In light of news that former Zenith CEO Jean-Frédéric Dufour—the man who turned Zenith mens replica around following some less prosperous times (and pieces)—has moved to the captain’s chair at Rolex has sprouted a certain nostalgic desire to dig out one of Zenith’s transcendent pieces, the Ultra Thin. The Ultra Thin is, second to the El Primero itself, a bedrock for Zenith, a steady pulse in times both good and bad. Inspired by the clean vintage look popular for most of the twentieth century, it leaves the clutter of modern design behind in favour of saying few words, but choosing them well.
As any designer will tell you, getting simplicity right is much harder than getting busy right; the emptiness of a clean design leaves less distraction to draw the eye away from awkward layout or unflattering proportions. A millimetre out and the design’s ruined, a millimetre back and balance is reaffirmed. The Zenith Ultra Thin Replica has achieved this mystical state of ideal balance, which is why it has remained untouched throughout all the big changes that have gone on at Zenith in years gone by.
To describe the Ultra Thin seems almost sacrilegious, but it’s worth a try: the markers are raised three-sided pyramids with a twin marker at twelve, a vintage-inspired detail that lends itself perfectly to the replica watch; the hands, slender and understated, are easy to read at a glance without overpowering the dial thanks to a strong contrast between the two; and the dial itself is a deep black that appears to fall to infinity until the moment the light catches its faint golden sunburst.
Individually, these details don’t sound like anything special, and that in itself demonstrates just how well executed the Zenith Ultra Thin is. And that’s before the replica watch’s party trick is mentioned: it’s thin—ultra thin. Only 8.3mm fills the gap between the highest tip of the crystal and the lowest flat of the case. That’s half the thickness of a TAG Heuer Carrera—half. There’s no cheating with a manual movement, either, because the calibre Elite 681 is fully automatic and has a handy fifty-hour power reserve, too. You even get a clear sapphire caseback through which to admire Zenith’s handiwork.
It’s reassuring that, despite the comings and goings of pieces like the Defy Xtreme, the Ultra Thin has maintained its popularity and, as a result, its presence in Zenith’s lineup. The transition in CEO from Nataf to Dufour saw the rebadging of this great replica watch as the ‘Captain’ Ultra Thin, but Dufour had the clever sense to leave the dial untouched. Fingers crossed that Aldo Magada, Dufour’s replacement, does the same. After all, as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And it definitely ain’t broke.
Luckily, it is not all teary-eyed past-reviving that’s happening at this anniversary — kudos to AP for it. 26421ST and 26421OR, that have an entirely new design in two different case materials.Based on two earlier Audemars Piguet Watch Collection Replica Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches, especially the Ref. 26388PO (see our hands-on with it) and 26288OR, those new Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph watches come in stainless steel and 18k rose gold and feature a new case design that has a thinner bezel and hence a more spacious dial. Even so, the identifying Royal Oak Offshore design characteristics are all undamaged. The 45mm instance remains angular, the bezel is still octagonal, and there’s no lost those vulnerable hexagonal screws around the bezel. Completing the look are black ceramic pushers for the chronograph and a screw-down crown. Water resistance can also be 100m. On the dial, one can observe the exposed motion and the tourbillon in 9 o’clock. Opposite the tourbillon at 3 o’clock is the 30-minute counter for the chronograph. Also clearly visible are both mainspring barrels. The skeletonized bridges extend from each of the eight screws in a way that’s quite unique and ties the style of the case, dial, and movement together in a way few watches have the ability to do so.These watches are powered by the in-house hand-wound Caliber 2947, which can be an open-worked version of this Caliber 2933 located in the Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph Ref. 26388PO & 26288OR. Royal Oak Offshore fanatics are certainly eager to know the prices, and we’ll update the article once we are able to confirm.
First introduced as a 50-piece, green dial limited edition for Singapore retailer The Hour Glass, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold was added to the regular line-up at SIHH 2017. And it is as good looking and expensive as it ever was.
A modern remake of the original Royal Oak “Jumbo” ref. 5402 of 1972, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin is a classic in steel and impressive in gold. It was originally available only in pink gold, which made it loud, but the yellow gold rendition comes across as slightly more classic. Yellow gold is after all one of the metals the Royal Oak was available in, back in the 1970s.
Available in either the classic dark blue or a newly introduced yellow gold finish, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold is physically identical to its siblings in steel and pink gold. The case is 39mm wide, thin at 8.1mm high. It cuts an elegant profile on the wrist, and is weighty despite being slim.
Because the case is essentially an agglomeration of flat surfaces, it feels somewhat angular on the wrist unlike its only peer, the Patek Philippe Nautilus, which is comprised more rounded shapes.
Yellow gold is not common in high-end men’s watches, especially from haute horlogerie names, but it’s an appeal look for someone who leans towards a lavish, slightly vintage feel. But like all other gold alloys, yellow gold is soft (marginally softer than white gold in fact), leaving the lovingly finished surfaces of the watch vulnerable to marring. There is perhaps no other watch that looks as good as the Royal Oak when factory fresh and pristine – the alternating polished and brushed surfaces on the case are gorgeous.
Both the blue and gilded dials have the same quintessential chequerboard tapisserie guilloche that’s a trademark of the Royal Oak. Done by hand on a rose engine – creating the telltale motif below the chequerboard – the dials are brass but fitted with solid gold hands and hour markers. Both colours are equally handsome, but the yellow gold finish has an edge in that it’s a less common colour that’s unashamedly loud while maintaining a modicum of style.
Mechanically the Royal Oak Extra-Thin is almost identical to the 1972 original, with the same calibre 2121 that was originally developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre as the calibre 920. A sophisticated and slim movement that’s withstood the test of time, the calibre 2121 has been slightly upgraded over the years, improving its robustness and reliability, but still lacks a quickset date – probably the singular weakness of the Royal Oak Extra-Thin.
Notably Audemars Piguet Tank Watch Replica now owns the intellectual property for the calibre 2121 and produces the movement in-house. Because its slimness makes the 2121 more challenging than a run of the mill calibre, the movement is produced at Renaud & Papi, the complications specialist owned by Audemars Piguet better known for the tourbillon movements it produces for Richard Mille.
Like the calibre 2121 found in other Audemars Piguet watches, the movement inside the Extra-Thin can be customised with a personalised rotor that can be open-worked to form a variety of motifs.
Price and availability
Available starting May 2017 at Audemars Piguet boutiques first and then at retailers, the Royal Oak Extra-Thin in yellow gold is available with a dark blue dial (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01) or a yellow gold dial (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.02). Both are priced at US$55,400 or S$77,700.
Let’s start with a watch we fell in love: the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 replica watch. The name is just one of the many things that sound better in French; it means “cow’s horns” – and the watch is pretty much a solid, unadulterated dose of horological pleasure.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache replica watch is measured to 38.5 mm x 10.9 mm, platinum buckle with blue alligator strap.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 replica watch is also provide two new watches – one large, one small in the eloge de la Nature family: the eloge de la Nature Swan. These watches are basically a gathering place for a number of horological decorative arts, including gem-setting, guilloché, enameling, and engraving.
The two Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 replica watches are 42 mm and 39 mm in diameter. Both are in 18k white gold; light blue Grand Feu champleve enameling and hand-guilloche; diamond-set 18K white gold swan, snow setting on the body of the swan, hand-engraved feathers, Limoges white enameling on translucent Grand Feu enameling.
Nomos replica watch has a strong and unique visual identity, their creations are recognizable straight away and are usually highly appreciated.More specifically though, my heart has long been won over by a particular model. It’s a model which inscribes itself within the purest tradition of Bauhaus design: the Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve replica watch.
At first glance, the Metro globally resembles the Tangente Datum Gangreserve replica watch a pretty, round case under 38mm, thin watch hands, a date window and a small second hand at 6 o’clock. An overall refined design, conforming to the traditional Nomos universe.Purity, minimalism and German precision sprinkled with little touches of meaningful color. Perfection.
Colored with ultimate precision, this Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve replica watch dial moves me. The balance between design and legibility is perfect. The use of a cinnabar red for the second hand and the power reserve permits an instantaneous legibility, clear and precise. The pastel green, used for the principal hour markers and the power reserve window, give this Nomos replica watch a clear fifties style. In other words: the peak of the Bauhaus period which I so dearly love. This definitely isn’t mainstream.
The minute markers of Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve replica watch are distinguished by little black dots, with numerical indicators every 5 minutes, underlined and reinforced by more black and pastel green dots marking the hours. It’s an exemplary punctuation which, besides its daily utility, largely adds to the 50s charm of the dial.
The Metro replica watch is spoiled with a pretty little case -polished steel- which breaks away somewhat from other Nomos iterations. It’s made up of two parts, while most of the other models are made up of three. As such, the case also participates in the minimalism of the timepiece as a whole.With a 7.63mm thickness and a 37mm diameter, the use of thread-style handles is well played and once again adds to the global purity of the Nomos Metro Datum Gangreserve replica watch.
In case you ought to be enticed by the following guide, Breitling Chronospace Jet Team Limited Edition Replica Chronospace’ of this type are available pre-owned in good shape for approximately $ 1.200,respectively. And , even to get a quartz watch, using this Bretiling Chronospace A56012.01 you’ll buy an interesting instrument in addition to a pleasant watch to wear that kind of money.Although that I was not particularly impressed with the last year’s SuperQuartz edition of this watch, I kinda like the design of this new Breitling Chronospace Chronograph Automatic model, which is now powered with a less precise but still more charismatic mechanical movement.Perhaps the reason for my sudden affection to the mechanical version of the watch is the lack of the digital screens on its dial that made it look too ‘professional’ for what’s essentially a luxury timekeeper. That is, of course, purely a matter of personal tastes: I am sure there are thousands actual and desk seekers who prefer the digital members of the Chronospace family. After all, there is something great about a watch that just has to be adjusted after its standard battery is replaced.The pair of LCD screens is now gone with three standard chronograph counters put in their location. Unlike the NVG-friendly digital screens, the sub-dials –at least, when it comes to the Volcano Black edition of the watch (pictured)– are nicely blended into the dial and don’t draw too much focus on themselves.The square hour markers continue to be too huge for my taste, however they are somewhat balanced using the set of wide sword-shaped hands that attempt to say something like “appearance, we don’t attempt to show-off, we’re here only for creating the dial more readable, so calm down”. Also, I guess that the indexes will offer superior nighttime legibility, since the quantity of Superluminova on them would be adequate to paint RMS Titanic from stem to stern.
Breitling appended the message “real men wear black” to end of their new for 2014 Chronospace Military watch promotional video. In the video, we have a typical Breilting-style scene, where military aviation dudes are getting ready for flight in the locker room and strapping on their Breitling Chronospace Battery Life Replica Chronospace Military watches. It is typical Breitling campy fun because the video takes itself a bit more seriously than it expects the viewer to. The focus on black seems to relate to the PVD black-coated steel case and available black straps for the watch. The Breitling Chronospace Military that I got to check out came on a nice green khaki strap with “vintage-style” lume on the dial.
Let’s be clear that while this is a new Breitling watch, it is more a stylistic diversion than something entirely fresh. If there is anything you can glean from the new products that Breitling introduced in 2014, it was that the company is attempting to fashionably diversify their collection. What does that mean? Essentially, more colors and sizes for the watches they already offer. For those looking for just the right fit when it comes to a new Breitling will have more options than ever.
If you already have one (or more) Breliting ana-digi high-end quartz watches, there probably isn’t going to be too much about the Breliting Chronospace Military watch that inspires you to add this model to your collection, unless you deeply love the colors and design. I say this also in light of the fact that Breitling also recently announced a new exclusive quartz movement that they will soon release, which adds some flavor to their current offerings of Swiss ETA produced quartz movements. I am, of course, referring to the B50 movement which will be first found in the Breitling Cockpit B50 watch that aBlogtoWatch debuted here. The B50 movement offers some interesting features and allows (requires) the user to recharge it regularly (each few months, I believe) using a charging dock. Inside the Breitling Chronospace Military is Breitling caliber 78 SuperQuartz movement, which out to last a couple of years between battery changes.
If you aren’t familiar with how these high-end analog/digital SuperQuartz movements work, it is simple. First of all, note that New Breitling Chronospace Military Replica offers a few different quartz movements – such as some with just the crown and others with pushers as well. The main time is displayed using the analog hands, but deeper functionality is available via the two LCD screens. Functions include things such as a 1/100th of a second chronograph, countdown timer, alarm, dual time zones, full calendar, and some additional functions “useful to pilots.” What is more important is the thermo-compensation element to the movement (the “Super” in SuperQuartz) which greatly enhances accuracy over standard quartz movements. For this reason, Breitling is able to get its SuperQuartz movements COSC Chronometer certified.
At 46mm wide, the Breliting Chronospace Military isn’t small, but the Chronospace never was (it also happens to be 15.6mm thick). It isn’t the largerst quartz watches Breitling makes either. The above mentioned Breitling Cockpit B50 and the Breitling Emergency II watches have cases which are larger in diameter. The Breliting Chronospace Military does, however, wear comfortably, and the “real men” who wear it will find that the black color of the case – as well as its placement on a strap allows it to wear a bit smaller than you might think. Nevertheless, this is a large watch, and there isn’t getting around that. Those interested in a smaller analog/digital Breitling should look at something like the Breitling Aerospace Evo (hands-on here).
If you should be tempted by the following article, Breitling Chronospace Manual Replica Chronospace’ of this type can be found pre-owned in good shape for approximately $ 1.200,respectively. And for a quartz watch, using this Bretiling Chronospace A56012.01 you’ll buy an intriguing instrument in addition to a pleasant watch to wear that kind of money.Although I was not particularly impressed with the previous year’s SuperQuartz edition of this watch, I kinda like the design of this new Breitling Chronospace Chronograph Automatic model, which is now powered with a less precise but still more charismatic mechanical movement.Perhaps the reason behind my sudden affection to the mechanical version of the watch is the lack of the digital displays on its dial that made it seem too ‘professional’ for what is basically a luxury timekeeper. That is, of course, purely a matter of personal preferences: I am sure there are thousands actual and desk seekers who favor the electronic members of their Chronospace family. After all, there is something great about a watch that just needs to be corrected after its standard battery is replaced.The set of LCD displays is gone together with three regular chronograph counters put in their location. Unlike the NVG-friendly electronic displays, the sub-dials –at least, when it comes to the Volcano Black edition of this watch (pictured)– are nicely blended in to the dial and don’t attract too much focus on themselves.The square hour markers are still too huge for my preference, but they’re somewhat balanced with the pair of broad sword-shaped hands that try to say something like “look, we do not try to show-off, we’re here purely for creating the dial more readable, calm down”. Also, I suppose that the indexes will offer superior nighttime legibility, because the quantity of Superluminova on these will be adequate to paint RMS Titanic from stem to stern.
More good news about the Breliting Chronospace Military is that compared to the other Chronospace models Breitling prettied up the dial a bit by toning it down. Compare this with the dials of the standard Breitling Chronospace watches (hands-on here). That means smaller 3 and 9 o’clock hour indicators, a more simple matte-black dial, and ditching the internal rotating slide-rule bezel (that really only works for the Navitimer in my opinion) for a simple minute track. The bezel around the Breliting Chronospace Military is now for navigational purposes with its compass indicators.
Dial legibility is now really good, actually, on the Breliting Chronospace Military, which is an improvement over the outgoing models. Even though the lume color is attempting to look like aged lume on vintage watches, it does end up looking cool. As much as I don’t want “professional” watches to be fashion-focused, those looking for that cool urban military look will find something to enjoy in the Breitling Chronospace Military if their primary motive is looks alone.
As always, the dial is highly legible and the listing of works is limited to just a few features which have an alarmclock, a countdown timer, a dual time zone display (UC) and, clearly, a chronograph with split times.The barbarous cloth strap, which can be available not just in anthracite, but also in khaki color, gives the timekeeper an even more rugged look: something which we expect from a tactical timepiece.However, what actually disappoints here is that actually the timekeeper is not quite as rugged as it looks. Rated for the exact same 50 meters of water resistance as preceding versions, the Chronospace Military is just great for swimming and not much else: something that you don’t really expect from a “army” watch. Frankly, I don’t grasp the reasoning behind the choice to use such a “mild” design: even much less expensive Tissot T-Race is graded for a lot more attractive 100 meters of water-tightness. Same holds for the previous year’s Breitling Chronospace Ocean Racer Replica Aerospace Evo model.Well, perhaps, the reason is that initially the Chronospace was marketed as a pilot’s view (hence the much-touted compatibility of its LCD display with night vision goggles), and pilots do not dive a lot nowadays whilst in the line of duty. But this particular variety looks more like a lookout for a Navy SEAL and these guys spend quite a lot of their time under water.Still, if you are not a member of government-funded organization, favor business dress to military uniform, and possess a Breitling SuperOcean 1500M (or Omega Seamaster 600M) for you underwater adventures, this brand new version of Chronospace may be a very nice accessory.
It is possible that additional color versions of the Breliting Chronospace Military will be available. That means white versus aged-style lume, as well as other possible variations. For now, the standard black with cream lume case comes with various strap options, including this green fabric strap, as well as a black fabric strap. You could also put the Breliting Chronospace Military watch on a bracelet – though only if you like the Milanese-style bracelet in black. Also note the cool looking caseback of the watch.
In 46mm wide, the Breliting Chronospace Military is not small, but the Chronospace never was (it also happens to be 15.6mm thick). The aforementioned Breitling Chronospace 1997 Replica Cockpit B50 along with the Breitling Emergency II watches have cases which are bigger in diameter. The Breliting Chronospace Military does, however, wear, and also the “real men” who wear it will find that the black colour of this case – as well as its positioning on a strap enables it to put on a bit smaller than you might think. Nevertheless, this is a big watch, also there isn’t getting around that. Those considering a bigger analog/digital Breitling should consider something like the Breitling Aerospace Evo (hands-on here).More good news about the Breliting Chronospace Military is that in comparison to the other Chronospace models Breitling prettied up the dial a bit by toning down it. Compare this with the dials of the normal Breitling Chronospace watches (hands-on here). Meaning smaller 3 and 9 o’clock hour signs, a simpler matte-black dial, and ditching the inner rotating slide-rule bezel (that only works for your Navitimer in my view) to get a simple minute track. Even though the lume colour is attempting to look like aged lume on vintage watches, it will end up looking cool. As much as I don’t need “professional” watches to be fashion-focused, people searching for this trendy urban military look will find something to love from the Breitling Chronospace Military if their primary motive is looks lonely.
Bretling’s brand new Chronospace Evo Night Mission is currently available in a stunning blue and black. The black, satin-brushed titanium case is given a carbon-based treatment which offers strength and immunity. Complementing the black ceramic case is the dark blue dial with white Arabic numerals and indices and gray accents. But this watch does not just look good, it’s also part of Breitling’s Professional group, a line of high-tech watches intended for professionals and adventurers. The opinion includes Breitling’s SuperQuartz Caliber 73 that is ten times as precise as a standard quartz watch. The Chronometer-certified quartz movement provides not only outstanding precision but also crucial functions that are essential for professionals. This view is also water resistant up to 10 bar or 100 meters, and it includes a screw-locked crown and uni-directional rotating bezel. The bezel contains four rider tabs, 6, 9, and 12 that makes it a lot easier to grip.All-in-all this analog view was made for professionals who want a luxury watch which has a high-end appearance as well operational capabilities. This view is currently priced at $4,550 USD.Breitling has unveiled the brand new Chronospace Military, a digital multifunction pilot’s chronograph designed for professionals in intense conditions.
From a durability perspective, this is a pilot’s watch, not a diver. So you’ll have to deal with the 50 meters of water resistance, which is about standard for most of Breitling’s ana-digi SuperQuartz timepieces. Over the dial, of course, is an AR-coated sapphire crystal. Good looking and useful, the Breitling Chronospace Military is a fine addition to their larger collection which very much fits the theme of the brand, as well as the type of persona Breitling has currently been pushing. The watch is, however, rather pricey, with the Breitling Chronospace Military having a retail price of $5,915. breitling.com
Bretling’s brand new Chronospace Evo Night Mission is now offered in a stunning blue and black. The black, satin-brushed titanium case is provided a carbon-based treatment that provides strength and resistance. Complementing the black titanium case is the dark blue dial with white Arabic numerals and indices and gray accents. This 43mm watch provides added legibility with luminescent-coated numerals and indices. But this watch does not just look great, it’s also a portion of Breitling’s Pro group, a line of high tech watches intended for professionals and adventurers. The watch includes Breitling’s SuperQuartz Caliber 73 that is ten times as precise as a standard quartz watch. The Chronometer-certified quartz movement provides not only superior accuracy but also key functions that are essential for professionals. This view is also water resistant up to 10 bar or 100 meters, and it features a screw-locked crown along with uni-directional rotating bezel. The bezel includes four rider tabs at 3, 6, 9, and 12 that makes it easier to grip.All-in-all this analog watch was made for professionals who want a luxury watch that has a high-end look as well operational capabilities. This watch is currently priced at $4,550 USD.Breitling has introduced the brand new Chronospace Military, an electronic multifunction pilot chronograph designed for professionals in intense conditions.