Today Omega announced a new series of replica watches for sale in its Aqua Terra collection, aptly names Aqua Terra Shades. The models are offered in either a 34mm or 38mm stainless steel case that is water resistant to 150 meters. Playing to its name, the dial is equipped with a range of sun-brushed shades such as Atlantic Blue, Bay Green, and Terracotta.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Shade 150 M with a diameter of 38mm
The Aqua Terra collection was first introduced in 2002 as a versatile and robust yet elegant sports timepiece. Maintaining its strong DNA, each new watch features a symmetrical case and crown in fully polished stainless steel, with a wave-edged design on the back and a redesigned metal bracelet with smaller and elegantly rounded links.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Shade 150 M with a diameter of 34mm
Providing the power is Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8800. The Master Chronometer certification means that each quality replica watch and its movement have passed the strict tests set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). This guarantees a high standard of quality, precision, and magnetic resistance.
Pricing for the new Omega Aqua Terra Shades 34mm and 38mm executions is marked
Adding a lush alternative to the new releases, UK Swiss movement Omega fake watches is also offering two executions crafted from the brand’s proprietary gold alloy. The 38mm choice in 18K Sedna Gold features a diamond-paved bezel and sandstone colored dial, while the 34mm model in 18K Moonshine Gold is presented on a green leather strap with a dial in lagoon green.
When it premiered in 1945, the ReplicaRolexDatejust was the first automatic, watertight wristwatch with chronometer-worthy rate quality. It embodied all of the innovations Rolex had developed for wristwatches up to that time, including a date display in a window at 3 o’clock, where the date switched automatically at midnight. To achieve this feat, intermediate wheels in the movement tightened a spring mechanism that advanced the date disk. The Datejust is named for this instantaneous “just-in-time” date switching.
Thanks to a movable finger in Rolex’s new automatic Caliber 3235, which powers the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 we’re reviewing here, the date can be reset manually, quickly, and whenever desired. Simply pull the crown out to its middle position, turn it counterclockwise, and the date advances smoothly and accurately. The ergonomic improvements that Rolex made to this caliber, in the interface for making manual adjustments, are very noticeable in practice. The winding stem engages securely in each position so the time can be reset precisely. The crown turns with buttery smoothness. The hands move with no play whatsoever, so the minutes hand can be positioned with its tip perfectly tangent to the desired index. The seconds hand can be stopped at the full minute easily because the screw-down crown’s stem is inserted into a long tube and the unscrewed crown is easy to grasp. Screwing the crown shut again is very secure, with a noticeable spring resistance. This is characteristic of the Twinlock system, which Rolex invented in 1953.
The Twinlock system’s interplay with the Oyster case guarantees that the Datejust can resist pressure up to 10 bar, which corresponds to the conditions at a depth of 100 meters below the water’s surface. Two insulators help ensure watertightness: one is located in the winding crown while the other is situated inside the tube. A line under the Rolex logo on the winding crown of our steel Datejust shows that our test watch has the Twinlock system. Gold Oyster cases have two dots on the crown to indicate the presence of the Twinlock system, while platinum cases have one dot.
Our Datejust’s newly designed Oyster case has a middle piece milled from a single block of 904L stainless steel. A smooth, polished stainless-steel bezel surrounding a flat pane of sapphire seals the case from above. The Cyclops magnifying lens above the date window wasn’t added to the Datejust until 1954. It performs its practical purpose thanks to its magnifying effect and the anti-reflective treatment on both its surfaces.
The back of the case isn’t very exciting: it provides no information about any of the Datejust’s characteristics, like its water resistance, its materials, or its reference number. Furthermore, the back can only be removed using a special wrench, which Rolex’s authorized watchmakers slip over the knurling along the edge of the caseback. Unfortunately, Caliber 3235 remains invisible to would-be admirers who don’t have access to this tool. That’s a pity, because this movement has nothing to hide. It boasts all the fine characteristics of a Rolex caliber: distinctively shaped and arranged bridges, gold-plated covers, red reversing wheels in the automatic-winding mechanism, and handsome finishing such as sunburst patterns, brushed matte parts, a few beveled edges, and polished heads on the screws.
The Oyster bracelet attaches to the case where the Rolex Replica Watches logo crowns the dial. The wristband fits seamlessly in the newly designed connecting pieces that are firmly anchored between the lugs. The three-row bracelet consists of solid, partly polished, and partly satin-finished elements made of 904L stainless steel. Several of these parts are screwed together near the clasp so the bracelet’s length can be easily adjusted.
Breitling and Tudor made the decision to bundle their expertise in the design and production of mechanical watches even before changes came to the Breitling company. This became clear, not only in interviews with CEO Georges Kern, but as it is expressed by the timepieces themselves. A modified Replica Breitling movement B01 powers Tudor chronographs as its MT5813, and Breitling is now using the in-house Tudor movement MT5612.
The Superocean Héritage II is the first replica watch to use the three-hand movement since 2017, and bears the name B20 in its modified version. Breitling first issued the 42- and 46- mm models in 2017, followed by the launch of a third size at Baselworld 2018 that measures 44 mm, as well as our test watch – the unusual two-tone 42-mm version in stainless steel and rose gold. Black elements on the watch, like the bezel, dial and the Aero Classics rubber strap with its Milanese-style mesh pattern, lend both presence and elegance.
The unidirectional rotating dive bezel is one of the most striking changes Breitling made to the Superocean Héritage II, while taking care to preserve the character of the watch that made its debut in 1957. The rotating bezel contains an ultra-hard high-tech ceramic inlay that resists both scratches and impacts. The gold rim has a finer look than that of its predecessor, though it is still easy to grasp and turn with half-minute ratchets. It seems a bit loose for use as a professional dive watch.
The bezel lacks a precise minutes track despite the one printed directly next to it on the dial. This would allow for exact setting of the dive time, to the minute. But this shouldn’t be a problem at all for fans of recreational diving, who just happen to be the main target audience of the Superocean Héritage II. And although the gold seconds hand cannot be seen in the dark for a function check (due to a lack of luminous material), the hour and minutes hands are both clearly visible.
A design featuring unusual shapes – a triangle on the hour hand, a diamond-shaped minutes hand, and slightly conical hour markers – relies heavily on the original Héritage from 1957. The all-important minute hand for diving extends precisely out to touch the dedicated track around the dial circumference. Unfortunately, only eight points are visible under limited lighting conditions – insufficient for professional divers, in any case. The luminous dot on the ceramic bezel stands out alongside the slightly brighter hands, but this alone cannot help determine a precise, to-the-minute calculation of dive time. In daylight conditions the combination of black, white and rose gold creates an easily legible ensemble.
The old Breitling logo – a curvy “B” – in place of the winged letter and stylized anchor, has returned to the dial. (The earlier logo was introduced in 1979 to show equal kinship to flying and diving.) Proof of its status as an officially certified chronometer stands below the brand name.
The lower portion of the dial features the Superocean name in its characteristic font and references its water resistance and “Automatic” watch movement – which, unfortunately, cannot be seen beneath Breitling’s solid threaded caseback.
And it would be a sight to see. In contrast to the original Tudor design, the Replica Breitling B20 is more finely decorated – with Geneva stripes and satin finishes, and two additional jewels. Otherwise, both versions have the same design and features. The balance wheel is stable and supported beneath a bridge, vibrating at a rate of 4 Hz with variable inertia and a silicon hairspring. Fine regulation is adjusted via screws, to a chronometer-certified level, just like the Tudor.
In actual practice, the Superocean Héritage II can do what the COSC certificate promises. It runs smoothly with a gain of about 3 seconds per day with minimal positional differences. At the end of the 70-hour power reserve, the amplitude falls to slightly below 200°, but the rate remains stable at +2 seconds.
The replica watch is not difficult to rewind if it winds down completely. The large, deeply fluted crown is easy to grasp and release from its screw-down position. Hand winding is smooth. Clear stops indicate the positions for quick-date adjustment and setting the time. The hands can be adjusted without play, and the date advances at midnight. Only slight pressure is needed to screw down the crown into its locked position.
Swiss watch maisonReplicaHublot began its partnership with Dominican Republic-based premium cigar icon Arturo Fuente y Cia. in 2012, and the collaboration has yielded three limited-edition models all celebrating, in their own distinctive manner, the synergy between the arts of watchmaking and cigarmaking. The fourth made its celebrated debut this week, at a gala event in the Dominican Republic, and may prove to be the most coveted edition yet: the Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic.
Not only is the watch, which is limited to 100 pieces, the first in the cigar-inspired series to feature a laser-engraved ceramic case; it is also the first model created as a direct tribute to Carlos Fuente, Sr., son of founder and namesake Arturo Fuente and father to current company leader Carlos “Carlito” Fuente, Jr. Fuente, Sr., who passed away in 2016, took the reins of the Tampa-based family cigar business in 1956 and after a series of trials and tribulations in the wake of the Cuban embargo, moved the company to its current home in the Dominican Republic in 1980, where it has thrived under the leadership of Carlito Fuente, who worked with his father before succeeding him as president.
Developed in a close collaboration between cheap Hublot watches design team and Fuente family designer Manny Iriarte, The Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic features a host of details, some more subtle than others, designed to pay tribute to the patriarch of the “first family of cigars.” The intricate laser-engraved pattern on the 44-mm black ceramic case depicts tobacco leaves gently swaying in the wind, a reference to the agricultural heart of the Fuente family business — and somewhat reminiscent of the decorative engravings on the titanium and rose-gold cases of 2017’s Classic Fusion ForbiddenX editions as well as the actual tobacco-leaf dial of the rare and elusive 2015 edition. A majestic crowned lion emblem adorns the 9 o’clock subdial on the watch’s openworked dial, recalling Fuente’s historical role as a supplier of cigars to the Spanish court. Perhaps most significantly to those familiar with Hublot and its Big Bang models, the dial also sports stylized, applied Roman numerals — a rarity for Hublot and a specific call-out to the clock pictured on the Fuente family crest, which itself inspired the family motto, “We will never rush the hands of time.”
The back of the timepiece also features its share of special flourishes, including the historical Fuente logo inscribed in the center of the sapphire window; the initials “CF” for Carlos Fuente, Sr. replacing the traditional “AF” for Arturo Fuente; and the Spanish phrase “Edición de homenaje” (“Edition in homage”). Finally, each caseback features the personal dedication by Carlito Fuente on behalf of the family and cigar company that he built: “Our Father, Our Friend, Our Hero.” Behind that ornate exhibition caseback beats Hublot’s Unico Caliber HUB1242, equipped with an integrated, column-wheel-controlled flyback chronograph function and a date display that shares the 60-minute chronograph totalizer at 3 o’clock. The movement, made in-house at Hublot’s manufacture in Nyon, outside of Geneva, Switzerland, features automatic winding, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 72 hours. The watch is mounted on a black calf-and-rubber strap with a ceramic-and-titanium deployant clasp and comes in a gorgeous, lacquered wood cabinet that serves as both a presentation box for the watch as well as a humidor for your cigars.
Also announced during the watch’s launch event in the Dominican Republic, hosted by Carlito Fuente and Hublot CEO Ricardo Guadalupe, was the founding of a new Academy of Arts as part of the Fuente family’s charitable initiative, the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (CFCF), which will be supported by both Hublot and Fuente in its mission to improve the lives of impoverished rural communities in the Dominican Republic’s mountainous Bonao region. Proceeds from the sales of the Hublot Big Bang Unico Arturo Fuente Ceramic will go toward supporting the new Academy, which also continues Hublot’s own “Hublot Loves Art” charitable initiatives in support of the arts.
Cartier, long known for producing timepieces that captured the stylish zeitgeist of their respective eras, grabbed the watch world’s attention in the go-go 1980s with the introduction of the Pasha in 1985, a watch based on a historical model from 1932. The model’s intriguing story continues this year with the introduction at Watches & Wonders 2020 of the all-new ReplicaCartier Pasha de Cartier collection, encompassing models for both gents and ladies.
Pasha de Cartier 41mm in yellow gold
The story of the Pasha in a nutshell: The first one was named after the client who commissioned it, the Sultan (or “Pasha”) of Marrakech, who approached Louis Cartier about creating a luxurious watch that he could wear for his royal duties but also wear in the swimming pool without damaging it; this model, with its groundbreaking screwed-down crown cap attached to a small chain, is regarded as Cartier’s first truly waterproof watch. It joined the regular collection in 1943 and ebbed and flowed in popularity until it was redesigned in 1985 by the legendary Gérald Genta, who expanded on it to develop the feminine Miss Pasha series. The Pasha is notable for its unconventional design in which a round case and dial is offset by a square minute track — essentially, Cartier created a hit by fitting a square peg into a round hole. The new Pasha de Cartier luxury fake watches collection revives the highlights of the 1980s design and adds some contemporary flair, along with modern in-house movements, and even introduces a skeletonized version.
The round dial frames a square minute track.
The chained, screwed crowns of the new Pasha de Cartier models have been updated with the blue sapphires and spinels that are now common on modern Cartier crowns. Underneath the hinged crown cover is a hidden area in which the owner can personalize his or her watch with engraved initials — a subtle personalization visible only when the crown is disengaged. The dial is characterized by its four large numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock in a lilting Deco font and the four-sided filigree minute track, all swept over by Cartier’s blued diamond-shaped hands.
The owner’s engraved initials are hidden under the hinged crown cover.
Inside the replica watches, Cartier’s Caliber 1847 MC (MC for “Manufacture Cartier,” 1847 for the year of the company’s founding) ticks behind a clear sapphire caseback. The self-winding movement, which stores a power reserve of 40 hours, features anti-magnetic nickel phosphorus components in the escapement mechanism, along with a shield made from a paramagnetic alloy. Together, they render the movement effectively resistant to the powerful magnetic fields a watch encounters during daily wear.
Caliber 1847 MC is on display behind a sapphire caseback.
The collection offers a breadth of sizes (35 mm for ladies, several with diamond-settings, 41 mm for men), case materials (steel, and yellow, rose, and white gold), and strap and bracelet options; the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton and Skeleton Tourbillon models are outfitted with openworked movements in which the large Roman numerals and hour markers are formed by the bridges.
The hour numerals are formed by the bridges in the skeletonized models.
The Pasha de Cartier watches are all equipped with Cartier’s recently developed, patent-pending SwitchLink system, introduced on 2018’s redesigned Santos models, which allows the wearer to re-size the watch without using a tool. At the touch of a button located on each link, its attachment bar is unlatched and the link can be added or removed, thus enabling quick and easy adjustment.
In 2018, OmegaReplica introduced its then-latest Seamaster Diver 300M – larger, and in new materials, ceramic and titanium, rendering it more scratch-resistant and lighter in weight. In this feature from the WatchTime archives, we delve into the depths of the timepiece and its Master Chronometer movement.
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Seamaster Diver 300M in 2018, Omega made a huge splash by issuing a new version – updated and modernized with higher quality features and more functionality than ever before, and still at a fair price (click here for a review of that watch). This watch was first introduced as a steel model with a varnished dial, an ETA-based Omega Caliber 2500 and a folding clasp with a divers’ extension that cost around $3,500. The newer generation offers a laser-cut ceramic dial, the super-modern in-house 8800 movement and an improved clasp with additional quick-action extension at a price of $5,200. Unchanged, of course, are the skeletonized sword-shaped hands, water resistance to 300 meters, a helium-escape valve at 10 o’clock and a metal bracelet. The overall diameter of the watch was enlarged from 41 to 42 mm.
Modern Materials For the newer models, Omega took the next step. The Seamaster Diver 300M is now available as a scratch-resistant and more lightweight model in ceramic and titanium. This watch, which we tested, is available on a rubber strap with a ceramic prong buckle or on a NATO strap with a brushed buckle and a titanium loop. (For either version, watch fans must accept a considerable jump in price, to $8,100.) The newest edition has a 43.5-mm case and a nicely balanced dial, omitting the date indication at 6 o’clock. Also, the stylized waves are not laser cut into a polished dial but now stand out in relief with alternating polished and matte surfaces.
Ceramic characterizes the entire design. Not only does the dial have polished and matte sections, so does the case with its ergonomically shaped lugs. Particularly pleasing is that Omega uses the same ceramic material for the prong buckle and also for the curving shapes of the case.
The rubber strap attaches seamlessly to the case and continues the fluid lines of the lugs. Running along its length are three wide matte strips and two raised strips with a brushed- finish look. The material appears at first to be quite thin, but once it’s on, the strap feels great, and despite the large case size, the watch fits perfectly, even on narrow wrists. The strap material may feel uncomfortable on really warm days – even Omega has yet to discover anything to prevent perspiration.
High Quality Overall Every component – from the ceramic dial and brushed titanium hands, the ceramic and titanium case, and even the rubber strap with its ceramic buckle – displays the highest quality and reminds us that Omega has long been a top brand among watch manufacturers.
Turning the watch over reveals even more of its superior quality. The first thing you may notice is the engraved lettering, “Diver 300M,” which is always centered thanks to a patented bayonet closure known as the Naiad lock. Then your eye may be drawn to the polished wavelike notches along the edge of the caseback that encircle the brushed inner ring. And then you’re rewarded with a view of the beating heart of the watch – the accurate, individually decorated and fully antimagnetic in-house 8806 movement.
This variation of the 8800 caliber has no date indication. The technical advantages remain the same – the oscillating weight winds the watch in both directions to provide an above-average power reserve of 55 hours. The silicon hairspring ensures very good rate results even when subjected to the effects of fluctuating temperatures and impacts. The balance wheel is fastened more securely beneath a bridge so that, thanks to poising weights, the oscillating system “breathes” freely. And last but not least, the Omega co-axial escapement with its multilevel pallets and escape wheel ensures a consistent transfer of impulse for even better rate results.
Master Chronometer All the constructive advantages of the company’s own in-house movements meant that Omega was no longer satisfied with the rate tests conducted by the official Swiss testing agency COSC. For the past several years, Omega has subjected its watches to additional testing by METAS, the Swiss national metrology institute. Here, the fully assembled timepieces undergo tests for functional reliability, rate results, water resistance, power reserve and resistance to extreme magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.
A watch that passes all of these tests is certified by METAS as a Master Chronometer. Due to the large number of watches Omega produces, the testing agency has established an office in the Omega building in Bienne. The independence of the tests, ensured by both contractual partners, is guaranteed at all times.
And our test watch? It performed as promised, both on the timing machine and on the wrist. The electronic test showed a rate of +3.8 seconds per day and only +3 seconds on the wrist. Values in the individual positions showed only a 2-second deviation – something that very few watch brands have achieved in our tests.
Over and Under Water Anyone who wants to wear the Seamaster Diver 300M as an everyday watch will be thrilled with its comfortable feel, the accuracy of the in-house movement, and the fact that the ceramic prong buckle remains completely free of scratches even after weeks of wear. Our real-life test in the early summer months showed that it is reliable and comfortable to wear while swimming, playing tennis and biking.
And anyone who actually dives with a luxury watch will appreciate the brightly glowing luminescent coating, the high degree of water resistance (to a depth of 300 meters), and the scratch-resistant case material that neither coral nor the metal parts of the diving equipment can harm.
Of course, the watch is only suitable for warm diving locations where no wet suit is needed because of its standard-length rubber strap. And when you don’t need to wear diving gloves, the polished surfaces on the rotating bezel are less of an issue. While even a diving titan cannot do everything, this one can still do quite a lot.
As of 2020, the ReplicaRolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner with no date display, which many view as the archetypal dive watch, is slightly larger and has an updated movement yet remains true to its original design. This is our first encounter with the new watch.
We had to wait a long time for the latest Rolex innovations in 2020. Rolex presented a new generation of Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Submariner Date watches in September. These timepieces are slightly larger and are now equipped with new movements — the Submariner has the recently unveiled Caliber 3230 and the new Submariner Date versions are using the Caliber 3235 for the first time. The Submariner Date offers a surprising array of color combinations while the Submariner with no date display stays true to its original design. We were able to preview the new Submariner shortly after its introduction.
Upgraded Details Result in New Proportions If you think a Rolex innovation means a revolution, you’ll be mistaken. But the Submariner has been modified so that the sum of the various details has resulted in a new watch. The diameter of the watch has grown from 40 mm to 41 mm, or more precisely, from 40.6 mm to 41.36 mm, measured across the diagonal from 2 to 8 o’clock. The crown guards and lugs are slimmer, but this has increased the lug width by a whole millimeter, to 21 mm.
These seemingly minor upgrades have changed the proportions of the entire watch — including the main body of the case, bezel, dial and bracelet. This means you’re looking at an entirely new model. If you place the new Oyster Perpetual Submariner next to its predecessor (which is being discontinued) the changes become apparent. The new Submariner looks much more than just a millimeter larger than the older version, which is due to the numerous modifications of even the tiniest detail.
Not quite so apparent is the new in-house self-winding movement, Caliber 3230, because just as with any Rolex watch, it is covered by a finely grooved caseback that is screwed down hermetically with a special key, and which can only be opened by a Rolex-authorized watchmaker. The difference in the Caliber 3235 is that there is no date display on the Submariner dial.
Otherwise all other features are the same. The new Submariner is equipped with a Rolex-patented, innovative Chronergy escapement, made from a nickel-phosphorous alloy. It provides superior functional reliability with high energy efficiency and is resistant to the effects of magnetic fields. The movement also has an optimized version of the Rolex Parachrom hairspring.
Rolex produces the hairspring in-house from a paramagnetic alloy, which makes it up to 10 times more precise than conventional hairsprings. It also has a special Rolex overcoil that ensures a stable rate in all positions. The oscillator is supported by the excellent Rolex- designed and patented Paraflex antishock system. Thanks to the higher efficiency of the escapement and barrel design, both the Caliber 3230 and the Caliber 3235 have a power reserve of 70 hours. In addition to the chronometer test from COSC, the watch must also pass the strict internal Rolex test for a “Superlative Chronometer” which, according to the current specifications from 2015, permits a deviation of no more than 2 seconds per day.
The Submariner comes from a time when dive watches were used more for professional applications than for recreational diving. For this reason, they remain true to their original appeal today — since reading the time clearly during a dive is a matter of life and death. The clear and simple Submariner dial has therefore remained unchanged. The hour and minutes hands are adapted from the Rolex Deepsea and are distinct from one another in order to prevent any confusion. The triangle, circle and rectangle markers are designed to provide orientation and increased legibility, and to prevent possible mistakes underwater or on dry ground. The hands and markers are coated with Rolex Chromalight luminous material and glow bright blue in the dark. The prominent dot at the end of the seconds hand serves as a function check and is also luminescent. In addition, the zero marker on the dive bezel is also filled with the same luminous material to provide better orientation when setting dive times.
The Dive Watch Stands Out with Technical Features The bezel ratchets perfectly, counterclockwise, in crisp half-minute increments. Deeply knurled grooves around the edge provide a secure grip for wet hands or diving gloves. The rotating ring has a numerical Cerachrom insert made of a special black ceramic. The recessed numerals and markers on the 60-minute track are coated with a thin layer of platinum using a PVD process. Rolex Replica watches developed expertise and an innovative manufacturing process to create a sturdy, color-saturated and extremely scratch-resistant special ceramic for the production of monobloc bezels and tracks, and now has its own fully independent production of ceramic components.
The bezel with its ceramic insert is part of the sturdy Oyster case for which Rolex guarantees a pressure resistance of 30 bar, corresponding to a water depth of 300 meters. It is the epitome of durability and reliability. Its case frame is manufactured from a single block of stainless steel that is extraordinarily resistant to corrosion, which Rolex calls “Oystersteel.” In addition to the hermetically sealed caseback, the Triplock winding crown also ensures the specified water resistance with its triple seal, screw-down design and protective crown guards. The top crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The Submariner Date adds a cyclops magnifier at 3 o’clock for enhanced legibility of the date.
The new Submariner is equipped with an Oyster bracelet, including its patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp and Glidelock extension system, which allows the bracelet to be simply extended up to 20 mm using a 10-step sliding element. So much perfection needs no revolution to remain the undisputed standard among dive watches.
Breitling introduces an ambitious sustainability agenda to 2025 and a gorgeous new collection to go with it.
It was in a hotel ballroom during Geneva Replica Watches Days that the world’s press sat down to discover Breitling’s new Origins Collection and its latest sustainability news. Honestly, I was half expecting a range of new vegan straps and perhaps some recycled steel, but what I was to witness was a serious program for change that matches with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and marks a new level of commitment in the luxury watch industry. So, let’s take a look at the plan.
Step 1 – Better Gold
When it comes to the circular economy, wristwatches are extremely sustainable. Firstly, they are well made and last for years, and secondly, they can be repaired, resold, and re-loved over and over. And lastly, for the most part, they are produced in state-of-the-art, eco-responsible buildings that recycle all their waste. But there is a dark side to the industry, and that comes from the precious raw materials that come into play in the fabrication of a wristwatch in the form of gold and/or gemstones.
One way to avoid this could be to stop producing gold watches altogether, or only use recycled gold, but this could actually create more problems for the planet and its people. Over 20 million individuals are working in the gold mining industry, most of whom are part of artisanal and small-scale mining operations. If demand drops, this could be detrimental to their financial well-being.
One solution – and the one that Breitling has chosen – is to work towards “Better Gold”. This initiative is to work with the miners to extract gold in a sustainable way by reducing air and water pollution, replanting trees, protecting wildlife, and so forth. But it isn’t only about protecting the planet, Better Gold is also committed to providing safe working conditions to paying a legal wage, and to supporting the education of local children, and more.
Step 2 – Lab-Grown Diamonds
The next step in Breitling’s programme is the use of lab-grown diamonds. As the majority of melée diamonds (the tiny mixed diamonds that are used to set watches) are impossible to trace, Breitling has decided to use lab-grown diamonds instead. There is some controversy over these kinds of diamonds as it takes huge amounts of energy to produce them. For Breitling, they have made a point to work with producers that are climate neutral and/or transitioning towards renewable energy or using low-carbon energy sources.
Step 3 – The Diamond Support Fund
As is the case with the gold miners, the diamond miners could also be under threat if supply drops drastically. For this reason, Breitling has set up its Diamond Support Fund that makes a contribution to a social impact fund in diamond-producing communities for each carat sold, until these melée diamonds can be properly traced.
Step 4 – Blockchain and NFTs
Thanks to blockchain technology, all new Breitling Super Chronomat 38 Origins timepieces will be issued with an NFT that follows the watch’s components from the mine to the finished piece. Each step of the way is independently verified to ensure that the whole watchmaking process can be traceable.
Step 5 – Countdown to 2025
For the moment, it is only this new Breitling Replica Super Chronomat 38 that will feature all these sustainable criteria, but the objective is to roll them out to the entire Breitling collection by the year 2025.
Let’s hope this is the start of a new movement that will see other brands join the cause over the coming months because time is something that we are fast running out of when it comes to protecting the planet and its people.
While busy manufacturing at full capacity, Rolex is still creating new models, and making changes within
From Biel to Geneva and its suburbs, all four Rolex manufacturing facilities are running at full speed. Even though they’re immense and profusely equipped, they’re far from meeting the insatiable demand their watches are in. And that is certainly keeping them very busy. But they still have room for novelties and changes.
The most defining is also the most discrete of all. According to a Geneva source, Mr. Bertrand Gros has resigned his position a few days ago. Starting in 2007, the attorney had become President of most of the group companies’ boards, which as a whole represent what we commonly refer to as swiss replica rolex watches. He left a deep mark on the group’s policies and strategy, not the least of which is the hiring of Mr Jean-Frédéric Dufour as CEO in 2015.
He is succeeded by Mr Nicolas Brünschwig, who is among others a head of the Bongénie Swiss retail chain. He was already a member of the board at Fondation Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex’s sole shareholder, and at the Biel manufacturing facilities. His appointment confirms the fundamental ties between the world leader in watches and Geneva, its institutions and more specifically its business elite.
But these news are of little importance to watch lovers. They’d rather know about what they can put around their wrist. During its first participation in Watches & Wonders, Rolex had unveiled a series of novelties that have been the talk of the town. So we won’t expand on the GMT Master II ref 126720 VTNR, whose black and green bezel and leftie crown have become quite the affair. We’d rather mention its twin-stepsister with a Jubilee bracelet. That one wasn’t made available for tryouts during the Geneva presentations, but only showcased in the protected display windows wrapped around their booth. Which is why we’re offering a shot of both versions side by side.
Another striking piece was also caged in these windows : Rolex fake watches is bringing back the Day-Date with stone dials. It’s the rebirth of those fantastic yellow gold pieces, with a President bracelet and onyx dial. Only this time, they’ve found another type of onyx, with more texture and less uniformly black, called lined onyx. On the wrist, it is plain gorgeous, with subtle hues and depth which make for a rare type of elegance : one that’s for the wearer’s eyes only.
Another timepiece has this effect : a new and under-the-radar variation of the Yacht Master 42. From a distance, nothing separates it from the original model launched in 2019. Upon much closer examination, the dial isn’t black lacquer, but made of falcon’s eye. This black mineral has magnificent subtle grayish and blue highlights and almost invisible veins within.
More famous, more in demand, this model is making buyers frantic. And it’s easily recognized as it’s one of the precious few that get to wear the Ice Blue dial. The platinum Day-Date 40, and in particular the new ref. 228236, is insanely hot. Its markups are among the highest of all speculative replica watches, and that’s saying a lot about how attractive this piece is. It’s got an all-new fluted platinum bezel, something the brand hadn’t managed to craft satisfyingly so far. It adds one more ornamental layer to this vivid, bright, shiny and light (although heavy) timepiece.