Why did we buy a Rolex Aquaman?

You may be expecting me to write something great, but it seems that I have been stuck on this subject for a long time and my answer may not be very satisfactory to you. I don’t really want to discuss the so-called market price dynamics because I have always believed that the market is short term and unreliable and that the only way to truly understand the value of a piece is to discuss the history of the piece itself and the details of its craftsmanship.

You may be thinking: what else do you need to know about craftsmanship in the watch consumer market, where everyone looks up to Rolex? Apart from the fluctuations and changes in market prices, a Rolex is a Rolex after all, so what more needs to be said? Perhaps, but wouldn’t it be boring if all we had to talk about was how much Rolex watches cost, how much of a premium they command and how much “appreciation” we can expect? It would also be a disservice to the 100 years of Rolex’s history of creating watches that have been loved by millions of people around the world.

The Rolex Submariner has been released in 2020 and many speculations are completely wrong. Rolex has been so capricious as to slightly increase the case size of the Submariner model to 41mm and other detailed changes are not really visible unless you look closely.

The first Rolex Submariner (Submariner) was introduced in 1953 when a Rolex director, who was a diving enthusiast, suggested that Rolex create a watch for diving purposes, and after it was developed and launched on the market, the Submariner,Replica Watches as we commonly call it, was born. The first Submariner, model 6204, was water resistant to 100 metres, but at the time the crown was a large, round, flat shape, and some models were later nicknamed ‘Big Crown’ because of this crown (does that sound familiar?). It was also a nickname given to some of the Tudor vintage divers’ watches from the same group).

But after years of changes, revisions and research, the Ref. 5512 was launched in 1959 and became the definitive Submariner of the modern era, with its 40 mm case diameter and crown thickness of around 7 mm. It was at this point that it became one of the signature designs of the Submariner, and the water resistance of all Submariner models was deepened from 100 metres to 200 metres. Since its inception, the Rolex Submariner has remained a technical and design benchmark in the field of diving watches.

Calendar-free or with a calendar?

The calendar-free Submariner was loved by some and ignored by others (probably because they didn’t even know it existed), but it’s true that after the Submariner was launched, the calendar was never a consideration in the revisions that came and went.

It was not until 1969 (ten years after the introduction of the 5512 and 16 years after the 6204) that the first Submariner with a calendar appeared, the Ref. 1680. This was extremely important for the Submariner collection because the technology for an artificial sapphire crystal had not yet been developed, and this technical evolution of the date convex mirror became one of the main focuses of development of the Rolex Submariner in the following decades. However, the Submariner without a calendar is still the most original 1950s design and has a distinctive flavour when viewed in retrospect.

The 5513 non-calendar model introduced in the 1980s had several important technical improvements that have become hallmark elements of the modern non-calendar Submariner: three-dimensional hour-markers surrounded by white gold and filled with tritium luminescence; a glossy lacquered black dial. Since the 14060 model was launched in the 1990s, the Submariner has been equipped with the self-winding calibre 3130. Although it has always been chronometer-certified, almost everyone had been waiting for the Rolex-certified calibres 3230 (calendar-free) and 3235 (calendar), with an accuracy of plus or minus two seconds per day, to be used in the Submariner model that everyone loved. As hoped.

The 2020 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner 41 124060 has an Oyster steel case measuring 41 mm in diameter, a one-piece 60-minute scale black ceramic Cerachrom bezel, die-cast indexes and numerals coated in platinum using PVD coating technology, a bidirectional self-winding calibre 3230, oscillating at 4 Hz, a 70-hour power reserve, water resistance to 300 metres, stop-second function, Swiss Observatory certified, Rolex certified, five-year worldwide guarantee, Oyster three-compartment bracelet with folding Oyster safety clasp, with 20mm Rolex Glidelock extension system (photo @ Kyle Kuo).

I don’t know why I prefer the Submariner without a calendar, but in a way, the more I look at it,Replica omega Watches the purer it seems.

Some people don’t quite understand why the bezel of a diving watch should emphasise the unidirectional rotation of the watch. It is hard to imagine that it was not until around the 1980s that the technology of unidirectional rotating bezels was developed, after Rolex had debuted the Submariner and then sparked a trend for all brands to develop their own diving watches. There were safety concerns.

The Submariner was launched in 1981 with the first unidirectional rotating bezel, the 16,800, and the Rolex Submariner officially entered the five-digit model code. The so-called unidirectional rotating bezel is a device that can only be rotated in one direction by breaking the bezel with a finger, but not in the opposite direction.

The unidirectional rotatable bezel used on the Rolex Submariner has evolved from the unidirectional serrated bezel structure of 1979 to the present day, and has undergone many refinements. The outer ring of the Rolex Submariner is now driven by a ratchet system consisting of a spring element, a ball bearing and a top pusher that pushes up to the bottom teeth of the bezel.
In addition to the unidirectional rotatable bezel technology, there has also been a technical update of the bezel material of the Rolex Submariner, which was first introduced in 2005 for the 50th anniversary model of the GMT-Master II. One of the key elements of the design.

The Cerachrom ceramic bezel is characterised by its meticulous craftsmanship, starting with the firing of the ceramic ring into which the numerals and indexes are embedded, followed by the platinum or gold plating of the entire bezel, followed by the polishing and removal of the metal plating from the bezel, leaving the numerals and hour-markers in their metal plating, while the rest of the ceramic colour is smooth and shiny.

In the old days of Rolex professional sports watches, the bezels were often treated with aluminium plating, which often resulted in wear and oxidation, but these effects, which were not possible with the raw materials and technology of the time, have become a feature and selling point of collectible Rolex watches. I wonder if this is an advantage of the new technology, or if it is just too precise and accurate a process to be interesting.

As ever, the Cerachrom ceramic bezel has been copied in watchmaking circles, and with the introduction of the Submariner ceramic bezel design in 2008, it has become a standard feature of all diving watches on the market. The Submariner is now available in black, blue and green, and in the case of the GMT-Master II, a patented ceramic bezel with a two-colour combination of upper and lower halves has been developed.

The Submariner’s design is based on the black dial, which is more suited to luminous highlights, and the bezel is also black for this performance reason. Even the inverted triangle with a little three-dimensional dot luminous marker at 12 o’clock on the rotating bezel changed from red or silver to silver in the 1990s, and has been fixed in silver ever since. The Submariner, which had always been colourless in design, did not change colour or material until the yellow gold version with a blue bezel was introduced.

Even so, it was not until 2003 that the Submariner, which varied between blue, black, yellow gold and steel, was given an anniversary model with a green bezel, a first for the Submariner, but one that has since turned the Submariner’s green bezel (commonly known as the Green Water Goblin) into a hot commodity. The 16610LV with its green aluminium bezel and black dial, nicknamed the Kermit (Komi Frog from Sesame Street) model by watch enthusiasts in 2003, was then produced for seven years, followed by the green bezel and green face nicknamed the Hulk.

The 2010 116610LV’s Green Ring Green Disc Submariner, nicknamed the Hulk Hulk by watch enthusiasts, shows its place in the hearts of Rolex fans, thriving from a cute Kermit the Frog to an unbeatable superhero. At this time, the green ring has also been updated to Cerachrom ceramic lettering ring, it is also currently Rolex professional sports watches, the second all-green face plate models (the first for the launch of the GMT-Master II in 2005, the 50th anniversary black ring green plate commemorative model), with the launch of the new model 126610LV green ring black plate in 2020, the green plate green face 116610LV will also With the discontinuation of production, the green storm whipped up by Rolex will continue to sweep through.

In 2020 the 126610LV with its green ring and black disc and 41mm Submariner model returns to the glossy black lacquered dial that the Submariner deserves and follows the Rolex patented Cerachrom green ceramic bezel, the model commonly known as the Green Sailor enters another era. After seeing the 126610LV in person with its green bezel and black dial, I seem to be more attracted to this Green Ghost, as the 116610LV with its green dial and green face is indeed unique, but it also challenges the wearer to match the overall outfit.

How many metres of water resistance should a good dive watch have? In fact, the human body is only free to dive to a depth of 100 metres, which is reasonably sufficient. But for Rolex, the Submariner was already water resistant to 100 metres in 1953, and the following year it was even more water resistant to 200 metres.

The patented Triplock design with triple O-rings was soon introduced in the 1970s and the Submariner entered the advanced stage of being fully water resistant to 300 metres, with all Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches now being water resistant to over 100 metres and the Submariner to 300 metres. Take a closer look at the crown of the Submariner and see if there are three dots under the crown symbol? This is the symbol for the Triplock triple water resistance system.

Due to space constraints, it is not possible to go into the details of the Glidelock bracelet design used on the Submariner. The Submariner’s Glidelock bracelet has a total of 2mm of adjustment per compartment and a special adjustment on the back of the overall clasp that allows the overall length of the bracelet to be fine-tuned by around 2cm.

The article is already over-length and there are many small details about the Rolex Submariner that have not been included, so I’ll have to wait for another opportunity to explain how the Submariner model, which will be available in September 2020, differs from previous models. I’ll use the last paragraph to explain it briefly.

What is the difference between the new 2020 model and the previous model?

The new models of the Submariner 41mm launched in 2020 are: the 124060 calendar-free black steel model, the 126610LV green-ring black steel model, the 126613LB blue-ring blue disc yellow gold steel (intergold) model and the 126619LB blue-ring black disc white gold model. The differences from the previous models are barely noticeable on the outside, but on closer inspection the Submariner models, which have an increased case diameter of 41mm, have very subtle differences in the lines of the case and the width of the strap.

The new model has narrower lugs, probably due to the fact that the case diameter has been increased and the bracelet has been slightly widened, so that the narrower lines of the lugs are more harmonious and can be worn in harmony with the increased fit of the case.

To identify this new model, we can see a small crown at the bottom edge of the dial at 6 o’clock, in the middle of the English words Swiss Made, which indicates the new model with the new movement.

Panerai Launches Limited Edition Radiomir Venti Watch Celebrating Paneristi’s 20th Anniversary

It’s easy to forget that Panerai enjoys widespread recognition in the current watch market, a historic brand that spent decades in relative obscurity, with few enthusiasts spreading its story to its native Italy. After its revival in the 1990s, one of the initial drivers of Panerai’s growth was a thriving online viewing community, particularly dedicated Paneristi fan groups. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the online Paneristi community, and to commemorate the impact the group has had on the Panerai brand, Panerai has created a special limited edition of the traditional 45mm Radiomir. This limited edition Panerai Radiomir Venti incorporates some of the brand’s earliest classic names, as well as some highly recognizable references to the loyal Paneristi fan base.
The 45mm stainless steel case of the Panerai Radiomir Venti follows the traditional Radiomir formula with its square, unbuffered case design, wire lugs and large unattended crown, Panerai Luminor but with the addition of a satin, fine sandblasted matte finish. This contrasts with the bright shine of the smooth bezel and metal wire lugs, while also helping to bring home the vintage copper-green feel of the design. Where the Radiomir Venti really begins to establish its own personality is the sturdy caseback, which is engraved with an extensive inscription celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Paneristi community. A subtle inscription is also engraved between the lugs at six o’clock, adding the “Venti” nameplate to Panerai’s distinctive script. The Radiomir Venti is water-resistant to 100 metres.

For the dial of the Radiomir Venti, Panerai wanted to capture the feel of Radiomir’s early references with a tropical dial. To this end, the classic sandwich dial hour index and Arabic numerals are presented in light khaki and paired with the sunburst dial face in a faded hazelnut brown. The result looks to balance a sense of bronze and elegance in the initial image, while the gold hilt both adds warmth and provides a reference to the early Radiomir models. By far the most distinguishing element of the Venti dial, however, is the Paneristi logo engraved at 6 o’clock. While the engraving treatment does set the logo apart from more commonly applied or printed styles, the absolute size of this relatively complex logo (even larger than Panerai’s own logo at 12 o’clock) could interfere with, buy best replica watches undermine or even overpower it. Otherwise, it is an absolutely minimal design.

Panerai powers the Radiomir Venti through its in-house movement, the P.6000 hand-wound calibre. The P.6000 is a key component of Panerai’s two-handed offering and is solidly shock-resistant thanks to its balance bridge with two braces. The power reserve is also excellent, with the P.6000 providing 72 hours of power reserve at 72,600 bph from a single barrel. Panerai completes the Radiomir Venti with a khaki suede strap with contrasting white stitching, made from Panerai’s Assolutamente calfskin with a weathered pin buckle for an aged look and heat-embossed on the Officine Panerai logo.

IWC – Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “SFTI” IW389104

IWC today presents the Pilot’s Watch TOP GUN Edition “SFTI”, the latest addition to the TOP GUN collection of pilot’s watches.
Inspired by the “Strike Fighter Tactical Trainer” chronograph, which was manufactured by the Schaffhausen brand for the US Navy aviation community in 2018, the new watch is available for purchase by the general public and for TOP GUN graduates only.
The new Pilot’s Watch’s imposing 44mm x 15.7mm case is made of black zirconia ceramic, one of the hardest substances on the planet, and is bonded to the Ceratanium case and pushers. Cerium is a proprietary material that is as light and durable as titanium, but at the same time as hard and scratch-resistant as ceramic.
The matte black surface is completely anti-reflective, as you would expect from a watch designed for a pilot.

A black dial and black hands coated with Super-LumiNova complete the tactical look, thus improving visibility in low light conditions. The small seconds hand and chronograph seconds hand tail in the form of a jet, adding a beautiful red color to the whole.

The IWC-manufactured calibre 69380 is protected from magnetic fields by a soft-iron inner case and features a classic column-wheel design with a 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) chronograph movement that measures up to 12 hours of stopwatch time, as well as a date and day of the week display. The autonomy is 46 hours.
The IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph TOP GUN Edition “SFTI” model has a sporty green textile strap and is water-resistant to 6 bar. IW389104 is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces and costs 10,100 euros.

Franck Muller – Vanguard Slim

With the new Vanguard Slim, Franck Muller has reduced the thickness of the Vanguard case while retaining the collection’s style by introducing a new hand-wound movement only 2.60 mm thick.
The new internal movement FM 2250 displays the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock, beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour, runs automatically for 45 hours and is beautifully decorated with Côtes de Genève,replica watches uk circular graining and hand-beveled edges.

The 44.00mm x 53.70mm case has a total thickness of 9.50mm and is available in stainless steel or 18 carat rose gold.
Its clean lines frame a brushed dial with cellulose varnish and large embossed numerals.

The aesthetic refinement of the replica Franck Muller new watch is accomplished through the integrated strap, which appears to be an extension of the ultra-thin case with its rubber and alligator leather straps.

Breitiling Watches Superocean 44 Take Two

Breitling watches launched a new Superocean model last year with a modern design in a 42mm size. Some people wanted a smaller case diameter, but more people preferred a larger case, and thus the Superocean II was born. As you know, the Superocean 44 comes in two versions, a three-hand and a chronograph. For those who prefer the 42mm size, there is a GMT version.
The Superocean 44 is easier to read than its predecessor and the dial has the look of the design’s core, but there is more space between the hour markers. The applied baton hour markers are used in a way that goes beyond the programmed Arabic numerals that can be found at the 6 and 9 o’clock positions. The three-handed model has increased its water resistance this year from 1,500 meters to 2,000 meters. The GMT and chronograph are water resistant to 500 meters. The rubber-coated bezel insert comes with minute markers from 0 to 15. It is available in a variety of colors to make the model sportier and more interesting. A Swiss automatic movement drives these models and is COSC certified.

Leon Breitling founded Breitiling Superocean Watches watches in 1884. Even back then, his chronographs were outstanding. The company’s motto is “Professional Instruments”, which has always been the philosophy, profession and spirit of the brand. Leon’s passion was to make musical instruments for science, sport and industry, and that’s exactly what he did. He held many patents and inventions that improved the reliability of his instruments. In 1914, his son Gaston took over and took over from his father, inventing the wrist chronograph button independent of the crown, handling all three functions. In 1923, he separated the start and stop functions. Grandson Willy took over the AND cord and created a second independent thrust piece at 4:00 in 1934, which was copied by many competitors. Breitling was appointed official supplier to World Airways in 1934; the Navitimer with its round slide rule has been a favorite of pilots and aviation enthusiasts to this day. Breitling is the only major watch brand to submit all its timepieces for COSC certification. Five generations later, they have remained independent.

Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver Ceramic 42mm Review

Finding Bell & Ross watches is easy; even though the square case design has become a distinctive design element of their most popular watches over the years. The BR03-92 Diver Ceramic 42mm Dive Watch is no different than their first square dive watch.

More and more watchmakers have begun designing and producing watches in all or almost all black. As to what exactly sparked this trend, your guess is as good as mine, but it certainly allows for some incredible watch designs.
Another design trend over replica Bell & Ross the past decade has involved the use of matte black. You’ll see it on certain high-end sports cars as well as in the watch industry. Combined with scratch-resistant ceramic and the Bell & Ross trifecta, this model makes it appealing to watch enthusiasts and fashion-savvy shoppers alike.

Bell & Ross has always had a knack for choosing accent tones on the dial. The watch, numbered BR0392-D-BL-CE / SRB, is part of the BR03-92 series of watches and uses white, steel and white hour and minute markers, as well as a slight orange hour hand and depth rating on the case.

The diving bezel is unidirectional and made of frosted black ceramic with white markers and a thick triangle at the start position. The inner dial is smooth matte black and coated with stainless steel luminous hour markers.

The illuminated hour markers vary in shape, with an oval hour marker at 3 and 9 o’clock and a distinctive hour marker at 12 and 6 o’clock and a round hour marker at the remaining positions.

Between the 4 and 5 o’clock positions on the dial is a circular date window with a white sans-serif font on the day of the month. Next to the date window are the words “Automatic Water Resistant” in white,fake watches uk with the depth of water resistance in orange below.
The BR0392-D-BL-CE / SRB has a black rubber strap that opens outwards at the lugs to accommodate the width of the square case and tapers towards the buckle for a more comfortable fit. The watch also comes with a black NATO strap.

The frosted black BR03-92 Diver ceramic comes with a PELI water-resistant case. This model is powered by the 25-jewel BR-CAL.302 automatic movement, which beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 38 hours.

Cartier-Santos-Dumont XL manual winding

Cartier has presented an oversized version of its iconic Santos-Dumont model, which will be available in Cartier Santos three variants: stainless steel, rose gold and steel.

These new Santos-Dumont XL reference cases measure 46.6 mm x 33.9 mm and have an overall thickness of just 7.5 mm, thanks to the use of the Cartier hand-wound 30MC movement, which is just 2.15 mm thick.
This movement beats at a frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vibrations per hour), guaranteeing a limited autonomy of 38 hours and forcing the owner to wind the watch every day.

The typical Santos model details are all there: sword-shaped blue polished hour and minute hands, Roman numerals and a crown with cabochon inlay.
The sturdy caseback is engraved with the initials S and D, Alberto Santos-Dumont’s signature.

Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm

While 2020 may be a relatively quiet year in the world of yacht racing, with the cancellation of numerous races around the world, the sport has been a notable year for establishing partnerships for high-end luxury watches. The latest of these comes from Panerai, which has renewed its partnership with the famous Italian sailing team (Luna Rossa) ahead of the 2021 America’s Cup. To commemorate this ongoing partnership, Panerai has unveiled a new limited edition Luminor replica Panerai GMT model, decorated in the team’s signature colours and featuring dramatic material changes. The new limited edition Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm offers a true look and feel for every buyer, incorporating the team’s state-of-the-art yacht into the architecture.

Brand: Panerai
Ref: Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm
Size: 42mm
Water depth: 100 meters
Case material: Titanium case / Carbotech carbon composite bezel
Movement: Manufacture P.9010 / GMT: Automatic GMT with small seconds and date
Strap/bracelet: black alligator leather

The 42mm case of the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm features the iconic Luminor cushion case shape, short straight lugs and a striking locking crown, while departing from tradition in terms of materials. The main body of the case is made of sandblasted titanium for a dark matte look, while the smooth bezel is made of Panerai’s proprietary Carbotech carbon composite. This rotating cross-grained material is discreet enough not to attract attention at first glance, but upon closer inspection adds a purposeful high-tech spirit to the design. Panerai has completed the case with a specially engraved titanium caseback, engraved with the America’s Cup trophy and an etching of Luna Rossa’s innovative AC75 racing yacht. If the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm case is quiet about its use of carbon fibre composites, it can shout about the dial. Panerai’s iconic sandwich dial face is made of a material the brand calls Scafotech, a carbon-fiber composite made from the hull and hydrofoils of the Luna Rossa AC75 yacht. The result is a marbled random black pattern reminiscent of the carbon fiber brakes of modern racing cars, whose dynamic and masculine appearance is displayed differently on each example dial. In addition to this innovative material, the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm’s dial design is roughly the same as the standard Luminor GMT model, with the only difference being some special dial text at the 6 o’clock position. Here, the Luna Rossa’s signature distinctive red hue is subtly used as an accent, creating a visual highlight for the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock and the 12-hour GMT hand, while the black and grey of the dial clearly play a role. Inside the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm is the brand’s in-house automatic P9010 / GMT movement, with a beat rate of 28,800 bph and a robust 72-hour power reserve. Panerai ends this watch with a clean black alligator strap. While it’s a good choice, it’s a touch too stylish for the technical presentation of the case and dial, and a rubber strap might be more appropriate.

Patek Philippe 6301P Grande Sonnerie watch

The newly launched Patek Philippe 6301P Grande Sonnerie is a masterpiece of ingenious design, featuring the grand and petite Sonnerie chime mechanism, as well as the minute repeater and the new patented jumping seconds hand. The 6301P Grande Sonnerie is, in the words of Patek Philippe, a “derivative” of the Calibre 300 replica Patek Philippe found in the behemoth Grandmaster Chime 6300G. Crafted from a platinum case of unusual size and design, the 6301P is an exceptional timepiece with an extremely rare complexity.

The new hand-wound GS 36-750 PS IRM movement is made up of 703 components and is therefore extremely complex, despite the fact that the movement itself is only 37 mm wide and 7.5 mm thick. With three patents and the use of silicon components (dedicated to the hairspring and a patented jumping seconds mechanism), this is a completely modern movement in terms of manufacture and design.

Despite its relative compactness, this movement does require a great deal of power to perform all these very complex functions. Patek Philippe’s solution consists of two double barrels in series, one dedicated to the moving train and the other to the clockwork mechanism (four barrels in total). The movement runs at 25,200 vph and provides a 72-hour power reserve for the watch and a 24-hour power reserve for the strike. Thus, when the 6301P Grand Sonnerie is fully wound, it will chime for 24 hours throughout the day and for a quarter of an hour.
Since the 6301P is a bell gong, there are 3 gongs, each tuned to low, medium or high pitch, which come together to produce a fantastic sound of striking. One hour is struck on the lowest pitched gong and a quarter of an hour is struck in a three-strikes sequence of high, low, and intermediate order. Grande et petite sonnerie rang out, which literally meant it would ring out on the hour and quarter hour. In the first quarter hour (15 minutes), the sequence plays once; in the second quarter hour (up to 30 minutes), the sequence plays twice; then it plays three times in the third quarter hour (45 minutes). In addition, before each quarter-hour sequence, the watch displays the number of hours that have elapsed so far; after each quarter-hour sequence, the watch displays the number of quarter-hours that have elapsed.

The best clock “Why not?” In doing so, Patek Philippe also introduced a new instant-beating or non-beating seconds hand. With the third (and last) patented system used here, the mechanism uses a wheel and release lever to unwind the wheel train every second, which is a boon when considering energy consumption. I’m sure it’s not easy to get bored watching the second hand immediately rattle as it jumps to 60.
The case design clearly tends to be skilful, a typical decision inherent in Patek Philippe, and underscores the importance of this piece. Measuring 44.8 mm wide and 12 mm thick, this is a very slim piece, tilted to the invisible effect provided by the platinum case. Apart from the pushers on the crown, the sliding switch at 6 o’clock and the diamonds set on all Platinum Pateks, there is very little trivial decoration here. The same is true of the dial, which is affluent black enamel with Baumgue (Breguet) white gold numerals, an 18-karat gold dial and white gold leaf hands. In a very odd and unexpected move, Patek Philippe chose to put the Lumm on its hands, which is ironic given the fact that a chiming mechanism is emitted to tell the time in the dark. Given the discreetness and reasonable size of this watch, the owner may have actually known to wear it and wanted to know when it went dark. So, I say, good for Patek Philippe.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Watches

Vacheron Constantin’s overseas collection, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. It’s their quest for a high-end, sophisticated sports watch. Recall that Vacheron Constantin underwent a massive update/revamp of its overseas collection in 2016, introducing a host of new models. Time and date only models feature a new basic internal movement, a chronograph model with a new replica Vacheron Constantin watches internal self-winding chronograph movement, and even a new ultra-thin perpetual calendar model. However, the tourbillon model is apparently missing. That has now changed with the launch of Vacheron Constantin’s new Overseas Tourbillon.

Brand: Vacheron Constantin
Model: Overseas Tourbillon (6000V / 110A-B544)
Size: 42.5mm diameter, 5.65mm thickness.
Waterproof depth: 50m
Case material: stainless steel
Crystal/Lens: sapphire
Movement: 2160
Frequency: 2.5Hz
Power reserve: 80 hours
Strap/bracelet: stainless steel, blue alligator, blue rubber

Although enthusiasts like us enjoy the occasional use of simple time-only wearable clothes, it’s not genius to know that the market wants more sports watches. That’s why, for lack of a better term, “high-end” brands like Piaget, Girard-Perregaux and Vacheron Constantin have recently invested heavily in their sports watch collections, adding Brands such as Audemars Piguet and Hublot. Of course, the appeal of sports watches is obvious. They’re usually versatile and rugged. You want the exact qualities you want when you spend a five-figure sum on a watch.

Well, an Overseas Tourbillon is the next step in the collection. Say what you will about the “Overseas” aesthetic, but this particular watch is actually quite impressive. The case is stainless steel and very thin, just 5.65 mm. the Vacheron Constantin dial is blue and, according to Vacheron Constantin, it is “translucent blue lacquer with a sunburst satin-polished base with velvet trim”. It should look impressive in the flesh. But more importantly, the tourbillon is breathtaking. Few watch brands have a tourbillon that stands out more than Vacheron Constantin’s, thanks largely to the brand’s signature Maltese cross logo on the tourbillon stand.
As you would expect, the movement is delicately finished with Geneva stripes, polished screw heads and bevelled bridges and plates and the like. After all, it has the Geneva Seal. But most notable is the use of a peripheral rotor. This serves two purposes: it makes the movement slim and gives the owner an unobstructed view of the movement when viewed through the sapphire glass back. It’s also very practical, offering an 80-hour power reserve. Finally, the last thing that makes the Overseas watch stand out is the clever strap change system.