Brisbane Airport’s US$37.5 million terminal facelift takes shape

AUSTRALIA. The A$45 million (US$37.5 million) redevelopment of Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal is rapidly taking shape, with the new JR/Duty Free Departures store now fully operational, as well as several new retailers opening their doors.

With just six months until the project is fully completed in mid-2015, the opening of these new stores and the reveal of a major new artwork by local artist Sebastian Moody have been hailed as a milestone for Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC).

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said: “When we started this project we had a very clear idea of what we wanted to achieve. It was all about Replica Watches UK creating an environment that encapsulated the personality of Brisbane and Queensland and was memorable, engaging, intriguing and a place people wanted to return to.

“While we’re not finished yet, what we’ve achieved to date is certainly creating a distinct sense of place with the clever use of local Tuff stone, spotted gum timber, plants, green spaces and local artwork, which will differentiate Brisbane Airport from any other airport in the world,” she added.

With the terminal operational 24/7 throughout the renovation, the project is being delivered in stages to ensure day-to-day operations continue as usual.

“The project team has done considerable planning to ensure there is as little disruption to passengers as possible and we’re very thankful for everyone’s patience and understanding while these works are underway. We promise it will be worth the wait,” Alroe said.

Some of the key new highlights at Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal include:

• Artwork by local artist Sebastian Moody – The large, golden text-based artwork ‘Keep the Sunshine’, located on a very prominent wall as people pass through Customs, will be the final parting message for every traveller departing Brisbane.

• JR/Duty Free – Two brand new walkthrough stores that are designed to be quintessentially Queensland. Products available here include Bundaberg Black Barrel 10 year-old rum bottled exclusively for JR/Duty Free; Brisbane-bottled Beenleigh Rum liqueur, Port Barrel Infused Rum and Finest Single Barrel Rum; specialty confectionery from the Noosa Chocolate Factory and Nutworks; and 10 million year-old Boulder Opals from Toscow and Opals Australia.

• Australian Jewellers Mazzuccelli’s – Set to make a world-first duty free appearance in the JR/Duty Free stores at Brisbane Airport, with travellers also able to purchase Philosophy skincare and cosmetics.

• JR/Watch Co Luxury Watch Boutique – Offering some of the world’s most prestigious brands including Replica Breitling, Omega, Chopard, Rolex and Hublot; JR/Watch Co is said to be the only store in Queensland to stock the Hublot brand.

• Merino Collection – Merino Collection sources and manufactures high quality garments and accessories from Australia and around the world. Made using fine blends of merino wool, alpaca wool and possum fur, the range includes women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, accessories and quilts.

Billabong, R.M Williams and Burger Urge have also recently opened brand new stores on Brisbane Airport’s International Terminal ‘High Street’ in the Departures area of Level 3.

Other new stores opening just in time for Christmas include Boost Juice (Level 3), The Botanist (Level 4), Corretto Bar & Café (Level 4) and Optus (Level 2).

In keeping with BAC’s aim to create a uniquely Brisbane/Queensland ambience, retailers have worked closely with the airport to ensure that the fit-out of their stores and product reflect the city and state’s distinctive personality.

Brisbane Airport Corporation General Manager Airline and Retail Management Andrew Brodie said: “To achieve our goal it was very important that our retailers shared our vision of leveraging the best of Brisbane and Queensland culture, products and services, as well as making the terminal engaging, vibrant and inviting.

“All have enthusiastically embraced these guiding principles and integrating Queensland sourced materials, products, art, food and beverages wherever possible into their stores.

“It’s an exciting journey of discovery finding the best things that truly represent our city and state that will give travellers fond memories of their visit that make them want to come back again and again,” Brodie concluded.

Robert Lee looks forward to Charley Hull building on her historic year

Last weekend may have had a distinct ‘end-of-season’ feel about it, but that did not detract from some great golf on offer on Sky Sports 4. It was a long haul in the studio for myself as we presented live coverage from Thailand, Dubai and South Africa and then threw in some Australian PGA highlights for good measure. But we were treated to a slice of golfing history as the sensational Charley Hull became the youngest ever winner of the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. Shanshan Feng was the runaway winner of the season-ending Omega Replica Dubai Ladies Masters, but Hull held her nerve to beat Gwladys Nocera to the money list title. Feng, the world No 5, is a terrific golfer but I find her a little stoic on the golf course. She shows little emotion and can be very one-paced. But that is her nature and it obviously works for her. Charley Hull is the complete opposite. She always lets you know how she’s feeling and is great fun to watch. She had a horror show at the 12th in the third round in Dubai, where she eventually holed a 35-foot putt for a triple-bogey seven. But I wasn’t concerned for her because Gwladys still had to finish fourth at the very worst to deny Charley her place in history. Nocera never really looked like making the top four, and you have to admire the way Charley bounced back and steadied the ship. I think she was fully aware of what she needed to do, and she got the job done very impressively. Charley is now able to play in all the majors next season, and she needs to pit herself against the world’s best players more often. That’s what she’ll do over the next year. And we have to remember she is only 18. It’s easy to say she should win more – she won only once last season – but she won the Order of Merit with a lot of consistent performances.

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How does Charley Hull compare with Lydia Ko? Well, it’s tough to say that one teenage sensation is better than the other because they are both still progressing in the game. They still have a few levels to go and then they need to sustain it. It’s unfair to put Ko and Charley Hull head-to-head like that, but they are both phenomenal, both very young and unbelievable good players. Over in South Africa we saw Branden Grace lead from start to finish at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, where he went birdie-crazy in opening with a 10-under 62 – a full three shots better than anyone else could manage. He extended his Replica Watches UK lead to five at the halfway stage, but he had a huge wobble in the third round, shooting only a 72 as the rest of the field bunched up behind him. I thought he might get reeled in by the chasing pack on the final day after that. But he didn’t, he actually played a very, very good last round on the toughest day of the week for scoring. The course had firmed up significantly, the breeze was up and the pins were difficult. Grace closed with a 68, and only one player went lower than that on the final day, so that shows you how tough it was.

Lesson for Lucas

I felt for Lucas Bjerregaard, who within striking distance of Grace until collapsing over the back nine – taking 50 blows coming home. It was a nightmare for the young Dane, but I was really impressed with his demeanour when the wheels had fallen off his wagon. He didn’t lose his head, and he still has a big future ahead of him. Sunday’s back nine was just one of those things, bad bounce behind a tree, bad bounce into a water hazard – it couldn’t have gone any worse for him. The only lesson he can learn from it is that, sometimes, these things just happen for no apparent reason. Danny Willett followed up his win in Sun City with an excellent tie for fourth, maybe fatigue was a factor in his closing 76 but he’ll be disappointed with the way he finished. The good Swiss Replica Watches thing for him was he kept it going the week before in a far bigger tournament with more money and ranking points. There might have been a sense of tiredness, and he may have pushed too hard in trying to catch up with Grace. But he still finished fourth, that’s not the worst result in the world, and he’ll go into next year full of confidence. Francesco Molinari will also be disappointed with his weekend because I felt the course really suited him. He’s a very good ball-striker and he got himself in the right place over the first two days. He didn’t have the weekend he wanted, but he’s still a work in progress and I suspect he will come back strongly after the Christmas break.

Wonderful Westwood

The Asian Tour also neared it’s conclusion last weekend, and my tip Lee Westwood scored another fantastic win in Thailand. It’s remarkable how well he does in Thailand, Malaysia and anywhere the weather is hot and sticky – particularly at the end of the year. He had won at Amata Spring before so he knows how to get round there, and it was vintage Westwood. He didn’t have the best of starts to the final round, but he came back and shot 67 which included seven birdies in 12 holes. Lee was playing arguably his best Omega Replica Watches golf of the year, and he now needs to sustain that form until the spring, when we’re getting into the WGCs and then the Masters. That’s where he wants to be hitting top form, but it was certainly a nice way for Lee and caddie Billy Foster to end 2014. So on we go to next year, and there’s a couple of players I’ve been impressed with who I think can really motor on in 2015. The first is Bjerregaard. Despite his poor finish at Leopard Creek, I still think Lucas will go well next year. He finished last season very strongly when he was under pressure to keep his card, and I like the way he swings it. Another kid who impressed me last week was Andrew Johnson. He won the Challenge Tour last season and finished third in his first event with a full European Tour card. That was a strong performance from a very confident young man. If you get through an entire Challenge Tour season and win, you can certainly play and I’ll be keeping a close eye on his progress. I don’t think he’s ever played at Leopard Creek before, so to finish third is outstanding. He started well and kept himself right up there, and that’s impressive on a tough golf course. That’s all from me for the year. I’ll be back in the Sky Sports studio when the European Tour returns on January 8 with the South African Open Championship.

Christmas Eve you intend to send what gift?

When winter comes, snow such as a note flying all over the sky, lantern hung high streets and back lanes, the windows were dressed as a fairy kingdom, the dazzling ornate frontage and Christmas tree… This indicates that it is a year of Christmas eve. Winter romance was completely released in the day, when the night comes, the snow covered the world has ignited the most fiery passion in the winter snow, opened the window to breathe the fresh air, looking up at the stars, Food wine filled with tables, people gathered together in song and laughter, celebrate the new beginning. In this romantic festival, in order to express love, there are always understand the sentiment and thoughtful people will love a gift gift gift, of course there are thousands of, but I just want to chat with you you would choose which wrist swiss replica watches to her / him, welcome to share.

Romantic white feelings – Blancpain eccentric date inverse jump Ladies Watch

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Watch the internal Calibre with 2650RL automatic movement, which is inlaid with 32 diamonds, in 302 parts, as the partial core six o’clock range of small dial, the twelve o’clock position moon phase and central inverse jump date indicator provides power, power storage of 65 hours. In addition, through the sapphire back transparent, visible automatic pendulum into five petal flower shape, highlight this watch elegant female temperament.

Lingering meet hope flower – series Jaeger Le Coulter three asked Ivy Date Watch

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Red fire bloom wrist – Panerai Radiomir 1940 series

Panerai always give a person with cool military temperament, always compared to the Royal Italy Navy, as if it has nothing to do with the warmth of Christmas Eve, but the brand launched a special section of the table at Christmas is approaching, more red elements will represent the Christmas to join them, contributed to the unique scenery lady wrist, the perfect interpretation of the joyful festival day atmosphere.

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In the winter the hale and hearty spirit – really force when the moon phase watch series

Winter romance is not just a girl’s exclusive, men also need to feel the warmth of Christmas, when the bell sounded, and her feeling of the passage of time, watching the pointer from the wrist gently across, is a kind of unspeakable romantic. This really force commander series, fresh and elegant conform to a white Christmas themes, but also very tough manly men temperament, watch table diameter 40 mm, the use of stainless steel materials, with strong metal texture, shining silvery sheen, give a person a kind of strong and elegant feeling, just like its name as a powerful and easy, commander. Watch dial for the silver, as if designed for the snow of the winter comes, the inner dial decorated with carved designs grain decorations, make the dial more artsy six position of the moon phase display disc, gentle moving, with rounded lines decoration, like a round moon hanging above the vast land, sporadic bursts of cool stars shining in the foil, showing the beautiful mood. Watch the pointer and dial are made of rhodium metal table mirror for Huxing double anti glare treatment sapphire crystal, the use of dark brown crocodile leather strap watch, the more increase of an aristocratic breath. Watch the internal with Elite 691 automatic winding mechanical movement, movement is composed of 228 parts, including a mosaic of 27 stones, vibration frequency of 28800 times per hour, power reserve can provide 50 hours to watch.

Interpretation of pure beauty, Audemars Pigeut Royal Oak Offshore series

Winter always cannot do without the white background, a season of ice and snow, a very heart moved day. The white Audemars Pigeut ceramic watch coincides with Christmas atmosphere is consistent, the same to the white subject, also bring us a romantic and warm, if this watch as a gift, will let each man moved! The Audemars Pigeut Royal Oak Offshore chronograph with white ceramic material to create, so it has high wear resistance, Hua and solid, exquisite ceramic surface after the watchmaker fine carving, showing a polishing and wire drawing effect, do not have some flavor. Watch with 44 mm wide table diameter appears, with graceful way to develop the larger view, light silver dial with white rubber strap, not to the dazzling splendor of the eye-catching, but in classical luxurious details treatment show low-key philosophy. At the same time watch with red, white and blue for the classic color, showing a beautiful color for Christmas, but also to fully meet the winter romantic holiday.

Transfer the winter warmth – PERREGAUX 1945 series of small second hand watch

The quiet winter always inadvertently give us surprises, can be the morning opened the window of the white world, can be unscrupulous gourmet feast, also can be in the festival came suddenly gift, if the PERREGAUX 1945 series retro table as Christmas gift, you good?

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Summary: to a year of Christmas, time flies in general, as if the last holiday shadow also appear in front of us, so we should cherish time, cherish the present, there is love in heart will go farther. Whether this Christmas Eve has no companions, all to their own good, fortune sooner or later will be favored to you. Finally, I sincerely wish you a merry christmas!

Baume & Mercier Hampton Automatic Replica Watches UK

For the SIHH 2015, Baume & Mercier unveils two timepieces. WorldTempus introduced a couple of days ago the Clifton Automatic Big Date and Power Reserve. We present today two Hampton Automatic replica watches.

With a new and sleek design, they include the aesthetic attributes for which this collection is well-known, particularly the recessed surfaces located at 3 and 9 o’clock highlighting its unique domed watch replica crystal. These swiss watches have a Swiss manufacture automatic movement, which can be seen through its transparent case back.

Hampton 10155

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Simple and sophisticated at the same time, this new uk watch is available with a 31 mm x 47 mm rectangular case – and only 10 mm thick – in satin-finished polished steel, perfectly adapted to contemporary wear and water-resistant to 50m.

A quintessential timepiece for city dwellers, this piece features an off-white dial displaying the hour, minutes and seconds, the blued steel tip of the hands reinforcing the traditional character. The date is shown through a simple window at 6 o’clock. The cheap watch comes on a black alligator strap with a steel folding security buckle.

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The Hampton 10156 offers the same features, with the exception of the gold hands and indexes, and the brown alligator strap.

With a subtly tapered profile and dials boasting refined finishes, the two Hampton models showcase their character and distinction, and perfectly match a suit, discreetly slipped onto the wrist under a shirt.

Cindy Crawford is happily married to Replica Omega

Cindy Crawford says she is ‘happily married’ to luxury watchmaker Omega replica watches, having represented the Swiss firm for almost two decades.

Cindy Crawford is ‘happily married’ to Omega swiss watches.

The 48-year-old model has been a spokesperson for the luxury brand for almost 20 years and she says unlike the majority of relationships, she and the Swiss firm have never had a falling out.

She shared: ‘We’ve been together so long, we’re like family now.’

Cindy explained that she’s known the Omega uk team for longer than she’s known her own husband, Randy Gerber, whom she married in 1998.

She told Vogue magazine: ‘You do kind of get married, and you invest in each other. We’re happily married for sure. We’ve never even had a fight! I like knowing that there’s a long-term commitment. It makes both parties look good.’

Meanwhile, Cindy claimed earlier this week that fellow model Cara Delevingne has more control over her own image than she ever did and confessed she was envious of modern day models who are able to speak to fans via social media.

She said: ‘These girls, because of social media, are able to craft their own image in a way we weren’t. These girls, even as they’re just beginning, they’re not as pigeonholed by how other people see them.

‘Someone like Cara, the reason she is so cool is she gets to be who she is on social media and have that direct relationship with fans.’

Cartier Replica Watches Rotonde Astrotourbillon Skeleton

It is as a sculptor of shapes that Replica Cartier has approached this new interpretation of the Astrotourbillon. Entirely laid bare, disentangled from all other mechanisms in order to move into the foreground, it has been entirely rethought and created according to the strictest rules of proportion, harmony and balance. Behind lies an aesthetic intention, a daring creative stance that aims to highlight the movement’s structure so that it “disappears” behind the imposing XII and VI on the dial – a true Cartier replica watch signature. Freeing up this space allowed the Maison’s watchmakers to showcase the Astrotourbillon in all its majesty and increase the amplitude of its rotation.

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Entirely skeletonised, the main plate of the 9461 MC movement rests on just these two Roman numerals. In this unique architecture, these bridges powerfully structure the calibre, defining its appearance and supporting the construction. This architecture is aerial both in terms of its structure and its tourbillon cage. In fact, its elongated form enlarges the amplitude of its trajectory and evokes a celestial body travelling through space.

The Rotonde de Cartier Astrotourbillon Skeleton comes in a 47 mm case in 18-carat white gold. The timepiece is completed with a black alligator-skin strap equipped with a double adjustable folding buckle in 18-carat white gold. The watch is limited to just 100 pieces.

You Need to Know About New E-Paper Smart Replica Watches

While it may not be as smart as Apple’s upcoming Apple Replica Watch or Motorola’s Moto 360, Sony’s new FES e-paper watch is certainly the first of its kind. The swiss watch first made an appearance under the brand name “Fashion Entertainments,” with Sony trying to see if it could build momentum around a product using nothing but viral marketing techniques. We hid Sony’s name because we wanted to test the real value of the product, whether there will be demand for our concept, said a spokesperson for the project.

The FES watch raised 3.5 million yen, which is equivalent to around $30,000. Considering the fact that the fake watch originally had a goal of 2 million yen, that’s not bad at all. Those who gave money to the project will get their device after May 2015. There are a number of advantages to using e-ink over other forms of a display. For example, users will be able to change the patterns and designs of the device quickly, including color options using newer e-ink technology that allows for colors. In fact, the design of both the face and the band of this device can be changed based on the user’s preference, from among more than 20 pre-set design options. Users can even give the band a metal or faux leather look.

The swiss watch is very minimalist, which is great for those who are into that kind of design. However, it also doesn’t have many features that other smart replica watches have, such as a GPS or heart-rate monitor, and is not Internet-connected. Supposedly, however, the price will reflect that fact that it does not have these features. Sony’s new watch for uk sale is not the first to use e-ink technology. The Pebble Watch, which was one of the first popular rolex replica watches, also uses the technology. Like the FES Watch, the Pebble was also crowd-funded. Sony is not limiting the e-ink concept to just watches. The company has also mentioned that the technology could be used in other wearables, from bowties to frames for glasses, and so on. E-paper is flexible and does not require a lot of power, meaning that devices using the technology can last a long time without needing to be charged. In fact, the charge for a rolex watch using the technology reportedly lasts around 60 days, which is far more than the single day that a charge for the Apple Watch is likely to last.

E-paper is the name for a display technology that resembles real paper and works by reflected light, taking very little power to display a static image, while electronic ink is the optical component of a film used in electronic paper displays. The display is what’s used in most e-book readers. E-ink has low power needs, especially when compared with LCD displays. E-ink is what is called a reflective display, meaning no backlight is used. Instead, existing light is reflected from the surface of the display back to the viewer’s eyes. That is different from an LCD unit’s emissive display where light from a backlight is projected through the display toward the viewer’s eyes. E-ink is also what is called bistable, which means the image on an e-ink screen will stay even when all power sources are removed — the display consumes power only when something is changing.

Sony has been pushing for innovation of late. Under the direction of CEO Kazuo Hirai, the company has encouraged employees to come up with new product ideas, with the company providing financial and advisory support for these projects.

The road to revolutionary Swiss replica watches

MANILA, Philippines – When it comes to the world’s topmost timepieces, trust that all roads lead to Switzerland. With a fine watch-making tradition since 1291, the Swiss have perfected the balance of precision, performance, and panache in timekeeping that luxury replica watches have been the country’s greatest known export, far exceeding supreme chocolates, secured banking systems, and sturdy military-issue knives. Yet while other established Swiss-made brands capitalize on their centuries-old horology traditions, one brand dared to counter the hands of time by focusing on the future. “We want to present something different. We are Rod Original Design, so there are two words there that are very important: ‘original’ and ‘design’,” stated Rod Original Design of Switzerland founder Marc Corven.

Founded in the Swiss ski town of Neuchâtel in 2012, Rod original design may not share the stuffy history of its more gilt counterparts, yet what it lacks in age-old acclaim, the brand makes up for by its avant-garde repute. “Today, to be remarkable in the market of watches, you have to be different. You can be like everybody, but if you do that, the people will perceive you as just like everybody. You have to be really different, and that is why we pay attention to all the details,” Corven enthused. With 25 sterling years working with European timepiece brands and fine jewelry labels in the Middle East, Corven had developed a knack for the finer things that make any luxury item tick. So, found in his rather groundbreaking chronographs are closely the same elements that make any Swiss replica watch covetable: from the scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal display to the surgical-grade 316L steel body that is both hypoallergenic and anti-corrosive. Yet his products, which are a recurring hit at the annual Baselworld, choose not to stop there.

When you work for brands, and as a retailer, you start to have an idea about the product and about the customer. Maybe not the whole market, but at least you understand the requirement of your patrons, observed Corven. “The customer today wants a new experience. With products out there being almost the same, we want to bring celebrated watch silhouettes of the Iconic Grande, Iconic Chronograph, and the limited-edition Camouflage series, is the brand’s trademarked semi-square face fastened by its definitive screws. Every Rod timepiece is its crown protector feature. A study in industrial functions and toughened aesthetic, the steel bar that snugly hides the rotary crown of the watch is a revolutionary observance of timely watch design. “While the crown protection hides the crown and the pusher, it also to protects the back of the hand,” Corven explains. So, despite the watch’s rather colossal 42mm frame, the wrist is unfazed from scratching and discomfort.

And when in the subject of being wearable, Rod’s silicone rubber strap is easy and comfortable to wear, lightweight, waterproof and non-irritating. Indeed a perfect match for the watch’s water-resistance feature of up to 5 atm, making the ROD an exceptional choice as either a sport performance watch or a stylish casual timepiece for any lady or gent. Armed and dangerous: With its tough black steel exterior and sleek militarized display, the ROD Deep Forest Camouflage is a sure-fire target for the urban warrior.

“After that, it’s a question of price. We may be priced a little bit higher than our sports watch competitors, but we are priced lower than our luxury counterparts. We exceed the functions, the details and the performance of our sporty counterparts while maintaining the luxury and the excellent design that come with a Swiss watch. In this sense, I believe that we are totally unique,” Corven enthused. Indeed, with a starting price of P45,000, the ROD timepiece could just as well be anyone’s starter kit when growing a Swiss watch collection, as its distinct futurist form and functionality should prove archetypal for modern timekeeping. Proof that luxury should never be bound by traditions, it is, perhaps, the spirit of innovation that has made the Swiss synonymous to the world’s finest timepieces. And while some houses may have long forgotten this, there are still brands like ROD to remind everyone that a good watch is always all about the revolution.

Women and Replica Watches: It’s Complicated

PARIS Andrea Seifert, the marketing manager of Gatehouse Publishing, travels a lot from Singapore through different time zones on business. She has found a lifesaver in something that used to belong pretty exclusively to the men’s club: a watch with complications, those mechanisms that increase a watch’s accuracy or capabilities. Ms. Seifert’s watch is a Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duo, a flip-over watch with back-to-back dials that can show the time in two zones. She can set one to show the time back home in the office and the other to show the time at her destination. She not only relies on the functionality of the watch but also appreciates its technical aspect. “What’s unusual is that the two dials are controlled by the same movement,” she said.

Women’s tastes and needs in replica watches are changing, and watchmakers are increasingly acknowledging the change, in models with complications designed with women in mind. “With less emphasis on specific roles within the home and work, this also translates into horology,” said Roanne Orlebar, fine-watch buyer for Harrods in London. “We have certainly seen a trend in ladies interested in complications, with brands reacting to this demand by launching ladies’ complications.” Marina Lunkina, who works in public relations in Moscow, is a case in point. “Today’s world made women as active as men in business, social and many other life spheres,” she said. “It’s obviously affected our style.”

Ms. Lunkina owns a man’s SevenFriday, a Swiss-designed watch built around a Japanese mechanical movement, and a Maurice Lacroix moon-phase watch that she uses to keep track of hair appointments — but for reasons that, like the watch, are complex. “Hair will grow faster if you cut them on a growing moon,” she wrote in an email, while a waning moon is better “if you would like to keep the hairstyle unchanged.” Moon-phase swiss replica watches seem to have a particularly strong appeal for women, and not just those who frequent beauty salons. “Ladies appreciate the moon-phase,” said Pascal Raffy, who in 2001 bought the Swiss luxury watch brand Bovet Fleurier, which has been making timepieces since 1822. One of his first initiatives was to introduce a moon-phase because, he said, “it’s a complication women need, it’s an animation of the movement, it’s emotional.”

A moon-phase captured the attention and heart of Eva Malmstrom Shivdasani, the creative director of Soneva Resorts, Residences and Spas, based in Bangkok. She doesn’t wear a watch often, but when she does, it’s an Audemars Piguet moon-phase that she bought at auction 10 years ago. “I love the look of it, and the movement of the moon,” she said. “It’s a stunning watch, so beautiful. I don’t use it for the function, I just like the beauty of it.” Watchmakers are aiming to satisfy women who are intrigued by complications as much as those attracted by appearance. A wave of new models combines function with fashion.

Franck Muller, the self-titled Master of Complications, offers a Lady Tourbillon with a heart-shaped tourbillon “designed specifically with women in mind,” said the brand’s director, Nicolas Rudaz. “Women buying complicated women replica watches is certainly a trend we see here,” Mr. Rudaz added. Chanel has seen the same trend. “The offer of complications for women has grown very much,” said Nicolas Beau, Chanel’s international watch director. But where “men buy for the mechanism, women buy for the beauty of the mechanism,” he said. As a result, Chanel designed the tourbillon as a stylized camellia in the Première Flying Tourbillon Camellia, making the mechanism a decorative element.

Complex replica watches prettified with hearts, flowers — and lots of diamonds — are a far cry from the offerings of a few years back. “Remember those old Casio replica watches uk with all the buttons?” said Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council in New York, recalling Casio’s early digital models with stop replica watches and alarms. “They weren’t pretty. Today women are looking for something more fashionable.” Béatrice Rouhier, Chaumet’s watch manager in Paris, says women are looking for poetry. “For women, the point is, yes, it is a technical watch — but it is a watch that tells a story,” she said.

In Chaumet’s “Catch me … if you love me” watch, the hands are replaced by a spider and a bee, spinning in a web that replaces the hour markers. The symbolism is “seduction, it is creativity, it is poetry, it is joyful,” Ms. Rouhier said. Van Cleef & Arpels believes in the power of poetry so much that it has trademarked “Poetry of Time” and “Poetic Complications” to describe a collection of jeweled replica watches with complications (including one that features fluttering butterflies). Mr. Raffy, the Bovet Fleurier owner, said, “Women are now interested in how a timepiece works.” In Asia, he said, women “are passionate about mechanical timepieces.”

Daniel Chang, managing director of Jaeger-LeCoultre in China, says his brand holds master classes in China, at which a watchmaker shows a small group how to take apart and reassemble a mechanical movement. “We see female customers coming to the events,” he said. Ms. Giberson said: “We’re more comfortable now with technology. Things that used to seem geeky or intimidating are now common.”

The Political Power Replica Watch Stops Ticking

Sam Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas up for re-election on Tuesday, wears a steel Timex with a black leather band. Bob Beauprez, the Republican challenger for Colorado governor, stumps in a cheap Waltham replica watch he bought for his father around 1970. Fred DuVal, a Democrat running for Arizona governor, opts for a hand-me-down Bulova Caravelle that may cost less than $100 new. The conspicuous lack of luxury timepieces in this year’s midterm election cycle is in line with current trends in American political wrist armor. President Obama routinely poses at photo ops with sleeves rolled, flexing a Jorg Gray JG6500 series chronograph that could pass as an altimeter from a Boeing 767, and retails for less than $400 — roughly one-thousandth the cost of the $540,000 Vacheron Constantin of Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s billionaire former prime minister. What ever happened to the wrist replica watch befitting a world leader? Consider that President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the sartorial equivalent of oyster crackers, appeared on a 1952 cover of Life magazine wearing an 18-karat gold Rolex Datejust that nowadays would look flashy on a Maserati-driving Miami timeshare broker.

The political power replica watch — a subtle yet potent symbol of leadership, with deep roots in American politics — has been redefined. In an era when any hint of elitism is the third rail of modern statecraft, and even the tiniest fashion faux pas (see: Mr. Obama’s “dad jeans”) is dissected mercilessly, most office holders, in the United States anyway, seem unwilling to risk C.E.O.-level timepieces that were once the birthright of the ruling class. For the contemporary technocrat, the timepiece art-object has been replaced by an Everyman tool that sends a more politically palatable message: youth, fitness, fiscal prudence. Think of them as running shoes for the wrist.

“Expensive replica watches have been a casualty of Washington, D.C.’s, obsession with optics, and a shift in what politicians and campaign strategists believe the American people want in their elected leaders,” said Will Welch, the style editor of GQ. “No matter what a politician’s biography, business record or tax returns may say, the accepted wisdom is that a politician has got to look the part of an average American. Not too stylish. Not too privileged. Definitely not so clueless as to wear the entire incomes of a lot of American families on a single wrist.” Such is the no-frills state of horology in the political sphere that Bob McDonnell, the former Virginia governor convicted in federal court on 11 counts of conspiracy, bribery and extortion in September, seemed to distance himself from not just a gifted Rolex, but the very idea of a Rolex.

“It was big, gaudy, just too big,” Mr. McDonnell testified in court in August, referring to the Swiss timepiece that he said his wife gave him for Christmas, but was said to be paid for by a local businessman, as reported by Politico. The governor, who later returned the replica watches uk, said he always preferred inexpensive, utilitarian brands. “As long as it was accurate — everyone knows I’m always on time,” he added. With his testimony, Mr. McDonnell hit the cheap-replica watch exacta for the modern elected official. “Politicians wear a cheap replica watch both as a way to show they are a no-frills non-elitist and also to subliminally convey that they value time, meaning that they would be good managers,” said Eric Wind, a writer for the popular replica watch-enthusiast site Hodinkee, who deconstructed the replica watch choices of American presidents earlier this year.

While it may seem trivial to analyze an elected leader’s wrist instead of, say, his stance on health care, the wrist replica watch is a talisman, at least for male politicians, who are generally locked into to a uniform of blue suits and party-appropriate red or blue ties, with few other opportunities to express personal style. And it would be naïve to assume that no one is paying attention. President Obama’s left wrist has been in the spotlight since he entered the political stratosphere. Bloggers hailed his choice of an old TAG Heuer 1500 — a rugged diver’s replica watch favored by middle managers — earlier in his career. “Many swiss replica watches admirers appreciated that he seemed to wear something of a ‘beater’ on his wrist, as it projected a good work ethic,” wrote The Escapement, a replica watch blog, in 2009.

It is not just horology geeks taking note. After the president took office wearing his new Jorg Gray, a birthday gift from his security detail, The Chicago Tribune noted that “a man’s replica watch is the equivalent of a woman’s handbag: often scrutinized, sometimes coveted. So when the left-handed president signed documents on Day 1 of his presidency, many noticed his black chronograph with a Secret Service seal, in place of the Tag Heuer he often wears. Often, the wrist watch serves to underscore a politician’s perceived strengths. Mr. Brownback’s simple Timex, for instance, quietly advertises his role as a no-nonsense fiscal conservative. But just as often, a strategic choice shores up a perceived weakness. With its he-man, commando air, the president’s Jorg Gray hinted that a bookish Ivy Leaguer who had never awakened to reveille was ready to assume duties as commander in chief.

George W. Bush struggled with a Yale party boy image, so a drugstore Timex helped to offset his custom suits. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney seemed to lean on his modest Seiko as a rebranding tool, to counter perceptions that he was an out-of-touch corner-office type with a $200 million fortune. Then there was Bill Clinton, whose cheeseburger eruptions were dissected nearly as much as his bimbo eruptions during his 1992 presidential run, proudly displayed a jogger-friendly plastic Timex Ironman. Though it was derided as a “wrist gargoyle” by The Washington Post, it was the symbol of Bubba, born again hard.

There was a time, however, when cheap chic was a foreign concept to statesmen. Franklin D. Roosevelt, the architect of the New Deal, wore a gold Tiffany-signed Movado triple calendar with no apparent shame. Another populist of plutocrat origins, John F. Kennedy, counted among his collection a Cartier and a dainty gold Omega, according to Hodinkee. Lyndon B. Johnson, father of the Great Society, owned a quiver of fine Swiss replica watches, including a Patek Philippe, a Vulcain Cricket (a presidential staple), a LeCoultre and a Rolex. Even Fidel Castro, a leader with class sensitivities if there ever was one, at times wore two Rolexes on the same wrist.

The mid-20th century, in fact, was a more stately time when politicians, particularly presidents, “presented themselves as men who ordinary citizens could aspire to be: accomplished, glamorous, stylish, classy and wealthy without being gaudy,” Mr. Welch said. “So the shift in watch preferences is a tidy metaphor for the larger philosophical change about what a politician should be, what the American people want.” To date, the phenomenon seems largely an American one. In Russia, for instance, Vladimir V. Putin has reportedly amassed a replica watch collection worth nearly $700,000. “I guess if you feel assured of the popular vote,” said Style.com’s editor in chief, Dirk Standen, “you can wear whatever watch you please.”