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.
Switzerland’s luxury men’s swiss replica watch sector can profit from a smartwatch boom as more consumers seek high-end versions of the technology, an industry veteran was quoted as saying.
Swiss watchmakers, who once dismissed smartwatches as a fashion accessory, are racing to grab a share of a fast-growing market via technology partnerships and stepping up investments.
“If it is true that Apple (AAPL.O) has sold around 20 million Apple Watches and has a market share of around 50 percent, then the potential is enormous,” said Jean-Claude Biver, head of LVMH (LVMH.PA) watch brands including TAG Heuer, Hublot and Zenith.
“A luxury market arises as soon as people want to differentiate themselves from the masses. That is the case here as well. With our know-how, Swiss quality and prestige we have the best preconditions to master this segment too,” he told Swiss paper SonntagsBlick.
TAG Heuer, for instance, partnered with U.S. technology firms Google (GOOGL.O) and Intel (INTC.O) for its TAG Heuer Connected grant round chronograph copy watch, whose first units offered at just under 1,400 Swiss francs ($1,375) apiece sold out quickly last year.
The Swiss watch industry, which includes Swatch (UHR.S) and Richemont (CFR.S), may overall be selling fewer timepieces as exports decline 15 months in a row but it is not facing an existential crisis as in the 1970s, Biver said.
He said the industry was instead consolidating as top brands boost market share.
We gather the world’s most collectable replica watches which you should expect to own them
Rolex is one of the few watchmakers that is a definite investment proposition. The iconic “Pepsi Cola”, so named for its red and blue bezel, may have been recently revived, but the original – and some might say best – cheap rolex watches GMT is a crown jewel fit for any collection. It’s not the rarest Rolex, however, and prices can vary from below £10,000 to nearing £20,000.
Thinking of Tudor as Rolex’s little brother is not entirely inaccurate, but falls a little short of the full picture. The brand was originally conceived as an entry level equivalent to Rolex, but its watches went through precisely the same level of technical development; even its Submariner was created at exactly the same time as Rolex’s now iconic piece. Like their modern equivalent, vintage Tudors replica watches – especially the Submariners – are some of the best value watches you can find. If you discover a 1970s version with original snowflake dial for under £5,000, you’ve done very well.
This is the granddaddy of all diving watches. The Radiomir hasn’t changed all that much since the 1940s, but that first model, commissioned for the frogmen of the Italian navy, is the panerai imitationholy grail to collectors. With a case and movement made by Rolex, it’s also incredibly rare – £20,000 – £30,000 worth of rare.
There are plenty of rarer, more sought-after versions of Omega’s iconic Speedmaster replica out there, but the model that actually travelled to the moon and back on the wrist of Buzz Aldrin is a very safe investment – at worst, there’s a hell of a story behind it. A running one in need of some love will likely set you back somewhere in the region of £3,000.
Having celebrated its 50th birthday last year, we were reminded just how big an impact the original replica Carerra had on watchmaking. Along with the Rolex Daytona, it laid the blueprints of the driving watch. Clean, clear and sleek, it has aged exceptionally well. Prices vary, but if you’re after the much coveted panda-dialled Valjoux 72-equipped version you’re looking at around £4,000.
Seiko are one of the few watchmakers you’ll never hear anything negative about. They’ve been steadily and quietly making phenomenal watches for a century and, if you can find a 1960s Grand Seiko – arguably the pinnacle of Japanese watchmaking – you won’t be disappointed. There was a model prior to the self-dated, but this is where fake swiss Grand Seiko‘s now signature look first came in. Plus you won’t find a better watch around the £3,000 mark.
One of the oldest watches on this list, the Tank has been around since it was allegedly presented to General Pershing in 1917. Whether that was the case or not, it has remained one of the most iconic watches in the world and, if you can get your hands on an early 1920s model, it’s a serious investment piece. Even more recent models are great finds and can cut the £25,000-£30,000 price tag down about half. The ultimate is that 1917 Tank cheap cartier watches Normale, although the later 1960s Tank JC requires a few miracles and plenty of capital to get hold of.
The Reverso is without a doubt the most iconic replica Jaeger-LeCoultre, but the 1960s Polaris is quite possible the grand maison’s most sought-after vintage piece. Far rarer than the basic Memovox, the Polaris’s mechanical alarm is an unusual complication to find on a diving watch but is all the more interesting for it. You can expect to pay somewhere in the region of £10,000 and £25,000 for a good, working version so if you’re on a budget, you may want to opt for the standard Memovox, which is still a brilliant timepiece in its own right.
You’d probably expect an early Royal Oak to be here – and it would certainly deserve a place – but Audemars Piguet swiss replica had a life before its seminal timepiece. At the time, this was the thinnest tourbillon ever made and is still pretty high on the list today. It’s also a rather unique looking watch, one that won’t easily be mistaken for anything else. They don’t appear on the market all that often, which is understandable given the nature of tourbillons, but as a guide, the last one at auction achieved £19,300.
Being precious and being rare aren’t always the same thing, as Patek’s record-breaking Only Watch showed. The auctioned high-complication achieved a staggering £5.7m by virtue of being a rarity in steel rather than being made of gold and diamonds. The same holds true for vintage replica patek philippe calatrava. They may be on the expensive side – you can expect to pay up to £30,000 for a flawless example from the 1960s and far more for earlier models – but they’re worth the investment.
Its name celebrates Niki Lauda’s 1975 F1 championship win, but this replica watch’s pedigree stretches back much further
The Monza celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and while it may not be as famous as the replica Carrera or Monaco among TAG Heuer aficionados, it’s still a watch with a rich and very long history.
What’s in a name?
The Monza name first appeared on a Heuer fake watch in 1976 to commemorate Niki Lauda’s 1975 Formula One championship win for Ferrari, a feat that also helped the marque clinch the constructor’s championship.
Heuer had been the official timekeeper for Ferrari since 1971 so it was as much a celebration for the watchmaker as it was for the team.
Based on the Carrera platform, the watch featured a new chronograph finished in PVD black and a clear nod to Ferrari in the red accents on the chrono dials and sweep hand. Available for around five years, it was later offered in many different colours and variations – but the original black and red model is the one fans and collectors remember most fondly.
Time for a change
TAG Heuer uk reissued the Monza in 2000, but it looked nothing like the 1976 original, leaving many to question its heritage as a Heuer-branded timepiece.
However, its inspiration came from long before 1976.
The distinctive “coussin case”, which bore no resemblance to the 1976 model, harked back to the Heuer Chronograph of 1933, which critics argued offered even stronger heritage than the Carrera or Monaco.
The line was phased out in 2005, only to be revived to great acclaim six years later with a recreation of the original 1933 replica Tag Heuer Chronograph, only with the El Primero Calibre 36 movement powering it.
The 2011 Monza was limited to only 1,911 units worldwide, which, combined with the Calibre 36 movement and vintage design, made it sought after among collectors.
Now the Monza name has appeared once more, this time on a model that encapsulates aspects of the style of both the 1933 and 1976.
The best of both worlds
The 40th Anniversary Monza made “quite a strong impression during Baselworld 2016”, says Monochrome Watches. While it might not possess the delicacy of the 2011 piece, it has a “masculine” look that blends both modern and vintage styles with aplomb, says Watch Time.
The tag mens watches uk is clearly a celebration of the 1976 Monza – the all-black case and dial, red accents and perforated calfskin strap are direct homages to its predecessor. But the coussin case harks back to the 1933 Heuer Chronograph, as well as both the 2000 and 2011 versions.
TAG Heuer has also resurrected the additional scales that adorned the 1976 Monza and while it’s unlikely most people will ever use them, they do add to the motorsport feel of the watch.
In addition, the watch sports a tachymeter to measure an object’s speed over a set distance, a feature quite common on motorsport watches such as the Carrera or Rolex Daytona. However, the inclusion of a pulsometer to measure the wearer’s heart rate is far more unusual.
The result is “a look that is easily recognisable as a Monza while still offering a nicely updated look and feel”, says A Blog to Watch.
It adds: “While the details betray the nicely aged design notes borrowed from the original, the effect is still one that elicits a gut reaction – I immediately liked the new TAG Heuer Monza.”
The replica Monza has a retail price of $5,250 (£3,990)