The world of fine watchmaking is an exhilarating portal for those seeking innovation, boundary-pushing technology, never-used-before materials and unprecedented movements; all these and more stuffed in a wristwatch makes the world of horology an exciting field. As fine replica watchmaking continues its forward march, thanks to its ability for innovation, its aficionados and collectors are also on the rise. Each year, the Manufactures spread across the Swiss cantons, represented at SIHH and BaselWorld, spring surprises with their greatest and newest feats of mechanical ingenuity.
What they have on offer isn’t just a passing novelty, but a source of fulfillment for a lifetime. In fact, we are witness to the new golden age of copy watchmaking as brands strive to outdo each other in originality, technical prowess and unprecedented variety.
The new materials developed by the brands have made watches stronger, lighter, and affordable. Rolex replica watches uk unveiled a strap made of a new material named ‘Oysterflex’, a material resembling rubber in look and comfort, but metal in its durability and robustness for its Everose Yachtmaster model. Rado introduced a ultra-light silicon nitride high-tech ceramic, called Si3N4, inspired by Formula 1, in its HyperChrome Collection; Greubel Forsey presented their GMT watch in a titanium case with ADLC coating, making the watch lighter and more durable. Bulgari’s Diagono Magnesium this year had a combination of magnesium, ceramic and PEEK, a material which brings rigidity and dimensional stability enabling it to withstand high temperatures and hostile environments. In the past we have had Hublot using AG5 and Magic Gold; Rolex creating its new blue Parachrom hairspring made from a new alloy to resist magnetism and increase shock absorbance; Omega’s Constellation Sedna Gold stunningly blending gold, copper and palladium; Zenith using Zenithium, and Harry Winston’s Project Z4 cases made in Zalium— a hard, light, zirconium alloy developed for use in jet engines. Richard Mille, the eponymous brand, has built bridges between the watchmaking industry and research in fields such as aeronautics, F1 and aerospace etc. featuring ultra-light and high-performance materials such as alusic (an alloy of aluminum, silicon and carbon), AG5 and movement made from titanium and Lital, a lithium alloy containing aluminum, copper, magnesium and zirconium.
If luxury equates rarity, then no precious metal is as opulent as osmium. For the first time ever in the world of watchmaking, Hublot has incorporated osmium, one of the rarest metal elements on our planet, into a fake watches: the Classic Fusion Firmament. Osmium is found in platinum ores and is so rare that approximately 10,000 tons of platinum ore will yield a mere 28g of osmium.
Ceramic has been taken to the next level by Omega, evident in its Replica Omega Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. Nearly everything, other than the movement and hands, is made from their new Zirconium Oxide ceramic.
Arguably the most revolutionary material of our times, carbon fibre still recently used in sports cars, bicycles, airplanes and yachts has reached human wrists too. Weighing half as much as aluminum yet three times stronger, carbon fibre which has the highest weight to strength ratio of any material, and the year witnessed it in Richard Mille’s Rafael Nadal RM 35-0, Hublot’s Big Bang Ferrari Red Magic Carbon, IWC’s Ingenieur Automatic Carbon Performance Ceramic, TAG Heuer’s Monaco V4 Phantom and Replica Panerai’s Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3, in which the parallel arrangement of fibres gives the surface a zebra-like effect, different for every piece.
Brands like Ulysse Nardin and Jaeger- LeCoultre replica are forging new identities in their latest, the former has used black granite from the Alps for its Hannibal watch while the latter has used meteorite stone on the dial of its Master Calendar.
FAREWELL TO BIG
Talking of drifts, one thing easily noticeable is that watches have shed their bulk, having become thinner and smaller than their yesteryear cousins. Gone are the days of huge watches, ranging between 46-50 mm diameters. At the recent BaselWorld, most of the watches presented had a diameter of between 39 and 43 mm. Starting with the Slim d’Hermès (39.5 mm), Replica Hublot Big Bang Broderie (41 mm), Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde Morte (43 mm), and Tudor North Flag (40 mm).
LADIES REPLICA WATCHES COME OF AGE
Fine mechanical horology no more remains an exclusively masculine preserve. Gone are those days when ladies’ replica watches were just precious stones, dressy and downsized men’s replica watches. In the last one decade, ladies’ replica watches pack a fascinating combination of horological precision, superb artisanship and feminine elegance. Brilliantly reflected in Replica Omega Ladymatic, Ballon Bleu De Cartier, Richard Mille’s RM-10 Tourbillon Fleur, Roger Dubuis’ Excalibur Broceliande, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Celestial, Girard-Perregaux’s Cat’s Eye and others.
MECHANICAL SAVOIR FAIRE
Fine watchmaking is all about pursuit of precision, power reserve, reliability, resistance to shocks and magnetism, as well as the ease and convenience of its adjustment. And brands have never wavered from displaying their technical prowess and mechanical savoir faire in quest of the Holy Grail. Last year, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled the Hybris Mechanica 11 with its combination of minute repeater and tourbillon in a watch less than 8 mm in thickness which reduces position-rate errors and, in due course, may obviate the use of a tourbillon altogether while Montblanc introduced the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph which has only one button to start/stop the timing mechanism and to reset it to zero. This year we had the A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon which lets you set the watch to the exact second with the pull of the crown; Piaget’s Altiplano Chrono with its 4.6 mm movement and its 8.24 mm case is an ode to its legendary slenderness; the cheap Rolex replica watches calibre 3255 has a new-generation mechanical movement with 14 patents, which sets a new level of chronometric precision with criteria surpassing those of COSC (the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute); and Cartier’s Astrotourbillon Skeleton which is endowed with a niobium-titanium case, carbon crystal components, and the adjustment-free and lubrication-free pallet and escapement wheel— innovations which push the boundaries of watchmaking. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Acoustic Concept is the first watch to offer audible chimes that can be heard by someone other than the wearer. Seiko‘s Astron GPS Solar using the power of light to connect to the GPS network tells time with atomic clock precision adjusting the time zone at the touch of a button.
DIAL AS A CANVAS
A work of art revives and re-adapts time and space. The aesthetically pleasing watches have revived traditional crafts in their quest to bring something unusual and different. In fact, the use of metiers d’art such as engraving, enamelling, gemsetting and filigree as a means of decorating and embellishing a Chanel replica watches uk has reached its zenith. From marquetry in mother of pearl, feathers or butterfly wings, to the use of porcelain and embroidery, brands hope to differentiate their offerings and seduce a connoisseur clientele with miniature works of art on their dials. Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé collection with a raft of ‘coromandel’ dials, uses for the first time, the art of glyptic, a technique to sculpt semi-precious gemstones both in intaglio and relief; Jaquet Droz’s ‘Lady 8 Flower’ presents a lotus flower at 12 o-clock which reveals a pearl or a diamond enclosed in its petals and the Petite Heure Minute Relief Carps, a scene in champlevé enamel creating the illusion of carp playing underwater; Richard Mille’s RM 19-02 Tourbillon Fleur has a hand-painted gold magnolia on the dial which opens and closes to reveal a flying tourbillion which rises about a millimetre up out of the movement on its gem-set stamen to echo the motion of a flower arching upward toward the sun to increase its own chances of pollination; the Ronde Louis Cartier XL filigree watch reinvents the centuries-old technique of filigree; Harry Winston’s Midnight Feathers series uses a marquetry of brown and black domestic goose feathers on its dial, giving it a surprising wood-like striping, while La Montre Hermès offers a dial in porcelain de Sèvres hand-painted by a Japanese master artisan and featuring the famous Kyoto horse race.
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