One of the most confusing, interesting and, I think, elegant watches in 2019 was launched by Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II. It was, in a sense, a typical Hublot, another love - or hate-it was comically over-designed and awesome -- neither of us wanted to be seen wearing it, but at least for a few months. Yet amid all this uncertainty, one thing is certain: I love this thing, especially its existence. Since the second part of Thornburgh's book is quite an impressive first impression, allows me to begin with a theoretical perspective and then move on to something more practical and technical. I won't bother you if I'm the only one who knows what I'm going to say, but since I've seen many of my watch lovers show the same inclination in their taste for replica watches, I'll go on. In recent years, in my limited personal experience, I've found that WIS on the Internet become visibly and consistently less angry/frustrated/crazy when they receive a top-of-the-line watch. At this point, I am years beyond getting mad at brands who step out of their groove in search of a more exciting product. One exception, though, is that I do factor in how the said product is officially presented by its manufacturer. Because we are by nature wired to be mad about something all the time, I, in turn, find myself getting mad at brands who do nothing exciting at all. I am thinking about all those once-great companies that have taken a head-first dive into their archives and haven't returned since, as far as their more affordable products are concerned. Before anyone reaches for their Zippo and torch, let me say this — and then you can light up if you still want to — I would love to see vintage and vintage-inspired watches co-exist with modern creations in historic brands so that these desirable companies could cater to every customer. But I think at least some of you will agree with me when I say that, yes, watches like this replica Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu II Chronograph brings a healthy dose of unrestrained creativity and modernity to the stale, regurgitative blue-dialed misery that so many of the big brands are turning into. All of this is enough for me to say that I love this fake watch, but a close look at it reveals amazing and interesting details. In fact, the dial is just a 12-hour ring, two basic sub-dials, and a 60-minute ring on the outside. The hands, however, made the "face" of the sample a reality -- a nightmare for some and a spectacular design for others. The obsession with lines and diamonds is obvious -- but I do find some logic in this apparently deliberate mess. When I got hold of one of the two versions of the Big Bang Sang Bleu II chronograph, I began routinely setting its main pointer to 10:10, both for photo shoots and to see what the traditionally clear configuration looked like. I'm happy to see that when set to 10:10, the hands are perfectly aligned. The short, thick hand and the larger minute hand geometry are designed to overlap perfectly, giving the dial a temporary relief. One can easily hold it so that the main hand's shiny frame is still black and almost invisible, leaving only large, white hands full of hours and minutes to appear. So readability isn't really too bad, because it might annoy angry purists. I can tell you I've seen a Rolex date that's even harder to read.
Replica watches made from a combination of metals have long divided opinions as well as colors. The mix of gold and steel is more susceptible to fashion trends than those that only use one or the other. The first two-tone fake watches can be traced back to the 1930s when Rolex patented their Rolesor process. These original examples come with steel case and outer bracelet links, but the bezel, crown, and center links were made of yellow gold. The manufacturer was hesitant to put their new color scheme on the first a few models, before turning it loose on the Date just a few years into its run and creating perhaps the most quintessentially Rolex visual of them all. However, the heyday for two-tone watches was actually the 80s - a decade of wanton excess and dubious tastes. As epitomized by American Psycho's Patrick Bateman and his Rolesor Datejust, two-tone watches suddenly got an unpleasing reputation that has taken a long time to change. But the trend is coming full circle, and two-tone fake watches are starting to gain the attention of the young generation. While it has become very much pivotal in Rolex's lineup today, it has inspired homages from just about every watchmaker across the industry. It seems only fair to start with the first two-tone replica watch, and Rolex offers many two-tone watches now. The opulence of gold and the utility of steel make the fake watch perfect for luxurious tool watch collection, such as the Daytona and the Submariner, and it has lately made a welcome addition to their latest models, the Sky-Dweller. Tempering all that precious metal with a splash of stainless has made Rolex's flagship traveler's watch more popular among fans and collectors. However, it is a model that has a long history of mixing its colors that we've picked for our list. The GMT-Master II has become a legend since its debut about 60 years ago, and the modern range contains two two-tone models, both of which carry strong nostalgia feelings. A steel and yellow gold example with an all-black bezel insert has been a fixture in the lineup for many years in one form or another, and the latest Cerachrom bezel version entered the catalog in the mid-2000s. However, even that piece lost out in the nostalgia stakes last year, when the ref. 126711CHNR was released- a wonderful throwback to the Root Beer models of the 60s and 70s that even managed to steal some of 2018's Pepsi-dominated headlines. Nicknamed as the "Tiger Eye" or the "Clint Eastwood" (after the star was seen wearing one in many of his famous roles), the original Root Beer Rolesor GMTs came with a brown dial and solid brown bezel before Rolex made a few changes by adding a bi-color bezel insert with a golden lower half to match the crown and center links. This new edition on the two-tone theme swaps the original's yellow gold elements for Rolex's proprietary Everose pink gold for an altogether sleeker and more versatile look.
The 50th birthday of the Zenith El Primero might be this year's biggest horological anniversary. The amazing movement and the replica watch that introduced it to the world - the A386 - changed the game totally back in 1969. Of course, there were other automatic chronographs unveiled that year, but the fake zeniths were the only ones to feature a top-speed 5 Hz (36,000 vph) escapement for better accuracy and precision. It has gone on to become one of the most storied movements of the 20th century and, despite briefly going out of manufacture, it's been mainstream in Zenith's arsenal for almost its whole lifespan. The main question was how Zenith would celebrate such a great anniversary. Back in January, they showed us a box set of El Primeros that shows off the various incarnations of the movement from over the years, but fans have anxiously been awaiting that particular standalone anniversary piece. What Zenith is giving us is the El Primero A386 Revival, a faithful recreation of the replica watch that started it all, only rendered in a trio of precious metals. The A386 Revival still measures up at 38mm across, still features a classic 5 Hz El Primero movement, and still has that distinctive tri-color dial. It's a quintessential El Primero through and through, just in a slightly more luxurious package. Each version is limited to just 50 pieces and they are going to be sold individually, not as a three-piece set. In the past few days, one of the conundrums facing replica Zenith fans was an odd one: What would Zenith do to celebrate and commemorate the original El Primero since it already makes an almost same watch and has for years. Actually, the answer was even not so complicated to the question. Zenith made the watch as you have expected, but only they did it in precious metals and very, very limited quantities. To be honest, I'm shocked that this watch is being made in 50 pieces per metal and not 500. The El Primero is a very popular watch and before you can finish reading this sentence, I've got to imagine that 150 pieces will be spoken for. Now, I am getting more and more interested in these best replica watches. That tri-colored dial has always struck me as one of the smarter and more subtle uses of color in watch design and the bold black inner track gives the watch some extra glamour. I was really convinced that I would prefer a slightly grittier dial with the yellow and rose gold versions, but the white gold Revival is a total sleeper hit. Even looking straight at it, I don't think most people will be able to tell that it isn't a steel fake watch. Only by wearing it or picking it up and feeling the heft would you know. I am confident to say that this is the real one I dream of getting onto my wrist sooner rather than later.
There's no doubt that the new Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert" made the biggest splash since IWC released a whole collection of new pilots' timepieces at SIHH earlier this month. With a warm sand-tone ceramic case, this Top Gun is a limited edition with mixed colors which are inspired by the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station, and it's home in the dramatic landscape of the celebrated California desert. What makes the Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert" (ref IW389103) feels like a piece of desert-spec kit is absolutely a significantly militaristic vibe aided by the dark brown dial, tan markings, and the use of a 44.5mm case size (15.7mm thick). A tapered beige textile strap with a captive deployment clasp and leather lining finished the appearance perfectly. While comfortable and a good match for the case and dial, I can't help imagining that the Mojave LE would look stunning on a NATO-like most cheap pilot's watches. Like many of the new IWC pilot's timepieces, the Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert" adapts one of the brand's in-house 69000-series chronograph movements. With a 12-6-9, layout, and a day/date display at three, this Top Gun uses the 69380 calibers, which is automatically wound, ticks at 4 Hz, and 46-hour power reserve can be offered. With a max chronograph measure of 12 hours, the Mojave LE has a soft inner iron case to help with magnetism, a solid titanium case back, and a double AR-treated sapphire crystal upfront, which is also designed to prevent sudden drops in air pressure, for those who are more adventurous pilots, there's no better than it. The Mojave LE is light and feels rather solid although its size is nearly too much for my wrist, which is definitely due to the ceramic case. Legibility is outstanding and though I prefer the ergonomics of the new 41mm chronographs, I really like the way the Mojave LE looks on the wrist. It's tough but kind of warm and it manages a military aesthetic that isn't as overdone as the "full black" treatment, nor as goofy as camo or an insignia printed on the dial. The Pilot's Watch Chronograph Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert" is a modern continuation of IWC's connection with military pilots, with only 500 limited pieces and priced at $8,200 which are cheaper than other comparable ceramic replica watches from Omega, Zenith, and even IWC. It's certain that the Top Gun Edition "Mojave Desert" is a limited ceramic timepiece that indeed makes a particular style, a solid in-house chronograph movement, and a whole lot of wrist presence for you. How amazing it is!
If you plan to buy a new replica watch, you should ask: "Does it have an in-house movement?" To be blunt: the mere existence of an in-house movement does not necessarily equate to a better watch. Let's begin with what the term actually means. Like other words that have been hijacked by the luxury marketing community and rendered meaningless through misuse and overuse, "in-house" has been reduced to little more than jargon - and has bamboozled watch buyers in the process. As a matter of fact, an in-house movement's components must all have been made under the roof of the brand whose name shows on the dial. The same company's own employees will also have designed and developed the movement from scratch, then assembled, decorated, and finished it. By this definition, a true in-house movement is a completely rare creature. To make a real in-house movement needs mastery of a tremendous range of complex and exacting tasks, both technical and creative - and until a decade or so ago, only a few watch-making houses possessed the necessary mixture of skills, time, and money to do it. However, it is because they didn't need to. Two things changed the industry beyond recognition. The first was the revival of mechanical watchmaking after the 'quartz crisis. Mechanical replica watches were not seen anymore as the everyday necessity that they had been - but as a luxury. Making at least some of their own movements in-house enabled the top-tier brands to develop distinctive and wholly-owned calibers, with horological substance and rarity that justified their high prices. The second was Swatch Group's determination to drastically cut the supply of ébauches to its competitors. Brands that had taken full use of this ready source of well-proven and cheap movements faced a major crisis. Those with the financial means began to develop their own vertically integrated supply chains; they saw in-house movements as the ways of survival. That tremendous capital investment has to be recouped. So obviously, an in-house movement will be more expensive than a mass-produced third-party one. And naturally, it will be marketed as being more prestigious. The fact is that it matters hardly at all where a movement comes from and matters enormously what is done to say movement before it is cased up in a watch and ready to be sold: how much it has been modified or improved. Perhaps the best way to illustrate the silliness of this debate: the replica Breitling and Tudor's movement-sharing collaboration. The main trouble is transparency - or the lack of it. All of the obfuscation about in-house movements erodes trust. However, please notice that some of the most genuinely "in-house" brands don't even bother to use the term: affordable fake Rolex and Seiko, we're looking at you.
Omega has become the official partner of the Bond film franchise since 1995, though Rolex may be the watch brand most historically connected with superspy James Bond. Therefore, Omega has created a large of the James Bond particular watch collections, some are combined with new movie releases and some 'just because.' Actually, the Omega watch we mentioned here was made to commemorate the movie Spectre, which was made in 2015 and starring Daniel Craig. Follow us and you can get a view of the Omega James Bond Aqua Terra 150M Limited Edition in detail. Firstly, on the tip of the yellow second's hand, there's a miniature version of the Bond family coat of arms (fun fact: the Bond family motto 'Orbis nonsufficient translates to 'The World is not Enough). Moreover, a closer look at the vibrant blue dial, housed within a 41.5 mm stainless steel case, reveals a repetitive pattern inspired by the family shield for the design. Additionally, just under the 'MASTER CO-AXIAL CHRONOMETER' font on the dial, Omega smartly modified the magnetic resistance rating label to '15,007 GAUSS' where the last three digits are about Bond's famous codename. The matching yellow minute markers on the outer edge, the luminous tapered indexes, and the iconic Omega broad-arrow hour hands complete the design of the dial perfectly. Though the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond Limited Edition fake watch comes with a matching stainless steel bracelet, a blue nylon strap with yellow stitching included in the set is also provided if you want a more casual look. Of course, the set comes with a strap-changing tool for bracelet switching easily. Flip around the Spectre watch you'll see the Omega Master Co-Axial Caliber 8507 via the sapphire caseback. The self-winding Master Co-Axial Caliber 850 powers the time-only Aqua Terra with a 60-hour power reserve and boasts a magnetic resistance of 15,007 gausses. Continuing the 007 themes, there's the obvious 'James Bond' marking front and center on the rotor. Besides, the movement's oscillating weight is skeletonized and has been cut and shaped to be like a gun barrel. The watch's unique edition number (limited to 15,007 pieces) and its water resistance rating of 150 meters (500 feet) are also included in the caseback. It's known to all that the Aqua Terra model from Omega is an everyday sumptuous replica watch that is easy to wear and love. Comes with punchy blue and yellow dial, contrasting with the sporty steel case and bracelet, this special James Bond edition is rather a smart timepiece.
On Veterans' Day, Zenith released its first limited edition replica watch teaming up with the Injured Warrior Project, a charity and veterans service organization to offer various services for wounded American veterans that were launched in the wake of 9/11. The new Edition watch is to offer the ultimate respect to several courageous men and women by praising braveness, allegiance, and commitment, to mention superior watch craft technique. The watch is produced 50 units for the US market, it is in line with Zenith's tradition of providing different military forces with cheap replica watches that meet their strict technical demands in terms of stability, legibility, and sturdiness. But we don't have the specific details for this watch, it won't surprise us if it is COSC certified. It's based on the astonishing original Zenith TIPO CP-2, first made in the 1960s for the Italian military, CP represents cronometro da polso, i.e. wrist chronograph which is highly prized by collectors. The 43mm limited Edition features a red, white and blue color scheme. It is the first time that the CP-2 is equipped with a matte blue dial contrasting the aluminum ring inside the bezel, with the triangle marker and chronograph hand-painted in red. It comes with a customized blue kudu-hide bracelet with red and white stitches. It runs on Zenith's well-known Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement with flyback function. And for the final part, the oscillating weight's Côtes de Genève motif also shows respect to the American flag. We would like to praise Zenith and The Wounded Warrior Project for their collective efforts in helping vets and providing the new best watch.
The Zeitwerk and the Lange 1 are really outstanding A. Lange & Söhne creations. It first unveiled was completely revolutionary, with its jumping digital displays for hours and minutes and the totally complicated movement, complete with constant force escapement. After that, the replica A. Lange & Söhne has launched a few variations on the original theme, consisting of the Handwerkskunst and the Decimal Strike. Luckily, we're gaining yet another new Zeitwerk, the first with an extra "small" complication, the Zeitwerk Date. Just seeing the watch, it's apparent to see what's going on: You've got the classic Zeitwerk with the addition of a date ring around the outer edge of the dial. The interesting point is that the date is shown via the movement of a red marker under the dial that fills in the proper transparent number to indicate the exact date. The effect is extremely elegant and the extra information doesn't at all distract from the bold Zeitwerk hours and minutes. It's always difficult to tell from press renderings of replica watches, but I want to bet top dollar that the effect is even more subtle in person than it appears here. With the additional complication comes some extra heft - so as to accommodate the extra numerals without disrupting the proportions of the main display, the case has expanded to 44.2mm in diameter from the 41.9mm of the original Zeitwerk. The grey dial and big rhodium-plated German silver bridge look fantastic, and the red accents feel right at home too. This replica watch is a common model, but as you might expect production will be relatively small each year. I still remember the very first time I saw a Zeitwerk - it was real and I'd never seen a photo of one either. My instant reaction was something along the lines of "holy cow, what is that!?" That may be eight or nine years ago, and since then it has grown no less impressive to me over time. Of course, it's a little bigger and thicker than I'd like for my own daily wear, but it's a perfect fake watch I find myself returning to time and time again. This version might be even a little larger in diameter, but to see it get a small technical update like this is interesting, and both the execution of the date complication and the artwork on the dial are greatly elegant and impressive. This is absolutely one of the watches I'm most excited to see in the metal in the year 2019.
There are many shapes and sizes of sports watches. While I may prefer a good dive watch or the old-school charm of a racing chronograph, as for me a solid GMT is the best and nothing can beyond it. I suppose there is something particular about GMTs, about their ethos, their simple but powerful functionality, and their ability to ground you in your roots while adapting to anywhere you want to go in your life. Tudor declared the Black Bay GMT in March at Baselworld, a smart stainless steel travel watch based on the format established by their Black Bay dive watches, with true GMT functionality as well. Following the Pepsi-colored bezel established by Tudor's sibling brand Rolex, the Black Bay GMT is rather a new style for Tudor, but one that is recognizable both for its general Black Bay roots and for its aesthetic and functional similarities to one of the all-time great travel replica watches, the Rolex GMT-Master II. With a strong value proposition, perfect design, and a new movement offering true GMT functionality well, the Black Bay GMT has become a classical port watch for the crazy traveler. Tudor has never really produced anything that could be considered a true precursor to the Black Bay GMT before. Of course, they've produced some GMT watches in their history, and even fitted the Heritage Chronograph with a smart 12-hour bezel, but the Black Bay GMT is unique among their product legacy and not according to any specific Tudor reference or model during the production. If we zoom out just a little, we find Tudor's older brother, Rolex, who do produce a very similar watch in the GMT-Master II. Originally announced the reference 16760 in 1983, the GMT-Master II built upon the travel-ready appeal of the original GMT-Master that Rolex developed for Pan Am pilots in the mid-1950s. Rolex created the model around a new movement that offered local jumping hours for GMT-Master II. So when you landed in a new time zone, you could change the local time in either direction by jump-setting the hour hand through the crown. This functionality also included the ability to progress or retract the date (If you fly through midnight), and the whole process could be done without stopping the replica watch or even disrupting the position of the other hands. If you fly a lot, this functionality will be upgraded. As we all know, the GMT-Master has offered a 24-hour bezel in a split blue/red color scheme that enthusiasts call a "Pepsi" bezel since its inception as reference 6542. At the same time, other colors have been offered, including red/black which is called a "Coke" bezel. The split colors help to describe day/night in the second time zone, and the color scheme has become one of the most noticeable visual design cues of the GMT-Master and GMT-Master II. While there was a brief pause while Rolex developed the ability to produce a red/blue Cerachrom bezel (their application of a ceramic bezel insert), the white gold reference 116719 with the Pepsi look returned to the line up at Baselworld 2014.
In the world-branded watch field, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is the industry's most important awards ceremony. However, the Petite Aiguille is one of the most exciting and accessible categories, which is open to watches at a retail price. The GPHG Jury has chosen a shortlist of 21 replica watches, from brands both large and small. The rose gold Longines Record is a good example. It's a funny choice: a very typical design, COSC-rated movement, and an amazing gold case. And while it's up against some strong competition, it's nice to see this Longines, which stands for something of a return to the brand's classical roots, get recognition at the best level. The Longines replica doubled down with the release of the Record collection last year. Illustrating just how serious they are making completely handsome and highly accurate watches, with price tags that won't break the bank. As a result, it was their first-ever COSC-certified collection that combined many dial options and colors, with four different sizes of stainless-steel cases. I have to say that while the collection remained steady in the Longines wheelhouse, there was just that little something missing to completely draw me in. The important thing about the Record collection is that every version is powered by a chronometer-certified automatic movement, with this version using the Caliber L888.4. Particularly manufactured for the replica Longines by ETA, the COSC-certified movement uses a silicon balance spring and maintains a power reserve of 64 hours. The case is sized at 38.5mm and made of 18k rose gold with a see-through caseback and a water resistance rating of 30 meters. While the sunray blue dial is kept simple and clean, with golden bar indexes marking the hours, and a date window at 3 o'clock. To strap the golden fake Longines Record to the wrist is a dial-matching blue alligator leather band. To be honest, the case is well sized and should suit other different wrist sizes It's easy to draw comparisons between their similar cozy feeling on the wrist if you wear the fake watch for many years. However, there's gold in the hills when you strap on this new version. After all, this is a solid piece of 18k rose gold. It's not too heavy though, and it wears as elegantly as it looks when combined with the grand blue of the sunray dial.