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What is the Rolex Sky-Dweller Replica? Basically, it is one of the most practical replica watches you can think of, the perfect instrument for travellers or busy business people piece. It is a complex replica watch, with many functions, but not just for the fun of it. Indeed, as nice and mechanically interesting as a perpetual calendar can be, it has a rather subjective inherent purpose. An annual calendar however, which is much easier to develop and assemble, only slightly less precise and much more accessible, offers real added value, compared to a normal calendar. This is one of the functions of the Sky-Dweller. Add to that an extremely practical function for business travellers: the dual-time display, allowing you to keep track of home-time when traveling or another time-zone when you’re working with colleagues in another city/country for example. We all love the beauty of an integrated perpetual calendar, however this combination annual calendar / dual-time makes the Rolex Sky-Dweller one of the most rational offers on the market.
With such a description, you might have envisioned an extremely complex replica watch – which it is indeed, being the most complex Rolex men's replica in the catalogue – however this complexity isn’t reflected on the dial. Rolex is Rolex and legibility and functionality are key. For the Sky-Dweller, the “Crown” imagined an extremely simple and perfectly legible display for the annual calendar. How many months in a year? 12. How many hours on a dial? 12. You get the idea. Next to each hour marker is a small rectangular window, which corresponds to one of the months of the year. The current month is highlighted in red while all the other windows remain white. Simple, clever, legible. Linked to that is the everlasting date window at 3, located under the no-less everlasting cyclops (a hallmark of all Rolex replica watches with date, even the Sea-Dweller now).
The dual-time function created some debate at first, when the replica watch was introduced, simply because it was quite oddly positioned on the dial. Rather than a 24-hour bezel (as on the GMT-Master II) or a dual-time window (like many competing brands), Rolex decided to equip the Sky-Dweller with a rotating 24-hour disc, with an off-centered position (yet with a look and fonts that recall the GMT-Master II). However, this display animates the dial and gives the replica watch a rather unique look. Plus, legibility is great – a triangle at 12, below the Rolex logo, points to the current hour on the disc. Local time is indicated classically by 3 hands (hours, minutes, seconds) on the central axis.
Another part of the Rolex Sky-Dweller’s greatness is hidden, however you’ll enjoy it as a wearer: the way adjustments are made. Combining the winding capacity, plus the adjustment of the date, the month, the local time-zone and the reference time-zone into a single crown should be too complicated in theory. However, recessed pushers are not Rolex’s style (bad for water resistance). So, what Rolex did is create a way to adjust all these settings via the bezel using a system that it calls “Ring Command Bezel”. Instead of pulling the crown in X positions or pushing small buttons, you simply rotate the crown in one of the 3 positions and then the selected function (date, local time or reference time) can then be rapidly adjusted in either direction using the winding crown. This patented “Ring Command Bezel” mechanism is composed of no less than 60 components. The best thing is that no one would guess that this classic Rolex fluted bezel is such a complication and that it actually rotates. It is clever, it makes adjustments easier and it improves reliability.
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The premise behind Swiss Armand Nicolet's "O.H.M" family of products is simple and should appeal to a variety of replica watch collectors. "O.H.M" stands for "original historical movement," and the collection features new High Quality Replica Watches like the Armand Nicolet O.H.M L15 with nicely restored vintage movements inside of them. The movements are said to be restored by Armand Nicolet Men's Replica, and the idea is to combine the best of both worlds in terms of modern materials and construction methods, as well as a decent serving of authentic horological nostalgia.
Armand Nicolet produces a few replica watches in the O.H.M (OHM) collection, and the new L15 is among the better models as its dressy, traditional looks appear to fit the theme and size of the original A. Schild (AS) 1883 automatic movements rather well. So let's discuss the movement first, as this is going to be a major reason why someone will be interested in this replica watch. The design, while distinctive, isn't likely enough to attract consumers to the L15 collection. So, in my opinion, the real draw here is the combination of the design, materials, and the movement (along with the effort required to present it as it is done in this collection).
Armand Nicolet claims that all of the 499 movements in this limited edition were produced by A. Schild (a no longer existing replica watch movement maker) between 1967 and 1971. The actual dial of the replica watch says "O.H.M" 1967. The movements have been acquired by the brand and then go through a rather extensive restoration and rebuilding process. The movements are not restored in order to look as though they would in the late 1960s, but rather to look better, and on top of that Armond Nicolet includes some more modern parts and of course embellishes the movements with decoration.
The resulting movements are called the Armand Nicolet caliber AN0703A (aka AN-703A), and thankfully you can admire the movements through the rear of the case via the sapphire crystal exhibition window. Among the functional upgrades is the installation of a shock absorption system in the regulator. The movements have also been given a range of polishes, blue-colored (sadly not flame-blued) screws, and an overall healthy "high-end" sheen.
Functionally the AN0703A movements are "historical" as promised. They operate at 3Hz (21,600bph) with just 32 hours of power reserve. Accuracy shouldn't be too bad, but I think the most modern mechanical movements will likely beat these historic counterparts when it comes to that. The brand is very open about the movement and offers a lot of details about it here. What will make people attached to the OHM family is the story and the nostalgia. It is a fitting concept for a design such as that of the L15. Some of the other Armand Nicolet OHM replica watches don't necessarily have the right aesthetic fit for the movement theme in my opinion.
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Magic Gold meets a movement with a Meccano-inspired design, casting a spell to shake up the codes of traditional replica watchmaking.
The new Hublot Manufacture calibre – the HUB1201, whose innovative construction reveals its entire original interlocking power reserve on the dial side – sees its mechanism housed in a case made from Magic Gold, the first scratch-resistant gold and the hardest variety in the world, developed and patented by Hublot with the EPFL five years ago. This replica watch brings together the very best of mechanics, innovation and materials.
The BIG BANG MECA-10 is the very archetype of the Hublot philosophy. The Hublot replica watch is a demonstration of the journey undertaken by the Hublot Manufacture, a story peppered with world firsts. It confirms the Maison’s pioneering spirit, one which sees materials as an endless source of possibilities and movements as the opportunity to escape replica watchmaking norms.
Only diamond is capable of machining Hublot’s 18-carat gold, certified by the Central Office for Precious Metals Control. It is the first scratch-resistant gold in the world and demonstrates a hardness of almost 1000 Vickers. Now produced in the high-tech foundry at the Nyon Manufacture, this patented material with magical properties was created by the revolutionary fusion of 24-carat gold and ceramic.
THE HUB1201 MOVEMENT – a Hublot Manufacture movement with built-in mechanics
Two parallel barrels with a rack-driven power reserve indication system, two racks sliding on a 9 o’clock to 3 o’clock axis thanks to a rack and pinion system, a double power reserve display, and a Meccano-inspired architecture for an innovative construction. On the dial side, the Big Bang Meca-10 Magic Gold reveals the mechanics of the movement and the unusual architecture of its rack-driven 10-day power reserve. Its manually wound skeleton mechanism displays the regulating organ at 7 o’clock, paired with small seconds.
Limited to 200 pieces, the unique and atypical Hublot Big Bang Replica combines the best of mechanics and Hublot’s own brand of innovation.