Introduced just earlier this year, the Joker was a hit at Baselworld 2017 and quickly sold out. Its creator, Russian watchmaker Konstantin Chaykin replica watches, has swiftly followed up with a second run in titanium.
The titanium Joker is almost identical to the first version in steel. The dial forms the same silly face, with the time indicated in two eyes, while the tongue forms the moon phase display inside the mouth.
Beyond the material, what makes is different is subtle: the guilloche on the “nose” is slightly more elaborate hobnail motif.
Like the original, it’s powered by an ETA 2824 topped with Chaykin’s in-house time display module. The titanium case is 42mm in diameter and 13.7mm high.
And unsurprisingly, given the success of the original, the Joker in titanium costs more.
The copy Joker in titanium is limited to 99 pieces, priced at €8880, compared to €6990 for the steel model.
“It’s the story you tell, not the product you sell”, or so the saying goes. Chopard’s new L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru replica watches CA are served with a story about fine winemaking. You see, Mr. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the brand’s co-president is not only passionate about making watches, but also wine. The term ‘grand cru’ (literally ‘great growth’ in French) is used to classify a wine of the most superior grade, or the vineyard which produces it. The moniker perhaps serves as a reminder that Chopard’s manufacture and L.U.C timepieces belong in an equivalent classification. The L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru even has a case that is reminiscent of the traditional oak barrels that are used at Mr. Scheufele’s vineyards. But while Chopard’s latest tonneau-shaped watch is marketed with a story (one that is personal to the co-president), with the brand, it has always been about the product first. The Heritage Grand Cru continues to show the watchmaking world what the haut de gamme L.U.C line is all about and why it is not to be discounted. Here, we bring you the details and specifications, as well as our thoughts on the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru.
The case, dial and hands
This is not the first time a tonneau-shaped case has been used by Chopard fake watches – that honour goes to the L.U.C XP Tonneau – but the brand’s second attempt has resulted in added refinement. The L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru has softer curves and a rounder body. The case measures an elegant 38.5 mm wide and 38.8 mm long but because of it’s atypical shape, the watch will wear larger than a round watch with an equivalent diameter. True to its dressy design, the case is also delightfully thin at 7.75 mm, allowing the watch to slip under a tight dress cuff with ease. Its finishing is gorgeous; the vertical satin finish on the curved case middle along with the polished bezel offer a stunning contrast. The case is matched with a brown strap, alligator leather on the top and bottom: the luxurious way to do it.
The white dial copy watches are porcelain-like and printed with inky black Roman numerals to mark the hours. Inboard of the Roman numerals is the railway-style minute track which surrounds the company marquee and the seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock. There is also a railway-style track for the seconds that is accented with red Arabic numerals at the 15, 45 and 60 second mark. The brand’s own dauphine-style hands (gilded) are used to indicate the hours, minutes and seconds. An aperture for the date is present at the bottom of the sub-dial, cutting through the railway track. The date window is a touchy subject in the watch community. On one hand, its functionality (being arguably the most useful complication one can have on a timepiece) is undeniable; on the other, it is likely to disrupt the design purity of a dial. This conundrum presents itself on the L.U.C Heritage Grand Cru. While the practicality of the date function is appreciated, the dial would perhaps benefit even more without it from a design perspective – at least, in our opinion. All that said, it is still by no means a deal breaker as it is discreetly – and successfully – integrated into the dial. Overall, the classic design and the luscious aesthetics of the dial is a safe, winning combination.
The Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture should be no stranger to you if you read MONOCHROME regularly. It is indeed a watch that we’ve covered several times, and on each occurrence, we loved it. It is, as you could guess by its name, a classic offering from the brand. Available in several materials (yet, mainly with steel cases recently) and with many dial variations, it always remains a strong package throughout, with great value for the money. Prior to the SIHH 2018, Ulysse Nardin presents two new versions Classico Manufacture, with “Grand Feu” White or Black Enamel Dials, combined to steel cases – and for less than EUR 9,000, that’s quite impressive.
First of all, let’s talk about the new features of these Pre-SIHH 2018 versions of the Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture. No drama, no massive changes, just new dials. But what dials we’re talking about. Manufactured in-house (something rare enough to be mentioned) by sister company Donzé Cadrans, the Classico Manufacture receives two new dials, both executed in “Grand Feu” enamel. What we have here are “real” enamel dials, crafted in the most traditional way possible, by applying several layers of enamel powder, each baked in an oven… Each step is another risk for the dial to crack.
And while white is already complex to make, black is even moreso, as the smallest imperfection is even easier to spot. After baking, the enamel dial is polished to a high sheen, and readied for the final operation: applying the Roman numerals in a contrasting colour.
Thus, as Pre-SIHH 2018 novelties, there will be two Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture with Grand Feu enamel dials:
1.One black dial with white numerals, railroad track and hands
2.One white dial with black numerals, railroad track and hands (which are blackened)
For the rest, we find once more the elegant and restrained Classico Manufacture – similar to the version we reviewed, and to the version introduced for the SIHH 2017 or finally, another version in steel with enamel dial, as a limited edition. Its case is here made of polished stainless steel and still retains its 40mm diameter and reasonable 9.60mm height. The shape of the case, at first rather classic, is given a slight twist with shaped lugs and a plate screwed on the left side of the case (at 9) with the unique number of the watch engraved.
Inside these Ulysse Nardin Classico Manufacture “Grand Feu” replica watches ticks the brand’s signature UN-320 calibre, an internally produced self-winding movement with several interesting features. As often with the brand, it allows for rapid date correction both forwards and backwards. It makes use of Silicium hairspring and anchor escapement (UN were the first to use this material in a serially produced watch, back in the early 2000s). Its display is traditional, with minutes and hours on the central axis, small seconds at 6 and a date integrated into this sub-dial. it boasts 48 hours of power reserve. This movement comes with a double certification, as Chronometer-rated by the COSC and the Ulysse Nardin Certificate, which means it meets stringent quality standards – for the performance of its mechanism, power reserve and other functions.
Nomos replica watches have historically tended towards smaller sizes, with 35m being the median, even for the recent neomatik line. Nomos has now upsized the neomatik, albeit modestly, with the At Work — a line of 14 watches with 39mm cases.
Made of the Tangente, Metro, Orion, and Tetra, the At Work is available in three different dial styles: the classic silver-plated finish, Nachtblau (or “night blue”), and an all-new, horizontally brushed Silvercut.
The most unusual dial finish to emerge from Nomos to date, Silvercut is a metallic silver created by a nine-step process where the blank is brushed, blasted, plated and lacquered.
Apart from the three standard dial finishes, the Orion At Work also features one additional option, the Weiss dial. Its Teutonic formality — an entirely white dial with silver indexes and hands — makes it perhaps the most corporate of the lot.
Like the vast majority of Nomos copy watches, all of the new models are stainless steel, except for the Metro in 18k rose gold. Until now, Nomos had only endowed luxe Lux and Lambda watches with gold cases, to complement the more elaborate movements. The rose gold Metro is the first of the simpler Nomos watches in gold (with the exception of some early Tangente models from perhaps 15 years ago).
All fake watches in the At Work collection are powered by the automatic ultra-thin cal. DUW 3001, which is equipped with the Nomos proprietary Swing System escapement and measures only 3.2mm high. As a result of the larger case size, however, the movement appears small from the back, and the sub-seconds sits close to the centre on the dial.
While the demand, or appreciation, for vintage luxury Patek Philippe copy watches of the leading brands seems to be still on the rise, the same can be said of certain watches that are of a far more recent make. Especially limited edition, or limited production, watches can be in high demand, and an excellent example of this is Patek Philippe’s Sky Moon Tourbillon.
What makes the Sky Moon Tourbillon stand out, even among Patek Philippe’s impressive collection, was the fact that at time of release it was not only the most complicated wrist watch of the brand, but also the very first that showed complications of both the front as well as the back of the watch.
The front is your classical perpetual calendar, which shows the date with a retrograde hand. The dial is further adorned with a “Calatrava cross” motive, which Patek Philippe also engraved around the case band of the watch. It gives the watch visually even more of an impact, and that is probably while Patek Philippe has made this now a custom with its ultra high-end pieces.
It is the back of the watch that truly sets it apart. It shows the celestial chart of the northern hemisphere, with an ellipse that frames the visible sky, as well as the motion of the moon as it travels through the heavens, and its current phase. The skeletonized leaf hands show the sidereal time on a 24-hour scale.
Hear from the moon
With all these visual captivating complications, one would almost forget that there is another complication that tantalizes one of the other senses: your hearing. The Sky Moon Tourbillon is fitted with a cathedral minute repeater, activated by the slide on the left side of the case. Patek Philippe developed a special steel alloy for the gongs in this watch, and made them longer than usual, creating a fuller sound that carried on for an extended period of time.
Due to the two dials, another important element of Patek Philippe replica watches are hidden from sight: the one-minute tourbillon. Patek Philippe went to great extent to make this watch as accurate as possible and adjusted the rate so that it runs with only a very slight variation of -2/+1 seconds a day. An extraordinary accomplishment of any watch, yet especially for one with so many complications, among them a minute repeater.
As someone who has been a fan of Sinn EZM replica watches for a while, it brings me pleasure to say that Sinn has “re-released” the original Sinn EZM 1 with the 2017 Sinn EZM 1.1 Mission Timer Limited Edition watch. The new watch takes the overall look of the original 1997 Sinn EZM 1, but changes a lot of features making for an overall big upgrade in one of the world’s most dedicated tool watches.
Origin of the watch name
“EZM” stands for “einsatzzeitmesser,” (“mission timer” in English). Sinn worked with the then new German customs enforcement unit ZUZ (Zentrale Unterstützungsgruppe Zoll) in 1997 to create the EZM 1. The goal was to make a watch that was extremely durable, easy to read, and of course… designed for a specialized (Spezialuhren!) purpose. This same year in 2017 Sinn has also released the EZM 12. In many ways Sinn EZM timepieces are the ultimate tool watches – extremely well made, designed for real life adventure, technically sophisticated, and just damn cool looking.
Compare with modern watches
The EZM 1.1 is both a response to consumer demand for the EZM 1, as well as celebration of Sinn opening up their brand new headquarters building (still in Frankfurt, Germany). One of the reasons the EZM 1 design was so popular was due to its minimalist take on being a superior tool watch. Sinn attempted to design as much as possible to focus on things like the hands and hour markers. Despite the simple look, the EZM 1 and EZM 1.1 are anything but simple watches. These are some of the first modern central-chronograph watches.
The EZM 1 made use of the now no longer available Lemania 5100 movement. For the EZM 1.1 Sinn fake watches developed a new movement known as the SZ-01. Duplicating the functionality of the original EZM 1, the EZM 1.1’s SZ-10 movement is based on the Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph, but has been heavily modified. Sinn is no stranger to modifying the 7750, and has a lot of experience doing this. The EZM 10 (reviewed above) demonstrates a totally different take on modifying this popular and durable base movement.
A special second hand
The SZ-01 offers the time with hours and minutes, date window, as well as two chronograph hands. The chronograph uses the main time and has a chronograph seconds and minutes hand. Thus, the EZM 1.1 is a 60 minute chronograph – and it is so appealing to use. Another important feature of the SZ-01’s chronograph mechanism is that the chronograph minute hand precisely jumps to each minute marker. This isn’t per se unique, but it is very useful and important for legibility and utility. More so, the original EZM 1 has a dragging versus jumping chronograph minute hand.
The EZM 1 has a titanium case and the Sinn fake EZM 1.1 will have steel case, Though the EZM 1.1 includes Sinn’s proprietary Tegimented steel – which adds a hardening process that offers a lot of scratch resistance. I’m not entirely sure why Sinn opted for Tegimented steel (that they call German Submarine steel a lot) versus Tegimented titanium – which they also produced. My EZM 10 was the first Tegimented titanium (steel already existed) watch produced by Sinn, and the watch still looks brand new. I highly recommend seeking treated titanium watches for this reason. Tegimented steel is similarly excellent, and I think Sinn opted for steel over titanium for the EZM 1.1 given the particular design of the case angles and edges that might have not worked as well in titanium.
World War II buffs will love the symbolism behind the new RAF Limited Edition by British watchmaker Christopher Ward. The series of 100 watches commemorates the 100th anniversary of the British Royal Air Force by incorporating metal from the downed aircraft that heroically defended a raid on Buckingham Palace in 1940 in what is known as the Battle of Britain. The Christopher Ward C9 P2725 TM-B Limited Edition replica watches of 100 pieces is now available directly through Christopher Ward.
History of the watch
The commemorative element is a 0.8mm thick aluminum plate that was made from the remnants of the piston of the Hurricane fighter plane C9 P2725 that went down while saving the country. It is attached to the back of each watch, but you can’t actually touch it – it’s covered by a sapphire crystal, the kind used by museums to protect valuable exhibits. The C9 P2725 was flown by RAF pilot Flight Lieutenant Ray Holmes who was part of a squadron that intercepted a massed raid on central London by German Dornier bombers during the Battle of Britain, on September 15, 1940. Holmes noticed an enemy raider heading in the direction of Buckingham Palace, but he was out of ammunition, so instead, he rammed his Hurricane into the German bomber, slicing through the fuselage with his wing and forcing it to crash-land on the forecourt of Victoria railway station. Holmes’ Hurricane was wrecked in the process, and after he safely bailed out, the plane nosed vertically downward, burying itself deep into the ground beneath Buckingham Palace Road.
Ward says he was approached by TMB Art Metal, a company that excavates historical crash sites (you can get cuff links made out of the rudder of the Concorde), to offer him some of the aluminum from the wreckage of the Hurricane, which they salvaged. “When Chris Bennett, from TMB Art Metal put the disfigured piston of Hurricane P2725 TM-B’s engine on my desk, the hairs on my neck stood on end,” says Ward. “I knew immediately we would find the right moment to incorporate the historic metal into a watch. The RAF’s centenary in 2018 is that moment, and we are proud and privileged to mark this momentous year in such a unique way.”
Summarize for the watch
The metal on the case back was salvaged from the piston of the Hurricane’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Ward finished the metal for use in the watches. It was treated, hand-brushed and laser-engraved with a map of central London, with a red dot identifying the crash site, and inscribed with the location and date of the Battle of Britain. The dial of the watch is inspired by the Hurricane’s dashboard instrument panel, with a matte black background contrasted by alternating white and old radium (a color of Super-LumiNova) numerals in a vintage inspired sans-serif font. The hands and logo are also in old radium, giving the watch a true vintage lookChristopher Wardfake watches.
Tudor’s BB Chrono cheap fake watches have been one of the most talked about movements of the year. It has a formidable set of specs, and the collaboration with Breitling is a bold (and smart) play. But it’s far from Tudor’s first step on the road from ETA to movement autonomy. Here’s what they’ve achieved in a few short years.
2011 – The Advisor
Not many people realise the story of Tudor’s movement development goes back as far as 2011 – to the very first watch in the Heritage collection, the Advisor. The Advisor is one of the unsung heroes of the collection, not least because the alarm module was developed in-house — and it’s still one of the smartest of its type. Date, on/off indicator and alarm power reserve are all visible, but the really neat trick is that the alarm sound ends abruptly, rather than fading off slowly.
2015 – The North Flag
When they’re not making excellent watches, Tudor are busy building drama and mystery around their watch releases. Never has this been more evident than with the North Flag. Not only was this a completely new watch (when we were expecting another Black Bay), but it was powered by the MT5621, a completely new movement with an impressive laundry list of features: COSC certification, three days of power reserve (with an indicator on the dial), silicon hairspring and variable inertia oscillator. Not only this, but the movement looks the part. Modern, industrial and clean. Just like the watch.
A slight variation of this movement, the MT5612, also showed up in the Pelagos. This movement lacks the power reserve indicator of the North Flag.
2016 – The Pelagos LHD
Not only did this year see almost all Tudor Black Bay models replica watches (with the exception of the petite 36) get the in-house treatment, but the Pelagos LHD, released in November, saw a tweaked MT5612 used, as the COSC testing had to be modified to take the left handed movement into account.
During the SIHH earlier this year, Ulysse Nardin cheap fake watches announced that it would be releasing a brand new collection at an unbeatable price. That moment has now arrived with the release of the new Marine Torpilleur Collection.
The design codes of the Marine Torpilleur are as stunning as the brand’s iconic Marine Chronometer Collection with those highly recognizable Roman numerals, subdials, emblematic logo and red touches. The Marine Torpilleur differs in that it is housed in a thinner, lighter 42mm steel case and is priced at a mere Euros 6,900.
“We decided to be very aggressive with this new collection,” shares Patrik Hoffmann, CEO Ulysse Nardin perfect replica watches. “The idea came last October. We needed a timepiece that would contain all our brand DNA, but in a price range of 7,000 Swiss Francs. So our team put their heads together and came up with something that has all our design codes, especially for a younger generation of consumers.”
Ulysse Nardin has been able to offer a timepiece in this impressive price range thanks to its excellent manufacturing capabilities. Powered by the in-house, self-winding, COSC-certified UN-118 caliber, including the brand’s proprietary silicium anchor escapement, customers can now enjoy all Ulysse Nardin’s technology and savoir-faire in a timepiece at an unbeatable price.
In the 19th century, a torpilleur was the name given to the captain’s pocket watch. Each ship would be equipped with a deck chronometer, but the captain would also have a torpilleur pocket watch as a back up. It was the design of these pocket watches that provided the inspiration for the new collection.
For those interested in marine history, a torpilleur was also the name of a small, fast torpedo boat that was popular at the same time. These agile vessels could easily outmaneuver larger ships, which is a nice historical reference to the marine world, but also a nod to the younger customer that Ulysse Nardin wants to get onboard.
Trying it out in the Atlantic Ocean off of the coast of Bermuda during the recent America’s Cup (Ulysse Nardin limited edition copy watches sponsors the Artemis Racing Team), the Marine Torpilleur was extremely comfortable to wear. Putting it through its paces on the chase boats with their engines screaming, or on a nifty Nacra catamaran with the waves splashing over its dial, the Marine Torpilleur was in its element.
The AeroGT is based on an internal design, not of a watch, but rather a sports-car (designed by the Bell of Bell & Ross replica watches, co-founder Bruno Belamich). The idea was to design a car that could be the interpretation of the Bell & Ross spirit. The AeroGT Concept Car was the starting point for the creation of a new pair of watches inspired by the automotive world – the BR 03 AeroGT models. And for 2017, both the car and the watch undergo a facelift, with a new color scheme.
The word Supercar is synonymous with the terms lightweight, technical, mechanical, architectural shapes, modern lines and of course, that fuel-power and engine-taste many watch aficionados also enjoy on a regular basis. As a result, a supercar-inspired watch usually means a chronograph – as the chronograph is the definitive instrument to wear in such cars, particularly if the idea of timing a lap or the 0-60mph pops into your mind. While the first batch of AeroGT watches also included a skeletonized 3-hander, the main focus was the chronograph version, the BR03-94 AeroGT, a limited edition Bell & Ross watches of 500 pieces. This is this exact watch that today receives a strong and bold color scheme, with bright metallic orange accents all around.
To maintain some consistency with the car that inspired the collection, the choice has been made to have a skeletonized version of the automatic chronograph movement. Thus, the face of the Bell & Ross BR03-94 AeroGT Orange proudly exposes its mechanics, with sharp and angular bridges, reminiscent of the chassis that surrounds the engine of a supercar, brightly plated in orange. The movement, calibre BR-CAL.319, displays the indications in a 6-9-12 layout (the base movement is an ETA 2894-2). The orange color is also found on the tachymeter scale surrounding the dial, as well as the accents on the hands and the tracks.
The case used for the Bell & Ross BR03-94 AeroGT Orange fake watches are the traditional and iconic round-within-a-square, dear to the brand. It is here presented in a 42mm x 42mm version, in steel, with circular-brushed flat surfaces and polished accents on the bevels. Again, some orange accents are found, for instance on the starting pusher and on the perforated leather strap. As usual, the watch wears rather large (square shape obliges) and imposes a certain presence on the wrist, with the orange color making it quite visible.