Like it or not, the runaway success of the Apple Watch has confirmed the demand for greater connectivity in everyday watches – and to meet the perceived rising tide at more wallet-friendly pricing, the Movado Group has announced a fresh salvo of genuine Movado replica smartwatches powered by a new software platform from Hewlett-Packard called Engineered by HP. These fashion-conscious options differ from Movado’s last foray into wearable tech, in that they are more than just activity trackers – and they span the group’s entire watch portfolio, with new designs from Coach, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and Scuderia Ferrari.
As the “smartwatch” category becomes more clearly defined, it’s more apparent that merely pairing with a phone and tracking a wearer’s activity isn’t enough, and that some levels of interaction and communication of information (both passive and active) are now a standard part of the definition. However, while options like the slick Tag Heuer Connected and the Apple Watch Series 2 both look and engage with their wearers like a piece of technology, these new HP-powered devices are built using classic physical analog watch design cues to appeal to those on the hunt for modern connectivity that’s tucked discretely into a more familiar, stylish watch case.
Each watch in the collection has a traditional analog dial and hands, but can be paired with any iOS or Android-powered smartphones to then communicate incoming calls, text messages, social media updates or calendar reminders via a hidden OLED display, and engage the wearer through gentle haptic vibrations depending on context. To keep things from getting too noisy on the wrist, though, wearers have the ability to use the HP watch companion app to fully customize the suite of notifications pushed to their watch from their phone.
Differing slightly from Alpina’s glorified activity tracker masquerading as a smartwatch, this genre of fully connected ani-digi watches is hardly a new category here on aBlogtoWatch. However, the last time we reported on a similar degree of connectivity and interaction through the Breitling B55, the privilege of owning one would set you back nearly $10,000. HP and the Movado group are looking to bring a similar ani-digi aesthetic, but a more sophisticated level of connectivity (including activity tracking by default) to the masses at a small fraction of the price. Options like the Tommy Hilfiger TH 24/7 start as low as $195, then move up to $295 for the Coach Bleecker Smart, the Couture Connect, and the Scuderia XX Ultraveloce. The premiere option is the Boss Classic Smartwatch,
Tudor’s Black Bay series cheap fake watches are, without doubt, the most popular model that the brand has created in its modern existence. It’s easy to see why: it’s a greatest hits compilation of every iconic dive watch Tudor has ever made and the Tudor Black Bay “Classic” proves to be the most interesting variant. It took elements from past Tudors including the dial, the hands, the bezel and more to create what is, in effect, the ultimate Tudor.
Originally there was just one Black Bay, the Red, but the collection was expanded to include a blue bezel option. The original Black Bay lineup was rounded out, practically at the last minute, by this Black Bay Black, which has been the most desirable of the three.
But the life of the original Black Bay Black was an unusually short one. Less than half a year later, Tudor completely overhauled the Black Bay line, ceasing production of the very young Black Bay Black, which we’ve come to call the “Classic” here at Timeless to differentiate it from the newer model.
As a result, the Black Bay Black is, by far, the rarest modern Tudor, and that’s not gone unnoticed in a brand that has become a favorite among collectors.
Just how few Black Bay Black Classics are there? It’s impossible for us to say, but we do know that the Classic version was released in October 2015, and the new “2.0” version was announced at Baselworld ’16 – about 5 months later. It can be safely assumed that March, at the latest, was probably the end of Classic production as Tudor switched to the 2.0, so it, in all probability, was made for less than one half of one year. That’s quite an unusual run in a market where the same watch can be, and often is, produced for a decade or longer.
Consequently, it has become, by far, the most collectible contemporary Tudor high quality replica watches, and perhaps one of the most collectible non-limited edition watches in the modern world. Brand new Black Bay Black Classics still exist, but are in dwindling supply, and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
It might be the year of the monkey, but for IWC cheap replica watches, it’s been the year of the pilot watch. After a series of well-received updates to both its Top Gun and Classic pilot collections announced at SIHH 2016, it could be argued that the Schaffhausen manufacture’s bread-and-butter fare is punctuating a return to its former glory, and not a moment too soon. After spending a little in-person time with the IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar (ref. IW389002), our initial impressions of the collection’s latest updates are affirmed. In both execution and spirit, this is a considerably more reasonable, yet still ultra-masculine pilot’s watch finally deserving of its name shared with the most elite flight school in the military.
At first glance, the mid-century “B-uhr” observer DNA is still very much a part of the bi-compax IWC fake Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun Miramar, with signatures like the cream-colored outer minute track sharply contrasting with the matte-grey dial and red inner hour markers – details which persist from the outgoing version. As before, the polished black ceramic case and military-inspired livery yield a rugged exterior that certainly feels as though it’d be right at home in the cockpit of an F-22 – or at least behind the wheel of a Willys Edition Jeep Wrangler, for those of us mortals who don’t pull on a Nomex flight suit before heading to the office.
So what’s all the fuss with the new Top Gun Miramar iteration? First and foremost, is how the case has been mercifully reduced to a more practical 44mm down from 46mm, which better suits the watch for a wider range of wrist sizes and casual-wear contexts. The ceramic case composition, coupled with the new dimensions yields a deceptively lightweight wrist presence that wears much more comfortably than any of its stainless steel cousins in the Pilot’s family. The decrease in size also helps consolidate the dial a fair bit – reducing the overall amount of unused real estate and improving the overall proportions between the hour and minute hands, and the information they relay.
Another appreciated change is how the critically panned altimeter-style date window has been edited down to a single date aperture, which balances out the dial with greater efficiency. Granted, a next-level move on IWC’s part would have been matching the date wheel to the gray dial, or at least using red instead of white-colored numerals. If Sinn can do it, IWC’s in-house movement manufacture certainly could, but we’ll just have to be happy with the standard, albeit vastly improved date window as it stands.
One last improvement from the 2012 variant is the stepped subdial at 12:00, which now integrates a 12-hour totalizer into the 60-minute counter, and ultimately complements the running small seconds at 6:00 while introducing an additional layer of information that doesn’t disrupt the watch’s otherwise excellent legibility. Powering it all is the IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre movement replica watches– a super efficient 40-jeweled flyback chronograph movement that packs an impressive 68 hours of power reserve, which is helpful for anyone who likes to devote equal wrist time to everything in their collection.
The venerable Hamilton Khaki remains one of the best “field-style” watches around with its retro military looks and adaptation to modern male aesthetics. Over the years, Hamilton has produced an endless variation of Khaki models, and the larger Hamilton Khaki collection today includes timepieces that you might not even traditionally bulk into the Khaki watch family. One that is both modern and does arguably feel like it fits into the historic idea of what a Hamilton Khaki should be is the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chrono.
This is one of a few less common chronograph versions of the Khaki, but a nice one. The vast majority of Hamilton Khaki models replica watches are three-handers. There is nothing wrong with that, but if you were to add an additional complication to the mix, then a chronograph makes the most sense.
In this piece, we will be looking at two different Hamilton Khaki Field Auto Chrono fake watches. There is the all-black reference H71626735 with its more modern looks, and the classic reference H71616535 with its nubuck-style tan strap and tan-colored accents on the black dial.
Each of the watches comes in a 42mm-wide steel case, but the all-black model’s case is PVD-coated in black. The case is 14.5mm thick and water-resistant to 100 meters. On the rear of the case is an exhibition window offering a view of the Hamilton caliber H-21 automatic chronograph movement.
Given Hamilton’s placement in the Swatch Group that also owns the movement producer ETA, Hamilton is able to get exclusive movements. The H-21 is a modified version of the Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph, with relatively spartan decoration, though you can see on the bridge under rotor the repeating “H” pattern that you’ll find on the movements inside some Hamilton watches. The H-21 ups the power reserve to 60 hours from about 42 hours – giving the watch less than a day more power reserve, but it does help the movement stand out a bit. Hamilton cheap fake watches also decided to remove the running seconds indicator that would normally be at 9 o’clock – leaving only the two chronograph subdials for the hours and minutes.
The first worldtime watch in the L.U.C collection from Chopard cheap fake watches comes in three elegant versions offering a wide choice with regard to colour, appearance and preciousness.
The dial of the L.U.C Time Traveler One is an eye-catcher and operates in concentric layers. A central hand indicates the date, while a surrounding railway track circle serves to read off the hours and minutes of the local time zone – swept over by Dauphine-type hands typical of the watches in the L.U.C collection and adjusted via a crown positioned at 2 o’clock.
Moving outwards, a large 24-hour graduated ring operates in coordination with the disc bearing the reference cities symbolising the 24 main time zones. Once they are synchronised with the local time zone via the 4 o’clock crown, no other adjustment is required.
The most precious version appears in a platinum case which frames a subtle blue-tinged grey colour where the worldtime ring is half silver-toned to mark the daytime hours.
The 18-carat rose gold version features a silver-toned dial with the exception of the night-time hours that are shown in deep blue on its 24-hour disc.
Finally, the sportier Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One series replica watches come in a stainless steel case matched to a sunburst black dial with contrasting orange accents. The worldtime ring stands out clearly, with a slate grey half indicating the night-time hours, and a silver-toned half showing daytime.
When it comes to dress watches, the phrase “less is more” holds great significance. Sure, there may be some disagreement as to the exact complications one would like to have in a dress watch, but I do find the addition of a seconds hand and date display to be rather helpful. The seconds hand lets you know the watch is still running (useful for mechanical watches), and the date display just makes for an overall more useful watch, taking a dress watch from one that is only worn on special occasions, to something you can wear to the office easily enough. Given that, a timepiece like the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic series replica watch is right up my alley.
Yes, this is the same Montblanc high quality replica watches of pen fame . There is a synchronicity in the products – if you are on the hunt for a nice, high-end pen, you likely would consider a watch on the luxury end of the spectrum as well. Not that the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic is prohibitively expensive, but it is something that is not an impulse purchase for most people. One of the first things that struck me about the watch was the applied indices. This is not something new, as applied indices are used on many watches, but they add some nice dimensionality to the dial.
On the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic, those applied indices are taken to another level, quite literally. As you can see in the photo above, the indices and numerals are very raised. Given the amount of shadowing this causes, you go from a flat dial to something that has a second plane involved. While I certainly did not do any side-by-side comparisons, these look to be close to twice the height of any other indices that I can recall seeing on a watch that crossed my desk. Aside from being different, this also shows a level of detail you would want from a luxury watch, be it entry-level or not.
Those indices and numerals, along with the handset, are plated in red gold. This gives some of a hint of the “old world” luxury that gold seems to bring to the table, while softening that yellow tone a bit to make it more palatable to those who normally do not wear yellow gold (say, like me). This choice might be a bit surprising to some, given that the 38mm case is polished stainless steel, and it did throw me at first. As I spent time with the watch, I appreciated it more. Basically, the red gold added another color to what otherwise would have been a very monochromatic look between the white dial and the steel case. It also makes for flexible leather strap Montblanc fake watches pairing. Our review sample came with a black alligator strap, but swapping in a warmer brown strap would work just as well given the red gold accents.
Car racing and watches: such a seemingly ever-young combination, tirelessly perpetuated by the countless automotive-inspired watches released year over year. Despite the highly saturated segment, there actually are very few watches that can pull off this racing vibe and remain wearable for the times when, you know, you are not driving your Porsche 550 Spyder on the twisty roads along the Côte d’Azur. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition (reference 168580-3001) promises to be one of these few, offering a mix of subtle Mille Miglia branding and not-so-subtle vintage racing-inspired design elements. Let’s see how it performs – not on the race track, but on the wrist.
A Few Words About The Mille Miglia
The Mille Miglia has to be one of the more obscure, and yet – reportedly – most amazing car racing series organized today.
Held earlier this year, Chopard cheap fake watches between May 19th and 22nd, the event featured more than 400 teams, competing over the one-thousand-mile (around 1,600km) distance between Brescia and Rome. The Mille Miglia is reserved for classic and vintage cars that have been a part of the historical races between 1927 and 1957 and leads through some R-rated driving roads of Italy. Since 1988, Chopard has served as historical world sponsor and official timekeeper of the car rally also known as “the world’s most beautiful race.”
Sounds like a magnificent time to be had… Yet, somehow, I have always felt that while it is a race based on admirable heritage and a genuine appreciation of vintage race cars, the number of Chopard high quality copy watches dedicated to it, as well as the emphasis placed on plastering Mille Miglia everywhere on most of said watches, was a bit overkill for many prospective buyers who would otherwise have liked the design, price point, and quality of Chopard’s racing-inspired timepieces. It has to be a terrific race, no doubt about it, but I always wondered if its fan base was as large and as dedicated to the event as it would need to be to justify previous Mille Miglia watch designs.
This reason exactly is why I was excited to review this Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition replica watches: on the front of it, there only is a small, and in fact beautifully integrated Mille Miglia logo at 12 – and that’s all the co-branding that you get pushed in your face. “Finally,” I thought, “a Mille Miglia watch that will be about restrained sportiness the way Chopard does it and about me wearing it all the time… and not about a 4-day event I can hardly relate to.” Co-branding and enhanced brand exposure is nice and all, but tasteful design and long-term wearability should come first, I think.
Piaget’s move into the high-end steel sports market surprised many – but how does the Polo S hold up under close inspection?
The Polo S caused quite a fuss when it was released. Not only was this steel sports watch far from what most people expect from the reserved Genevan brand, they also released it at a star-studded launch party in Brooklyn – the sort of event you’d expect from the likes of IWC and JLC. And finally there was the style of the watch. Many people in the watch community quickly noted its resemblance to similarly high-end steel sports watches, such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Aquanaut, and to a lesser extent the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. But cut away all the drama around the release and what do you have? Well, not to give the game away, but you have a watch to be taken seriously.
Piaget first introduced the Piaget Polo back series replica watches in 1979 and, much like the Nautilus, Royal Oak et al, it was very much an ‘of the time’ design with bold vertical stripes bisecting the case and bracelet. Fast forward to 2009 and the Polo still had a place in Piaget’s line-up, the titanium-cased Polo FortyFive, which simultaneously beefed up the case size and (slightly) toned down the bold design. It’s always been something of an oddity in Piaget’s typically demure collection, and the Polo S attempts to offer the best of both worlds.
Now that the history lesson is over, let’s talk about the stainless steel case Piaget fake watches. While there’s a clear link to the tonneau shaped Polo models of yore, for me the Polo S bears a striking resemblance to Piaget’s high-end Emperador collection, thanks to the TV shaped dial in a wide flaked case. The flat oval shaped bezel has remarkably even horizontal brushing (not as fine as the bracelet, but more on that later), a nice nod to the stripes on the original Polo. The case middle is likewise brushed, but the angles are all polished. All up, the mixed finishes and shapes of the case add up to a very neat blend of sports and luxe. And the actual design itself? The other big news story is that the Polo S is cased in steel. And even though it’s not the brand’s first steel watch (that honour goes to the genuinely avant garde, and sadly short-lived Upstream), it’s a significant change for the predominantly precious metal brand.
Girard-Perregaux cheap replica watches introduced the Laureato watch model in 1975, in a period of disruptive changes for watchmakers.
Steel had become a serious option forluxury sport fake watches with many important brands presenting sporty yet elegant timepieces. Moreover, the arrival of quartz was threatening Swiss watchmakers and most of them began developing their own quartz movements. This was also the case of Girard-Perregaux, which equipped the Laureato with an in-house quartz movement oscillating at a frequency of 32,768 Hz. The dial was marked with “Quartz Chronometer” having passed a quality benchmark for precision.
The watch was also part of the emerging trend for two-toned watches mixing steel and gold. A polished octagonal bezel was embedded in a satin-brushed case with integrated bracelet.
Over the years the design of the Laureato was revamped while maintaining its distinctive traits and the collection expanded with the addition of various complications.
In 2016, Girard-Perregaux celebrates one of its most iconic models with the Laureato 2016, a limited edition Girard-Perregaux watch of 225 pieces in stainless steel.
A polished and satin-brushed finished flexible bracelet is seamlessly integrated with the 41 mm x 10.10 mm case characterised by the octagonal polished bezel which frames a dial – white gray or navy blue – stamped with a Clou de Paris small checkerboard pattern like the first 1975 models. The sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment allows the wearer to fully appreciate the dial decoration.
The baton-shaped hands come from the original model and have been enhanced with a hint of luminescent material. At 3 o’clock the date aperture.
The Laureato 2016 features the GP03300-0030 self-winding manufacture movement visible through the transparent case back. beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, it offers a 46-hour power reserve.
Car racing and watches: such a seemingly ever-young combination, tirelessly perpetuated by the countless automotive-inspired watches released year over year. Despite the highly saturated segment, there actually are very few watches that can pull off this racing vibe and remain wearable for the times when, you know, you are not driving your Porsche 550 Spyder on the twisty roads along the Côte d’Azur. The Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition replica watches (reference 168580-3001) promises to be one of these few, offering a mix of subtle Mille Miglia branding and not-so-subtle vintage racing-inspired design elements. Let’s see how it performs – not on the race track, but on the wrist.
Held earlier this year, between May 19th and 22nd, the event featured more than 400 teams, competing over the one-thousand-mile (around 1,600km) distance between Brescia and Rome. The Mille Miglia is reserved for classic and vintage cars that have been a part of the historical races between 1927 and 1957 and leads through some R-rated driving roads of Italy. Since 1988, Chopard has served as historical world sponsor and official timekeeper of the car rally also known as “the world’s most beautiful race.”
Sounds like a magnificent time to be had… Yet, somehow, I have always felt that while it is a race based on admirable heritage and a genuine appreciation of vintage race cars, the number of Chopard cheap fake watches dedicated to it, as well as the emphasis placed on plastering Mille Miglia everywhere on most of said watches, was a bit overkill for many prospective buyers who would otherwise have liked the design, price point, and quality of Chopard’s racing-inspired timepieces. It has to be a terrific race, no doubt about it, but I always wondered if its fan base was as large and as dedicated to the event as it would need to be to justify previous Mille Miglia watch designs.
This reason exactly is why I was excited to review this Chopard Mille Miglia 2016 XL Race Edition: on the front of it, there only is a small, and in fact beautifully integrated Mille Miglia logo at 12 – and that’s all the co-branding that you get pushed in your face. “Finally,” I thought, “a Mille Miglia watch that will be about restrained sportiness the way Chopard leather strap replica watches does it and about me wearing it all the time… and not about a 4-day event I can hardly relate to.” Co-branding and enhanced brand exposure is nice and all, but tasteful design and long-term wearability should come first, I think.