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High Quality Replica Watch : A Watch I Would Like To Find As A Vacheron Constantin Replica Swiss

It’s one of the newest releases from Vacheron. I’ve done my research about it and I want to share all the details I have on this amazing watch with you, guys.There are a few watches that aren’t available as replicas. One of the ones I would really like to own would be an Overseas World Time Vacheron Constantin replica Swiss.

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When there’s a new model released on the market, it may be difficult to find these models as high quality replica watches. It usually takes a while to find a reliable replica and it could take longer when it comes to a replica Vacheron Constantin.

Even if five models could make a collection complete, the brand decided to release more models, including a world timer, the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V. It’s the perfect timepiece for the jet-set man, as well as for the ones that know how to appreciate a good travel watch and a unique design. The Overseas collection definitely was one of the highlights of the SIHH 2016, especially since this brand didn’t release many models in the past period of time.The new Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time 7700V was released this year, at the SIHH 2016. Vacheron Constantin launched the Overseas collection containing five new models: the Chronograph 5500V, the automatic 3-hand 4500V, the Ultra-Slim 2000V, the Ultra-Slim Perpetual Calendar and a women’s watch.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Design

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The design of this watch is intricate and interesting. I must admit that it’s a unique one, and I didn’t see anything to make me excited in a while. That is why I am keen on finding an Overseas World Time Vacheron Constantin replica Swiss. The dial of this watch contains many elements. It features a world map and has a nice juxtaposition between the continents that are satin-brushed finished and the oceans featuring a velvety finish. Around the world map, you can see a translucent lacquered disc with the city names. Further on, over the city-name ring and the world map, you will see a sapphire disk with day and night indicators. The translucent lacquered outer ring will indicate the time in each time zone. This timepiece feature 37 time zones and that’s more than any other watch. I could say that it’s a bold move from the Vacheron Constantin brand. Overall, there are three superimposed dials. The hands are in 18K gold, and they’re highlighted with a white luminescent material that eases legibility when the light is dim. The case made from stainless steel measures 43.5 mm in diameter and has a 12.6 mm thickness.

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There are three colors available for the dial: blue, silver-toned and brown. As for the strap, the watch comes with a stainless steel bracelet. A second one in black, blue or brown alligator leather and a third one in black, blue or brown in rubber are also delivered.

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Overseas World Time Movements

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Regarding the movement, it’s a Vacheron Constantin calibre 2460 WT, the same they’ve used for the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time. In terms of movements, the difference between the Overseas WT and the Traditionnelle WT is the rotor. The movements for these watches are made in-house. They are developed, manufactured, finished and assembled and hold a patent for it. The frequency of the movement is 28,800 vibrations per hour. Also, it has a 40-hour power reserve. It also is adorned with the Geneva Hallmark for its very high Haute Horlogerie standards. I wouldn’t expect anything different from Vacheron.

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Vacheron Constantin Introduces Traditionnelle Day-Date And Power Reserve Limited Edition Only For North America (specs price)

Today is the 4th of July, an important day for US Citizens and US-related people. Not that the replica watch we’re about to show you has been especially developed for this reason, but it has just been introduced and it is a limited edition for North America only. Indeed, we thought it could be a nice gift for our US readers, and we know they are numerous. So for you, here is the new Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Limited Edition for North America only, which replaces its usual plain silvery-white dial (found on the pink gold and the Excellence Platine) for a nice black guilloche dial.A. Lange & Sohne Replica

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date And Power Reserve Limited Edition Only For North America

This replica watch indeed “only” displays the date and the day of the week, which will already be practical and enough for most of us. Add to that a power reserve indicator and you’ll have a replica watch that boasts an interesting complex display. Previously available in pink gold with an opaline dial and in platinum with a solid platinum dial, the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date And Power Reserve will now be offered in a third edition, but for North America only – and highly limited.

The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date And Power Reserve, which sits in the Traditionnelle collection, meaning replica watches with a classical and restrained elegance, however with complicated movements, is the first door to the “calendar heaven” at Vacheron – an easier and more accessible solution, compared to the ultra-high-end perpetual calendars, perpetual calendars with chronograph or perpetual calendars with tourbillon.

This black guilloche edition of the The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve is made for North America boutiques only and limited to 30 pieces, priced at $45,000. More on Vacheron Constantin official.

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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date And Power Reserve Limited Edition Only For North America

The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Limited Edition for North America Only is powered by the same movement as the 2 other editions, meaning the “Hallmark of Geneva” certified calibre 2475, an automatic movement with approximately 40 hours of power reserve. As you can expect, its execution is superb, with a solid 22k gold engraved rotor, Geneva stripes and polished chamfers on the bridges or steel parts with straight graining. This nice finishing is also applied on the dial side of the movement, even if not visible – we could easily imagine a skeletonized edition considering the beauty of the dial side…

For the 30 pieces produced, Vacheron Constantin chose a striking combination of black dial with pink gold case – the case measuring 39.50mm x 10.65mm – with gold accents on the dial. Not the most discreet combination for sure, but one that always perfectly work. The dial here is obtained after a guilloche process – engine-turned dial for English speakers – done by hand, by trained craftsmen. Using an ancient technique, the dial is mounted on rotating lathe, and a cutting tool removes material by reproducing a motif found on a larger-scaled model. This dial shows here a wave pattern. The display is clear and complete, with the hours, minutes and seconds in the center, while the date comes at 3, giving echo to the day at 9. The power reserve finally comes, slightly off-centered, in the lower part the dial.

 


Specifications of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve

  • Case: 39.50mm diameter x 10.65mm height – 18k pink gold – sapphire crystal on front and back – 30m water resistant
  • Movement: Calibre 2475 – automatic – 40h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, power reserve
  • Strap: black alligator leather strap with 18k gold pin buckle
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VACHERON CONSTANTIN Presents Two new Patrimony Traditionelle WorldTime

When Vacheron Constantin introduced its Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time it was the first mechanical replica watch that showed the time in 37 time zones (most world timer replica watches feature 24 time zones),  along with a day/ night indication courtesy of the shading on the map. Moreover, it was also notable on its release for the fact that there is only one crown for making all adjustments.

You may recollect an earlier post about one of Vacheron’s most well-known contemporary pieces, the 37 time zone Traditionelle World Time, in pink gold. A couple of months ago they brought out another 18K 5N pink gold version but this time with a pink gold dial, plus an 18K white gold version.

A quick recap of the dial and functionality.

The display consists of three dials: a sapphire dial with the rotating day/night indication shading (18:00-06:00 being the darkened area), a metal dial with a Lambert projection map, and a metal chapter ring. To use it, you choose the reference point and put it at the black triangle at 6 o’clock. The time at the reference point can then be read either via the traditional hour or by the 24-hour disc, and the other time zones via the disc. The cities in black text are the full time zones, whilst the cities in red text are half or quarter-hour zones. It is all operated/ adjusted via a single crown.

 

The main novelty of this new edition of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time is its dial and the map. Previously painted in blue and white as per the link in the first paragraph, the map is now made of solid gold, 3D-engraved, and with raised continents with a sun-brushed finish and sand-blasted seas. A geometric pattern on the top helps to locate the 24 main time-zones. The inked 24-hour ring has also been redesigned, with a darkened area from 18:30 to 06:30.

The rest is the same. Inside is Vacheron Constantin’s in-house designed/ developed/ manufactured Calibre 2460WT automatic movement with a gold oscillating weight, 28,800 VPH and a forty-hour power reserve. The movement itself is a rather significant 36.60mm, which means that the replica watch case is 42.5mm.

Johann Heinrich Lambert was a German/French mathematician and scientist who in 1772 released his Conformal Conic (LCC) projection in his publication ‘Anmerkungen und Zusätze zur Entwerfung der Land- und Himmelscharten’. Today the Lambert Conformal Conic projection has become a standard projection for mapping large areas (small scale) in the mid-latitudes – such as USA, Europe and Australia.

What the LCC does is to set a cone over the Earth’s sphere and project the surface onto the cone, which is then ‘unrolled’ and scaled, with scale decreasing between the two parallels and increasing outside them.

As mentioned at the outset, as well as this model Vacheron Constantin also released a new 18k white gold version at the fair, with a white gold dial.

Again, the basic specifications are the same with this new model, the differences lie in the metal and the dial.

Changes in colours (and textures) can completely change the look of a replica watch, and much of the replica watch world is about providing choices that are variations along a basic theme. These new dials have their appeal (especially the pink gold version, which is rather elegant) but for me, the original pips these at the post. I have suspicions that this may be because of an unconscious perhaps rather conservative predilection towards blue for projection maps on replica watch dials.

 

For more information on both, click here, and now it’s time for all of these time zones to make their way into 2016 one by one.

See you on the flipside.

[Horologium attended Replica Watches & Wonders 2015 by invitation of Richemont Australia]

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Hnads-on With The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin

We first saw the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin at the SIHH last January, and at the time, our impressions based on the brief exposure afforded by a meeting in the middle of a busy trade show were limited to “seems nice, pretty expensive, too bad it’s not in steel.”

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The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin is indeed a very flat replica watch, with a case thickness of 7.5 mm (and a diameter of 40 mm). The movement is the Vacheron caliber 1120, which, as we mentioned in our earlier introductory coverage of this replica watch at the SIHH, started life in 1967 as the result of a collaborative movement development program which involved Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, Vacheron Constantin, and Patek Philippe; AP, VC, and Patek all used the movement under different caliber designations, with Jaeger-LeCoultre producing it as the JLC caliber 920, although JLC has never actually used the movement in their own replica watches.

To a certain extent those are still the impressions I have of the replica watch, but after a week of wearing it, they’ve become (I hope) more nuanced. Let’s look at what it’s like to live with one of the most austere (and pricey) time-only replica watches in the world.

The movement was at the time of its launch in 1967 the thinnest full rotor self-winding movement in the world, and rather amazingly, it remains the holder of that record today, 49 years later. Naturally, it’s mostly been used in replica watches notable for their slim profiles.

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The very first replica watch from Vacheron Constantin to use the caliber 1120 – without date – was the reference 7398, in September of 1967; this was a round, flat (obviously) dress replica watch, and it was one of three replica watches launched that year by VC (references 7399, with a cushion case, and reference 7400, another round replica watch, followed later in the same year).

The thinnest replica watch from Vacheron using this movement isn’t the Overseas Ultra-Thin, but rather, the Historiques Ultra-Thin 1968, a square-cased wristwatch with a case thickness of 5.4 mm, water resistant to 3 bar/30 meters. Audemars Piguet’s Jules Audemars Extra Thin, which uses the same movement, is 6.7 mm x 41 mm; the Royal Oak Extra Thin, which uses the caliber 2121 – the same movement as the VC1120/AP2120, but with the addition of the date – is 8.1 mm thick, at 39 mm in diameter, with a water resistance of 50 m.

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Whether by luck, or design, or some serendipitous combination of the two, Vacheron’s managed to create a kinesthetic experience in the replica watch as a whole that has to be felt to be believed.

The bracelet on the Overseas Ultra-Thin is absolutely phenomenal. The combination of brushed and polished surfaces catch the light in a really mesmerizing way, and the wonderful level of finish on the white gold links and clasp, combined with the mass of the replica watch, give it a feeling in the hand and on the wrist I really can’t recall getting from any other replica watch bracelet I’ve ever handled.

The Overseas Ultra-Thin, on the other hand, comes very, very close to being an unequivocal yes in terms of not only being a replica watch you could wear every day, but also a replica watch you would want to wear every day. It’s fine enough to be suitable for pretty much any occasion I can imagine short of by-the-book white tie (and you might be able to get away with it even then). It’s also, interestingly enough, quite robust for an ultra-thin replica watch, as befits its membership in the Overseas family. It’s antimagnetic, to a degree – there’s no full soft-iron enclosure but there is a soft iron casing ring, which provides, if not a similar degree of protection as a full inner case and dial, at least some degree of protection (in the same way a full enclosure would: by providing a preferred pathway for magnetic field lines). It’s even rated to 5 bar/50 meters water resistance.

Generally speaking, when I’m wearing a replica watch for A Week On The Wrist, I want to have at least a little time away from it; and as a rule, it’s nice to take at least a little break from wearing a review piece. (Sometimes it’s a big relief; try wearing a replica watch you don’t really care for personally for a whole week – it’s like having a house guest you can’t get rid of.) I can honestly say that in the case of the Overseas Ultra-Thin, taking it off was always an occasion for regret and putting it on again after having been away from it, even for a short time, was always a source of that small but distinct pleasure we all always hope to get from any replica watch. It was a reminder that replica watches are very intimate things and unlike a lot of jewelry, are often worn on a daily basis – as such, they need to be something you can love on a daily basis, not just tolerate.

Right from the outset, the Overseas Ultra-Thin is an extremely seductive replica watch. Unlike many ultra-thin replica watches, which more often than not come on straps and are extremely light in the hand, as well as virtually unnoticeable on the wrist, the Overseas Ultra-Thin has a palpable heft to it. Given the slender profile, it’s not an unpleasant sensation at all; there is just enough weight to the replica watch, on its bracelet, that you’re aware of its presence, and when you combine that with the suppleness and beauty of execution of the bracelet, putting the Overseas Ultra-Thin on for the first time is very much a “wow” experience.

It’s not just the just-right mass or the beautiful metalwork, it’s the combination of the two, and the bracelet is so comfortable that it feels almost alive. As much as this might put off those with phobias about snakes, the sensation is very akin to handling one – there’s a sense of flexibility and suppleness, sure, but also connectedness, so to speak. It’s one thing for a replica watch to have nothing to which you can object; it’s another thing to have it draw you in in what feels like an almost active fashion, and it’s almost unnerving – as if it really does have that life-0f-its-own quality that so many of us want in a replica watch but seldom really get. Whether by luck, or design, or some serendipitous combination of the two, Vacheron’s managed to create a kinesthetic experience in the replica watch as a whole that has to be felt to be believed.

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Wearing a replica watch like this can be, depending on your tastes, very much an exercise in what you might call horological sufficiency. I always wonder, when I’m test-driving a replica watch, whether or not it could be a replica watch you’d wear as your daily wear replica watch. Sometimes the question is dead before it can leave the gate – most specialist complications aren’t candidates, for obvious reasons; many sports replica watches are not, due to size or other design aspects that limit their versatility; many dress replica watches are obviously too fine to be anything other than, well, dress replica watches.

 

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Now of course, one of the most interesting features of the Overseas Ultra-Thin is that you don’t get just a bracelet.  The Overseas Ultra-Thin uses the new interchangeable strap system that Vacheron has rolled out for its revamped Overseas collection. Such things can seem gimmicky of course, or at least, a little déclassé (we’ve all seen swap-able straps used to try to sell undistinguished replica watches) to say nothing of unnerving if you don’t feel absolutely sure that the locking system is secure. In this case I’m happy to say the system works extremely well. It’s very quick, it’s dead simple to use, and happily enough, the replica watch takes on a very different character depending on what you’ve chosen to keep it on your wrist. Changing the strap or bracelet is also an opportune time to see just how thin the replica watch really is – not record breaking, but still, pretty damned flat.

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The question is prima facie absurd – of course it’s too expensive, too expensive by half, and by any rational measure, you should take one look at the price tag, think of all the other replica watches you could get for nearly sixty thousand dollars, and say to yourself, “Well, this is nature’s way of saying, ‘don’t touch.'” (To be fair, however, the AP Jumbo in rose gold, the closest thing I can think of to the VC Overseas Ultra-Thin, with exactly the same movement but for the date guichet, is almost exactly the same price.)

With the white gold bracelet, this is a quiet but definite exercise in luxury, especially if you can easily distinguish the grey pearlescence of white gold from the colder, more forbidding frostiness of polished steel. Put the replica watch on one of the straps you get with it, though – you have a choice of either rubber or black lined grey aligator – and it becomes something you could wear either to a day at the beach or to a formal event, depending on your mood and circumstances. To change the strap or bracelet, you just push in the little tabs hidden in the end-links of the bracelet or the ends of the strap (where spring bars would normally sit) and you can slide the strap or bracelet off; to attach one, you just snap it into place. In the week I had the replica watch for review, there were absolutely no issues with security with the system.

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There are all sorts of notions about what makes a replica watch design successful. Some are contextual of course – a minimally legible diver’s replica watch, or a replica watch with poorly designed ergonomics that make it hard to operate, are by any reasonable definition of design, designed badly. From both an aesthetics and functionality standpoint, there is always a tendency to fall back on rules of thumb that may or may not yield good results – “less is more” is probably one of the worst culprits, because less is definitely not more except under very specific circumstances.

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So is this a perfect replica watch? Of course it’s not; the question has no real meaning, except to function as what philosophers like to call an intuition pump. But it is, if you’re susceptible to its particular suite of charms, an almost irresistible replica watch; and even if you’re not, I think it’s hard to avoid seeing the degree of design intelligence it represents. There are all sorts of ways this thing could have gone off the rails – the twee and unnecessary resurrection, for instance, of the Maltese cross medallion on the lower right hand corner of the case, from the vintage 222; it would have been cute, sure, but it would have been a mistake – one of those tiny but fatal holes out of which all the rightness of a design can leak. (So would have been a seconds hand, or a date window.) Should this replica watch have been offered in steel?

What people really mean – or really should mean, anyway – when they say “less is more” is “every element is flawless in itself, stands in the best possible relationship to every other element, and there’s nothing unnecessary to detract from either aesthetics or functionality.” That is a very, very hard set of criteria to fulfill, but as reluctant as I am to say it for various reasons – the price of the Overseas Ultra-Thin, for one, and a general resistance to seeming too subjectively involved in a review for another – I’m forced by the overwhelmingly positive reaction I had to the Overseas Ultra-Thin to say that it comes awfully, awfully close.

It would have been a less expensive replica watch but it also would have been a completely different one; everything from the appearance of the metal to the effect of the finishing methods, to the overall sense of appealing but not overwhelming mass that this replica watch has in white gold, would be absent in steel. (This is not to say that the Overseas Ultra-Thin would be a bad watch in steel – very likely it wouldn’t be – but it’s worth pointing out that it would be a very different watch.) Is it too expensive?

The only problem with that, is that any other replica watch wouldn’t be this replica watch, and if you want this replica watch – with its all-too-rare ability to seem both wonderfully simple without being simplistic; with all its design purity; with all its capacity to remind you just how satisfyingly right a few components standing in perfect harmony to each other can be – it’s going to cost you, more or less, $55,700 dollars.

It’s a little maddening that less costs so much more, but at least in this case you can take more than solace in the fact that less really is more.

 

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The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Ultra-Thin Reference 2000V/120G-B122: case, 40 mm x 7.5 mm, white gold. Antimagnetic casing ring, water resistance 50 meters. Dial, grey-lacquered, sunburst satin-finished base with velvet-finished minute-track. 18k white-gold hands and markers. White-gold bracelet, grey alligator, or rubber strap. Movement, caliber 1120, 40-hour power reserve, 2.45 mm x 28.4 mm, 19,800 vph, running in 36 jewels. Geneva Hallmark. Available August-September 2016; price, $55,700. Visit VC online here.

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Replica VACHERON CONSTANTIN : Two new Patrimony Traditionelle WorldTime

You may recollect an earlier post about one of Vacheron’s most well-known contemporary pieces, the 37 time zone Traditionelle World Time, in pink gold. A couple of months ago they brought out another 18K 5N pink gold version but this time with a pink gold dial, plus an 18K white gold version.

A quick recap of the dial and functionality.

When Vacheron Constantin introduced its Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time it was the first mechanical replica watch that showed the time in 37 time zones (most world timer replica watches feature 24 time zones),  along with a day/ night indication courtesy of the shading on the map. Moreover, it was also notable on its release for the fact that there is only one crown for making all adjustments.

The display consists of three dials: a sapphire dial with the rotating day/night indication shading (18:00-06:00 being the darkened area), a metal dial with a Lambert projection map, and a metal chapter ring. To use it, you choose the reference point and put it at the black triangle at 6 o’clock. The time at the reference point can then be read either via the traditional hour or by the 24-hour disc, and the other time zones via the disc. The cities in black text are the full time zones, whilst the cities in red text are half or quarter-hour zones. It is all operated/ adjusted via a single crown.

Johann Heinrich Lambert was a German/French mathematician and scientist who in 1772 released his Conformal Conic (LCC) projection in his publication ‘Anmerkungen und Zusätze zur Entwerfung der Land- und Himmelscharten’. Today the Lambert Conformal Conic projection has become a standard projection for mapping large areas (small scale) in the mid-latitudes – such as USA, Europe and Australia.

What the LCC does is to set a cone over the Earth’s sphere and project the surface onto the cone, which is then ‘unrolled’ and scaled, with scale decreasing between the two parallels and increasing outside them.

The main novelty of this new edition of the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time is its dial and the map. Previously painted in blue and white as per the link in the first paragraph, the map is now made of solid gold, 3D-engraved, and with raised continents with a sun-brushed finish and sand-blasted seas. A geometric pattern on the top helps to locate the 24 main time-zones. The inked 24-hour ring has also been redesigned, with a darkened area from 18:30 to 06:30.

The rest is the same. Inside is Vacheron Constantin’s in-house designed/ developed/ manufactured Calibre 2460WT automatic movement with a gold oscillating weight, 28,800 VPH and a forty-hour power reserve. The movement itself is a rather significant 36.60mm, which means that the replica watch case is 42.5mm.

As mentioned at the outset, as well as this model Vacheron Constantin also released a new 18k white gold version at the fair, with a white gold dial.

Again, the basic specifications are the same with this new model, the differences lie in the metal and the dial.

Changes in colours (and textures) can completely change the look of a replica watch, and much of the replica watch world is about providing choices that are variations along a basic theme. These new dials have their appeal (especially the pink gold version, which is rather elegant) but for me, the original pips these at the post. I have suspicions that this may be because of an unconscious perhaps rather conservative predilection towards blue for projection maps on replica watch dials.

For more information on both, click here, and now it’s time for all of these time zones to make their way into 2016 one by one.

See you on the flipside.

[Horologium attended Replica Watches & Wonders 2015 by invitation of Richemont Australia]

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REPLICA VACHERON CONSTANTIN : Overseas Blue LimitedEditions

For all the focus on the brand new Harmony Collection and then the Cornes de Vache 1955 from Vacheron Constantin this anniversary year, there have been some models that seem to have garnered less public attention, so it’s time to shine some light on two of them.

Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas models have long been popular, even though they seem to be somewhat overshadowed by the sports replica watches from some other brands. In their own way they’ve established themselves as a quiet and steady presence away from the razzle dazzle of the annual novelties.

Two limited edition models were released earlier this year and we had the opportunity to photograph them at Replica Watches & Wonders 2015. Both in (brushed and polished) stainless steel and sized at 42mm, Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas Blue Date and Overseas Blue Dual Time are the latest Overseas to bear this dial colour.

The more simple of the two models contains the automatic Calibre 1226 SC movement with a power reserve of forty-hours. It has a solid case back stamped with the ‘Overseas’ medallion.

The Dual Time model uses the automatic Calibre 1222 SC, which has a power reserve of forty-hours and an accompanying large power reserve indication between 8 and 11 o’clock. The addition of this module makes the case thicker than the date-only version, at 12.45mm (9.7mm for the date model).

Both new models have a screw-down crown and the Dual Time model has a screw-down pusher as well.

The blue of the dials is bold and shines a little, which makes for a very different look to the pre-existing colours; a bit more sporty if you will. The date window has a white background, and knowing how particular people can be about date windows, this may be one detail that some would wish changed to a blue background to blend in with the dial (whilst acknowledging that this is also the case for the other colour variants, so this thought is a general one). The hours and minute hands and indices are all lumed.

Released in a limited edition of 350 and 300 pieces respectively, both models come with two dark blue straps – one in vulcanised rubber and the other, alligator.

[Horologium attended Replica Watches & Wonders 2015 by invitation of Richemont Australia]

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Replica VACHERON CONSTANTIN : Historiques Cornes de vache1955

One of my favourite releases of 2015 has been from luxury replica Vacheron Constantin – the Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 chronograph. Given that I saw it during the same few days (in Hong Kong) as I did the A.Lange & Söhne 1815 Boutique-only Chronograph, it was great opportunity to be able to see and compare two such stunning (front and back sides) old-school chronographs. Although the Harmony chronographs released by Vacheron Constantin this year have been rather splendid, this Cornes de Vache probably just pips it at the post for me, in part due to how it wears.

The Historiques Cornes de vache 1955 has been inspired by, as the name aptly states, a classic 1955 chronograph with ‘cow horn’ lugs, the Reference 6087. The original on which this new release is based was 18 carat yellow gold, 35mm in size, and contained the manual-wind Calibre 492.

The new one, however, is a very comfortable 38.50mm diametre (making it arguably more wearable for more people as a dress replica watch if we compare it with the Harmony Chronograph’s 42mm x 52mm) and 10.9mm thick in a 950 Pt case with the same ‘cow horn’ lugs. Visible through an open case back is the manual-wind Calibre 1142, with a forty-eight hour power reserve and 21,600VPH.

This is a faithful modernisation of a classic Vacheron Constantin piece. As well as keeping the same lugs and being restrained with regards to size, they have kept with the original bi-compax layout of the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. A slightly larger size compared to the original has meant some more space on the dial  and increased legibility. The dial itself is silvered opaline with a brushed minute track and tachymeter scale. The indices are white gold. A mix of Roman numerals and applied indices, a tachymeter scale, bi-compax layout…the whole replica watch screams vintage Vacheron chronograph design.

This new Vacheron Constantin has a presence; when you handle it you want to put it on your wrist. It really is an extremely elegant replica watch from a Manufacture with a very long and significant history of making chronographs. As I mentioned at the outset, the Harmony Chronograph range is rather beautiful and has a buttery smooth  chronograph pusher, but they have a stronger wrist presence because of their size; this new Cornes de vache 1955 gives a smaller (and round) option for someone looking for a modern chronograph dress replica watch from the brand.

Do you know what? So what if its name is ‘cow horns’. It is matter of fact, you don’t have to remember too many reference numbers, and it is, as they say, what it says on the packet. With their tapering curves it is the lugs that give the replica watch that extra bit of character.

Its parent the Reference 6087 was apparently only produced in 36 pieces (28 in yellow gold, six in rose gold), but this one will be more easily obtained. The Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 will be limited in production but not number and price is 62,000 EUR. For a look at some vintage Vacheron Constantin chronograph, go to this post of our visit to their chronograph exhibition in January 2015.

[Horologium attended Replica Watches & Wonders 2015 by invitation of Richemont Australia]

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Replica Vacheron Constantin HarmonyChronograph

As mentioned earlier this year, Vacheron Constantin introduced a completely new collection called ‘Harmony’ to celebrate their 260th anniversary in 2015. We have already covered the Harmony Tourbillon Chronograph, and today’s replica watch is the simple  Chronograph, perhaps the one that is the purest representation of the 1928 cushion-cased model which inspired this new collection.

Firstly, the externals. The case is 18 carat 5N pink gold, and a very modern size, 42mm x 52mm, with a thickness of 12.81mm. The dial has a small seconds at 9 o’clock, a 45-minute counter for the chronograph at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.

With its pulsometric scale in red and blued hands, even without the reference to a 1928 vintage replica watch this is clearly a very classically designed piece, and there is little doubt that it was inspired by vintage chronographs intended for medical use.

Inside is the new manual-wind Chronograph Calibre 3300, a column-wheel monopusher movement with a 65-hour power reserve that is visible through an open case back, with its hand-engraved scroll decoration on the cock-bridge, and the Vacheron Maltese Cross. Happily, all the 260th anniversary models have some form of engraving on their movements.

This is an elegant handsome replica watch with a strong presence and a beautiful movement, but its size may not be for all. If you want an idea about the size of the Harmony Chronograph, another modern Vacheron cushion case, the American 1921, is 40mm x 40mm.

The Harmony Chronograph is limited to 260 numbered pieces.

In commemoration of their year of the chronograph, Vacheron Constantin held a special exhibition in their Geneva museum, which we visited earlier this year. You can read more about it, and see some photographs of exhibits, at this link.

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REPLICA AUDEMARS PIGUET : Royal Oak Offshore Diver42

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Audemars Piguet’s best selling Royal Oaks (Offshore or otherwise) have been through more variants than any of us remember, occasionally rather vividly so. It is therefore somewhat comforting to see a new model that is sedate and more flexible in its ‘wearability’ – meet the latest Royal Oak Offshore Diver Ref. 15710 in the comfortably sized 42mm with a thickness of 13.90mm.

Launched at SIHH 2015, this new iteration is the same size as its older siblings, but now in a white or black dial ‘Mega Tapisserie’ and see-though case back combination. The case is vertically brushed stainless steel and it comes on a black rubber strap. There is a similarly dialled replica watch already in the Royal Oak Offshore collection, but it has a white ceramic case and bezel (15707CB.OO.A010CA.01). The hour markers are applied white gold and the hands lumed of course.

Water resistance is 300m, and it has the diving time in a white and black rotating inner bezel which is operated by the crown at 10 o’clock, which is probably a bit more fiddly than an external diver’s bezel. The first fifteen minutes of the sixty-minute scale are highlighted in black for the silvery-white model and silver for the black dialled model. The white/ black combination is a lot easier to read than the silver/ black one.

So what is there to say about a new variation on an existing replica watch that has a few tweaks? Well it’s all about options, isn’t it? For those who  have wanted an AP diver and not liked any of the existing case/ dial combinations but wanted something more ‘classic’ looking, then this just might tick all your boxes.

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Replica VACHERON CONSTANTIN : Metiers d’Art MecaniquesGravées

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During this, the year of their 260th anniversary, Vacheron Constantin have added to their Métiers d’Art collection with two new platinum replica watches with hand-engraved in-house movements – calibres 22601/1 and 4400/1. What these two pieces share in common are the engraved acanthus leaves on their time only and tourbilon movements respectively.

The first Mécaniques Gravées model is time-only, containing the manual-wind Calibre 4400/1 with a power reserve of 65 hours. The replica watch itself is 39mm in diametre, 8.5mm thick, and made from 950 Pt with hands in white gold and a slate great minute minute track.

Now for the special part – both the front and back of the movement, including plates and bridges, are hand engraved with an ornate pattern of acanthus leaves. It takes a master engraver more than ten days to complete each movement, delicately cutting away at it by 0.2 mm or less, with the most shallow sections less than 0.35 mm thick.

The other new Métiers d’Art model has, as its skeletonised based, the Calibre 2260 also found in Vacheron’s Patrimony Traditionnelle Tourbillon 14 Days, hence its name ‘Métiers d’Art Mecaniques Gravées 14-Day Tourbillon’. The manual-wind Cal.2260 is composed of 231 parts, has a 336-hour power reserve and beats at 18,000VPH.

The 14-day tourbillon Mécaniques Gravées also has white gold hands and a platinum case. The tourbillon cage at 6 o’clock doubles as a seconds indicator, and there is a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock with scale markers to indicate each 12-hour period of the fourteen days ‘printed’ on the crystal. As is the case with any skeletonised replica watch, to see this may require a little peering for some. There is a similar printed circular scale around the tourbillon, whose cage is the Vacheron Maltese cross. The replica watch has a diametre of 41mm and is 12.35mm thick. Through the caseback you can see the two large bridges again engraved with an acanthus pattern.

Both pieces come on a hand-stitched dark blue alligator strap with a platinum buckle and as a bonus, a magnifying glass as well. In case you are wondering – yes the really quite exquisite decoration (especially that visible through the caseback) is engraved free hand.

For another example of Vacheron’s skeletonised replica watches go to this link, and for examples of dial artistry and skeletonisation, go to this post.