Independent Swiss replica watchmaking shines in Dubai

Swiss replica watches cheap sale online for fake watches collectors—The first edition of Dubai Replica Watch Week, organised by Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, turned the spotlight on independent replica watchmakers. The very ones most likely to interest replica watches collectors.

Ostensibly, Bovet Fleurier and Christiaan van der Klaauw have little in common. One bears the name of a celebrated watchmaker who set up in business in the nineteenth century; the other is named after a contemporary movement-maker. One wrote some of the finest pages in the history of Swiss horology; the other is Dutch and a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, a cosmopolitan group if ever there was. Little in common, yet both travelled to Dubai to spend time with the region’s cheap replica watches enthusiasts, proof of a certain meeting of minds.

Bovet Fleurier, a heritage in its hands

Pascal Raffy, owner of Bovet Fleurier since 2001, strides through the Dubai International Financial Center, the venue for the event, with the confident air of a man with a clear mind. Clear he made the right choice when he took over a brand with production of just 133 watches. Clear he made the right move five years later by equipping the brand with the manufacturing capacity it lacked, and transferring the business to Château de Môtier, a property of the Bovet family whose debuts in Bovet replica watchmaking date back to 1822. “Over fourteen years, we have gradually incorporated production of movements,balance springs, dials and cases without selling our soul,” he remarks. “At each point in this vertical integration, we have had one specific and clear idea in mind, which is to safeguard Bovet’s heritage. I personally believe that people must remain at the heart of watchmaking.”

Dubai Watch Week CalibreImageEven at a time when numerous markets are in disarray, Pascal Raffy has the assurance that Bovet abides by the belief that solidity is more important than show. “Back in 2013 I sensed that the future would hold some surprises, and not necessarily of the good kind, so I calculated budgets based on zero growth for the years 2014 to 2016. This meant we were ready to face the situation as it stands today. Yes, circumstances are difficult but overall I can already say that 2015 will be a satisfactory year.” The recent introduction of the 19Thirty collection is doubtless one of the reasons why. By launching its first steel watch, inspired by one of its own pocket chronometers from the 1930s, Bovet widens its appeal while continuing to embrace the passion that has inspired Pascal Raffy, from the very beginning of the brand’s contemporary adventure, for “timepieces that have something to say.”

Christiaan van der Klaauw, intelligible astronomy

When Van Cleef & Arpels unveiled its Midnight Planetarium, the public at large discovered a previously unfamiliar name: that of movement-maker Christiaan van der Klaauw. Established in 1974 by the eponymous replica Van Cleef & Arpels watchmaker, a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants, the brand is unique as the only workshop to produce nothing but timepieces with astronomical complications. Originally specialised in clocks, next year the brand will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of its first ever wristwatch, the CVDK Satellite du Monde. “There is a long tradition of astronomy in the Netherlands, particularly since the work of Christiaan Huygens,” explains CEO and Creative Director Daniël Reintjes. “With our Christiaan van der Klaauw timepieces, our wish is to perpetuate this science by devoting ourselves entirely to astronomical indications.” After a decade designing watches for the brand, in 2009 Reintjes succeeded Mr Van der Klaauw at the head of the company, with three friends as fellow shareholders.

Daniël Reintjes“Since then we have focused on modernising Christiaan van der Klaauw. The brand’s replica watches tended to be extremely complex and assuring reliability was sometimes an issue. Our first step was to look for ways we could simplify our watches and make them more easily legible, more intelligible, using quality automatic movements. We buy our base calibres in Switzerland and develop the additional astronomical modules ourselves, in-house. We currently have three watchmakers and sufficient capacity to produce between one and eight watches per module and per year. Obviously our objective is to grow not so much in quantity but in terms of creativity.” Collectors can but approve.

Replica DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon Watches Swiss

The Swiss Replica DeWitt calibre DW8028s uses age-old, recognized and highly reliable technical parameters in its construction: 18’000 A/h, a variable-inertia balance, a 44° angle escapement and 72 hours power reserve.

Replica-DeWitt Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton TourbillonEntirely produced in-house, this manually wound Tourbillon is equipped with a Swiss anchor escapement and a spiral made out of an unbreakable, self-compensating, non-oxidizing,anti-magnetic alloy and sequenced at  2.5 Hz. The perfect homogeneity and incredibly precise flat rolling of the Hairspring (0.0001 mm) guarantee an extremely high precision to the mechanism.

Architectural strength and finesse

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon does not intend to compete with the ultra-skinny and fragile skeletons where as much material as possible was taken out of the construction. The architecture of DeWitt’s skeleton remains deliberately strong and is therefore very well balanced with the design of the case which features 48 imperial columns. A typical feature of practically all DeWitt masterpieces.

The carved-out main plate, a sand-brushed nickel silver base set with 215 round diamonds, is an impressive labyrinth of curves, circles and straight lines. Meandering across the movement, the lucky observer will suddenly land on a stunning skeletonised “W” logo positioned at 9 o’clock. The play on depths, perspectives and layers is a typical feature of DeWitt designs and the Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is no exception. The skeletonised “W” logo is actually duplicated on the lower part of the movement in order to offer these interesting volumes when admiring the movement from either side of the replica watches sale.

DeWitt Replica Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon watchesBut however robust the foundations, your eyes will inevitably be dragged deep into the movement and the captivating finesse of its ticking mechanics. You will marvel at the Tourbillon as it gracefully rotates on its axis, held in place by a long, slender and circular- grained Art Déco bridge.

An authentic piece of art

The barrel, positioned at 12 o’clock, is also skeletonised in order to reveal the interior of the motor. The shape given to the open-worked barrel was inspired by the design of vintage car steering wheels. As the barrel wheel gently turns with the unwinding of the spring, the stems of the upper part will glide over the stems of the lower part. Yet another interesting play on layers by DeWitt.

A successful match

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon is housed in a 43 mm round case made in 18-carat white gold. Presenting particularly comfortable proportions with redesigned lugs and slightly more discrete imperial columns displayed on its flanks, it remains instantly recognizable and true to DeWitt’s cheap watches replica strong DNA. Its balanced design offers the necessary combination of character and refinement for a successful wedding with the architectural lines of the skeleton movement.

DeWitt and its passion for exceptional

The Twenty-8-Eight Skeleton Tourbillon fully complies with the very demanding finishing norms of the DeWitt Manufacture. Entirely hand-made, the treatment and finishing-work on this piece are of a rare quality. Case, plate, bridges, wheels and even miniature screws are all angled, polished, satin-finished and treated to perfection in the patient and meticulous hands of our watchmakers.

Last but not least, a particularity of all watches coming out of the DeWitt Manufacture, every high complication replica watches is entirely assembled, adjusted and tested by a single master watchmaker.