Yep that’s right folks, we’re now into March, which means a couple of things for us here at BEXSONN and the wider watch community. 1. BaselWorld 2017 best cheap replica watch fair is upon us and 2. It is Watches of Knightsbridge’s first London auction of the year. We recently spent some time over at 64 Knightsbridge to have a look at a handful of timepieces in the upcoming March auction on the 18th. As usual we decided to pick out some of our highlighted lots and share our thoughts on them.
Smartwatches are pretty cool, but not as distinctive or stylish as a vintage constellation replica men’s watch
Lately, there’s been a lot of buzz about smartwatches. Many of these come with accelerometers, heart rate monitors, GPS, and some even have the capacity to make phone calls.
Pretty cool, yes, but not as distinctive and stylish as a vintage watch, in my opinion.
Some collectors fascinated with horology will pay top dollar for vintage timepieces, pocket watches, and wristwatches.
Whether it’s the sophistication and pedigree that comes with a vintage dress watch or the cool factor of a dive watch from the 1960s or ’70s, vintage watches, in general, are doing well at auction.
The most famous of recent auction history was the Patek Philippe Supercomplication pocket fake watch that fetched $24 million in 2014 at a Sotheby’s auction in Switzerland. Dating back to the early 1930s, the watch took several years to build and featured 24 “complications” or functions.
Patek Philippe and rare Rolex watches do well at auction. Last January, during our annual New Year’s Day auction, we sold a custom Rolex 18-karat Presidential Men’s Diamond Watch for $200. Dating back to the mid-1980s, it was a true show stopper, featuring diamonds, rubies, a fire opal face and a diamond-encrusted band and bezel.
This custom 18-karat Presidential Men’s diamond Rolex copy watch sold for $22,000 during J. Levine’s New Year’s Day auction last year. The diamond and ruby Rolex featured a fire opal face, diamond encrusted band and bezel. A true show stopper, this vintage watch dates back to the mid-1980s. (Photo: J. Levine Auction & Appraisal)
Other classic brands that I see doing well at auction include Breitling, Movado, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Heuer Autavia, Omega, Racine, Tudor, Mido, IWC (International Watch Company) and others.
What to look for
What to look for if you’re bidding on a vintage watch? Like anything, do your research about the brand and understand the mechanics of the watch. Examine the condition in person if you can, or have a friend do it for you. If the watch is missing parts, research how easy it is to find replacement parts. The last thing you want to do is spend more money repairing the watch than you paid for it.
Ask to see provenance and try to find out if the previous owners specialized in collecting the brand you want to purchase. Some collectors like to own a variety of different watches, while others will spend a lifetime collecting one or two brands. These collectors really know their stuff and have made discerning purchases.
Watch for fakes
Finally, be wary of fake luxury watches. Check type faces and engravings to make sure they are authentic. Listen to the watch – if the ticking is really loud, that’s a red flag. Weigh it – often fake watches are lighter since they are made with less expensive materials. If you’re unsure, have a professional assess it.
Like anything vintage, you will likely come across watches that have dials and other parts that have been replaced or refinished. These watches will be less desirable to serious collectors who are always on the hunt for original dials and unpolished original cases.
Again, nothing against smartwatches, but besides style, another thing a vintage watch has going for it – it can’t get hacked.
Some of the most sophisticated technology is being used by traditional replica watchmakers such as Breitling, Audemars and Piaget
The Superocean Héritage Chronoworks is a handsome black timepiece launched earlier this year and is a descendant of the first Superocean, which made its debut in 1957. To create the new watch, Breitling established Chronoworks in 2014, a horological version of Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works—a separate unit within the aerospace giant dedicated to hatching advanced planes. The brief for Chronoworks has been, and is, to develop innovative fake watch technologies.
The team there consists of a watchmaker, an engineer, a chemist, a materials expert and a mathematician: At a basic level, the watchmaker contributes knowledge of replica watch swiss movements; the engineer determines whether a mechanical innovation can be produced in low or high volumes; and the chemist hunts for the best lubricants, while also experimenting with how hard surfaces interact over long time frames. The materials expert explores new materials—alloys, compounds, ceramics and silicon; and then there’s the mathematician, who uses mathematical formulas to determine the size of components, for example the balance spring and the number of teeth on a gear wheel.
Oil and water, Cap’n Crunch and Château Lafite Rothschild, mechanical watch movements and quartz: These are all pairings that should never happen—except the last one has.
Earlier this year Piaget replica watch unveiled its Emperador Coussin XL 700P, a quartz/mechanical hybrid.
The watchmaker is something of an outlier in haute-horlogerie circles. Founded in 1874 as a movement manufacture, the company didn’t produce a watch branded Piaget until the 1940s. Then in the 1960s came a successful Piaget extension into jewelry, unusual for a watch brand at the time.
Ultrathin movements are a replica Piaget hallmark—the brand’s first dates from the 19th century—and in 1960 Piaget introduced the 12P, a 2.3mm self-winding mechanical movement. In 1976 came the 7P, a 3.1mm quartz movement. In 2014, a new offering: the Altiplano 900P, a 3.65mm mechanical watch which won accolades from many in the industry. In total, the brand produces 25 ultrathin calibers—all of which add up to considerable horological street cred. The XL 700P, with the daring marriage of quartz and mechanical, displays serious horological chutzpah.
This is a mechanical watch without an escapement or balance wheel, the mechanisms that regulate the flow of energy in the movement. To do that job, the 700P employs an electrodynamic generator. The 700P doesn’t have a battery. As with any other self-winding watch, a rotor winds the mainspring. Energy created as the mainspring unwinds is transmitted to the electrodynamic generator. The generator converts the mainspring’s mechanical energy into electrical energy which then causes a quartz crystal resembling a tuning fork to oscillate. Ultimately, the extremely precise and consistent oscillations control the wheels of the gear train, which in turn control the hour and minute hands.
What does all this technology mean? Three things: great accuracy, enough energy for a 42-hour power reserve, and because there is no steel balance wheel, increased resistance to magnetism.
The high-tech replicawatch is also beautiful, with a cushion-shaped case and a black-coated movement complete with circular Geneva Strips, exposed satin-brushed wheels, silvered screws and a platinum microrotor. On the 46.5mm case is a black-coated white-gold bezel. On the front, the microrotor and generator form a figure-of-eight; the lack of a seconds hand keeps things simple and legible as does positioning the power-reserve indicator on the back of the watch.
The really interesting thing about the XL 700P can be summed up in one word: potential. Piaget should have no problem introducing any number of complications on the watch, such as moon phases, perpetual calendars, a second time zone, and so on.
When Giulio Papi set out to improve the sound of minute repeaters (watches that chime the hours and minutes) his first challenge was the ears of his watchmakers, and the result is the replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept Supersonnerie.
Mr. Papi is the director of Audemars Piguet Renaud et Papi, a horological hothouse of revolutionary mechanical devices for AP and other brands. Starting with researchers at the University of Lausanne, Mr. Papi assembled a team including opticians, musicians, neurologists, computer scientists and instrument makers. Their aim was to help the watchmakers find the right sound for a minute repeater: Not simply a sound that was louder—chimes audible over the cacophony of modern life—but one that was “pleasant,” says Mr. Papi, to the ear.
The human ear possesses heightened awareness of sounds vibrating at 4,000 hertz. A distant but clearly heard infant’s cry or a voice that is distinguishable in a crowded, noisy room is likely to be hitting the 4,000-hertz sweet spot. The team’s conclusion was that an almost-always audible repeater would produce sound at about the same level. For cultural reasons, however, Asians and Westerners identify different sounds as pleasant. So, Mr. Papi’s yellow dial watch replica watchmakers fine-tune a repeater destined for the Far East differently to one heading west.
Ian Thorley introduces five replica watches that have gone the distance, from river deep to mountain high, even to the moon and back
Omega Speedmaster replica
A few years before astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon in 1969, two NASA officials went shopping in Houston for replica chronograph watches that could withstand the extremes of temperature in space. Only the Speedmaster passed the rigorous tests and was worn by Aldrin when he stepped onto the surface of the moon. A year later, on Apollo XIII, the Speedmaster excelled itself. After an explosion on the service module damaged the power supply, the crew had to shut down all power circuits and move into the lunar module. Commander James Lovell used his Speedmaster to time the firing of the rockets that ensured safe re-entry to the earth’s atmosphere for the spaceship. The Speedmaster earned the name Moonwatch and its inscription, ‘The first and only watch to be worn on the moon’ is that rarest of things: an advertising truth.
Officine Panerai replica: Luminor Arktos
In 1938, Italian instrument maker Officine Panerai delivered the first ever divers’ fake watch to the Italian Navy, designed for the exclusive use of underwater commandos. Panerai continues to make watches to exacting specifications, such as those of South African adventurer Mike Horn, who undertook a two-year, 12,500 mile non-motorised journey around the Arctic Circle in 2002. Officine Panerai designed a watch, the Luminor Arktos, especially for the expedition. The timepiece features the four points of the compass on a turning bezel that enabled Horn to locate North by the local time on his watch. It is also anti-magnetic, encased in soft iron, and able to withstand temperatures of -70°C. The watch also has a celebrated crown guard and is water resistant to 300m.
Patek Philippe replica: World Time
In 1937, before the days of the international jet set, when travel was usually by steam ship, Patek Philippe set out to create a watch that would allow the wearer to know the time in two or more locations. This stunning watch has stood the test of time with production by the company continuing for over 70 years. The cities of the world are displayed around the outer edge of the dial, and by pushing a button at the 10 o’clock position, the wearer can adjust the time to the city of arrival. This action spins the cities on the outer ring to the 12 o’clock position, and the hands on the dial then automatically reset to tell the time in the required destination. So with the replica World Time watch you know where you are, and when.
Breitling Emergency replica
Part digital watch and part survival instrument, the fake Breitling Emergency’s main feature for pilots and explorers is the antenna housed at the base of the watch. If pulled, it emits the international distress frequency. Quentin Smith and Steve Brooks were to find out exactly how useful it would be when their helicopter crash-landed 100 miles from Antarctica. Stranded in a life raft, they faced 35ft-high waves, poor visibility and freezing waters. After several hours, an aircraft flew over and would have missed them but for the distress signal. Smith later said that he felt strangely reassured that as long as the Emergency was emitting its beep-beeps, there was a chance they’d be rescued. Breitling released an updated version – the Emergency II – in 2014, operating on dual frequencies: the original 121.5 MHz homing and rescue frequency, and the 406 MHz frequency intended for satellites.
Rolex Explorer replica
When Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay conquered Mount Everest in 1953, they took the latest replica Rolex Oyster models to a new high – 8,848m to be precise. Rolex was inspired by this unique achievement to develop a commemorative Oyster model, the Explorer, and this began a tradition at Rolex of supporting exploration and the discovery of the unknown. Flying the high-altitude flag today is one of Rolex’s ambassadors, American mountaineer Ed Viesturs, who has climbed 14 of the world’s highest peaks, all over 8,000m, without using supplementary oxygen. Viesturs always starts his descent no later than 2pm because, as he says in his book, ‘getting up is optional, getting down is mandatory’.
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