Sofia Coppola Directs for Cartier Tank Replica Watches

The filmmaker Sofia Coppola has been a fashion muse for the designer Marc Jacobs, and now, her talent and style is inspiring the world of horology. To mark the reintroduction of its 1980s Panthère jewelry watch, Cartier has given Ms. Coppola carte blanche to create a commercial around the new collection, both of which will debut worldwide on June 1. (A select number of the Cartier Tank replica watches with white dials are exclusively available on Net-a-Porter.com until May 31.)

Arnaud Carrez, Cartier’s international marketing and communication director, said that Ms. Coppola “has always resonated with the spirit of Cartier as an icon of style, taste and elegance.

“The scale of the relaunch and this kind of communication platform has never really been done” at Cartier, he added. “It’s a big story for us.”

Ms. Coppola, who, like Cartier, is based in Paris, is a fan of the jewelry house. She treated herself to one of its Tank copy watches with golden cases in 2005 after finishing “Marie Antoinette.”

Like that movie about France’s doomed queen, the Panthère commercial is a modern reinvention of the past — this time, 1983, the year the Panthère was introduced (production stopped in 2004). “There were so many great movies, and I love the stars of that time,” Ms. Coppola said in a statement. “I remember the glamorous kind of women who wore a Panthère watch.”

The commercial, which will be shown in theaters and on social networks in 60- and 30-second versions, stars the Australian actress Courtney Eaton (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) and Brooklyn and Amanda Sudano, the performer daughters of the disco queen Donna Summers.

The 2017 Panthère’s design, with its square case and rounded corners, is nearly identical to the original, save for a few performance tweaks like a strengthened bracelet and enhanced waterproofing. The Cartier fake watches with self-winding movements can greatly show the elegance characters of wearers

The exquisite Cartier Tank replica watch comes in two sizes and 14 styles, ranging from a $4,000 steel model to a $98,000 white gold and diamond version. There also are three limited-edition styles in a lacquer panther-spot motif: white gold and pavé diamonds ($123,000) or pink gold in two sizes (from $22,900).

The jewelry house has invested heavily in the Panthère’s reintroduction, including (in early May) a party with Ms. Coppola in Los Angeles. (Her latest film, “The Beguiled,is in the running this week for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize.)

IWC Schaffhausen Portuguese Chronograph Classic Replica Watches For Sale

IWC unveils a new editions of the Portuguese Chronograph Classic available in three new colour combinations.

The top-of-the-line version has an 18-carat red gold case and a silver-plated dial, as well as golden hands and appliqués. It is fitted with a hand-finished brown alligator leather strap (Ref. IW390301). The IWC fake watches with rose golden cases are available with a stainless-steel case and a black alligator leather strap. One features a silver-plated dial and blue hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390302), while the other has a midnight blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and appliqués (Ref. IW390303).

When it comes to the technical components inside these watches, IWC relies on the aspect of continuity: the new Chronograph copy watches with white dials are still driven by the tried-and-tested IWC-manufactured 89361 calibre with flyback function, self-winding system and a power reserve of 68 hours. The recorded time is particularly easy to read on the combined hour and minute counter at “12 o’clock”. A see-through sapphire-glass back provides a view of the movement and the rotor, which is adorned with Geneva stripes.

The new IWC Portuguese Chronograph Classic replica watches with brown crocodile straps are available now in IWC boutiques and from authorised IWC dealers.

 

Jackie Kennedy’s Beloved Cartier Tank Replica Watches With Mechanical Movements Will Soon Be Available for Purchase

Though it’s been over 20 years since her passing, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy has proven time and again that she’s a true classic.

Kennedy’s timeless style and mass appeal will be put to the test this June when Christie’s Rare Watches and American Icons sale spotlights the trendsetter’s beloved 1962 classical Cartier Tank replica watches.

A gift from Jackie’s brother-in-law Prince Stanislaw “Stas” Radziwill, the 18-karat gold timepiece boasts a personal engraving on the back, reading, “Stas to Jackie 23 Feb. 63 2:05 am to 9:35 pm.” The inscription references the Kennedy administration’s attempt to promote physical activity—JFK encouraged White House staffers to embark on a 17-hour hike through Florida roadways in order to set an example. Stas was one of the participants, and engraved on the copy watches with white dials is the start and end time of his hike.

Though Jackie did not participate in the initiative, she wore the Cartier fake watches with golden cases often, and thanked her brother-in-law with a gift of her own—a watercolor painting of Stas and Kennedy adviser Chuck Spalding taking the walk, bearing the same timestamp “February 23, 1963 2:05 am to 9:35 pm” and including the sendoff “Jackie to Stas with love and admiration.”

This Ultra Rare Timepiece Could Be One Of The Most Expensive Golden Bracelets Rolex Replica Watches yet

The legendary “Bao Dai” Rolex Reference 6062, once owned by the last Emperor of Vietnam, could be the most expensive Rolex fake watches with black dials. Again. After selling at the 2002 Geneva auction for what was at the time the most expensive Rolex ever acquired at an auction, the watch disappeared into a private collection, emerging only now for the second time ever. The “Bao Dai” which Phillips auction house calls the “most valuable and desirable Rolexes” and the “most complicated and iconic Oyster-cased model” ever made by the Swiss watch manufacturer leads The Geneva Watch Auctions’ upcoming big sale of seven rare Rolex watches in Geneva, to be held on May 13 and 14 at the Hôtel La Réserve. The watch has a jaw-dropping pre-sale estimate of Rs 9 crore to Rs 19 crore.

The  triple calendar with moonphase in yellow golden cases Rolex Oyster Perpetual replica watches is one of three black dial models known to exist with diamond markers. Of the three, the Bao Dai, is the only one to feature diamond markers at the even hours. The mythical timepiece also comes with an interesting story which Aurel Bacs (the impresario now running Phillips’ watch department) shared in a press statement. According to Bacs, who got the backstory from the Emperor’s son, the Emperor purchased the Ref 6062 on a whim in the spring of 1954 in Geneva when he was attending Indochina conflict peace talks. During one of his meetings at Hotel des Bergues (now the Four Seasons), Bao Dai stepped out for some air, walked across the street and entered Philippe Beguin, where he announced himself as the 13th Emperor of Vietnam and asked for the most expensive Rolex watch available in the shop. As the legend goes, the now defunct watch retailer had to call the Rolex headquarters to meet the Emperor’s requirements. Rolex had in stock a Ref. 6062, in 18k gold with a gold bracelet (and diamond-set dial), which was immediately despatched to the shop. The watch at the time cost about Rs 2.58 lakh. It was later passed down to the Emperor’s son, after his death, who later auctioned it off in 2002.

Given the rarity (and the imperial provenance) of the “Bao Dai”, the copy watches with self-widning movements will likely sell for above the current Rolex record of Rs 16,15,37,500 (fees included) achieved by the Rolex Ref. 4113 split-seconds chronograph at the same auction by Phillip’s in 2016.

2017 Automatic Movements Rolex Sky-Dweller Fake Watches Useful For You

The functional  copy Rolex Sky-Dweller is not one of the brand’s icons. It’s not a watch everybody understands, and it’s not a watch everybody loves.

It was launched in 2012, and is one of Rolex’s most complicated fake watches, combining a dual time zone function with an annual calendar. Partly thanks to that, and partly thanks to its looks, it often gets unfairly lumped in with the Yacht-Master II. Like that watch, it is mostly spotted in two-tone or solid gold (indeed, it’s not available in plain old steel).

This year, however, it has had a re-design that brings it much closer to “heartland Rolex”. It now comes in six new references with baton hour markers instead of Arabic or Roman numerals; these are either steel and yellow gold or steel and white gold “Rolesor” cases and bracelets, and it’s the latter that really caught our eye.

They come with a choice of three eminently sensible dial colours – black, white and blue – and lend a stealth factor to a watch that previously knew only how to be conspicuous.

Thus altered, the Swiss steel case replica Rolex Sky-Dweller becomes a watch that could almost pass for a Datejust or Oyster Perpetual at a glance. Even on closer inspection, a casual observer would not credit it with the full functionality that it possesses; the annual calendar isn’t represented by a multitude of subdials or windows. The month indicator does inject some colour contrast, be it in red on the black or blue dials, or white against the brown dial of a yellow gold model, but it’s hardly clutter.

Ok, so the typeface of the second time zone ring is still a bit heavy. And I can’t believe anyone would tell you that all four of those lines of text serve a purpose – but there isn’t a model in the professional range that doesn’t boast of its “Officially Certified” status.

Past criticism of the black dial fake Rolex Sky-Dweller hasn’t been confined to its looks, however. The operation system, which sees you rotate the bezel through three active positions to set home time, local time and the date, all via the crown, can seem like a solution in need of a problem – or at least, an overly complex way to control these functions.

Successfully operating it requires you to remember the different bezel positions and what they do. There are four positions in total – one for each setting function, plus a “rest” position where none are engaged. If you always leave it in this final position, over time it should in theory become simple to set.

Our experience – confined as it was to a short space of time – was that you’re likely to resort to trial and error. But once that’s done, it’s honestly not that difficult to do; set your home time (i.e. the 24-hour ring) first. Then set the local time in one-hour jumps. Lastly set the date. The biggest problem we encountered was that the fluted bezel just isn’t the grippiest of surfaces – if it hasn’t been used in a while, it can be stiff and your fingers slide off it awkwardly. There’s nothing cool about clumsily manhandling a £10,000 watch.

So it’s usable, plenty clever, and – to our eyes at least – better looking than before. So far so good. The bigger questions are: firstly, will people spend five figures on a bi-metal best-quality Rolex fake that is in fact mostly steel (the only element of white gold is on the bezel); and secondly how dearly do you prize the annual calendar as a complication?

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Because if the ability to understand the lengths of months isn’t a deal-breaker for you, and perhaps the styling still doesn’t tug at your heartstrings, it’s hard to see why you wouldn’t move across the display counter to the GMT-Master II, which offers better dual-time functionality and more iconic looks. You would need to adjust the date monthly, and you lose a few grams heft by saying goodbye to that white gold bezel, but you save nearly £4,000 in the process.

All of which may make the discreet-spec sturdy replica Rolex Sky-Dweller online a permanently niche choice – but for what it’s worth, it’s now a choice that stands proudly next to the rest of Rolex’s range.

The Sky-Dweller with low price for sale measures 42mm across and houses Rolex’s in-house automatic calibre 9001, with a 72 hour power reserve and a paramagnetic Parachrom hairspring. Prices begin at £10,600 for the model shown, and go up to £35,850 for the full gold models.

Brand-new Swiss White Dials Replica IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Watches Interest Your Life

This is the coolest IWC fake watch with rose gold indexes online that you’ve never heard of.

There’s a very good chance you’ve never heard about this watch, nor seen any pictures of it, despite the fact that it’s not some brand new release dropping today. And why might that be? First off, it’s not even on IWC’s website. So you can imagine my surprise when, flipping through IWC’s 2016/2017 catalogue, I landed on this watch. Immediately I knew I had to get my hands on one to take a closer look.

The reason IWC hasn’t talked about it until now – and I suspect that will change very soon – is because the company likes to focus on one collection at a time. When it comes to new product launches, that’s been the strategy at IWC for a number of years. So when it re-launched the Da Vinci line at the SIHH in January, that’s what was the press was shown, almost exclusively. But, very quietly, IWC also launched a new copy IWC Portofino with low price, the ref. 5164, and it’s one good looking watch.

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Not bad, right? In my opinion, it’s probably the best thing IWC has released so far this year. The new Da Vinci line was always going to receive mixed reviews, and it did, while the very many complications presented in the new Ingenieurs tried to please everyone but didn’t exactly knock it out of the park. This new 45mm IWC Portofino replica watch for hot sale on the other hand? It truly has a lot going for it.

First of all, it has a moonphase complication. It’s the complication the Portofino was born with, more than 30 years ago, and its one the current line-up has been desperately missing – it has been available on the Automatic Moon Phase 37, but that also only comes with diamonds on the bezel and/or dial, so it’s a different story. It’s reappearance in a large case Portofino is therefore a bit of an event.

The original Portofino, reference 5251, was a very large watch due to its movement. It was powered by a pocket watch movement, which IWC turned 90 degrees and equipped with a moonphase display. You could call it a wristwatch, and officially it was, but only because the movement was placed inside a case with lugs and a leather strap, which meant it could be worn on the wrist. In character (and size) it was very much a 19th-century pocket watch.

A lot of the original Portofino’s character remains intact in this new model.

The new brown strap IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase replica watch on the other hand, is very much meant to be a wristwatch. The movement inside is the same base movement found inside the new Portofino Hand-Wound line-up, which includes the ref. 5101. Just like that more basic model, this watch features a small date at three o’clock, small hacking seconds at six o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at nine o’clock (for the eight-day, hand-wound power reserve). But in addition to all of that, you get a beautiful moon phase display at 12 o’clock, and it totally changes the watch.

Despite being on the large side, the new Swiss stainless steel case fake IWC Portofino wears comfortably and even manages to hide (ever so slightly) under the cuff.

Because of the moonphase module, the case gains 1.5mm in height, but that’s where the changes end. It’s a big watch, for sure, but that’s kind of the point. I’m sure the new Hand-Wound Moon Phase isn’t supposed to provide the same experience as the original Portofino, and it works as its own, slightly more compact, wristwatch, but I also happen to like that the two references, which are separated by three decades, are linked by how they wear. Even if you’re not usually into larger watches, there’s something charming about these for sure.

A look at the Caliber 59800, the latest in-house movement in the 59000 caliber family (please pardon the plastic protector).

The accurate fake IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase will be available in stainless steel for $13,000, and there will also be a rose gold model with a grey slate grey dial. Both watches come on a dark brown alligator strap with a pin buckle, provided by Santoni.

Best-selling Male Complex Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Fake Watches

Cartier capitalizes on its incredible savoir-faire

Since 2007, Cartier has accustomed us to virtuosity beyond compare : to date, it is the only fine watchmaking company ever to have developed the capacity to achieve such far-reaching ambitions! In just ten years, this La Chaux-de-Fonds-based watchmaker has imagined, created and manufactured an amazing 45 different calibres. A remarkable demonstration of prowess, designed to secure indisputable legitimacy in the timepiece market, in record time. And, although Louis-François Cartier’s sons were the masterminds behind a few iconic pieces, such as the Santos in 1904 and the Tank in 1919, the brand has never hushed the fact that, for years, it has been calling on third parties to provide it with movements.

Regardless of how striking this advancement was, it now seems to have come to an end. In any case, this is what we could be led to believe when we discover the new pieces for 2017: apart from the jewellery models (Cartier’s initial activity) and the Métier d’Art timepiece, the complication watches embrace later developments. Such is the case for this high-end silver hands replica Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon: and although this is the first time that Cartier has married these two elements together, the first was already presented back in 2012 and the second in 2013.

Let’s start with the minute repeater : to ensure sound quality is optimal, the titanium case of this hot-selling manual-winding movement copy Cartier Rotonde model has been hollowed out so that the watch head weighs less than 50 grams. What’s more, sound vibration transmission is maximized through four attachment points between the movement and the case, and two extra attachment points at gong level. And, last but not least, the square gong section promises consistent sound. This complication, the culmination of five years’ development, was unveiled for the first time in 2012 in the Cartier Rotonde Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon.

Black Straps Replica Rotonde De Cartier Minute Repeater Mysterious Double Tourbillon Watches

And, it goes without saying, the mysterious movements are definitely a part of Cartier’s DNA. The first pendulum to embrace this highly-particular architecture, where the mechanism appears to have vanished, was the 1912 work of the watchmaker Maurice Coüet, Cartier’s exclusive partner. The double tourbillon in this piece appears to hover at the heart of an aperture set at 10 o’clock of the excellent Cartier fake watch online. The carriage rotates around itself in 1 minute, whilst the sapphire disc that embeds it has a 5-minute rotation period. This high-powered development features in the

Meaningful And Valuable Replica Rolex Rattrapante Watches

Here is the story: Dr. Crott Auctioneers is about to auction what COULD be (and that “could” is extremely important to keep in mind…) a classic fake Rolex Rattrapante Pocket Watch. This combination; Rolex / Rattrapante / Pocket Watch is something that has never been seen before, which is extraordinary to say the least considering the immense literature about Rolex. So what do we have here? Potentially one of the rarest and most important Rolex watches ever? A superb example of limited (maybe unique) production by the Crown? Or an example of re-casing work done by one of those vintage magicians? What is certain though, is that we are facing a highly interesting mystery (found thanks to watch journalist Gregory Pons).

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Until now, the only sturdy copy Rolex Rattrapante Chronograph known was the famous ref. 4113, a wristwatch of which only 8 pieces were ever manufactured. These extremely rare watches are auction-stars, easily breaking the 1-million barrier – for example, the 4113 sold by Phillips at the “Start-Stop-Reset” auction, for CHF 2,405,000, to become the most expensive Rolex wristwatch ever sold publicly. The Antimagnetique Reference 4113 was made during the 1940s, in 8 examples, all in steel, and as all Rolex chronographs of that time, it was equipped with an out-sourced movement (Valjoux). However, with the May 6 auction by Dr. Crott coming, we may have a 9th rattrapante chronograph by Rolex… may have.

The legendary Rolex 4113, the only known-to-date Rolex Rattrapante Chronograph

What do we have here? Looking at the photos, we can see a very nice, well preserved pocket watch with rattrapante chronograph, externally-sourced movement (usual at that time), with rattrapante bridge engraved “Rolex Genève”. The dial is, of course, printed with Rolex logo. More interestingly, the back of the dial feature a “ZJ” mark, which refers to one of Rolex’s dial-makers. The watch is said to be from 1955 but could most likely be a bit older (the movement seems more 1930s / 1940s) – Rolex sometimes used older ébauches and cased them up later. It bears movement No. 88305 and case No. 2885. The case is steel and measures 51 mm. On the back of the case, we can still see the green sticker that all Rolexes featured when leaving the manufacture. One thing is surprising though, the lack of reference number.

This “ZJ” mark from one of Rolex dial-makers – The split-seconds movement is generic (found in other watches from the same period) but engraved “Rolex Genève”

The main problem with this top replica Rolex Rattrapante Pocket Watch comes from the lack of information, and even more importantly, the complete absence of references. Whatever the literature you search… In all Rolex literature, there is not a single mention of a split-seconds pocket watch by Rolex. Never, nowhere… Dr. Crott, in the description of lot 327, even states “Our enquiries with Rolex came to nothing and no external Rolex specialists were able to help us with any information.

Another point to mention is that Rolex’s production of pocket watches was extremely low. Only a few were ever manufactured, like for instance the ref. 3068, a chronograph pocket watch – see this version sold by Robert Maron, this version sold by Antiquroum, this version sold again by Antiquorum and finally, this last one sold by Christies. Once again, this low volume of pocket watches produced by Rolex makes us curious and skeptical about the authenticity of such a functional fake Rolex online Rattrapante Pocket Watch.

Thus, considering this, there are two possible options. First, the watch is legit and in that case, with its EUR 40,000-60,000 estimation, this could be the deal of the decade. Imagine, an extremely rare or probably unique, unknown, unreferenced, unstudied Rolex watch, furthermore with a rattrapante movement, for the price of a nice (but not exceptional) vintage Daytona. If experts and collectors think this is an authentic watch, the price will explode. Second option, the watch is simply wrong, and in that case, the estimation is also completely irrelevant. However, as explained by Gregory Pons in his article (in French), a third option exist… Suppose main collectors, experts and dealers aren’t confident enough in the pedigree of the watch, one collector, who’s maybe a bit more informed or just more adventurous, could bet on the authenticity of the watch. The person who wins the auction, is able to do more in-depth research once the watch is in his hands and/or in the hands of experts. Suppose they find a way to authenticate the watch, and try to imagine what the price would be in a future auction! Maybe (just maybe) this watch could be a future record-breaker.

Hands-On With Smooth Leather Straps IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Fake Watches

The compact and cleverly designed IWC tourbillon with integrated constant force returns.

Although featuring a constant force tourbillon, moon phase and a four-day power reserve, the best-selling silver Arabic numerals replica IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon watch is a dialled down version of the most complicated (and expensive) IWC wristwatch ever made, the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia introduced in 2011.

Powered by the same calibre 94800 found in the discontinued Ingenieur with the same features, the durable copy IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon has an aperture at nine o’clock that reveals the centrepiece of the movement, a large tourbillon regulator.

Though the tourbillon itself is large, the cage measures almost the radius of the dial and the balance wheel is only slightly smaller, the construction is compact, with the constant force mechanism integrated into the tourbillon.

Stainless Steel Cases IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon Replica Watches

Developed in collaboration with complications developer Chronode – founder Jean-Francois Mojon worked at IWC for a decade before starting Chronode – the tourbillon has a tiny spring mounted under the escape wheel.

Once a second this spring accumulates and releases power from the mainspring, ensuring that the escapement is driven by a small, steady supply of energy. This in turn keep the balance beating at a constant amplitude, and also gives the tourbillon cage a rotation that moves in one-second steps.

That only holds for the first two days of the 96-hour power reserve, when the mainspring is sufficiently wound to provide enough power to keep the constant force mechanism going at an optimal rate. Once the two-day mark is passed, the constant force disengages and the tourbillon functions like a conventional tourbillon.

The constant force spring is visible on the left, under the escape wheel

At one o’clock is the double hemisphere moon phase, with the moon phase disc cast to resemble the cratered surface of the Moon. And just below that is the power reserve display.

Unlike the Portuguese Sidérale Scafusia that incorporated a star chart on the back of the watch, which is why it is an enormous 17.5mm in height, the Swiss 46mm copy IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon is a relatively slim 13mm, even with the high domed sapphire crystal.

The case is a large 46mm, which gives it relatively elegant proportions though it is still a large watch.

The back reveals the movement and its workmanlike finish. Historically IWC has never been associated with decorative finishing – clever and concise engineering was its thing – so the functional appearance of the movement is in keeping with the brand’s identity.

Even if not fancy the movement is attractive, with variation of the surfaces finishes that create an appealing contrast. The overall finishing is careful, albeit applied by machine.

That being said, the styling of the movement, which is reminiscent of an automobile engine, doesn’t quite suit the classical design on the front. And that explanation for that is likely that the calibre 94800 was originally designed for the Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon, a high octane-high complication.

The modern fake IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon is customisable, with the client able to mix and match for the case, dial and strap. The case is available in red gold or platinum, with the choice of four metallic finish dial colours, as well as a wide range of straps. Further customisation beyond the options offered is possible, but likely at significant additional cost.

The prototype of the sturdy copy IWC Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon is in stainless steel, which unfortunately is not an option for the watch. The lightness of the steel case makes it more wearable than the precious metal versions.

Price and availability 

The Portugieser Constant-Force Tourbillon (ref. IW5901) is made to order, priced at S$325,000 in red gold and S$360,000 in platinum. Those are equivalent to US$230,000 and US$260,000 respectively.

Privée Pleasures: Worthy Replica Cartier Paris Collection Watches For Appreciation

Originally created to give collectors a chance to own vintage-looking Cartier watches, the timepieces in Collection Privée Cartier Paris have become highly sought after in their own right.

The Fine Watchmaking Collection, Cartier’s current high-end watch line, is a stunning series comprising complicated watches, which showcase the maison’s high-tech horology. The collection is made in Cartier’s own 30,000 square meter manufacture in La Chaud-de-Fonds and represents the very best that the brand has to offer today.

Collection Privée Cartier Paris (CPCP), on the other hand, was much more a celebration of what the maison had achieved in design through the 20th century. The collection, which ran from 1998 to 2008, was based on the legendary case designs that the brand is so famous for. It fulfilled a desire on the part of collectors for vintage-looking best-quality fake Cartier watches online, with historic details and a movement belonging to the finest Swiss watchmaking tradition.

All movements within the CPCP series were from brands like Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Gérald Genta, Techniques Horlogères Appliquées (THA) and Frédéric Piguet, and hand-assembled and inspected by a master watchmaker. high-performance copy Cartier took these high-grade movements and added its own finishing, such as the traditional Côtes de Genève motif and the interlaced Cartier double “C”. Many watches in the CPCP series had a display caseback to show the decoration of the movement, which became one of the signature elements of the CPCP collection.

 The watch faces were no less impressive, with each dial made in 18ct gold, covered with a silver layer and traditional guilloché varying from a very fine pattern on the smaller Santos-Dumont watches, to a more prominent design on the larger Tortue models. The rail track, Roman numerals and markings were all stamped directly on to the dial.

Many of Cartier’s early 20th-century watches had the word “PARIS” inscribed underneath the brand name, which gave the dial something extra that became much-sought after by collectors. In response, Cartier added the same word to almost all CPCP watches. Just one model had a dial without “PARIS” on it – the Tank Cintrée with Arabic numerals produced in both yellow gold and platinum. (The same version with Roman numerals came with the familiar inscription.)

Coming Up Roses

Another typical CPCP design feature that characterised the collection was the central rose motif. Just a few of the watches from the first CPCP launch in 1998, like the Santos Dumont, Tank Américaine, Tonneau and Tank Obus were delivered without the rose, but those models, relaunched in the following years, were redesigned to include the flower.

The rose motif and the “PARIS” engraving were important features that helped to push the series to another level; collectors always mention these details when CPCP is discussed. The same thing happened with the numbering on the back. During the first year, some models were delivered with standard numbering, while from the second year onwards, all models had an individual numbering and an indication of the number produced – of particular interest when the watch is a limited edition.

One of the stand-out models in the CPCP collection is, without a doubt, the Tank Louis Cartier, produced in its historic dimensions of 33.5mm by 25.5mm in yellow gold and in platinum. The watch has baton-style hands and is powered with the ultra-slim Cal. 021MC manual-winding movement by Piaget; the crown is set with an impressive sapphire. In 2006, that same watch was released as the Louis Cartier XL, powered by Piaget’s hand-wound 9701MC movement, visible through the display caseback of the 30mm by 39mm, rectangular rose-gold or platinum case. It was said that the total number of watches produced in pink gold remained below 300 pieces, while no more than 50 pieces were made in platinum. Unfortunately, this model was not a numbered limited edition.

The smallest CPCP men’s model was a re-issue of the Santos-Dumont 1913 in yellow gold, produced in a limited edition of 100 examples. Here, Cartier went a step further and supplied the watch with a vintage-style, non-adjustable folding buckle. The strap had to be custom-made to fit the client’s wrist. The dimensions of the case were 24mm by 34mm, and the timepiece was supplied with the 9780MC Jaeger-LeCoultre movement. It also had a stunning, not-often-seen, facet-cut sapphire crystal. A slightly larger Santos-Dumont at 27mm by 36mm was also available in platinum and yellow gold, powered by a hand-wound mechanical 021MC H3 Frédéric Piguet movement. Both models have Breguet hands and a closed caseback. And of course, “PARIS” was inscribed below the brand name.

Dating back to 1928, the monopoussoir complication was one of the first complications Cartier developed. The highly sought-after Tortue MP was the first model to incorporate this complication, and Cartier did a really good re-issue in yellow gold for the first CPCP release – almost like the original model, but with a slightly larger and more contemporary case. The comeback of the Tank Mono Poussoir was even more spectacular – a stunning but once-completely-unknown Tank dating back to 1935 that now became available in a limited edition of 100 pieces each in pink and white gold. The Tortue MP and the Tank MP shared the same 045MC movement, specially developed by François-Paul Journe, Denis Flageollet and Vianney Halter for these top copy Cartier models – and also used in the De Bethune DB1 monopusher chronograph.

Blue Hands Copy Cartier Paris Collection Watches

Tales Of The Unexpected

Cartier did not do much to publicise the Collection Privée and we can only guess at the reason. But it looks like the low-production series sold out very quickly. The limited editions were usually produced in less than 100 pieces and the non-limited editions often did not number more than 250 to 300 pieces. At the time the internet was not the fount of all watch knowledge that it is today and there were certainly no watch blogs, so it was not as easy for collectors to find out what new models had been launched. The boutiques were supplied with a little brochure, but it was not updated on an annual basis as most contemporary catalogues are.

To make it even more confusing, some CPCP models were launched only in a certain territory or for a special occasion – for instance, the Tank Chinoise Double Fuseau that was made for China had all the typical CPCP details like the rose and “PARIS” on the dial, and was produced in 100 pieces each, in pink and white gold. But outside of Asia, no one was aware of its existence. It was a remarkable travel watch, specifically created to celebrate the relations between France and China.

Other amazing examples were the few pieces that were exclusively sold by the Cartier flagship store at 13 Rue de la Paix. The Paris boutique had long been closed for renovations, and when it reopened in 1999, with huge parties to celebrate its 100th anniversary, there were a few very special watches made to commemorate the occasion. One of the most well-known and important pieces was the Tortue Mono Poussoir in white gold, with a salmon-coloured dial and a big Arabic numeral “13” – instead of a Roman numeral XII – and produced in an edition of just 13 pieces.

Much more bizarre was the Driver watch that dates back to 1936 and was barely launched commercially. It was a very small and strangely curved watch that measured just 19mm by 34mm. Due to that  curved shape and the fact that the folding buckle is attached to the case, it can only be worn on the side of the wrist; so when holding the steering wheel, there is no need to turn the wrist to check the time. It was a so-called “back winder”, which has a flat crown that sits on the back of the watch. The Driver had a salmon-coloured guilloché dial, with a large Arabic “13”, just like the Tortue Mono Poussoir.

An interesting addition to the Collection Privée came with the release of the Tank à Vis, which was presented as a new model with a whole new name. In fact, the Tank à Vis – launched as a series of four different models – was a modern interpretation of the Tank Étanche, with a similar case design. This new model is the only Tank in the collection that has a bezel, but the Cartier designers created a small difference between the vintage and the new model, and gave the Tank à Vis four screws on the lunette.

Cartier did a really nice job with the relaunch of the Tank Asymétrique and the Tonneau. The Tank Asymétrique – or Parallélogramme, as it was called in the 1930s – was a driver’s watch that was known for its various models with different lug constructions. The bridge constructions that Cartier chose for the Collection Privée were by far the most gorgeous of the Asymétrique collection. With its Breguet-styled hands and larger case in yellow gold, the limited-edition series – a mere 150 pieces – was sold out in a very short time.

 Male Models

In its early years, the Tonneau was a very popular and dandy model, but fell out of favour in the 1980s, mainly because the case and very narrow strap were just too damn elegant. For the CPCP series, elegant fake Cartier enlarged the case of the Tonneau, gave it all the historical details – like the rose and Breguet-styled hands – and came up with a very smart construction to make the strap wider. Instead of keeping the leather strap at the same width throughout, it became 1mm wider beyond the lugs. It gave the strap a much wider appearance, and the watch became a cool man’s timepiece that met the demand for larger and more masculine models.

CPCP was cheap copy Cartier’s first serious attempt to reach the male watch consumer/collector, and it was the foundation of haute horlogerie on a larger scale; but it also became the start of something else – a new extraordinary way of packaging watches that was soon followed by the entire industry. While men’s watches were usually sold in small and often square boxes at the beginning of the 1980s, the watches in the CPCP series came in rich red boxes that were three times as large, with room for cufflinks and rings. The inside was lined with black velvet; champagne-coloured if the watch was bought from the 13 Rue de la Paix store. Together with this large box, the new owner also received a smaller, polished hardwood presentation box, and a suede travel pouch with cloth and loupe. It is a handsome kit that one almost never receives when a CPCP watch is found at an auction or dealer. These wooden boxes are real collector’s items.

Cartier Paris Fake Watches With Black Roman Numerals
The collection came to an end in 2008 when Cartier realised that a high-end watch line could only be successful when all movements and parts are produced in-house at their own manufacture in La Chaux de-Fonds. That was also the year the Fine Watchmaking Collection was launched, starting with the 47mm Ballon Bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon that was pre-released in 2007, a few months before the official launch of the collection.

A huge amount of love was put into the watches, with a perfect eye making sure that the details were as close to those of the original historic pieces as possible without compromising collectors’ preferences for slightly larger and more wearable cases. When we consider that there are now over 300 Cartier mono-brand boutiques worldwide, plus all the concessions, the numbers produced in the past were really seriously limited. Collection Privée Cartier Paris replica watch with Swiss movements sales may be history now, but it has, without doubt, become the next best thing to collect when it comes to vintage Cartier timepieces.

When it comes to obtaining a pre-owned Collection Privée Cartier Paris watch, or perhaps a vintage watch from the 1930s, it is good to know that the new Manufacture Cartier is always able to restore the watch to its original beauty. From glass to crown, and from hairspring to balance wheel, knowing that the manufacture has this technological finesse makes the decision to buy a vintage watch less difficult.