As we all know that Kobe Bryant is a basketball legend — having played for the Los Angeles Lakers for twenty years, he gained the title of All-Star 18 times, joined the All-NBA team 15 times, and won 5 championships during his life career. But while his talent made him a household name, his stardom quickly transcended the court — landing him on the cover of countless magazines, and scoring exclusive sponsorships. While his wife, Vanessa Bryant, has been seen with a plethora of Rolex replica watches, Kobe is loyal to one brand. The NBA All-Star joined the exclusive ranks of the Hublot team back in 2013 to sponsor their timepieces and later on create a handful of watches with the famous brand. Today, it's one of the most famous sponsorships on the planet. As we see it, the replica Hublot doesn't get enough credit for expanding the scope of watch sponsorships. The popular brand was one of the first to brand out beyond the tennis stars over the years, race car drivers and occasional polo players and sailors. Hublot began by sponsoring soccer teams and later expanded into basketball — scoring some of the world's best players like Bryant himself. The partnership came after Bryant had collaborated with the boutique luxury brand Nubeo, a Swiss watchmaker that subsequently went under during the recession. Nubeo and Bryant had actually partnered to create their own Black Mamba watch, but it never got quite off the ground. We got the news that Bryant was excited about the partnership because of the brand's keen attention to detail, and when the Hublot came knocking not long after, it seemed like the perfect next step — particularly with a company that had such a strong and innovative reputation. The first Black Mamba watch released by Hublot and Bryant was back in 2013. The replica watch is outfitted with the HUB 4248 self-winding, 28 jewel, mechanical chronograph Movement, housed within an oversized 48mm black ceramic case. But it's the face of this replica watch that draws you right in — black, gold, and purple were used as a homage to the Lakers, the stunning mechanics of the watch peeking through the face. Bryant took part in the fake Hublot team for their uniqueness in the luxury watch brand market, and that shines through in their 2015 Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph Kobe "Vino" Bryant. Like the first watch created in his honor, 'Vino' is off of another one of the basketball player's nicknames. The most attractive part of the fake watch is the Bordeaux red face, and the raised, 47mm, 18k gold and black ceramic bezel. Under the face is a Hublot Unico caliber HUB1261 automatic movement, comprised of 385 parts, which you can peer at through a green-tinted sapphire crystal on the back. The face of the watch almost looks like a basketball with a bumpy texture added to add dimension. The watch itself is a beautiful juxtaposition of such perceptions, contrasting a black ceramic bezel against a lustrous face.
The Panerai Radiomir plays an important part in the history of the brand. Nominally, French patent records dating all the way from 1916 show a filing bearing the name Radiomir for a particular Radium-based luminous powder developed by the replica watch company to satisfy the requests of the Royal Italian Navy. Panerai replica had already been providing instruments to the navy for years prior, and this patent was another step forward in their budding friendship. Almost 20 years later, the Radiomir as we know it was born. Built for the Frogmen—a particular commando division of the Royal Italian Navy—the Radiomir was a big 47mm steel cushion-cased wristwatch with wire lugs welded to the case. These pieces by the Panerai were designed with bright luminous indices in a "California dial" configuration, straps long enough to wrap over a diving as well as the waterproof cases. Some of the early variants of these fake watches that have surfaced over the years have been found fitted with hand-winding Rolex calibers. Not only was this of great help to the members of the Navy who put them to the test in the field, but also created a special aesthetic that makes a fake Panerai watch easy to distinguish from anything else on the marketplace. Though minor design tweaks have been made along the way, this overall aesthetic has remained a vital part of the Panerai lineup, and the brand has unveiled a significant range of Radiomir models through the years. The Panerai Radiomir 42mm was first unveiled in 2010, and received a very warm welcome from replica watches enthusiasts all around the world. While the huge majority of the replica Panerai's offerings were generally on the larger side at the time, the new Radiomir was the first in this design to be scaled down to a more modest 42mm. Owing to ts flat construction and wire lugs, it still has ample presence on the wrist, though this update surely opened up the doors to more collectors that previously found the model a touch too oversized. Even though a rather casual-looking piece overall, it obviously has the right profile to tuck under a shirt cuff while named in for day-to-day office duty.
This is a significant year for IWC replica watch, which is 150 years old. Let's begin with the big guy. This watch has platinum case with a massive 46mm that's 13.5mm thick and in the classic Portugieser style. The white lacquer dial and blued hands offer tons of contrast, and in addition to the tourbillon at nine o'clock, there's a moonphase display at one o'clock that is accurate to one day in every 577.5 years. It's amazing, right? The tourbillon has an extremely impressive look, supported by a vertical bridge and enveloped by a metal chapter ring for the seconds display. It is industrial in sensibility and refined in execution in a way that is very special in today's market. The movement is the new hand-wound caliber 94805, which features an impressive 96-hour power reserve. The striped bridges and three-quarter plate construction give the movement a powerful look to a large extend, again echoing the appearance of the dial. Set just off-center is the "150 Years" medallion that you'll find across the Jubilee collection. One could make an argument that this is actually the most sophisticated replica watch here. And it's another serious, serious timekeeper. The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Editon '150 Years' is exactly what it sounds like: a classic Portugieser case in red gold with a clean white lacquer dial showing the day, date, month, year, moonphase, and seven-day power reserve, all while displaying a tourbillon at 12 o'clock. Just like what I said, it's pretty serious. This fake watch runs on the new caliber 51950, the first replica IWC movement to have both a perpetual calendar and a dial-side tourbillon. As you might expect from the reference number, this movement bases on the earlier caliber 51900, but with the QP added. There is a massive gold winding rotor housing the "150 Years" medallion that you can see through the sapphire back. The movement looks every bit the part of a modern IWC caliber. This might be my favorite execution of the Da Vinci yet. The case is the same 40.4mm stainless steel case that you've seen on previous Da Vinci Automatic models, but the details on this version are completely different. Most notably, the seconds are equipped in a sub-dial at six o'clock instead of with a central hand, and there is no date window either. You can see how rich the blue lacquer looks from this angle. Of course, I'd almost always take a real enamel dial over lacquer, but on a watch like this I think the lacquer works really normal. Powering the replica watches are the new IWC caliber 82200, which has the company's signature Pellaton winding system and a 60-hour power reserve.
The Omega Speedmaster watches are the widely known and well respected all the time. First introduced in 1957, the fake Omega's Speedmaster chronograph is credited as being the only piece of equipment used in all of NASA's piloted space missions, from Gemini to the current International Space Station Program. We will take a closer look at an early iteration of Omega's legendary chronograph this week: the Omega Speedmaster replica watches. Although there are some watches throughout history that have been approved by NASA for space flight, the Speedmaster remains the only one that is also qualified for use outside of a spacecraft and beyond the Earth's atmosphere. There have been countless variations of the Speedmaster released throughout its six-decade long production run; with certain vintage references attaining stratospheric levels of collectability. This model is one of the oldest and most collectable among the various iterations of the Speedmaster. With a rather short production run that lasted from 1959 until 1962, the fake watch was produced with eight sub-references, each with their own list of subtle differences and variations. Like all other Speedmaster watches, this model is powered by Omega's hand-wound, Caliber 321 movement. With an earlier and more limited production than the subsequent Caliber 861 and Caliber 1861 movements, the Caliber 321 movement and the early reference 2998 Speedmaster watches that contain it, are often considered the rarest and highly sought-after among collectors today. One of the defining features of the fake Speedmaster is its 39 mm diameter case with straight lugs. Most contemporary Speedmaster references feature Omega's signature, twisted lugs; however the earliest iterations of the Speedmaster, such as the other models, had cases with straight lugs. This feature combined with its smaller case diameter and "Base 500" bezel with dot over 90, makes for an unmistakably vintage appearance. What's more, unlike contemporary Speedmaster watches like the #SpeedyTuesday edition, this replica watch was fitted with triangular, "Alpha" hands. However, by the time Omega launched that model, only the central hour and minute hands were of the Alpha design; the chronograph sub-dials got fitted with straight hands, while the central seconds hand got fake Omega's "Spear" style chronograph hand. Because of their age and limited production run, surviving examples of the replica Omega Speedmaster have become quite rare and valuable today. The Omega Speedmaster is among the most iconic and well-respected watches all over the world all the time.
Looking back for 10 years, Richemont acquired the Minerva manufacture in Villeret, Switzerland, and folded the historic chronograph maker into the replica Montblanc's watch division. The results over the years have been rather noteworthy, with a number of wonderful vintage-inspired chronographs that make use of Minerva's stunning movements. The newest is this limited edition in bronze and titanium with a salmon-colored dial. I tried to spend a few minutes with the piece last week, and I have to say, I'm greatly shocked. This swiss replica watch is an evolution of a family first launched about a year ago, just before SIHH 2017. The original was also a limited edition, and it was the first of Montblanc's watches to utilize the 44mm x 13.15mm bronze case you see here. Like that model, the one you see here has a titanium back with a bronze-colored coating so that it's somewhat gentler on the skin. What sets the newest limited edition apart is the dial, which is a very amazing shade of salmon, something that you most often see on vintage chronographs from the 1930s and 40s. Here it's complemented by blued steel hands and bold luminous Arabic numerals. I am confident to say that some of you were put off the moment I said the replica watch is 44mm across and 13.15mm thick, but honestly it doesn't wear like a fake watch of that size at all. Of course, it's big, no getting around that, but it doesn't feel like something from the mid-2000s that is closer to a dinner plate than a wristwatch. Two positive consequences of the size are that the watch is greatly legible and the monopusher chronograph is extremely easy to use. There's no fiddling, as the button in the crown is beautiful and huge, and the red tip on the seconds hand makes it easy to use the tachymeter scale at the dial's edge. However, the most impressive thing about this fake watch is the movement. This is a 16 ligne (approximately 36.1mm) movement first basd it's a monopusher chronograph with two registered on a slightly larger design first made in 1929. Both the architecture and finishing of the 16.29 are stunning, and it's executed in German silver with a rose gold plating to give it come extra color. Just check out the steel work on the arrow-shaped lever - this is wonderful stuff, people. The caliber is manually-wound with a 50-hour power reserve, and even the balance spring is made in-house at the manufacture in Villeret. However, if you're a fan of top-end chronographs, this replica watch is surely worth a closer understanding. The size might be disgusting to some, but it's a product of using a movement originally manufactured for fake pocket watches, and for the correct collector it won't be a matter anyway.
Just like a very beautiful suit, it's easy to see why you'd want to add a reliable branded replica watch in your collection. "At least one" is what you always hear but as simple as it sounds, the hunt may seem daunting for some. Though the fake dress watch features and aesthetics might seem very essential, the range of options can be as vast as what you'd encounter when shopping for a diver or a racing chronograph. This is mostly due to the old-world appeal that brands sometimes seek to emulate when designing these replica watches. As a result, you can find anything from a simple time-only, two-handed display to a full on perpetual calendar chronograph. Even though it isn't obvious at the very first beginning, you can actually be quite expressive with your choice of a dress watch. Please keep it in mind that the idea of what a dress watch can be has changed over the years, so this set of features are not exactly law. But, if you are a traditionalist or simply searching for something that's aesthetically "pure," the classical idea of what a dress watch is might be what you're looking for. For The Occasional Wedding Crasher Your one suit gets about as much attention as that box of VHS tapes your roommate still hasn't gotten rid of. However, the occasional "nice" event does come up, which forces you to clean up your act a bit. For The Vintage Lover When you dress it up, you do it right. But, you have an admiration for the way things used to be designed and built. So finally, you have a penchant for older things that still perform as well as their contemporary counterparts. For The Silicon Valley Tech CEO The suit and tie aren't actually good choices in your line of work. What's more, it's crucial to keep up with appearances. Maybe you had a big sale after making one of those fancy smart home app things. Whatever the case may be, sometimes it's alright to splurge, especially if you find a watch to be an important part of your daily wardrobe. So, let's draw a conclusion, a dress watch replica should serve its intended purpose with ease. Their features make them suitable for dressing up and really, you might find it difficult to justify owning more than one. Be sure to consider your own individual requirements and find something that you'll really in love even if you're stuck at some fancy event.
The very first good news of a more synergized approach to watchmaking at LVMH comes to light this week, with the unveiling of Zenith's Defy Lab, a collaboration between the highly-decorated Le Locle manufacture, the R&D department of replica Hublot and Guy Semon, CEO of the luxury group's R&D Institute, Watch Division, based at TAG Heuer replicas. And the results are even more outstanding than the fake Zenith's landmark achievement to a certain extent, the legendary El Primero from 1969, the first serially produced chronograph capable of measuring to 1/10th of a second, made possible by the higher oscillating frequency. Because today the fake Zenith has announced a new movement beating at an incredible 15hz or ten times more accurately than the original El Primero. Featured inside an upgraded movement called the ZO 342 is an entirely new regulating system dubbed the fake Zenith Oscillator, which replaces the coupled balance and hairspring ("sprung balance") system devised by the astronomer and physicist Christiaan Huygens back in 1675 with a single element measuring just 0.5mm thick. The Oscillator itself is made from monocrystalline silicon and its two components replace the 30 or so parts that comprise the traditional sprung balance system. The usage of monocrystalline silicon obviates the need for lubrication, resulting in less friction, which - in tandem with the increased frequency - achieves far greater accuracy for 95 per cent of its 60-hour power reserve (which is ten per cent greater than the original El Primero, despite the uplift in frequency). This gives the Defy Lab a triple-whammy of credentials: chronometer certification awarded on behalf of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM), as well as thermal and anti-magnetic properties that meet criteria laid down by the International Organization for Standards (ISO). As the replica Zenith describes it, "This mechanism opens up a new dimension, representing no less than a reinvention of the Huygens principle with another mechanical replica watch." Initially offered in ten unique pieces (all of which are pre-sold), the fake Zenith Defy Lab features a 44mm case made from a patent-pending aluminium composite developed by the R&D team at Hublot, called Aeronith, which is billed as 1.7 times lighter than aluminium and 10% lighter than carbon fibre. Finally, the aim is to industrialize the Zenith Oscillator as the El Primero, but until then there's the Defy El Primero 21, a chronograph capable of measuring to 100th of a second via a central seconds hand the first series-made chronograph able to do so, and the debut piece in this newly-minted line of Defy replica watches.