Archive of May 2017

A Review Of IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase Replica

There’s a very good chance you’ve never heard about this IWC men's replica watch, nor seen any pictures of it, despite the fact that it's not some brand new release dropping today. And why might that be? First off, it’s not even on IWC’s website. So you can imagine my surprise when, flipping through IWC’s 2016/2017 catalogue, I landed on this replica watch. Immediately I knew I had to get my hands on one to take a closer look.

The reason IWC hasn’t talked about it until now – and I suspect that will change very soon – is because the company likes to focus on one collection at a time. When it comes to new product launches, that’s been the strategy at IWC for a number of years. So when it re-launched the Da Vinci line at the SIHH in January, that’s what was the press was shown, almost exclusively. But, very quietly, IWC also launched a new Portofino, the ref. 5164, and it's one good looking High Quality Replica Watches.

Not bad, right? In my opinion, it’s probably the best thing IWC has released so far this year. The new Da Vinci line was always going to receive mixed reviews, and it did, while the very many complications presented in the new Ingenieurs tried to please everyone but didn't exactly knock it out of the park. This new 45mm Portofino on the other hand? It truly has a lot going for it.

First of all, it has a moonphase complication. It’s the complication the Portofino was born with, more than 30 years ago, and its one the current line-up has been desperately missing – it has been available on the Automatic Moon Phase 37, but that also only comes with diamonds on the bezel and/or dial, so it's a different story. It’s reappearance in a large case Portofino is therefore a bit of an event.

The new Portofino Hand-Wound Moon Phase on the other hand, is very much meant to be a wristreplica watch. The movement inside is the same base movement found inside the new Portofino Hand-Wound line-up, which includes the ref. 5101. Just like that more basic model, this replica watch features a small date at three o’clock, small hacking seconds at six o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at nine o’clock (for the eight-day, hand-wound power reserve). But in addition to all of that, you get a beautiful moon phase display at 12 o’clock, and it totally changes the replica watch.


Hands-On With Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic Star Wars Replica

Have you ever looked at a replica watch and said, "You know what? This needs more Boba Fett." If you're among the (small) minority who has, then you're in luck. Nixon's latest release in their growing Star Wars-themed collection of replica watches brings the iconic Jedi-stalking bounty hunter to your wrist. In celebration of May the 4th, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, the Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic replica watch is exactly what you would expect a Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic Star Wars Replica to look like, down to the EE-3 carbine rifle for a seconds hand and unconventionally green case and bracelet. With a Swiss automatic movement, $2,500 price tag, and limited production, Nixon is aiming for a very select group of serious sci-fi fans.

There's no doubt Star Wars-themed replica watches have exploded with the "re-launch" of the franchise since Disney's purchase of LucasFilm in 2012. We've seen some great pieces from Seiko with their Star Wars collections as well as some killer music box inspirations from MB&F - and that's not even getting into the $30,000 Devon Star Wars replica watch. While people can fairly draw the parallels between replica watch enthusiasts and, say, car enthusiasts, I think it's fair to add science fiction enthusiasts into that mix. While I'm sure a lot of people find these sorts of out-of-the-ordinary collections gimmicky (and rightfully so), it's hard to blame Nixon for trying to appeal to avid fans of the largest science fiction property in history. Because there are a lot of them.

Let's get to the replica watch. The Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic replica watch measures in at 46mm and is made to be seen - and recognized. It doesn't just take the size, as the entire stainless steel case is coated with a green PVD coating that almost gives it a military (or rugged bounty hunter) look and feel. The unidirectional maroon bezel with steel grip adds a nice pop of color to a majority green-colored replica watch, while also providing a countdown timer. Which may be useful for timing things, but probably won't help with having your jet-pack accidentally activated by a metal rod (I'm not bitter).

Domed sapphires are fitted to the front and back of the case. The back is adorned with a Jaster Mereels insignia that's going to be a bit obscure for passing fans. However, avid fans of Star Wars lore will recognize it as the sigil of the man who saved Jango Fett, who later passed it on to his son Boba Fett (I know, I should get out more). It's a testament to Nixon's attention to detail when creating a replica watch for such specific fans.

The Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic replica watch is fitted with an ETA 2824-2 movement featuring three-hand timetelling, date, and a custom-engraved rotor. And speaking of seconds, the dial doesn't disappoint when it comes to not-so-subtle Star Wars swag. The hour hand features the Nixon logo (which seems to neatly fit into a sci-fi universe), while the seconds hand is literally shaped like his carbine rifle shooting a red laser - a step further than the lightsaber-themed seconds hands throughout the Nixon Star Wars collection. The green and black applied indices feature a date display at 3 o'clock, and the replica watch is water resistant to 200m.

The Nixon Boba Fett Diplomatic replica watch only comes on a green PVD-coated stainless bracelet, a missed mark, in my opinion, as I think this would look awesome on brown leather or the same brown cloth that its quartz little brother, the Nixon Boba Fett Ranger, has. However, the black double clasp and sporty "quick-adjust" pins should make adjustments easy. An added Star Wars feature is the golden "kill stripes" adorning the top link above the lugs that fans will immediately recognize from Boba Fett's helmet.


Take A Look At The Patek Philippe 5960/1a-010 With Sporty Black Dial Replica

It’s a grail Patek Philippe replica watch, the benchmark, it’s the chronograph that has Patek fans wondering just how much their grannies are actually worth. The 5960 Annual Calendar Chronograph replica watch touches all the buttons for followers of Patek Philippe (and, indeed, anyone who likes replica watches at all); the movement is the company’s first ever self-winding chronograph, it’s an annual calendar, Patek’s signature complication and it successfully skates a knife-edge line between dress replica watch and sport High Quality Replica Watches.

Patek then managed to up the ante with a steel version (the 5960/1A) launched in 2014 that was a contender for replica watch of the year thanks to its near perfect dial design – a beautiful white opaline that contrasts with black gold details such as the hour markers and aperture rims, all given a pop by the red seconds hands. It was a design that made the most of the 5960’s curious but highly effective “monocounter” layout that compresses the chronograph into the lower sector (and leaves plenty of room on the top half of the dial for the calendar windows into the bargain).

Quite why is hard to pin down exactly, but the sportier look of the steel 5960 just works better than its precious metal equivalents, more purposeful, more right –even the minor details such as the number font on the chronograph dial seem to work better and then there’s the unusual bet near perfect concave bezel. Whatever the reason, collectors have taken to the replica watch in their droves.

All that makes the decision to launch a reversed out version of the 5960 something of a formality, though the three year hiatus is curious. The black dial version follows the same approach and shares almost all of the appeal of the earlier replica watch. I say almost only because the there’s a different balance of shiny and matte surfaces that changes the character. Not dramatically, but enough to make the dial seem just a little more cluttered, though others will entirely (and fairly) disagree. And while we’re splitting hairs, the effect of the red hands is different, though whether you think that it’s more or less successful is, again, purely a matter of taste.


Tissot Ballade Replica Watch With New Silicon Balance Spring

Silicon has many, many benefits for High Quality Replica Watches; anti-magnetism, longevity-of-life, temperature resistance, and not requiring lubricant being among them. However, because of the difficult-to-produce and fragile nature of silicon, hairsprings made of the material have typically been used exclusively in high-end timepieces. And that is why Tissot unveiling the Tissot Ballade replica watches featuring a silicon balance spring and COSC-certified Powermatic 80 movement at Baselworld 2017 is unusual. And the most interesting part of that announcement? It will cost less than a thousand dollars.

Tissot is no stranger to anti-magnetic replica watches. During the 1930s, they created one of the first anti-magnetic replica watches with the Tissot Antimagnetique. Ever since then, they've been using anti-magnetic components in their replica watches, so the next natural step would be silicon. That’s not surprising. What’s surprising is the price.

There are seven models of the Tissot Ballade, and while the three ladies' pieces were reviewed hands-on here back in September, the newest “Gents” models are a bit more masculine with a 39mm or 41mm case. All cases will be in steel with a Clous de Paris-patterned bezel and inner-dial disc, which I find a tasteful nod to the 1930s style. Both the men's and women's replica watches will feature bi-tone rose-gold and yellow-gold-plated models, with the yellow gold coming on a stainless steel, bi-tone bracelet, and the rose-gold fitted with a brown leather strap on the Gents, and a white leather strap for the ladies. A full stainless steel case with steel bracelet is also available for both. Each piece has the date window displayed at the 3 o'clock position. While I would normally always go for a bracelet, I find the steel case on black leather to fit the Tissot DNA more than the bi-tone bracelet models. The Tissot Ballade is water resistant up to 50m, and all models feature a sapphire crystal and transparent case-back displaying the movement (sorry we don't have any pictures for you of it from Tissot).


Presenting The New Seiko Astron GPS Solar Big-Date Replica

Like all Seiko Astron GPS Solar calibers, 8X42 offers the ability to adjust to local time automatically, wherever we are in the world, at the touch of a button and using just the power of light. With the addition of the big date window, the inclusion of a dual-time dial at the six o’clock position and new slimmer hands, the new designs have a refinement that makes them perfect for any occasions. For the first time, several dials feature roman numerals and more components benefit from mirror-finished surfaces. From now on the Seiko Astron men's replica watch shows a city look.

The 8X42 collection comprises four models in stainless steel and three in titanium, all offer a great level of scratch resistance thanks to their ceramic bezels, sapphire crystals and the super-hard coatings that they all have. This new coating technology allows even the rose gold tone designs to be highly resistant to scratches. This process ensures that every Seiko Astron GPS Solar Big-Date replica watch lasts as long as possible.