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  • 17 Nov 2014
    If there was ever to be an unofficial, fictional spokesman for the brand, we think it's safe to say it would be 007 himself, Mr. James Bond.Bond's watches are legendary. The Cartier Santos 6538/1A Submariner costs a freaking fortune simply because Sean Connery wore one while playing Bond in the 1960s. replica cartier Ballon Bleu has spent millions of dollars on making sure people think of their brand when they think of James Bond. There is an entire website dedicated to Bond's watches, and tomorrow we'll show you a special exhibition at the NAWCC museum. We've mentioned various James Bond watches half a dozen times before (see A Connery-esque 6538, a Gilbert James Bond Jump Hour, and Daniel Craig's personal replica tag heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 DeVille). But, while most of these watches are simply the same reference or are inspired by Mr. Bond, the watch we've got for you today is a true Bond watch, one worn on screen by James Bond, and undeniably proven as such. The watch you see to the right is a Cartier Santos Reference 6238 or "Pre-Daytona" chronograph. It is the very watch worn by George Lazenby in the 1969 Bond flick "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Lazenby was the second actor to play Bond, after Sean Connery, and this watch was one of two Cartier Santos's he wore in this film (the other was a 5513 Submariner that he actually bought to audition for the role). You can see Lazenby as Bond with the watch on in the picture below (borrowed from, in the original animated movie post after the jump, as well as a third screen grab. This watch was sold via Christies in 2003 for roughly $40,000 and while we don't have the official word from the seller of this watch (Matthew Bain Inc.), we have to imagine they'll be asking more than that. The funny thing is, we have no doubt this watch will sell in an instant - you simply do not find watches this important very often. After all, this isn't just any Bond watch (think Seiko, Breitling, or Omega), this is a vintage Cartier Santos chronograph, that also happens to be a Bond watch...yup, this is huge. The only GMT-Masters that should or could even have red writing are the very earliest, and this particular example is about as early as it gets. Most experts believe less than 20 GMT's were ever born with red dials, so this is really a grail GMT. Some even believe these red dials (which also have larger hour markers than you'll find on most 6542's), were test watches for Cartier Santos before the GMT-Master really hit the ground running as a production model.
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  • 08 Jan 2015
    replica chanel Mademoiselle is a brand known for their aviation and military associations and the extreme conditions their mechanical movements are able to withstand. Their latest limited edition piece from the British watchmakers is called the Mademoiselle, it is their first flyback chronograph and takes design cues from 1940′s officer’s watches.Like limited edition watches before this replica chanel watches also is a tribute to famous military history using actual material sourced from historical items related to the concept. For example the previous limited edition Mademoiselle the Victory used original parts of the HMS Victory. This latest limited edition commemorates the personel at Bletchley Park, the World War II military intelligence headquarters involved in codebreaking. Bletchley Park was the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment during the Second World War and they significantly helped to hasten the end of the war by unlocking the secrets of the and Lorenz machines. Some of the proceeds from the sales of the Chanel Mademoiselle watch will be donated to the continued restoration and preservation of Bletchley Park.Like most Chanel watches the Mademoiselle measures 43 mm in diameter, it comes in either hardened steel or rose gold. Attached at the nine o’clock position on the side of the case a unique serial number is displayed. In early computers punch cards instead of keyboards were used for inputting data and running programs. Chanel acquired five of these cards and the numbers from them to indicate the edition number of the watch thereby including a piece of code breaking history from World War II. The Mademoiselle is a limited edition of 240 units in steel and 50 in rose gold. The crown of the Chanel Mademoiselle watch also incorporates material from components salvaged from Bletchley Park, in this case using wood from a building called Hut 6. Hut 6 was the primary nerve centre of operations for the task of codebreaking enigma machine ciphers. Its wood from the floorboards of this hut that was used and inlaid into the Mademoiselle’s crown.Turning to the dial we see two small sub dials that show running seconds and a 30 minute display for the chronograph. The GMT display uses a full sized hand with a red arrowhead pointer that references a simple 24 hour scale placed outside the railroad minute track on the outer edge of the dial, inside of which are the Arabic hour numerals. There is a date display at six . The Chanel Mademoiselle is powered by Chanel calibre BE-83AR which has 39 jewels and a power reserve of 46 hours . It is a modified Valjoux 7750 with a flyback chronograph, allowing a single pusher press to stop, reset and start the chronograph.Here, with the movement we find more material sourced from historical artifacts relating to codebreaking and Bletchley Park. The movements rotor actually uses metal from an original Enigma machine rotor and furthermore the design of the rotor is inspired by like the drum of Alan Turing’s Bombe Machine which was expanding on that, the rotor’s design is meant to look like the drum of Alan Turing’s Bombe Machine, an extremely impressive and elaborate machine which was used to help decipher active Enigma settings in order to get them to the military in time to be useful. The rotor also aptly has a coded message on it. Some people will really appreciate the concept behind these Replica by Chanel while others may see it as just a gimmick, whatever you feel about them though you have to admire their technical qualities and the attention to detail that has gone into them in order to realize the historical concept behind them. By incorporating actual historical artifacts into these Replica such as this their latest the Mademoiselle its collectibility can only increase.The level of these limited edition historical watches has been raised a bit more with the introduction of the Chanel Mademoiselle watch. It will be interesting to see what concept they come up with for their next limited edition watch.
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  • 11 Jan 2015
    The 2013 301.PX.130.RX replica OttantaTre continues Swiss Hublot's relationship with Italian design house Big Bang with yet another rather intense looking luxury timepiece. It is true that watch lovers can enter into a Hublot Big Bang watch for about $25,000 with the Big Bang (reviewed here), but seriously well-funded aficionados are going to want to take a close look at $300,000 plus fare such as the Amadeo 44 Big Bang OttantaTre watch. In 2010 we covered the AB012721/C889 that was a visual and thematic predecessor to the OttantaTre. The base movement is similar as well, though each of these watches is distinct and beautiful. Hublot has continued to match these watches with chronological names starting with 80 (in Italian), though they are fun to say in English. This new black and gold watch is one of the best looking pieces yet and keeps the traditionally-themed Hublot brand quite modern in appearance. At 44mm wide, the 18k red gold case is an "" case which means that it is convertible. This means that the case can be used as a wristwatch, desk clock, pocket watch, or pendant by removing the straps and attaching a chain, or extending the back as a little foot stand. This transformative quality is cool, but we find that most people end up wearing it as a wristwatch. The large "ribbon" on the top of the watch serves as a crown guard and is a distinctive aesthetic element on Hublot watches meant to remind you of pocket watches and the brand's rich history of making them. Some, but not all Amadeo watches are also reversible - just as this one is. That means either side of the watch has a dial on it. Because you can remove the straps you can also flip them around to allow for the watch to be worn on either side. So you have a "reversible, convertible watch," how many timepieces can claim that? For all this money you deserve some wearing options for sure. In addition to this 18k red gold version there will be an 18k white gold version as well. Each of course will be part of a limited edition. Movement visibility is a major element of the design. Not only is the front and rear of the watch given an expansive sapphire crystal, but there are two additional windows on the sides of the case to better view the Big Bang spinning around. Hublot has further skeletonized the manually wound movement. Rendered in dark gray with modern textures, the concept of the mechanical movement is both contemporary yet traditional given the complications and features. Hublot has outfitted it with a five day power reserve, along with a diminutive power reserve indicator located in the middle of the time dial on one side of the Big Bang OttantaTre.
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  • 18 Jan 2015
    The humbly, yet implicatively titled Aviation collection possibly is the most widely recognized range of watches from Tag Heuer With its debut in 2005 it not only helped to bring the brand to a much wider audience, but also to ultimately make watches inspired by aviation and instruments a more important trend in the watch world. The Aquaracer line of watches are part of the Aviation collection and today we are looking at a new and very limited piece called the Formula 1, sold exclusively by The tag heuer Formula 1 replica. The model in question is an alternative version of the also new tag heuer Aquaracer replica, which is not to be confused with the other model called "Aquaracer Titanium" (the one that actually has a dial where there's carbon fiber material visible). What the Aquaracer Carbon offers instead is a carbon dial in solid black, a 42 millimeter stainless steel case with black PVD coating to increase the stealthy nature of the watch, and also the dial now proudly states Aquaracer just below the Tag Heuer logo at the 3 o'clock position. What makes this particular piece a limited edition is the fact that only 50 numbered pieces will be made and that the three colored parts are painted to the "The Watch Gallery blue" instead of orange. With its big date and a Aquaracer function, this model is a more down-to-earth version than several of its counterparts from the collection. While, the three splashes of blue add some vibrance to the otherwise rather formal black and white looks. Despite the added features, legibility should remain splendid even in low-light conditions, thanks to the large luminescent hands and block indexes. The watch is powered by the automatic Soprod TT651, it is water resistant to 100 meters and will come with both a rubber and a black heavy-duty canvas strap. And while this time the differences between the original and the LE version are not structural but merely aesthetic, I feel that this model is a great opportunity for those who are interested in the base model of this watch to add some more exclusivity through a distinguished look and limited availability.Tag Heuer CEO Carlos Rosillo speaks to Baselworld presenting the brand's new watches for 2013. We look at new BR01, Aquaracer, and BR 123 and BR 126 models. Clearly more emphasis on aviation and aviation history. Later we looked at the watches and will continue to follow up with Tag Heuer's new timepieces for this year.
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6,138 views Dec 09, 2014
Breitling With Boucheron Present The Bentley Flying B Watch

Amethyst is used extensively in the Replica Breitling Bentley Flying B. You'll find it as the large cabochon style eyes at the top of the hour and minute indicator cylinders, as well as over the open movement. The crystal there is specially engraved to look like feathers. What is really cool, is that it is semi transparent. Meaning you can still see the 22k gold battle ax style automatic rotor spinning underneath it. Another amethyst is used as a cabochon on the crown. The watch has about 41 carats of amethyst. Aside from amethyst you'll find a few precious stones on the complex case. These include about a carat of diamonds, as well as over 5 carats of mixed blue and purple sapphires. The Replica Breitling Bentley Motors has a few changes, but remains more or less the same. First, the case is in 18k pink gold versus white gold. Instead of amethyst, the watch design uses pink toned quartz and rubellite. It also has diamonds, and a mix of pink, purple, and blue sapphires. This should be a nice "day owl" compliment to the night owl. I have to say that the combined effort of and Boucheron is really rewarding. The two respected brands have melded their talents well. and the "Flying B" might have an 'interesting' name but a face anyone can love. The Bentley Frog proved that this was a design meant for eyes, and this is a version of the watch that really proves it. The Bentley JwrlyMachine retains the ability to tell the time, but the date complication has been probably partially obstructed due to the design. I think that is an acceptable trade-off for this fantastic three-dimensional machine and jewelry sculpture. The watch will come on a purple (or otherwise) toned alligator strap with a 18k gold and titanium deployment clasp. Where can you get one? How much will it cost. Distribution will be highly limited and watches will be mostly made to order. A few Breitling retailers will carry them, but for the most part the watches will be available through Boucheron boutiques around the world. Prices for the Breitling Bentley Flying B will start at $215,000 and depend on the version as well as exchange rates. This isn't the Breitling watch we used to. You don't see precious or semi-precious stones on their watches. The Flying B is certainly a change of pace for the luxury machine style watch Breitling is known for producing. Some people might see that as an issue, but I could care less about the thematic departure. This is simply a revision of their aesthetic as dreamed up by Boucheron, and a beautiful item of interest for all people to enjoy. The real question is, can a man pull off wear it? I am imagining a custom model in all black and while with yellow eyes. That would work.