Glashütte Original Senator Observer Adds Luminous Highlights Replica Watches for 2015

Several years ago, Glashütte Original introduced its first Senator Observer, a limited-edition, white-gold timepiece that celebrated the memory of German watchmaker Julius Assmann and famed explorer Roald Amundsen. It was modeled on the traditional observation replica watches made in the German town of Glashütte, which were used by navigators to determine a ship’s position at sea. In 2012, an unlimited version in a stainless steel case with two dial options, made its debut. This year, the brand launches the first Glashütte Original Senator Observer with luminous material on its dial.

Replica-Glashutte-Original_Senator-ObserverAssmann was one of the legendary watchmakers who established the industry in Glashütte, located in the German state of Saxony. His firm specialized in the manufacture of observation watches and marine chronometers, which were renowned for their  precision and reliability, particularly under extreme weather conditions. Pioneering explorers such as Amundsen, who took several Julius Assmann observation watches with him on his legendary expedition to the South Pole in 1911, found these timepieces to be indispensable instruments for navigation.

The Senator Observer takes its design cues directly from those vintage observation watches made in Assmann’s Glashütte atelier, though its interior workings have at least one significant difference: in contrast to the hand-wound movements of the historical deck Glashütte Original replica watches sale, the movement in this contemporary version, Caliber 100-14, is self-winding.

The matte black dial, produced in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufacture in the German town of Pforzheim, is made with three separate layers of lacquer. The dial makers placed the Super-LumiNova highlights, which emit a distinctive green-white glow in the dark, with maximum legibility in mind — on the hour numerals, in the center of the hour and minute hands, and on the indices of the chapter ring.

Replica-Glashutte_Original_Senator_Observer_blackdialThe running seconds are on a subdial at 9 o’clock, and the power-reserve display — with the German indicators “Auf” (“Up”) and Ab (“down”) at either end — is at 3 o’clock. The so-called panorama date display, a hallmark of Glashütte Original timepieces, is prominently placed at 6 o’clock. The hands are made of white gold, the elegantly curving Arabic numerals — evocative of those on the historic deck watches — are in white, and a milled railroad chapter ring is on the periphery of the dial.

The 44-mm case is fashioned of polished and satin-brushed stainless steel and is available on either a black calfskin leather strap or a steel bracelet, both equipped with a stainless steel fold-over clasp. A sapphire viewing window in the back shows off Glashutte Original’s manufacture Caliber 100-14.

Replica-Glashutte_Original_Senenator_Observer_ropesThe movement in the Senator Observer is exquisitely finished and provides the cheap replica watches an approximately 55-hour power reserve. The finishing of automatic Caliber 100-14 provides a visual treat, with traditional Glashütte high-horology features such as the characteristic three-quarter plate with Glashütte ribbing, polished steel components and beveled edges, and a skeletonized gold rotor with the brand’s double-G logo.

Vacheron Constantin Replica Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements Watches 2016

The Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux Ornements replica watches collection is an invitation to celebrate the ornamental beauties of the world drawn from the decorative arts of several cultures. Two year after its first launch, the collection unveils four new models born of the art of  openworking and a combination of artistic crafts bearing the Hallmark of Geneva.

Replica Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux OrnementsTen different master Artisans have provided reinterpretations of Ottoman architecture, Chinese embroidery, Indian manuscripts and French lacework. These creations are equipped with an ethereal hand-engraved movement:calibre ultra-thin 1003 in 18K gold replica watches. The finesse of the front-facing décor is precise to the nearest tenth of a millimetre, while on the back Vacheron Constantin has opted for an exclusively chamfered and hand-drawn finish that preserves a restrained appearance.

Replica Vacheron Constantin Métiers d’Art Fabuleux OrnementTraditional arts meet at the crossroads of different cultures. To highlight this exceptional know-how, the model “Indian manuscript” is created from the alliance of Grand Feu champlevé enameling and hand engraving. The “Ottoman architecture” timepiece is defined by hand chamfering, purple mother-of-pearl base and a gold grid work studded with half-pearl beads. The “French lacework” model is adorned with a translucent hand-guilloché Grand Feu enamelled dial. The base of the gold dial is clad in a guilloché motif lending subtle depth to the transparent enamel and set with garnet-colored sapphires and diamonds. The fourth timepiece “Chinese embroidery” is crafted in white gold according to the stone-cloisonné technique with jade. The dial is sculpted from mother-of-pearl and features a pink opal shaped according to the glyptic art and complimented by finely hand engraved gold leaves and pistils.

Vacheron Constantin Replica Métiers d’Art Fabuleux OrnementFor 260 years, the Manufacture has consistently enhanced the beauty of its creations through artistic crafts. Hand engraving is one such technique. A demanding art calling for exceptional patience and dexterity, it was used right from the start as a means of achieving ethereal lightness. The first replica watches created by Jean-Marc Vacheron in 1755 already featured an openworked and engraved balance-cock. A master in the practice of this extremely intricate discipline, Vacheron Constantin has given free rein to its creativity, progressively openworking both simple and complicated calibres, associating them according to its inspiration with other artistic crafts.

Replica Hublot Big Bang Watches Celebrates 10 Years of Big Bang

Cheap replica watches for men and women-It was 10 years ago, in 2005, that Jean-Claude Biver revitalized the Hublot brand with the introduction of the now iconic Replica Hublot Big Bang. The model that the brand introduced to celebrate this anniversary, the Replica Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold, made its U.S. debut at a lavish event this week in New York City, hosted by Biver and featuring an interactive, commemorative pop-up exhibit on the history and development of the Big Bang model.

The Big Bang pop-up exhibit, which kicked off at Dallas’s AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Cowboys, made its second stop on its U.S. tour at Manhattan’s Cedar Lake Studio. With dynamic images by Swiss photographer Fred Merz (who also shot the Hublot Loves Football campaign), immersive video displays, and important Big Bang watches in vitrines highlighted by plasma globes, the exhibit served as the centerpiece of the evening’s festivities, which also included a Q&A session with Biver and an intimate dinner with tables surrounding a huge circular image of a Big Bang replica watches dial projected onto the floor.

Hublot_BigBang_10th_EntranceBiver — who explained that the name “Big Bang” comes from that moment of surprise upon discovering materials combined in a cheap replica watches that never had been before, such as the gold and rubber of the early Hublots — gave special attention to the Full Magic Gold model, demonstrating the material’s scratch-resistance and hardness and challenging guests to try their own hand at scratching a Magic Gold case (none succeeded).

Hublot first announced this proprietary, patented alloy in 2011, and the material made its commercial debut in the case of a Big Bang Ferrari limited edition watch in 2012. Magic Gold, certified as 18 carats by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control, was developed by Hublot in Switzerland in a partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). Touted by Hublot as “the most scratch-resistant gold ever created,” it is a mixture of 24k gold with high-tech ceramics, created in a complex process that involves pre-formed boron carbide powder in molds, which is then hardened at extremely high temperatures, creating a rigid, porous structure. Afterward, molten liquid gold is injected into the structure under very high pressure, filling the pores to create the final alloy, whose defining property is its exceptional resistance to scratches: its hardness is close to 1,000 Vickers, whereas standard 18k gold is only 400 Vickers.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold is a limited edition of 250 pieces. Like its brethren in the Big Bang Unico family, it sports a big 45-mm-diameter case, with a bezel secured by H-shaped screws (here in black PVD-treated titanium), and is outfitted with Hublot’s in-house Unico movement. The Unico (also dubbed caliber HUB 1242) is an automatic movement equipped with a flyback chronograph function incorporating a column wheel and a double clutch — both of which are visible on the dial side thanks to the Swiss replica watch’s skeleton dial. The date is visible in a white window at 3 o’clock.

Replica_Hublot_Big_Bang_Full_Magic_Gold_frontThe polished Magic Gold case (which is water-resistant to 100 meters and is fitted with a nonreflective sapphire crystal in the front and back) also sports a Hublot logo-branded crown made of black satin-finished PVD titanium and chronograph push-pieces in the same material. The caseback is made not of Magic Gold but of micro-blasted black PVD titanium (there’s that “fusion” again). The dial features subdials with satin-finished gilt counter rings at 9 o’clock (for small seconds) and 3 o’clock (for the chronograph minutes counter). The gilt-plated hands and indices are coated with Super-LumiNova. The Unico movement, including the rotor, has a striking anthracite gray treatment and holds a power reserve of 72 hours. The Hublot Big Bang Unico comes on a structured, ribbed black rubber strap with a deployant buckle in black PVD titanium.

Replica_Hublot_Big_Bang_Full_Magic_Gold_angleThe Replica Hublot Big Bang Tour pop-up exhibit will continue throughout the holiday season, making worldwide stops including San Francisco and Miami.

Mixed fortunes for the Geneva auctions

Each spring and autumn, for one week the capital of Swiss replica watchmaking becomes the capital of auction sales. An unusually warm November sunshine welcomed bidders to the latest sessions. Phillips presided over two sales: the now famous Only Replica Watch and Two. Antiquorum was also present, along with stalwarts Christie’s and Sotheby’s, the latter for its unique History of Swatch Design.

Patek Philippe Replica Reference 5016The scene was set for this twice-yearly ritual. The economy being what it is, observers were eager to see what signal the auction market would send; a market that represents barely a few percent of global watch revenue yet remains a showcase for high-end brands and an important vehicle for their image. Results, as it turned out, went in all directions.

Only Watch, launched in 2005 as a fundraiser for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, confirmed it is a one-of-a-kind event for one-of-a-kind modern replica watches. Each year brands rival with imagination, and with the 44 lots in the sale garnering more than CHF 11 million in all, the 2015 edition was clearly a huge boost for the charity in question, Association Monégasque Contre les Myopathies, but also for those brands whose timepieces exceeded their pre-sale estimate, such as Laurent Ferrier,Louis Vuitton, Urwerk and François-Paul Journe.

Replica Tudor Heritage Black Bay OneThe real stars of the show, however, were elsewhere. Patek Philippe, unsurprisingly, was one. More surprising is the price fetched by its very lovely Reference 5016 Grande Complication, a unique Tourbillon, minute Perpetual Calendar in steel. It sold to an English buyer (apparently) for over ten times its estimate at CHF 7,300,000. Quite simply the highest price ever paid for a wristwatch at auction. It alone accounted for three-quarters of proceeds from the sale.

Back in the spotlight in recent years, Tudor came with its one-off piece: a Heritage Black Bay One that reprises the design of the Tudor Submariner from 1954. It has a specific bezel,crystal,dial and hands compared with the series-produced Black Bay, making it a highly anticipated lot among collectors. Given that it is the only one-of-a-kind watch ever made by Rolex replica and/or Tudor, expectations were high for it to go above its estimate of CHF 3,500-4,500. Even so, at almost 120 times the pre-auction estimate, the final price of CHF 375,000 amazed everyone. A result worthy of the event and all for a good cause!

Phillips’ sale, The Geneva Watch Auction: Two, confirmed “Magic” Aurel Bacs’ incomparable talent for assembling an outstanding catalogue. Such an impressive collection in both number and quality, and the presence of seasoned collectors ready to snap up the most exceptional lots at prices that bear no resemblance to any other type of context, generated a total CHF 28 million, with 95% of lots sold. Collectors were particularly drawn to the most outstanding pieces in terms of rarity and quality, including the highlight of the sale. Lot 169, a Patek Philippe split-seconds chronograph Reference 1436 in steel from 1945, one of only two known examples, went for CHF 3.3 million.

Patek Philippe replica watchesThese figures made for a stark contrast with the rest of the week’s sales whose catalogues were unable to rival with that of Phillips and which, though certainly prolific, fell somewhat short of previous results.

Here again, there was a definite tendency to focus on lots with a particular point of interest, be this rarity and provenance, inscriptions that render the item unique, or an unusual history. Examples include a Vacheron & Constantin pocket replica watches from 1945 depicting the Shah of Iran, estimated at CHF 8-12,000 and selling for CHF 50,000 (lot 153, Sotheby’s); a fine Audemars Piguet chronograph with complete calendar, manufactured in 1942, estimated at CHF 80-140,000 and selling for CHF 353,000 (lot 84, Christie’s), and a 1937 Omega Aviator, estimated at CHF 8-12,000 and selling for CHF 43,750 (lot 8, Antiquorum).

For many other items of more “ordinary” provenance, in less than impeccable condition, or lacking any particular interest, the hammer hit the rostrum at a much lower price, sometimes even failing to make the reserve. The same fate awaited many of the modern watches on offer. A full-set steel Rolex Daytona from 2008 is a striking example. Estimated between CHF 8,000 and CHF 12,000, it failed to find a buyer… a turn-up for the books, considering this was for many years the most sought-after sport watch.

Vacheron & Constantin pocket replica watchesAfter climbing to dizzying heights, the market for vintage Rolex replica watches now appears to be slowing down. Such icons as the single and double red, certain GMT models and even some Daytonas fell within their estimated price range, in certain cases towards the lower end. Only a handful of Daytonas went above estimate, and sometimes only by inches. The times they are a-changin’?

Other brands fared better. Universal Genève, which is creeping back into the spotlight, Angelus and certain Heuer watches managed to produce satisfactory results while Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms confirmed it is the star of dive watches. Note also a strong performance by the various Vacheron Constantin watches offered up for sale, at Phillips in particular, and those from Piaget, especially the 1970s women’s watches that have become a hallmark of the brand. Among the more contemporary pieces, François-Paul Journe showed that it has earned the esteem of serious collectors.

The History of Swatch Design at Sotheby’s presented four thousand items combined into one single lot that traced Swatch’s different styles throughout the 1980s. They included technical drawings, prototypes and over a thousand watches from the collection of Marlyse Schmid and Bernard Muller, the two designers who were instrumental in the brand’s artistic development. It sold for CHF 1,330,000.

Omega Replica AviatorWhat could be seen as an underperformance can be partly explained by the lack of Asian and Russian bidders. This new state of affairs reflects the delicate situation within major markets that were, until recently, still extremely active. And so it appears that the spread of economic slowdown is affecting not just sales of new replica watches, but auction results too. How much this trend digs in will be seen at the next session’s sales.

In the meantime, satellite initiatives are emerging with the launch of online watch stores, including at Antiquorum and Christie’s, and the arrival of new players such as Iconeek whose catalogues of less “out of the ordinary” models, more affordable prices and lower commissions could well provide an interesting alternative.

Planet Replica Watches has reinvented itself more than once; there can be no doubting that this time, as always, it will bounce back.