Bell & Ross made their name with utilitarian aviation inspired timepieces. As the years go by they’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible within this well-worn trope via a motto ‘from the dashboard to the wrist’. Their latest collection, possibly inspired by the conveniently named, bright orange Bell X-1 – the first plane to reach supersonic speeds piloted by Chuck Yeager – is the BR-X1 range, defined by its technical case construction and skeletonised dials.
The latest addition to the cheap replica Bell & Ross BR-X1 is the limited edition Hyperstellar, which takes the aviation theme to its logical conclusion –outer space.
The Hyperstellar would be a solid choice for a manned mission to Mars, thanks to its ultra-light construction from grade 5 titanium, with blue anodised aluminium highlights. And of course, operating the chronograph on EVAs would be a breeze, thanks to the luxury fake watches Bell & Ross BR-X1s rubber-clad ‘rocker’ style chronograph pushers. You’ve certainly got to have the right stuff to pull this watch off – thanks to the square shape it wears even larger than it’s 45mm width might suggest. Having said that it’s still comfortable on the wrist, thanks to the short lugs.
For those of us with more earthly concerns the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph Hyperstellar also looks good. The blue and grey (blue for earth, grey for the moon) is a particularly attractive colour combination, and something new for B&R. Also new is the strap – grey alligator inset into supple rubber. It amounted to the most comfortable wear of the day – very, very pleasant on the wrist and. This is a luxe strap that hasn’t forgotten its functional roots. Replica watches Bell & Ross online.
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The BR-X1 Hyperstellar is limited to 250 pieces and has a retail price of 17,900 Euro.
You may have noticed we’re all about the Bell & Ross AeroGT collection this week. After all, who didn’t spend their childhood creating jet-inspired cars, and imagining a world in which they could exist. Seriously, how much fun must B&R have had working on the AeroGT – and extending the concept out into two very cool watches. We’ve already reviewed the the three-handed BR03-92, but so far we’ve only given you a quick taste of the chronograph with our 60-second video. Now it’s time for a little more focus.
Let’s cut to the chase. This watch is all about the dial. Or rather, the lack of it. The skeletonised dial is at the heart of the AeroGT’s appeal. Rather than opt for something ornate, sale fake Bell & Ross watches has gone for a more brutal approach, with lots of straight lines and machined finishes. It’s an effect that’s entirely on-brand, and brings to mind a racing team removing all superfluous elements from their car in an effort to reduce weight and increase performance. And just in case all the weight-savings aren’t enough, Bell & Ross has added some go-faster details – chronograph indicators and date arrow. Nice elements that break up the otherwise monochromatic colour scheme.
If the dial is fresh, the case is classic replica Bell & Ross watches – its square case inspired by airplane instrument panels only adding to the dial’s industrial look. Thanks to the shape, the AeroGT wears larger than the 42mm measurement might suggest, though it’s very comfortable thanks to the short lugs. The chronograph pushers and crown fit neatly into the design of the case, and the red start pusher and matching crown tube add an extra speedy touch, while the four (functional) bezel screws serve as the cherries on top.
The detailing continues to the thick, padded rally-style calfskin strap with its accents of red piping. It has a slightly vintage feel, which is a little at odds with the ultra-modern look of the watch. But though I would have expected to see a rubber and leather combo instead, the rally strap actually works.
The BR 03-94 AeroGT is powered by the BR-CAL.319, based on an ETA 2894-2. Interestingly the layout of the chronograph is tricompax, with three subdials rather than the two that usually show up on cheap replica Bell & Ross chronographs. The finishing of the movement is utilitarian – no stripes, no anglage – just lots of plumb lines and straight machine brushing. And again, it works.
In some ways the AeroGT is a clear evolution for Bell & Ross. It’s got the square case, the aviation tie-in, and a clear aesthetic link to the BR-X1 range. But there’s enough novelty in the design (not to mention the car) to be confident that the brand’s love affair with the square isn’t cooling off any time soon.
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Who’s it for?
Petrolheads who’ll get a real kick out of a watch based on a totally unavailable concept car.
What would we change?
It might end up looking like overkill, but I can’t help thinking a little more contrast in the movement would look cool. Maybe some red movement parts, or perhaps black? Replica Bell & Ross BR 03-94 AeroGT Chronograph Australian pricing and availability
The Bell & Ross BR03-94 AeroGT, $13,000, is limited to 500 pieces worldwide.
Bell & Ross ditch the tactical style of the flight deck in favour of the formality of the parade ground.
Ever since I reviewed the surprisingly seductive beige dialled Vintage BR 123 way back in the early days of I’ve had a soft spot for fake Bell & Ross’s round watches. The Vintage line offers a solid platform for the design-oriented brand play with colour, materials and military codes. Don’t believe me? Look at the watch above, then compare it to the beige dialled version, and finally check out this blacked-out chrono. Same essential platform – three completely different results. The unifying factor? A link back to the world of aviation. In the case of the Aeronavale the inspiration is more parade ground and less flight deck – the distinctive blue and gold livery comes from the dress uniforms of French naval pilots – the Aeronavale.
It seems the French navy know a classic colour combo when they see one, because the deep blue and shining gold of the Aeronavale is a real winner. It translates well on the wrist too. The luxury replica Bell & Ross sunburst blue dial and applied gold tone markers and hands look sharp and stylish.
The matching blue and gold bezel (indicating elapsed minutes) seals the deal. Predictably enough, the date is the only off note here, while B&R get points for matching the date disc to the dial the placement is a little jarring. It would have been neater to place it at six, keeping all the elements on a single vertical axis.
The polished steel 43mm case of the Aeronavale is, despite the size, quite a vintage number. The lugs are long and tapered, angling sharply down from the case to ensure the watch wears well on the wrist. The bezel juts out; adding to the interesting profile and the heavily domed sapphire completes the look.
Turn the watch over and you can see the BR CAL 305 through the clear caseback. This movement is based on an ETA ebauche and is machine finished, with a nicely signed rotor. In short, it’s exactly what you’d expect to see in a watch at this price point.
The BR 123 Aeronavale comes with two strap options – calf or alligator – and both of them are excellent. The watch is pictured on a blue ‘gator strap, with matching blue stitching. It’s soft and supple as you’d expect, and it gives the watch quite a dressy demeanour. The other option is the padded, painted blue calfskin (which you can see on the Aeronavale chronograph here), and for me this (slightly cheaper) option is the winner. It’s an unusual, but high quality strap that really goes with the bold blue tones of the watch, and isn’t the sort of stock strap you’re likely to see elsewhere. Then again, if the dial and bezel are already attention grabbing enough for you, or you’re in need of something more formal, the alligator is the obvious choice.
The BR 123 Aeronavale is, in short, a really well executed watch by a brand that continues to carve out its own niche. It hits all the spots: Great looks, good quality and a solid price. Sure, it’s not breaking new ground when it comes to materials or movement, but it really doesn’t need to. It’s a bright and bold design that makes a pleasant change from the parade of monochrome monotony we usually see out of Switzerland. It’s also yet another example of replica Bell & Ross playing to their design strengths. Honestly, of all the watches they’ve released this year it’d be a toss up between this and the Desert Type chrono for my personal pick. Of course, it you’re not into blue then you might need to look elsewhere. But who isn’t into blue?
Have you ever seen a cooler calf strap?
Who’s it for?
If you’re looking for a good quality everyday piece that won’t blend in with the herd, you may have just found your watch.
What would we change?
The date. Cliché I know, but it has to be said. Replica Bell & Ross watches are usually quite good with integrating dates, but this guy sticks out a bit too much.
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale Australian pricing
Bell & Ross Vintage BR 123 Aeronavale on calfskin, $4200, on alligator, $4450.
Bell & Ross has made a name for itself with its aviation-inspired timepieces. The brand proudly proclaims that on-board aviation instruments are its guiding force, and it has been very successful in incorporating the theme into wristwatches. Today, the square case and round dials of its BR aviation-inspired watches are instantly recognizable, and it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that the look is a modern horological and cultural icon. That said, Bell & Ross refuse to be limited by stereotypes, and its latest watches see it drawing inspiration from the open seas. Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you the new cheap replica Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine.
The Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine watch is part of the company’s new Marine Instrument collection. And in the words of Bell & Ross themselves, they are “temporarily leaving runways, radars and fighter planes” and heading for the open water.
The new Marine Instrument collection will be headlined by three very special, limited-edition watches. There’s the simple time-only Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine, the partially skeletonized BR-X1 Instrument De Marine Chronograph, and finally the ultra-complicated BR-X1 Tourbillon Chronograph Instrument De Marine. All three are unique and very different from Bell & Ross’ usual offerings, but the one we are interested in today is the time-only Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine is that it features the iconic BR 01 case – the case that we all know and love. But look closer and you’ll realize that not all is what it seems. In fact, the case is constructed using three different unconventional materials.
To begin with, the large 46mm-wide case, bezel, and crown are made using bronze. The choice of bronze is obvious as it is the metal that is most associated with the sea. In case you don’t already know, bronze is widely used in marine applications because it naturally forms a patina which protects the underlying bronze metal from corrosion. Look closer still, and around the periphery of the case is a band made of rosewood. Like bronze, wood is another material closely associated with the sea. And finally, the case back is made of titanium – again, a material ideal for marine applications as it is highly resistant to corrosion. It is also hypoallergenic, which makes it great for contact with skin as bronze has the propensity to stain skin.
The case is well-constructed and expertly finished, and the design is one that we have all come to know and love. It’s a simple design, but it is powerful and very attractive. And while it may be a big square case, it isn’t overly thick, so it wears quite well on the wrist. The wearing comfort was also aided by the comfortable brown alligator strap. The strap comes with a matching bronze buckle, which is a nice touch. That said, I think the large Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine case works best on owners with chunkier wrists. Like other BR 01 watches, the Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine is also water resistant to 100 meters.
The next thing that catches all your eye is probably the brilliant white dial, which is actually lacquer – an unusual dial material for luxury replica Bell & Ross watches. What’s also unusual is the use of Roman numerals, railroad-style indexes, and blued pear-shaped hands, which pays homage to marine clocks of the past. These design elements give the dial an old-world charm, but it takes getting used to because the BR 01 case is usually associated with aviation-inspired designs, which tend to be more modern. Nevertheless, it’s a harmonious look, and I especially like the blued steel hands and the whiteness of the lacquer dial.
There’s a subdial for the running seconds at 6 o’clock, and in the middle of the subdial it reads CAL. 203. That would be a reference to the calibre BR-CAL.203 that beats within. It’s visible through the sapphire case back, and it’s a hand-wound mechanical movement. The choice of a hand-wound movement is apt because marine clocks of the past were also manually wound. It beats at 3Hz and features a suitably long power reserve of 56 hours.
Though Bell & Ross doesn’t say it, the BR-CAL.203 is likely the ubiquitous Unitas 6497. A tried-and-tested hand-wound movement that sees action in many other watches. In the case of the replica Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine, it has been simply finished with brushed and darkened bridges and blued screws. It looks very industrial, and if I were to nitpick, I would have preferred a more elaborately decorated movement to suit the rest of the watch. As it is, the dial of the Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine is definitely more intricate than most of Bell & Ross’ other offerings, and I think a more classically decorated movement with chamfered bridges, Côtes de Genève, or perlage would be more suitable.
The new Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine marks an interesting departure from the brand’s usual aviation-inspired pieces, and the end result is certainly intriguing, if not attractive. I don’t think everyone is going to be a fan of it, but if you like watches like the Ulysses Nardin Marine collection, then I think the luxury fake watches Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine will be an interesting alternative, as it mixes the classic look of marine-inspired watches with Bell & Ross’ signature BR case. If you like the look of it, you’d best hurry because the Bell & Ross BR 01-CM Instrument De Marine is limited to just 500 pieces. Price is $8,700.
The Parisian brand Bell & Ross is most known for creating aviation inspired watches in a bold, squared style. Of course the collection consists of much more, including round cased watches, like the Vintage collection or the Aeronavale collection. Although most of these are still highly derived from avionics, cheap replica Bell & Ross watches is also embarking into the world of automotive and racing-inspired watches. They have teamed-up with Renault F1 as an official timing partner for this year (more on that later in a dedicated chapter of our Watches and Formula 1 series) and now offer the BR-X1 RS16 and BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon. We’ve had the chance to go hands-on, inside the Renault F1 facility in Enstone, the birthplace of Formula 1.
The BR-X1 model is not new to Bell & Ross, nor is it new for you if you follow us closely. Bell & Ross first introduced it in 2014 with the BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph (reviewed here) and followed with a several variations of it – and even 5 different Tourbillon models. The entire BR-X1 collection consists of 12 models in total, 7 of which are Skeleton Chronographs, and they come in a wide range of materials. Ranging from titanium, to gold, to forged carbon and even wood, there will be a BR-X1 for everyone (sort of…).
The joint adventure between Renault F1 and Bell & Ross started a new chapter in the brand’s relatively short history – the reasons for this partnership was explained in an interview between Bell & Ross CEO Carlos Rosillo and Monochrome Watches earlier this year. As a hint to this partnership of Bell & Ross (French!) and the Renault F1 team (also French!), the brand introduced bold, quite yellow BR-X1 RS16 and RS16 Tourbillon limited editions. While the technology and specifications are not new, it does offer a very sporty rendition of the common theme within the BR-X1 line-up. Both the regular BR-X1 RS16 and the Tourbillon BR-X1 RS16 are equipped with a chronograph movement, housed in a square forged carbon case of 45mm wide.
The lightweight black cases now feature yellow touches, where the first BR-X1 Skeleton Chronograph Carbon Forgé was totally black, to the exception of markers and hands. The splash of bright yellow is of course a reference to the Formula 1 racing cars, which actually have sort of a gold, almost pearlescent sheen over it. I can personally vouch for the fact that it’s hardly noticeable on TV, but the watches come quite close to the actual color as you can see in the pictures.
The part that probably gets most watch aficionados hearts racing (pun intended) is the technical side, a.k.a. the movement and complications. While the BR-X1 collections shows quite a bit of its machinery through the skeletonized dial, it’s worth spending a few words on this even though we covered most of it in previous articles. The chronograph movement used in the non-tourbillon BR-X1 RS16 is developed by Dubois-Depraz, for luxury fake Bell & Ross watches, likely based on an ETA movement or a clone. Two pushers, one on each side of the crown, activate and reset the chronograph function, like traditional chronograph watches.
Another departure from the most common squared cased Bell & Ross watches are the case-backs of both watches. The BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph features an almost closed caseback with just a small round window to see the rotor in action and engravings around it with details of the watch, such as the limitation and materials (as normal enclosed case-backs you most commonly find on the BR-collections).
As a thoroughbred watch nut might have noticed before, the movement inside the BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon watches in known at Monochrome (who said Akrivia…). Choosing this movement to power one of Bell & Ross’ most complicated watches to date might be surprising, however it’s a solid choice if you ask me. A movement with integrated chronograph, activated through a mono-pusher at 2, which is both technically impressive and aesthetically very pleasing. It is not just a chronograph tourbillon movement, but one that has all the running gears visible on the dial side. The chronograph receives power directly from the tourbillon and you can see the lever and gear moving when activating the Monopusher (as explained here too).
The movement has 1 large barrel storing up to 100 hours of power. Just let that sink in for a moment; a tourbillon movement with integrated, column-wheel, monopusher chronograph and 100 hours of power, with most of its parts visible while wearing. You do not see that every day, period! The movement is also visible through the caseback, which features a large sapphire crystal and a little hint to the partnership between Bell & Ross and Renault F1. A nice detail that finishes off the BR-X1 RS16 Tourbillon is the ceramic case-bands that protect the carbon forged case, with the chronograph monopusher and the crowngard on the right side of the case being very similar in design to keep the watch as symmetrical as possible.
The Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS16 and RS16 Tourbillon is fitted on a yellow rubber and carbon fiber strap, but the brand will supply you with a full black rubber strap if desired (as can be seen in some pictures) when the yellow one is a bit too, let’s say, funky for your liking. Bell & Ross only offers these watches in limited edition – 250 pieces for the replica watches Bell & Ross BR-X1 RS16 Skeleton Chronograph and 20 pieces for the RS16 Tourbillon, available only in the paddock of each Formula 1 race. As for the price, the Skeleton Chronograph is 22,000 Euros and the Tourbillon is 155,000 Euros.
It all began 20 years ago, when “in-house” and independent sourcing of movements were not yet in vogue across the watch industry. The presentation of a splendid micro-rotor movement manufactured in Fleurier, a watchmaking town of Val-de-Travers, gave birth to the cheap replica Chopard L.U.C series, a highly respected collection among watch connoisseurs. This Chopard collection now celebrates its 20th anniversary, with the introduction of several models. Among these, the XPS 1860 houses the brand’s original micro-rotor movement in a steel case and is definitely worth a close look.
Back in the early 1990s, at a time when very few brands were manufacturing their own movements, Chopard – under the guidance of Karl-Fiedrich Schefeule – initiated a program to produce a movement of their own in Fleurier. In 1996, the brand proudly introduced the L.U.C 1860 watch, housing their first in-house movement, the calibre 1.96. This milestone gave birth to a remarkable collection of watches, embodying Chopard’s watchmaking expertise, and laid the foundations for numerous developments. It was christened L.U.C in homage to Louis-Ulysse Chopard, who founded the company in 1860 in Sonvilliers.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this emblematic collection, Best replica watches Chopard is paying tribute to the very first L.U.C model that featured the calibre 1.96. The new L.U.C XPS 1860 is proposed in pink gold as a limited edition of 100 pieces. More than that, the model is also proposed in steel. An interesting move as many L.U.C and watch aficionados were hoping to see this iconic micro-rotor calibre cased in a more accessible material.
The L.U.C XPS 1860 is an alluring, thin dress watch, a modern take on the first model of the collection. It is 40mm in diameter, a versatile and modern size. This needs to be compared to the 36.4 mm of the 1996 model, an elegant dimension no longer-adapted to current standards. With a thickness of 7.2mm and its shorts lugs, it wears extremely well. Interestingly, it was already available in steel (in a 2007 model, with a 39.5mm case), then removed from the catalogue and only produced in gold. Steel is now back.
Its dial is classic, elegant with a modern touch. It is silver-toned with a sun-burst satin-finished center – a cheap fake Chopard L.U.C tradition the pattern radiates from the logo. It features different levels and applied hour markers, which adds depth and presence. The faceted rhodium-plated hands boast a distinctive design and indicate hours and minutes together with a small seconds. The date is shown at 6 o’clock. Some will enjoy the practicality of the indication while others might have preferred a pure, minimalist dial without date.
The XPS 1860 in steel sports an updated version of the calibre 96, dubbed L.U.C 96.03-L. This thin (3.3mm) automatic winding movement runs at 28’800vph. It has modern design and features an elegant bi-directional micro-rotor in 22 carat gold. Its twin mainspring barrels stacked one on top of the other (Twin technology) offer a comfortable power reserve of 62 hours. The two barrels operate in series to ensure a more constant energy flow and improve isochronism (check our article on taming power in mechanical watches in our technical guide). Its precision is COSC-certified.
This version of the movement is not as sophisticated as that of the luxury fake Chopard XPS 1860 pink goldlimited edition (bearing the Geneva seal) which is understandable as it is meant to be proposed at a more accessible price point. For instance, it does not feature the swan neck fine adjustment and Breguet overcoil. Still, the movement is magnificent and superbly finished. Its exquisite Geneva stripes, polished jewels sinks, micro-rotor engraving, beveling and perlage are in perfect harmony with its refined architecture.
The Chopard L.U.C calibre 96 has often been compared with another iconic movement, the Patek 240. The Patek 240 is said to have been a (non-admitted) benchmark to develop the calibre 96. Both movements share common features and dimensions being ultra-thin with a similarly integrated micro-rotor. The modern construction of the L.U.C movement has strong arguments. Its twin barrels offer a pleasing power reserve while ensuring constant torque; its finishing is certainly on par with Patek Philippe – if not better on certain editions.
The L.U.C XPS 1860 is worn on a black hand-sewn alligator strap with pin buckle, which as usual for cheap replica Chopard, shows an overall very pleasant quality and smoothness.
The Chopard L.U.C XPS 1860 combines understated elegance with rare watchmaking expertise and craftsmanship. The calibre 1.96 is simply stunning. While it can’t be called cheap for a steel watch at 8,290 Euros, it feels like great value for money, compared to what many competitors are charging – and compared to the gold edition at nearly 20k. Really worth a close look if you are looking for a fine high-end dress watch, in steel and thus at a much more accessible price. An excellent opportunity to enjoy a haute horlogerie movement with a watch that won’t kill your savings.
Technical specifications of the steel L.U.C XPS 1860
Case: 40mm – steel case – sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating on both sides – 30m water resistant
Movement: calibre L.U.C 96.03-L – automatic winding with 22K micro-rotor – 65h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, small seconds and date indications – COSC certified
Strap: black alligator leather with steel pin-buckle
When you say Chopard and chronograph, you certainly have in mind the Mille Miglia or the Superfast collections, sporty and race-oriented luxury watches – but not high-end, haute horlogerie pieces. What Chopard launched this year at Baselworld 2016 is a tiny bit different – to say the least. The brand came to the international watch fair with a pure complex watch, an in-house, traditionally built chronograph movement combined with a perpetual calendar function and all of that certified by the Hallmark of Geneva – and because times are about fair trade production, it also happens to be maid in Fairmined gold. Here is the new and high-end replica Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono.
The new Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is a real connoisseur piece and such combination of complications, in such a high-end, refined execution is rather rare. Think in-house, traditional column-wheel chronograph combined to a perpetual calendar with a haute-horlogerie manufacturing… What are the potential candidates? Of course, there’s the icon, the Lange & Sohne Datograph Perpetual. There’s another icon, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5270. The latest could be the Vacheron Constantin Traditionelle Chronograph Perpetual Calendar. Not the worst watches to consider if you have over 100,000 Euros to spend. Well, there’s now a new contender in the battle, in the name of the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono – and it has some serious arguments to fight against the others: in-house movement, column-wheel / vertical clutch chronograph, Hallmark of Geneva, perpetual calendar with big date, superb and original design, decent price tag (relatively speaking) and it even respects fair trade rules.
As you can see, the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono has some arguments. In terms of design (and this remains of course completely subjective), it brings a certain uniqueness and modernity, compared to three very classical competitors. The case, made in Fairmined 18k white gold (coming from Peru, Bolivia or Columbia-based mining cooperatives – and the first time cheap fake Chopard uses Fairmined white gold), shows a nice execution with flat surfaces polished and brushed flanks. The originality comes from the direction of the brushing, which is vertical and not horizontal like most of the watches. The case however remains large, at 45mm x 15.06mm – a thickness enhanced by the straight shape of the casebands. Some will find it too large (compared to the 42mm of the Patek or the 41mm of the Lange) and some will appreciate a more modern and sportier look.
The dial of the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono also differentiates from the crowd via its look and its layout. The background of the dial is ruthenium plated (so dark grey) with a sun ray, hand-guilloché pattern, starting from the center of the luxury replica Chopard logo. The indexes, applied on the dial, are modern and sculptural Roman numeral. The originality of this piece comes from the layout and shape of the sub-dials. The indications displayed are: time on the central axis, small second and moon-phase at 6, large date at 12, chronograph second on the central axis. Until now, easy. Then come the two other sub-dials. At 3, you’ll find the 30-minute counter, with in its centre the indication of the day of the week and attached on the top the indication of the leap year. At 9, you’ll have the 12-hour counter with in its centre the month and attached on top the day / night indicator.
This “fancy” look is due by the choice of Choaprd not to cut the track and to make them going around all the indications. A strange choice maybe but something that creates a very distinctive look – which in the end remains rather easy to read. Of course, as always in such combination of a chronograph and a perpetual calendar, the dial looks complex and rather clustered. But here it has some appeal and remains different from all the other brands.
In the tradition of the exact replica Chopard L.U.C Collection, the movement of the Perpetual Chrono is superbly executed and comes with interesting features. When looked from the back, it is a traditional, manual-winding movement, operated with a column-wheel (noblesse oblige…). However, this entirely in-house movement is a modern one, as you can see from the shape of the bridges and chronograph levers. It also features a vertical clutch (which guarantee a instant start of the chronograph second hand without jump…) and a flyback feature. It ticks at a modern frequency (4Hz) and boasts 60 hours of power reserve. The perpetual calendar module is added on the top and the moon-phase indicator is precise for the coming 122 years.
In terms of finishing, first note that the movement of the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is certified by the Hallmark of Geneva. Thus, it is real haute-horlogerie and a proper chronometer that you’ll invest in. The bridges and main-plate are manufactured in untreated German Silver (which gives this distinctive warm colour to the movement). bridges and wheels are chamfered by hand, main-plate is circular grained, steel parts are also beveled and grained… It is very pleasant to look at.
Considering the functions it features, considering its high-end finishing and the look of the watch, Chopard did quite a good job and could potentially have an interesting alternative to the 3 watches we mentioned earlier (Patek, Lange & Vacheron). The Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Chrono is definitely a bold watch, with its large case and its unique dial (some will love, some won’t…) but Chopard doest have to be ashamed of the level of execution and the technology. This even truer when considering the price – 83,730 Euros – when the others are all positioned over 120,000 Euros. Not bad, right. Limited Edition of 20 pieces. Also available in Fairmined 18k pink gold.
For the seasoned watch journalist, there’s intellectual exhaustion when a watch brand offers a thematic watch offering with scant relation to the event they have sponsored. Deployant is proud to report that with Chopard’s Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition, the Official Timing Partner of Porsche Motorsport has avoided exactly that pitfall.
Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition for 24 Hours Of Le Mans 2016
A few caveats, First: In terms of aesthetics, the cheap replica Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition tilts toward the side of busy. While some voices are critical on the design decision taken by Chopard to label the chronograph subdials (adding to its busy appearance), ask Joe Average on the street what each dial on their chronograph displays and they’d be hard pressed to give you an answer. Labelling provides easy reference points.
I don’t know if many readers have seen the interior of a LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid but I can assure you that the dashboard has counters and readouts in a similar fashion which leads to my second point: as a Porsche Motorsport inspired timepiece, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition keeps with the technical design of motor-racing; properly labelled gauges, readouts and buttons.
Finally, there’s the engineering aspect – screws, nuts, bolts and air vents. The Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition for 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 is built to replicate that feel authentically and so while this “overly-designed” timepiece might not be every one’s cup of tea, it’s worth noting that not everyone will appreciate getting behind the wheels of a true race car either. Now onto the news.
During the 2015 endurance race, the three LMP1 Porsche 919 Hybrid vehicles driven by Nico Hülkenberg, Mark Webber and Romain Dumas achieved an impressive first, second and fifth finishing after clocking up 395 laps in 24 hours- it was an outstanding double victory for the team and thus for the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, cheap fake Chopard watches presents the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition with the same avant-garde design seen in the triumphant vehicles.
Issued in a 100-piece titanium series, the Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition replicates the modern aesthetics of hybrid Porsche 919’s black, white and red detailing to compelling effect. But what grabs me isn’t what lies on the surface but rather the engine birthed by Chopard’s Fleurier Ebauches SA’s new “Minergie” eco-standard factory: the chronometer-certified COSC Chopard Calibre 03.05-M.
All the bridges of the COSC certified Chopard Calibre 03.05-M are openworked, reminiscent cooling air vents found on sports cars. While not exactly “skeleton”, Chopard’s dedication to maximum visual dramatism allows the owner to go right into the heart of the machine beyond your typical sapphire case-back.
While the 45mm large 2016 Superfast model is assertive and bold like its 2014 predecessor, the new Black Edition enjoys the subtlety of bead-blasted black DLC titanium casing, taking a classical chronograph and turning it into a contemporary racing-inspired watch.
Exclusively available in Chopard boutiques, the limited Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition sports a lacquered titanium tachymetric scale bezel secured by eight PVD-coated blackened screws while the matt black rubber-moulded screw-lock crown with a steering wheel motif completes the feel of a high performance race-car. The two rubber coated pushers in red for chronograph start-stop (much like the engine start-stop of the 919) and the black for zero-reset add to the aggressive distinctiveness of the timepiece.
Online best replica Chopard Superfast Chrono Porsche 919 Black Edition is priced at USD14,370 and is available only at Chopard boutiques.
With the Superocean 44 Special, Breitling introduces their second (at the time of writing) timepiece which uses a ceramic bezel. If you recall, last year in 2015 Breitling released the well-priced and good-looking Chronoliner (hands-on here) that has a solid black ceramic bezel. Competing watch brands such as Rolex and Omega had introduced ceramic as a material into their lineup years previously, so it was about time cheap replica watches Breitling offered their own take on the use of the material. For 2016, Breitling uses ceramic as a bezel material for this “Special” version of the Superocean dive watch.
I have a feeling that the mostly monochromatic design of the Breitling Superocean 44 Special will look better in person than in these marketing pictures. Timepieces like this tend to look a bit boring in images, but in person their high-contrast, legible dials and versatile styling make strong visual arguments. In fact, the brand calls the Breitling Superocean 44 Special their “ocean pilot,” as they feel it combines the legibiltiy of a pilot watch with the durability of a dive watch. Last I checked, most dive watches were more legible that most pilot watches – especially at Breitling… At least the Breitling Superocean 44 Special continues that heritage.
This Breitling Superocean 44 case comes in PVD-coated black steel and is water resistant to 1000 meters with a screw-down crown (of course) and helium release valve. It looks like luxury replica Breitling watches online uses the same “mono-block” type of black ceramic bezel as the Chronoliner. This is not a mere bezel insert, but a solid piece of ceramic all around. This is unlike many other ceramic bezels which are merely rings placed into a metal frame and used as “bezel inserts.” The result should be more scratch-resistant surfaces all around, and such pieces of more complex-milled ceramic are arguably more desirable.
A look back at Breitling’s modern history with dive watches reveals a stunning variety of designs and themes. Breitling dive watches over the last 10 years have come in both mechanical and quartz variants, with modern or vintage themes, in a slew of different sizes and colors, as well as designs which are either more sports or formal. Of the recent Breitling dive watches, the best replica Breitling Superocean 44 Special very much feels like their take on the “professional diver” with a focus on functionality versus things like trendy colors.
Tool watch lovers will likely celebrate the Breitling Superocean 44 Special for its particular lack of “excess design.” Perhaps the only issue some might take with the dial design is how the 9 o’clock hour marker and the date window slightly overlap the 24-hour markers on the dial inside of the applied lume-filled hour indicator. This won’t bother most people, but I do take notice each time an aBlogtoWatch audience member comments on their dislike of how one element on a dial overlaps or cuts into another.
Inside the Breitling Superocean 44 Special is the brand’s calibre 17 automatic movement which is a base Swiss ETA. The movement has been COSC Chronometer certified, as is the case with many other Breitling timepieces. Current strap options for the cheap fake Breitling Superocean 44 Special watch are both rubber, but with different styles and are the Breitling Ocean Racer or the Diver Pro.
Weekends – we all live for it, don’t we? It is probably a well-deserved break that we all need, after five days’ worth of late-nights and corporate slogging. As watch lovers, first thing on our minds when we knock off on Friday? Weekend watches!
When we swap our corporate attire for our casual weekend wear, the same should be done for the watches too. Don’t you think that it’s strange to wear a dress watch, like say the A. Lange & Söhne 1815, with a pair of shorts and t-shirt? Perhaps not, but we make our point of a weekend watch.
In this installment of Throwback Sundays, we will be curating six watches that we think are casual, or should go well with your casual weekend wear. Let’s go!
Breitling Emergency II
For some of us, the weekends are meant for us to do the things we love. And well, who doesn’t love a good adventure, or a relaxing day out on a yacht?
The luxury fake Breitling Emergency II watches, now enhanced with several upgrades from its predecessor, is perhaps the one of the best companions for the thrill-seekers. Armed with the new dual antenna transmitter, the watch is able to convey the area’s coordinates accurately and seek for assistance when the function is deployed during an emergency. Besides that, the watch also features some other useful functions, such as the 1/100th second chronograph, as well as a second timezone indicator. Notably, it is fitted with a SuperQuartz™ movement, which is said to be ten times more accurate than standard quartz and chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute).
The 51mm timepiece is cased in titanium, and it retails at S$ 21,000. While the Emergency II is not exactly an inexpensive timepiece, the novelty and coolness surely makes up for the premium price tag. Replica watches for sale online.
Bulgari Octo Velocissimo
Next up, we have a novelty from Bulgari’s iconic Octo collection – the Velocissimo.
The Velocissimo, true to its origins, features the classic Octo DNA with a little twist. The 41mm watch is cased in two materials: 18k pink gold and DLC steel. The combination, together with its stunning black lacquered dial, makes the timepiece rather chic and elegant.
The watch is powered by the Caliber BVL 328, a high frequency movement based on the Zenith El Primero. It features a date indicator at the 4:30 position, as well as a chronograph function. The finishing, which consists of circular-graining, Côtes de Genève and chamfering, is done reasonably well too.
Priced at CHF 12,950 (approximately S$ 17,720), the Octo Velocissimo is a timepiece for collectors who wants to remain fashionable and cool during the weekends. Well, we have to admit that this is a rather good-looking timepiece after all…
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph
The rise in popularity for Audemars Piguet, especially its Royal Oak Offshore collection, has been phenomenal. The appeal lies in its chunky 42mm case, as well as its bold design cues that appeals and bode well with the younger vibrant crowd who likes their watches to be massive and casual.
The Diver Chronograph is one of the latest additions to the Offshore family. This is the first time that a complication has been added to the Diver Collection, and we feel that Audemars Piguet had done a great job for this one. The watch is now more functional, yet it still retains a simple and legible dial layout. In addition, the dual counter chronograph is powered by the in-house AP Caliber 3124/3841, although jsome critics might argue that the lack of a date counter, we think it looks fine.
The watch comes with four different colour combinations, each with a fancy coloured dial and rubber strap. The above-mentioned example, which comes with a blue dial, is our favourite among the quartet. It is priced at S$ 31,900, and we feel that it is a must-have for collectors who are die-hard AP collectors.
Following the Diver Chronograph, we have yet another iconic timepiece that is rather popular with collectors for its casual style. Cue the Panerai Luminor.
Originally designed for the Italian Frogmen, the demand for Panerai watches remains very strong. The Luminor collection, in particular, is a favourite among collectors. This is all thanks to its instantly recognizable design, which features a massive case and the unique crown guard. More importantly, the popularity of the watch is partly due to the immense choice of strap options. There are many alternative strap designs and materials for Panerai watches, which allow collectors to change their straps to match their style. The versatility is superb, and it is definitely appealing to collectors who want to customise the watches to their attire.
The Luminor collection varies in terms of pricing, from around S$ 6,500 for a basic time-only model, to S$ 204,500 for the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio.
The Air-King offers something different from the usual Rolex watches.
The dial design of the Air-King is unusual. This particular release features design cues from the instruments that were used in the Rolex Bloodhound SSC, in which the indices combine both the minute and hour numerals on the same dial itself. On top of that, the details – such as the green Rolex fonts and the yellow Rolex logo – add a colourful touch to the tool watch.
The Air-King is a Rolex through and through. The watch comes with the robust Oyster case and bracelet, and it is fitted with a workhorse movement (the Calibre 3131, in this case). It even comes with a five year warranty!
Priced at CHF 5,900 (approximately S$ 8,070), the 40mm Air-King is certainly another great watch to have in the collection, and the cheapest entry to a anti-magnetic Rolex. We reckon it will pair nicely with casual clothing, though it will dress up too.
Last but not least, we have the Swatch Sistem51.
The name Swatch, which is a contraction for “Second Watch”, is probably the go-to watch for people who just want something that is fun to wear during the weekends. The Sistem51 fits in perfectly. The watch, with its revolutionary mechanical movement and a variety of funky and interesting designs, should appeal to many collectors.
Moreover, the watch is relatively affordable at S$ 207. It is certainly something cool to have in a collection, and one that will surely make the collectors feel young at heart again.
When it comes to watches for the weekend, we reckon that it should be something that is fun, and yet robust enough to withstand any impact or “torture” that the watch might undergo when the owner wears it to carry out his or her activities.Cheap replica watches for sale online.
What are some of the criteria that you will look at, when you are selecting your weekend watch? Do you share the same sentiments as us? Or do you think that we have left o some of the watches in this list? Let us know in the comments section below.
Once again, we hope you enjoyed this installment of Throwback Sundays. Till the next article, cheers!