LET’S ELABORATE ON THE ETA AUTOMATIC

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The ETA 2824-2 is one of the most widely used Swiss automatics in the horological world and has been in continuous production since 1982. Save for a date complication, the 2824-2 is simple and robust. Wearers will enjoy a 40-hour power reserve and dependability that will see the movements lifetime extend into the decades to come (assuming regular servicing).

The base 2824-2 is accurate to within +/- 12 seconds per day, but the New Classic doesn’t use the base movement– it uses an enhanced elabore variation that is more adjustable and typically sees accuracy in the +/- 7 second per day range. It beats at 28,800bph which almost gives the seconds hand that sweeping effect that watch nerds love.All told, the ETA 2824-2 is always a good choice for a watch like this and at this price point.

There’s no shortage of wrist time available for a casual everyday wear watch, especially when said watch is tastefully styled and made to last. The New Classic is one such watch, where owners will not only enjoy years/decades of reliable life, but also a classic aesthetic that will still look good many years from now.

The New Classic arrived wearing a stainless steel bracelet, but also included is a deep charcoal grey strap. The bracelet is fine, but the strap is not only great looking but comfortable as well. The swap took place after a couple of weeks, with the bracelet now safely tucked away. The grey and white-accented leather matches the dial perfectly, helping the case act as a steel frame that empowers the textured grey dial to stand out and look its best.

The inner rings and hour markers are raised and subtly catch light, turning the light into tasteful accents that enhance the depth of the dial. Dots of lume encircle the markers, and a strip of lume resides on the hour and minute hands.

IWC Aquatimer watches

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When I presented you the IWC Aquatimer novelties as a SIHH 2014-preview I did not yet have the official technical data by hand. Today I got them and here they are for you to be discovered.
Advancing the dials of three displays simultaneously isn’t easy. We couldn’t overcome the laws of physics, but we’ve managed to use them cleverly, stated Stefan Ihnen, IWC´s Technical Director. Do not miss this episode! I invite you to discover it here.Even if this is not the most complicated mechanism IWC Replica Watches ever conceived it is my absolute favorite one. It combines a chronograph and a perpetual calendar with a digital indication for the date, month and leap year. That’s just gorgeous and in daily use extremely useful, since both, date and month, is perfectly readable.

I was among the first one to show you the IWC Aquatimer Replica Watchesnovelties. Today I photographed the watches under much better conditions and I invite you to rediscover the entire collection.

I am sure you have already seen the IWC Replica 2014 on my blog. I took these pictures in the Sultanate of Oman end of October under not ideal light conditions. I was happy to have these shots, but one can do much better of course.

Dear IWC Replica Watches, dear Marion, I want to thank you once again for producing these seven episodes together with me. I hope this was not the last time we co-hosted such a fantastic series of highly educative videos.

The Best Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Replica Watch

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The bestOmega Seamaster Aqua Terra replica watch you have ever seen. The manufacturer bought a genuine watch to dissect, so every detail of the replica will look exactly the same as genuine. It is an elegant mens watch with stainless steel case and leather strap, wearing it can perfectly fit your business suits and other formal dresses.

There are a lot of details on the watch that have been modified so that it will be closer to genuine watch. For example, correct Omega logo without happy feet, the crystal uses Swiss grade Sapphire that features purple tinted AR coating. The lume is also greatly improved and it looks brighter. The black tuxedo dial has every thing being displayed in a reasonable layout, studded hour markers are in steel with superlumed material, so are hands. On the top at 12, a fan-shaped window displays week in background with white font, when you are wearing this watch in a dark place, there will be strong blue light emitting from the dial. This is also one of the reasons I love the replica Omega watch very much.

Elegant replica watch usually has not too complex functions, you can easily set the time, day and date via the crown. By the way, because the movement has not been modified too much, the watch could offer you a long service life and it is more stable than other replicas.

Classical Portugieser Annual Calendar Watches

The Portugieser Annual Calendar is powered by the new IWC-manufactured 52850 calibre. The watch symbolizes the launch of an IWC initiative to produce further series of in-house calibre families in the years ahead. Located at “12 o’clock” on the dial, IWC Replica annual calendar shows the month, date and day in three separate, semi-circular windows. The switching mechanism automatically takes into account the differing lengths of individual months. Unlike a perpetual calendar, however, the annual calendar is unable to factor in the differing length of the month of February or the leap years. Once a year, then, at the end of February, it requires manual correction. For the development of the annual calendar module, IWC’s watch designers ensured that the correction could be carried out easily and conveniently using the crown

After the Portugieser minute repeater, the Portugieser 7-day power reserve, the Portugieser perpetual calendar, the Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère, the Portugieser constant-force tourbillon and the recentPortugieser 8-day hand-wound movement it is now the Cheap Replica Watches that starts to court for the sought after and limited space on our wrists.

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Across the entire Cheap IWC Replica family, the rotors have been made slimmer, while the bridges are more open and inset with a solid gold “Probus Scafusia” medallion. This way, even more details of the movement with its two barrels can be seen. The improved Pellaton winding system with the practically wear-free components made of black and white ceramic is also clearly visible.Thanks to this elegant solution, the engineers were able to dispense with a corrector, which would have compromised the IWC Replica Watches Annual Calendar’s purist design.

 

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.