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.