2015 Edition of the Tour Auto Optic 2ooo: Zenith at the finish line as official timekeeper

On 25th April, Zenith was at the finish line in Biarritz… chronograph in hand, in order to officially list the times of the competitors and definitively confirm the victory of the Jean-Pierre Lajournade/Christophe Bouchet crew at the wheel of their Jaguar Type E 3.8L. It was the second time that they had triumphed, with Ludovic Caron and Charles de Villaucourt’s Shelby Cobra 289 finishing closely behind. However, it was Philippe Vandromme and Frédéric Vivier, the winners of Group G with their Ford GT40, who won the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Swiss replica watches offered by Zenith.

After leaving Paris on 21st April, the 233 historic race cars arrived in sunny Biarritz following five days of races, trials and superb experiences shared with the crowds.

Now it’s all over and it’s back to reality for everyone involved in this magical interlude. By combining a sporting competition with the French art of living, fostering friendships between enthusiasts – be they drivers, team members or crowds – the Tour Auto has proven, more than ever, to be a rare and precious racing event. Undisputedly unique!

It’s the taking part that counts!

When it comes to the Tour Auto, this sentence is particularly appropriate… Zenith, its drivers and the support team all took away intense experiences from the event. Being there and taking part was both essential and extraordinary!

As for the competition,Zenith was extremely proud of and delighted by its role as official timekeeper. It kept a very close Zenith replica watches on each stage, whether timed trials or special stages on roads and renowned closed tracks such as Magny-Cours, Pau-Arnos, Albi and the Charade Circuit.

Zenith is proud of its three drivers: Felix Baumgartner at the wheel of a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300SL, Daniel Spadini in a 1964 Jaguar type E 3.8L and Dominique Vananty at the wheel of a 1965 Porsche 911.

For these three champions as well as Aldo Magada, President and CEO of Zenith and Daniel Spadini’s co-driver, these five days were nothing but pure pleasure. The joy of driving collector cars, the adrenaline rush while competing, and the experiences shared during the stages. Shaken up, exhausted and aching, their ears still full of the thrumming of the engines, they only yearned for one thing, it was all they asked for: to get back behind the wheel!

And what a joy taking part is!

Joy, because the Tour Auto is also an opportunity to discover France’s heritage and its renowned art of living. From narrow, winding roads through woods to mountain slopes, from the heart of the countryside to the tops of mountain passes, the Tour Auto is a way of becoming acquainted with the regions and departments of France. The 2015 replica watches edition focused on the south-west, crossing the Allier, Cantal and Aveyron regions and the Pyrenees to reach the Basque coast. It offered a succession of breathtaking scenery and sites, with every stage offering visitors a prestigious backdrop: historical locations, tastings of local products and regional wines in the shade of majestic castles and medieval abbeys, cheerfulness and conviviality shared together, standing against the finest models of vintage cars… A Tour Auto stage is something to be savoured!

The Breitling Jet Team sets off to conquer America

Following the Asian Tour (2013), the largest professional civilian aerobatics team flying on jets is making its first appearance on the American continent for a grand tour that will take it all over the United States as well as Canada. An opportunity to fly high the Breitling colors.

The American Tour 2015 took off on Tuesday April 21st at the Sun ‘n Fun Airshow in Lakeland, Florida. During their American odyssey, the aerobatic team’s seven L-39C Albatrosses will present their breathtaking show at a number of events, notably including AirVenture in Oshkosh, the biggest aeronautical get-together on the planet, as well as the famous air races in Reno (Nevada), of which Breitling is the main sponsor. Over the coming months, the Breitling Jet Team will also fly over a number of the most legendary places in the United States, such as Cap Canaveral and Miami in Florida, the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Mount Rushmore memorial and Monument Valley. To celebrate the event, Breitling has created an exclusive version of its famous pilot’s Chronomat chronograph. Issued in a 500-piece limited series, this Chronomat 44 Breitling Jet Team American Tour Limited Edition makes a striking impression with its black steel case, caseback engraved with the official logo of the American Tour, black dial with the team logo and rotating dial with yellow rubber-inlaid numerals, reprising one of the team’s colors. This is an authentic instrument for professionals, brimming with a blend of performance, daring and precision – just like the Breitling Jet Team itself.

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Fellows Auctioneers launches monthly Watch Sale

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Founded in 1867, Fellows, headquartered in Birmingham, is one of the UK’s most established auction houses. But it was only this week that they introduced the first of their monthly Swiss replica watches sales. The Watch Sale was officially launched on April 20 and enjoyed an exceptional 93% sale rate.

Until this week, Fellows held a specialist wristwatch sale and a specialist pocket watch sale only on a quarterly basis. Now these two auctions have been joined together to become known as The Watch Sale.

Fellows see this new monthly auction as a means by which to cement their position as a major force in the UK watch market with strong sales together with the opportunity to hold more specialist watch sales than any other auctioneer.

The first of our Watch Sales launched with an excellent Hammer total of just under 380,000 significantly above the estimate for the auction. This proves that with clear cataloguing, sensible estimates, detailed descriptions and high quality images each monthly Watch Sale is on track to be a huge success. Stephen Whittaker, Managing Director, Fellows

Buyers will quickly discover that the monthly Watch Sale will offer a constantly changing inventory at a wide range of price points, both for contemporary commercial pieces or vintage rarities. The Fellows cheap Cartier replica watches buying environment has all the drama and excitement that only comes with a packed auction room and provides a shopping experience like no other.

Bidders unable to visit the saleroom in person can view multiple high-resolution photographs online along with detailed condition reports and interactive 360 imagery.

As for the vendor, there are more opportunities than ever to achieve the consistently high prices and sold ratios for which Fellows is noted, along with an unmatched turnaround time between consignment and payment. The Fellows watch team of friendly, knowledgeable experts are also on hand to assist.

If you want to visit The Watch Sale, whether as a vendor or a buyer, visit the Fellows website or contact Conrad Cunningham, Head of Department on 0121 212 5506. The next monthly Watch Sale is on May 26 at 11am.

Some Auction highlights

Lot 292: ROLEX – a gentleman’s 18ct gold Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II bracelet watch. Estimate 8,000 – 12,000, Hammer Price 13,000

Lot 271: ROGER DUBUIS – a limited edition gentleman’s stainless steel Excalibur wrist watch. Estimate 1,800 – 2,600, Hammer Price 3,400

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Lot 10: BREITLING – a gentleman’s Professional Emergency bracelet watch. Estimate 6,000 – 8,000, Hammer Price 7,400

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Lot 251: PATEK PHILIPPE – a gentleman’s 18ct yellow gold Ellipse bracelet watch. Estimate 2,600 – 3,600, Hammer Price 3,500

Lot 206: OMEGA – a gentleman’s yellow metal Cosmic triple date wrist watch. Estimate 1,500 – 2,000, Hammer Price 2,000

Lot 137: JAEGER-LECOULTRE – a gentleman’s stainless steel Reverso Duo wrist watch. Estimate 3,000 – 4,000, Hammer Price 4,100

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Lot 247: PANERAI – a limited edition gentleman’s stainless steel Radiomir Paneristi Forever wrist watch. Estimate 4,000 – 6,000, Hammer Price 5,300

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Lot 130: IWC – a gentleman’s stainless steel Portuguese Regulateur wrist watch. Estimate 2,000 – 3,000, Hammer Price 3,300.

Monochrome Monday: Introducing the RJ-Romain Jerome Pac-Man Level II

The phrase “insert coin” or “1 credit(s) remaining” brings back memories for many people of a certain age. As kids, they swarmed old-school arcades to hone their skills in “quarter-a-pop” video games after pleading for loose change from their parents as if their lives depended on it. The late 1970s and early 1980s paved the way for legendary games, including the greatest video game of all time: Pac-Man. Recently on our cheap replica watches blog, we wrote that 35 years after the launch of the iconic game in 1980, RJ – Romain Jerome celebrates the birthday with the Pac-Man Level II.


Why celebrate Pac-Man, specifically? Let’s be honest, there are far more profitable games out today when it comes to total revenue, but allow us to put things into context a little bit. Just consider the simple fact that Pac-Man cost about a quarter to play and yet the total gross income it generated during the first 20 years of its lifespan is estimated at $2.5 billion. Taking into account those figures, along with its cultural currency of being loved and passed on from one generation to the next, in its original version, no less – well, do you still think your modern-day warfare or carjacking game, perennially replaced by a newer and “better” version at a steep annual expense, is “the best ever?” No, neither do we.


RJ-Romain Jerome is launching five different versions of the new Pac-Man Level II, three in 46-mm- and two in 40-mm-diameter cases, available in a run of 20 pieces each. Both sizes share the same aesthetics, and feature a decorated dial resembling the playing field of the oh-so-familiar Pac-Man game. Obviously, the game’s pixelated namnesake is depicted on the dial, along with several of his ghostly pursuers (did you know they actually have names?) and a couple of strawberries. The 46-mm models get blue, black or colored ghosts and the 40-mm, just black and colored. A luminous material emitting a blue hue is applied on the black hands, after these have been oxidized and satin brushed.


When it boils down to tribute-watches RJ-Romain Jerome has performed this particular party-trick numerous times before, by creating timepieces commemorating “the stuff of legends.” Whether it’s the Statue of Liberty, the DMC DeLorean, Batman, the Titanic, and now Pac-Man, Romain Jerome seeks inspiration all over the world, always casting a wide-open net for their next subject. Video games, statues, comics, historical ships – anything is fair game for these Swiss Breitling replica watchmakers.


The five versions of the new Pac-Man Level II are no different technically than some of the other time-only RJ watches. The Pac-Man Level II features the RJ001-A caliber, an ETA/Valjoux clone made by either Concepto or La Joux-Perret. It is housed in the “Moon-Invader” case, with four protruding landing “feet” that can swivel slightly to ensure a comfy fit. The watch comes attached to a rubber strap with a black DLC-coated folding buckle.


If you are still nostalgic for the age of shoulder pads, synthesizer music and pixelated video-gaming, this replica watches for men could very well be for you. Considering the price tag, though, you’ll also have to have some fairly deep pockets, as each one costs 11,950 Euros (40-mm) or 15,950 Euros (46-mm).