When we think of Grand Seiko replica watches, it’s easy to associate them with classic but slightly left-of-centre designs: architectural case lines and instantly recognisable designs. Which is why this watch was such a surprise when we first saw it — it’s a deeply traditional dress watch design. A simple round case, in yellow gold no less (though there are steel and platinum versions too), seems like it’s from a different time, which makes perfect sense, as the watch, the SBGW252, is a re-creation of the first Grand Seiko from 1960.
And of all the versions, this yellow gold number has to be the closest to that 1960 original, and not just because of the yellow gold case material. The creamy opaline dial, simple double baton hour markers and shining gold dauphine hands all paint a picture of mid-century modishness. The very slim alligator strap is also stylistically apt.
It’s important to note that while the SBGW252 looks like it might be from 1960, it’s been updated where it counts. The glass is sapphire, the case is a slightly larger-than-original 38mm, and the movement is the manually wound 9S64.
In 2016, Seiko replica watches surprised watch lovers and collectors when they launched the Presage collection internationally. The Presage collection sits somewhere below the Grand Seiko collection but above the very inexpensive Seiko entry-level models and is a collection that consists only of mechanical pieces. For me, the Presage collection is home to some of Seiko’s most bang-for-buck pieces. Some examples include the Seiko Presage Enamel collection, which, as you might have guessed from the name, is a collection of watches with fired enamel dials. Watches with enamel dials aren’t new but what made the Seiko Presage Enamel collection watches was the prices at which they were offered. To continue this tradition, Seiko has just announced the new Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069 watch, and boy is it a beauty.
The Seiko Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition SPB069 watch comes in a moderately sized 40.5mm-wide stainless steel case with mostly polished surfaces. Thickness is 12.4mm, and the somewhat large crown is signed with an “S.” Despite the watch’s dressy style, it has a rated water resistance of 100m, making it highly suitable for daily wear.
The watch features deep blue dial Seiko fake watches that is inspired by the Japanese love of the moon, the brand tells us. In the past, Japanese nobility would have tsukimi ceremonies where they would gather under the full moon for merrymaking. It is such an important occasion that some castles, such as Matsumoto Castle, would be constructed with special moon-viewing rooms. Even today, moon-viewing is a widely observed activity throughout Japan.
The blue enamel is made by master enamel craftsman Mitsuru Yokozawa and his team, who also worked on earlier Presage watches with enamel dials. Yokozawa first began working with enamel in 1971 and has vast experience with the material, allowing him to create a technique that can efficiently and reliably produce fired enamel dials.
The dial of the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition is made in the same fashion as grand feu enamel dials on high-end Swiss watches. Enamel glaze is carefully applied onto the dial and then fired in a kiln. The end result is a deep blue dial that changes color depending on the light.
To complement the blue enamel dial, the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition Seiko copy watches come with a matte blue crocodile strap and features large white Roman numeral hour markers that the brand says are based on Seiko’s first pocket watch, the “Time Keeper” from 1895. It also has spade and whip style hour and minute hands coated in white lacquer. But what’s really cool is the seconds hand, which features a small golden crescent moon counterweight that makes it seem as if the moon is sweeping across the night sky.
The movement within is Seiko’s ever-reliable caliber 6R15, which has all the features you would expect from a modern automatic caliber. It hacks and can be wound by hand, and it also features a slightly above average power reserve of 50 hours. My only complaint is that it beats at a slightly slower rate of 3Hz, which means the seconds hand doesn’t move quite as smoothly as say an ETA-2824 or Sellita SW200. The movement is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. Again, the Presage Blue Enamel Limited Edition pays homage to the moon by having a gold crescent of the moon applied to the sapphire caseback.
Before extra-large, steel chronographs were all the rage, the first proper million dollar Patek Philippe replica watches reference was arguably the Louis Cottier world time – the refs. 1415 and 2523 fitted with cloisonné dials – being the models that consistently and regularly achieved seven figure prices at auctions, which were mostly Antiquorum sales presided over by Osvaldo Patrizzi in those days.
Starting in the late 1990s, the vintage cloisonné dial world time – usually a double-crown ref. 2523 selling in Geneva – sailed past a million francs and stayed between that and SFr2.0m until the late 2000s. The high watermark came in April 2002 when a buyer, a noted East Asian industrialist according to industry lore, paid a mind boggling SFr6.6m for a ref. 1415 HU in platinum, about US$4m at the time and a record that probably won’t be broken for a generation or two.
Coincidentally, the surge in prices for the vintage world time dovetailed neatly with the artfully-timed launch of the modern day equivalent, the ref. 5110 Patek Philippe copy watches, in the year 2000. And since then the contemporary world time has become a mainstay of the Patek Philippe line-up: the basic model has undergone two facelifts, and the complication has been combined with a chronograph, minute repeater, as well as moon phase.
In the same period, an early ref. 2499 (meaning first or second series) in pink gold cost Patek Philippe limited edition watches about the same as a cloisonné dial world time. Over a decade on, the 2499 has doubled in value, the steel 1518 has quadrupled, and various other watches have gone on to rack up various other records.
The vintage world times, on the other hand, have not enjoyed much buzz or breathless coverage and consequently have only inched up modestly in value, or not at all. In the peculiar world of high-end vintage watches that might make a world time a reasonable proposition relative to everything else, perhaps even a good buy.
A decade for experimentation, the ’70s was an era of bold shapes and brightly coloured designs (men’s turtleneck ponchos, anyone?). While many of these experiments should never be repeated (men’s turtleneck ponchos), there are a few special exceptions. One of which is the replica Oris Chronoris. Released in 1970, it was the brand’s first foray into the world of motorsport and their very first chronograph. Since then, Oris has built a strong stable of auto-themed watches. Maintaining connections to the sport of motor-racing with partnerships including Audi Sport and Williams’ F1 teams. Oris first paid tribute to the Chronoris in 2005, in the shape of a retro-themed chronograph, and once again have honoured the one that started it all, with the release of the Oris Chronoris Date.
The case of the Chronoris Date takes most of its design cues from its retro predecessor. Barrel-shaped with cut-out 19mm lugs, its rounded curves are fully polished, except for on top where a radially brushed finish creates a dazzling sunburst effect. This effect also draws the eyes towards the wonderfully double-domed AR-coated sapphire crystal, which not only takes care of any reflections but also plays with some very nice distortions at extreme angles. Continuing the vintage theme, Oris fake watches have scaled down the stainless steel case to 39mm and opted for a dual crown design. With each crown not only serving a different function, but also differing in their finishes. The crown at 2 o’clock is finely grooved and sets the time and date, while the screw down crown at 4 is knurled, making it a cinch to grip and manoeuvre the 120-click ratcheting inner timing bezel. With a water resistance of 100m, it’s not going to win any dive contests, but it more than adds to the sporty appeal.
Keeping with the ’70s theme, Oris has used a subtle yet bold mix of colours to set apart the dial and hands. Pops of orange are met with the unmistakable monochromatic tones of silver, matt grey, black, and white. Which, when combined, create a distinct contrast that isn’t in your face, and makes for an incredibly easy-to-read dial. Even at night, with the hands and hour markers given the SuperLuminova treatment. A silver elapsed-time inner bezel surrounds the outside, and at 3 o’clock a white date window cuts into the black ring circling the centre, but rather than disturbing the flow, it’s visually balanced by the white hour markers. It’s not just the colour that adds to the throwback fun either, the minute track steers in and out from the centre of the dial revealing its racing personality. Especially when paired with the orange Speedo-inspired tapering seconds hand.
The most contentious issue – at least among collectors – is the fact that the Chronoris Date is not, in fact, a chronograph. Where the original used a stop seconds chronograph movement Oris replica, this latest version has been stripped of the added complication. Instead, inside driving the Chronoris Date is the dependable Sellita SW 200-1. Displaying only the time and date, it has a power reserve of 38 hours, and as well as being a solid and reliable movement, it allows for the very fair price tag.
Last week, I was in the mountain town of Jackson, Wyoming with Montblanc replica watches. And while I’ll have to wait until SIHH 2018 to share most of the watches I’ve seen with you (totally worth it, by the way), I did spot one smooth new variation of this year’s sporty TimeWalker Chronograph that I can share.
This new version amps up the prestige with a solid red gold case fake Montblanc with a satin treatment, paired with a deep, dark chocolate brown sunburst dial and matching ceramic bezel. On the dial it’s lovely, but it really sings thanks to the contrasting gold tone hands, hour markers and totaliser rings, along with a few bright red details, like that Minerva arrow-tipped Chronograph seconds hand.
While the regular TimeWalker Chronograph, released earlier this year, is every inch the automotive-inspired sports watches, this new look is less utilitarian and far more luxurious. It’s also incredible to wear on the wrist, as any stray beam of light sets the gloss ceramic bezel alight, adds to the lustre of the dial, or simply suffuses the case with a heavy golden hue. Aside from being one of the most delicious-looking 43mm watches I’ve seen in a goodly while, it also hints at what sort of colourful future might be in store for the TimeWalker line.
BALL’s latest bulletproof offering is the Ball Engineer Master II Diver series replica watches, a colorful trio of tool dive watches built to BALL’s high standards. Offered for pre-order at a fraction of their MSRP, these bold and purpose-built divers are a limited edition of 1,000 pieces each. There is the Engineer Master II Classic Diver, the Engineer Master II Diver GMT, and the Engineer Master II Diver TMT—all three celebrating BALL’s commitment to undersea exploration and champion free diver Guillaume Néry’s diving accomplishments.
As expected, each watch boasts a prolific number of BALL’s trademark tritium gas tubes for deep water visibility (54 on the TMT and 57 on the other two), as well as an internal rotating elapsed-time diver’s bezel. The crown at three o’clock sets the time/date, and the one at two o’clock operates the aforementioned bezel. The Classic measures 44mm and comes in a titanium case, and the GMT and TMT are 42mm and DLC-coated stainless steel. The case back is especially nice, and it features a stamped Mr. Néry rising from the depths.
Each of the three models comes in three distinct and colorful combinations. Black with the first quarter of the bezel in white, navy with yellow, and navy with orange. While the navy and yellow/orange bezel combinations look great, I personally really enjoy the simple look of the black and white one.
The Classic will retail for $2,799 with the pre-order price coming in at $1,549. The movement in this one is the RR1102-C, which is a 2836-2 that has been COSC Chronometer-certified. The dial on the Classic is the cleanest of the three, with “Chronometer Automatic” above the six and the standard BALL logo below the 12. This one features both day and date windows, with novel placements. The rectangular day window is positioned at three, and the rounded date window is at 4:30. Now, overall this is a good looking diver, but I’m not a fan of the wacky day/date layout. Most likely won’t find it as odd as I do, but as someone who isn’t fond of calendar windows in the first place, it feels unbalanced to me.
The GMT will retail for $2,499 with the pre-order coming in at $1,399. The GMT is similar to the Classic, but with the addition of a 24-hour index and a GMT hand for keeping track of a second time zone, of course. This one has a square date-only window at 4:30.
In 1941 the world was in the midst of WWII, yet this was also the time that Patek Philippe fake watches introduced a landmark watch, the ref.1518. This was not only Patek Philippe’s very first watch that united both a perpetual calendar with a chronograph, but also the very first time that such a watch was made in series.
During the 14 years that the ref. 1518 was in production, only 281 of them were made. The war probably had a big impact on this, as it involved all of Patek Philippe’s major markets. For now, that means that that the ref.1518 is quite rare, especially since the majority of them were made in yellow gold. Pink gold was much rarer, and only 12 watches are known that combined this with a pink dial. The result of this is stunning, even more so because it offers such a vibrant contrast with the moon phase disc as well as the blued hands for the date and the chronograph.
This particular ref.1518 is not only a landmark piece, in one of the rarest color combinations, but goes even further than that. It is currently the only one known to have been fitted with this original bracelet. It was made by the reknowned bracelet makers Gay Frères and a custom order for Patek Philippe copy watches. With a width of 20mm and a thickness of 5mm, it is a very substantial bracelet, for which the original owner paid 1.000,- Swiss Francs, which was almost the same amount as he had to pay for the watch itself.
The combination, however, is nothing short of spectacular. No wonder that it had no problem exceeding its estimate when this particular watch was auctioned in 2015 by Phillips. Selling for 1.445.000,- Swiss Francs it lived up to its expectations. However, it is not unlikely that it would sell for much more will it come up for auction again in the near future, as the appreciation of owning the rarest version of an already rare watch is definitely on an incline.
Unveiled a few weeks ago – after all four examples had already been sold – the HM6 Alien Nation replica watches are what you have come to expect from MB&F – space age, whimsical and impressively constructed. But it might also be seen as a parable of the modern world, the modern day horological equivalent of dramatic allegorical paintings by European masters.
A weird watch
If “Alien Nation” does indeed refer to an extraterrestrial civilisation, then it would be one just like the capitalist world studied by authors like Thomas Piketty and decried by anti-globalisation protestors. The alien world has its own one percent, ensconced comfortably in the captain’s chair on the front of the watch. Unsurprisingly he appears to be wearing slightly fancier clothing, with a shirt of sorts that those toiling below him lack.
The alien captain MB&F replica watches are essentially a miniature sculpture, hand-finished and made of solid white gold. Each of the other alien figures are similarly crafted, though it would be hilarious if the captain was solid gold and everyone else was made of brass.
Ah, everyone else, the intergalactic equivalent of galley slaves. There are five other alien inside the craft, all appearing to be toiling away except for one fellow who’s either on strike or dead from exhaustion. Or perhaps he’s the captain’s nephew.
Cleverly positioned so as to appear to be driving the mechanics of the movement, the aliens are all mounted on the top plate of the movement, which is almost entirely exposed through the sapphire crystal case.
Allegorical portrayals aside, the HM6 Alien Nation is one of the most elaborately put-together MB&F watches ever. The case is sapphire crystal all round, with the front and back each being a large piece with the bubbles mounted on the top.
So it is
Each sapphire dome has underneath a key element of the MB&F fake watches: hours and minutes on the lower half, turbines linked to the automatic winding mechanism above, and the tourbillon in the centre.
Firstly, let’s not delude ourselves: your timepiece is going to impress more men than women. That’s a given. Unless of course it’s awful. If that’s the case, you’ll be slaying precisely no one – and also, how did you find your way to Time+Tide? However, there are a few ways you can maximise your chances of making an impression on the fairer sex with your choice of wristwear, at least a little. Listen carefully.
Step 1: Choose something less obvious
Less obvious than what? Less obvious than the one you’re most likely to choose, obviously. Because even though that un-aerodynamic chunk of metal on your wrist never fails to dazzle your mates and colleagues, it’s unwise to assume it’ll have a similar effect on the ladies. In the same way that we go for personality and intelligence over model-perfect looks in a life partner, we appreciate cheap fake watches that’s less in-your-face, more subtle, quietly capable. A dark horse rather than a show pony. Think along the lines of a more left-field brand, a vintage treasure or perhaps something customised.
Step 2: Choose something totally obvious
Don’t look at me like that. Yes, it’s confusing but get used to it, because it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. And it might just be that your solid gold Rolex matches my python Louboutins today, so shuddup.
Step 3: Don’t mention it
There is nothing worse than a man who bangs on about his boys’ toys, especially if he ‘casually’ refers to the price. There are two things to remember here. Firstly, we have eyes and a brain, therefore we’ll notice things about you of our own accord, so don’t fish for compliments. Secondly, how you spend your money is a major yawnfest, because we too make plenty of paper, thanks, and we don’t plan on keeping you in the loop on where that goes. Next.
Step 4: Leave it on her bedside table
If you really think we haven’t noticed your beloved watch, this is the ideal podium on which to showcase it without looking like a try-hard. But wait. You’ll need confidence for this one, because I’m not suggesting you pop it there for an hour, and then return to your wrist. I’m saying, leave it there when you go home, ready for the next point, which is…
Step 5: Let her wear it
Think she looks good in your work shirt? That’s nothing compared to how well she’ll rock your Rolex gold case replica watches. Whatever it happens to be – from a classic dress watch to an oversized diver – there’s something about a man’s watch on a woman’s slender wrist. And that is not up for debate.
The Jaeger-LeCoultre replica watches are great example of just how true the old saying about assumptions is. You see, it’s easy to pigeonhole JLC as producing only fine, delicate and dressy watches – classic Reversos, or smart vintage-inspired pieces, for example. And while it’s true that this style of watchmaking is their bread and butter, that doesn’t mean they’re not supremely well-equipped to belt out a truly excellent contemporary piece when they put their mind to it.
This latest version of the Master Compressor Chronograph ceramic illustrates the point perfectly. This stealthy-luxe sports watch was released at SIHH with (appropriately enough) zero fanfare, but that’s OK, because the matt black ceramic case with pink gold details makes an impressive statement all on its own.
Aside from the new colourway, not much has changed from when the piece was first released in 2014. The case is quite large at 46mm, and the crown features the patented compression key, which, when activated, means the case is good for 100m of water resistance. The calibre 757 movement includes a chronograph and a second timezone, and is good for 65 hours of power reserve.
In many ways this watch is similar to a supercar. Sure, the specifications are impressive, and the skill of the construction reassuring, but that’s merely the logical rationalisation of the intense, visceral appeal of the Jaeger-LeCoultrefake watches. The purposeful design paired with the striking juxtaposition of rich gold and cold ceramic make this watch a surefire hit.