Making a collection as wide and as crucial important as the IWC's jubilee collection must represent quite the challenge. It needs to be new and innovative, but also remain true to the brand's deepest roots. I think that the replica IWC have done a fine job. Not only does the diverse, 27-watch collection have a clear, unifying theme, thanks to the richly lacquered white and blue dials, but the selection of models is a good balance of their greatest hits and historically significant models. The Portugieser Hand-Wound Eight Days Edition "150 Years" fits into both camps quite neatly. The significant reference has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity since it first made its way back into the IWC catalogue in the early '90s. And just quietly, I think this limited edition hand-wound Portugieser is one of the most attractive takes on the model ever released. Hands down. It's got everything you need, and nothing you don't. Given in either steel or red gold versions — both with white dials — the replica watch is effortlessly, unashamedly classic. The black printed sans-serif Arabic numerals, railroad-style minute track, seconds dial and IWC logo are crisply printed, and given some space on the large dial. The blued steel leaf-style hands add a flash of color, a dash of style and are an essential factor of the Portugieser DNA. Even the date — the traditional bugbear of the watch nerd — is well done: neatly integrated into the dial layout, legible with well-matching color and typeface. Side note, I actually prefer this logo type to the more sprawling, cursive logo type used on the heritage Portugiesers from a few years ago. It looks rather cleaner, feels less like a heritage reissue, which is great, because it isn't. However typically, I'd scoff at replica watches with this sort of classic chronometer style dial in a 43mm case, but the Portugieser gets a pass, as the original was just as large, thanks to its use of a big pocket fake watch movements. And speaking of movements, the calibre 59215 is the other star of this watch, the ever steady rhythm to the soaring melody that is the dial. With its whopping eight days of power, hidden power reserve indicator, traditional big bridge architecture and Breguet spring, this is the sort of movement that made IWC great. There's even a charming little gold medallion celebrating the 150th anniversary inset into the movement. Both models are provided on formal black alligator straps with pin buckles. And while I really love the richness and contrast offered in the red gold version, I absolutely wouldn't say no to the steel.
There is a deep and longstanding history between the sport of motor racing and the watch industry. Motorsports are dependent on highly accurate timekeeping to track each driver's performance behind the wheel. The relationship between them all began at a time when drivers depended on their watches, specifically chronographs, to record everything from lap times to pit stops. Before wristwatches were widely used, there were problems and discrepancies with timekeeping at the first motor racing events. The year of 1930's marks a pivotal moment in the history of watches and racing. The popularity of motorsports spiked after legendary motorist Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats. When he set the land speed record, he was wearing a replica Rolex Oyster. Rolex decided to capitalize on the moment, and other watch brands, like Heuer, soon followed. The fake Heuer quickly became the top replica watches brand in the sport. Before there were Heuer racing-inspired watches, there were Heuer dashboard timers. For example, the now popular Autavia began as a dashboard timer and was reinvented as a wristwatch in 1962. The 1960's were a major moment for Heuer and motorsports. In addition to the Autavia, the brand developed its two other staple racing chronographs—the Carrera and Monaco. And in 1969, the fake Heuer created the first automatic chronograph, the Caliber 11. The fake Heuer's popularity in the racing world kept on rising into the 1970's when the famous actor and racing enthusiast Steve McQueen wore a Monaco in the film Le Mans. Apart from the replica Tag Heuer and Rolex, many other watch brands have joined the racing game. The iconic Omega Speedmaster was designed as a sports and racing chronograph. And both Longines and Hublot have served as official timekeepers for Formula One racing events. Although today's drivers don't rely on their own wristwatches to track time, the steadfast relationship between the sport of racing and the watch industry remains stronger than ever. The Breitling Bentley 24H Limited Edition celebrates the historic anniversary of Bentley's second place finish at the best-known Le Mans race. This special model was produced in a run of only 288 pieces in conjunction with the six Le Mans Limited Edition vehicles, each of which were made in a limited quantity of only 48.
When in summer, it's time to make good use of the weather. There's so much to talk about how well watches can stand adverse conditions. As a matter of fact, it's the major point of some of today's watch marketing. So why worry about a little sand and salt water? Well, while most "top-end" watches can deal with an average day at the beach, it's good to go the further mile to ensure functional longevity and pristine looks. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep your watch running and looking its best no matter how often you hit the surf. Mind the Crown This one may seem pretty obvious. Still, ask any watchmaker just how many panicking watch owners run into their shop during the summer months because of water ingress. No watch is truly waterproof, and water resistance ratings aren't worth much if you don't keep the crown screwed down. It may seem like a rookie mistake, but there are likely some pretty seasoned collectors out there that are afraid to admit to this cardinal sin. So, do yourself and your watchmaker a favor and keep that crown screwed in tight before hopping off the yacht. Rinse With Fresh Water It's different to deny the appeal of wearing something like a nice no-date replica Rolex Submariner out on a fishing or dive trip. But, salt water can cause corrosion with constant buildup or exposure. It may not be immediately apparent, but pitting can occur around the case back and lugs if you don't address salt water residue. Simply rinsing your watch with fresh water after the day is over is your best bet. Besides, a soft bristle toothbrush with very, very mild soap is a good idea too. Like salt water, sand can also cause some issues, especially if you have a fake watch with some kind of rotating bezel. Sand has been known to trap itself under dive bezels and hang out for a while. It results in stiff and crackly bezel action that can potentially make you feel so bad to your stomach. If you haven't been able to avoid the sand, there are a couple of remedies. Some older replica watches allow for bezels to be popped off, which makes cleaning rather straightforward. Otherwise, submerge the fake watch in warm water with mild soap and give the bezel a turn—that should do the trick. If things get real tough, whip out that soft bristle toothbrush again. On the whole, swiss replica watches should be worn and not babied. They should tell stories about where you've been and what you've done. It's important to know that a little goes a long way on watch maintenance. This is the same for routine servicing and quick cosmetic care. So relax and feel easy, enjoy the sun, and make some memories. With the right kind of care, that shiny new diver will still be by your side for years to come.
Few designs have had the longevity as those deriving from the ultimate 'tool' timepiece - those wrist-worn instruments designed to be used on or below the sea. And different from its brethren, conceived with features offering service on land or in the air, truly submersible watches come with additional USPS, including a unidirectional bezel (for accurately timing dives), water resistance to at least 100m (obviously) and a clear, legible read-out at great depths. These elements certainly inform the design of some of today's most recognizable replica watches, including those birthday boys, the Aquanaut by Patek Philippe (20 years old), the cheapest fake Rolex Seadweller (50) and Omega Seamaster (60). And if it doesn't sate your appetite, you can read more about the original Submariner in James Gurney's exhaustive "How to collect Rolex" - the fourth installment in our must-read 'Anatomy of a Watch Collection' series. We celebrate a group of replica watchmakers who - in a sector that lately has, as author and watch eminence named Nick Foulkes notes in his latest 'Tale From The Industry', become more of a career choice than a vocation - stand apart. For starters, we have Jean-Claude Biver, the man responsible for reanimating the traditional Swiss watch business in the face of the quartz revolution, first with Blancpain and later with Omega and Hublot. And then there's Edouard Meylan, scion of an important watch dynasty, now shrewdly guiding the fortunes of another reanimated dial name, H. Moser (with a little help from a VFF*). And we also profile David Sokosh, whose decision to assemble his own watches from his stall at the Brooklyn Flea Market has resulted in a novel take on the term 'Made in the USA'. So, all in all, the three men represent a degree of individuality sometimes missing in others. Which is what GQWatch out to achieve when it launched back in 2007. Eleven years old, one old faithful remains alert and attuned to the best replica watch world as it unwinds over the year ahead: the eleventh installment of our, our one-of-a-kind A-Z guide to the most important watch brands on the market, once again compiled by Simon De Burton. Hopefully, you will find plenty to feast upon, generally speaking.
The story of the replica Tudor usually revolves around its sibling status to the replica Rolex, but since entering the UK market a couple of years ago, it's been strident about its role in both developing the iconic 'tool watch', and for supporting those adventurers, spiritual or otherwise, who've decided to wear its robust and lately highly collectible pieces. The choice of Lady Gaga, then, fits with a brand profile that's moving away from equipping explorers and other items, and joining a broader discussion around what does and doesn't fit the 'status quo'. With her six Grammys, Golden Globe and 30m albums sold, Lady Gaga has clearly prospered in the mainstream whilst greatly abstaining from its cookie-cutter standards; ditto Tudor replica, which has helped bring fabric straps a lot recently and 'neo-vintage' designs back to the horological fore. Now we have another question, why are some fake watches referred to as chronometers? The term chronometer (which is simply means "time measurer" in Latin) can only be used if the movement in question has been tested and certified by an independent authority. Although there are many of these bodies around the world, in practical terms this normally means the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute. The institute tests the movements submitted to it for their accuracy over a period of 15 days: the first ten at room temperature and for the last five at a range of different temperatures. The measured timekeeping deviations must lie within pre-defined tolerances, usually of -4/+6 seconds per day, or a precision of 99.99%, the most accurate mechanical movement can be. If this is the case, then a Swiss Official Chronometer certificate will be issued for the movement and as such is a mark of quality. The term chronometer was originally coined by Yorkshire clockmaker Jeremy Thacker in the early 18th century in his unsuccessful quest to build a clock accurate enough for marine navigation - the problem being how to deny the effects of the motion of the ship. This was important for marine safety and exploration and so of vital concern to the British as the pre-eminent naval power of the age. Self-educated carpenter John Harrison then took up the challenge was ultimately and one of his chronometer designs was used by Captain Cook used his during his second and third voyages. Harrison made himself the equivalent of a multi-millionaire owing to his efforts - and helped the British Empire to dominate the world's oceans for the next century.