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.