— It’s only just available in the shops but you already have the chance to win a Frédérique Constant Horological swiss replica watch in our October competition. Plus a look back on the launches from Replica Watches & Wonders, new collections, new buildings and the implications of zero-gravity testing.
Frédérique Constant were the first to announce and launch a swiss replica watch, which recently received a huge thumbs-up in a first test by our contributor Olivier Müller. Now you have the chance to win one in our latest monthly competition. As usual you just need to answer three questions on the brand.
Watch brands have very recently started to reap the rewards of plans made during the good years, inaugurating new factories with improved capacity. In the case of Rolex Replica Watches it was more a question of necessity, as the previous premises were increasingly unfit for their purpose, whereas for Hublot it is more about doubling its production capacity for in-house movements. It is also an opportunity for brands to embrace more innovative and environmentally friendly solutions for power generation (geothermal energy for Replica Rolex and solar panels for Hublot). I will offer a more detailed overview of the new buildings later this week. In the meantime, Olivier Müller takes a broader look at corporate social responsibility in the watch industry today.
Although two watch brands almost simultaneously announcing zero-gravity tests on their replica watches and movements is probably more coincidence than trend, the tests and their subjects reveal some interesting insights. There is some advanced research and exciting prospects behind them, in addition to giving young entrepreneurial CEOs the opportunity to float around briefly in weightlessness. I explain the tests and their implications in more detail tomorrow.
Watches & Wonders has brought us another fine autumnal harvest of fake watches, with a continuation of the recent trend to launch not just new watches, but entire collections. Within weeks we have seen the arrival of Louis Vuitton’s brand-new LV Fifty Five collection, and Bovet’s 19Thirty collection with no less than 18 different references. These two new collections are both positioned at the base of the pyramid. It’s a term that may come across as pejorative in the luxury replica watches industry, but it’s where the brunt of sales are made and it’s where mere mortals often find their entrance into the world of fine watchmaking. So all in all it’s good news for brands and customers alike.
Last but not least, we will review all the major launches from Watches & Wonders in more detail over the next couple of weeks and continue our GPHG round tables, sharing our thoughts this week on the Calendar and Chronograph categories.
With the long-anticipated Apple Replica Watch now available to view and pre-order, and purchasing expected to commence this Friday, no one will be watching the take-up more closely than traditional replica watches brands. This was flagged at the recent Baselworld watch fair, where despite not being on show, the most talked-about timepiece was Apple’s newcomer, with opinions divided on the impact it will have on an industry dominated by the Swiss, and to a lesser extent the Japanese.
The head of LVMH watch brands Replica Hublot, Tag Heuer and Zenith, Jean-Claude Biver, told attendees Apple was unlike previous competitors in that “they make as much in a month as the whole Swiss industry makes in a year.” Apple, the world’s richest company, is a threat for another reason – it’s a “cool” brand, the likes of which the Swiss have not come up against before.
The Swiss are particularly vulnerable in the youth market where ‘brand’ cachet and wearable cred doesn’t extend to names like Jaeger LeCoultre, Breguet or Patek Philippe Replica – things your father might sport. But did Apple actually set out to achieve world dominance in swiss replica watches?
Apple designers at its Infinite Loop headquarters in Cuppertino are keen to stress they were in fact regular “watch guys”, who loved their Replica Rolexes and Tag Heuers. On the other hand it was obvious to the team when the device was first proposed by design head Sir Jonathon Ive back in 2011 that the next Apple device had to be wearable and the only natural place for it to sit was on the wrist.
This presented some unique challenges: they were working in the digital space, apps would be critical to the usefulness of whatever it was going to be, but the sheer physical restraints of the forearm meant simply adapting an iPhone-like interface was not possible.
Different design needs
The team quickly realised the face was “too small to pinch and zoom”, that your fingers obscured the display, and even that standard typefaces didn’t reproduce with adequate crispness. Thus Apple set to work experimenting with a replica watch-like crown, which ultimately became the Digital Crown, while typographers were brought in to craft a dedicated typeface that scaled up or down without loss of clarity.
While all this resulted in something that worked on a technical level – the crown alone involved decisions about resistance, how far it should protrude, the right number of grooves – the designers had to consider not only questions of fashion and style, hardly new fields for Apple, but also how the new device might feel against the skin – something they’d not previously had to prioritise. It was also decided the replica watches uk had to be independent of its partner in crime, the iPhone, at least for functions such as time, music and basic fitness functions such as measuring pace and distance.
Finally there was the question of how the fake watch might be attached to the wrist – and here’s there’s an intriguing Australian connection, namely Sydney-born internationally renowned uber-designer Marc Newson. Newson has more than dabbled in replica watches before; he set up his own up-market timepiece line, Ikepod, in the late 1990s, parting ways with the brand only in 2012.
Commentators have noted that bands of the Apple replica watch bear a striking resemblance to those the Ikepod uniquely sported, while the rectangular case-shape too is not unlike more recent Ikepod efforts. The puzzle – if you can call it that – is that Newson joined the Apple design team only moments before the fake watch was officially announced.
One explanation given is that Newson and Ive have long been friends, and had probably been scribbling away together at the dining room table for yonks – with Newson’s later official appointment merely confirming his earlier involvement.
Another outsider brought in was Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who was recruited as senior vice president for retail and online stores. At the official launch of the replica watch in San Francisco in late March, Apple CEO Tim Cook said such appointments demonstrated the company’s understanding of the need for not just a different device, but a different retail experience, citing the desirability of “choice and soft expression”.
Whether a combination of clever product and soft-sell is enough to make the Apple a replica watch industry game-changer we’re about to find out. In their favour, the Swiss, and at the high end Japan’s Grand Seiko, produce hand-crafted timepieces of such quality and complexity that they should continue to win hands down when it comes to character and cachet. They are also largely obsolescence-proof.
As such, Biver feels that the real threat is to lower-end timepieces, not mechanical masterpieces. But a question remains: what if young people in particular become accustomed to having something more multifunctional on the wrist than a simple time-teller? Will they turn to the revered traditional brands, many of whom – Breitling, Bulgari, Tag Heuer, Frederique Constant – are now also working feverishly on offering various levels of connectivity, or will generation Y embrace a cheeky newcomer?
Given recent history – and the transformative effects we’ve witnessed thanks to the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, it’s a brave watcher who’d bet against the latter. Bani McSpedden is watch editor of The Australian Financial Review and topreplicaswatches.me.uk; he travelled to Cupertino as a guest of Apple.
If you have ever wanted to own one of legendary guitar player Eric Clapton’s wristwatches, now’s your chance. Clapton is well-known in replica watch circles for his fabulous collection of rare Replica Rolex and Patek Philippe treasures. And while replica watches from his collection pop up at auction every now and then, they don’t come up often enough for a true fan of both great music and great horology to miss out on an opportunity. So if that fan is you, here’s your opportunity. Clapton’s exceedingly rare Rolex Reference 6263, the “Oyster Albino” Cosmograph Daytona, is part of the next Phillips auction, due to take place on May 10, 2015 in Geneva.
This particular Reference 6263 is one of only four known examples categorized as an Albino. If you know anything about vintage Replica Rolex, then you probably also know that the most sought-after examples – the ones that make collector hearts beat as fast as they can go – are those that have something unusual about them, something that not every Rolex can boast, something that makes them rarer than four-leaf clovers picked by a leprechaun at the end of a rainbow. In this case, it is the silvered dial with the same-color silvered chronograph totalizer subdials (hence the nickname “Albino”). This reference usually sports black chronograph totalizers with white printing.
This example is one of only four known examples of an “Albino” Reference 6263. It was manufactured in 1971 and is powered by manually wound Caliber 727 (which – in case you are a replica watch nerd like me and need to know this – is based on Valjoux Caliber 72). It is housed in a stainless steel case and comes on a stainless steel bracelet. I probably don’t need to tell you that just its rarity factor is enough to drive the price of this gem into the stratosphere. But there is one more element that makes it even more valuable: its provenance. And that provenance is that it was once owned by Slowhand himself (Clapton’s nickname for those that follow the blues rock music scene).
Clapton bought this fake watch in the late 1990s. It was auctioned at Sotheby’s New York sale of June 5, 2003, where it broke the previous world record for a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Replica by selling for $505,000 (five times its pre-auction estimate). Its pre-auction estimate for May is 500,000 to 1,000,000 Swiss francs. I am personally quite confident it will break the one million Swiss franc mark.
The swiss replica watch is, of course, being auctioned by the Phillips replica watch department. If you’re unfamiliar with this auction house in conjunction with this field, it would not necessarily be surprising as it is a relative newcomer to the world of highly collectible timepieces. In fact, its new-found attraction to them has kicked off with a partnership with the highly experienced Bacs & Russo team. Aurel Bacs and Livia Russo were most recently instrumental elements of Christie’s practical domination of the replica watches uk auction world. In fact, during their time at Christie’s watch department, it experienced growth from $8 million to $130 million.
Bacs & Russo SA is an independent adviser to private collectors, manufacturers, and museums and now partners with the recently founded Phillips fake watch department. Phillips’ May auctions taking place in Geneva on May 9 and 10 are the first events of the collaborative new team. Watch the charismatic Bacs talk about the upcoming auction and the ticking stars of its show in a three-minute video UkSwissWatches.
While the tech world buzzes with the Apple Replica Watch, don’t miss the strong traditional replica watch brands also innovating. QUESTION: What makes a strong brand? Answer: You know what it is, you know what it does, and you know what it stands for without being told. An example? McDonald’s. But strong brands sometimes surprise, as McDonald’s did with its introduction of kale salads!
In the replica watch world there are few brands to match the strength of Replica Patek Philippe, and Patek Philippe has surprised us, by launching a pilot replica watch. Patek in the 1930s produced a few pilot replica watches, now on display in the company’s Geneva museum. Customers saw these replica watches and asked for a contemporary version.
The new Calatrava Pilot Travel Time is more refined then most pilot replica watches around today and less slavishly imitative of the instrument panel of a cockpit. And the watch has complications: second time zone, day/night indicator for both time zones, and a calendar—more suitable for a frequent traveler than a pilot. A kale salad is nowhere near as useful. Price: $47,600 in white gold, with a 42mm case (patek.com)
This year Antoine Preziuso celebrates 35 years as an independent watchmaker. Prolific and daring with his designs Mr. Preziuso has been quiet in recent years. At Basel he explained why: He has been working on a new watch, the Tourbillon of Tourbillons, with his son, Florian. The replica watch has three tourbillons connected and synchronized by a differential. Differentials aren’t new in fake swiss watches and neither, of course, are multiple tourbillons. But, the arrangement of one differential and three tourbillons is probably unique. Mr. Preziuso has wrapped his creation in a case of rose gold, titanium and steel; it is 45mm in diameter and 14mm thick. Price: €480,000 (antoine-preziuso.com)
Hublot often produces stylish, in-your-face watches. This year’s entrant in that category is its Big Bang UnicoItalia Independent, designed in collaboration with Italia Independent, a clothing and lifestyle brand founded by Italian entrepreneur Lapo Elkann—thus covering the style side of things. Like all replica watches in the Unico collection this one is a chronograph with a calendar and a 45mm case.
What’s new is the case material: Texalium, an aluminum-coated carbon fiber that, in an oddly attractive way, accentuates the colors, blue or gray, of the case. The blue version also has a denim-covered rubber strap with titanium studs. Price: $28,600 (hublot.com)
If your taste runs more to elegant fake watches inspired by Art Deco, you’re in luck: 2015 sees the 70th anniversary of the Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945, a replica watch uk with a medley of curves and straight lines, pink gold and steel and one detail—a round, recessed seconds subdial—that all together evoke one of the first truly modern stylistic eras. The new watch, called Vintage 1945 Small Seconds, has a rectangular case measuring 36.2mm x 35.25mm. Price: $13,050 (girard-perregaux.com)
Let’s end on a musical note: For several years, Swiss entry-level mechanical brand Replica Oris UK has launched replica watches commemorating great jazz musicians. The watch created for this year’s honoree, piano maestro Thelonious Monk, has that indefinable but instantly recognizable quality: cool. With a subtle blue sunburst dial, long, thin hour and minute hands, and a simple 40mm stainless-steel case, this watch will never draw attention to itself—an essential component of cool. When this watch is noticed, its beauty will be appreciated—also very cool. Produced in a limited edition of 1,000. Price: $1,900 (oris.ch)
BERN: The recruitment agency Randstad, announced the 10 winners of its 2015 best Swiss Replica Watches employer awards.
Nine of the top ten were Swiss brands. Only Google, in number 1 position wasn’t. Watch brands were well represented with Replica Patek Philippe, Swatch, Victorinox and Rolex Replica Watches all making the cut. Also well represented were transportation businesses including, Zurich Airport, Swiss, Swissport International, and Stadler Rail. Nestlé and Google were the only non-watch-non-transport brands on the list.
A whopping two thirds of those surveyed would like to work for Google. “Google is in vogue. The company offers highly attractive conditions in areas that Swiss replica watches uk important”, said Richard Jager, CEO of Randstad Switzerland. The most important factor is work environment followed by salary, job security, type of work and work-life balance.
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When a watch costs $40,000, you don’t want to end up with buyer’s remorse. Enter Eleven James, a company that offers men the chance to try out a new watch for a few months at a time, by allowing its members to rent different luxury replica watches several times a year.
Like NetJets, which lets customers buy a la carte flights on private planes, Rent the Runway for pricey party dresses and Bag Borrow or Steal for high-end handbags, Eleven James gives customers access to swiss replica watches they may not be able to afford or may just want to test out without the five-figure price tag and lifetime commitment.
Users make two primary choices: what type of replica watches they want to wear and how frequently they want to change. There are currently three tiers, based on fake watches that retail for $10,000, $20,000 and $40,000. They then choose how many times they want to switch it up – between three and six times per year. They fill out a preference sheet based on brands and styles they’re interested in, and work with a concierge to figure out which replica watches they’ll try next.
Membership for the least expensive replica watches, brands like Replica Breitling, Panerai and Rolex, start at $199 per month, or $2,150 per year. On the high end, for replica watches like Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Sohne, it can reach $1,379 per month, or $14,900 per year.
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In an age when a clock is displayed on any of the expensive electronic devices people already carry, why would anyone pay to borrow a device that only tells time? According to Randy Brandoff, Eleven James’ founder and CEO, the replica watch is still what makes an outfit, and there’s a tremendous amount of heritage and craftsmanship that many people, especially in the professional sphere, still appreciate.
But because it’s such a huge purchase, and a person can only wear one at a time, the idea of getting to try out a number of different replica watches without first having to buy one is appealing, he said. Santo Rosabianca is one customer who’d grown tired of his old Omega. But after signing up with Eleven James, he suddenly had new options that suited his tastes – a Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco to fit his Formula 1 fandom, and an Italian-made Panerai to appeal to his Italian heritage.
“Everyone I meet compliments me and it’s brought me new business. It’s a real conversation starter,” he said. “I’ve been really blessed by it.” Of course, it appeals to collectors who are intrigued by the idea of trying out all kinds of replica watches and models several times a year. But it’s also bringing in a new customer.
“We’re seeing millennials who, as adults, are getting ever more curious,” he said. “It’s a pretty big leap to go from an iPhone to a Rolex, so they want to try them out.” That’s good news for the watch industry, since Brandoff said the company is attracting clients who weren’t yet collecting or had become apathetic because they didn’t have any variety. It makes sense, then, that 85% of its members said they were more likely to purchase a watch within the next year because of the service.
Brent Handler was one of them. He ended up purchasing the first watch he was sent to try from Eleven James. He owned a Cartier replica watch his wife bought him before, and didn’t think he needed to spend $10,000 on another one, until he became “enamored with” the Zenith replica watch he was borrowing. “I’m 46 years old. I have three kids. There aren’t that many new things that I get to experience,” he said. “But when I get a call six times a year from a concierge saying, ‘what kind of watch do you want?’ that’s something to look forward to.”
Eleven James also avoids the regret that often comes with make a big watch purchase. Eric Wind, a contributor to the online watch magazine Hodinkee, said that many people lament that they didn’t know that much about replica watches or didn’t know what they would like when they bought an expensive watch, and then they’re stuck with it. “Watch tastes typically evolve over time and the luxury replica watch rental services provide users with that commodity of time – literally,” he said.
Christie’s Important Replica Watches UK Sale held in Dubai on March 19 achieved $3.3 million. All 185 lots offered were sold and marked Christie’s first 100 percent sold auction in the Middle East, according to the auction house.
The top lot (pictured) was a rare platinum and 18-karat pink gold, Patek Philippe minute repeating perpetual calendar Ref 5104P which sold for $461,000. The replica watch is the most expensive watch ever sold at auction in the Middle East, Christie’s said.
A platinum cushion-shaped perpetual calendar, single button split second chronograph wristwatch with moon phases, also by Patek Philippe fetched $365,500 while a Rolex Replica stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep center seconds, hack feature and military markings made for the British Royal Navy achieved $173,000.
Christie’s noted growing interest in fine, vintage and unique fake watches from its increasing client base in the region. The sale kicked off Christie’s celebration of 55 years of stand-alone replica watch sales.
Baselworld opens today. As the largest showcase for luxury replica watchmakers in the world, it’s the event where Switzerland will launch its counteroffensive to Apple’s expensive new Fake Watch Edition.
Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about luxury watches prior to rumors of a $10,000 Apple Watch. Oh sure, I knew about Rolex Replica like I knew about Rolls Royce. But the closest I ever came to wearing one was knowing Micah “Lux” Singleton. Now I know my Replica Omega from my Replica Patek Philippe, my Submariner from my Yacht-Master.
Early talk of Apple disrupting the Swiss replica watch industry is almost certainly overblown. Remember how Jony Ive was bragging about Switzerland being in trouble? If anything, I suspect that the increased attention will only serve to raise all boats around Lake Geneva.
The attention that Apple (and to a lesser degree, Samsung and Google) brings to smartwatches opens up an entirely new category for luxury brands to exploit. We’ve already seen the MMT platform announced as well as Montblanc’s smart e-strap. Now we’re hearing rumors of Replica Tag Heuer partnering with Intel to announce a smart version of the original Carrera watch. Who’s next?
Rolex introduces the new Calibre 3255, a new-generation mechanical movement with 14 patents. Among many noteworthy items, Rolex Replica is quick to point out that the Calibre 3255 sets a new level of chronometric precision with criteria surpassing those of COSC (the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). Rolex has developed a new methodology and high-technology equipment to test the precision of its Superlative Chronometers with tolerances that are twice as exacting as those for official certification, and under conditions that simulate the wearer’s real-life experience. Somewhat analogous to the “Patek Philippe Replica developing its own in-house “Seal”, these exclusive Rolex chronometer tests complement the official COSC certification, to which all Rolex movements continue to be submitted systematically, and are carried out not on the movements alone, but on the assembled replica watches after the movements have been cased.
The 3255 incorporates the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. The oscillator has an optimized blue Parachrom hairspring, which is also up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Thanks to a new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3255 extends to three days, which means a Rolex replica watch with the Cal 3255 can easily handle some weekend off-wrist time. The first watch to receive the new Calibre 3255 is the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40, featuring a modernized design with a 40mm case, available in a range of emblematic new dials. Here is the Day-Date 40 in platinum case, with very attractive, laser-etched blue dial:
CHRONERGY ESCAPEMENT AND PARACHROM HAIRSPRING
The Chronergy escapement of calibre 3255, developed and patented by Rolex, is an optimized version of the Swiss lever escapement. Its energy efficiency has been enhanced while preserving its reliability. To make it more efficient, Rolex engineers analysed the Swiss lever escapement and isolated the key parameters to be modified. The solution arrived at involved reversing the length ratios between the escape wheel teeth and the pallet stones. While the pallet stones are now only half as thick as before, the contact surfaces of the escape wheel teeth have been doubled. Moreover, the escapement elements are no longer in alignment but are slightly off-set in order to increase the lever effect. The pallet fork and escape wheel are made in nickel-phosphorus to be insensitive to magnetic interferences. The escape wheel has a cut-out design to make it lighter and reduce its inertia. Together, these modifications to the geometry have increased the efficiency of the escapement by 15 per cent, contributing to almost half of calibre 3255’s enhanced power reserve.
The oscillator of calibre 3255 is fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring, patented and manufactured by Swiss Rolex in an exclusive alloy of niobium and zirconium. It is insensitive to magnetic fields and temperature variations, and up to 10 times more resilient to shocks than traditional hairsprings. You can also see its optimized Breguet overcoil, which enhances the isochronism of the oscillations in any position. The large balance wheel with variable inertia is fitted with four gold Microstella nuts enabling extremely precise regulating. Its redesigned geometry and the high-precision machining have enhanced the poise three-fold.
The oscillator is attached to a new balance staff with exclusive geometry offering added resistance to magnetic interferences. It is fitted on high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers and is held firmly in place by a traversing bridge further reinforcing shock resistance. The balance bridge features an optimized height-adjustment system and new integrated protection for the balance wheel.
The space inside the barrel was optimized by halving the thickness of its walls. Thereby increasing the movement’s autonomy by more than 10 hours.
SIMPLIFIED SETTING MECHANISM
The setting interface of calibre 3255 is more ergonomic and user-friendly. The stops marking the positions of the winding crown are distinct and easily sensed. The setting system has been optimized, making for faster day and date adjustment. Time setting is very precise with no play. The calendar can be corrected at any time with no restrictions, thanks to retractable fingers inside the mechanism.
The caliber also uses new reversing wheels in the rotor architecture which provide faster, more efficient bidirectional winding, whatever the wearer’s activity. A new, monobloc, cut-out oscillating weight on a ball bearing improves shock resistance and efficiency.
The Calibre 3255 is equipped with a self-winding module via a new-generation perpetual rotor, for more rapid winding of the new high-capacity mainspring. The reversing wheel system enables winding in either direction of the weight rotation. This system, with its characteristic red wheels, has been optimized to reinforce its efficiency whatever the activity of the wearer. The now monobloc oscillating weight has been cut-out to absorb shocks. It is fitted on a ball bearing and is held at its centre by a single screw, thereby facilitating assembly.
The stringent test protocol mentioned in my opening paragraph was designed by Rolex following large-scale statistical studies to determine the actual conditions of daily wear. As a result, the Rolex chronometers equipped with movements tested according to this new methodology demonstrate superlative precision on the wrist.