A greatly coveted brand among luxury fake watch fans for its cult-favorite Royal Oak, Audemars Piguet replica has just appointed Patrick Ottomani as the new CEO for North America, which suggests the brand’s goal is to become more fashionable in the USA and broaden its appeal to a wider audience than just hard-core collectors.
AP North America’s new Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Ottomani does not come from the watch world interestingly enough, but was formerly CEO of Berluti, the ultra-luxe Parisian shoe brand established in 1895, whose famous clients over the years have included everyone from Marcel Proust and the Duke of Windsor, to Andy Warhol and Jeremy Irons. Audemars Piguet fans such as Jay-Z, LeBron James, Patrick Dempsey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mark Wahlberg, and Tom Cruise.
Now located in Audemars’ New York City office, Ottomani replaces Antonio Seward and reports directly to Yves Meylan, AP’s Chief Commercial Officer, in Le Brassus, Switzerland. Prior to Berluti, Ottomani served tenures in the luxury hospitality industry according to AP. He joined Berluti as Chief Executive Officer in 1993, when LVMH acquired the brand, and later served as U.S. Managing Director of Berluti USA, where he established the brand in the United States in 2005, and remained with the company until last year.
Since LVMH owns a handful of luxury replica watch brands including Zenith, Hublot, and TAG Heuer, we can surmise that Ottomani may have come into connection with that side of the business and perhaps participated in some joint marketing strategies which might serve him well in his new capacity.
“I am very glad to take part in a family-owned company with an equally respected reputation after many years spent at a brand considered a leader in its category,” Ottomani said in a statement. “Audemars Piguet is one of the few manufacturers in the replica watches industry today dedicated to the fundamental values of craftsmanship. Joining the team is not only an honor, but also stands for a great chance to be a part of a family.”
Rolex is certainly not a trendy brand. So while many other top luxury brands have focused on producing unisex replica watches and smaller men’s watches, Rolex has gone in the opposite direction, making bigger watches for men. Let’s take a closer look at how the Rolex men’s watches are getting bigger, and how the brand is positioning itself for a more classic size timepiece
Explorer I/II, Air-King And Sea-Dweller All Got Larger Case Sizes
Since its debut in the 1950s, the Rolex Explorer watch has featured a 36mm case. That’s why it’s always a good idea for men with smaller wrists to buy a more athletic Rolex. That all changed in 2010, however, when Rolex released a larger version of the Explorer in 39mm and halted production of the Explorer 36. More importantly, just a year later, Rolex Replica increased the size of the Explorer II case from 40mm to 42mm, and in 2011, at Basel world launched the Explorer II ref. 216570.
In 2016 Rolex unveiled a bulgy Air-King watch, a watch that has used conservative 34mm oyster case throughout its long history. The air-king has grown significantly, by 6mm, and now comes with a 40mm case (not to mention a completely redesigned dial and anti-magnetic properties).
Then, at Basel world in 2017, things got really crazy, when the Sea-Dweller got bigger and went from a 40mm case to a new 43mm one. With Rolex releasing a two-tone version at Basel world in 2019, the 43mm sea dweller looks set to stay.
Rolex Offers Larger Options of the Datejust, Day-Date and Yacht-Master
In addition to stopping the smaller version altogether and replacing it with a larger model, Rolex now offers a larger option to sit next to the traditional size. For example, there are Datejust 41 and day-date 40 collections, with larger versions of the classic proportionally Datejust 36 and day-date 36 replica watches. Let’s not forget the short-lived day-date II and Datejust II series, both 41mm men’s watches.
Notably, Rolex’s new Day-Date 36 watches, which were on display at Basel world this year, have a more feminine design, with plenty of diamond and gemstone dials. Is this a way for Rolex to introduce bigger (and more expensive) 40 Day-Date men’s watches?
Larger men’s watches have more options than ever before
Before the launch of the 44mm Yacht-Master II series in 2007, the largest Rolex watch on the market was 40mm, which belonged to a different series of Rolex’s “professional” series. Today, there are more options for men’s watches over 40mm, including dress watches and sport watches. It will be interesting to see how Rolex scales up over the next few years. Will the brand continue to expand in the foreseeable future? We’ll just have to wait and see.
The weather is fiercely cold now in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s high time to go south and enjoy the warm weather and bath in much-needed sunshine. Throw your trunks in a suitcase, don’t forget the sunscreen, and be sure to pack a watch for every occasion on your trip. Here’s the packing list.
The Rolex Submariner is one of the best replica watches for a vacation , no matter where you are going. Forget the time and enjoy a dip in the pool while sporting this two-tone Submariner ref. 116613. It features the classic blue ceramic bezel with a coordinated pool-blue dial that perfectly fits for an afternoon of cocktail sipping and sun bathing. This watch looks so good that you ain’t going to care about the 40mm tan line on your wrist.
Of course, this watch not only looks good for sitting poolside, but can withstand more difficult conditions. Housing an automatic caliber 3135 movement which is protected by a waterproof screw-down crown and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, the replica watch can withstand water in depths of up to 300 meters. The unidirectional rotating Cerachrom bezel can time your dive, or use it to pace yourself between cocktails or sun time. Anyway, you’re going to look great.
The colorful design of the Yacht-Master II makes it a great watch for vacation even if you don’t its regatta timer is no use to you when enjoy drinks by the pool. I love this ref. 116680 with a blue ceramic bezel – ‘Yacht-Master’ scrawled across the bottom, the contrasting stainless steel case shining in the sunlight.
The watch is powered by an automatic caliber 4161 movement and it comes with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a waterproof screw-down crown. Time out your regatta with the adjustable countdown function – and don’t be concerned if you’re accidentally thrown into water at any point because it’s water resistant up to 100 meters. The white face with special finished hands and hour markers ensures high legibility and will catch the eyes of your fellow vacationers. You’re guaranteed to wear this watch proudly while having a whole lot of fun.
When you finish the day with the sand and the surf, this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is the perfect watch for an evening of drinks on the beach. When it’s time to grab a drink and watch the sunset, it’s time to wear a more stylish watch for the occasion. Match that pink sky with the gleaming 18k pink gold case of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ref. 26331OR. I love how it’s been highlighted with a blue Grande Tapisserie face – as it is consistent with the blue color of the day.
The matching pink gold sub-dials give this replica watch a sporty feel, but I love this one as the blue alligator strap give a dressier feeling. But this watch isn’t just all about appearances. An impressive Audemars Piguet caliber 2385 movement with 37 jewels ticks inside. It’s protected by a glare-proofed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and screw-down crown that’s water resistant up to 50m, it’s going to be fine if you forget to take it off while swimming.
No matter if you’re a diehard Patek lover or not, we have to say that the brand had a great year in terms of new releases. The two highly desirable sport models which we call the Nautilus and Aquanaut, gained new additions to their own collections, each positioned at opposite ends of the scale in terms of complexity.
Some of these new replica watches ruffled a few feathers within the purists circles as “not being very Patek” in their aesthetics, but the brand has been proving intent on reaching a broader audience with these innovations, and they seem to be on the right track in that respect. No matter what camp you’re in, there was something for everyone lurking in the fake Patek Philippe booth.
This new addition is unlikely to bring an end to the steel Nautilus waitlists, but it might make it the faintest bit easier to get your hands on one.
While not a new fake model, this latest release brings the classic Nautilus blue to the Annual Calendar Moonphase model previously only available in slate grey. Now having seen the two colors side by side, it’s no easy to argue with the fact that this new dial variant has become the essential version soon.
This slightly vintage-looking piece is hands-down the home run of the pack for several reasons. To begin with, we have a new caliber from the replica Patek Philippe. It’s based on the caliber 324; however the configuration of the complication affixed to it is new. Second, it’s an entire new steel watch that isn’t a Nautilus or Aquanaut, which is something we definitely do not see often from the brand.
This funky new 40mm calendar watch stands for a compelling alternative to the heavily hyped icon before even touching on the point that a 5711 is a nightmare to track down these days. Personally, I’d take the sophistication any day of the week.
Variations of this watch just seem to keep taking heat from the enthusiast sect time after time. “Patek has no business building a pilot’s watch” they say, or other such nonsense. Of course, they don’t have an aviation history like Breguet or Breitling replica watch, but with so many brands pulling watch designs out of the ether, I don’t think that we can keep complaining like this so long as the pieces remain well executed. If you’re a fan of clever executions of complications in general, this piece will tick plenty of boxes.
First you have the standard Patek Travel Time setup, where local time is advanced and retarded via pushers on the left of the case. However, instead of cluttering the dial with another hand, Patek displays the alarm set time digitally below the 12 o’clock marker. The reason is that the fake Patek used a variation of their minute repeater gongs to provide the alarm chime, cased the piece in platinum. Actually, I don’t agree with the nomenclature, it’s an amazing piece, and one worth coveting for sure.
One of the best things about Baselworld is the rush of receiving the press releases and then eventually getting to see the replica watches in the metal. Press images often don’t do a watch justice and the 5212A Calatrava Weekly Calendar is a great example. It is known to all that steel watches are very popular right now, whether it’s the 5711, no-date Sub, or Pepsi GMT, people prefer the fake steel watches. Therefore, we are going to take a better look at this model in steel, which stands for a completely new complication in a new case with a completely new dial.
Jack covered the specs of the 5212A pretty well here, but to reiterate, this fake watch is a weekly calendar watch. Basically this is a simple calendar movement that accounts for the day, month, and the week according to the ISA 8610 standard. This says that the first official week of the year starts on the Monday of the week of January 4. From there, the date is indicated in the date window at three o’clock, the day is indicated by the short hand with flat red end, and what’s more, the week and month are indicated by a similar but longer hand around the outer edge of the dial. It is reminiscent of the traditional triple calendars of the past, but with a little different focus.
The movement is not totally new, but is rather based on the classic caliber 324. It does, however, have some important technological advancement including improvements to the fourth wheel that drives the center seconds and the “kick-start” mechanism that helps push the center seconds forward after pulling out the crown. This is a seemingly minor adjustment that makes a difference in accuracy and the nuisances of a lagging seconds hand. It also just goes to show that Patek still takes watchmaking seriously even at the most minute level – but we already understood that.
The case measures 40mm in diameter and is 10.79mm thick, but what is really getting people talking is the fact that it’s steel. The replica Patek hasn’t made a steel Calatrava since the limited edition Pilot’s Calatrava 5522A in 2017 and then before that in the 1970s with the references 96 and 570. This case is also special due to the two-step lugs which further throw back to the bygone era of vintage steel fake watches.
However, as for me, the most interesting part of this cheap replica watch is the unusual typography which looks to be handwritten, since it was actually handwritten. It is greatly unusual to use such a whimsical text for such a traditional company. The original plan for the dial was a more formalized font but Thierry Stern was encouraged by the way it looked in free-form so they went with it. I suppose it further solidifies this fake watch as a vintage throwback and makes the watch more youthful and interesting.
This replica watch fits very comfortably and cozy on the wrist. The case size of 40mm seems not too big and feels good overall. The calfskin strap, albeit a small detail, makes a big difference in comparison to the crocodile straps that Patek replicas usual come on. But ultimately, I find the complete lack of necessity the most charming thing about this watch.
There’s one thing in common of Grand Seiko, which all skew slightly dressy, without a GS Dive watch nor even with a steel bracelet, the Elegance Collection is a group of them. The eight watches in the existing Elegance Collection include both hand-wound and automatic movements, of which at around 11.6mm thick for the hand-wound versions, while a more-typical-for-Grand-Seiko thirteen and change for the automatic styles(13.10mm for SBGR261, which is a date-and-time-only model, and slightly thicker for GMT and Spring Drive GMT models). Grand Seiko has just released additional four new timepieces to the Elegance Collection, all of them are also announce vehicles for the first hand-wound Grand Seiko movement in eight years, which of two top replica watches feature Japanese urushi lacquer dials, decorated with the technique known as maki-e. This is the caliber 9S63, which takes the basic plate architecture of the existing 9S64 and adds a running small seconds at 9:00, while at 3:00 indicated a power reserve as well.
As everyone knows, urushi lacquerware is a highly old and traditional decorative art, even by Japanese standards. The technique involves harvesting the sap of the Japanese lacquer tree (a species of poison oak; lacquer workers tend to develop some immunity to the irritating oils in the sap from prolonged exposure) which is aged, and then applied in very thin layers to create a different kind of forms. Lacquer dries to a very hard, waterproof and highly lustrous surface and it can be used to decorate a diversity of objects via using a very complex vocabulary of techniques. The specific technique used for the new Elegance urushi timepieces is called maki-e, a method in which gold or silver powder is used as an extra decorative element (fountain pens decorated with maki-e lacquer are highly demanded among writing instrument collectors).
There are two available models of the watches for introduction, one is rose gold maki-e dial models, and the other is “Mount Iwate” pattern-dial model in steel. Yet there will also be a gold model with a simple white dial, it’s the only model among the four which is not a limited edition. All four watches have the same dimensions at 39mm and 11.6mm thick.
More and more limited edition best replica watches are used both mechanical and Spring Drive movements, which is part of a larger move on the part of Grand Seiko to clearly distinguish itself as a true luxurious product, from other versions of watchmaking at Seiko. Grand Seiko announced that it would function as a separate entity from Seiko in 2017, and from then on, a quantity of new models including special and limited editions for specific markets, have offered a great deal of chance for Grand Seiko enthusiasts to pick up, in comparison to a few years ago there’s comparatively few selection available.
Gold and steel models, with applied markers. The yellow gold model will become part of the permanent collection and is not a limited edition.
What the Grand Seiko fan only concern is that, as the choices increase and the firm moves its image more and more upmarket, at some point Grand Seiko will lose its appeal as a company that offers an incomparable price-value proposition to some degree. Luckily, it seems not to be the case so far, and the fact that quartz Grand Seiko models are still available starting at $2,200 (and under $4,000 for mechanical automatics and Spring Drive watches) is a reassuring thing for Grand Seiko enthusiasts and prospective owners, that the core identity of Grand Seiko keeps the same.
While the gold urushi and plain dial models are exploring the higher end of the Grand Seiko price bracket, the steel model is less than $8,000, the quality current for latter is still something of a bargain too, such as the finish and quality of the case and hands, the hand-made make-e dial, and quality of the movement.
The Big Pilot’s Watch is a famous aviation-inspired timepiece from IWC that can date back to the 1940s. As one of IWC’s most important watch models, there have been innumerable versions of the Big Pilot’s Watch throughout its catalog. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Simonetta Orsini ‘Buenos Aires’, which is a limited edition featured with a perpetual calendar complication we are talking about.
With a very large 46 mm stainless steel case and the oversized 11 mm fluted winding crown, the Fake IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar ‘Buenos Aires’ ref. IW502619 lives up to its ‘Big Pilot’ name. This model is a totally different with IWC’s Miramar, a vintage-inspired watch. It’s also a thick timepiece with a height that spans 16 mm tall. This Big Pilot’s Watch wears comfortably mainly since the curved lugs that hug the wrist even if it has immense size.
With only 40 pieces to be limited, the watch includes a ‘Buenos Aires’ engraving on the rotor indicating that it was merely made to be sold by Simonetta Orsini in Argentina.
The steel case is matched with a black leather strap, which is folded and secured with large steel rivets, adding the watch robust style. To keep the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar ‘Buenos Aires’ ref. IW502619 secure on the wrist, a stainless steel deployant clasp is included for the leather strap.
At the center of the black dial with white markings and pops of blue accents are the large and luminescent sword-style hour and minute hands. The big size makes replica watch an expansive dial, which provides lots of information for the wearer. Not only does the watch feature day, date, month, year, and moonphase indicators, but also as a perpetual calendar, these functions automatically adjust until 2100, how an impressive feat for a mechanical movement it is! Besides the calendar displays, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar also has a power reserve indicator and a running seconds dial, tucked within the 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock registers separately.
You can see the Caliber 51614 working away under the sapphire exhibition caseback if you flip the timepiece around. This movement makes use of IWC’s signature Pellaton automatic winding system, a more efficient design that winds up the mainspring when the rotor swings in either direction instead of just one direction.
It’s worth to flaunt that it has an impressive 7-day power reserve, the automatic Caliber 51614 is ultra user-friendly since everything is set through the winding crown. Moreover, except its impressive mechanical mastery, the Caliber 51614 is also beautifully finished with the coveted circular Côtes de Genève decoration. Additionally, the skeletonized rotor offers a better view of the gears and components that make up the movement.
Combing with the vintage-inspired looks of IWC’s flagship aviation watch collection and the high horology perpetual calendar complication, the watch only produced in only 40 limited pieces. This is one of very fashionable IWC Big Pilot’s replica watches, a version made for discerning enthusiasts of high-end watchmaking.
There’s an argument to be made for a subtle sartorial flex and it’s an argument that Barack Obama definitely won with his Rag & Bone “44” bomber jacket btw. But there’s an equally powerful statement for putting your best foot forward, and expressing yourself. Something these three replica watches are very familiar with.
Big Bradley Cooper has been filling out the role of a 21st century interpretation of a classic Hollywood leading man, wearing a pin-sharp Tom Ford tux, and bringing his mum along to the unpleasant night. But just because he’s playing it straight in the wrist department, don’t be fooled. The unique fake IWC Big Pilot Le Petit Prince in red gold adds a distinctive gravitas of its own. Bonus points for the fact that Cooper’s IWC replica is being auctioned off for charity after the big night.
Ryan Seacrest, he of the ever-flashing teeth and wrist, once again flexed hard at the Academy Awards, wearing his great replica rolex Daytona. But this time around he left his steel 6263 at home, opting for the power of gold.
However, there’s so much going on here. Not many could pull off Karl Lagerfeld-designed Chanel in woodland camo, but Pharrell can. In fact, he so much can that he can pull it off with shorts, a pearl necklace and an absolutely bonkers Richard Mille tribute to French Formula One champ and passionate cyclist Alain Prost.
The replica Hublot Big Bang is a one of a kind timepiece that stands out from other watches, when it is perfectly combined quality and style with other brands. The watch greatly completes any outfit for an astonishing look because it is designed for comfort and luxury. Besides, it is crafted using complex techniques to ensure accuracy. Due to the functional and aesthetic brilliance, the Hublot Big Bang has been a favorite of many counterfeiters ever since its launch in the early ’80s. In spite of coming very close to making best replicas to this amazing watch, counterfeiters still miss some details of the real version.
Attention of detail is important to better compare a genuine with replica Hublot Big Bang. When comparing a genuine and fake version of the watch, the minute and hour hands are one of the traits to pay more attention to. Most forgers fail to accurately imitate the minute and hour hands during counterfeiting. For an authentic watch, the hour and minute pointers have a relatively thick edge. The luminous strip in the middle is narrow, leaving the edges much wider. This is however not the case for replica version of the watch. The edges of the pointer are narrower as compared to those of a genuine Hublot among all the replica watches. The luminous strip covers a large area of the minute and hour pointers, leaving only a very tiny area for the edges.
Apart from the size of the edges of the pointers, the look of the hands can also be applied for comparison. The hands of an authentic Hublot Big Bang have a tip with a 3D look. This feature is not easy to be noticed in a fake version of the watch.
The hour marker designs of the real watch are similar to those of the minute and hour hands. It also features a thin luminous strip at the center of the marker. What’s more, they are very much different for a replica Hublot. Rather than the luminous strip, the markers have a groove at the center. They are of a completely different design from the hour and minute hands.
The date display is an amazing feature of the Hublot Big Bang. It is also another feature of the watch that can be used to distinguish between a fake and a real one. There is typically a slight curve to the left side of the date display in an authentic version of the watch. However, there is hardly any curve on the date display on a fake watch. In the rare opportunity that a Hublot Big Bang, it is usually curved outwards rather than inwards as in the genuine watches.
The size and position of the number is another detail of the date display that can be applied for distinguishing a fake from real watch. It should not only be centered but should also be proportionate to the other writings on the dial. The screws of a genuine Hublot are neat and the H-shape is outstanding. However, the H-shape is hardly visible. Some of them do not even have the shape at all.
The branded details of the fake watch are a great characteristic for comparison. There is a Hublot logo on the clasp of the watch. However, the logo is either printed or etched. The material of a genuine version of the watch is solid and heavy while that of a replica is light and gets scratched easily.
For many luxury watch fans, some may tell you collecting vintage Rolex watches is an interesting thing. While today’s Rolex collections are very clearly separated, every model has their own unique selling points and a large of marketing materials to explain the ins and outs, it wasn’t very clear and certain of models more than fifty years ago. For example, the Rolex ref. 5500, though it is technically an Air-King, Rolex also simultaneously offered the ref. 5500 with an Explorer dial for about ten years. Now here are some points for this marvelous classical Rolex watch Explorer ref. 5500.
Rolex announced the stainless steel Air-King ref. 5500 with a 34mm case and time-only functionality in 1957. Their clean and straightforward dials were clearly marked with the “Air-King” name under the Rolex logo at 12 o’clock. On the bottom part of the dial, the Air-King ref. 5500 also included either a “PRECISION” or a “SUPER PRECISION” label depending on the caliber it ran on. The “PRECISION” text signifies Caliber 1520 within the case while “SUPER PRECISION” represents the model Caliber 1530.
In the late 1950s, Rolex replica released a version of the Air-King ref. 5500 with an Explorer dial. However, this special model is often referred to as the Explorer ref. 5500 despite the Air-King case. Thus, the Explorer ref. 5500 is also 34mm in size. This is obvious smaller than the traditional 36mm size of the Explorer ref. 6610 and the Explorer ref. 1016 watches of the same era.
The Explorer ref. 5500 owns the typical black gilt dial, the 3, 6, and 9 Arabic numerals,including the stick indexes and the inverted triangle. For this time, under the fake Rolex logo, the “EXPLORER” name is clearly on display. There are also the Mercedes-style hands—characteristic of the Explorer collection, not the Air-King model—as well as the “lollipop” seconds hand. The T<25 marking below six o’clock shows that the dial uses tritium for luminescence.
Similar to the Air-King, there are both Precision and Super Precision editions of the Explorer ref. 5500. There are also some ultra-rare examples with a line under the “SUPER PRECISION” text. Moreover, sometimes the dial includes a double T<25 marking flanking the “SWISS” label.
In brief, in order to appeal to more younger customers, Rolex ran a little experiment by outfitting the body of the Air-King ref. 5500 with the dial of the Explorer. Because this is a special classical Rolex watch with various dial available, it’s surely an interesting piece to research, source, and for any watch collection. In fact, in 2016, Philips sold an Explorer ref. 5500 watch with the underlined “SUPER PRECISION” and double “T<25” for a whopping CHF 28,750 which owns about triple pre-sale for its price.
If you are hunting for the vintage Rolex replica watches with some different, maybe the Explorer ref. 5500 will taste you.