Women’s Swiss Replica Watches Continue to Steal the Limelight

Top Replica Watches Brands Expand Women’s Timepiece Offerings For Serious Collectors

Replica Cartier Crash Skeleton
Replica Cartier Crash Skeleton 2016

Prestige watch houses are finally realizing that women are serious about their watches and are looking for more than adornment in an investment piece.

Watch collecting, one of the last bastions of masculine-occupied territory, is attracting a growing number of female connoisseurs who are buying them for more than just telling time: a sporty-chic watch for weekend wear, an august statement piece for the boardroom, a more formal mechanical watch for a touch of evening glamour.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Replica Reverso Classic small Duetto

But in an industry that is estimated to reap upwards of $40 billion in global sales annually, replica watches for women make up only a small percentage, in part because companies have been slow to recognize that many of the female persuasion actually like watches as more than just a fashion accessory.

Kathleen McGivney, a 40-year-old New York City–based information technology consultant and an avid watch collector, is one of the few female members of a watch-collecting group in Manhattan known as the Red Bar Crew, which meets weekly to discuss haute horology. McGivney owns more than 20 complex watches—timepieces with hundreds of tiny components that work in unison to offer complicated functions. But most of them are men’s watches. “I don’t want to wear bling,” says McGivney. “I want substance, mechanics.”

McGivney is not alone. Tennis great Martina Navratilova is another avid watch collector who says that she regularly turns to men’s offerings to find the precision and functionality that she wants. “I look at both men’s and women’s watches, but the women’s collections have lacked gravitas,” says Navratilova, a brand ambassador for IWC Schaffhausen, which recently launched the Portofino Midsize collection, an ideal line for women.

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Replica Chanel J12 Skeleton Open-worked Flying Tourbillon

Complicated watches can retail from around $15,000 to more than $500,000, thanks to the handmade mechanisms inside them, and women are not afraid to pay top dollar to demonstrate their mechanical acumen or celebrate an important milestone. According to Reginald Brack, the international head of retail at Christie’s auction house, “We are seeing more women coming to our auction previews than ever before, easily a 20 percent rise in 2014 over 2013.” As a result, Brack adds, Christie’s is actively seeking more women’s provenance cheap fake watches to add to its offerings.

It requires years of research and development to build new movements that fit inside women’s-size cases and longer still to bring these concepts to fruition. But luxury-watch brands are increasingly willing to make the investment to appeal to the swelling ranks of female devotees. Granted, the first to venture into the women’s luxury-watch world in the past decade were high-fashion and fine-jewelry companies, like Chanel, Dior, and Van Cleef & Arpels. These brands found a way to blend dazzling design with mechanical panache to create watches with serious heft.

Chanel, for instance, worked with luxury-watch brand Audemars Piguet to create a complex mechanical movement for a special edition of its now-famed J12 watch. Dior’s watchmakers went a step further, building an inverse-rotor that sits beside the dial, making it visible to the wearer as a symbol of mechanical refinement.

Replica Patek Philippe Ref. 4948G l calendar watch
Replica Patek Philippe Ref. 4948G l calendar watch

These watches met with considerable success, spurring even more interest on the part of leading brands, like Patek Philippe replica watches sale, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Girard-Perregaux, and Ulysse Nardin, to create discrete collections for women that went beyond the razzle-dazzle. Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous line, one of the first collections of note made specifically for women, now includes complications such as a moon-phase indicator, a tourbillon, and even a minute repeater. A highly coveted complication in the men’s market, a minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter hours, and minutes on demand and is one of the most sophisticated movements made— complete with tiny hammers and gongs to achieve the melodious modes.

Patek Philippe developed a minute repeater for women, a tourbillon escapement, and a complex chronograph, unveiling them over the course of two years. Even independent watchmakers—such as Richard Mille, Peter Speake-Marin, and Christophe Claret—have built special women’s replica watches, finally capturing the right blend of brains and beauty to satiate women collectors.

Replica Richard Mille RM19-02 Tourbillon Fleur

 

 

Time is on our side

How replica watches companies are helping to save the planet

The perils of climate change and poor environmental policies are well documented. There are a number of ways we can help save our planet, and replica watches companies are getting involved in the solutions. This is one in a series of articles that explores that involvement.

8b061050cfAudemars Piguet replica watches and the forest conservation

The Audemars Piguet Foundation was established out of the love of trees, particularly the trees in the replica Audemars Piguet watches company’s own back yard. Audemars Piguet’s headquarters, the Manufacture des Forges, is surrounded by the Grand Risoux forest in the Vallée de Joux near the village of Le Brassus, the heart of Swiss watchmaking. It is an old-world forest, with trees nearly as tall as the mountains, and thanks to the Audemars Piguet Foundation, it is well protected.

1a90f8a2a4The Foundation is headed by Jasmine Audemars, AP’s chairwoman and the great granddaughter of company co-founder Jules Audemars. It was started by her father, Jacques-Louis Audemars, who was technical director for the company and chairman of the board from 1959 to 1992, when Jasmine took over. “Forest conservation was an obvious concern for us,” she says. “Just by looking at the forests that surround us in the Vallée de Joux, one can understand their importance to us locals. The Foundation was born out of this love and respect for the valley, as a formal way to guard the forests that surround the region of its origins.” Audemars Piguet replica does this by funding the Garden of Time, a public park that incorporates an historical walking tour, with educational stations and plantings that culminate in an exhibit of a fossil – a 16,000-year-old mold of a mammoth, found in 1969 in a nearby gravel pit. The park sits on the old, disused platforms of Le Brassus train station.

More than 80 projects

The Foundation was launched in 1992 with the primary goal of forest conservation and reconstitution. Since its establishment, the AP Foundation has financed more than 80 projects in 40 countries from Senegal to Scotland. It has supported the planting of trees and shrubs in locales ranging from the foothills of the Himalayas to the Cerrado savannah in Brazil. Current initiatives include restoration of sustainable agriculture in Orissa, India, and biodiversity work at a nature park in Madagascar. Other notable examples include a program in Nainital, in the North of India, to assist the return to traditional agriculture and symposiums on the forest in Miyazaki, Japan.

b080b9cf06“There is great need around the fake watches world today for the replenishing of forests and restoration of the biodiversity of biotopes destroyed by natural disasters, over-use and climate changes,” explains Jasmine Audemars, who says Foundation’s ancillary goal is to raise awareness of conservation among young people – thereby preserving the notion of preservation itself.

The New Heritage Chronometrie Dual Time Vasco Da Gama 238 Limited Edition Watch from Montblanc

It was just over a year and a half ago that i had the distinct privilege of traveling with Montblanc replica watches to Capetown, South Africa. There, the brand celebrated the unveiling of an all new line that would not be seen by the world until SIHH of this year. That line, the Heritage, also had components in it that celebrated the pioneering and adventurous spirit of explorer Vasco da Gama.

Replica Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama 238

Today, continuing in the spirit of precision engineering and navigation, Montblanc adds a new dimension to the Heritage Vasco da Gama line up: the Heritage Chronometrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama 238 Limited Edition. We have covered this Tag Heuer replica watches thoroughly earlier today in our column,but now we want to bring you just a few more details about the line and the making of the new caliber.

The dial is harmoniously balanced with night sky as seen from Southern Hemisphere and world map

Under the watchful eye of Jerome Lambert, global CEO of Montblanc, the company has moved forward with a deft blend of the Montblanc advanced watchmaking technology and the Villeret craftsmanship. Villeret, after all, is the haute horlogerie division of the brand. We also toured this facility and you can read an entire article about Villeret/Minerva here. The concept is to bring the ability and knowledge of the high-end Panerai replica of watchmaking and infuse the already strong main watch collection with elements that bring it to a new level.

Such elements include adding complication modules that have been developed in Villeret to Montblanc replica watches, and applying new techniques and technologies to watch dials that offer a cutting edge of sophistication. In the new watch, these factors are evident. The watch houses the Caliber MB 29.19 automatic Dual Time movement. The dual time complication (with 21 components) was developed by Montblanc’s top master watchmakers at Villeret and added to this Cartier fake watches to enable the wearer to see both  home time zone and  second time zone (local time) simultaneously off of a stunning dial. The dial features a  night sky disk with am/pm indications around it at 12:00. (The disk depicts the sky as seen in the Southern Hemisphere complete with the Southern Cross constellation.) Beneath the night-sky disk  is a beautiful  world map disk– that has been creating using new technology that seems to transform the flat disk to  a three-dimensional rendition.

Replica Cape Point

The disks further underscore the concept of travel (as does the Dual Time zone function) and makes another connection between heritage and vision of the brand, and between the  vision and spirit of Vasco da Gama, whose travels in the late 1400’s led to the opening of a gateway of trade with India.  Again, for more details on the watch, visit our column on Forbes.com.  The Swiss replica watches is built in a limited edition of just 238 pieces — so numbered for the height of the lighthouse on Cape Point at the Cape of Good Hope, around which da Gama sailed in the 15th century in his efforts to open the seaway to India. The watch is expected to retail for approximately $6,750.

Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy Replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

As we enter part 4 of our “Vintage Eye” series, we come to yet another classic and innovative watch, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. First designed in 1931 for British Army polo players stationed in India, the watch with the now-iconic pivoting case quickly earned its status as the original sports cheap  replica watches combining purposed functionality with exceptional wearability. Today, there are countless variations on the original piece — from moon-phases to tourbillons, from dual-dialed cases to diamond-studded dials — but all of them remain faithful to the original vision of the watch: consumer-catered tailoring, and unmistakable style. Plainly put, the JLC Reverso has not only become a hallmark for the Jaeger-LeCoultre brand, but has acquired a “cool factor” that has enabled it to retain a strong following (disregarding a slight falloff during the Quartz Crisis) for more than 80 years.

JLC Reverso vintage 1931

The first watch we’ll take a look at this week is the Reverso Classique (Ref. 2508412). This piece is available in 10 different stylings, with this particular version sporting a stainless steel case and a clean, white dial strapped up on matte black crocodile leather. The watch distinguishes itself with unique blue “baton” hour and minute hands (the classic Reverso has traditionally not included seconds hands), a similar colored minutes counter, and what I find to be the most significant detail, the black Arabic numerals. The numerals, along with the rest of the graphics on the dial, seem to have a “human” quality to them: slight imperfections give the Jaeger-LeCoultre replica watches the appearance that it has lived a previous life before it made its way to your wrist. This particular reference uses the Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 846/1, and maintains the classic Reverso proportions, 38.5 mm x 23.1 mm for length and width, respectively. You will be able to find the Classique for around $5,650.

JLC Reverso Ref. 2508412

Despite my preference for vintage, I like this watch a great deal. It is certainly not a full-on replica of the tan-and-black, semi-minimalist Reverso of 1931, but instead combines a healthy amount of heritage with contemporary coolness. If anything, this is the much-improved Reverso that René-Alfred Chauvot (the watch’s original designer) could have hoped to create. It has a fully functioning, reversible case that is able to pivot at more than just a single corner of the cheap IWC replica watches (one of the original version’s main flaws), it has a much more water-resistant case and shock-absorbing movement (which makes sense for what was envisioned, originally, as a sports watch), and the dial has been able to fuse simplicity with soul, which is a rare feat in itself.

JLC Reverso in glove

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None of this is to imply that the Omega fake watches does not pay sufficient tribute to earlier models in its lineage: the case is still practically the same design as it has always been (with JLC refraining from brushing the steel, as many brands have chosen to do with their modern pieces), the smaller minutes counter is the same design as older, complete-dial versions (in what I’m positive was purposeful to maintain the “Art Deco” aesthetic), and the crocodile leather strap is of a higher quality, which no one will argue against. Jaeger-LeCoultre did a good job with this watch, and should be proud of where their hallmark stands today.

The next best TAG Heuers replica watches we’ll look at is the Reverso Duo (Ref. 2718410, below). This watch was released in 1994 as part of a larger ’90s push by JLC to develop more contemporarily designed pieces. Rather noticeably, this is quite a different watch than the Reverso Classique. With two different reversing dials, one white and one black, the Duo is able to transition quickly and simply from one time zone to another by means of a pusher above the crown. Both dials now include a round component at the six o’clock mark, and the piece is powered by a single movement, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 854/1.

replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ref. 2718410

Outside of these technicalities, the two different dials bear very little resemblance to one another; the black dial takes advantage of circular accents (and even includes a 24-hour indicator at the bottom), “eventail” hands, and fewer Arabic numerals for the hour markers. The white dial uses two-toned square accents (outside its seconds counter), sticks with the blue “baton” hands for the hour and minute, and uses many more numerals for the hours, adding to what I find to be a more classical look. The Duo is listed significantly higher than the Classique, at $9,150.

One of the greatest aspects of the original Reverso, outside of the flipping case and cool backstory, was the level of customization customers could add to their watches via caseback engravings. The Duo takes that same spirit of the Reverso and Jaeger-LeCoultre and transforms it into a memorable contemporary piece. The white dial and stainless-steel case pays homage to past Reversos, focusing on the numerals, “Art Deco” styling, and hands, while the black developed a more modern take, with its triple-toned, partly textured dial, circular accents, and sword-like “eventail” hands. The fake Cartier watches sale, in my opinion, represents very well what the brand, and the watch, strives to be in the modern day — with a 24-hour indicator or a seconds counter, with a white or black dial, with circle or square subdials —a timepiece that everyone who appreciates something unique and out-of-the-ordinary will enjoy.

replica Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ref. 2718410 - two dials

As you can probably tell, I really like the Reverso collection overall. I feel it is one of the few examples of modern Patek Philippe replica watches that have been able to honor what it used to be decades ago, while continually breaking new ground in the present. It still hand winds when it could have fully transitioned to a quartz or mechanical automatic movement, it has kept basically to its original 1931 proportions, and even with both of these “limitations,” it continues to improve in its design through better movements, more versatile reversing cases, and modern manufacturing techniques. With all of that said, I still don’t wear either of these myself. Both pieces are relatively “long” (to be expected of rectangular watches), and I know I have neither the courage nor large enough wrists to pull it off. But who knows? Perhaps I’ll try on one of the smaller ladies’ model first and see if it grows on me.

Caleb Anderson is the Director of Outreach at the online vintage and antique watch boutique theoandharris.com. Since starting at Theo & Harris, he has garnered extensive knowledge on vintage replica watches, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions within the field. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on watches, and a casual runner.