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One of the most buzzed-about new watch launches in recent years is the Sistem51, a new mechanical discount fake watches from the Swatch brand. First released in Switzerland, the Swatch Sistem51 became available at U.S. retailers in 2014. In this article, we explore what makes these watches fascinating.

There are three main features that make the Sistem51 noteworthy. First, like the original Swatch quartz watches, it has only 51 components, whereas most mechanical top replica watches have upwards of 100. Also like the original Swatch, its assembly is entirely automated. Finally, it will cost just $150. The four models are Sistem Red, Sistem Blue, Sistem Black and Sistem White. The red and blue models have translucent plastic cases and black silicone straps with accent-color stitching. Their dials are black with a red or blue central seconds hand, respectively. The bezel is in black plastic with white Super-LumiNova hour markers. Through the caseback, a transparent crystal rotor is visible, as well a printed “star-burst” pattern. The Sistem Black has a black leather strap and a different printed pattern on the dial. Its back features a “vortex” pattern. The Sistem White has a more minimalist dial design with brightly colored dots and no hour markers on the bezel or the dial. It comes on a white silicone strap.

Swatch Sistem51 - black

Swatch Sistem51 - white

Swatch designed the Sistem51 from the ground up: it uses no components from other high quality replica watches, and the company has applied for 17 patents for its design. Each watch is constructed on a 20-meter-long assembly line in a clean-room environment, then hermetically sealed. No human intervention is necessary. Even the regulating of the movement, traditionally a time-consuming manual process, is hands-free: a laser adjusts the movement to an accuracy of +/-7 seconds a day. One key to the automated assembly of the Sistem51 is the fact that the movement is composed of five distinct modules. There is a mainplate to hold the wheel train, gear train, hand fitting and the date mechanism; a module for the stem; an escapement module; an automatic-winding-device module; and a transparent oscillating weight. All five components are held together with a single central screw, which can be seen through the caseback. The movement has 19 jewels, and red dots on the dial mark the placement for six of them. The constellation-like pattern of other dots, which are multicolored on the dial of Sistem White and white on the other three models, mark the places on the movement where the five modules are welded together. Sistem51 has a 90-hour power reserve and runs at a frequency of 3 Hz. The movement is 30 mm in diameter, with a height of 4.8 mm. The case is 42 mm wide.

Swatch Sistem51 - blue

Swatch Sistem51 - red

Big Pre-BaselWorld 2015 Surprise! Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Despite my affinity for vintage cheap replica watches, this time of year is a bit like Christmas morning due to all the new releases to come at Baselworld. So, the bottom line is that, yes, I enjoy new swiss replica watches as well. What I really enjoy, however, are new pieces that properly draw from a brand’s heritage. Certain manufacturers, such as Tudor, have exhibited a talent for introducing revised models based on their back catalog during the past several years. Other brands, which we won’t mention, have been less successful. Today, however, on Fratellowatches, we are excited to introduce an unexpected model that we think will be a great vintage-inspired success: the Oris Divers Sixty-Five.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

First, let’s review some light background on Oris. Oris is an interesting company: they only produce mechanical watches. They were founded in 1904 in Hoelstein, Switerland and remain private to this day. They are notable for having four lines of watches: Motor Sport, Aviation, Culture and Diving. Oris is also the sole supplier to the Williams-Martini Formula One team. Within the Culture line, Oris produces a reasonably well-known series of tag heuer replica watches dedicated to famous historic jazz performers. While some of these watches are classically designed, you wouldn’t call them retro or vintage. No, the last time Oris really looked to their past was back in 2005 when a nod to their 1970’s Chronoris chronograph was introduced. So, needless to say, a vintage-inspired model is a surprise.

OrisDivervintageOris has decided to base the Sixty-Five watch on a diving model from 50 years ago: yes, 1965. My only luck in finding something of this vintage was from a posting on the friendsoforis.com site by user “KennyWYL” from back in 2009. Interestingly, the original Oris used a manual wind movement, chrome plated brass case, contained an angled-bezel date window at 3:00, and contained a water resistance of 100m. It’s difficult to tell the diameter on the original 36mm, but Oris’ new release states that the Sixty-Five was upsized to fit modern tastes. All in all, it was a nice looking fashion watches but not a standout. By the way, if anyone wishes to post pictures in the comments section of a vintage Oris more closely related to today’s release, we’d love to see them!

Oris Divers Sixty-FiveSo, now that we’ve listed the basics, let’s talk initial thoughts on this watch. I’m excited to hear what you, our readers, think but I am deeply impressed with what I see so far. When I’m on the Autobahn in mind-numbing traffic, daydreaming about what it would be like to design a vintage-inspired watch, I go through a checklist. In my opinion, Oris ticked about every box.

First off, Oris’ choice of a 40mm case size is a masterstroke. Sure, some retro grouches will decry not using 38 or 39mm but 40mm is the sweet spot for dive watches: just ask the king who uses a crown as their company logo. I simply can’t stress enough that a brand could have also easily gone down the 42 or 44mm route and I think this would have ruined the concept; thanks, Oris, for resisting the temptation. A side view also shows a very thin profile: exactly like a 1960’s diver. Lug length also seems to be in check with early designs. Finally, a domed sapphire crystal is really a must on these types of watches and we’re rewarded with exactly that. It provides a certain warmth to the piece that an angled crystal simply cannot.

Oris Divers Sixty-FiveThe little details are also apparent. Take a look at that subtle winding crown: pill-shaped, finely ridged, and subtly signed. Real thought went into this piece and I’m sure that setting the date, changing the time, and screwing it into the cheap replica watches body will be a guilty pleasure for the owner. Speaking of date, this is an area where SO MANY watchmakers get it wrong. We’ve seen countless applications of the date window wrongly placed, wrongly sized, using an upsetting font, or, worse, using a white contrasting date wheel due to cost. I can easily forego a date function, but it doesn’t bother me at all on the Sixty-Five because it is nicely integrated into the inner chapter ring at 6:00, uses a non intrusive font and size, and thankfully has a dial-matching black background. Well done!

When we come to the dial, this will be the area that takes the most heat as most WIS decry the use of anything with faux patina. Well, if the stock press photos are anything to go by, this flavor of Super Luminova looks to strike a balance between old and new. It’s not “baked” like other interpretations and it doesn’t look like an ill-fitting new dial in old-style surroundings. Regarding other dial details, I like the distortion that the crystal creates with the hour markers and am anxious to see their actual shapes in person. Other details on the dial that I like are the right balance of writing and the symmetrical balance. I’m actually fine with Oris’ choice to use their current logo as it bridges the piece to their current collection. The overall dial balance, of course, is aided by the date window position. Coming to the hands, Oris drew directly from the historic piece in recreating nicely proportioned hour and minute indicators. The sweep hand adds a nice lollipop pip just inside the inner chapter ring. Everything looks to be well weighted.

Strap-wise, I really like that Oris chose a Tropic design. It fits the best quality replica watches perfectly and the only other rubber straps that would look as appropriate are, conveniently, other Tropic designs such as the “big hole”. The NATO strap strikes me as a nod to current trends but looks good and I am interested to see the folding clasp. Again, though, I’d go with the Tropic based on photos. I’d also like to see a fine “beads of rice” bracelet but price-wise, this would probably be too much. Incidentally, we don’t know the lug width. Also, for you strap fans, note that the lugs are not cross-drilled. The convenience would have been nice, but it would not have been consistent with the ancestry.

Oris Divers Sixty-FiveComing to some functional specs, I expect to hear some concerns about the 100 meter water resistance. While I would have hoped for something a little stronger, the 100 meters is in keeping its ancestor. Furthermore, 100 meters will likely cover the needs of most who will be wearing it. Movement wise, the Oris Caliber 733 is based on the Sellita SW200. This is the ETA 2824 clone and was likely chosen due to availability, cost and other factors. While I can’t comment on what Oris actually does to the as far as modifications, it’s a workhorse movement and competitive with other clone watches in this price range.

Finally, we come to pricing. At 1600 Euros, I think that Oris has priced the Sixty-Five attractively, especially considering what has occurred with the Swiss Franc over the past several months. With some shrewd negotiation, it should become even more attractive. At the top of my head, I can picture a battle royale with the following pieces: the Longines Heritage Legend Diver (1780 Euro), the newly released Zodiac Sea Wolf ($995 and up), and the Tudor Black Bay (2500 Euro and up). So, we see that Oris has priced itself competitively in this slowly swelling field of competitors. All use either the ETA 2824 or a clone, are sized within 4mm of each other and capture the vintage diver theme quite well.

Testing the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column-Wheel Chronograph

In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we test Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 Column-Wheel Chronograph, powered by the brand’s recently introduced in-house Caliber GP03800. Scroll down to read the complete review, with original photos by OK-Photography.

Two years ago, Girard-Perregaux added an in-house, integrated chronograph model to its 1966 collection. It contains a new movement, the manually wound Caliber GP03800.

Prior to the
 launch, G-P depended on Dubois Dépraz chronograph modules, which it combined with its own GP3300 base caliber. The new movement has a column wheel and horizontal coupling, two elements of a “classic” chronograph. Thanks to its integrated construction, it is just 5.4 mm thick.

The discount fake watches itself has a refined, elegant look. The case, made of rose gold, combines angular and rounded shapes. It has several interesting details like the small, flat crown, the contrasting tachymeter track, various dial levels and a long counterweight on the chronograph seconds hand.

The finishing is top-notch: the polished surfaces are flawless and the narrow curved pushers and crown are seated securely in the case.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column Wheel Chronograph - angle

The swiss replica watch is somewhat hard to read. The polished rose-gold hands and markers are difficult to distinguish from the light-colored dial. The thin chronograph seconds hand is especially hard to make out. Add to this the fact that the numerals on the tachymeter track and subdials are very small and that the date ring is set so deep that the opening often leaves it in shadow. It might be a mistake to rely on this replica watch in critical timing situations.

The user will need some patience operating the chronograph: the pushers need to be pressed with some resolve. The flat, snug crown is surprisingly easy to use and can be pulled out easily with the help of a fingernail. Its deep grooves make it simple to grasp and turn. A quick-date adjustment in the first pulled crown position is another user-friendly feature.

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The wearer will also enjoy the look and feel of the excellent finishing and fine texture of the dark brown, semi-rembordé alligator strap. The quality of the rose-gold folding clasp is less satisfying. The bars on the clasp are so delicate that the wearer should take care not to bend them when in a hurry. He should also note that the clasp itself is relatively thin and tends to open much too easily – on our test piece, at least.

The watch is very comfortable to wear. At 89 grams it is extremely light- weight for a gold model and is quite thin, due to its slim movement. The high quality watch hugs the wrist with its curved caseback and thin, flexible leather strap and ergonomically shaped clasp.

The strap is of vey high quality but the clasp tends to open too seasily

A glance through the sapphire crystal at the beautifully decorated movement provides ample compensation for its drawbacks. Because the GP03800 has a column wheel, horizontal clutch and slim bridges, the action of the chronograph is visible when the chrono buttons are pushed.

On an electronic timing machine, the beat aaa quality fake watches performed with only fair results. Its maximum deviation was a relatively large 13 seconds. But its average daily gain was just 0.7 seconds.

As a whole, a new owner should be satisfied with this watch because of its new manufacture movement, its attractive design, its superb wearing comfort and high-quality case and strap. The chrono itself stands apart thanks to its classic construction and beautifully decorated components. Its price of $37,700 is high, but in our view, justified.

Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column Wheel Chronograph - back

SPECS:
Manufacturer: Girard-Perregaux, Place Girardet 1, CH-2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Reference number: 49529-52-131-BABA
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph with 30-minute counter, date
Movement: GP03800, hand-wound, 28,800 vph, 31 jewels, hack mechanism, quick-date adjustment, fine regulator with lateral screw (variable inertia balance), Kif shock absorber, column wheel, horizontal clutch, power reserve = 56 hours, diameter = 26 mm, height = 5.4 mm
Case: Rose gold, curved sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating inside, pressure-fit caseback with sapphire window, water resistant to 30 m
Rate results:

    • Deviations in seconds per 24 hours (With chronograph switched off / on)
    • Dial up
 +5 / +4
    • Dial down +7 / +3
    • Crown up -6 / -7
    • Crown down
 +3 / -4
    • Crown left
 -2 / -9
    • Crown right
 -3 / -1
    • Greatest deviation of rate 13 / 13
    • Average deviation +0.7 / -2.3
    • Average amplitude:
    • Flat positions 322° / 294°
    • Hanging positions 289° / 259°

Strap and clasp: Semi-rembordé alligator strap with rose-gold safety folding clasp
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm, height = 11.25 mm, weight = 89 g

The OMEGA Boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York City

New Yorkers have a tendency to feel that their city is a special place, and most visitors would agree with them. More tourists come to New York City than to any other place in America.

There’s something about New York City. Actually, there are a lot of somethings: there’s Times Square and Central Park. There’s the Empire State Building, Greenwich Village and the Statue of Liberty. There are the boroughs with their own unique personalities.

And of course, there’s Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s best-known streets, lined with some of the most prestigious luxury boutiques on Earth. One of these offers another reason to visit one of this great city: the best quality swiss OMEGA Boutique at 711 Fifth Avenue.

“There’s something about New York City.”

In the House of OMEGA

When visitors enter the OMEGA Boutique, they are warmly greeted by an international multilingual staff whose members are specialists in the brand’s product line. Display and sales areas are on each side of the ground floor towards the front of the store.

There is also an enclosed area where VIP guests can view the products undisturbed and at an unhurried pace.

Beyond the sales areas are special displays with showcases featuring OMEGA’s brand ambassadors on one side of the hall and selections from the Fine Jewellery and Fine Leather collections on the other. Many of these products are available exclusively at OMEGA Boutiques. There are also presentations dedicated to special launches and to seasonal products.

At the back of the shop, a staircase leads to the second floor where the after-sales service department is located. Here it is possible to receive expert consultation and warranty servicing on all discount fake OMEGA products.

The Fifth Avenue façade

Since the boutique was opened in April of 2009, its striking façade has attracted visitors from around the world, with the combined themes of the sun, water, the earth and, of course, time. Brilliant lighting illuminating the products in the show window represents the sun’s energetic light rays.

A stroke pattern above the displays casts shadows and reflects light – a perfect depiction of clouds, which gather water to generate the rain. Vertical tracks express rainfall. The rain, in turn, symbolizes time which is never still and which never returns in exactly the same form.

Finally, below the displays, chiselled and silvered glass represents an exposed cross section of the earth which conveys a history of time.

Replica Watches can be more colorful for our life

Replica watches make your life more colorful

Most watch lovers love luxury watches very much. The top designer luxury watches with stunning design, wonderful craftsmanship and accurate engineering deserve our attention. Most of those watches are thought to be jewelry that can symbolize the individual’s personality and social status. Each of these watches is true piece of art and will make you more confident and improve your lifestyle.

While, it is realy difficult to go for those watches because of their hefty price. It seems that they only belong to celebrities, and wealthy people with predominant social status. For average people with no enough money, they can just dream about those watches. Luckily, there comes the ideal and perfect way to solve the problem. People can go for watches replica, the exact replicas of the original watches. To be honest, they are really good replicas of the highly priced authentic watches. First, from the appearance, these replicas are indistinguishable from the authentic watches.The top qulaity materials and advanced technology are used in producing the replica watches, making sure they are wonderful in appearance and perfect in quality. Most people will find it hard to tell them apart at the first sight. These watches are amazingly cheaper compared to the authentic watches. They really provide a good chance for keen fashionistas with cheap price. You can purchase multiple replica watches to fit different outfits according to your own favor. You can easily have the feeling like celebrities without spending too much money.

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Replica watches can be mainly classified into two categories, including Swiss manufactured watches and Asian manufactruing watches. The former is usually regarded as by people as the most stunning replica watches offered in the market. They are hand manufacutred just like the original watches, and the super quality materials used in their producing process even surpass the swiss replica watches. These watch replicas have to go through stringent tests to make sure the quality before they are released into the market. watches Replica that are manufactured in other parts of Asia are often lower quality according to the poor materials and less advanced technology.It is highly suggested that you should check out a high quality replica watch that mirrors all the details of the luxury watches. A splendid replica watch will not offer you the chance to spot any difference between it and the genuine model it replicates.

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5 Citizen Eco-Drive Watches from Recent Baselworld Shows

Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. introduced a best replica watches number of watches at recent Baselworld shows, many powered by the brand’s renowned Eco-Drive solar technology, which absorbs power for the movement from sunlight. Here are five Citizen Eco-Drive watches (prices included) that are in stores now.Citizen Eco-Drive Avion

The Citizen Eco-Drive Dress (Ref. BU2016-00A) has a two-tone stainless steel/rose gold case measuring 44 mm in diameter. The silver dial has applied rose-gold-toned indices. The watch, which contains Citizen’s Eco-Drive Caliber 8729, has an analog day and date display and both 12-hour and 24-hour time indication. The Eco-Drive Dress comes on a black alligator strap and retails for $325.

The Citizen Eco-Drive Avion (Ref. AW1361-01E) is a military aviator-style timepiece with a 45-mm stainless steel case, black dial, and black leather strap with white contrast stitching. The date at 3 o’clock and pointer at 12 o’clock are reminiscent of vintage pilots’ watches. The watch indicates the time on both 12-hour and 24-hour scales. The price is $185.

The men’s version of the new Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono-Time (Ref. BY0100-51H) is a chronograph but also much more. Its movement, Caliber H610, not only includes the Eco-Drive technology but also features Citizen’s atomic clock synchronization for greater timekeeping accuracy. The watch offers world times for 26 cities on a UTC display, a 1/5-second chronograph that can record time intervals up to 60 buy replica watches minutes, a perpetual calendar with date display, an alarm function, and a power reserve indicator. The Eco-Drive Chrono-Time has a 44-mm stainless steel case and bracelet and a nonreflective sapphire crystal. It is priced at $695.Citizen Eco-Drive Chrono-Time

Another chronograph watch, the Citizen Eco-Drive Shadowhawk (Ref. CA4170-51E), has a textured black dial, with luminous accents on the hands, indices and numerals, ringed by a tachymeter-scale flange which the wearer can use to record speeds up to Mach 2. Its 1/5-second chronograph measures times up to one hour and a subdial at 3 o’clock shows the time on a 24-hour scale. The stainless steel case is 43 mm in diameter and has a nonreflective mineral crystal. The Eco-Drive cheap replica watches Shadowhawk, which comes on a stainless steel bracelet, costs $495.

 

The MB&F HM6 Space Pirate – Six Things to Know

Maximilian Büsser & Friends, better buy replica watches known as MB&F, debuted the Horological Machine 6 (aka “Space Pirate”, or simply HM6) last fall. This new model takes the domed look introduced with the HM3 “Frog” to new heights. MB&F timepieces are always creative on many levels. Here are six things to know about HM6.

1. Inspiration

The HM6 design comes from a Japanese anime TV series from Max Büsser’s childhood called Capitaine Flam (or “Captain Future” in English). Capitaine Flam had a spaceship called the Comet that consisted of two spheres joined by a connecting tube. Büsser says he imagined combining two such craft, and the seeds of Space Pirate were planted.

The gently curved lines of the case is inspired by the early 20th century art movement known as “biomorphism”, which emphasized naturally occurring shapes, including forms found in living creatures. MB&F cites as examples of this movement Matisse’s Le bonheur de vivre (The Joy of Life), the Sagrada Família church by Gaudí, and various works of the German industrial designer Luigi Colani.

MB&F HM6 Space Pirate

2. Movement

The movement in the HM6 cheap replica watches uk required more than three years of development. The aluminum domes displaying hours and minutes are machined from solid blocks of metal to an ultra-light paper thickness and revolve on ruby bearings. The domes rotate vertically, i.e. 90° to the plane of the movement, which is extremely rare in a wristwatch due to the complexity of the drive train and gearing required.

The central regulator is a flying tourbillon developed specifically for this movement. The lack of space beneath the domed crystal meant that no upper bridge could be used. A retractable spherical shield made from six separate paper-thin blades can be closed via a crown to protect the tourbillion from UV radiation, which speeds up oxidation of lubricating oils. The elements of this shield are machined from a single ingot of titanium.

As may be expected, nearly every component and mechanism had to be developed from scratch specifically for Horological Machine N°6. The 475-piece movement runs in 68 jewels at 18,000 vph.

3. Turbines

The two spherical turbines, each composed of 15 curved vanes, are machined from solid blocks of aluminum. These turbines are driven from the rotation of the automatic winding rotor by a gear train designed to increase the number of rotations. The turbines do not supply power to the movement, but instead use air to slow the rotor’s rotational speed in the event it should begin to spin too quickly, for example due to a sudden movement of the wrist.

4. Case

The HM6 case is machined from two solid ingots of aerospace grade Ti-6Al- 4V (Grade 5) titanium. The alloy consists of titanium with 6% aluminum, 4% vanadium, 0.25% iron, and 0.2% oxygen. MB&F says this alloy strong and light, with high resistance to corrosion and low thermal conductivity. And while alloy’s strength makes it ideal for a space-age watch case, polishing and satin finishing the complex curves requires more than 100 hours of work.

The pivoted lugs enable the strap to fit snugly around the wrist and, along with the lightweight titanium case and form-fitting spheres in each corner, ensures that HM6 is an extremely comfortable watch to wear, even on smaller wrists. The case consists of 80 components and measures 49.5 x 52.3 x 20.4 mm.MB&F HM6 Space Pirate

5. Crystals

The HM6 is fitted with a total of ten sapphire crystals, including four for the hour and minute indications, four for the turbines, one for the tourbillion, and a flat one for the display back. Each of the nine domes is first machined from a solid block of sapphire crystal. Because the hardness of sapphire is exceeded only by that of diamond, is it incredibly difficult to shape into complex forms. Diamond-tipped tools machine the crystal into perfect domes, and the walls must be absolutely uniform in discount replica watches thickness, otherwise optical distortions will be evident. Once machining is complete, the domes are frosted, then polished inside and out to perfect clarity.

 

Stealth Pilots: 5 All-Black Breitling Watches

Black-on-black watches have been cheap replica watches uk a popular category for the last several years, and Breitling has created more than its share of these “stealth” timepieces, for its popular pilots’ watch collections as well as other families, like its Superocean dive watches and even the automotive-inspired Breitling for Bentley models. Here are five all-black Breitling watches.

The Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel is a professional-grade divers’ watch whose case — made of steel and blackened by means of a highly-resistant carbon-based treatment — is water-resistant to the extreme depth of 3,000 meters. The watch is powered by Breitling’s Caliber 17, and has a screw-locked crown and rotating divers’ bezel. The dial, in what Breitling refers to as “volcano black,” echoes the ebony look of the case. The white hands and indices contrast with the dial, aiding in legibility when the wearer is deep beneath the waves. There are two strap options, Breitling’s perforated “Ocean Racer” style or its rubber Diver Pro, with a raised central ridge. The Breitling Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces, priced at $4,720. More info and photos of the watch can be foundBreitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon - reclining

The case of the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel, 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters, was blackened using the same process as on the Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel. The dial echoes the case’s black color, while white numerals and hands, coated with luminescent material, and small red hands for the chronograph counters provide contrast. Like that of its historical predecessor — famously worn by astronaut Scott Carpenter when he became the second American to orbit the Earth in 1962 — the new Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute’s dial features a circular slide rule, operated by the bezel, that enables its wearer to make various useful calculations and proclaims the model’s origins as a practical timepiece for pilots. The manual-wind movement, Breitling’s manufacture Caliber B02, powers a 1/4-second chronograph function with 30-minute and 12-hour counters; a date indication; and small seconds. A limited edition of 1,000 pieces, the Cosmonaute has a caseback bearing the Aurora mission insignia and retails for $9,590. More info and photos

The Breitling for Bentley 6.75 Midnight Carbon is a deep black tribute to the biggest Bentley engine, the famous 6.75-liter version that powers Bentley’s Mulsanne limousines. The watch’s satin-brushed steel case (49 mm in diameter) sports a special, ultra-resistant carbon-based DLC treatment and a knurled bezel inspired by Bentley’s famous radiator discount watches replica uk grilles. The dial has a vertical openworked motif that offers a glimpse of the watch’s movement, Breitling’s automatic Caliber 44B, which powers a 1/8-second chronograph, as well as a distinctive “large aperture calendar” which displays the date via two apertures — one for the tens and the other for the units — for maximum legibility. The Midnight Carbon — a limited edition of 1,000 pieces — is priced at $10,945. More details and photos.

The Breitling Super Avenger Military Limited Series has a 48-mm case with an ultra-resistant, carbon-based black coating and finished with a glare-resistant treatment. The “volcano black” dial features a 24-hour military time display with white Arabic numerals. The curved sapphire crystal above the dial has also been treated with glare-resistant coating. This rugged military watch comes on Breitling’s “offroader” strap, made of a durable synthetic fabric similar to the type used by elite military units for special operations. The watch is equipped with a 1/4-second chronograph with a flyback function. The chronograph push-pieces are protected by two screwed-in push-piece guards and the crown is also screw-locked, with a non-slip grip. The large hands, hour markers, and numerals were designed for maximum legibility. The ratcheted bezel rotates in one direction, and the case is water-resistant to 300 meters. The Breitling Super Avenger Military is limited to 500 pieces, priced at $7,400.Breitling Avenger Blackbird - background

Last summer, Breitling introduced the Breitling Avenger Blackbird, an all-black Breitling watch whose 48-mm case is made of lightweight-but-robust titanium and coated with a carbon-based treatment. The case has a slimmer, more ergonomic profile than other Breitling Avenger watches, accented by the inward-curving lugs. The hands and hour markers are extra-large and treated with luminescent coating that stands out against the black dial in low-light conditions. The big, screw-locked crown has a non-slip grip, and the ratcheted bezel rotates in one direction. The case has a glareproof, curved sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 300 meters. The automatic movement, Breitling Caliber 17,  like all Breitling watch movements, is COSC-certified as a chronometer. The Breitling Avenger Blackbird comes high quality watches sale on a military-style canvas strap and is priced at $5,105.

 

 

Function Junction: Reviewing the Fortis F-43 Pilot

An alarm, a chrono, and best replica watches for men a GMT, all in one watch. Martina Richter takes a close look at the Fortis F-43 Pilot’s Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer and its rare combination of functions. With photos by  Zuckerfabrik Fotodesign.The rotor is elevated to allow room for the alarm mechanism.

A built-in alarm is a rare complication in a mechanical wristwatch. Rarer still is an automatic chronograph with a built-in alarm. So rare, in fact, that Fortis’s patented F-2001 movement, which went into serial production in 1998, was the first caliber so equipped.

The Fortis F-43 Pilot’s Chronograph Alarm GMT Chronometer, launched in 2012 to mark the brand’s centennial, uses the F-2001 as its base movement. Added to the chrono and alarm are a GMT function, AM/PM indicator and two highly useful displays for the timekeeping and alarm barrels. The result is Caliber F-2012, named, of course, for the centennial year. The watch is a limited edition of 100 pieces (there is also a light-dial version of the watch).

The alarm-chrono combination is the result of Fortis’s role as a supplier for the Russian Space Agency. In 1994, the company introduced the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph, which became standard equipment for Russian cosmonauts and also for the crew of the International Space Station. Soon after, the cosmonauts asked that their watches also be equipped with alarms – almost all their activities aboard their spacecraft were closely timed and they needed to keep on strict schedules. The cosmonauts stipulated that, for ease of use, the watch not be too much bigger than the chronographs they had been wearing.

Fortis turned to the noted watchmaker Paul Gerber to come up with a movement that combined everything the cosmonauts wanted: a chronograph function, automatic winding, an alarm and reasonable size. He implanted a complete alarm mechanism into an ETA 7750 and the F-2001 was born.

In designing it, Gerber was able to incorporate the 40 additional components for the alarm mechanism, including a buy replica watches for lady uk second barrel to ensure that the alarm function doesn’t interfere with the watch’s timekeeping, by adding just a few millimeters to the movement’s thickness. The movement’s winding rotor also powers the alarm’s mainspring; it was made both wider and heavier so it could do so. The rotor was lifted 1.5 mm higher to make room for the alarm mechanism, which was installed beneath it. The automatic winding mechanism, including its enlarged rotor (which more than covers the entire caliber within its active radius), made it impossible to use a resonant back to enhance the sound of the alarm. Gerber solved this problem by using an extra-powerful hammer, which strikes a gong, similar to a tuning fork, under the rotor. Even if the wearer doesn’t hear the alarm, in a particularly noisy setting, for instance, the hammer creates a palpable vibration on the wrist.Despite its many displays, the dial is tidy and easy to read.

After Caliber F-2001 was launched, Fortis used it in the Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Alarm, the Flieger Chronograph Alarm, the Spacematic collection and the B-42 Series. The brand continued to improve the movement, making the alarm louder and adding embellishments to the movement. The rotor, alarm hammer and bridges were adorned with handsome blue stars, inspired by similar decorations the company used in the 1920s.

The GMT function of the F-2012 is the latest embellishment. Due to the movement’s many complications, the dial of the F-43 has many indicators, but it remains tidy and comprehensible. There are counters for 30 minutes and 12 hours at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively. The day display of the base movement, next to the date, has been sacrificed for an alarm on/off window-indicator. The alarm is switched on and off by means of the button at 8 o’clock. When the alarm is on, the window is white; when off, it’s black.

The alarm time is shown by the triangle-tipped hand. It is set using the crown, pulled out to its middle position and turned counterclockwise, or down. So you won’t forget which way to turn it, the direction is indicated by the small, downward-pointing triangle next to the alarm on/off window. (The upward-pointing triangle next to the date shows that that display is set by turning the crown, still in the middle position, clockwise, or up.) Setting the alarm time is very precise; it can be set in 12-minute increments along the dial (using the minutes scale) or in five-minute increments along the flange. (The alarm hand is long enough so that you can use either scale.) The alarm rings for 25 seconds.

The sound, low-pitched and percussive, isn’t musical, but it isn’t supposed to be. After all, the watch isn’t a glockenspiel, but a piece of technical equipment. As such, it emits exactly the right sound. If you flip the watch over while the alarm is sounding and look through its back, which is made of sapphire, you’ll see the vibrations of the hammer, adorned with its three blue stars. You’ll be impressed by how powerfully it strikes the spring, which looks somewhat dainty by comparison.

The lower left and right parts of the dial have arched power-reserve displays for the alarm and movement, respectively. Each is labeled. The triangular pointer on each display is luminous. You use the crown to wind both the movement and the alarm. The alarm will sound even when the movement’s mainspring is not fully wound. When it does, you can see the alarm’s power reserve being used up and the pointer moving toward the “minus” side of the arc.The alarm has its own power-reserve indicator and is set by means of a triangle-tipped hand.

The GMT display is at the top of the dial. By turning the crown at 10 o’clock, you can rotate the 24-hour ring until the time in the second time zone that you want to track appears in the center of the aperture. The ring will continue to show the time in that zone as long as the watch is running. The ring will not move when you reset the hour and minutes hands. The GMT display occupies the space that in other Fortis watches contains a cheap replica watches aaa bold triangle flanked by two dots. In this watch, the triangle has been relocated to the top of the minutes counter.

 

Test: Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques American 1921

The Vacheron Constantin Historiques best replica watches sale online American 1921, an updated version of a classic timepiece from the heyday of Art Deco, made exclusively for the North American market, inspired the brand’s new Harmony collection. Scroll down for our review of this vintage-styled timepiece.

The Roaring Twenties bridged the gap between the end of World War I and the beginning of the Great Depression. As the United States economy boomed, a prosperous citizenry sought new pleasures and pastimes. It was an era of cultural breakthroughs and upheavals: jazz emerged on the music scene, Europe’s Bauhaus and Art Deco movements influenced art and architecture, “talkies” replaced silent films on movie screens and more and more Americans owned automobiles. The U.S. had firmly established itself as the world’s leading economic and social power.

The decade’s luxurious excess was also reflected in its watches. Only a few years before, timepieces first migrated from vest pockets to wrists. Wristwatches had barely arrived on the scene when they experienced their first stylistic flourishes: cases shaped like rectangles, cushions, barrels, trapezoids and other geometric shapes became popular, expressing the mood of an optimistic era. During this time, Vacheron Constantin produced a small edition of eccentric wristwatches exclusively for the North American market. The movement inside each pillow-shaped case was turned 45 degrees so that the crown was at the top corner of the case, and the subdial for the seconds was positioned along the extension of this axis. Vacheron made two versions of this watch in the early 1920s: the movement was turned counterclockwise in one and clockwise in the other. Both of these models influenced the design of the Historiques American 1921 model, launched at the end of 2008. Its dial design comes from the first model, while the positioning of the crown (and thus also of the movement) comes from the second. Both vintage models were manufactured in extremely small numbers — according to Vacheron’s archives, only 12 units of each — and the few surviving pieces are avidly sought collectors’ items that buy replica watches online appear only very rarely at auctions. One was on the block at an Antiquorum thematic auction in 2005, Vacheron Constantin’s 250th anniversary year. When the hammer fell, this exclusive timepiece changed hands for more than 70,000 Swiss francs (at the time, about $58,300).

The American 1921 is part of Vacheron Constantin’s Historiques collection, which presents modern versions of distinctive watches from the firm’s 254-year history. The line was established in the 1990s, discontinued in 1998, and then relaunched in 2005. In each year since, Vacheron has added a new watch to the collection. The American 1921 is the third in the series, following on the heels of the Toledo 1952 and the Chronomètre Royal 1907.

The small-seconds subdial on the American 1921 is positioned at 3 o’clock, which would correspond to 4:30 on a traditional dial. Unlike its predecessors, which used a Lépine movement with the small seconds and crown co-linear, this model contains a hunter caliber with the small seconds and the crown forming a 90-degree angle with the center of the dial. At first glance, this seems to be the most striking difference between the new edition and its predecessors. (Click on watch photos for larger images.)

On closer inspection, greater differences become apparent, some of which are obvious improvements. The new Breguet hands of black oxidized gold with half-moon eyes are even more finely crafted than were their 1920s counterparts. The numerals applied to the dial’s surface are somewhat bolder. As for the dial itself, whether the modern version’s sandblasted, silver-plated metal one is an improvement over the vintage model’s enamel one is strictly a matter of taste. The new version surely boasts greater longevity and is much less delicate. All of this underscores the self-confidence of the watch’s designers, who opted not to slavishly reproduce the face of the original watch.Vacheron Constantin vintage American watch

Giving the movement a 45-degree clockwise twist significantly improves the dial’s legibility for people who wear their watches on their left wrist. In this modern computer era, most of us sit with our forearms resting straight across the desktop or with the left elbow slightly bent. When you glance at this watch while in this position, the “12” will be very nearly vertical, which makes reading the time easier. It does, however, take some time to get accustomed to this dial arrangement. One reason is that the seconds subdial is shifted from its usual position at 6 o’clock to a more eccentric position perpendicular to the axis of the repositioned crown. This made it more difficult to read the dial in the testing phase.

Apart from the positioning of the seconds subdial, there is very little to criticize about the dial. Its daytime legibility is excellent thanks to the clear contrast between the dark numerals and white dial. The rich layer of lacquer on the surface gives it an attractive appearance and ideally suits the watch’s overall proportions. Also appealing are the railroad-style calibrated circles that surround the hour numerals and the seconds subdial. None of these beautiful details is visible in the dark, but this was the right decision: Super-LumiNova or similar luminous substances would have taken away from this watch’s vintage-style charm. In any case, the contrast is clear enough that you can still read the time in weak light.

The lightweight, pillow-shaped case feels very comfortable as soon as you put the watch on. Its 87 grams are forgotten moments after you close the pronged buckle with its halved Maltese cross. Well-balanced proportions encounter excellent craftsmanship here. The edges, angles and planes fit so well together that you almost think the case grew naturally into this shape, and was plucked from some horological stem before skillful hands gave its rose-gold body a gentle polishing to smooth its surfaces. The watch is also thin enough to disappear discreetly under the cuff of a shirt and suit jacket — that is, if you’d really wish to hide such a beautiful timepiece.Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921 side

Not even the oddly placed crown detracts from the superlative wearing comfort. It conforms closely to the corner of the case, where it’s far enough from the back of the wrist that it doesn’t press into the skin. However, don’t try to wind and set the watch while it’s strapped to the wrist: the flat crown is extremely difficult to grasp in this position. It is much easier, though still a bit challenging, to operate once the watch has been slipped off.

We were pleased to find that Vacheron cheap swiss replica watches Constantin animates the beautiful exterior of the American 1921 with an attractive and reliable movement. Caliber VC 4400, which debuts in this model, is a recent addition to the firm’s growing portfolio of manufacture calibers.