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HM8 debuted a little over a month ago, and, as Stephen wrote then, we had to recalibrate our expectations a bit, because the basic concept as well as a lot of the design cues seemed a little been-there-done-that, thanks to HMX and HM5 (both of which share the disks-and-prism system used by HM8 for a digital/mechanical display of the hours and minutes). However, as usual, the impression the High Quality Replica Watches makes in the metal is rather different from the one you get from the press kit, so we had to recalibrate our expectations yet again – though the basic principle might be the same as in earlier Horological Machines, HM8 really does feel like an entirely different replica watch.
The HM8 Can-Am Replica in red gold really shows the contrast with the titanium roll bars.
Just to review a little from our original coverage, HM8 is a big machine at 49mm x 51.5mm x 19mm. The inward slope of the case along its edges, narrowing from the dial side to the movement side, means the attachment points for the straps are a bit closer to each other than you'd think from the above dimensions though. The lower of the two straps is attached with articulated lugs, which also helps overall wearability. This is one of the few instances I can think of where a bigger case actually improves ergonomics, at least partly: The front-to-back dimensions mean that, for most wrists, the crown is projecting far enough beyond the edge of the ulna that it can be manipulated pretty easily. Unlike HMX and HM5, in which the rotor is on the underside of the replica watches (and therefore invisible when the replica watches are worn) in HM8 the battle axe-shaped rotor – a signature element of the Horological Machines since HM1 – is visible up top, giving HM8 a much more kinetic feel than HM5 or HMX.
HM8 uses the signature "battle axe" rotor of the Horological Machine series.
It's a little disorienting to wear; while a straight-on view at what, in a normal replica watch, we'd call the dial side, does give you the rotor to look at, a lot of the HM8 is best taken in laterally; this is a replica watch that in a certain sense is all about its edges. The time of course is only visible when you look at the replica watch edge-on, and a lot of the design characteristics are better appreciated when viewing the replica watch in profile.
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Differently from the Zeitwerk Striking Time introduced in 2014, where the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the two gongs every 15 minutes, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Replica presented last January at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie de Geneve, makes time audible in a new way. In fact, its striking mechanism sounds every ten minutes.
Produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces, the new model comes in a 44.2 mm x 13.1 mm case crafted from honey gold, a special alloy which is harder than other gold alloys while delivering a beautiful a distinctive warm tone. Introduced in 2009, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Replica gave time a new face with a mechanical jumping numerals display. Now, the Zeitwerk Decimal Strike expands the line with the third model featuring an acoustic time indication.
Given its mechanical architecture, the Zeitwerk calibre offers the ideal conditions for the integration of a striking mechanism considering that a large amount of energy needs to be built up for advancing its mechanical, precisely jumping numerals displays.
In the A. Lange & Söhne Men's Replica new model, the Introduced in 2009, the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Replica gave time a new face with a mechanical jumping numerals display. Now, the Zeitwerk Decimal Strike expands the line with the third model featuring an acoustic time indication. required energy relies on two differently tuned gongs to indicate the full hours as well as the ten-minute intervals between the start of one hour and the next.
The two hammers that are visible on the dial side consist of polished steel and, like the hammer bridge, are decorated with a tremblage engraving. The hammer on the left strikes the low-pitched gong once every full hour while the right-hand hammer sounds a higher-pitched tone every ten minutes.
In one-minute intervals, the units disc instantly advances by exactly one increment. Legibility is excellent thanks to the large display and the precision of the numerals jumps. The patented constant-force escapement between the mainspring barrel and the balance delivers the power, making sure that the balance has a constant amount of energy across the entire power reserve period.
The high-pitched tone sounds every time the tens disc advances; at the start of the hour, when the low-pitched tone is struck, all three numeral discs jump synchronously by one increment.
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Sunday 1 January 2017 will mark the first day of the year of the Rooster in the Chinese zodiac. In a practice that’s starting to become something of a tradition in world of Swiss replica watches, a number of manufacturers have released High Quality Replica Watches to commemorate the dawning of the new zodiac year, as the monkeys of 2016 give way to the roosters of 2017.
Ulysse Nardin’s contribution comes in the form of the Classico Rooster, a limited edition replica watch of just 88 pieces. The rooster is renowned for crowing at the crack of dawn, so there couldn’t be a more appropriate animal to symbolise excellent timekeeping—but some might think that the humble farmyard bird isn’t the most graceful animal to decorate a replica watch. The Classico Rooster, however, certainly does an excellent job at making the rooster look both elegant and beautiful.
The replica watch’s enamel work was undertaken at Donzé Cadrans, an established company acquired by Ulysse Nardin Men's Replica in 2011 to specialise in the brand’s enamelling. The incredibly intricate dial features a champlevé rooster—an enamelling technique where delicate troughs are carved into the dial so that they can be filled with enamel. The rooster’s body is sumptuously decorated with blue and white within a gold outline, and of course, the animal’s distinctive crest is picked out in a vibrant red. The elegant tapered gold hands have a luminous coating, and the 40mm case complements the dial perfectly in elegant rose gold.
Inside the replica watch sits the COSC-certified in-house calibre UN-815 which beats at 28,800vph and offers a power reserve of 42 hours. The Ulysse Nardin Classico Rooster will be on display to get a close-up look at SIHH 2017