Swiss made replica TAG Heuer is a brand with a very rich heritage. Especially in regard to chronographs, few brands can rival the role that TAG Heuer played in this field. Today, this type of complication still dominates the collection of the brand, and rightfully so. However, this doesn’t mean that TAG Heuer is dwelling on the past, replaying hits from decades ago, as they instead let them serve as an inspiration for the future. A watch that makes this obvious is the Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition, which is inspired by the ‘DATO-45′ model from 1965.
What made this vintage watch stand out was that the date window was not located at the usual six o’clock position, but at twelve, just above the logo. To make it even more distinct was the date printed in red. Both characteristics are also included in the new quality fake Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition. Where the ‘DATO-45′ was a rather minimalistic chronograph, is the Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition is much richer in details. It features a tri-compax dial layout with the subdials at three and nine o’clock, which serve as counters for the chronograph, in a contrasting color. This gives the Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition not only an enticing appearance but also further supports the excellent legibility of all its functions.
This 1:1 perfect TAG-Heuer replica, which is available with either a silver or a blue dial, is limited to 1,860 pieces and powered by TAG Heuer Caliber 02. This automatic manufacture movement comes with a column wheel and vertical clutch for increased precision of the chronograph functions. Its power reserve is a generous 80-hours, and the movement can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. Quite unique is that the Carrera Sport Chronograph Special Edition is water-resistant up to 100 meters, further increasing the versatility of this vintage-inspired, modern-day sports chronograph.
Top-tier watch brands such as Piaget are getting ready to celebrate the Chinese New Year in a few weeks. This year is the Year of the Ox and Swiss made fake Piaget executes its ultra-thin Altiplano fake watch with grand-feu cloisonné’ dial of an ox beautifully.
By turning to celebrated artist Anita Porchet to paint the métiers d’Arts dial, perfect replica Piaget propels the hardworking ox to new heights. The ox is praised in Chinese culture for its dependability, strength and association with farming and harvesting. While some watch brands portray the ox in different scenes, Piaget gives the entire dial to the honest and loyal animal. Porchet executes the ox in tones of gray and black, outlined in gold.
In fact, the art of cloisonné, which dates back centuries, begins with the creation of gold ribbons that form the outline and miniature portions of the painting. Then, enamel pigments are placed and the dials are fired in kilns at temperatures nearing 1000 degrees centigrade. The dials are then varnished with a clear coat to offer fabulous sheen. The task is not as easy as it sounds and requires hundreds of hours of meticulous painting.
Because the craftsmanship and the animal should take center stage, the background is incredibly simple and sublime. This quality fake Piaget Altiplano Year of the Ox watch measures 38mm in diameter and is crafted in 18-karat white gold. The case is bedecked with 78 brilliant-cut diamonds. It is powered by the in-house-made Piaget 430P hand-wound movement that is exceptionally thin. In fact, Piaget is a master at creating ultra-thin movements and has even set world records for its work.
It is very fitting that it would utilize its ultra-thin expertise side-by-side with the incredible prowess of master enameler Anita Porchet for this work of art. Just 38 pieces of the exceptional Piaget Altiplano Year of the Ox watch will be made, each retailing for $67,500.
Chinese New Year, sometimes also referred to as the Spring Festival starts on February 12, 2021 and runs until February 22, 2022.
2020 has been an incredible year. It is not just a year where everything almost came to a standstill, but perhaps there might be some aspects that will be changed altogether forever.
Despite the seemingly challenging year, we have definitely come out stronger and more resilient. Brands have also adopted the “new norms”, with the leverage of social media to launch their novelties in these unprecedented times. Everyone certainly deserves a pat on the back.
Now that we are coming to the end of the year, it is certainly great to loosen a little and give ourselves a break during the holiday season. As per the usual Deployant tradition, we will be picking some of the luxury replica watches that we would like to include in our Christmas wishlist.
For my selection this year, I am looking at fake watches that I would certainly like to own sometime in the future. Some are more accessible than the others, but perhaps Santa might just want to work his magic soon… Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V Two years ago, I selected this particular watch as one of the pieces in my Christmas wishlist. The same sentiments still remain, despite the plethora of novelties over the last couple of years.
The Vacheron Constantin Overseas replica with black dial is one of the many timepieces within the luxury sports watches category, but it is perhaps one of my favourites. This is attributed to its great case/bezel design, as well as its versatility. The finishing, as per the usual Vacheron Constantin standard, is rather sublime as well.
I also like the fact that it is often overlooked. Do not get me wrong – I love both the Patek Philippe Nautilus and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. But the Overseas – being an uncommon option – makes it a tad special. It is also much more usable, with the quick strap change mechanism being a huge plus point. There is just that little something with the Overseas, and I would gladly love to have this any day in my watch collection.
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph Between the Datograph and the 1815 Chronograph, there is something about the latter that gives it the edge. Personally, the lack of a big date display gives the rose gold case copy A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph a much more classic and timeless look. The newer variant – launched in SIHH 2018 – also features a pulsometer scale. That, together with the Arabic numerals and railroad-style tracks, is truly a sight to behold.
As with all A. Lange & Söhne watches, the movement is also magical. The finishing is sublime, and it is simply a work of art. Beyond that, the movement (first seen on the Datograph) also plays a significant role in the haute horlogerie scene – it was the first high-end in-house produced chronograph movement that was created for the longest time (while other manufacturers were relying on a few specialist manufacturers such as Lemania and Dubois Dépraz. That was two decades back, and it certainly made a strong impression with both brands and collectors alike.
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful timepieces that was ever made, and it will be a dream to add this into my personal collection. Concluding Thoughts Each of the Swiss movement fake watches on the list, although they are simple and more restrained, are great in their own ways. The Habring², for example, is a timepiece that proves that great copy watches do not necessarily have to be priced excessively. The Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne simply exemplify the beauty of well-crafted watches.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading my selection. Have a merry Christmas, and please do take a well deserved break as we continue to move into 2021 with more challenges and uncertainties ahead.
In 1976, TAG Heuer replica introduced its Monza model, named for the world-famous Italian Formula 1 racetrack. Forty years later, the best fake TAG Heuer Monza Calibre 17 recalls the glory days of racing while offering a great deal more than retro design. Read on for an in-depth review from our archives, with original photos by OK-Photography.
Good news for fans of the retro look – the Monza is back. Good news for racing fans, too, with a design that’s just as dynamic and full of automotive references as the original version from 1976. It’s also remarkable, since TAG Heuer has experimented over the last 15 years with a more elegant version with no black coating and colorless dial elements.
A glance at the new Monza Calibre 17 might call to mind the familiar roar of Formula 1 engines. After all, the watch was first introduced to celebrate Ferrari’s World Championship title in 1975. On Sept. 7 of that year, Niki Lauda won third place in the Italian Grand Prix at the Monza racetrack and secured the title in a Ferrari sporting the Heuer logo. Scuderia Ferrari also won the Constructors’ Prize – a long-sought double victory after an 11-year dry stretch. The new TAG Heuer Monza replica with black dial combines the best features of two historical models – its dial design can be traced back to the original Monza from the year 1976 and its case to a Heuer chronograph from 1933. The cushion-shaped case is a style holdover from the earliest days of the watch. The Monza from the 1970s had an oval case shape that was typical for that time and was available in chrome-plated or black-coated brass. That watch contained Calibre 15, which necessarily placed the crown on the left-hand side. Calibre 15 was the successor model of the Calibre 11 developed in 1969 by Heuer-Leonidas in collaboration with Breitling, Hamilton-Büren and Dubois Dépraz – one of the world’s first automatic chronographs.
Calibre 15 had a small seconds subdial set at 10 o’clock that gave the original Monza a strikingly asymmetrical look. TAG Heuer omitted this daring design element for its newest version, due in part to its use of the ETA 2894, known at TAG Heuer as Calibre 17. This standard movement reverses the position of the small seconds and minutes counter and relocates the crown to the right side of the case.
All in all, these changes benefit the new Monza, giving it a sporty and relaxed look that is not quite so idiosyncratic as the original. Whatever it may lose in coolness, it gains with the polished and matte finishes of the cushion-shaped case. Titanium contributes to its excellent wearing comfort and the titanium carbide coating makes it highly resistant to scratches.
Just as before, the titanium case with black PVD coating replica TAG Heuer Monza has a sealed caseback – even though the technology beneath is in no way so unattractive that it must be hidden. TAG Heuer uses the basic movement quality “Elaboré” and adds various decorative finishes and an individualized rotor. Black enhanced engraving instead of gold on the oscillator fits the overall sporty design of the watch. The ETA 2894 is a modular chronograph based on the three-hand caliber ETA 2892, so the crown sits lower on the case than the chronograph pushers. Although the pushers are generously sized, their pressure point is not perfect. The start-stop pusher on our test watch had a notably delayed reaction when timing events. The stop and reset worked better but the pusher function was stiff. This is due at least in part to the cam control of the chronograph that replaces the historical, higher-quality column-wheel control in more economical chronograph movements.
The rate results of the test watch are generally acceptable. However, the timing machine recorded an outlier in the “dial down” position, which negatively affected the average outcome on our stringent rate test. On the positive side was the low daily gain of 2.5 seconds per day without the chronograph on and 4.5 seconds per day while running. The wearing test on the wrist showed deviations ranging between 0 and +6 seconds per day.
The perforated black calfskin strap is also perfectly in line with the automotive appeal of the Monza design, as are the sporty case and dashboard-like displays. The strap ends in a functional, well-executed folding clasp with push-buttons that are also made of PVD-coated titanium. Its clamp-type clasp mechanism allows for precise adjustment. It compresses the strap at the point of closure, though not to the extent seen on similar clasps.
All in all, the Swiss movement copy TAG Heuer Monza Calibre 17 is more stylish than the original model from the 1970s (combination cushion-shaped case), of higher quality (titanium with PVD coating) and therefore, more attractive (perfectly in line with current retro trends). What was good in 1976 – it’s even better today.
We often talk about the lasting impression made on the watch world by gifted watchmakers or pioneering chief executives, figures whose input is perhaps the easiest to measure, either through the watches they make or by the performance of the brands they manage. But that only scratches at the surface of the business of making and selling watches. What of the people behind the scenes, those whose sway is less know beyond industry circles? One such figure, whose enigmatic presence has left a lasting imprint on perfect Patek Philippe replica, is Alan Banbery, who joined the business as Director of Sales for English-speaking territories in 1965. “He came along at an important time,” said Nick Foulkes, who interviewed Banbery while researching his exhaustive yet utterly engrossing tome, Patek Philippe The Authorised Biography. “When I was doing the book [Alan] was a useful way of exploring a time, Hank [Edelman, Chairman of the Henri Stern Watch Agency] in New York is also somebody who crops up a lot. From time-to-time there are these key employees at Patek Philippe who play a crucial role in the business and he was one of them.” Banbery was born in London but travelled to Switzerland in the late 1940s at the age of 17 to study at the Geneva School of Watchmaking where, as well as a technical knowledge of horology, he mastered the French language.
In Foulkes’ book, Banbery explains how participating in lessons conducted in French was at first difficult, as was making sense of watchmaking’s rich – and decidedly French – terminology. It was in Geneva, passing Patek’s grand Rue du Rhone headquarters of the time, that he developed a fascination for the brand he would later play an important part in guiding back to greatness. After his studies, Banbery spent a year working at Universal Genève before returning home to complete his National Service, that saw him serve in Egypt. He would go on to set-up a jewellery shop in the East End before joining Garrard & Co, where his gift of the gab and watchmaking knowledge saw him flourish as a salesman, even selling a best fake Patek Philippe to one of the Kray twins – he doesn’t remember which – although he recalls they paid cash. It was during a Patek Philippe exhibition held at Garrard, which comprised of that year’s collection, as well as a suite of platinum and emerald jewellery, since the brand then producing haute joaillerie as well as haute horlogerie, that Banbery came to the attention of Henri Stern, the grandfather of current Patek Philippe president Thierry Stern. The jewellery was displayed more as a showcase of the firm’s capabilities but nevertheless Banbery sold it and to none other than Princess Grace of Monaco, the movie star turned royal who was perhaps the most glamorous woman in the world at the time. Alterations were required, in the form of more diamonds on the earrings, and Banbery travelled back to Geneva to relay the instructions to Patek’s jewellers before delivering the items in person. Banbery remained at Garrard & Co for a further five years before realising that there was little chance of career advancement. When he next met Stern, he invited him for a drink in London where the Patek owner made it clear that there would be a job for him, should he ask. Given the sharply dressed Bon Vivant’s skill for sales, affable demeanour, fluent French and technical knowledge, Stern, perhaps recognising some of his own qualities in the Englishman, installed Banbery as Director of Sales for English speaking territories. But his influence and value to the company would spread far further, as Foulkes puts it, “Alan was the right man at the right time.” Banbury holding two very important Patek Philippe piece, a pocket watch made for Queen Victoria and the company’s first wristwatch made for Countess Koscewicz of Hungry, courtesy of Dogu Tasoren. Banbery would be appointed as curator of Patek Philippe’s Private Collection five years later, his keen eye and technical knowledge making him better placed than many to expand the collection that started with Henri Stern’s love for Geneva enamel pieces and then became a passion project of his son, Philippe. When he joined the company in 1962 – he would not take over from Henri until 1977 – Philippe was shocked to discover the company owned perhaps only 40 pocket watches dotted around the business in various cabinets. On his travels, he emersed himself in the collecting community, which then had next to no interest in wristwatches, purchasing pieces at first “mainly to create a collection for posterity”, including a ref. 2419 for CHF 30,000. To put that into perspective, one sold at Phillips Hong Kong in 2016 for just shy of £1 million. Stern and Banbery’s esurient acquisition of some 2,500 pieces over the decades also undoubtedly nurtured and fuelled the collector’s market for pieces of all shapes and sizes, pocket watches and wristwatches alike and, as Philippe’s ambition for the collection grew into something grander and more public, not just Patek Philippe pieces. Banbery, together with watch writer Martin Huber, also co-authored two seminal works on the output of the manufacture, the first focusing on pocket watches in 1982 and the second dealing with wristwatches six years later. Both have served as reference texts for collectors and auction houses alike. Banbery was omnipresent in the auction room, maintaining a friendly rivalry with American industrialist and legendary watch collector Seth Atwood. When Atwood, the founder of the Rockford Time Museum, put the famed Patek Philippe Graves Supercomplication up for auction at Sotheby’s in 1999 following the museum’s closure, it is understood Banbery was only just pipped at the post by the eventual winner, the late Sheikh Saud Bin Muhammed Al Thani, who paid $11 million. It is rumoured Banbery’s limit was $10 million.
It is perhaps worth considering for a moment whether the current climate for watch collection, especially the biggest ticket auction pieces, would be anything like it is today were it not for Stern and Banbery’s ravenous horological appetite. A cynic might even question whether that wasn’t the aim all along, an expensive and masterfully played long game. Collector Dogu Tasoren, whose Instagram account @art_of_horology delves into the history of Patek Philippe, agrees that their actions continue to pay dividends today. As he puts it, “I definitely think that Patek Philippe prices would be considerably less today if Alan Banbery and the Stern family didn’t take care of the brand’s heritage the way they did. “This gave collectors assurance that Patek Philippe took care of their history and that they will continue buying important pieces for their museum which as a result will cause vintage prices to rise significantly, which led more collectors to buy vintage Patek pieces. So, the auction market would, in my opinion, definitely not be the way it is today.” Either way, Philippe Stern’s world-class collection found a permanent home in 2001 on Geneva’s Rue des Vieux-Grenadiers in the same building where Patek Philippe’s casemaker, Atelier Réunis, once made Nautilus bracelets. Arnaud Tellier, Antiquorum’s Asia-Pacific director, served as the Patek Philippe Museum’s first director and conservator between 2000 and 2011, and spent his first few months in the role working closely with Banbery, who introduced him to the various subsidiaries, facets and people that made up the wider business of Patek Philippe, before retiring in December of that year. He told us that, “my questions and our conversations at the time were more related to certain watches or the context of their acquisitions. Being, for more than ten years, in the world of auctions, I knew a lot of these pieces and was more interested in learning about those that were not acquired through auctions.” “It is obvious that, having had an active and regular purchasing policy, the influence of Patek Philippe was important from the 1980s onwards in the world of auctions. Mr. Philippe Stern and Mr. Alan Banbery were therefore key players in this market. The strong auction prices and the media coverage they generated contributed to the brand’s aura, as was the publication of the first books on the manufacture.” The Graves came up for sale again at Sotheby’s in 2014, allegedly handed over to the auction house to help settle the Sheikh’s outstanding bill, this was after all a man who once paid Leica £2 million to make a 60kg telephoto lens. Banbery’s prose outlining the competition between Henry Graves Jnr and James Ward Packard can still be found on the listing here. The idea of this competition between two hugely wealthy individuals has since been all but discredited, the tantalising story not holding up to much scrutiny, indeed it is highly unlikely the pair had even met. Could this have been the invention of a master salesman? “That’s his period,” confirms Foulkes. “I don’t know if he was directly responsible for that, but you mustn’t forget times were different, research was different and for a good few decades that was accepted as one of the fundamental truths of early 20th century watch collecting.” The Stern family clearly greatly valued Banbery’s contribution to their company, as they are believed to have presented him with a unique Ref. 3448 perpetual calendar wristwatch in yellow gold as a gift. The watch was manufactured in 1970 but modified by Patek’s master watchmaker, Max Berney, in 1975 to replace the moonphase on the dial with a leap year indication while Patek’s dial-maker Stern Frères made a custom dial. The watch sold at Sotheby’s in 2008 for CHF 1.84 million. Banbery also played an instrumental role in a corporate pivot so graceful in the face of the Quartz Crisis that it might be better described as a pirouette. Henri Stern was far more prescient than many of his Swiss colleagues to the advent of electronic and quartz-based timekeeping, having set up an electronic timekeeping division at Patek Philippe in 1948, however the arrival of Seiko’s quartz Astron wristwatch on Christmas Day 1969 changed everything. While the rest of the Swiss watch industry was decimated, first by the arrival of quartz and then the recession of the mid-70s, Patek Philippe fared better than most, even achieving sales of CHF 50 million for the first time in 1973. Stern achieved this largely by carrying on regardless, but also tasking his Electronic Timekeeping Division to produce its own inhouse quartz movements, allowing the business to keep pace with the fast-moving sector. Around the time Quartz arrived on the wrist, the language used by Patek Philippe in advertisements spoke of ‘observatory levels of precision’, of a perpetual calendar that ‘thinks for itself’ and in one advertisement, even going so far as to superimpose one of its large electronic master clocks over a fine gold watch bracelet, irreverently hinting to the levels of accuracy one could expect from its wristwatches. But after 1969 this approach was rendered instantly out of date. “[Banbery] organised a lot of exhibitions in the 70s and those were hugely important at that time for making that shift,” said Foulkes. “In the mid to late 70s, you get a complete 180 change as they realised these quartz watches were dropping in price and the wristwatch was escaping from its imprisonment as an object of functional accuracy and emerging as a cultural object with an importance of its own that isn’t directly contingent upon its precision and that’s where Banbery comes in.” This programme of educational public watch exhibitions, instead focused on the craft employed in each Patek Philippe watch to highlight the stark difference between quartz watches and hand finished mechanical timepieces such as those made by Patek. These started locally, before venturing out on worldwide tours with The Crafted Hand in 1973, a travelling exhibition that finally came to an end in 1988. These were of course a precursor to the biennial Watch Art Grand Exhibitions that Patek Philippe launched in 2012 which, while much larger in scale, do have the added benefit of being able to call upon the museum collection that Banbery helped to build.
The perfect replica IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide features a tide display that keeps you informed about the next high water. It is possible thanks to a special wheel train that translates the rhythm of the hours into the constantly shifting chronological sequence of high and low water. The Greek mariner Pytheas recognized the link between this natural phenomenon and the moon as early as the fourth century B.C. It is particularly noticeable at the coast that the moon visible at high tide is almost at the same place in the sky again at the next but one high tide. In 1609, the German astronomer Johannes Keppler first outlined a theory according to which the moon attracts the water in the oceans and thus causes the tides. Indeed, the tides are caused by a complex interplay of gravitational and centrifugal forces between the Earth, the moon, and the sun. On the side of the Earth facing the moon, the moon’s gravitational pull attracts the water, creating a bulge that causes the tides. But a similar bulge of water also forms on the side of the Earth facing away from the moon. This is caused by the centrifugal forces that arise due to the rotation of the Earth, much like the clothes in a spin dryer, the masses of water are pushed outwards by these centrifugal forces.
The Earth rotates on its own axis once every 24 hours and, within that period, moves under the two bulges of high tide and two areas of the ebb tide. For human beings, who do not notice the rotation of the Earth, this gives the impression that the water is receding from the coast and then rising again. But why does high tide occur at a different time each day? During the time it takes the Earth to complete a rotation, the moon progresses a little bit further. So, on Earth, it takes 24 hours and 48 minutes for the moon to be in the same position. The time between two high tides, then, is always exactly 12 hours and 24 minutes. If, for example, it is high tide at midnight, the next ones will occur at 12:24 pm and 12:48 am, respectively.
The tide display on the Swiss made fake IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide now shows the slightly shifting times for high tide on the dial. During the 12 hours and 24 minutes between two high tides, the display rotates by around 24 minutes on the 12-hour scale. The energy required to turn it is channeled by the basic movement’s hour pinion. The challenge facing the designers was to convert the rapid hourly rhythm into the much more leisurely rotation of the tidal disc. A reducing gear comprising three precisely calculated cogs slows the rotation to the point where the tidal disc rotates around its axis once in exactly 14.76 days. The tidal display module is integrated into the IWC calibre 82835 and contains just 49 individual parts. The automatic movement provides a power reserve of 60 hours and is visible via the display case back.
Because the display rotates continuously, it always shows the approximate time of the next high tide. If the arrow points to 12 o’clock at 10 o’clock in the morning, the next high tide will be a little later than 12 o’clock
Because, in the next two hours, the tidal disc will also move a little further. On the opposite side, you can also, read the approximate time for the next low tide. The exact times for high and low tide depending on the longitude. As a result, the display needs to be calibrated once using the tide tables for a specific location, such as New York, Lisbon, or Sydney. The display works reliably on all coasts with two equally strong high and low tides per day.
Another special feature of the best IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide replica watch is the double moon phase display. It has been extended to include a special inscription and also provides information about the strength of the current tides. At full and new moon, the Earth, moon, and sun are in a direct line. In this constellation, the tidal forces are cumulative and generate a spring tide —a particularly strong high tide. At half-moon, however, the sun and moon are at right angles to each other. The result of this is a weaker high tide, or “neap tide”. Exactly how high the water rises depends on the geographical location and the exact physical nature of the coast. While the tidal swell on the open sea is only about 30 centimeters, the sea level during high tide rises by up to 20 meters in the Canadian Bay of Fundy. So, anyone in charge of a boat would be well advised to take a look at the dial of their Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide.
The male fake IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Moon & Tide ref. 344001 is the first watch from IWC to sport the newly developed tide indication cased in a 44.6 mm 18K 5N gold case with blue dial, the watch is delivered with a blue rubber strap with textile inlay.