A. LANGE & SÖHNE 1815 TOURBILLON ENAMEL

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There are always watches that are high on your wish-list while knowing you probably will never actually own one. Simply because it’s (far) out of budget or because they are only produced in limited numbers and hard to acquire. And sometimes it’s even both. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in some way which is exactly what happened when we had the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial for a few days.The designs and an incredible level of detail always impress me. And the same goes for this 1815 which impresses more the closer we look at it. But before diving into the details let’s have an overlook of the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon with enamel dial.

Although this limited edition looks similar to the regular version there are a few tiny details which set it apart. Where this limited edition is made in platinum only, the regular version is available in pink gold also. While having the same case diameter of 39,5 mm the thickness is slightly increased to accommodate the enamel dial. But with an increase of only 0,2 mm, this will be hard to notice. Also, the dial is produced from copper instead of the traditional silver. This has to do with the production process of the enamel dial which is a time consuming and difficult process.

Inside the watch and visible through the open enamel dial beats the hand-wound L102.1 caliber. Featuring two patents by A. Lange & Söhne combined into one movement. First of those is the stop seconds function which stops the tourbillon cage when setting the time. Combined with a Zero-Reset function it allows you to set the watch with the utmost precision. When pulling the crown to set the time, the seconds hand on the tourbillon cage resets to zero instantly. This way you can set the time perfectly to start the movement again at the beginning of the minute.

Looking more closely you will discover various fine details which suit a watch of this caliber. On the top of the dial, the 12 o’clock sign is printed in red which adds contrast to the dial. Doing this brings an additional step in the production process of the dial. Fine details such as the minute track with different hour markers at 3, 9 and 12 o’clock set also bring some life to the dial without making it too busy.

Rolex Wristwatches for Men and Women

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The Rolex Datejust was launched in 1945 and it was the first watch with a date function. The model is available in oyster and jubilee bracelets. Men watches have pink gold and yellow gold case, while women watches have stainless steel with diamonds case. The watch’s dial come with champagne, black and mother of pearl colors. The list of features include automatic winding, mechanical movement, Caliber movement with men watch, date, hours, minutes, large seconds and water resistance. Rolex Datejust replicamanufacturers carefully copy each of these features.

The collection includes impressive wristwatches for men and women, being available with different face, dial and bracelets. Only 1st grade Swiss replica watches make the list. The first Rolex Datejust model was launched back in 1945. It has a date aperture and it is a waterproof gold watch. It was the very first watch to show the date. Still, the first models were made without the magnifying Cyclops eye.

Today, the market is full with Rolex Datejust replica manufacturers, who can deliver top quality replica watches that include the elegance and features of the real one, for instance the magnifying Cyclops eye and the date aperture. On the face there is the “Superlative Chronometer Certified” inscription, along with the engraved model and brand. If you are truly lucky, you might even get a replica with a fluted bezel, which is just one of the features that can differentiate a real Rolex Datejust from a replica one.

Omega Speedmaster Apollo XI from 2014.

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We get several emails from our readers who are bothered by the fact that if you don’t have a good contact at a retailer or boutique, you will miss out on these watches these days. With all due respect, that can’t be the intention for these Speedmasters. They are meant for collectors and enthusiasts, and sure they will end up with them in the very end, but not before some speculators made some good profit on them.

So, how can you make sure you will end up with the Speedmaster that you really want? Personally, I made the mistake by waiting for too long with the Speedmaster Apollo XI from 2014. The titanium model with Sedna bezel that is. I wanted it very badly, but since The Netherlands is only a small market, only a few were destined to be delivered to a couple of dealers here. Then, I noticed one in Italy in the Omega boutique when I was there. It retailed for around €6000 if I am not mistaken, but at the time I said to myself: Let’s wait till they drop a bit in price. But that never happened. Instead, they went up to the 10000USD mark as well in the last two years. I still want it very bad, but I don’t feel like pulling out 10000USD (or Euro in my case) from the ATM even when I feel that this watch will go up much higher in the future. It is a thing of principles I guess. Since this mistake I made (and corrected again with the 2015 Snoopy), I learned that you should not wait. Pay retail, do a down payment if necessary and be quick. That’s the only way, for now. Until Omega (and other brands) come up with a solution on how to deal with this. I am confident that Omega also rather see you in their boutique to buy a watch rather than you buying one via a non-authorized dealer who adds a premium to it. The brands have absolutely no gain or interest in losing you as a client to one of these dealers. The problem is, that the dealers are still able to source their pieces from retailers and ‘friended’ boutiques. I assume that this is a difficult thing to stop and here’s where direct selling of these limited editions might be the answer. That said, even with the Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday last year that was only being sold online, there were orders from speculators (of course). But at least those with no good contacts or relationship at all with a dealer could order one directly from Omega. The only thing we didn’t expect was the massive run on them, I thought it would take a few days at least. But these things need time, to be able to analyze and address the things that should be optimized or fixed.

Although I cherish my Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award a lot, and the ‘associated’ Snoopy model from 2003 and the Apollo 13 limited edition from 1995 as well for that matter, it did create something that I see as undesirable. There are basically two types of watch collectors, those who really have a passion for watches and speculators. The last type we’ve seen for years now on the market of vintage Rolex and Patek Philippe, but our beloved Speedmaster also has become pray of the speculator. Will it be just a matter of time before the bubble bursts? Pushing a brand new Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A (retail €28000) in the market for well over €40000 sounds realistic to you? That’s the stuff that is happening right now, and I hope collectors won’t fall for it. The only way to get speculators away from a watch is when there’s no demand for these watches at such crazy premium prices.

Replica Patek Philippe Watches

It is interesting to note that the simple mention of the brand Patek Philippe always seems to create a lasting impact on most people. This brand of luxury timepieces has long been resting at the top of the Swiss watches list, undisturbed by the stiff competition that thrives in the country of dedicated manufacturers. Through the years, Patek Philippe watches have earned the adulation of the high society, including the royalties from different parts of the world.

The name of the company, which was coined from the owners Antoni Patek and Adrien Philippe, has built a strong reputation in the industry of watchmaking. Since the brand was founded in 1868, Patek Philippehas become one of the frontrunners in the development of the trade. It helped in the innovation of the movements and designs for pocketwatches and wristwatches.

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In general, Patek Philippe replica watches may include two or more features such as the perpetual calendar, moonphase display, split-second hands, minute repeaters and chronograph. One of the most complicated Patek Philippe watches is the 24-function pocketwatch that was sold at an auction for a whopping US$11 million. Aside from the technologies applied to the watches, the elegance of the metals and precious stones also add to the defining qualities of the brand.

The milestones in the production of Patek Philippe copie watches are greatly impressive. From the royalty to the popes, the clientele of Patek Philippe remains unparalleled. The famous Queen Victoria of England had received a number of exclusive watches from the company since 1851. Soon, the brand Patek Philippe has flourished throughout the kingdoms in Europe, making it the official supplier to some political figures and even the popes.The company currently holds the world record having the most expensive pocketwatch and wristwatch ever sold at the auctions. With the kind of people that it serves and the price that it demands from the buyers, it is not surprising that Patek Philippe/strong> has become an authority in Swiss luxury watches.

Image result for patek philippeMost of the men’s watches made by Patek Philippe are devised with more complications as compared to those timepieces designed for women. Perhaps the most popular line of watches under the brand is the Calatavra collection. Its trademark design is the round-shaped case with hobnail bezel. However, the additional features as well as the movements of the watches still vary from one to another; they can be automatic, manually wounded or quartz.

Modern Classic Rolex Submariner 14060M

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Let’s clear up a few things because one of my first articles ever on Fratellowatches, was about the modern classic Rolex Submariner 14060M. I made the claim that it was essentially a perfectly designed watch due to its excellent dial symmetry, but also because it lacked that odd protrusion of a feature: the Cyclops. I also made it very clear that there are only 2 types of Subs: the Submariner and the Submariner Date. There is no such thing as a Submariner “No Date” – that’s just silly. So, it shouldn’t surprise you that it was actually a struggle to pull the trigger when a very honest Rolex Red Submariner came up for sale some five years ago for a very reasonable price. But…the head lurched in front of the heart and made the decision because, if nothing else, a well bought vintage sports Rolex is a sound investment.

I had just moved to Germany five years back when my Dad shot me a note stating that a Canadian jeweler outside of Toronto had received a Rolex Red Submariner in on trade and had put it up for sale for around $5,000 Canadian. (This dealer also had a lovely 1675 that neither of us jumped on – ugh). I hemmed and hawed a little, but, admittedly, there was also a little voice inside of me that became really excited because, honestly, I never thought I’d be able to find an affordable vintage sports Rolex again.

Rolex, in its self-pronounced desire to push innovation, claimed that it was the first time it was able to produce such a deeply rated watch with a Cyclops. They claimed the bubble as a potential source of weakness that they were finally able to overcome with technology. Well, heading back to the late 1960’s and the Rolex Red Submariner, the brand took a page from the contemporary Detroit era of cars – as in, there’s no cure for cubic inches. In Rolex’s case, though, they mounted what now looks like an absolutely insane crystal that’s now known to collectors as a “Top Hat”. Essentially, in order to withstand the 200M depth rating inclusive of the famous Cyclops, a ridiculously thick crystal was fitted to the Sub. When I say ridiculous, we’re talking mm’s upon mm’s. In today’s world – or at least back in the 1980’s – it looks like a Plexiglas special. It’s so damn ridiculous that the thing loses its near 90-degree corners on everything from desks, door jambs, and whatever else. But, it’s endearing and I had to find a NOS one…

Taking a closer look at some details on the Rolex Red Submariner, you’re met with some really cool features that just don’t exist in today’s Subs. I’ve been critical of modern Subs for being too modular and blocky looking. I hope you’ll like these macros because I think it shows off some of the best details within this beauty. Let’s start with that bi-directional bezel.

Longines Calibre L897.2

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The Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar indicates the date and the month on the dial, so there’s only one correction necessary on the first day of March. The rest of the year will go smoothly on each first day of the month. Quite an interesting mechanical complication, don’t you think?

Annual calendars normally don’t come cheap. Even in the pre-owned market of watches, an annual calendar of Swatch Group sister brand Omega is already around 4000 Euro. So a retail price of 1940 Euro for the Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar is – by far – the most accessible watch with this complication. Longines did a great job here.

The Longines Master Collection Annual Calendar will be available later this year, We’ve explained the difference often here, but just in case you haven’t read it, or simply haven’t heard about annual calendars before, here’s a short explanation. If you own a watch with a date feature, you occasionally run into the issue that the date aperture indicates it is the 31st of a month while it is actually the 1st of the new month. Your watch doesn’t know whether it is June or July. Digital watches are the exception, of course, as those are programmed centuries ahead. Some people find this annoying because they now need to advance the date by hand or when your watch does not have a quick-set date, you need to advance the hands 24 hours. An annual calendar is programmed to know which months have 30 days and which ones have 31 days. The exception is for February, so on the 1st of March you still need to correct your watch. If you want to have a complication that can be set once and will run for decades or even centuries without one single correction on March 1st, you need a perpetual calendar. But those often come with a very different price tag, as mentioned at the start of this article.

Inside we find the ETA (calibre ETA A31.L81) based Longines movement, dubbed L897.2. Besides the awesome annual calendar complication, this movement also offers you a lot of power reserve with no less than 64 hours on a fully wound mainspring. The watch ticks at the somewhat unusual speed of 25.200vph. And we would have fully understood when Longines decided to refrain from a nice optical finish on this movement and hide it for the owner beneath a steel case back. But Longines did not. Their calibre L897.2 has actually a nice finish, Geneva striped on the rotor and a bit of perlage on the plate. The rotor also has been engraved (in gold) with ‘Longines’ and the calibre number. As always, I find that there’s a bit too much other text engraved on the case back, but others might enjoy it.

PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

With Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie’s discovery of the material radium in 1898 came a widespread fascination with the stuff. At this point, its deadly properties weren’t known let alone understood, and by the 1920s several companies—Panerai included—had developed commercial uses for the substance. This wasn’t limited to watches: the ‘health’—in inverted commas—benefits of Radium resulted in a radium-lined water container called the ‘Revigator’, which claimed to cure arthritis amongst other things; radium-based foodstuffs like bread and chocolate; and a radium-laced toothpaste given the seal of approval by a Doctor Alfred Curie—no relation to Marie Curie whatsoever. Clinics and spas were dedicated to the supposedly curative properties of radium. The trademark radium glow was even used in cosmetics and children’s toys.Image result for PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine Panerai and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai’s expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the PaneraiRadiomir was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.Now, radium itself doesn’t glow, but its radiation can excite the electrons in a phosphorescent material like zinc sulphide, which then emits energy as light. This was the basis of Panerai’s glowing Radiomir paint, which it patented in 1916. Note the Italian for ‘patented’, Brevettato, as seen on this Radiomir 685 1938 re-edition. Across the Atlantic in America, meanwhile, and a slew of radium-based paint brands were springing up. Radium was the most expensive material by weight in the world at the time, and the demand was huge. Factories employed thousands of ladies to apply this glowing paint to many different products, including watch dials. When the girls left the factories at night, they themselves glowed. At the time, it was considered a perk.

Breitling’s full potential

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Breitling operates two manufacturing facilities, in Grenchen and La Chaux-de-Fonds and is famed for its pilot watches.CVC will acquire an 80 per cent stake in the watchmaker with owner Theodore Schneider “re-investing” and retaining 20 per cent of the company which began in 1884.

Schneider is quoted in European media at the weekend saying, “I am convinced CVC is the right partner to elevate Breitling to the next level. CVC’s expertise, track-record and international network will help unlock Breitling’s full potential.”

Other reports suggest China is seen as a market of great potential to the brand, one whose mostly larger-sized watches have not been a natural choice there to this point. Breitling reported sales of some $US420 million last year, but has been rumoured to be up for sale for some time. It is one of the few brands not belonging to the four luxury conglomerates: Richemont, the Swatch Group, LVMH and to a lesser extent Kering. Swiss watch exports rose for the first time in March, ending their longest slump on record.

That said shipments to Hong Kong rallied 18 per cent for the month while China rallied 38 per cent, the biggest advance in two years and the sixth consecutive monthly gain there, while exports to the US rose 16 per cent.

And Australia? Up 21.1 per cent this March compared with March 2016. In total Swiss watch exports – viewed as a yardstick for demand – grew 7.5 per cent to 1.6 billion Swiss francs for the month, still well shy of the 2 billion-odd figure of a few years back.

REVIEW: PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

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With Nobel Prize-winner Marie Curie’s discovery of the material radium in 1898 came a widespread fascination with the stuff. At this point, its deadly properties weren’t known let alone understood, and by the 1920s several companies—Panerai included—had developed commercial uses for the substance. This wasn’t limited to watches: the ‘health’—in inverted commas—benefits of Radium resulted in a radium-lined water container called the ‘Revigator’, which claimed to cure arthritis amongst other things; radium-based foodstuffs like bread and chocolate; and a radium-laced toothpaste given the seal of approval by a Doctor Alfred Curie—no relation to Marie Curie whatsoever. Clinics and spas were dedicated to the supposedly curative properties of radium. The trademark radium glow was even used in cosmetics and children’s toys.Image result for PANERAI RADIOMIR PAM00685 & PAM00687

In 1936, dive gauge manufacturer Officine  and watchmaker Rolex joined forces to build a watch at the request of the Italian Royal Navy. Intended for use during covert, night-time dives, Panerai’s expertise gave what was essentially a complete watch from Rolex that extra level of functionality: a glowing dial. With numerals that shone clear and legible at a consistent and unfaltering rate, the Panerai Radiomir was unstoppable. There was just one tiny problem with it, however—that glowing dial was deadly.Now, radium itself doesn’t glow, but its radiation can excite the electrons in a phosphorescent material like zinc sulphide, which then emits energy as light. This was the basis of Panerai’s glowing Radiomir paint, which it patented in 1916. Note the Italian for ‘patented’, Brevettato, as seen on this Radiomir 685 1938 re-edition. Across the Atlantic in America, meanwhile, and a slew of radium-based paint brands were springing up. Radium was the most expensive material by weight in the world at the time, and the demand was huge. Factories employed thousands of ladies to apply this glowing paint to many different products, including watch dials. When the girls left the factories at night, they themselves glowed. At the time, it was considered a perk.

What Makes Omega Watches so Appealing?

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Omega traces its origins to the 1848 La Chaux-de-Fonds workshop of Louis Brandt. Nearly a century of family control followed, and 1903 witnessed the adoption of the name “Omega” from amongst the many brand names previously used by the firm.Omega’s longstanding dedication to chronometry, Olympic and sports timing, and adoption by space agencies has created a legacy equaled only by its eternal rival, Rolex. From the Speedmaster Professional in orbit to the Seamaster family’s silver screen roles alongside James Bond, pre-owned Omega watches offer legendary options for every collector.
Founded in 1848 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland by Lois Brandt, the Omega brand has a reputation for quality and innovation, which have led to more than 150 years in production. The name “Omega” is derived from the final letter in the Greek alphabet and symbolizes perfection and accomplishment, which are two qualities that have been ingrained in every watch created by this company. Omega has received numerous awards, beginning in the 1900s when it received recognition at the Paris World Fair, and then achieved the world precision record of 97.8 points in 1936 at the Kew-Teddington observatory, located in England. Since then, this brand of watch has gone on to be the official timekeeper of at least 21 Olympic Games, and even received the Olympic Cross of Merit for the contribution made to sport. Omega was the first watch worn to the moon, on the wrist of astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the company developed the first ever self-winding watch in 1994. Today, Omega watches are made available in the sporty Speedmaster and Seamaster collections, as well as the more dressed up De Ville and Constellation families.

What Makes Omega Watches so Appealing?
While the Omega watch offers precision timekeeping, it is also one of the most well-known watches around the globe, thanks to its use in movies, sports and more. Omega owners have something in common with George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, and Eddie Redmayne, who are all ambassadors for the Omega brand. Today, wearing an Omega timepiece instantly sets you apart from the crowd, letting others know that not only do you have exquisite taste, but also appreciate the superior craftsmanship of one of the best mechanical watches available today.