One of the most obvious trends to pick up on each year is the hue or hues leading brands seem to silently – yet collectively – lean towards. Green shoots have been sprouting throughout the industry in the past few years, but in 2021 the colour has burst into full bloom. Today’s model is such a perfect Patek Philippe Nautilus copy watch with green dial.
Patek Philippe discontinued the 5711/1A-010, the Nautilus with a blue dial, earlier in the year. Fans of the stainless steel reference now have a new waiting list to put their name on. The Swiss movement copy Patek Philippe 5711/11A-014 features the same recognisable stainless steel case and strap, but with an olive green dial. The watchmaker also launched a version of this piece with a diamond bezel.
Jaeger-LeCoultre replica may not have the immediate brand recognition of Rolex or Patek Philippe among the general public, but if you know watches, JLC is most definitely a who’s who of the Swiss watch industry. And for good reason. It has the reputation of being the “watchmaker’s watchmaker” for its focus on creating top-of-the-line watch movements. Starting with the unique Swiss watchmaking system of établissage with specialized parts makers, high quality copy Jaeger-LeCoultre built a name for itself as the go-to movement provider for many of the premium watch brands including Vacheron Constantin, Audemars Piguet, and Cartier.
There is something to be said about the beauty of a simple and elegant time-only dress watch. I find this example by 35 mm copy Jaeger-LeCoultre dress watch to project a quiet yet self-assured personality. It measures just 35mm in diameter but the narrow bezel and the well-balanced minimalist dial configuration cause it to appear more substantial on the wrist.
It has a lovely warm patina on the case that is further enhanced by the mellow nature of the pink gold material and the soft patina on the dial. Another interesting element is the painted-over hour markers. It was a fairly common practice at the time, often done at the client’s request. It was originally meant to increase legibility on the dial, and on the Swiss-made Jaeger-LeCoultre fake watch here, the dark paint has faded over time so the golden hue of the applied hour markers now gently peeking through.
Let’s not forget about the robust manual-wound movement inside (cal. P469/1C). It’s not the most complicated or highly-finished movement by the brand, but you know it’s solidly built – plus it’s been running for close to 80 years. Longevity is without a doubt a testament to JLC’s attention to quality. In today’s world where goods are often defined by a “disposable” mentality, I find solace that when given proper care and attention, a well-crafted mechanical watch will continue to work for many years to come. Hit the shop now to take in all of this JLC’s beauty.
For years, fake IWC’s Pilot’s Watch collections hovered around 43mm, and while that size is by no means large by today’s standards, for a smaller wrist like mine, I’ve always yearned for something slightly smaller.
Luckily, IWC copy has listened to consumer feedback and introduced a 41mm Pilot’s in 2019 with their Spitfire collection. In 2021, the 41mm copy IWC Pilot’s Chronograph broadens its appeal further with the introduction of blue or green dial variants.
There are two main talking points behind these new Pilot’s. The first is the inclusion of IWC’s (relatively) new calibre 69385 column-wheel chronograph movement.
The second point is the introduction of the brand’s new EasX-CHANGE strap system. I don’t know about you, but I certainly won’t miss fudging around with spring bars and the various tools that manipulate and remove them.
As its name implies, the 41 mm fake IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph stainless steel case is sized at 41mm. Buyers have the choice of a calfskin strap or stainless steel bracelet with a fold-over clasp.
The model that we tested was the IWC ref. IW388101 replica with a blue dial and blue calfskin strap. For purposes of our test, IWC also sent their newly redesigned stainless steel bracelet. Price as tested (with the calfskin strap) is $6,500. Should you wish to purchase the version with the stainless steel bracelet (ref. IW388102), expect to spend $7,200.
This year’s Watches and Wonders was a good one for perpetual calendars. A. Lange & Sohne dropped a beauty, Bulgari broke a record with theirs, and IWC somehow managed to make one look quite rugged with their Big Pilot Top Gun Mojave, but it was perfect fake Patek Phillipe that really made me go wow. I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever written about Patek, not just on Worn & Wound, but in general.
While a brand I revere, as does anyone who would consider themselves a watch enthusiast, I think of them as a stern elder or boss. I smile, nod, but ultimately keep my distance. But over the last year my random horological research has turned towards perpetual calendars, perhaps just to tease myself with that which I’ll never own, which inevitably brought me to the steps of the fortress that is Patek.
One of the interesting things about perpetual calendars is that despite sharing the same information (time, calendar, leap year, moonphase, etc), and, you know, knowing the amount of days in each month, every brand does it a little differently. Some opt for more visual complexity than others, which typically requires bouncing your eyes between several tiny sub-dials. Perhaps that’s what you want with your six-figure watch, but with the Patek Philippe ref. 5236P-001 replica with blue dial has simplified the task to a glance.
As you can plainly see from the picture, the day, date, and month appear in a wide aperture below the logo in a straight line. You read it as you’d say it. At six is the seconds hand with a moonphase with small apertures to right and left, one for the leap year (4 indicating it is indeed a leap year) and the other for AM/PM as white and blue fills. Otherwise, two fence post hands point to the hour and minutes. Simple, graphic, legible.
Additionally, it’s a plainly handsome Patek Philippe copy watch with blue leather strap. Classic, but not fussy, it mixes generally conservative hands, dial furniture, and printed indexes with a vertical brushed blue surface that adds some needed texture and personality. The case is 41mm of 950 platinum with a diamond stuck between its lugs at six, which is something Patek does on platinum watches because you wouldn’t want someone to think this was some run-of-the-mill white gold Patek, would you? And that’s that. Truly understated for what it is. At a trifling $130,000, and likely unavailable to you even if you won the lotto tomorrow, this one gets placed firmly in the horological musings pile, but hey, it’s really pretty isn’t it?
And there it is. Many guessed this little black number would run out as the winner of my prelims. But it didn’t. Yes, it made it into the top three but “only” managed to take the bronze. It is still one of the most sought-after watches which is understandable.
The iconic design has only been slightly altered, keeping the original DNA intact. In my opinion, the Rolex Submariner replica with steel case has been updated for a modern audience in the best way possible. The Submariner is the diver of divers for a reason. And yet, regrettably, it’s nearly impossible to buy one without having to fork out too much money which is also the main reason not to buy one. Omega Seamaster 2531.80 Fake With Blue NATO and Rubber Strap
While the price tag for one watch is the reason to look at something else, for this one it is the reason to pull out the bank card. This model is definitely underrated and because of that, it is a great bang-for-buck diver. You simply can’t go wrong with the Omega Seamaster 2531.80 copy with blue bezel.
It took me too long to appreciate this watch to the fullest due to the bracelet. After wearing it on nato and the funky rubber Seamaster straps for most of the time, nowadays I (finally) enjoy it on the bracelet most of the time. Another reason why the Seamaster is an awesome watch, it came in multiple sizes. My better half loves the mid-size I bought for her.
At the start of last month, TAG Heuer replica announced a partnership with a pretty special brand: Porsche. Why you might ask? What’s the difference between this and any old automotive / watchmaking relationship? The difference lies in the closely linked histories of these two brands, both united by a passion for going fast and the talismanic word “Carrera”. To celebrate this relationship, a Swiss movement replica TAG Heuer x Porsche pop-up has just opened in Chadstone, Melbourne, which is showing a number of vintage Heuer Carrera references in an exposition of the shared history between TAG Heuer and Porsche.
The linked history between TAG Heuer clone and Porsche begins in 1950, nearly a decade and a half before both companies released products named Carrera in 1963.
In the middle of last century, the Carrera Panamericana car race first ran in Mexico, covering more than 3500km as it snaked its way though the countryside. It was an extremely dangerous race with minimal safety precautions, leading to its cancellation after only five years and more than 20 deaths. Nevertheless, the high-octane legend was born.
Now in 2021, the two brands have come back together in collaboration (despite some photography from TAG Heuer hinting at the partnership back in 2020), with the silver dial replica TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph offering a fusion of this adrenaline-fuelled legacy.
TAG Heuer x Porsche pop-up in Chadstone is almost like a small shrine to this history with a crisp white Porsche 911 Carrera taking centre stage and a series of cases showing off some important vintage Heuer Carrera watches.
As well as the vintage watches on display, there are also a number of modern 1:1 quality replica TAG Heuer references, including the two Carrera 160 Years Limited Editions, which were released last year for the 160th anniversary of the brand.
Both watches were inspired by pieces from the Heuer archives, and the pop-up offered a great chance to see the original vintage watches next to their modern versions.
Not only are you able to see exactly where the inspiration for the recent limited editions came from, but it’s evident just how faithful the modern references are to the blueprints from decades past. From the logo on the crown down to the iconic Carrera lugs, the current TAG Heuer replica design team did a great job at breathing new life into the design.
The Swiss made copy TAG Heuer x Porsche pop-up in Chadstone will be on display until March 14, so if you’re a watch lover in Melbourne make sure you take the time to go and check it out.
As an added bonus, TAG Heuer have generously offered a gift pack with any watch purchase from the Chadstone boutique while the pop-up is open – all you need to do is mention “Time+Tide” to staff.
A legend is born again: High-quality replica Zenith is bringing back one of the earliest and most emblematic El Primero equipped chronographs from the earliest days of the revolutionary calibre in the form of a Chronomaster revival model.
We have requested for a photography session with this watch when it arrives on Singapore shores – we were told next week, and will update you with a hands-on review when we do. Stay tuned.
AAA Perfect Fake Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385
The Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385 is priced at a retail of SGD 11,600 inclusive of GST / USD 7,900 in strap, and SGD 12,400 inclusive of GST / USD 8,400 in the “Ladder” bracelet.
1969 was certainly a year to remember for Zenith and would go down in the annals of watchmaking history as the year that forever changed the chronograph. It was the year that the Zenith El Primero, the world’s first automatic high-frequency chronograph, was unveiled to the world. It made its debut in three distinct stainless steel models.
Among them was the A385, a tonneau-shaped steel chronograph with an eye-catching brown gradient dial, which was the first “smoked” dial ever to be made in the watch industry and for Zenith.
In fact, the A385 made headlines back in 1970, when it took part in Zenith’s “Operation Sky”. This extreme test consisted of strapping the watch to an Air France Boeing 707’s landing gear on a flight from Paris to New York to test its resistance to external aggressions such as drastic temperature fluctuations, wind force and changing air pressure. Upon landing, the watch was still functioning perfectly. This daring feat was a testament to the confidence those who had tirelessly worked on the El Primero calibre held, as well as tangible proof that a mechanical movement was superior to the nascent quartz movements of the time, which couldn’t have stood the temperature differences endured by the watch during the flight.
After over 50 years, the time has come for the A385 to make its return in the form of a Chronomaster Revival model. Far more than just a vintage-inspired creation, the Chronomaster Revival A385 is an actual reproduction of the original model from 1969 in an exercise of “reverse engineering” by the Manufacture. Using the original blueprints and production plans, each part of the A385’s 37mm tonneau-shaped stainless steel case, including the pump-style pushers, is faithful to the original 1969 model. The only differences, are the domed sapphire crystal instead of an acrylic glass and the display back instead of the closed solid steel case back, offering an unobstructed view of the El Primero 400 chronograph movement.
What made the A385 truly stand was its smoked brown gradient dial with a vignette effect that blackens towards the edges and provides a striking sense of visual depth, as if the dial was domed. For this Chronomaster Revival piece, Zenith sought to recreate the same warm tones and gradient effect, almost indistinguishable from the original with its red chronograph central second hand and silvery-white chronograph counters.
Keeping with the retro theme, the Chronomaster Revival A385 is available in two options that could have come straight from 1969: The first is the steel “ladder” bracelet, a modern remake of the Gay Frères bracelets that became emblematic of the early El Primero watches. The second option is a light brown calf leather strap that will develop a unique patina with wear and time.
With its historically correct proportions, striking dial and unwavering El Primero performance, the Chronomaster Revival A385 is a welcome addition to the Chronomaster lineup by those who appreciate the timeless look and feel of this exceptional chronograph.
Zenith Chronomaster Revival A385 Specifications
Reference: 03.A384.400/385.C855 / Reference: 03.A384.400/385.M385 Key points: First gradient dial in watchmaking industry back in 1969. Original Revival of the 1969 Reference A385 with 37 mm diameter. Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph movement. Movement: El Primero 400 Automatic Frequency: 36,000 VpH (5 Hz) Power-reserve.: min. 50 hours Functions: Hours and minutes in the centre. Small seconds at 9 o’clock Chronograph: Central chronograph hand, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. Tachymetric scale. Date indication at4:30 Price $7,900 USD / $8,400 USD Material: Stainless steel Water-resistance: 5 ATM Dial: Smoked brown gradient dial with white-coloured counters Hour-markers: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super- LumiNova®SLN Hands: Rhodium-plated, faceted and coated with beige Super- LumiNova®SLN Bracelet & Buckle: Light brown calf leather strap with protective rubber lining and a stainless-steel pin buckle / “Ladder” bracelet with stainless steel double folding clasp.
The dress fake watch, an accessory that every man needs is the simplest but most elegant type of watch. Refined, discreet, visually simple but mechanically satisfying, they are all about exclusive materials and finishing, balanced proportions and luxurious but not ostentatious appeal. As 2020 comes to an end, here’s a selection of five of our favourite high-end copy watches of the year.
A. LANGE & SÖHNE 1815 THIN HONEYGOLD
Part of a trilogy of watches presented to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Saxon brand, best quality replica A. Lange & Söhne introduces the 1815 Thin Honeygold “Homage to F.A. Lange”, which is a brand new model in this collection – its movement has only been used in the Saxonia collection so far.
This elegant ultra-thin 38mm A. Lange & Söhne 1815 replica dress watch comes in a limited edition of 175 pieces in Lange’s exclusive Honeygold alloy, with a glossy white enamel dial – something rare at ALS, especially for time-only watches – and special finishes on its hand-wound movement, with its German silver bridges showing matte surfaces. Superbly refined, both inside and out!
Quick facts: 38mm diameter x 6.3mm height 18k Honeygold case – white enamel dial – hand-wound calibre L093.1 in-house – alligator leather strap on Honeygold pin buckle – limited to 188 pieces – EUR 33,000
A Monaco wristwatch worn by Steve McQueen on the set of 1971 racing film, Le Mans, has set a new world record of $2,208,000 for a Swiss fake Heuer timepiece.
The hammer price was set at the Phillips Racing Pulse auction in New York.
It was sold without a publicly-stated pre-sale estimate, but bidding began at $200,000 and ended seven minutes later with an online bid of $1.8 billion (before buyer’s premium).
Enthusiasm for the Monaco surged last year, the 50th anniversary of the launch of the best quality TAG Heuer Monaco replica with its revolutionary automatic chronograph movement.
But the connection to Steve McQueen and his performance in Le Mans, was the catalyst for the highest price ever paid for a Heuer watch.
The watch was gifted by Mr McQueen to his personal and film set mechanic, Haig Alltounian, who directly put it up for sale with Phillips. It has a case back engraved “TO HAIG Le MANS 1970” by Mr McQueen.
“Steve McQueen and his Heuer Monaco not only became one of the most recognised and celebrated timepieces of the last century, but it forever shaped the culture of cheap copy TAG Heuer. We have been humbled by the excitement within the watch community leading up to the auction, and this record result is a testament to the historic importance and continued legacy of this Heuer timepiece,” says Frédéric Arnault, CEO of TAG Heuer.
Paul Boutros, head of Americas for Phillips Watches, and senior vice president, adds: “This luxury fake historic watch will always be associated with the glamour and thrill of auto racing, and it can certainly be considered one of the most important Heuer wristwatches of all time.”
The Swiss made fake Longines Legend Diver Bronze is a pitch-perfect, vintage-style diver. Yet somehow it’s failed to get the attention it deserves due, in part, because understatement is the name of its game. While the Rado Captain Cook turns heads with its lush colourways and the Oris Divers Sixty-Five makes noise with its ever-changing iterations, this bronze diver plays things down and allows its impressive looks to slowly take hold of your psyche. By the time you finally notice it, well, it’s already too late. You’re completely under its spell.
If you are intrigued by the charm of bronze, but have been put off by the narrow choice of monstrous tool watches and colourful skin divers, this might be your ticket into the world of patina. The revitalised perfect replica Longines Legend Diver offers a more formal approach to the vintage diver game, and brings a suited-up vibe to the game, more evocative of marine chronometers than scuba gear and speedboats.
The case for bronze
Good quality fake Longines have delivered a strong year achieving the balancing act of heritage with modernism better than most. The softly spoken Legend Diver is a superb example of the former. It plays with the early ’60s language of an elegant, understated tool watch. This echoes a time when diving was for specialists, before the advent of Cousteau and the scuba boom when everyone wanted to go diving and a rainbow of colours exploded onto watch dials.
This has an air of a gentleman adventurer from another age. The Legend Diver has remained fairly unchanged, its compressor case remaining as balanced as when first shown at Baselworld. That watch has always been fairly dressy with its monochromatic guise and polished case, despite the quirky detail of the inner rotating bezel. This latest piece changes things up – while the shape is the same, this watch is even more luxurious and refined. The caseback has the typical pebble-smooth roundness of the Heritage line with a detailed scuba diver engraving. Longines have used their largest Legend Diver size of 42mm for this bronze version, a good medium size with their typical long, slender lugs. In particular, I love the two large crowns, sharply serrated and topped off by an engraved cross-hatch pattern that turn up the functionality factor.
The almost rose-gold colour of the bronze that’ll change as it patinas, has met its match here contrasted with the dark forest green dial. The dégradé tone, a finish first associated with the crazy dial designs of the early ’70s, here plays a different tune. The green abyss-like background set against the rose gold hands and creamy print on the dial conspires to bring a cohesion and warmth that befits the first impression of dressy vintage. This dial is a subtle delight – close to black on the inner bezel and grassy green in the centre.
What appears first as an unfeasible number of markers and lume plots makes perfect sense in a highly legible dial with a clear demarcation of the centre versus the bezel readout. The crisp gold print of logo and charming vintage font underlines the early ’60s tone. Meanwhile the spearhead golden handset is understated and almost apologetically small, yet perfectly proportioned to fit within the inner dial. The sharply angled rotating inner dive bezel is almost black, making the all-important remaining minutes of air clearly legible.
You might not want to go diving with the hand-sewn two-stitch strap in a smooth calf leather, but you also get a perfectly matched green NATO with bronze hardware, to fully explore the 300m depth rating. Change to the dressy leather strap for an evening of tall tales of the deep, while welcoming guests for cocktails in the Captain’s quarters.
As with in the rest of the Legend Diver range, the movement is the tried-and-trusted L888.5 caliber. This is an ETA movement made exclusively for Swiss movement Longines replica, introducing a healthy 64 hours of power reserve to a technically advanced automatic that also includes a silicon balance spring.
This isn’t a watch for wearing on a speedboat in the South of France and that’s why the Legend Diver stands out. It’s a quietly confident diver with oodles of style. This is plainly obvious by the two-stitch leather strap that wants to stay dry under a sharp denim shirt rather than a frazzled tee – or you might want to put on that peacoat, Captain.