Standard- vs. manufacture replica watches movements

When Swatch Group announced to hit the brakes (but not a full stop) on delivering their ETA movements to watch brands outside their group, the panic could be felt everywhere where there was a dependency on these movements. Without spending too much time on in-depth insights and anecdotes of what happened next, let’s just say that a number of replica watch brands took the decision of developing and producing their own movements.

Replica-Patek-Philippe-Perpetual-Calendar-ChronographThird party suppliers of movements outside the Swatch Group (Sellita, Soprod etc.) took the opportunity though and probably saw some double digit growth numbers ever since. Brands from the Richemont Group for instance, either started making their own movements (IWC, Panerai) or using suppliers like Sellita to get their hands on movements. A brand like Jaeger-LeCoultre was always keen on developing and producing their own movements. Jaeger-LeCoultre, for example, also delivers their movements to other watch manufacturers (e.g. Audemars Piguet).

Also, within the Swatch Group you can divide certain brands using their own ETA movements, as well as brands that develop their own movements (the production often takes place at one of the ETA facilities). Replica Swatch Group brands like Certina, Tissot, and Longines are using ETA movement, some times even those made exclusive to these brands, while Omega, Blancpain and Breguet have a strong focus on developing and manufacturing their own movements.

Replica-Omega-Seamaster-Planet-OceanRolex has been using their own movements for a long time, the only exception is the Daytona Chronograph, that didn’t use in-house movements before 2000 (but Zenith and Valjoux). Their sister company Tudor started using in-house movements as of last April for certain models. However, for most of their models they are still supplied by ETA.

Another interesting example is Zenith, one of the first companies to enter the market with an automatic chronograph movement in 1969. Zenith is known for their El Primero movements and also delivered them to many other brands (Rolex replica, Ebel, TAG Heuer etc.). When they introduced their new Pilot watch some years ago, they used a Sellita movement instead. Well, let’s just say that was a decision that was reversed within a blink of the eye when word got out.

However, there were two brands where damage control came too late. A big and famous brand often associated with chronographs and racing, for using a Japanese chronograph design as blue print for their “in-house” caliber and not being fully transparent about it, and a small brand for claiming they used an in-house movement while it was actually a La Joux-Perret movement (owned by Citizen) that they used. When some clever collectors found out about this, the company explained there was a misunderstanding.

Replica-Longines-Master-Chronograph1Anyway, ever since, certain brands have become keen on stating that they use in-house movements for their Longines replica watches uk. Some brands, like Longines, are actually keen on the fact that they don’t use in-house movements but ‘standard’ ETA movements, so they were able to stay “an affordable brand”.

So, welcome to the snake pit of mechanical movements. Confused? Don’t be! The only thing that is really important is: is an in-house manufactured movement better than those from 3rd party suppliers? The short and simple answer is: No, an in-house movement is not a quality seal or by definition worth the extra money.

An in-house movement might make a watch manufacturer more interesting, as they can show they have the knowledge and/or craftsmanship. The downside is that a newly constructed movement by Omega, IWC, Breitling or Tudor for example, might have some flaws in early generations/iterations of their calibers while a trusty ETA2892-A2 caliber for example, has a proven track record since 1982. You have to decide what is more important to you. In any case it would be wise to get yourself informed about the movement inside the fake watches uk of your choice and whether it has known flaws or quality-issues. Most of the time it doesn’t take long before faulty movements or common issues are being discussed on forums and watch blogs.

 

Replica-A.-Lange-Soehne-LangeA manufacture like A. Lange & Söhne replica (Richemont Group) is an example of a company where the movement plays such an important role, that it can become one of the key reasons for someone to buy one of their watches. A. Lange & Söhne plays in a different league than many other players in the watch industry.

One last note is about movements made in Japan, versus Swiss or German made movements. Some micro brands seem to have a preference for Mioyta (Citizen) or TMI (Seiko) movements. Not only because of the fact that these movements are easier and cheaper to source, but also due to the quality they deliver. Made in Switzerland or Germany doesn’t always mean it is a better product or made without pride. A brand like Seiko used their own movements of course and their Grand Seiko and Credor calibers are highly respected, even by the Swiss replica watches.

Introducing Pocket Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument Watches

What kind of pocket replica watches can half a million dollars get you? It’s a question we had never really thought of, until this week, when Roger Dubuis introduced the Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument at Watches & Wonders. The answer? A massive pocket watch made from titanium that looks incredibly avant-garde!

Replica Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument Pocket Watch Watches & Wonders 2015

High-end pocket watches are of course, nothing knew. From Richard Mille to Panerai, we’ve seen some mind-boggling pocket watches over the years. And the success of these timepieces is such that some brands have even turned theirs into a wrist replica watches, such as the Urwerk UR-1001 Titan.

Roger Dubuis has decided to claim a piece of the action, and has taken the insane calibre RD101 found inside the Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz wristwatch (see photo below), flipped it 90 degrees counterclockwise and re-cased it inside an enormous titanium pocket Patek Philippe replica watches.

Replica Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor 16Hz Watch

The result is a symmetrical dial, with the dual power reserve sitting squarely at 6 o’clock, surrounded by four sprung balances in each corner of the Swiss Rolex replica watches. The balance they provide, mechanically and aesthetically, is very easy on the eye.

Of course, the Pocket Time Instrument is much larger than the original wristwatch, although it is still surprisingly light thanks to its titanium construction. Even the chain is made from this lightweight material.

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The pocket replica watches features hours and minutes and a power-reserve indicator. One of only few totally integrated manufactures, Roger Dubuis has built and decorated all the 590 components of the in-house calibre RD101 by hand. The hand-wound movement provides the watch with 40 hours of power reserve when fully wound.

This technical feat, highly representative of the brand’s modernist tendencies, is in contrast with the theatrical Roman numerals, and breaks all archetypes surrounding the pocket replica watches uk. The Excalibur Spider Pocket Time Instrument is limited to just 28 pieces worldwide and is priced at $468,500.

The world of Portofino replica watches from IWC Schffhausen

In 2014 luxury Swiss replica watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen extended the Portofino watch family with a number of models in 37-millimetre cases, making the ever-popular line more attractive to watch lovers who prefer a timepiece with slightly smaller dimensions. The diamond-set Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 models are now joined by a new version that celebrates understated luxury in a polished stainless-steel case. Apart from this, the Portofino Automatic 37 welcomes another two beautiful watches with diamond-set bezels. Injecting more colour into the collection are a model with a blue dial and blue leather strap and another version featuring a silver-plated dial and raspberry-coloured leather strap.

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The moon phase display is not only a thing of striking beauty. It also serves as a reminder that long before the days of mechanical timekeeping it was the moon that displayed the passage of time for all to see. The moon phase display is integral to the Portofino watch family’s identity, like the Roman numerals, feuille hands and convex front glass. Back in 1984, the original Portofino itself was equipped with a moon phase display. This model was produced unchanged in very small series until the late 1990s. Last year,IWC Schaffhausen reinstated the moon phase display complication in the Portofino collection. Following on from last year’s diamond-set models is a beautiful, purist-in-spired timepiece devoid of diamonds on the case, whose meticulously polished, mirror-finished surface has a special luxury Rolex replica watches and elegance of its own. The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37 (Ref. IW459007), with its 37-millimetre case, represents the subtle luxury unique to the popular watch family. The design of the moon phase display is classic: the moon itself rises and sets behind a foreground of clouds. The softly shimmering mother-of-pearl dial with its 12 diamonds creates an attractive sensation of depth and underscores the clear design of the dial. “Iridescent mother-of-pearl enjoyed enormous popularity in the 1950s and 60s,” explains IWC Schaffhausen’s Creative Director Christian Knoop. “The material, which is produced by the pearl oyster, was a firm favourite with the stars who helped to make the resort of Portofino so famous back then. We took our inspiration from their accessories.” The Portofino Automatic Moon Phase 37, water-resistant to 3 bar, is powered by the 35800-calibre mechanical automatic movement. The moon phase shown in the display can be set to “2 o’clock” using a correction button. The central seconds hand is stopped using the crown and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides. The watch is secured to the wearer’s wrist by a green alligator leather strap by Santoni. Exclusively for IWC, the luxury Italian shoemaker also produces leather straps that take on a wonderful patina with individual nuances of colour.

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MORE COLOURS FOR THE AUTOMATIC 37

The rich variety of the Portofino Automatic 37 (Ref. 4581) is now extended to embrace two diamond-set models in stainless steel that bring fresh colour into the collection. The Reference IW458111 has a gorgeous blue dial with an alligator leather strap in the same colour: a clear reference to the Ligurian Sea that the enchanting coastal village looks out onto. With its silver-plated dial and an alligator leather strap in raspberry pink, the Reference IW458112 has an entirely new appeal. Featuring bezels set with 66 diamonds, both models are the embodiment of radiant elegance and subtle luxury. The sun pattern guilloche work on the dials is particularly attractive: it creates fascinating patterned reflections and, when the replica watches uk sale is tilted, causes incident light to wander in circles around the dial. The discreetly recessed inner circle provides an additional sense of three-dimensionality. Apart from hour, minute and seconds hands, the Portofino Automatic also has a rapid-advance date display powered by the rugged mechanical 35111 calibre. The central hacking seconds hand is stopped when the crown is pulled out, and the sapphire glass has an antireflective coating on both sides to guarantee a clear view of the dial. Both models are water-resistant to 3 bar. The delicately nuanced alligator leather strap from Santoni underscores the harmony of the overall impression. Both timepieces are also available with a fine-quality Milanese bracelet in stainless steel. Skilfully woven from very fine wire, Milanese bracelets fit snugly around the wrist and are the embodiment of 1960s elegance.

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Introducing the Replica Alpiner Manufacture AL-710

Alpina equips its Alpiner replica watches model with a manufacture movement. The AL-710 caliber movement is an evolution of the brand’s first in-house movement (caliber AL-950), with the notable addition of a central seconds hand.

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The Alpina Alpiner Manufacture AL-710 has the same 41.5 mm by 10.8 mm thick stainless steel case as the Alpiner model we reviewed. However, in addition to the new replica Rolex watches movement, there are a few changes. The hour and minute hands are baton-shaped versus dauphine-shaped, the hour marker configuration is slightly different and now instead of a date aperture at 6 o’clock (by way of a date wheel), the date is displayed via a hand and subdial.

There are two dial options: silver or cream.

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A sapphire caseback offers a view of caliber AL-710 which runs at 4Hz, has a 42-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, and 134 total components. The rotor is black and Breitling replica watches uk is mounted on ball-bearings. All the bridges and cocks are beveled and rhodium-finished.

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Water-resistance is 50 meters and it is presented on a dark brown replica watches uk leather strap with buckle.