Hublot-Big Bang Points

Fifteen years since its launch in 2005, Hublot is now presenting the first Big Bang model with an integrated metal bracelet, the first chain ring fused to the case.
Named Big Bang Integral, the new model is available in titanium, king gold (a special alliance of 18-carat gold and 5% platinum to intensify the colour) or an all-black ceramic version (limited to 500 pieces).
The polished and satin finish of the bracelet and the bevelled and chamfered links create the same depth and contrast effect between the case and the lugs.

The production of the integrated replica Hublot bracelet required a redesign of the case. Thus, although the dial and bezel are identical to the existing Big Bang 42 mm model – the only difference being indicated by the replacement of the Arabic numerals by indexes – the keys revert to the shape of the original 2005 model.
The new models are made entirely of one of the materials – titanium, gold or ceramic – the only exceptions being the black composite resin lugs on the bezel and the rubber-coated crown.

They are powered by the HUB1280 movement, an automatic chronograph movement with a guide wheel and flyback function that beats at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) and has a three-day power reserve.
The prices of the Hublot Big Bang Integral are: titanium €20,700 / US$ 20,900 (ref. 451.NX.1170.NX), gold (ref. 451.OX.1180.OX), euro black ceramic €22,700 or US$ 23,100 (ref. 451. CX.1140.CX).

TAG Heuer Formula 1 ‘Carbon Effect Dial’ quartz chronograph

This was probably the new release I was most looking forward to getting intimate with, and while it didn’t disappoint, it really didn’t enthrall me and totally convinced me to buy it like I was hoping. . It didn’t help that the salesman misheard me and pulled out the bracelet version, rather than the rubber strap model I was hoping to try. But once he pulled it out of the closet, I figured I’d better go have replica TAG Heuer it, because I’m going to be trying a lot of pieces here today, and I didn’t want to rub him the wrong way to begin with, and they had to sanitize them before putting them back on!

Oddly enough, when I put it on my wrist, my first reaction to the watch was that it looked “small”, which is odd, since it’s only 43mm, which is actually the same size as the Aquaracer I’m wearing. I can only assume that this is a phantom, caused by the bright yellow chapter ring against the carbon fibre effect dial, which from some angles appears slightly thicker than it actually is, as it is reflected in the polished recesses that surround it.
You might be surprised to learn that the watch has a ceramic bezel (definitely a step in the right direction), which means you don’t have to worry about those pesky scratches. On the other hand, it does add to the cost of ownership. This one is currently priced at £1,650 on TAG Heuer’s website, which is £200 more than the new Formula 1 Red Bull Special Edition. On the plus side, when this ends up on a Watchfinder that will become pre-owned in a few years time, at least it won’t scratch the bezel…!
The textured carbon fibre dial (unlike the “carbon fibre” dial, the important difference being that it’s not made of carbon fibre, but simply looks like a lattice weave pattern of layered carbon) looks great, and the whole watch is striking and colourful, rather than “in your face”, as it should be on a TAG Heuer Formula 1.

For those who have no interest in the Ayrton Senna (and apparently some), it could be the Formula 1 ‘Senna’ as it has a similar halo with a bright yellow chapter ring and a carbon fibre dial that screams ‘racing’. Come to think of it, I don’t think there has ever been a ‘Senna’ watch with a carbon dial, at least not under the TAG Heuer banner (believe it or not, the name ‘Senna’ was licensed for a while), except! (other than TAG Heuer, and then back to the brand Ayrton actually wore in 2015), but of course I could be wrong – please let me know in the comments!
Frankly, I believe the CAZ101AC will be my next watch, but it doesn’t trigger the “forget it” feeling in my wallet. I don’t think it’s because I also tried the bracelet version, although the pathetic clasp (yes, again) didn’t help. They upgraded the bezel to ceramic, but left the delicate look of a penny clip, but conveys zero sense of luxury, and like TAG Heuer’s insistence on using a plastic movement holder, it’s unnecessarily own goal that could easily shoot TAG nasty online.

OMEGA celebrates the new Speedmaster Moonwatch

It’s hard to keep a secret when the Speedmaster faithful are already well known, and 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of Omega’s Speedmaster, which was awarded NASA’s Snoopy Award for its pivotal role in helping the Apollo 13 crew avert disaster. 1970. After a year of speculation, this is the 50th Anniversary Silver Snoopy Speed Racer. Not only is this new stainless steel reference version not a limited edition, but it’s an absolute stunner with some very whimsical details – including the animated back cover – which are featured in NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award for the Speedmaster series and the beloved OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Peanuts! Thoughtful connections have been made between the universe of the cartoon itself.

Although there have been two previous “Snoopy” series (released in 2003 and 2015), you can’t mention these highly collectible references to the most iconic chronographs of all time until you provide some background on the awards and how the cartoon dog ended up being one of them. “The Snoopy Silver Award is one of NASA’s SFA (Space Flight Awareness) Awards, which recognizes NASA employees and their contractors for “outstanding achievements related to the safety of human flight or mission success”. The award itself is a flowing sterling silver lapel pin featuring a portrait of Snoopy presented by NASA astronauts to the recipient, along with a letter of commendation. The Snoopy Award was given to Speedmaster after it proved its claim to saving the lives of astronauts on the Apollo 13 mission, and the rest is watch history!

Model: Speedmaster Silver Snoopy Award 50th Anniversary (ref. 310.
Size: 42mm
Water depth: 50 meters
Case material: stainless steel with ceramic tachymeter bezel, Ag925 silver dial
Crystal/Lens: sapphire
Movement: OMEGA 3861 Co-Axial Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Movement
Frequency: 21,000 VpH
Power reserve: 50 hours
Strap/bracelet: nylon with contrasting stitch coating

Featuring an AG 925 silver dial (a nod to the solid Snoopy award-winning sterling silver lapel pin) and high-contrast PVD-coated blue elements, this model echoes other past Omega limited editions (such as the Speedmaster CK 2998 LE) with a similar blue and white story, using a cheerful blue panda dial, similar to the 2015 release of the Silver The stark black and white “comic book” aesthetic of the Snoopy Award 45th Anniversary Edition is in stark contrast. Unlike that reference, which was limited to 1,970 pieces (which does make it very rare), the new 50th Anniversary Edition is not technically a limited edition, which means that once it becomes more widely available to the secondary market, we may not see the same secondary market pricing for eager over-priced collectors.
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Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535 Watches

In my opinion, the most compelling new Rolex watch presented by the Swiss brand at Baselworld 2017 was the Rolex Cellini Moonphase. More than just a new interpretation of an existing design, this is not only a totally new watch, but it also includes a new movement and set of complications which haven’t been part of the Rolex portfolio for at least several decades. To help frame the ‘purpose and poise’ of the Cellini Moonphase, in Rolex’s words to me this watch is (paraphrasing) “ cheap Rolex a rare opportunity for the designers at Rolex to artistically express themselves.”

Rolex redesigned and re-introduced the Cellini collection of dress watches in 2014. Since then, the brand has launched an almost unprecedented collection of four different movements for the formal watch family. That includes a time-only Rolex Cellini Moonphase 50535 Watches , one with a date dial, the Rolex Cellini Dual Time, and for 2017, the Rolex Cellini Moonphase. For the longest time, Rolex was keen to produce high-quality albeit simple watch movements. The reason for this being that they wanted to reduce possible problems in the movements for consumers while also increasing production efficiency.
To a degree, as a more mass-market luxury watchmaker, Rolex understood that mechanical movement complications (other than the time or date) are rarely actually relied upon by wearers. This means that they wanted to focus on modern customers’ needs – and left more niche watch makers to focus on producing more complicated watches for enthusiasts that could be produced in smaller volumes.

For that reason, it is exceedingly rare for Rolex to introduce a new complication, and more common for them to simply introduce a new watch personality. The last time they did something like the Rolex Cellini Moonphase was with the Rolex Sky-Dweller that happened to get a new, much more affordably priced version for 2017 as well. The Sky-Dweller combined a GMT (second time zone) complication with an annual calendar (a calendar that takes into considering both the date and month). An annual calendar complication was new for Rolex, but it nevertheless has an arguably practical utility, perfect classic replica rolex as well as a very slick implementation on the dial.
Slightly thicker than, say, the time-only Rolex Cellini – the Rolex Cellini Moonphase case is also 39mm wide and available in 18k Everose gold. The thickness of the classic case combined with the modest case diameter give the watch a pleasant, substantial feel for an otherwise dressy timepiece. Attached to the case is a matching brown alligator strap. I think it would also look good with a black strap, assuming you wanted to match the timepiece to a darker wardrobe of clothing.

Breitling for Breitling

From day one, the partnership between Breitling and Bentley has been a winning combination. It all started in 2002, when Breitling designed the car clock for Bentley’s Continental GT. The following year, the Swiss watchmaker launched a special edition of the “Bentley Le Mans” watch to commemorate the carmaker’s victory in the 2003 Le Mans race. The two companies then joined forces to create a Breitling for Bentley – a timepiece inspired by the famous British luxury car.

Today, Benitling and Bentley continue to be popular in celebrity circles – comedian Jon Lovitz, musician Usher and football superstar David Beckham all consider themselves fans.
The influence of Bentley is particularly evident in the Breitling 6.75 A44362 Chronograph. Not only is the watch named after Bentley’s famous 6.75-liter engine found in its Mulsanne sedan, but the back of the watch is a smaller version of the Bentley rim. As with most Breitling Bentley models, the 6.75 chronograph comes with a bezel with a Bentley honeycomb radiator grille pattern. The technical dial of the 6.75 A44362 features two large windows indicating the date, in addition to three subsidiary dials.

At an impressive 49mm, the Breitling GMT A47362 is a beast of a watch. In addition to the watch’s unforgettable appearance, the Bentley GMT is particularly practical. In addition to the GMT function, which allows you to track two different time zones Breitling for Breitling at the same time, the GMT A47362 also has a date function and a chronograph.
In the 1920s, a group of wealthy British motorists called themselves the “Bentley Boys” because of their passion for Bentley cars. An important member of the group was racing champion Woolf Barnato, who later became the owner of Bentley.

In honor of this man, the brand has launched the Breitling for Bentley Barnato watch. The dynamic dial carries the three dashboard-inspired registers of the Barnato A25368, located inside a 49mm case. At the back, the back cover allows the COSC-certified automatic movement to be viewed via a seven-spoke wheel.
The Breitling (Bentley) Flying B is distinctly different from the brand’s other watches. The “Flying B A28362” has a rectangular rather than a round case, a tribute to Bentley’s famous old-fashioned “winged B” logo. Breitling actually found the iconic logo on the caseback of its Bentley Flying B A28362 timepiece. As the bezel of the A28362 is smooth, the pattern of the honeycomb radiator grille is transferred to the dial, which also features a pair of off-centered overlapping circular areas for the main hour and minute indicators as well as a small seconds subdial. It is topped by a striking date window at the 12 o’clock position.

New 2014 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Watch hands-on.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King is gone – have you noticed? We’re certain that many of you at least made it to BaselWorld last year when you replaced your 2015 Oyster Perpetual at …… But if you missed its brief absence, don’t worry, because the Rolex Oyster Perpetual King of Air will be back at BaselWorld. 2016, and in some interesting ways. While it may not have the same sex appeal or luxury vibe as the new Rolex Daytona or Rolex Datejust 41, it’s actually even more of a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King surprise for some of us, as it’s not something we expect to see from a Rolex.

For one thing, Rolex usually only changes and updates when it really needs to – and the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is no exception. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual has probably been the subject of more frequent complaints that the 34mm wide case version it offers is “not modern enough”. Well, instead of just releasing a “mega” model, Rolex ditched the old one, and two years later released the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual, which solved the problem and introduced one of the more entry-level models in the Rolex line, the popular 40mm wide case.

Citing the watch’s return to its aeronautical roots, Rolex is looking to read this larger new dial clearly. The first impression we get from the new 2016 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King is that its design has become so bold that the earlier version looks smaller and very conservative. Between the Rolex Explorer I and the Rolex Milgauss is a better fit for this new model.

The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King reappears only in a version with a black dial. Although the case is designed to be 40mm wide, it’s actually the same as the Rolex Milgauss, but the dial is essentially the same as the 3-6-9 index that the Rolex Explorer I had before Rolex updated it this year. It’s an interesting mix, to be sure.
However, a truly unusual design decision made by Rolex was that it resulted in a mix of hour and minute markers on the same scale. Rolex prides itself on its long and proven history of tool watch design, which makes it the deepest and highest position on our planet. The new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King with this dial design seems out of place in this collection of tool watches.
It’s hard to deny that it’s much easier to read only the hours or only the two-digit minute markers (or only the baton index) than it is to see the unit hours in some places and the minute markers in others. While I’m sure it’s a concept that can be quickly adapted to, it looks a little confusing at first, even if the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King’s time-only function and overall good readability leave little room for confusion in other areas.
The movement inside the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King is the 3131 internal movement, which operates at 28,800 vph (4Hz) and has a 48-hour power reserve. As with all Rolex watches, the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual King of Air is tested by the COSC and then subjected to an internal certification test by Rolex, the highest level of chronometer certification by Rolex. The latter new test means that the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air King will be tested to run between -2 / + 2 seconds per day. Considering its entry-level price (for a Rolex), you can expect to get a properly reliable and accurate mechanical watch.
As an entry-level Rolex, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King Ref. for those who can’t use the smaller 34mm case, the 116900 could be a welcome addition to the Marstable. The unique hour and minute markers may take a little getting used to, but that’s not the biggest issue. Similarly, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King comes with a black dial on a classic Oyster bracelet

Audemars Perpetual Royal Oak Chronograph Skeleton Tourbillon

Most people who think of Audemars Piguet immediately think of their iconic Royal Oak or Royal Oak Offshore watches, but AP is more than that for them.

Today, we’re going to take a look at a better watch. Something less sporty, something compact. The Jules Audemars Perpetual Calendar is one of those watches that you don’t want to wear every day, and not because you can’t take it off. It’s just a special kind of watch that you want to wear on special occasions.
The watch featured here has a beautiful sunny brown dial with pink gold hour markers and hands. Delicately printed tracks of seconds and minutes appear between the pink gold indexed hour markers applied around the circumference of the dial.

The calendar sub register is slightly darker brown with white lettering to indicate the date, day of the week and leap year indicator at the center of the sub dial at 12 o’clock. In addition, the moon phase is displayed at 6 o’clock in vibrant colours. These calendar functions are adjusted via recessed buttons on the side of the case, which we will discuss below.
The 41mm 18kt rose gold case is 9.1mm thick, making it a bit slender for a perpetual calendar watch like this. Small enough to hide under a sleeve, yet thick enough to feel like a luxury watch in jest. It has a polished fixed bezel and lugs with a brushed finish on the case and lug sides.
The transparent sapphire caseback is secured by 6 screws, 3 at the top and 3 at the bottom. It reveals the splendor of the movement inside.
The movement is equipped with an engraved and partially skeletonized self-winding tourbillon in solid gold. The skeleton frame of the rotor is engraved with the letters “AP” and with inscriptions describing various features of the movement, such as “ADJ to hot five (5) positions”, “equal time”. “Thirty-eight (38) jewels”, “SWISS AUTOMATIC”, ornate engraved design elements and the Audemars Perpetual Royal Oak Chronograph Skeleton Tourbillon.

The watch is powered by the Audemars Piguet 2120/2802 movement. A 38 jewel self-winding movement with 343 parts, +/- 40 hours power reserve and a heartbeat of 2.75 Hz or 19,800. Not your standard rhythm.

Other engravings can be found on the case back. One such example is the name “Jules Audemars”, which is engraved in a concave circle and curved rectangle in which the letters Audemars Perpetual are raised.
The strap is made of dark brown crocodile leather, the top of which is attached to the lugs and is thicker at the top, tapered down towards the clasp. The strap has a soft calfskin layer applied to the back of the strap that allows contact with the wrist for a more comfortable fit.

The strap is stitched in brown and fastened to the wrist by a polished 18kt pink gold deployment (folding) clasp, similar in design to the partially open AP logo. The clasp itself is engraved with the Audemars Piguet logo.