as the case, and the uniformity of the piece comes together quite effortlessly. The matte black dial is simple and informative. The time function is where you’d expect it to be, the date window at 6 o’clock is subtle and welcoming, and the added BSL17 logo on the 3 o’clock sub-dial counter reminds you just how special this piece is.

 

Turn the piece over and the magic continues with the automatic Hublot calibre HUB1143. Ticking at 4Hz over about 42 hours of consecutive timekeeping, this calibre is in itself a workhouse. Imagine something containing 280 components moving along effortlessly while you go about the day. Therein lies the magic of any mechanical watch. The artistry and symbolic nature of the piece continues onto the back of the piece, too. Renowned Portuguese artist Diogo Machado has created the story of the Hublot-Benfica partnership into the ceramic. He has combined the representation of an eagle, motifs inspired by the watch’s movement, the red colour emblematic of Benfica’s club colours with the torn and overlaid images typical of his work to create a micro work of art at the back of the black dials HUblot Classic Fusion copy watches.

While I’m not a fan of Benfica, I do respect their heritage and what they’ve done for Portuguese football. I think it’s wonderful when such iconic and highly regarded watchmaking brands like Hublot take the time to integrate themselves in other passionate ventures, like football. Benfica join the ranks of Chelsea, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Ajax to be part of a family of footballing giants supported by a horological giant, Hublot. The Hublot fake watches with self-winding movements are interesting and well designed. The integration of Benfica’s motifs onto the dial and caseback adds that element of exclusivity to the lucky purchaser of the piece (no doubt a Benfica fanatic, too!). While I’m unsure of pricing (of which I will update this article as soon as I have it confirmed), I don’t expect this piece to be super expensive. A solid daily wearer with a touch of footballing passion, how can you go wrong?

Happy Birthday, Bovet! Celebrating 195 Years of Complicated Replica Watches

Today, 195 years ago Bovet was officially founded in London. Ironically it did not mark the beginning of the journey, as Jean-Frédéric Bovet had already had the foresight several years earlier to send his three sons to London, the epicenter of watchmaking during those days. From there the brothers would venture out and win the favor of the Emperor of China and his court, with their elaborately decorated pocket copy watches with mechanical movements.

They show off these decorations the brothers were the first to develop a glass case back. This sense of innovation lived on later in the history of the brand as they introduced in the 1920’s a pocket watch with a still mind-boggling power reserve of 370 days.

Since 2001 Bovet is in the capable hands of Pascal Raffy, who reinvented the manufacture based on its history. High-quality finishes and elaborate decorations are still one of the brand’s pillars, much in the same way as they were during the time of the Bovet-brothers. Raffy didn’t stop there and went out to create a manufacture for which complications became a second-nature, all bound together with a design that stands out.


Exquisite BOVET Fleurier Complications Virtuoso VIII Replica Watches
One of the watches Bovet is celebrating their 195th anniversary with is the Virtuoso VIII. It combines many of the historical aspects of the brand, such as elaborate engravings of the movement, and a generous power reserve of ten days. Bovet complements this with a big date function, as well as a flying tourbillon. Dials are made from black lacquer, ivory or blue aventurine, and you seriously wonder why Bovet felt the need to put “handcrafted” on the black or brown crocodile straps Bovet  fake watches, as such intricate beauty can hardly be created by a machine.


The Récital 20 Astérium is another way in which Bovet celebrated its 195th anniversary. Again, the BOVET Fleurier Complications replica watches with steel or rose golden cases will tempt you with a flying tourbillon, generous ten-day power reserve, and even an annual calendar, but that is only scratching the surface of what this Bovet is really about. Constellations are laser-engraved on a blue sapphire crystal and even coated with Super LumiNova, displaying the night sky with great precision. An equation of time indicator provides you with the correct deviation between solar time and time as we measure it. The back of the Récital 20 Astérium only shows part of the movement, as the majority of it is dedicated to showing the dates, months, seasons and zodiacs.

It is this combination of complications, craftsmanship, and eye for detail that have made Bovet one of a unique brand in the field of Haute Horlogerie. Happy birthday, and that the best may yet to come!

An Intimate Look At The New Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Moon Replica Watches

Two circles within one large circle: many of Jaquet Droz replicawatches with self-winding movements are based on this design principle, which has always resulted in stylish watches, which stood out, but always in a refined way. With the new Grande Seconde Moon, the brand takes this concept to the next level. Time for a closer look!


As the name already indicates does this Jaquet Droz display the seconds in an oversized way, by means of its own subdial at the six o’clock position. This subdial is, in fact, larger than the subdial that displays the hours and minutes and that is the charm of copy watches with golden cases.


For the Moon version, the second’s hand must share its subdial with a pointer date as well as a moon phase. While adding only the moon phase would have made the watch more pure in terms of design (another aspect Jaquet Droz excels in) the pointer date greatly increases the day-to-day functionality. By displaying the dates on a sloped ring surrounding the moon phase, it highlights this complication in a novel way, integrating the date function almost seamlessly.

Jaquet Droz Fake Watches With White Dials
Jaquet Droz Fake Watches With White Dials

The moon phase is, however, the real star of the show. Jaquet Droz offers the Grande Seconde Moon in three different versions: here we have the stainless steel onyx version, as well as the gold enamel version. There is also another one with a steel case, featuring an opaline dial. Jaquet Droz incorporates the different materials in a very creative way.

The stainless steel bezels Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde replica watches  have an onyx dial. Dials made from semi-precious gemstone are still rare, and that is because they are not only precious but also very difficult to make, as you have to slice off a thin disc of Onyx from a consistent quality, to make the perfect dial. For this watch also the moon disc is made from onyx, while the moon and stars are crafted from white gold. It gives this watch a very deep, rich, yet understated look.


The red gold encased Grande Seconde Moon is like milk and honey, with the case being the honey and the enamel dial the milk. Here the moon phase disc is made from gold, which is later on blued, featuring moon and stars made out of red gold. All models are powered by Jaquet Droz’s manufacture caliber 2660QL3, which features a double mainspring barrel, as well as a silicon balance spring and pallet horns.


It is surprising how long it actually takes until you realize that the majority of the dial is empty. It puts even more of an emphasis on the oversized seconds, as well as the moon phase. The top Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde replica watches also give you the opportunity to enjoy the enamel or onyx dial in its purest form, unadorned. Perhaps that is also the true strength of not only this Grande Seconde Moon, but all Jaquet Droz’s.

The Comeback of The Oris Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ – With Probably The Best Possible Display For A Dive Replica Watch

Think about it for a second… What is the most important feature of a dive watch? Its water resistance? Its second hand? Its bezel? Of course, it is a combination of these elements however, pro-divers won’t contradict me, THE ultimate feature of a dive watch is the minute hand. For safety reasons, the minute hand is key to calculate remain diving time and decompression stages. Oris knows about it for already some years and comes back with a new version of the Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’, a watch intensively thought, built for pro-divers and with the appeal of its original display.

Oris’ reputation in terms of professional-oriented dive watches is not to be proven anymore. Think about the Aquis Depth Gauge, the Prodiver 1000 or simply the Aquis Date. All of them are sturdy, well conceived, purpose-built watches with real recognition as instruments by those who, in the end, have authority: divers. These watches were not created to be desk-divers (even if they might be often use as such… but that’s another debate). In addition to these, Oris has what I consider “a step further” for dive watches, a watch that not only offers the water resistance, the compliance with ISO-6425 standards or the required robustness, but that emphasizes the crucial feature of a dive watch: the minute hand, by relying on a regulator display. The copy watches with self-winding movements the Oris Regulateur ‘Der Meistertaucher’ and, for Baselworld 2017, Oris has decided to give it a facelift, accordingly to the new Aquis collection.

 

Why highlighting that much the minute hand on a dive watch? In fact, combined to the rotatable bezel, the minute hand is key to calculate remaining dive time and to measure decompression stages, two elements crucial to the security of divers. If you think about it, what should be the best way to have a well highlighted minute hand? The answer is simple: a regulator display. A regulator relies on non-coaxial hands, meaning the hour and minute hands are separated. The minute hand is in the centre, while the hour, an important feature of course but secondary when diving, is shown by a hand on a subdial at 3. This isolates the key piece of information for a diver, who can set dive time by aligning the minute hand to the 60-minute scale on the uni-directional rotating bezel. Other features of this display are a small-second (a running indication is required by ISO standards) and a date.

This feature is key in the unique charm of this ‘Der Meistertaucher’, not a new watch for Oris, however a niche piece that became sort of an icon (In 1999, Oris became the first watch company to introduce this traditional complication into a dive watch). To better integrate the exquisite Oris Aquis replica watches in the collection, the brand gave it the same facelift as the 2017 version of the Aquis, meaning a slightly slimmer case, redesigned crown protection piece, reshaped lugs and different indexes on the dial. Overall, the watch feels a bit more compact than before and also more modern.

The 43.5mm of the Oris fake watches with black dials are entirely devoted to efficiency: lightweight thanks to the use of titanium (for the case, the buckle and the additional bracelet), well protected, designed for divers, with a 300m water resistance and an automatic helium escape valve, secreted on the side of the case at 9, a rubber strap or a bracelet, both with quick-adjust extension system (to strap the watch around a diving suit). The dial also follows the same idea, with clearly identified hands, thanks to bright colors: all secondary indications are white painted (hours, seconds, date, indexes) while the main indications – hours and first 15-minutes of the ceramic bezel’s scale – are painted in bright red. This display is powered by an automatic calibre, the Oris Cal. 749, based on Sellita SW 220-1.

The new Oris Aquis fake watches with steel cases keep the appeal of the model, meaning the unique charm of the regulator (as being one of the only regulator dive watches), combined with a great conception. Complication is here used in one goal only; creating an even safer and more practical watch. This Oris ‘Der Meistertaucher’ is a niche offer but one that is really relevant. The 2017 facelift is welcomed, as bringing modernity to this proper tool. Price: EUR 2,900, including titanium bracelet, additional rubber strap with folding buckle and water-resistant case with strap-changing tools. Available in May 2017.

Julien Tornare Has Been Appointed The New CEO Of Zenith Academy Replica Watches

In January 2017, Jean-Claude Biver announced that he would be acting as interim CEO for Zenith, in addition to staying Head of Watchmaking at LVMH, Chairman of Hublot, and CEO of TAG Heuer. He’s a busy man. At the time, the plan was to find a full time candidate within six months, and now just three months later we’ve got our guy. The news broke today that Julien Tornare is taking over as the top boss at exquisite Zenith Academy replica watches after spending the last 17 years at Vacheron Constantin.

Zenith Academy Replica Watches With Blue Steel Hands
Zenith Academy Replica Watches With Blue Steel Hands

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Today, it was announced that Biver’s pick is Julien Tornare, a real veteran of the watch industry. Tornare has spent the last 17 years at Vacheron Constantin and worked at Raymond Weil for two years prior to that. Most recently at Vacheron, Tornare was in charge of the 13 boutiques in the Asia Pacific market, which he began after supervising the boutiques in both the Swiss and U.S. market’s. In an article announcing the news (in French), Mr. Tornare fully acknowledges the challenge that he will face at Zenith, where he will start at the beginning of next month. He was careful to stress the asset that Zenith’s history represents though and also mentioned that he’s ready to work in collaboration with Jean-Claude Biver, who has clearly communicated that he will remain deeply involved at Zenith for the foreseeable future.

It will be interesting to see the direction that Zenith takes in the next few months, and the balance that it will find between its historical pieces and the more contemporary designs in copy watches with white dials.

HANDS-ON: A Square Peg In A Round Hole – the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver Replica Watches

The first Bell & Ross copy watches with black rubber straps I ever laid my hands on, back in 2008, was the Marine, an uncommon and somewhat unusual beast that took the brand’s trademark dial and transplanted it into a large, 1000m water resistant, tonneau-shaped case that looked like it could handle anything short of being run over by a main battle tank (and even then it’d probably only scratch the case a little). And it turns out that this isn’t the brand’s first foray into the world of hardcore divers (check out the Hydromax). The only issue is that these older models don’t neatly fit into the Bell & Ross family. They’re round pegs trying to fit in a square hole.

The newly minted BR 03-92 Diver has no such problems. Bell & Ross fake watches with self-winding movements have taken the instantly recognisable BR 03 case shape and turned it into their first ever square dive watch. The first thing I thought on seeing it was – why haven’t they done this before?

There is no doubt that the discount BR 03-92 Diver looks every inch the professional diver, as well it should, given that it has all the bells and whistles required by ISO 6425 – the international standard that effectively defines what is and isn’t a dive watch. There’s the crown guard, the 300m of water resistance, clearly different hour and minute hands, and of course that unidirectional dive bezel.

It’s still very much a Bell & Ross: square case with visible screws and solid rubber strap. What I find most interesting are the small evolutions, and the way the amended design plays with the brand’s established DNA. The handset and the applied luminous indices rather than printed Arabic numerals, for example, create a watch that is simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar. The introduction of this square diver is a smart and intriguing move from Bell & Ross Aviation replica watches with black dials, and I’ll be curious to see where it evolves from here.

Three Incredible A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Replica Watches Hands-On

It’s rare enough to go hands-on with one of German watchmaking’s most interesting and iconic pieces, but three at the same time? It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it. We recently pinned down a trio of A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk watches – each with their own distinct complication, designed to appeal to very specific types of collectors: the standard version in rose gold, the Striking Time in rose gold, and the Minute Repeater in platinum.

At first glance, the three examples all carry a very similar visual aesthetic, anchored in A. Lange & Söhne’s extremely cool mechanical jumping “digital” display – now a signature for the prestigious Glashütte-based watchmaker. However, the contrasts between each in feature set and price point couldn’t be more different, which is why it’s helpful to have them all in the same room at once. Before we dive too deep into the minutiae that define each Zeitwerk, it’s worth taking a moment to break down what makes their complications different.

For starters, the “standard” variant (somewhat of a misnomer, as even the base-level Zeitwerk is an extremely complex watch) is built around a 41.9mm case and powered by Lange’s calibre L043.1, which displays the time through a series of rotating discs at 3 and 9:00 that “jump” from minute to minute, and hour to hour. Coming in at 44.2mm, the Striking Time is a few hairs larger than the standard best A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk fake watches, a size increase which accommodates the added complications necessary for the larger L043.2 caliber which chimes the full and quarter hours as they arrive in two distinctly different tones only when the chime is engaged.

You can see each of the hammer-like gongs positioned at 4 and 7:00, where they strike a carefully tensioned wire driven into the caseband. The third in our trio is the most complex, and arguably the apex of traditional watchmaking expertise – which is likely why Lange opted to release it exclusively in platinum.

The A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater replica watches with self-winding movements accommodates the caliber L043.5 by sharing the same larger 44.2mm case as the Striking Time, but with an added degree of symphonic complexity when its chimes are activated – on demand, unlike the Striking Time – simply by depressing the pusher at 10:00. But rather than chime the hours and quarter-hours as they pass like the Striking Time, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater chimes the current time, right down to the very minute, using a combination of unique notes: a low tone for each elapsed hour, a high/low tone combo for 10-minute intervals, and a crisp, high tone for each elapsed minute.

The entire sequence takes much longer than the exquisite A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time, but it’s a delight for the ears, and one that must simply be heard to be fully appreciated. The Zeitwerk Minute Repeater also carries the distinction of being the world’s first watch with both a mechanical jumping numeral display and a “decimal” minute repeater, making it something of a rare bird in already very rare company.

From a practical standpoint, each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk brings its own unique functionality to the table, but on the wrist, those differences become much more subtle – especially given the dial similarity of each. The 44.2mm A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater with its 14.1mm height and platinum case (known to be a much more dense metal than gold) naturally carries the heaviest wrist presence, but not by much – as it compares to the other two, which differ by no more than 1.5mm in height and case size. Contemporary proportions, for sure, but the visual “lightness” of the dials enable each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk to wear subtly smaller than its specs belie.

But back to the Minute Repeater’s L043.5 caliber, which houses a gobsmacking 771 parts (93 of which are jewels) and a healthy degree of added complexity, compared to just over four and five hundred parts for the standard and Striking Time variants, respectively. One other note on the relative practicality of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk range is how the power reserve for each is a somewhat sub-standard 36 hours with a full wind. That said, bear in mind the amount of power it takes to “jump” the hour/minute discs and activate the chiming gongs (in some cases – simultaneously) results in considerable more drain than the demands of a traditional manually-wound mainspring – even at the 18,000bph.

Keeping this in mind, it makes perfect sense that each dial prominently exhibits a power reserve indicator at 12:00. The power reserve indicator on the A. Lange & Söhne fake watches with rose golden or steel cases differ ever so slightly in that it carries a red dot indicating the minimum amount of remaining power required to activate the sonnerie.

But besides the overall similarity in dial layout and case design, if there’s one common theme that unites these three copy watches with brown and black leather straps (and A. Lange & Söhne as a whole) is the absolutely heroic level of finishing that goes into each dial and movement. All the usual exemplary signatures of an A. Lange & Söhne are here; the precision-beveled, polished, and striped movement bridges and the hand-engraved balance cock.

But the dials – particularly those of the sonnerie variants – are extra unique. Here, the gongs are not just visible, but carry some equally impressive finishing; mirror-polished fronts, beveled edges, and grained sides. The end result is both subtle and spectacular as it contrasts the brushed gold that frames the hour and minute apertures.

Historically speaking, sonnerie watches like these Zeitwerk examples (with the exception of the standard, of course) have deep roots not only in fine watchmaking, but utility as well. Long before the complication was reserved for the annuls of haute horology (and long before the widespread advent of electricity), it was the only means available that could deliver the time in complete darkness.

It’s a particular thrill to see this unique complication juxtaposed against the classically sleek, avant-garde design language that’s long defined A. Lange & Söhne, but like any truly great watch, it comes at a price. Cased in two different precious metals, and powered by three distinctly different complications, the pricing for each A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk copy watches with white dials differs a fair bit. The standard A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Zeitwerk in rose gold starts around $70,000, whereas the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time in rose gold has a price of $117,500, and the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater cast in platinum goes for $467,700. lange-soehne.com

First Look – The Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Date Replica Watches Ref. 79730 (Availability, Specs & Price)

As part of the newly presented 2017 Collection, Tudor introduced one big novelty, a chronograph with a new movement (and, as of now, you should be aware of the Breitling provenance) but it’s not the one we’ll talk about today. We’d like to take more time before going on this specific watch, as it deserves to be looked with a clear mind. Yet, the second big news for Tudor was the introduction of the Date on the Heritage Black Bay, a feature that will certainly please many end consumers, and that comes along a new design, with a brushed stainless steel bezel – and believe it or not, but it does change drastically the look of the watch. Here are our first impressions about the exquisite Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Date Ref. 79730 replica watches.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

Let’s first draw the context. We are, Frank Geelen and I, proud owners of the 1st generation of the Tudor fake watches with black dials, both of us with a midnight blue bezel. While the burgundy edition was probably not for us, the blue version was love at first sight. Just saying this to explain that we perfectly know the watch, in all aspects, and that we love it. This might give a bit of partiality when talking about this model, in both directions. Changing a watch, adding a steel bezel, and mainly, adding a date to a model known for its pure look, could have well been dangerous. But yet, the combination of both features, and not just one of them, is relevant, clever and in a way, justified – the addition of the date on the burgundy, blue or black versions would certainly make less sense. More than just a visual update, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Date Ref. 79730 actually has a different taste. More practical, more modern, more toolish too.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

One of the greatest features of the Heritage Black Bay has always been its contrast, between the colored bezel and the matte black dial. With the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel, we move to a much more Monochrome look (pun-intended). Still, this is what the steel  cases copy watches version is: a monochromatic and technical version. Say goodbye to the dramatic vintage flair of the “colored” versions, this steel Black Bay, with its cold, toolish style, plays on different levels. Basically, it is just a switch of bezel insert, as the anodized aluminum ring, flat and with printed numerals and track, is replaced by a steel, brushed and engraved version. Not only the look differs, but also the proportions on the wrist. The dial feels more opened and more present than before, as more contrasted in this light and metallic bezel/case set.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

This also gives the self-winding movements Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Date Ref. 79730 replica watches, despite the use of the exact same case as before (41mm in diameter), a less compact feel on the wrist. The watch fees slightly more present, more opened than before, without being bulky either. When worn on the steel bracelet, which is showing the now traditional riveted style of the collection, the watch feels much more modern and technical. It is bright, but not shiny (almost all plan surfaces are brushed) and legibility is as good as with the rest of the collection. And this slight (on paper) but quite important visual update (on the wrist) feels really coherent with the addition of the date, an also modern feature.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

While the Tudor Heritage Black Bay has been praised by “hardcore” collectors for its nude, no-date display, the lack of a quantième on the dial was certainly problematic for some end-customers (more normal people that don’t dream watches at night). We hear quite often complaints about the presence of a date on a dial, which sometimes makes sense (both for the balance of a design or for historical relevance), but allow me two comments: first of all, many of the young-timers Tudor Submariner, including the ref. 79190 from 1995 (in which I see the inspiration for this Black Bay Steel) had a date window. Then, not all (and actually many) potential buyers of this new Black Bay Steel are long-time collectors. Thus, a date could be an important factor here. Plus, the integration is classical, with a window at 3, with a white disc that echoes the white index at 9, and no cyclops has been applied on the crystal (to avoid a too-Rolex style).

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

In the end, I have to say that the date created at first a strange feel on me, as an owner of the 1st-gen BB, but as a watch-journalist, I have to agree on the relevance of the combination date / steel bezel, which creates a more modern and more technical look to a watch that always played on the vintage trend.

For the rest, the steel crowns Tudor copy watches remain the watch we praise for now 5 years: good proportions (41mm case), perfect execution of the case and bracelet, always that additional fabric strap in the box (here in khaki green, and really good looking), the oversized crown, unprotected, the sufficient 200m water resistance, the cool iconic elements (red text, red triangle, polished bevel on the lugs, snow flake hands, domed matte dial, domed sapphire crystal), plus a touch of modernity with the in-house MT5612 calibre (shared with the Pelagos), with comfortable 70h power reserve, silicon balance spring (a-magnetic) and COSC certification.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Date 79730

Overall, even if the shield doesn’t really move out of its comfort zone, as still playing on the success of the BB, this new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel Ref. 79730 is coherent and achieved. No doubt that with its date and more modern look, it will attract new collectors, maybe less sensitive to the vintage flair of the previous versions, but praising practicality. The watch will be available in stored in June 2017 and priced at EUR 3,260 / CHF 3,300 on leather and EUR 3,560 / CHF 3,600 on steel bracelet.

Speedy Tuesday – Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th Anniversary in Gold Replica Watches

On January 16th of this year, Gene Cernan passed away. He was the Last Man on the Moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Before that, he flew on the Gemini 9A and Apollo 10 missions. This year, Omega introduced the 3rd Speedmaster Apollo XVII limited edition. In two flavors. In stainless steel (1972 pieces) and in gold (72 pieces). We have a closer look at the gold model.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII Reference 311.63.42.30.03.001

In all honesty, the rendered images that I came across before the official launch did not make me very excited about this watch. But as always, you need to see a watch in the flesh before you can judge it (best). The Omega Speedmaster replica watches with golden cases Apollo XVII 45th anniversary edition are such watches. 1972 pieces are made in stainless steel, only 72 pieces in gold. The blue on the rendered images had a hard tone, like IKEA blue, but in the flesh it is much darker and the gold gives an awesome contrast.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that these two Omega fake watches with black croocodile straps, tributes to Gene Cernan, were way better than the preview images I’ve seen. Especially the gold model is a watch that is simply stunning in the flesh. This Omega Speedmaster Professional, reference  311.63.42.30.03.001, comes on a beautiful brown leather strap and a gold folding clasp.

The case is based on the regular Speedmaster Pro 42mm model, but of course with a different caseback. The Apollo XVII mission patch is a large medallion, surrounded by engravings regarding the limited edition number and 45th anniversary. Just below the Apollo XVII medallion is the text “A tribute to Gene Cernan”.

The dial of the watch (as well as the bezel) is made of blue ceramic. The combination of blue ceramic and gold looks stunning. In the sub dial at 9 o’clock you’ll find the gold medallion of Apollo XVII and all sub dials have this double rim. The Omega logo and the numerals are all printed in gold. The chronograph seconds hand has a red tip as well as the ‘5:34 GMT’ writing on the blue dials copy watches.

5:34 GMT on the dial

Since Omega didn’t talk much about this piece yet during BaselWorld, some questions arose regarding the 5:34 GMT inscription on the dial. What does it mean? Well, I couldn’t figure it out myself, but a guy by the name of TLIGuy on OmegaForums had the following explanation:

Cernan makes this speech as he leaves the surface of the Moon at a Mission Elapsed Time of 168 hours and 1 minute after launch. The launch was at 5:33. So, if we add the mission elapsed time to the time of launch (168:01, which is 7 days +1 minute, you arrive at 05:34 GMT on December 14th).

That was the exact time when Gene Cernan held his speech on the surface of the Moon:

“Bob, this is Gene, and I’m on the surface; and, as I take man’s last step from the surface, back home for some time to come – but we believe not too long into the future – I’d like to just (say) what I believe history will record. That America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. And, as we leave the Moon at Taurus- Littrow, we leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. “Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17.””

Mind you that this is not the official explanation of 5:34 GMT on the dial, but it would be very coincidental if it weren’t. Let’s wait and see.

Previous Apollo XVII model presented by Gene Cernan. Photo (c) Larry

Caliber 1861

As (almost) always, the movement inside this Speedmaster Apollo XVII 45th anniversary is also a hand-wound caliber 1861 by Lemania. A movement with a solid track record and used since 1997. Between 1968 and 1997 Omega used the previous Lemania based movement, caliber 861. Before that, the caliber 321 (Lemania 2310 based). Some people had hoped – and still do – for a return of the caliber 321, but this movement (rights) seem to be at Breguet right now.

Apollo 17 Limited Edition

As written above, this exquiste Omega Speedmaster XVII 45th Anniversary limited edition is the 3rd commemorative edition for this particular mission. The first was in 2002, where the watch only had a different engraving in the caseback. If I am not mistaken, that watch came with a copy of the book ‘Last Man on the Moon’ by Gene Cernan. In 2012, there was the 40th anniversary edition of the Omega Speedmaster Apollo XVII, with the silver medal as dial. Although that watch wasn’t received that well, it is quite nice on the wrist and due to the fact that it wasn’t ‘liked’ that much, this could be a sleeper watch.

This 3rd Apollo XVII watch is – in my opinion – the nicest of the trio. The beautiful dark blue ceramic dial in combination with the 18kt gold is simply awesome. The brown leather strap also matches nicely with the warm color of the gold case.