Like other luxury houses, Cartier replica is in the habit of using watch fair season to launch their wildest and most expensive novelties. This year was no exception, as the brand’s exclusive and ultra-luxe Privé Collection saw the re-introduction of the Cloche de Cartier, one of their most design forward models, in a range of precious metals, diamonds optional.
But Cartier hasn’t forgotten about the rest of us, and they introduced a range of options at Watches & Wonders for customers looking for an entry point into the brand with a smaller budget. The clear winner, in my opinion, was the totally unexpected and completely charming SolarBeat Cartier Tank Must replica with steel case, the first solar powered watch made by Cartier.
In addition to being the answer to a watch trivia question for the rest of time, the SolarBeat Tank Must (part of a larger relaunch of value oriented “Must” lineup that also includes traditional quartz Tanks in a variety of bright colors, sans Roman numerals) is one of the most genuinely interesting Tanks to hit the market in years. The top quality copy Cartier Tank, as a design object, transcends watches, and imitators can be found at all price points from countless brands, but if you want the real thing, you’ve got to spring for Cartier, and now that you can get one powered by a solar cell, it’s a whole lot more compelling for a consumer who wants the craft, the legendary name on the dial, and iconic design without any real compromise.
Cartier says that their solar powered Tank can go sixteen years between service stops, which is fantastic news if you’re only an occasional dress watch wearer. And there’s something poetic about the Roman numerals, a feature that to me is as important to the Tank aesthetic as its rectangular shape and ultrathin profile, being the vector through which light hits the photovoltaic charging system beneath the dial. It’s an invisible but functional design feature that would seem to signal the possibility of a tech oriented path ahead for this most traditional brand. Priced at $2,480 for the smaller version and $2,610 for the large, these Swiss movements copy Cartier Tanks have the potential to draw a whole new crop of watch lovers to the Cartier camp.
Rattrapante chronographs, also referred to as split-seconds replica chronographs, are a type of chronograph with two seconds hands that allow for the ability to time multiple simultaneous events, such as runners during a race. It can also time a series of events, such as the laps a single person makes on a track.
One of the hands, the so-called “rattrapante” hand, sits either directly on top of or underneath the main chronograph hand. The rattrapante hand is started and returns to zero simultaneously with the main chronograph hand. A special push-piece and an additional mechanism make it possible for the rattrapante hand to be repeatedly stopped (so that split times can be read) and then instantly brought in to renewed synchrony with the main chronograph hand by flying back to catch up with it. (“Rattrapanter” is French for “to catch again” or “to take again.”) All this occurs without affecting the motion of the main chronograph hand.
Over the past few years, we’ve seen the split-second chronograph trending upward as more and more brands of all sizes add the complication to their arsenal. Here’s a selection of some noteworthy copy rattrapante chronographs on the market today.
In 2017, IWC released a series of limited-edition best quality copy IWC Portugieser Rattrapante Chronographs to be sold exclusively at a selection of its boutique locations around the world. These locations included Geneva, Munich, Paris, Milan and Toronto/Vancouver, with each watch featuring a specific aesthetic to appeal to its targeted audience.
Our favorite of these models during their initial release was the “Boutique Genève” edition IWC Portugieser Ref. IW371221 replica with brown leather strap that was limited to 50 total pieces and included an engraving of the title of Geneva’s 1602 anthem, Cé qu’è lainô, on its caseback. IWC introduced its first rattrapante chronograph to the Portugieser collection in 1995 when Richard Habring developed a split-seconds module for the iconic Swiss Valjoux 7750 movement. It uses a push-button at 10 o’clock to control the movement of the upper hand, while the lower hand is managed by the pusher at 2 o’clock. More recently, IWC released the Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph Ceratanium in the lead-up to SIHH 2019.
What can I say about the high quality fake Rolex Daytona? After having this ref. 6263 on my wrist as I write this, I can’t deny that the hype is real. The ref. 6263 is one of my favorite Daytona references because of the Oyster case, the screw-down pushers, and the black bezel. These characteristics give the watch a much more aggressive and bold look compared to the earlier pump-pusher variations.
There’s just something about the screw-down pushers and black bezel that gets my heart racing. The example we have here today is from 1985, which marks the last era of the manually wound Daytonas; in a few short years, the next generation of automatic Daytonas would be available. To me, it’s cool to think about the last version of something and how after this, the steel bracelet replica Rolex Daytona ref.6263 would never be the same.
One thing that draws me to this example is its overall excellent condition. Specifically, the dial is to die for; all the lume plots are full and round, and the color of the lume all matches very nicely. Dials on these Swiss movement Rolex copy watches are so important, and when you see a good one, you understand why. The custard-colored lume looks beautiful against the silver dial – it’s just so good. Another nice thing about the watch’s aesthetic is the overall contrast – the bezel is black, the dial is silver, and the registers are black; it all just works so well together. Then, throw in that red “Daytona” text on the dial above the hour register and chef’s kiss.
Since it is ’80s week, after all, I would like to end here with some wise words from Ferris Bueller, “If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”
The history of AAA High-quality fake IWC with pilots dates back to the dawn of the aviation era. In 1933, one of the sons of the owner of IWC, Ernest Homberger, earned his pilot’s license. He’s said to have conceived the company’s first flight-ready watch, the Ref. 436 Mark IX, just two years later. Today, the genre counts for the most recognizable and coveted timekeepers in the current IWC lineup and the brand is intent on capitalizing on their popularity.
The proof? During the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, Switzerland’s largest watch trade show, perfect IWC replica marketed the collection by flying in a vintage spitfire to celebrate the heritage that sat perched in its booth; it even made an appearance at a dinner attended by the likes of Bradley Cooper. The next shot in the arm for the series will be when they make their big-screen debut in the Top Gun sequel starring Tom Cruise this summer.
This 41 mm by 15.3 mm Spitfire chronograph is a particularly handsome example with its contrasting hunter green dial and gold bronze case accented with a rich mahogany-hued leather strap with white stitching.
The latest addition to aaa quality fake IWC Portugieser Yacht Club series springs from a collaboration with British “resort swimwear” brand Orlebar Brown. It’s a marine-blue-dialed timepiece with a special co-branded strap, designed to coordinate with a new lifestyle collection suited for the watch’s intended milieu of yacht decks and beach clubs.
The 44.6 mm copy IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Orlebar Brown has a 44.6-mm steel case housing the IWC automatic Caliber 89361, which amasses a 68-hour power reserve and drives a built-in chronograph function with a flyback. The blue dial with red highlights visually recalls Orlebar Brown’s signature colors and features a single-totalizer display for the stopwatch hours and minutes at 12 o’clock.
The blue rubber strap of Swiss made IWC replica watch with textile inlay fastens to the wrist with the same type of side-fastener buckle used in Orlebar Brown swim shorts.
Seemingly unfazed by the cancellation of the 2020 SIHH watch show in Geneva, Cartier replica chose to reveal its all-new models with a consumer website called cartierwatchmakingencounters.com. Here, it launched fresh interpretations of the Santos-Dumont and Tank Asymétrique and delivered a surprise with the revival of a model not made for decades…
Watch of the collection: And that model is the Gérald Genta-designed Pasha, launched in 1985. Featuring a “square in a circle” aesthetic, Arabic numerals and a screw-down crown cap attached by a tiny chain, the revived model launches in no fewer than 13 variations. And gold case replica Pasha de Cartier looks even better now than it did 35 years ago. £15,200.
Most luxury replica watch brands adapted swiftly to the enforced “virtual world” brought about by the coronavirus, notably embracing webinars and Zoom calls to launch new collections. But now IWC has taken things to a new level via virtual tours of its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Schaffhausen.
The momentum perfect IWC replica generated in 2019 has continued unimpeded this year, with a slightly dressier focus. Here, we’re treated with the reinvigoration of the stoic, masculine, yet classy line in the new IWC 2020 Portugieser Collection. With the Portugieser Chronograph, IWC have stuck with their attitude of evolution over revolution, upgrading all of the regular production models with the new in-house calibre 69355 column-wheel chronograph movement — a visceral treat for the eyes when viewed through the display caseback. Three new sunburst dial variations are captivating, with the steel case offering a mossy-forest green or a rich oxblood red, and an 18k yellow gold case flaunting a classic navy blue.
The top quality fake Portugieser Automatic 40 brings a touch of refined, yet not understated, simplicity in a well-proportioned package. The steel-cased and white-dialled variant is available with either blue or gold hands and markers, while the blue dial’s steel highlights are clean and crisp. Should you want something that suits the dressier side of life, there is also a model in 18k gold. The fun doesn’t stop with the simpler sides of the collection, either, as the highly-complicated Perpetual Calendars and Yacht Club Chronograph models have all made an impact upon their release. Check here for a detailed breakdown of each of these models.
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All the connotations and daydreams that come with the image of a fighter pilot are on show in the intriguing replica IWC Pilot’s Watch Double Chronograph TOP GUN Ceratanium, a functional tool watch that transcends the genre. The cool black finish could only be German, and following a strict code of functionality that, while formal in its monochrome symmetry, exudes a calm feeling of trust. The case is not exactly lithe at 44mm with a close-to 17mm thickness, but the fit on the wrist makes me believe that there is a well-staffed Department of Ergonomics at IWC Schaffhausen. Even without the visual cliché of black being slimming, the elegant shape of the lugs sure make it shrink, and yes, Ceratanium is light enough that, with eyes closed, you’ll think it’s a slim 40mm.
The Ceratanium case
The lineage of ceramic pilot’s watches starting in 1994 culminates in what here is a matt black case with a smooth surface. The stealthy feel is a masterstroke by IWC, combining titanium and ceramic in a composite material, having the lightness of titanium while being ultra scratch-resistant. The surprising feature is that Ceratanium has a softer feel, both through its silky surface and feeling warmer on the skin than steel.
Through the production experience, Swiss made IWC replica watches have now managed to include both pushers, crown and buckle in the same material, with the single pop of a red ring around the 10 o’clock pusher slipping through the monochrome scanner. The pushers manage the perfect haptic balance between a slight resistance triggering your build quality-sensor, while being large enough to even work while wearing. Let’s be honest and say winter gloves rather than pilot’s gloves — even if we all feel the strong TOP GUN inspiration, at well past 40, with poor eyesight, chances are I’m not accepted at the academy.
Under the charming occasional flash of blue AR, we have legibility with a capital L, while the image is understated stealth through the use of grey print and lume instead of crisp white. While calming down the contrasts, this is still the ABC of Pilot watch design, with a wealth of information delivered at a glance. From the classic 12 o’clock triangle and dots, to the black day-date windows, even a slight twist of the wrist gives you all the necessary mission input. The textured dial embodies tool minimalism with its pure weapons-grade black, while the Arabic numerals are large and decisively IWC of font. Liberal amounts of Super-LumiNova will keep you informed through the darker hours, and we love the classic IWC sharp sword pilot’s hands. They are proportionate, while striking a fine balance with the needle tip of the chronograph seconds hand, a charming lume pip at the end of its counterbalance. The chronograph seconds hand number two for the rattrapante function is black, with a fresh pop of red needle tip to match the pusher at 10, allowing for intermediate timing. Three recessed registers are as crisp as you would expect, with the running seconds at 9 alone more legible than the entire dial of an average 38mm diver. Seriously.
The Double Chronograph movement
Unless you know your rattrapante from a normal chronograph, you will only have a vague suspicion about the red-ringed pusher at 10 o’clock, and the rattrapante seconds hand can’t be seen. Ah, but you see, the black and red split-second hand hides a hair’s breadth under the main chrono seconds hand, awaiting your bidding … An assertive resistance when I push the chronograph pusher at 2 o’clock and the seconds needle is away; when pushing the red-ringed pusher at 10, voila! The hidden rattrapante hand appears and stops, giving you an intermediary or lap time. Push it again, and it springs back to hide with a charming flutter as it hangs on to the main seconds hand as it carries on. This is the main reason for the thickness of the watch, and the dance of the two timing needles is worth every millimetre.
The IWC Doppelchronograf movement harks back to the movement designer Kurt Klaus in the late ’80s, at a time when in-house movements were not that prevalent; the gauntlet eventually taken over by the IWC movement designer Richard Habring, now of Habring2 fame. Instead of a delicate rattrapante (another name for the DoppelChrono) movement not suitable for a weapons-grade tool watch, RH developed a more simplified module based on the solidity of a Valjoux 7750. Tough, reliable and easy to service. So, this is neither a new pilot’s watch or movement, but rather the pinnacle of the established credentials of IWC now in the stealthy case of the TOP GUN series. The simple yet complex module-based double chronograph complication explains the thickness, fitted securely within a soft-iron, antimagnetic inner case. Bulletproof strength marks this 25-year-old movement, rather than the regal delicacy of a Vacheron or Patek split-seconds heart. But these qualities of the in-house 79420 calibre respect the mission brief. Listen up, troops! The majority of the 44 hours of power reserve is not meant to be spent under a tailored shirt cuff, tempting as it is on the tool-comfortable fabric-inlaid soft rubber strap. The Ceratanium case might be silky smooth, but the TOP GUN nomenclature is here for a reason. Whether you are strapped into an ejector seat or on a wintery trek up a mountain, this is your trusted wingman. The IWC Double Chronograph has got your back.
Editors note: While you might think these uncertain times would lead to a decline in luxury spending, auction houses are still raking in a great deal of money – with collectors assuaging their boredom under lockdown with incredible timepieces that come up for auction. The market for hot vintage replica watches is still going strong, with even modern in-demand models commanding unexpected premiums. As my colleague Brendan would put it – high-value vintage watches have proven themselves”pandemic-proof“. This reminded me of an article we published some time ago, which explored the hammer prices of celebrity-owned high-end fake watches, and whether or not the “X factor” they carried translated into greater bids. Since this list was last published, we have seen some historic watches sold at auction. Let’s check in on just how much their celebrity status impacted their sales. Marlon Brando – Black Dial Fake Rolex GMT-Master “Apocalypse Now”
RRP in 1980 — $950 USD Sold at auction in 2019— $1,952,000 USD Buy similar today — $18,691 USD Celebrity premium — 10,343.53% After her husband heard about the success of Paul Newman’s Rolex Daytona at auction, Brando’s daughter Petra Fischer-Brando realized there was a great opportunity to raise money for their charity. The proceeds of the sale, as well as Phillips’s portion of the commission, was pledged and donated to the Brando Fischer Foundation, a non-profit aimed at reducing childhood poverty. Jack Nicklaus – Gold Bracelet Replica Rolex Day-Date Ref. 1803
RRP in 1970 — $1,850 USD Sold at auction in 2019— $1,220,000 USD Buy similar today — $13,495 USD Celebrity premium — 8,940.39% Another instance of a philanthropic effort, Jack Nicklaus offered his best quality copy Rolex Day-Date ref. 1803 – with the proceeds to be donated to the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, a charitable organization that aids the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. A golfing legend, one thing that really added to the provenance of the watch was that Nicklaus actually wore the watch while and after golfing throughout his career. For fans of the sport, this was the ultimate form of memorabilia you could find.
Today’s model is a new 2020 luxury IWC Portugieser replica watch One of the more unique leading men in Hollywood’s golden age was Robert Mitchum. You see, he didn’t act in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, Mitchum was himself, which is exactly what audiences expected when they paid their hard-earned money for a ticket to see his films. He is on record for having once said, “I kept the same suit for six years and the same dialogue. They just changed the title of the picture and the leading lady.” Talk about self-awareness. But there is something to be said about the notion that the core of something (or someone, in Mitchum’s case) does not need to change in order to persist. The title and the leading lady are extremely important aspects of a film, but if the star of the picture has the right stuff, well… just ride that wave.
In the world of watches, there are a few examples which are emblematic of this idea. Think of the Rolex Submariner, the Omega Speedmaster, or even the AP Royal Oak. These watches are the movie stars. The Swiss automatic movement replica IWC Portugieser Chronograph holds a similar station within the International Watch Company as those aforementioned models do to their respective brands. It is a foundational piece in the modern IWC collection, and it represents the idea that not all iconic watches need have been produced in the 1960s and ’70s. The IWC Portugieser Chronograph is Robert Mitchum. It has a sense of style, a sense of identity, and only requires minor tweaks here and there over time, but the essence always remains. That’s what people appreciate about it. This is actually my second go-around spending time with this watch, having previously gone Hands-On with it in April. Not much about my opinions have changed, but having now spent a week with it on my wrist, some of those opinions – or notions – have become more deeply entrenched in my psyche. During my week with this watch, I tried not to augment anything about my daily routine, just to see how the watch kept up – if it interfered in any way, and how (if at all) it improved anything I did. I am talking things as innocuous as brewing a pot of morning coffee, or the more active task of sitting down to play the guitar. It was my full intention to put this watch through its paces, but I will warn you – especially in these crazy times – I don’t live the most extreme lifestyle. If you’re hoping to hear stories about how this watch fares skydiving, or on the racetrack, you’ve come to the wrong place. When it comes to a watch like this – with a design and size that is known and expected – there is a certain amount of the wearer adapting to the watch, as opposed to it being the other way around. You buy this watch because you want this watch, and most of the time, you know what you’re getting into. For those who do not, I will say that it manages to scratch two distinct itches: That of the sport chronograph, as well as the more “dressy” – stately – chronograph. There is a certain understated elegance and self-assuredness to the entire package of this watch that allows for a great deal of versatility in terms of wear. The case size of this IWC replica watch with blue hands, as mentioned, is 41mm, but a number alone does not tell the complete story. The watch effectively has no bezel at all. Given that the model I wore was the silver dial variant, the watch wears larger than the 41mm diameter would suggest as the silver dial (similar to a white-dial watch) gives off the illusion that the watch is much larger than it is. This size notwithstanding, I expected the piece to wear a bit bigger on wrist going in. There were no issues with the lugs hanging off the sides of my wrist, and the case laid flat and comfortably when worn. The overall thickness of the watch is about 13.1mm, which sounds tall but is virtually an imperceptible measurement when the watch is on. I did not for a moment consider this to be a thick or tall watch.
As has been the case for about 22 years, the watch is affixed to a leather strap (although recent updates have seen a change there as well). The version I had the chance to wear came on a blue alligator leather strap, which matched the blue accents on the dial. The strap itself is attached to a double deployant clasp system, which is one of the few gripes I have with this piece. For me, a watch is part of my person – something I don’t have to think about. Conversely, I take great enjoyment – at various intervals of my day – in taking off my watch, staring at it, engaging with the crown, etc. It is an object of affection, and I tend to be quite affectionate. A clasp should open and close – no need to reinvent the wheel. This clasp, being a double deployant, requires the opening of two segments in order to put the watch on, or take it off. Once the initial clasp segment is opened, it is actually not clear that a second segment needs to be undone as well (I recall spending about five minutes in a Rodin-type state trying to figure this out). Issues with the clasp function aside, it certainly keeps the watch secure to the wrist when closed, and everything wears comfortably. What more can be said about a dial design which has persisted and resisted change all these years? Well not much, but wearing something and experiencing it in the metal definitely brings a fresh perspective. The dial of steel IWC Portugieser copy watch here is silver, with a textured gradient pattern and accompanying radial patterns in the sub-dials. A hallmark of the design of this watch is the applied set of numerals which adorn the dial. The style of the numerals themselves evokes a more classic era of watchmaking. In contrast to this classic ideal is the text applied to the right- and left-most sections of the dial surface. In a lot of ways, the motif embodied there is something more akin to mid-century design. The combination of both of these elements is unmistakably IWC, however.
Especially on this model, the idea of contrast is perpetuated through a number of elements, each in blue. There is a set of applied blue circular markings representing the minutes, which surround the dial along with the numerals. Every single one of the hands, including the leaf handset for hours and minutes, is also done in blue. The way the blue works off of the silver, and matches with the strap, creates a nice uniformity in the design of this watch overall.