Technique – Micro-rotor, maxi possibilities Replica Wholesale Suppliers

The micro-rotor serves to rewind automatic movements, but stands out from traditional rotors in terms of its size, it shape and its position. The customary oscillating weight is a flat half-disk topping the movement. The micro-rotor is a small, thick half-disk fully integrated into the movement. It was invented almost concomitantly in 1957 by Buren and Piaget, and subsequently popularized by Universal Genève, which had patented its own in 1954. It represented a quest for technical performance, and of course for greater slimness. These two objectives have remained in place and are now even more strongly present. Of the three original firms involved, only Piaget continued using the micro-rotor, which proved a determining factor in the second race for horological slenderness undertaken in the 2000s. One should also mention a fourth actor that came to play an indispensable role in the field : Patek Philippe. In 1997, in the midst of the quartz crisis, the brand developed an ultra-thin self-winding movement, named Caliber 240 in accordance with its thickness. To achieve this, the brand had recruited the creator of the Universal caliber, thereby vividly proving the importance of experience in conceiving these distinctive movements.

Micro-rotor, maxi possibilités

Calibre 240 © Patek Philippe

New lease on life

In the 2000s, the pursuit of perfection and diversification was an integral part of the grand watchmaking revival. To stand out from the crowd, several brands opted for the micro-rotor despite its inherent disadvantages. Given its lower inertia than a large-size rotor, it winds barrels less efficiently. By way of example, the newly introduced Montblanc micro-rotor requires 11 hours on a Cyclotest machine stimulating daily wear to be fully wound, as against eight hours for a standard automatic model. To compensate for this fact, the micro-rotor is made from extremely heavy materials : tungsten in cheaper versions, and 22K gold or even platinum for prestigious interpretations. It thereby achieves standard and even comfortable power reserves. Such is the case of several Roger Dubuis movements, of the Vaucher Caliber 5401 used by Hermès, Richard Mille and Parmigiani, and also of Caliber 1.98 by Chopard, which has a 65-hour power reserve.

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In 2002, Girard-Perregaux had developed a variation of its Tourbillon with Three Gold Bridges featuring a micro-rotor concealed beneath the barrel, which meant it went almost unnoticed. Based on the Peseux 7001 caliber, MCT has created its own movement that it still uses to this day. Then came the turn of Laurent Ferrier. This technically elegant and distinctive solution is still in vogue, since no less than three brands have opted for this solution in 2017 : Romain Gauthier, Peter Speake-Marin and Bell&Ross (via its movement producer MHC). But the big names are still in search of the most favorable technology/ergonomics/slenderness ratio for the micro-rotor. Panerai and Bulgari have adopted this solution and their technical choices are representative of the current trend. The micro-rotor is definitely more efficient when it is heavy, and even more so if it is broad, meaning as part of wide movements. Calibers have definitely grown, from Patek Philippe’s 240 movement measuring 27.5mm to the 36.6mm BVL138 by Bulgari. The concept is also becoming increasingly flexible and adaptable to movements ranging from the simplest to the most elaborate, as showcased in the Grande Complication de Cartier.

Micro-rotor, maxi possibilités

Calibre S2 de MCT © MCT

Micro-rotor, maxi possibilities

Paul’s position

The micro-rotor is a great way of saving height in a movement for an ultra-thin watch or for freeing up space to show off a wonderful open-worked movement. But as I discovered earlier this year while researching an article for WorldTempus, micro-rotor movements do not come cheap. Only a handful of brands offer micro-rotor watches below 10,000 Swiss francs, making them a watch for the connoisseur. – Paul O’Neil, WorldTempus editor-in-chief

>Cartier was attentive to the fact that men, interested in, let’s call them, ‘the better watches’, were educated about timepieces, compared to average Cartier client was and these men were more interested in the character of the moves. A collection of limited edition and limited produced watches, housed in Cartier’s classic cases such as the Santos, Tank, Tortue, but more significant, powered with high end mechanical calibers produced by famous watch brands, such as Cartier.Piaget, JLC, Frederique Piguet, Gerald Genta and others all delivered these superior calibers for the top of the line collection. The excellent finishing of these moves, was done by Cartier and was visible through the back, since many of the models had a glass to see the motion. A characteristic that was fairly unusual at that time. Collection Privée was however, too limited in quantities to be a real success, since many of the versions were only produced in 100 bits, although Cartier had finished 200 brand Boutiques at that moment. One would anticipate my WIS (Watch Idiot Savant) buddies at the GTG meetings could be exited about the bits I showed, but that was only partially true, because another trend had become popular among those men; ‘in-house moves’. A grail watch required to possess an in-house movement to be the actual thing (deal).During the Collection Privée period, 1998 — 2008, Cartier often faced problems in obtaining all of the parts in their suppliers and it often occurred that a watch has been released later than planned, due to the fact that some parts were not available in time, to finish the watch.

2017 – A bumper anniversary year Replica Buyers Guide

There are big ones and small ones, even some that the companies themselves weren’t aware of! 2017 is shaping up to be a landmark year for watchmaking, with a bumper crop of anniversaries to celebrate.

Happy birthday!

Some of them need little introduction. Hermès, for example, was founded in 1837, which makes this year its 180th birthday. The company is a shining example of longevity and growth. The modest Parisian workshop has become a multi-faceted luxury goods brand active in couture, leather goods and perfumes, not forgetting watchmaking. The brand created by Thierry Hermès in 1837 is still majority-owned by the family, and boasts an annual turnover of around 5 billion euros. And it all began with a saddle!

Cartier, which has followed a similar trajectory, celebrates its 170th anniversary this year. No false modesty is required to recount the company’s journey from its modest beginnings in 1847, when a humble jeweller’s apprentice took over his master’s workshop. Cartier Watch 61323 Replica has gone from adorning the crowned heads of Europe to a globally recognised multi-million-dollar brand and business empire.

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Finally, the house of Dior celebrates its 70th birthday this year. Although its watchmaking workshops are far newer (2001), the aura of the mother brand has certainly helped its watch collections, particularly the Chiffre Rouge range, to cement their reputation in record time.

A Jurassic jubilee

Few trajectories have been as spectacular, but there is one more, of a similar scale and a similar age: Longines. The company, which was founded exactly 185 years ago, will devote considerable effort in the second half of the year to celebrating the milestone.

So besides the fact that an in-house movement was becoming more and more significant, Cartier Watches Harrogate Replica realised very well that to become really reliable and successful in the world of high-end watches, they had to create not only their own calibers, but also as many components as you can, like the case, springs, rotors, dials, hands, glass etc.Cartier built, during the Collection Privée period, a huge — over 30.000 square meters — manufacture at La Chaux-de-Fonds (see our coverage here) and started to use a chosen group of watchmakers to a follow up project to be started in 2008, all headed by Carole Forestier-Kasapi, the genius watchmaker which was hired in 2005 and had worked at Audemars Piguet (Renaud & Papi) and van Cleef & Arpels. This very modern and high-end manufacture is currently together with the Rolex manufacture, the biggest in Switzerland!The very first result of Cartier’s high-end watchmaking was presented in November 2007. Unfortunately, the watch was housed in a 47mm over-sized Ballon Bleu instance, following the huge watch trend.Since the release of the Flying Tourbillon, Cartier did not rest on their laurels. While other leading brands like Audemars Piguet were carrying it quietly and pleasing the watch fanatics with ‘Offshore’ after ‘Offshore’, year after year, Cartier made over-hours and invented new materials, new calibers and surprised the media each January in the SIHH with actual novelties. In 2009, and again in 2012, Cartier even invited over a hundred journalists from all over the planet and flew them into La Chaux-de-Fonds, to present the ID-ONE and ID-TWO watch at their manufacture. Two prototype watches which would never hit the market, but were created for research and — naturally — to demonstrate the media just how far ahead Cartier was in fine watchmaking.

From its original vocation as a sports timing specialist, Longines has grown into one of the world’s biggest watch brands, producing more than a million timepieces per year, distributed worldwide to a customer base that comprises 50% women. With the company’s vast archives to draw upon, we can expect a plethora of anniversary models. Longines has chosen to focus on one model in particular, which commemorates Charles Lindbergh’s first transatlantic flight 90 years ago. The “Lindbergh Hour Angle Watch” will be available in a limited edition of 90. 

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Bovet, on the other hand, is celebrating its 195th anniversary. Although Edouard Bovet (who would have been 220 this year!) first dipped his toe into watchmaking a few years earlier, it was in 1822 that he went into partnership with his brothers Alphonse, Frédéric and Gustave to sell watches in China. The first contract signed by the Bovet company was registered in London on the 1st May of that year. The business expanded rapidly, and manufacturing operations were transferred to Fleurier, very close to where the company still makes its watches today, in Môtiers.

We wish many happy returns also to Eberhard & Co., an independent watchmaker that is perhaps less well known, though still highly prized by collectors. It celebrates its 130th birthday this year. Not many people know that Eberhard was responsible for some major milestones in watchmaking history. The company has filed patents for advances in time setting (1894), hour display (1905) and dust and humidity protection (1921), to name just a few. 

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New kids on the block

It would be impossible to list all of this year’s anniversaries, but there are a few more that deserve a mention. Bulgari Time, for instance, was founded exactly 35 years ago. Since then, the Italian company has built a reputation that vies with those of the biggest watchmakers, with its distinctive Roman style and acknowledged technical flair, particularly in the domain of ultra-thin watches. 

Alongside these illustrious forebears Anonimo, which is a sprightly 20 years old, is something of a new kid on the block. Its current trajectory nevertheless confirms that it is on the right track and, one hopes, destined for a long and healthy life. Although it started life bearing a striking resemblance to Officine Panerai, Anonimo has become more confident in its own stylistic identity and technical approach. The brand that made a deliberate choice to be recognised for its creations rather than its name has now conquered many markets, particularly since it converted to Swiss Made in 2013. 

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Anniversary models aplenty

And it’s not just the brands whose anniversaries we are celebrating – individual watches are also getting in on the action. The Fifty Fathoms, created in the 1950s, had its first major reissue just ten years ago, in 2007, under the impetus of Marc Hayek. Since then, the legendary timepiece has reasserted itself as a truly iconic diving watch.

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Its slightly older counterpart, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, was seen for the first time 45 years ago. This year, the women’s version also celebrates its 40th birthday. Girard-Perregaux’ iconic tourbillon with three gold bridges is 130 years old this year. And Piaget already broke out the champagne for the 60th anniversary of the Altiplano at this year’s SIHH.

2017 will also be a big year for TAG Heuer. The company celebrates 55 years of the Autavia, which returned to Basel with great fanfare. It’s also the 10th anniversary of the Link collection, and Jack Heuer’s 85th birthday. 

Women can celebrate the 5th year of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous collection. These watches have been spectacularly successful since their introduction in 2012, consistently ranking among the company’s best-selling women’s watches. 

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Cartier – Panthère de Cartier party in Los Angeles Replica Watches Online Safe

Cartier celebrated the launch of Panthere de Cartier Watches Toronto Replica watch, an evening at Milk Studios in presence of Cyrille Vigneron (President & CEO of Cartier International), Mercedes Abramo (President & CEO of Cartier North America) and Sofia Coppola.

Panthère de Cartier Watches Austin Tx Replica party in Los Angeles

Cyrille Vigneron and Poppy Delevingne © Cartier

Notable attendees included:
Sienna Miller, Dakota Johnson, Lily Collins, Kirsten Dunst, Miranda Kerr,  Alicia Keys, Lionbabe, Mark Ronson, Amanda Sudano, Brooklyn Sudano, Courtney Eaton, Bianca Brandolini D’adda, Chef Thomas Keller, Arizona Muse, Ashley Madekwe, Annie Chen, Ayana Miyamoto, Asia Chow, Bertrand Burgalat, Camille Rowe, Candice Lake, Chriselle Lim, Cipriana Quann, Dita von Teese, Dree Hemingway, Dylan Penn, Erica Pelosini Leeman, Eugenio Lopez, Gela Taylor,  Gelila Assefa Puck, Greg Chait, Haley Bennett, Haze Khadra, Josephine de la Baume, Julie Delpy, Kate Mulleavy, Kate Sumner, Kim Raver, Kristina Bazan,  Langley Fox Hemingway, Laura Mulleavy, Lisa Marie Fernandez, LL Cool J,  Marilyn Manson, Mary Charteris, Mia Goth, Mia Moretti, Michelle Harper,  Monique Lhuillier, Nicole Warne, Nikolai Haas, Olivia Culpo, Poppy Delevingne, Rachel Zoe, Rebecca de Ravenal, Sandra Ma, Sasha Lane, Sasha Spielberg, Shiva Rose, Simi Khadra, Sofia Boutella, Sveva Alviti, Takenya Quann, Theo Niarchos, Vanessa Seward, Winnie Harlow, Wolfgang Puck, Yuko Araki…

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Dakota Jonhson, Sienna Miller © Cartier

Component of this Tank’s history is that the numerous significant 20th century figures who have prominently worn it. We won’t (can’t) list all of them here, but monarchs, politicians, and true icons of sports and music have aided the tank achieve its status and are testament to its achievement. These were not “brand ambassadors” as we know them now, but true fans of this watch – or those simply following a fashion, such as Andy Warhol, that apparently didn’t even keep it wound onto his wrist.Cartier Tank watches have included a selection of movements over their background, and the earliest versions used manually wound Jaeger moves. The very first Cartier Xl Watch Replica Tanks were somewhat stouter than the perfectly (in my opinion) refined proportions of this Tank we know today, best exemplified by the Tank Louis Cartier which was first introduced in 1922. I have been unable to pinpoint exactly when the predominance of Breguet pomme-style palms gave way to the sword-shaped hands most prevalent on Cartier watches today. Though technically a newer model, the modern Cartier Tank Solo XL is comparable in layout to the Tank Louis Cartier and does a fantastic job, I feel, of representing its own heritage.Cartier’s current Tank collection comprises six models: Anglaise, Americaine, Française, Louis Cartier, MC, and Solo. Yet again, the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic in steel onto a leather strap reflects the brand’s most affordable mechanical men’s watch. For the record, the least expensive men’s watch overall is – no, not the quartz Tank Solo, however the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch observed below at around $2,600. With a 36mm-wide (6.6mm-thick) steel instance (30m water-resistant), the Cartier Ronde Solo quartz watch is little for a great deal of contemporary men’s tastes however is simple, with no fuss, and offers a lot what many men and women need from Cartier.

Panthère de Cartier party in Los Angeles

Kirsten Dunst © Cartier

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Sofia Coppola © Cartier

Best-selling watches in India – Which watches sell well in India? Replica Watches Online Safe

That Indians are price conscious is hardly a secret. By and large, Indians are conservative and look for high security and resale value when considering a high value purchase. However, when it comes to watches, there is an added dimension of social status too that becomes part of the purchase consideration.

Traditionally known to be fond of gold, Indians are seen to be opting more for steel, platinum and white gold. One reason for the changing preference could be the recent economic and political events. Since mid 2016, the Indian government has made Permanent Account Number (PAN) card identification mandatory for transactions above INR 2 lakh (approx. 3000 US dollars). This has had a direct impact on the luxury watch business. The demonetization of high value currency was another blow to luxury watch retailers, who were already reeling under the impact of the PAN Card rule.
Other, higher-end Tank versions include variations on the shape and layout, in addition to alternatives such as fancier motions and valuable metals. Sportier options can be found in the Santos and MC families. But, all of them are more costly than the entry-level Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic.A lot of different manufacturers offer rectangular and square watches which are at least affected by the Cartier Tank, although few are quite powerful, it sounds. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is, naturally, another major rectangular, Art Deco watch out there, but it’s more expensive and actually provides a somewhat different charm. And I have never found one that fits me just like the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic does! If your Cartier Tank alternative has to be rectangular, then please try it first because it’s much harder to get proportions and fit right than using a round watch.Another method of looking at the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic would see its rivals as standard dress-style mechanical watches in the $3,000-$4,000 range, round or otherwise. Dress-style watch choices exist for practically any budget. For individuals on a much tighter budget, we suggested Orient’s dress watches and looked at a few of them. I look forward to readers’ tips.

Talking of the current trends, a quick survey of retailers here reveals the more popular high-end watch brands in India are Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Ulysee Nardin, Hublot, Cartier, Panerai, IWC, Bvlgari, Omega and Breitling. Among the hot-selling models we have Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, Rolex Datejust & Daytona, Breguet Reine De Naples, Bulgari Serpenti, Breitling, Super Ocean, Breitling Super Avenger, Omega Constellation, Cartier Watches Copy Replica Ballon Bleu, Panerai Luminor, IWC Portofino and Portuguese. Discreet watch collectors are always on the lookout for limited editions of Audemars Piguet, Breguet and Hublot. These collectors are happy to indulge in skeleton watches as well.Quelles montres se vendent-elles le mieux en Inde ?

Another finding is that women are buying more watches than men. Indian women like diamonds in their watches. They are attracted to either steel or two tone watches in steel and gold; and they tend to pick pink gold over the yellow or white variety. These watches go well with the Indian women’s style, since they are fond of jewellery. This explains the success of models such as the Serpenti, Reine De Naples and Millenary in this part of the world.

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The Indian youth, on the other hand, prefers automatic watches in steel or with rubber straps, which is why Hublot is a favourite for this segment of buyers. The mature customer prefers quartz watches due to convenience of usage, while those in their 40s and 50s prefer a complicated watch in steel or white gold.

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Cartier – Red carpet in Cannes Perfect Clone Online Shopping

On the occasion of the 70th Cannes Film Festival Monica Bellucci, Cannes Film Festival’s Mistress of Ceremonies, chose Cartier High Jewelry collection. She wore a pair of  earrings in platinum set with two briolette-cut diamonds totalling 6.07 carats as well as a necklace in platinum set with seven briolette-cut diamonds totalling 19.50 carats, yellow briolette-cut diamonds, yellow pear-shaped diamonds, onyx and brilliant-cut diamonds.

The Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic watch was introduced in 2012 and added a larger, mechanical solution to the quartz Tank Solo. The Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic originally featured the automated Cartier 049 calibre, which will be an ETA 2892. But, Cartier has confirmed with us that when the Cartier Clé introduced the in-house 1847 MC movement in 2015 a lot of fundamental versions were fitted with the new movement – like the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic. The 1847 MC movement is seemingly positioned as a workhorse to take the area of ETA moves found in a range of Cartier collections, and with a diameter of 25.6mm, it is going to fit about everywhere an ETA 2992 or 2824 would. Bidirectional automatic winding, 42 hours of power reserve, working at 4Hz with central seconds and date are welcome modern features and appropriate for an entry level set. The Cartier 1847 MC seems to largely receive just basic decoration, but you won’t find it here anyhow due to the good caseback of the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic. An in-house movement should include interest and value for fans, and more so since the switch out of a sourced movement wasn’t accompanied by a change in price.Standard to get a modern luxury watch, antireflective sapphire crystal protects the dial, and the crown with its synthetic spinel cabochon is basically unchanged from the earliest Tanks. The dial is exactly what Cartier calls silvered opaline, and it supplies a satiny background for its black Cartier Roman numerals without any shiny reflections to hamper legibility.
Red carpet in Cannes

© Cartier

Cartier – Panthère Lovée watch Replica Watches Online Safe

The wild animal reigns at Cartier Watches Milwaukee Replica since 1914. Ever present yet ever changing, the panther is a most mighty muse: her every incarnation reveals a novel aspect of her personality. Cartier enveils a new precious interpretation of the majestic felin. A glittering three-dimensional panther curls up on the dial of the Panthère Lovée watch. The majestic sculpture sets a tone of luminous, possessive, sensual femininity.

Panthère Lovée

Panthère Lovée watch © Cartier

Cartier showcases the feline in its most feminine case, the Baignoire de Cartier watch, thereby sealing the perfect union of two icons of the Maison.
The expertise of the artisans in creating lifelike creatures is evident in the mastery of the proportions and the precision of the design from the panther’s nose to her ears. With a spotted coat of diamonds and black lacquer, emerald eyes and a gleaming dial, the sophistication of Cartier Watches 2955 Price Replica jewellery lends itself to the challenges of watchmaking with panache.

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In this aBlogtoWatch feature, we analyze various brands through the lens of the most inexpensive model. And none aside from the legendary Tank, in the form of this Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic, represents the most affordable mechanical men’s watch Cartier offers, at around US$3,500. The issue is, however, what you get with all the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic and just how well it represents the brand.We do not have to inform you that Cartier is among the planet’s most well-known luxury brands. While I like to approach this show as a brand study rather than as how to purchase to a prestigious name for the least quantity of money possible… Cartier’s prestige and recognizability are undeniably a huge attraction for a great many individuals around the world. Cartier has attained an incredibly cohesive identity and consistency across a vast range of goods, but where does the Cartier Tank Solo XL fit in to that? In this guide, we wish to check at what exactly the Cartier Tank Solo XL offers concerning history, value, horological interest, fashion, and more obscure quality that’s Cartier character. The Cartier Tank turning 100 years old in 2017 also makes it timely to revisit its story that is a huge part of the watch we are looking at today.Founded at Paris, France, by Louis-François Cartier in 1847, Cartier as a company is going to be 170 years old in 2017, however is not any more a small family-run jeweler, needless to say. The three grandsons of the founder were Louis, Pierre, and Jacques, and collectively they oversaw Cartier’s expansion to become a globally recognized name – Louis being the very central to our narrative. The following Cartier creation, the kids of those 3 brothers, sold the business in the 1970s into an investor category. And lastly in 2012, Cartier combined the Richemont Group in which it resides today among illustrious colleagues of haute horlogerie.
Case: 18-carat white gold, set with brilliant-cut diamonds, emerald and black lacquer
Dimensions: 39 x 31.50 mm
Dial: silvered dial with sunray finish
Strap: black alligator leather strap. Comes with a second dark green alligator leather strap. 18-carat white gold folding buckle set with brilliant-cut diamonds
Strap of the diamonds-set watch : 18-carat white gold bracelet set with brilliant-cut diamonds

The ’80s – An improbable comeback Replica Clearance

Neon red lipsticks, fluorescent pinks and more than a touch of the blues for the watch industry. The ’80s were a time of contradictions for those who lived through them. Aesthetically, the era of style crimes and improbable geometrical motifs has left virtually no trace. The music videos of Robert Palmer and Brian Ferry, and the advertisements created by Jean-Paul Goude, celebrated powerful and sexy women, as epitomised in the photographs of Helmut Newton. But the era of cheap pop also gave us Sheena Easton, the Renault Fuego and the white Ferraris of Miami Vice. As far as watches were concerned, it was a nadir. This was when the crisis caused by the Swiss watch industry’s failure to compete with its Asian competitors (often referred to – not entirely accurately – as the quartz crisis) reached its peak. But the decade also marked the beginning of a number of success stories. Cartier Watches 2952 Replica exploded onto the scene with the Must, along with Bulgari and the Bulgari Bulgari. Raymond Weil also found its feet. It was a time when watches could be both small and ostentatious, and the two-tone gold and steel look – a combination to be handled with care – was ubiquitous.

Whether it’s just the pendulum making its inevitable return, a lack of inspiration, the general malaise of today’s uncertain and destabilising times, or a bit of all three, it’s clear that, following the nostalgic return to the style of the 1950s, then the ’60s and ’70s, the 1980s watch is making a comeback. The Panthère de Cartier, launched in 1983, is once again available, completely unchanged and in its original form. Cartier saw no need to revise or modernise it, judging it completely in tune with contemporary sensibilities. Bulgari has never stopped working on the Bulgari Bulgari, today familiar in its Roma version, as well as the Octo, a watch whose powerful geometry is a reminder of the bold shapes used in both architecture and fashion.

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It was 1983 or 1984 when I bought my very first real opinion; the Cartier Watches Used Ladies Replica Santos. This was obviously the square eye in steel with yellow gold lunette and steel bracelet with yellow gold screws. It was hot like hell and became the most edited opinion. It was likewise that opinion that made me interested in the background of this brand, because the dealer explained that the design was inspired in the very first men’s wristwatch, launched by Cartier in 1904. So you can imagine it did not take long before I had been obsessed with chains in general, particularly with Cartier.At that moment see forums were just becoming popular, watch magazines were rare and watch blogs like Fratello and Hodinkee didn’t exist yet. These GTG’s were organised by collectors themselves and so were always very amusing. Everybody brought a couple of pieces in their collection and with heaps of beer and wine, we chatted about the various models before late in the day. But always the same brands got all of the attention and for me personally it was quite frustrating that one just paid attention to my Cartier watches, to be considerate. The term ETA was constantly mentioned like those were poor movements and too frequently I heard quotes like; ‘my wife would love them!’
Raymond Weil has always had the Tango, an iconic ’80s watch – but let’s have another look at it anyway.  It still has its nail-head screws around the bezel, its baton hands and two-tone bracelet to match the gold bezel (gold-plated in this instance, given the target market). Gold was in fact an essential component of ’80s style. That’s yellow gold, of course – no variations permitted. A certain taste for ostentation and contrast cemented the popularity of the precious metal in its native colour, which more recently was rejected in favour of the warmer and more prestigious rose gold. So, obviously, yellow gold is back. And if it looks a bit dull or cold compared with rose gold, well, that doesn’t matter. Audemars Piguet has made it a core element of its range. Which is as it should be, given that the Royal Oak was also an iconic watch of the 1980s.

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Big complications – 2017: a big year Grade 1 Replica Watches

Watches from the class of 2017 are much like those of 2016 – they’re simple, less expensive and less complicated – and a million miles from the 2012 vintage. Or are they? As watch customers tighten their belts, it would seem at first sight that everything has been ratcheted down a notch. But if you look at the very top drawer, the number of high-complication watches introduced this year makes it look more like a very special year indeed. In quantity, variety and intensity, 2017 is an exceptional vintage for watches with more than the average number of hands.

Major brands like Breguet, Cartier and Lange are singing from their habitual songsheets, but the same applies to more modest brands like Hysek and Bovet. Specialists of the superlative, like Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille, are humming along to the same tune as Montblanc. Highly optimised and versatile multi-complication movements are competing with extraordinarily refined but more specialised mechanisms.

A well-heeled and well-informed collector could find himself hesitating between two very different styles and formats. On one side, you might have an astronomical watch with a tourbillon, a ten-day power reserve and other delights, like the Récital 20 Astérium by Bovet, with its pure classical styling. On the other, there could be Hysek’s Colossal, with a list of complications and spec sheet (time of manufacture, number of parts, dimensions) to make your head spin.

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Récital 20 Astérium © Bovet 1822

Une grande année 2017

Colossal © Hysek

This same collector may have to choose between a monster of complexity and a monster of complications. For the complications, the Tourbograph Pour le Mérite by German watchmaker A. Lange & Söhne offers a package including a tourbillon, fusée and chain, perpetual calendar and split-seconds chronograph, with a thickness and weight to match. For complexity, there’s the Richard Mille RM 50-03 McLaren F1, which plays the high-tech card in terms of materials, lightness and rigidity, with a tourbillon, split-seconds chronograph, function indicators and the whole bag of tricks, made of a carbon fibre/graphene composite material inside and out.

Une grande année 2017

Tourbograph © David Chokron/WorldTempus

Une grande année 2017

RM 50-03 McLaren F1 © David Chokron/WorldTempus

For a more modest outlay (relatively speaking) he might also look at a watch that could be considered the quintessence of Cartier’s haute horlogerie expertise. The Rotonde Répétition Minutes Double Tourbillon Mystérieux manages to be spectacular, intriguing and iconoclastic all at once. Conversely, the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante by Montblanc comes straight out of its Villeret workshops, where everything is done the old-fashioned way, by hand, in-house, with an obsessive attention to detail and a reverence for the very best of traditional craftsmanship.

A very important development was the automated 1904MC caliber that premiered in 2011. A thin automated caliber with 48 hours of power book, featuring the time using a subsidiary seconds dial @ 6 along with also a date complication. Cartier made certain that it had enough differences compared to most of the base moves offered by ETA. The ‘Calibre de Cartier’ was the first watch which was powered with all the 1904MC, but soon after Cartier started the use the grade as the foundation for various Chronographs and Perpetual Calendar calibers.The brand new Calibre Diver, that was launched this past year, is powered with the 1904MC. The case diameter is 42mm and the watch has a height of just 11mm. To get a diver watch that’s quite flat, when compared to for instance — the renowned Rolex Submariner that has a height of 12,5mm or the Rolex Sea-Dweller DeepSea that measures 17,68mm. As it should be, the rear of the case is closed and the bezel is self-lubricating and unidirectional, steel coated with ADLC, a substance that is harder than steel. The sapphire crystal that is 1.2mm thicker than that of the standard ‘Calibre de Cartier’ model, makes certain it may withstand the water resistance of 300m, that’s the same as the Submariner and greater than the 100m water resistance of Panerai versions in the same price category.A watch that right took benefit from the technologies of the ID-ONE is that the Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal which has been presented in 2013, in a limited edition of 50 pieces. This fresh ‘Astro Tourbillon Carbon Crystal’ premiered in a Niobium metal case, a lightweight and non-magnetic alloy, that resists rust, scratches and shocks also it has the carbon escapement of the ID-ONE. This view is the Worlds first escapement adjustment-free and lubrication free tourbillon.

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Rotonde Répétition Minutes Double Tourbillon Mystérieux © Cartier

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Exo Tourbillon Rattrapante © David Chokron/WorldTempus

The grand complication remains an haute horlogerie staple, particularly when it comes to introducing a new family or generation of watches. Breguet is no exception: to launch the latest variant on its Marine, the company opted to give it a tourbillon, retrograde perpetual calendar, equation of time and power reserve. The forest of simpler models may help to conceal the great trees that continue to fly the flag for watchmaking excellence. But you just have to look carefully: the sequoias are always visible above the horizon.

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Marine Equation Marchante 5887 © Breguet

Cartier – Tank Cintrée Replica At Lowest Price

It’s the last article about the series of models especially designed for the Tank centenary. After the Tank Louis Cartier with coloured straps, the Tank Française set with diamonds and equipped with a stainless steel strap, and the more sober Tank Américaine, here is the Tank Cintrée squelette.

The Tank Cintrée

Hesitating between square and rectangle, Cartier chose a rectangular form for one of its first watches – the Tank Cintrée, whose curved design hugs the wrist. A functional and aesthetic exercise, this watch was a precursor of the Tank Américaine of the 1980s.

Its powerful shape is delimited by a pair of brancards that structure the whole. With this watch, Cartier achieves a true watchmaking prowess. Two versions – in pink gold or platinum – reveal a skeleton mechanical movement with manual winding 9917 MC that follows the curves of the case. Its transparent design only preserves the bare essentials: the hands, the chemin de fer and the overlapping gears in the background, all contained within the distinctive curve of the Tank Cintrée. Conceived like a work of art, this watch juxtaposes the elegance of a bold aesthetic with a singular, uncommon calibre.

Tank Cintrée

Tank Cintrée platinum and pink gold © Cartier

Other, higher-end Tank models include variations on the form and design, in addition to options such as fancier movements and valuable metals. The Cartier Watches Automatic Replica Tank Solo is also available in 18k pink gold. The Tank Louis Cartier supplies a whole lot of what the Cartier Tank Solo XL does but will probably be elegant in pretty much every way, with a Piaget (same parent company, Richemont) base movement indoors, and only available in precious metal. Sportier options are located in the Santos and MC families. However, all of these are more expensive than the entry-level Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic.A lot of different manufacturers offer you rectangular and square watches that are at least influenced by the Cartier Tank, although few are very successful, it sounds. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is, naturally, another major rectangular, Art Deco watch out there, but it’s more costly and actually offers a somewhat different appeal. And I have not found one that fits me just right like the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic does! In case your Cartier Tank alternative has to be rectangular, please try it first since it’s far more difficult to get proportions and match right than with a round watch.Another way of looking at the Cartier Tank Solo XL Automatic would see its competitors as conservative dress-style mechanical watches in the $3,000-$4,000 range, around or otherwise. Dress-style watch choices exist for just about any budget. Here is our Top 10 Elegant Dress Watches for Men article with mostly higher-end alternatives. For those on a much tighter budget, we suggested Orient’s apparel watches and looked at a couple of them. I anticipate readers’ tips.

These two models are limited editions of 100 pieces.

Cuff bracelets – The trend gathers pace Replica Wholesale

Last year, Chanel was responsible for making cuffs inspired by the 1960s and 70s one of the hottest trends of the year, with bold and sexy leather cuffs, gladiator straps and gloves that paired XXL accessories with the dainty and diminutive J12 XS watch. Hermès, with its Faubourg Manchette Joaillerie, also offered a small-format women’s watch set off by a broad leather strap tooled according to the company’s saddlemaking heritage, in a rather fetching shade of green.

As the new year dawned, Geneva watch week gave us the opportunity to confirm that cuff bracelets are still holding their own among this year’s novelties and that, far from being merely an accessory, they are part and parcel of the charm of the watches themselves, to the point of becoming inseparable, even indispensable.

Can you conceive of HYT’s Skull Axl Rose without its blue-topstitched black leather cuff, to match the black DLC titanium case with blue PVD Damascus steel skull? The iconoclastic spirit of the Guns’n Roses singer, rock legend Axl Rose, informs the dark timepiece he had specially created for him; he chose the clous de Paris motif that flanks the central skull at 3 and 9 o’clock. The 51 mm diameter of this muscular, macho watch needs a black leather cuff. Axl Rose has generously agreed to share his passion – his watch is available in a limited edition of 25.

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Hublot has chosen to adorn its lady clients’ wrists in rabbit fur. Never shy of exploring new materials, Hublot has adopted Orylag, a French trademark named after a breed of rabbits whose silky soft pelt makes an exceptional fur highly prized by the grand couture houses. Importantly, these animals are not slaughtered solely for their fur: their flesh is favoured by some of the finest chefs, and they are kept in conditions that meet the highest ethical standards. The Big Bang One Click Cuddly Click is the name of a women’s Big Bang 39 mm in brushed steel, with a bezel set with 42 diamonds, and an automatic movement with date function, mounted on a choice of three bracelets that can be swapped around easily thanks to the patented One Click system. The silky Orylag fur is worked by artisan furriers, and offers graduated colours in base tones of grey, turquoise and fuchsia.
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In the high jewellery category, two cuff creations stand out from the crowd. The first is the Panthère Astrale by Cartier. The time is read off a dial decorated with a black lacquer motif, under a huge rectangular yellow heliodore weighing 27.14 carats. The rest of the white gold cuff plays up the contrast between black and white by means of 27 onyx, 931 brilliant-cut diamonds and a single 0.29 carat baguette-cut diamond with, to either side of the heliodore, the iconic Cartier Watches Expensive Replica panther paved with precious gems in a geometric motif.

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The equally bejewelled and sculptural Diamond Outrage watch by Audemars Piguet revisits the cuff shape, adding diamond-studded spikes like icicles. This one-off piece is offered in either diamonds or blue sapphires. The white gold framework of the bracelet is hidden under almost 10,000 snow-set brilliant-cut diamonds of different sizes (or more than 11,000 sapphires, in the blue version). The diamond version also features three spikes invisibly set with baguette-cut diamonds. The watch is hidden under the flattest section of this glacial bracelet. The octagonal white gold case, paved with diamonds or sapphires, conceals the quartz calibre 2701 that drives the hour and minute functions.

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Entire books are written about Cartier as well as about the Cartier Tank watch itself, and the basic story that Louis Cartier based the Tank design on the shape of WWI tanks found on the Western Front is most likely familiar to many readers. Cartier made clocks, pocket watches, and women’s wristwatches before wristwatches for men started to catch on – and if guys did start to wear wristwatches, Cartier played a major role in their broader adoption and the Cartier Tank was an important part of the transition out of pocket into wrist.The initial wristwatch for men is sometimes said to be the Cartier Santos from 1904, made by Louis Cartier – at least, this started to help enhance men’s wristwatches. It was surely among the earliest watches designed as a wristwatch, instead of a pocket watch accommodated with straps for the wrist, or “strap watch.” In 1916, The New York Times admitted that wristwatches were more than a passing fad, and WWI saw soldiers starting to strap watches for their wrists for practical reasons.Louis Cartier (1875–1942) designed quite a few watches which are nonetheless part of Cartier’s lineup today, including the Santos, Tank, and Tortue. At that time Louis perhaps thought that the future of wristwatches supposed non-round instances. This would also help differentiate them from the round pocket watches that had just been adapted to your wrist. The first Cartier Tank watch was made in 1917 and the story goes that those first models were given to General John Pershing of the American Expeditionary Force and his officers. Back in 1919, a total of six Tank watches were created, but an icon had been established, and new variations have followed regularly since – you can view more about early Tanks and other ancient Cartier men’s watches.
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