— Eberhard & Co. Replica Watches created the Extra-fort in the 1940s. Today, it has become one of the independent watchmaker’s most iconic collections. Let’s take a look at some of the current models.
Next year, independent watchmaker Eberhard & Co. will celebrate its 130th year of uninterrupted activity. The company was founded in 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by Georges Eberhard. Driven from the outset by a passion for precision, the company quickly began to specialise in technical watches. 1919 saw the arrival of the most advanced wrist chronograph of its time. In 1935, the manufacture created a completely new chronograph, with push-buttons to govern the start and stop functions, without reset. 1939 marked the introduction of the split-seconds chronograph, allowing two separate timing sessions to be recorded. Towards the end of the 1940s, this was followed by the Extra-fort chronograph, which had a sliding push-button to measure intermediate times, something never seen before. In the 1960s, the company developed a way of simultaneously setting the date, and in 1997 the eight-day power reserve was born.
The Extra-fort watch, launched in the late 1940s, takes its name from its robust case. It is considered the precursor of all the contemporary chronographs created by Eberhard & Co. for the “sporty chic” market. Since its introduction, the Extra-fort has become one of the company’s most iconic models, with successive commemorative reissues and reinterpretations benefiting from significant technical upgrades.
The first automatic Extra-fort was introduced in 2001. In 2015, this three-handed watch gained a dial with elegant vertical stripes, available in black, grey and silver. The striping is interrupted by a smooth “azuré” band, against which the applied metallic Roman numerals and indices stand out. The black minute track around the periphery of the dial is punctuated with Arabic numerals in blue, silver or white, depending on the colour of the dial. The date appears in a metal-framed window at 6 o’clock. The watch is fitted with a black or brown alligator strap, or a Chalin steel bracelet.
Extra-fort Roue à Colonnes Grande Date
2004 saw the launch of the Extra-fort Roue à Colonnes Grande Date, a watch that combines aesthetic sensitivity with mechanical refinement in a perfect fusion of tradition and innovation. A column wheel prevents accidental resetting when the chronograph is operational, a definite plus for sports lovers. In 2012, a 500-piece limited edition was produced to commemorate Eberhard & Co.’s 125th anniversary. This 41 mm Extra-fort model in steel comes with a black or silvered dial with matching subdials, and the figures 1, 2 and 5 in Arabic numerals to highlight the anniversary. The transparent sapphire caseback reveals the exquisite movement with its column wheel and skeletonised rotor.
Extra-fort Grande Taille
Eberhard & Co. first unveiled this modern classic in 2011. The Extra-fort Grande Taille has been updated for 2016 with four new versions, sporting particularly elegant dials. This Extra-fort Grande Taille – which in fact has an eminently reasonable case size of 41 mm – comes in steel, with a screw-down crown and rectangular pushers. The watch is driven by the automatic ETA 7750 calibre, renowned for its reliability.
Swiss Replica Watches — The Tango collection welcomes a progressive new chronograph.
The new Tango 300 chronograph – water-resistant to 300 metres – comes in a PVD plated stainless steel, measuring 43 mm in diameter. The case back as well as the crown are crewed-down. The blending of black with steel lends a note of refinement, while the red hands and rubber strap emphasize its sporty, contemporary character. The date window is positionned between 4 and 5 o’clock. The luminescent indexes and screwed-down gadroons on the bezel highlight the signature design of the tango collection.
The functions of the timepiece are powered by a quartz chronograph movement.
The Tango 300 watch is also available in a steel version, with a blue or black dial Replica Watches UK.
Yes Replica Watches — Nouvelle déclinaison en acier et ADLC d’un garde-temps classique.
With its rounded angles and exposed screws of the dial, the Santos watch has become an iconic timepiece. 112 years after Louis Cartier created the watch, sealing his friendship with the aviator of the same name, Cartier presents the Santos 100 Carbon large model.
This classic, refreshed in a black ADLC coating, is not the first Santos done in a carbon coating, as gold and ADLC versions already exist. But the new Santos 100 Carbon is a more affordable steel piece housing Cartier’s newer in-house movement.
The 51,1 mm x 41,3 mm steel and black ADLC case is water resistant to 100 meters. On the black dial protected with a sapphire crystal, the sword-shaped hour and minute hands, in steel and luminescent material for increased legibility, replace the usual Cartier blue hands, while the second hand is red. As always, the crown receives special treatment with a blue faceted synthetic spinel.
The watch is outfitted with the in-house calibre 1847 MC, a self-winding movement offering a 42-hour power reserve, and is worn on an elegant black calf-skin strap secured with a steel and ADLC buckle.
— From crazy complications to mind-boggling bling, we take a look of some of the watches that cost more than most people would ever spend on a house.
If you were a millionaire you might baulk at spending a hundred thousand dollars on a watch. Even if you were a serious watch fan, this would be 10% of your fortune. You would therefore have to be at least a multi-millionaire to consider spending over a million dollars on a timepiece, presumably after covering your living arrangements, second home, supercar and yacht at the very least. If you still had enough case left, what would be the choice of timepieces on offer for a million dollars or more?
Back in 2007 Hublot was probably the first Replica Watches UK brand to provocatively include the astronomical million-dollar price tag in the very name of its One Million Dollar Big Bang. For several years, the only other competitor in this race of upwardly spiraling prices was Hublot itself, with the One Million Dollar Black Caviar in 2009, the Two Million Euro Big Bang in 2011and the Five Million Dollar Big Bang in 2012.
The million-dollar mark was a significant barrier to leap in the watchmaking industry and the inclusion of the Hublot One Million Dollar Big Bang in Born Rich’s list of things you can buy for a million dollars offers a handy yardstick of what else you could splash out on for the same amount of money. How about a Pagani Huayra supercar? Or, for the cigar aficionado, a million-dollar humidor?
While Hublot focused on the quantity and quality of diamonds used on the watch to justify these mind-boggling price benchmarks, other brands have created added value with some bewildering complications, such as the million-dollar
Roger Dubuis Quatuor with four separate balance wheels, which was first presented in 2013. The following year, Patek Philippe presented the ultra-limited-edition Grandmaster Chime (Reference 5175) in celebration of its 175th anniversary, which is the most complicated timepiece this independent brand has produced. Although the company is traditionally discreet on prices, the Grandmaster Chime was rumoured to cost around 2.5 million Swiss francs. In the same year, Richard Mille matched a tourbillon with a revolutionary and fiendishly difficult to produce sapphire case in the RM 56-02, which sold for two million dollars.
If you’re stuck for ways to spend a million dollars, you will find plenty of results courtesy of Google. Up the amount to five million dollars, however, and the results are more oriented towards people who would like to help you invest that money. The choice of items to buy becomes a lot more restrictive and if you’re looking to buy a small aeroplane or yacht, Google would probably not be your first port of call anyway. Type in the specific figure of 18 million dollars, however, and you will more than likely see the Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch among the results. Its name is perfect, because if you have 18 million dollars spare to spend on a watch, there is a good chance that you are among the select few of the world’s billionaires.
For the ultimate in horological decadence, you need to more than twice the price of the Billionaire watch. The Graff Fascination, presented last year, has a more poetic name that reveals little about its price. Displayed amidst discreet but high security at Baselworld, this jewellery watch is worth a cool 40 million dollars. Enough to buy 40 million-dollar Hublot Big Bang watches, or 8,000 Tiffany East-West Automatic models in stainless steel!
— The first model in the brand’s new Edge collection, the Edge Double Barrel, is now available in 18 ct rose gold Replica Watches.
Introduced in March at the 2016 Baselworld, the Edge Double Barrel is a manual-wind model, powered by a new Armin Strom movement, housed in a 46.80 mm case. The ARM16 caliber is composed of unusual polygon and angular-shaped components and is visible from the front and back of the timepiece, through a sapphire case back. The cross-grinding surface decoration gives an industrial look to this Swiss replica watch with a captivating aesthetic.
Many of the components of the ARM16 movement look very similar to Mr. Edge’s, the official ambassador of the collection. The creation of the artist Herbert Krake, aka Tarkin, serves as a communication tool. With his Transformer-like, brawny physique, the futuristic Mr. Edge makes an intense impression, matching the bold statement and design language of the Edge collection. The robot’s likeness will appear on advertising and marketing support for the collection, which Armin Strom plans to extend with forthcoming new models.
Yes Replica Watches UK — We have chosen four perpetual calendars from IWC’s Top Gun, Portugieser, Ingenieur and Aquatimer collections.
Whether they are pilots’ watches, divers, classic models or motor-racing inspired, REPLICA IWC’s collections are richly themed with a variety of designs. The Schaffhausen watchmaker also offers watch lovers a wide range of complications, one of which, the perpetual calendar, is one of the most complex to design and the most intriguing to wear on the wrist. How can anyone fail to be impressed by a watch that can account for different month lengths and all the leap years in the Gregorian calendar up to the year 2100, using only a few notched gear wheels hidden behind the dial? At IWC we have Kurt Klaus to thank for this complication. He is the manufacture’s legendary watchmaker who, in 1985, created the autonomous perpetual calendar for the Da Vinci model. While the four IWC perpetual calendars that we have selected offer the same classic complications – date, day, month, year, leap year and moon phase – the displays differ, they don’t all have the same automatic manufacture movement, and the watches themselves come in a variety of styles.
Jumping year programmed up to the year 2499
The Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun and the Portugieser Perpetual Calendar have the same dial arrangement, with four counters displaying the date at 3 o’clock, the day at 9 o’clock and the month at 6 o’clock. The four-figure jumping year between 7 and 8 o’clock is programmed up to the year 2499 (although owners should be aware that in 2300 they will have to replace the century module bearing the figures 20, 21 and 22 with a new one, which will take them through to 2499). These timepieces also have a double moon phase display for the northern and southern hemispheres at 12 o’clock, a small hacking seconds and a power reserve indicator.
The Top Gun model presented at the SIHH 2016 houses the manufacture calibre 51614 beating at 21,600 vph, which supplies a 7-day power reserve thanks to its Pellaton automatic winding system. This pilot’s watch with its flight deck-inspired design has a generously sized 48 mm diameter case in black high-tech ceramic, a black dial with white Arabic numerals and white luminescent hands. A matching calfskin strap completes the ensemble.
The Portugieser Perpetual Calendar follows the style, materials (white and red gold) and blue and slate grey dial colours typical of this classic collection. The moon phase window sprinkled with stars is also classic in style. Smaller than the Top Gun (44.2 mm) and slightly slimmer, it is driven by the 28,800 vibrations per hour supplied by the twin-barrelled manufacture 52615 calibre, whose 18K red gold rotor and bridge finishes can be seen through the sapphire case back. This elegant Portugieser, which comes with a black Santoni alligator strap, also exists in a simple moon phase version.
The Ingenieur Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month and the Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month supply the perpetual calendar functions through another family of manufacture calibres, the 89802 and the 89801 respectively, which generate a digital readout of the date, month and leap year. In order to manage these five discs, which have to be activated simultaneously, IWC has developed a spring-loaded lever mechanism to supply the necessary energy in a way that a classic automatic winding system could never achieve. In addition to the perpetual calendar, these calibres also provide a flyback function and stopwatch hours, minutes and seconds. They beat at 28,800 vph and give a power reserve of 68 hours. The central chronograph hand measures up to 60 seconds, while the chronograph hours and minutes are read off a counter at 12 o’clock.
In terms of styling, the Ingenieur channels a technical and sporty vibe inspired by the dashboard of Formula 1 cars, and is a product of IWC’s partnership with the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team. The big square figures of the date and month stand out from the disc mechanisms beneath, which are visible through semi-transparent sapphire inlays. The 46 mm black case made of titanium aluminide – a material used in F1 for valves and pistons – features pushers, a crown, screw heads and crown protector in black high-tech ceramic. The rotor, which is visible through the sapphire back, is in the form of an alloy wheel rim, and the black rubber strap is inlaid with alligator leather.
The Aquatimer Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month advertises its diving credentials with its large 49 mm diameter, its unidirectional internal and external rotating bezels equipped with IWC’s SafeDive system, its 100 m water resistance and luminescent indices and hands. On the black dial, the semi-transparent sapphire of the Ingenieur has been replaced with perforated covers inspired by submarine filtration systems. This limited edition of 50 pieces combines titanium, rubber and red gold in an unapologetically sporty but elegant design.
Swiss Cheap Replica Watches — The Hollywood star wears the new Polo S.
Considered one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, Michael B. Jordan has defied convention with his choice in roles and critically acclaimed performances, making him an inspiration and role model for a new replica Piaget generation.