Piaget is always famous for its long-term progress in crafting remarkably thin watches. All was well as long as they could rule in this game, sometimes by greater and sometimes rather minuscule margins. In recent years, however, we have seen that the replica Piaget lose focus not just of the elegant fake watch market in general, but also of its true self. Another sparkle of hope for the brand comes in the ultra-delicate shape of the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept watch.
I have several questions on how does this Ultimate Concept fit into the world of Piaget? What difference will it actually make for them or the popular watch market? Will we ever see something like this in production?
Fit into Piaget it does, because it’s a thin replica watch manufactured by a brand whose modern image was largely built on thin watches. It’s also fitting as Bulgari has been taking all the limelight lately when it comes to breaking thin watch records – they have completely blindsided Piaget and took over in just several years, years that slip by really fast when it comes to products that take such a long time to develop.
No matter whether it will make a difference in the popular watch market is a hard question. It makes a difference in the sense that it gives a brief – and hence passing – proof that Piaget is alive, even if not well. Halo products can make a difference, but I think it is a rather moot exercise when the bigger selection of actually available and relatively competitively priced products is lackluster at best. Of course, the Piaget replica is still a solid brand to turn to if you want some super niche, neatly made, rare piece – but as far as major collections are concerned, there’s a lot of work to be done.
To achieve and maintain the Altiplano Ultimate Concept’s remarkable thinness, the fake Piaget had to use some clever and tricky engineering solutions. This includes a base-plate design that merges the two pieces into one, with the wheels and other components being fitted directly to the case-back. This ingenious solution is not new, actually, it made its debut in ETA’s Delirium Tremens record-thin watch in the late 1970s, and has been used by Swatch ever since, as well as some other brands and watches, including Piaget’s famed 900P caliber.
As we can see that everything was made as slim as possible: a large number of the wheels are now just 0.12mm thick, coming in at about 60% of their usual selves. The mainspring also lost its drum and cover, so one can now easily see how wound the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept is – power reserve, by the way, is an amazing 44 hours.
With the replica Piaget Altiplano Ultimate Concept having a case that is just 2mm thick, the case was to be designed as strict as it could possibly be. Using a soft metal like gold and strapping the watch onto your wrist tightly enough just once could break the watch for good. Craft it from ordinary materials and you could feasibly bend the case and do so just enough to bend the wheels while doing so, damaging them together with the movement.
As we all know that Longines doubled down with the release of the Record collection last year. Illustrating just how serious they are about creating classically handsome and highly accurate replica watches, with price tags that won’t break the bank. The result was their first ever COSC-certified collection that combined a variety of 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 greatly draw me in. That was until this year when the replica Longines launched a decidedly luxury version with a blue dial and 18k rose gold case.
The most interesting thing about the Record collection is that each and every version is powered by a chronometer certified automatic movement, with this version using the Caliber L888.4. Exclusively manufactured for the fake 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-back case back and a water resistance rating of 30 meters. While the sunray blue dial is kept clean and simple, with golden bar indexes marking the hours, and a date window at 3 o’clock. To strap the golden Longines Record to the wrist is a dial-matching blue alligator leather strap.
The case of the fake model is nicely sized and should suit a variety of wrist sizes n paper and indeed in person. And having owned last year’s version of the Record, it’s easy to draw comparisons between their similar comfort-chart on the wrist. But when you strap on this new version, it’s immediately apparent that there’s gold in them hills. After all, this is a solid piece of 18k rose gold. It’s not overly heavy though, and when combined with the grand blue of the sunray dial it wears as gorgeously as it looks.
However, fans of a Calatrava-style case and the classic dress watch style who want that little something extra to make their statement. It also wouldn’t hurt if – like me – you’re a sucker for accuracy.
Let’s say, apart from the amazing replica Longines Heritage Military Watch with its faux-patinated dial, and new ladies’ sizing for the Heritage Legend Diver, we were also treated to the great-looking Heritage Skin Diver. And it’s that last replica watch we’re going to have today.
I know this watch during a meeting with fake Longines executives and people said that it would not officially release with the first wave of 2018 products. It would become available in late 2018, they said. As you can see, it’s a really great-looking tribute to a historically popular Longines, the Longines Nautilus Skin Diver – the first dive watch from Longines actually. It’s a watch that I’d personally like to spend some more time with in the future outside of the less than ideal context of a trade show booth.
You’ll see an embossed image of a diver with a spear with the words “The Longines Skin Diver Watch” on the back. The unidirectional bezel is very simple to turn thanks to the deep crenelations along its edge. This bezel is made of PVD-coated steel that has been executed to recall the original plastic one found on the late ’50s original.
The Skin Diver’s dial is one place where it really excels. A similarly thick application of faux-aged lume fills the arrow-shaped hour and minute hands, which traverse a dial that has a course, anti-reflective property to it. This is one of the darker applications of faux-aged lume that I have seen on a model which nods to a brand’s heritage, Longines or otherwise.
The movement inside is the L888. The Skin Diver derives displays for the hours, for the minutes, and for the seconds, with an impressive power reserve of 65 hours from this movement.
Besides, there are the three straps and bracelet options: a plain brown leather strap, a black tropic rubber strap, and a mesh steel bracelet. And while each has its own appeal, I think that two of them are the winners, with the nice mesh bracelet option taking the slight edge while you consider that each option will set you back the same amount of money, the price is rather cheap.
All in all, the replica Longines Heritage Skin Diver is a great-looking contemporary fake watch with more than ample water resistance that revives an important design from from the Longines archives. It manages to do this while incorporating enough modern features to excite watch collectors.
It has been almost half a century since the replica Omega Seamaster and Rolex Submariner have been in furious competition. These fake sports watches were quickly increasing in popularity in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Omega and Rolex were still two of the top brands in the industry. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they would each develop their own best iteration of the dive watch.
Omega issued the Seamaster in 1948 in celebration of the brand’s 100th anniversary. The initial design drew inspiration from the brand’s existing dive watch models, like the Marine. However, with the Seamaster, the Omega wanted to create something a bit different. They wanted to make a sports watch that was not only utilitarian and functional but also stylish enough for daily use.
However, several years later, the replica Rolex was set on the same mission. They wanted to develop a tool fake watch that was both practical and modern enough. The result was the Submariner, a dive watch with a slightly less sporty design that could seamlessly transition from a dive to the dinner table.
Once the rolex Submariner came on the market, Omega realized their competition immediately. Although the design element was obviously crucial, this was still a battle of dive watch versus dive watch. Omega understood they needed to set the Seamaster apart. So, they started drawing their attention on its capabilities, namely its water resistance. This ultimately spurred them to divide the Seamaster into two subcategories: the sportier Seamaster Professional collection and the dressier Seamaster Aqua Terra collection.
In the meantime, Rolex stood firm in its development of the Submariner. Part of its charm and allure is that it has remained greatly unchanged since its inception. However, Rolex upped the ante by giving the Submariner some pop culture exposure. The Submariner was the private watch of choice of beloved actor, racer, and avid watch collector, Steve McQueen. And, although the Seamaster has since become the official watch of 007, actually, it was a Submariner that appeared on the wrist of the particular agent in the original 1962 James Bond film, Dr. No.
Therefore, some years later, when Pierce Brosnan took on the role of 007 in the 1990’s, the Seamaster became Bond’s signature watch. After that, every main Bond film has featured the Seamaster and the forever secured a place in pop culture. The Omega replica has even gone on to release unique edition versions of the Seamaster to commemorate milestones in the film franchise. However, the Omega and Rolex have remained neck and neck in the never-ending battle to produce the supreme sport watch. Both have concentrated on developing their respective timepieces as well as carving a place for each of their models in pop culture. Anyway, which one do you prefer?
The Tag Heuer Monaco fake watch is a legend in the vintage watch world. The most appealing design element of the Monaco 1133 is, of course, its bold square form. In a sea of round replica watches, the lines of a square shaped case launched in 1969 really stood out. The case was actually designed and made by well-known case maker Piquerez. The size is 39mm—particularly for a vintage timepiece, which is a rather larger size—and sits quite high on the wrist due to its movement within. This replica watch surely has presence. Look closely and you’ll see the vertical grain of the stainless steel, which adds great texture to the look of the watch. In the end, the case includes the two chronograph pushers on the right-hand side, while the winding crown sits rather unusually on the left-hand side. The 100 meters water resistance of the square Monaco case was also hailed as a triumph during its era.
The dial of the replica Tag Heuer Monaco 1133 is beautiful as well. While McQueen’s version, 1133B, had a blue dial, this particular version is a 1133G with a gray dial. The circular minute track contrasts beautifully with its square steel house, while the pair of rounded square registers mimics the case shape. There also the date window at 6 o’clock for added practicality and the red details on the dial stress the sporty nature of the Monaco. There has also been a handful of instances where McQueen was spotted wearing a Rolex but let’s not get off topic.
Another significant factor of this unique vintage Heuer Monaco 1133G is its steel link bracelet. It comes equipped with a rare and original “Mark 1” bracelet made by Novavit S.A where the outside of the clasp is signed with the Tag Heuer logo and the inside includes the NSA hallmark.
On March 3, 1969, a group of brands—Breitilng, Hamilton-Buren, Heuer, and Dubois-Depraz—unveiled an automatic chronograph movement that they had been collaborating on. Even though the statement claimed that this was the world’s first automatic chronograph movement, there is some dispute to this story since Zenith introduced the El Primero movement earlier that year in January and Seiko also had 6139 automatic chronograph movement produced for the Japanese market in ’69.
No matter who was first in the industry, the Tag Heuer Caliber 11 was the company’s first and arguably most popular automatic chronograph movement. While, the early Caliber 11 movement did have some technical problems so the company improved upon it and quickly released variants Caliber 11-I and Caliber 12.
What are your ideas about the original Tag Heuer Monaco vintage replica watch? Do you like the shape and distinct dial design?
Coming once every two years, these great offerings have typically been re-skinned versions of the Omega’s most significant sport replica watches collections, with details paying tribute to the host cities of the current games; However, there’s a second, rather newer, and lesser-popular collection of Olympic watches that eschew the aforementioned visual codes and dates tied to specific games. These are famous as the Olympic Official Timekeeper Collection watches, which pay homage to the many different original analog stopwatches used to time the games, and today, we’re talking at the newest addition: the Seamaster Olympic Official Timekeeper.
As we talked before, the Olympic Official Timekeeper doesn’t leverage any of Omega’s existing collections or design language. It’s these timekeeping instruments – the same ones used to measure the fall and rise of world records – upon which the collection is based. The last addition to this collection was motivated by the pocket watches built by the fake Omega to time the 1932 games in Los Angeles. This time around, this new Seamaster took design cues from the dials of stopwatches deployed at both the 1976 Innsbruck winter games, and the summer Olympiad in Montreal of the same year.
While, if it weren’t for the Olympic ring motif at 6:00 on the dial, the black-on-white variant could be mistaken for a vintage auto racing watch, or perhaps the spiritual successor to the original Speedmaster Racing in 3-hand form. Either way, the source material for this special replica watch was significant in that those stopwatches were among the last analog timing instruments used at the games before the full advent of digital timekeeping. Compared to the original 1932 pocket watch, it’s a decidedly racier, albeit slightly austere and modern aesthetic that seems to have more in common with speedometers of sports cars in the early eighties than timekeeping for the global Olympiad.
Now, it’s probably worth saying that this is a Seamaster in name only – aside from the signature twisted lugs, there’s nothing about the new Olympic Collection that would suggest any carry-over from the fake Omega’s current Seamaster offerings. Well, being based on a stopwatch used to measure speed nearly defaults it to being a Speedmaster, but that’s an argument for another day. It’s hardly a knock against the collection though, as this is absolutely a sporty and handsome watch in its own right, and one that should age with a little more grace than the more thematic Olympic editions.
Founded in Le Locle in 1865 and now owned by LVMH ,the Zenith Swiss watchmaker has just released a new replica watch called the Defy Lab which is claims is the most accurate mechanical watch in the world. What Zenith says they’ve done is basically throw out the balance spring principle which has been the embodiment of mechanical watchmaking since British physicist Robert Hooke came up with the idea around 1660, and Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens built a functioning timepiece based upon it several years later. With the Defy Lab Zenith has made a new single-piece oscillator made of monocrystalline silicon, the base material for silicon chips, which takes the place of the 30-odd components of a balance spring system. It is also 10 times thinner at just 0.5 mm.
The Defy Lab’s movement beats at 15 Hertz to put it in perspective and drop science, with an amplitude of +/- 6 degrees, and features a 60-hour power reserve, more than 10% increase over Zenith’s iconic El Primero. While the new Defy Lab movement is a bit bizarre looking, and certainly not as elegant as a typical balance spring engine, it has other advantages including no need for lubrication, ultra-high resistance to variations in temperature, gravity and magnetic fields; on this last point the watch exceeds ISO-764 magnetic criteria, meaning it can withstand 1,100 Gauss.
The fake Zenith is unveiling 10 collector’s edition versions of the Defy Lab to start, and all have already been pre-sold. The 44 mm case of the Defy Lab is also a departure from the norm, being the first to be made from Aeronith, which Zenith replica says is the world’s lightest aluminum composite. The brand developed it using a proprietary “high-tech process” and says it is 2.7 times lighter than titanium, 1.7 times lighter than aluminum and 10% lighter than carbon fibre. Zenith credits Guy Semon, CEO of the LVMH Watch Division’s R&D Institute, with help in developing the new case and movement, and apparently LVMH Watch Division President and Zenith CEO Jean-Claude Biver is sending a signal here that LVMH is prepared to invest so much in technological development, another shot across the bows of replica Rolex, which keeps still the leader in vintage watchmaking creation.
Back in 2014, it was as a concept watch that AP hadn’t yet demonstrated a desire to sell to collectors when we first covered it which would later be famous as the replica Audemars Piguet Supersonnerie. The team in Le Brassus’s ostensible goal was to push the boundaries of chiming fake watch acoustics and to provide tangible evidence that the quest for continuous improvement in minute repeaters was as alive as ever.
The AP set up a sound-proof booth next year in which they could demonstrate the superlative tonality and volume of the new concept watch. I will always remember hearing this minute repeater for the first time, and that’s no hyperbole. The paradox of a minute repeater that chimes louder and clearer on the wrist than off was lost on no one. I would like to know exactly how it worked – and I don’t think I was just the only one.
The lucky thing is, Jack went in-depth on the subject back in 2016, writing the best explanation out there of how Audemars Piguet developed the Supersonnerie and why it’s such a very special repeater. But the story doesn’t stop there.
The Audemars Piguet presented the coolest replica watch each year that you possibly haven’t heard of. On the outside, it’s a platinum Jules Audemars dress watch with a smoky blue enamel dial and white gold hands. But inside, it’s every bit the triple-patented Supersonnerie we know and love.
Acoustically, can the new Jules Audemars Minute repeater match the funky concept watch that preceded it? Considering that it has a platinum case and enamel dial, you’d expect some loss of sound quality from the original, since it was built just for optimum tonality. However, after hearing this watch in a crowded booth at SIHH, I can confirm that it is much louder than your typical minute repeater, and, just like the concept watch, it’s louder on the wrist than off.
This fake watch makes perfect sense in business. It looks like your typical minute repeater, and chances are it’s the kind of design most collectors have in mind when they plunk down six figures for a chiming watch. Of course, the case is large, at 43mm in diameter and 13.15mm thick; but, then again, it’s not unusual for a traditional minute repeater to tip the scales in terms of size. These are not complications typically known for their slimness.
Flipping the Jules Audemars Minute Repeater over, you’ll find a beautiful relief engraving of a watchmaker at his bench. You’ll also see some perforations around this engraving. The Jules Audemars Minute Repeater is a normal replica watch for selling, but unsurprisingly AP says that very few will be made, and the price is rather affordable anyway.
The replica Omega‘s Aqua Terra has been a versatile normal man since it first surfaced in 2003, stylish and sartorial, but tough enough for the real world. This year the collection leveled-up to Master Chronometer status and we thought we’d take this sparkly 41mm rubber-clad model for a spin.
The most obvious significant changes have been decorated on the dial. The AT’s instantly recognizable striped finish is still there, only now it’s horizontal rather than vertical – a decision that the fake Omega explained by saying it was going to evoke yacht decking. While that’s a good story, for me the horizontal just looks better, no other reason needed. Speaking of this striping, one thing I noticed only when I was looking through Jason’s shots of this watch is that the lines of the dial aren’t even. Some are thick and some are thin, creating the optical illusion of a vanishing point at the centre of the dial.
The case of the Aqua Terra hasn’t changed obviously, and it’s still the same classic shape, with sporty, swooping, twisted lugs and polished surfaces aplenty. It’s a combination of casual style and dressy finish that helps the Aqua Terra’s chameleon-factor.
A rubber strap is a rubber strap, right? Well, it turns out not all straps are made in the same level and this particular version is very much at (or near) the top of the class. At first I thought it was one of those irritating proprietary straps, thanks to the metal end-piece, and I was preparing myself for some old-fashioned righteous indignation. The other nice features of the strap are the tropic-style print, and the wave-like ridges on the underside, a nice wearer-friendly touch.
The big story with the movement is that the whole line is now Master Chronometer certified, in line with the replica Omega’s push for technical innovation. What this means is that the whole watch) has been tested within an inch of its life to METAS standards, covering off accuracy in numerous positions and state of power reserve, water and magnetic resistance as well as the efficacy of the automatic winding.
I’ve always thought that the replica Omega excels at making fake watches with the actual wearer in mind, and this design approach is the secret to the Aqua Terra’s undeniable charm. The proportions are nigh on perfect, it’s legible, technically superb and user-friendly. The fact that it looks amazing just seals the deal.
Royal oak offshore has been the most popular stor for many years, the release of audemars piguet’s royal oak in a two-tone configuration is as forward looking as it is retro. while the big story at sihh 2018 out of the ap camp is the acoustically exceptional audemars piguet royal oak offshore selfwinding DiVer Qe ii cup.
audemars piguet is taking a gamble by releasing a two-tone model in their core sports luxury collection, which is generally targeting a younger demographic. this is a great step for ap, it reflects a larger movement at play within the industry.
the newest replica audemars piguet royal oak two-tone is based in the same angular 41mm royal oak case as its steel brethren. it has an overall thickness of 9.8mm. as noted above, the case material is steel with rose gold high quality plated, but unlike some earlier two-tone royal oak models, this one utilizes rose gold in lieu of yellow on the crown, bracelet center links, and characteristic “porthole” bezel. the black dial features the traditional Grand tapisserie patterning associated with the royal oak model since its inception, as well as white hour hour markers and hands. the watch is currently only offered with a traditional leather strap.
the movement is self-winding automatic, with a frequency of 3hz and a power reserve of 36 hours. this is almost the most popuplar movement for replica royal oak collection, powering three-hand models with center seconds and an instantaneously jumping date function displayed here.
since the reference of the audemars piguet royal oak isn’t new, and has been covered in-depth previously, the question of this model’s wearability comes down entirely to the aesthetics of the two-tone layout. as i mentioned earlier, two-tone fake rolex watches have a stigma attached to them, and audemars piguet’s gamble in bringing one back to their most recognizable collection is worthy of note.
there is no question that for some, two-tone is not an option they feel is worthy of consideration. but there are those, who would consider a two-tone model if it comes together nicely. this is one of those times.
like full gold, rose gold doesnt work in combination with every dial, with every case design, or with every type of matched apparel. so much is dependent on the overall package, and in this case, its paired material. so as long as you are a fan of the concept of two-tone replica watches, you shall not miss our cheap replica audemars piguet royal oak offshore selfwinding DiVer Qe ii cup.