Patek Philippe replica VS Vacheron Constantin replica special shell watch comparison

This is a worth looking forward to the heavyweight contrast, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, watch the two top cheap replica watches factory between the positive “dialogue”. Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin’s regular models you have long been thoroughly cooked in the heart. So, this time I will Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin conventional round table other than the model together. Including antique models and modern models, for a full range of contrast. In this process, I was surprised to find that Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin is indeed the watch industry two big veteran brand, since ancient times, almost all of the shell-shaped watches, Patek Philippe fake and Vacheron Constantin have done it again, and all kinds of Watches both have the standard model, as long as the other side to launch a new watch, on the other hand will make a similar watch to fight back, it is fantastic. No more to say, we started directly (in contrast I do not comment, please comment).

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We first start from the barrel type.

Vacheron Constantin began to use the barrel-shaped case. As early as 1912, Vacheron Constantin launched the first barrel-shaped watch, there are views that Vacheron Constantin is the first use of barrel-shaped case factory. Shortly after the introduction of the barrel-shaped watch, the barrel-shaped watch has become a model of Vacheron Constantin, there is a very high recognition. At the same time, Patek Philippe to be outdone, began to launch a large number of barrel-shaped watch watch. We know that Patek Philippe actually launched a lot of two-pin manual winding shell models, and even included three asked the table. Which Patek Philippe is now the most we know, is the barrel-shaped Gondolo. This watch is named after the name of Patek Philippe’s retailer. On the other hand, today’s Vacheron Constantin’s barrel-shaped watch developed into the Malta series. Obviously, Patek Philippe’s Gondolo and Vacheron Constantin’s Malta show different shapes, different styles.

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Vacheron Constantin has introduced a lot of barrel-shaped watches in history.
From left to right, Vacheron Constantin history of the barrel-shaped watch, Patek Philippe Barrel three asked the table, Patek Philippe Hyundai Gondolo.

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Vacheron Constantin Modern Maltese Watches.

Next is the pillow cushion.

As the saying goes, the heroes see the same. Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin in the manufacture of watches on the idea is really very similar. Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin in the pillow-shaped case, the use of a lot of complex movement. Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe pillow pillow-shaped case are played most vividly. Patek Philippe in this shell on the introduction of the timing, three asked, Vacheron Constantin has launched the dial tilt 1921 and the latest Harmony series. In 1928, Vacheron Constantin introduced a single-button pillow cushion pulse meter, corresponding to the Patek Philippe in 1928 also introduced a pillow pillow single-button chronograph. And Vacheron Constantin 1921 can be said that the watch industry’s most unique pillow pad-shaped watch, because the entire dial is tilted. Vacheron Constantin 1921 from 1919 began to launch, it is worth noting that the different periods of 1921 replica watches dial tilt direction is not the same. Some left to the right. Similarly, this hand now also introduced a modern engraved model, modern models of the dial is to the right. In the first two years, Vacheron Constantin launched a new pillow pillar main series, Harmony. Which in turn Harmony chronograph is the strongest, including a chronograph and a regular chronograph. Correspondingly, Patek Philippe’s modern pillow-shaped watch includes a calendar 5940 and chronograph 5950, can be described as Vacheron Constantin tit for tat.

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From left to right, Vacheron Constantin history pillow pillow single-button timetable, Patek Philippe history pillow-shaped single-button chronograph.

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Vacheron Constantin’s 1921 watch in history.

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Vacheron Constantin Modern Rec edition 1921.

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Vacheron Constantin new Harmony single-button timetable, Patek Philippe 5950 chronograph chronograph.

The following is a rectangle

Compared to other special case of watches, watches and clocks in the table more square, and the birth of a lot of classic models, such as Cartier tanks, Girard Perregaux 1945 and so on. Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin’s square table is not only more models, and the two watch factories have created their own logo table. One of the most famous of Patek Philippe was 5101 Tourbillon. 5101 is a square 10 day manual tourbillon. Patek Philippe Tourbillon has always been the tourbillon on the back of the case, from the front is invisible, very low-key. Patek Philippe’s explanation is that the tourbillon lubricants used by the sun to easily shorten the life of life, so the tourbillon on the back. Another very famous square Patek Philippe is 5100 “Devil Fish”. 5100 because the case on both sides of the “wings” named “devil fish”. And the “devil fish” corresponds to the Vacheron Constantin also has a “wings” of the table. The official name of the replica watches uk  is Aronde 1954, when the square Vacheron Constantin is also known as the “swallow”, we can see, both sides of the case are also “wings”, but Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe are different ways. In addition, the current table of Patek Philippe also includes 5124 and 5200, of which 5200 is a manual 8 days long power.

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Patek Philippe 5101 Tourbillon (left), Patek Philippe Devil Fish (top right), Vacheron Constantin 1954 (lower right)

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Patek Philippe 5100 Devil Fish

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Vacheron Constantin Ard

Asymmetrical shape

Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin as the two traditional Swiss watch brand, has long been more traditional, the introduction of watches are usually more Zhouzhe. However, in history, these two traditional watch factory also has a lot of “whimsical” super-conventional move. For example, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin have created asymmetrical shape of the watch. In the 1950s, when the designer of Patek Philippe Gilbert Albert designed a former invincible Patek Philippe watch, 3424. This watch was influenced by the style of modern art, absolutely do not take the unusual way, the whole watch is oblique, completely asymmetrical, is the most peculiar Patek Philippe. In contrast, Vacheron Constantin also played their own imagination, but apparently not as Patek Philippe exaggerated. Vacheron Constantin 1972 is Vacheron Constantin’s representative model, to today is also very famous. 1972 This watch is a trapezoidal watch, although asymmetrical, but looks very harmonious, so some women will buy this table. In addition, Vacheron Constantin was named 1972, because in 1972, Vacheron Constantin became the first to receive Prestige de la France awards watch brand.

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Patek Philippe 3424 (on) and Vacheron Constantin 1972 (below)

Two popular sports watches

Patek Philippe Nautilus and Vacheron Constantin are the two watch factory hot watch. Patek Philippe Nautilus is the design of the watch industry master Jie Luo Zunda works. In 1972, after the design of Audemars Piguet, he also designed the Patek Philippe Nautilus and the nations engineer. In history, Nautilus is Patek Philippe most breaking the regular watch. Some people even called Nautilus Patek Philippe’s “illegitimate child”. But no matter what, Nautilus’s success is obvious to all. Vacheron Constantin modern aspect of the world is actually from the history of Vacheron Constantin 222 watch evolved from the watch. Early Vacheron Constantin 222 watches have been considered to be designed by Jerro Zunda, but was later clarified, Vacheron Constantin 222 was designed by Jorg Hysek. Because Vacheron Constantin 222 and Nautilus, the Royal Oak was born in the same era, so there were many similarities between them. In 1996, born out of 222 vertical and horizontal adventure come out. Now, Patek Philippe replica three-pin nautilus modern model is 5711, Vacheron Constantin’s new generation of vertical and horizontal also completed the replacement last year. New vertical and horizontal universal appearance recognition feature is 3:00 and 9 o’clock serrated, each side is one, and the old section on each side is two, you can distinguish between this.

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Patek Philippe first generation of Nautilus 3700 (on), Vacheron Constantin modern vertical and horizontal four seas predecessor, 222 (below).

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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711 (on) and Vacheron Constantin new vertical and horizontal (below).

Extra two special watches

Vacheron Constantin replica has also introduced a blinds watch in history. There is a blind on the disc of the watch, and the blinds can be opened and closed by selecting the knob at the 6 o’clock below the case. I was impressed by Vacheron Constantin also introduced a modern version of the blinds watch. Vacheron Constantin’s blinds are designed by Verger Frères. Verger Frères is a jeweler and watchmaker, who is a great player in the history of Vacheron Constantin. Even his design until today still affect the Vacheron Constantin. Another Patek Philippe watch is Ellipse. Ellipse is Patek Philippe and another iconic replica watches, launched in 1968 for the first time. Ellipse has a rounded rounded oval case, the case is very harmonious proportion. I know Ellipse because of the special shape, coupled with some special color disk (such as chocolate color) so by some collectors welcome.

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Vacheron Constantin’s Blinds.

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Patek Philippe Ellipse

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Patek Philippe replica 2526 Why is it called the automatic king?

A lot of steep bezel players for many years more or less heard the name of Patek Philippe 2526. Some senior players to Patek Philippe 2526 as “automatic king”, and many friends, as many years ago, I also heard the name of the 2526 automatic king, but at that time, because less knowledge, only know its name I do not know, do not know Why in the many Patek Philippe fake watches only 2526 won the award. Until later, more insight, in understanding the details of each of the 2526, I also deeply felt the king of 2526 style, and now, I will show you, why only 2526 can be king.

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Patek Philippe 2526,36 mm enamel face small three-pin, known as “automatic king”.

Patek Philippe 2526 is an automatic king, king of the first reason is the movement.

Although there is controversy, but there are views that 2526 is Patek Philippe first automatic winding cheap replica watch. 2526 Since it is called “automatic king”, no doubt, in the many advantages of 2526, the movement is the most important advantage. 2526 using the 12-600AT is Patek Philippe the first automatic winding movement, but also Patek Philippe’s most famous automatic winding movement. It is no exaggeration to say that even today, count the current Patek Philippe 324 automatic movement and the previous 315 automatic movement, 27-460 automatic movement, these movements in the watch industry’s reputation and status are not 12-600AT high. Even the view that the 12-600AT after the Patek Philippe automatic movement (except 240 Pearl Tuo) are 12-600AT simplified. 12-600AT launched in 1953, is a one-way winding automatic movement. Why is a one-way winding instead of a two-way? Is because 22 years ago, Rolex launched the Oyster Perpetual movement is a two-way winding, Rolex registered a patent, because the patent protection led to a period of time after the introduction of automatic movement can not be two-way winding, only one-way string. Patek Philippe Although very helpless, but this does not prevent the 12-600AT become one of the best automatic movement in history. 12-600AT is recognized as the best in history, because it is fully balanced with the performance and beauty.

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Patek Philippe 2526 use 12-600AT automatic winding movement, the following figure for the removal of automatic Tuo after the 12-600AT.

First of all, 12-600AT as Patek Philippe’s first automatic winding movement on the use of Patek Philippe’s key technology, Gyromax balance wheel (until today Gyromax is still the most important technology Patek Philippe, and now that the 324 simplified, In this Gyromax balance wheel). Gyromax balance wheel is the representative movement of Patek Philippe configuration, and Rolex weight balance wheel rival, it is clear that Patek Philippe Gyromax balance more beautiful. 12-600AT Gyromax balance wheel on the eight fine-tuning weight (I hope I did not count the number), by adjusting the direction of the eight weights to change the balance of the balance wheel, adjust the watch travel time. After 12-6000AT, Patek Philippe replica watches Gyromax balance wheel on the number of weights less and less, to now only four. Patek Philippe official said, to reduce the number of weights is to improve performance, but this argument is not a lot of table fans do not buy it, that is a simple match (I do not comment). Now the Patek Philippe movement in addition to Gyromax balance wheel weight, there is no other what, but 12-600AT there is a gooseneck fine-tuning. Gooseneck fine-tuning to further increase the beauty of this movement. 12-600AT Another iconic feature is the 18K gold automatic Tuo, automatic Tuo with a fine wheat decoration, very beautiful. 12-600AT movement of the grinding are done by the staff, and the grinding level is very high, more importantly, 2526 is close. So, even if the table can not see the movement of the people, but Patek Philippe is still the movement decorated to be impeccable. Some people think that 12-600AT is the most beautiful automatic winding movement, if the 12-600AT is still in production, then the other automatic movement did not win the opportunity. 12-600AT Some other technical details are, wobble frequency of 19800 times / hour, 30 gems shaft eye. We can see, 12-600AT the number of gem axles than the current Patek Philippe automatic movement to more. 12-600AT in the last century 60’s discontinued, about 7,000 produced around.

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We can see 12-600AT gooseneck fine-tuning.

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This is Rolex’s first Oyster-style constant movement, due to apply for a two-way winding patent, it is this movement so that later launched a period of time automatic movement have to use one-way winding.

Patek Philippe 2526 King of the second reason is that 36 mm.

I believe that even Patek Philippe himself would not have thought, then the 2526 slightly bigger 1, 2 mm but created the watch today’s Wal-Mart (the same example see Patek Philippe replica 3700). If the 2526 only the size of the table and the other watches at the same time, I was afraid that there is no 2526 today, the degree of heat. 2526 size 36 mm (very individual place the subject is 35, generally considered 36). 36 is a magical size. Rolex DD, DJ one of the most classic size is 36. Although 36 seems to be a little bit today, but the 36 table is completely able to wear a hand, the key is the number of mainstream Rolex are 36, so no one can question what. This gives 2526 a great advantage, this is a can wear the antique PP. We take a look, Patek Philippe classic 96 only 31 mm, the classic three pin 570 is 35 mm, but that is only 1 mm only, it caused the watch “yin and yang separated”. Said a very realistic words, the performance of 36 can still buy (mainly Rolex), 35 male watch basically can not buy. In addition, the back cover of the 2526 is not press-fit, is the screw fixed, so the back cover is not easy to fall off (some press the bottom cover of the bottom cover easy to fall, especially the long years), but also a certain waterproof .

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Patek Philippe 2526 36 mm size let this watch take advantage.

The third is the enamel plate.

If the 12-600AT automatic winding movement and “large size”, enough to verify the strength of 2526, then the enamel disk is directly to the 2526 to the king of the last force. Enamel plate to 2526 this automatic small three needle to bring a great upgrade. As an antique table, replica watches uk the disk should be oxidized. Do not say that the list of the last century 50’s, that is, in 1988 launched the 4030 real force when the movement of the soldiers have a lot of disk oxidation Dayton (that is, tropical disk), timing small dial outer ring into a brown. However, because the enamel plate, Patek Philippe 2526 disk is always the same, because the enamel is not oxidized, enamel effect is “eternal” (in addition to broken cracking). I personally feel that Patek Philippe 2526 and Lange red 12 is very similar, are a very small week is a small three-pin, but the enamel plate on the watch was a huge upgrade, so that the value of the watch completely beyond the same level of watches. But why and Lange Red 12 compared to Patek Philippe 2526 is even more incredible, because 2526 is not limited table. Now the enamel table are basically limited table, an unlimited amount of enamel small three-pin, this kind of thing can only occur in the last century. The extra thing to note is that not all 2526 are enamel discs. Some diamond scale 2526 with the ordinary disk. And why should I put the enamel plate in the back of the important degree? Because if the 2526 is a 96 as a small table, perhaps the enamel plate can not play an important role.

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Enamel plate so that the watch is always the same as the new disk.

About material and disk

We all know that a major feature of Patek Philippe replica watches uk is that under the same model there are many different gold, different disk types, which makes the same model of the watch produced a different value, affecting the value of the watch level. The simplest example, Patek Philippe 5296 has a different disk, 5396 also have a different time scale and disk combination. Patek Philippe 2526 and most of the Patek Philippe as gold, platinum, rose gold, platinum, 4, no steel (which can not be completely determined, if found after a). Which the largest number of gold shell, which also means that the current price of gold shell the lowest price. Now the price of a gold shell 2526 basic and a Patek Philippe shell Nautilus similar. Gold is followed by rose gold, rose gold less than the number of gold, while the rose red hair color for this watch a lot of color. 2526 in the most rare is platinum and platinum, which platinum shell 2526 auction price can reach 220,000 Swiss francs, about 1.5 million yuan. We also mentioned in front of, in addition to the general enamel disk, the 2526 also contains some special disk, which is a feature of Patek Philippe. First of all, in addition to white enamel plate, the 2526 also has a black enamel version, black enamel plate special color and rare to directly enhance the value of the watch. Black enamel version is the gold shell, black enamel version of the price can reach more than 180,000 Swiss francs, about 1.27 million yuan. Also mentioned in front, in addition to enamel disk, 2526 there are non-enamel plate version. Which disk diamond and Tiffany standard version is not enamel plate (I will give the family to buy Tiffany jewelry, because Tiffany on the antique table of the huge impact so I accepted the brand).

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Black enamel face 2526.

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Non – enamel discs.

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Tiffany marked 2526.

In addition, the vast majority of the 2526 are shells word, but the 2526 also contains a very small number of Breguet version. Patek Philippe, in fact, including Rolex, a model of the watch and “ever-changing” people continue to explore, full of charm fascinating. 2526 in addition to the belt, but also includes the gold chain version, Patek Philippe gold chain value is very high. From the current point of view, a Rolex gold chain worth about 10,000 US dollars (6 yuan more than nearly 70,000), and a Patek Philippe antique table gold chain can reach 20,000 US dollars (130,000 yuan).

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Gold chain version of the Patek Philippe 2526 and Patek Philippe gold chain.

A 36 mm enamel plate automatically small three-pin, and not limited. From today’s point of view, the clock is now the market is not the table. Even from this level, the 2526 as “automatic king” is not an exaggeration. Although the above may not help you in the purchase of Patek Philippe replica uk when the reference, but through the 2526, hoping to let you have more understanding and interest in Patek Philippe.

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Why is the value of Patek Philippe replica watches 20% higher than the same level?

We all know that the price of Patek Philippe replica in the same brand is the highest. Each model, than the same level of brand watches 20% to 40%. For example, the price of Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711A is about 18 million yuan, Vacheron Constantin, the price of RMB 149,000 universal, the price of Audemars Piguet Royal Oak about 130,000; Patek Philippe fake Chronograph 5270 price of about 1.4 million, Vacheron Constantin timed calendar in 100 million in his early; Patek Philippe platinum perpetual calendar 5140 in more than 90 million close to 100 million price, Vacheron Constantin platinum calendar in 80 million in his early years. Although the prices of watches are fluctuating from time to time, these examples show us that Patek Philippe is a little more expensive than a watch at any rate.

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Patek Philippe 5370 and Lange Double Split
Many people will be puzzled, more high prices in the where? At the same level in fact we basically all the configuration of the same level, or even use the same movement. Like Patek Philippe 5070 and Vacheron Constantin manual chronograph using the same level are lemania 2310, are K gold shell, the size is similar. At the same level of Lange chronograph DATO or 1815 also has its own extraordinary technology, outstanding German chronograph movement. Is it just a logo patek philippe let a watch out of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands? Many watch lovers like to watch the same level of different watches put together for comparison, until one day, someone will be a Patek Philippe 5370 and a Lange Double Split put together, I think, to answer this question to the time.

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Lange Double Split unique chasing points chasing the second body, visible Lange in the conventional needle structure, and added a time wheel and the corresponding stop spring.
5370 is the latest Patek Philippe enamel chronograph chronograph, Double Split is the most famous chasing Lange chronograph, in addition to the traditional second hand chasing pin, there is a unique chronograph minute hand. Two tables are Patek Philippe and Lange’s top products, are the highest positioning, are platinum case, are the same function, 5370 of the overseas price is 249,200 US dollars, Double Split price is 126800, 5370 price is almost Double Split 2 times (5370 enamel plate is one of the factors of high prices). The two watches were brought to the contrast of the two watches were meticulous contrast, the devil is the details, I will watch some of the small details, like you show where your Patek Philippe?

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The size of the 5370 is 41 mm and the thickness is 13.5 mm; the Double Split is 43 mm in diameter and 15.3 mm thick. Double Split size and thickness than the 5370 big circle, the two placed on the thickness of the difference between the two very obvious.
The size of the 5370 is 41 mm and the thickness is 13.5 mm; the Double Split is 43 mm in diameter and 15.3 mm thick. Double Split size and thickness than the 5370 big circle, the two placed on the thickness of the difference between the two very obvious. 5370 to thin a lot. And what does this mean? Let me give you an example. Someone once called Rolex’s deepsea diving watch works of art, because only the water depth of 3900 meters diving watch, the size of only 44 mm. Rolex can be a powerful professional diving technology concentrated in the 44 mm case, so that this watch can be worn daily, called a miracle. Patek Philippe that year on behalf of a king 5002, including the calendar, three questions, return to the calendar, astronomical and other functions, the size is only amazing 42.8 mm. The movement will focus on a smaller (more suitable for wearing) thinner case, this is the embodiment of strength.

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Patek Philippe 5002, double-sided display, the size is only amazing 42.8 mm.
Then let us look at the movement, we can also see some distinction. Two watches movement looks great, especially Lange has always been good at luxury movement decoration, blue steel screws, gold sleeve, ruby ​​axis with the eye, so that the movement has a luxurious color. Patek Philippe replica and what have a higher worth? When we carefully observe will find, 5370 movement parts than the Double Split thinner, thinner. Lever, the curve of the spring more, more coil. In particular, the needle second-round caliper curve is extremely delicate, and in the needle-cylinder part of the pin to the delicate climax. Part of the column part of the column is very “enchanting.” Double Split’s polished decoration is very eye-catching, but the parts of the size, thickness compared to the 5370 is slightly inferior.

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The Lange Double Split movement has a strikingly polished finish.

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Patek Philippe 5370 movement more slim and delicate.
Let us look at the structure of the needle after the layout. In fact, the basic structure of the general manual winding horizontal clutch movement is the same, but in the increase in the needle structure, different replica watches uk factory will use a different layout. In Double Split movement, we are actually very difficult to see the balance wheel, because the needle-shaped structure of the column wheel is arranged in the balance wheel, which led to including the balance wheel, gooseneck fine-tuning, part of the balance wheel splint Was chasing needle columnar wheel and next to the lever block. The other hand, 5370 of the needle structure is arranged in the timing wheel and the balance wheel center of the plywood. This set of the needle does not form part of the movement of any part of the occlusion, balance wheel, with PP imprint balance wheel splint, with jumping hook claws of the spike time wheel can glance, movement layout is very clever.

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We can see, Lange replica Double Split of the balance wheel is actually in the bottom of the needle-cylinder, needle parts on the balance wheel, balance wheel splint, gooseneck fine-tuning to form a block.

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5370 of the needle structure is arranged in the timing wheel and the balance wheel center of the plywood. The setback mechanism does not block any movement.
There is also a small detail on the time-zero putter. Usually timing zero-putter is fixed with a screw on the movement plate. Only a few chronographs will use a jewel bearing in this position (next to a regular chronograph wheel). Zero Lever is a very active part, in the zero-putter to install the jewel bearing, watchmaker said, is good. Including 5370,5170,5270, including the use of CH29 movement of Patek Philippe Chronograph, zero-putt is a gemstone bearing. For this detail, you see the high-end manual winding chronograph, can be a little attention.

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5370 Cylindrical wheel cap next to, there is a red jewel bearing, which is zero return putt bearing.
Patek Philippe in the polished on the movement I would also like to share a thing. Many people do not understand, some of the top brands of watches, the movement looks polished very beautiful, why people always praise Patek Philippe’s polished very well? Patek Philippe’s movement does not look like the Lange movement is so luxurious, Patek Philippe’s movement looks but rather prime. Later, someone told me that the movement can not see the surface, use high power microscope to see (ordinary multi-inch lens is too small, do not see anything). In the high-powered microscope, at a glance, Patek Philippe’s movement is still no glitches, and some other movement began to expose the problem.

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Patek Philippe replcia watches most standard 324 automatic winding movement, this movement is a lot of Patek Philippe’s standard.
The value of replica watches are often reflected in the details. (Such as bezel, case material changes), the proportion of the disk some adjustments (such as the early 41 mm Lange 1 adjustment), the size of a few millimeters change, the watch will be on the Value to bring decisive influence. Patek Philippe is just a little better than a lot of cheap fake watches to do a little bit, but this little bit, decided to Patek Philippe’s value to 20% higher.

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Patek Philippe replica exquisite hand-retouching art

Patek Philippe’s fine retouching is based on respect for tradition and excellence, and craftsmanship is a key factor in this respect. The appearance of a watch depends largely on the dial, in fact, dial this element is often underestimated, only the hand-made can truly reflect its value. For Patek Philippe replica watches, retouching quality is essential, automation and standardization technology can not match. No matter what kind of material applied to the dial, only rely on a series of manual skills, in order to achieve the best aesthetic results.

Ref. 5235 Calendars Calibrating the satin-frosted dial of the replica watches is not common in Patek Philippe

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Dial is not only a single object, it is the microscopic world, disk effect by the application of specific technical decisions. Even seemingly plain appearance, but also requires professional knowledge and skills, hand-made by experienced craftsmen. In Ref. 5235, for example, its appearance in the Patek Philippe fake watches is very unusual. The main dial through the satin frosted, like the movement of components, although the surface area is much larger. Outer ring ring was milky white, sub-dial decorated with scroll pattern, time scale and minute tracks using transfer fixed, week, month and date window after chamfering and polishing.
Nautilus cheap replica watches dial is also true. The watch’s unique dial, decorated with stamping (Stamping) horizontal stripes relief pattern. Nautilus series was born on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary, Patek Philippe fake produced a limited edition watch, gold blue dial set with rectangular cut diamonds, diamond mosaic can only be completed by hand.

Ref. 5711 / 1P Nautilus 40th Anniversary Watch Replaced with a rectangular cut diamonds

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Take the blanking operation, although the completion of the machine, but must be manually to guide. Shape the dial shape, the central hole and window, polished brass base plate, welded bottom fixed dial for the follow-up process to prepare. Ref. 5275 Self-chronograph wrist watch is first similar to the process of retouching, and then circle the minutes and transfer the Arabic numerals color.
For all precious materials and technical process to create the dial, the human participation is a key element. Than blanking a higher level, is the chi Lou (Guilloché) – geometric patterns engraved into the dial plate, has a clear three-dimensional thickness. Although the operation is done by the machine, but the rose bed is not driven by electricity, it will not automatically operate, but craftsmen hand-eye coordination, to provide power, impose guidance. Subsequently, the dial can be painted, mosaic and transfer finishing.

Ref. 5275 Self-chronograph wrist replica watches uk

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Metal plate in advance through the micro-perforation, can become a dial inlaid precious stones, and inlaid itself is done by hand. Artisans will each precious stones into the base, and then carefully around the metal ring – gem may weigh only a few tenths of carats, less than a millimeter in diameter. In addition to precious stones, gold three-dimensional time scale is also manually fixed on the dial.
Patek Philippe is one of the few watchmakers who has never stopped making enamel dials with the most traditional techniques. Whether filigree, fill, inlay or micro-painted; single color or colorful, Patek Philippe can fully grasp. And these highly technical expertise, if not a series of very delicate manual operation, these enamel process is impossible to reproduce. The preparation of spare dial, delineating the color area, the amount of filling powder, and repeated kiln calcination, each stage requires the human eye to check the entire surface, enamel color change is expected to predict the completion of the hue and to ensure that there is no flaw.

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《Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography》

Nicholas Foulkes, the renowned art and watchmaker, wrote the 500-page history biography of Patek Philippe replica, the Geneva independent watchmaker since its founding in 1839, . The English version of the book was officially released in November this year, other language versions are expected to be released from 2018 onwards.
In order to write “Patek Philippe: The Authorized Biography” this unprecedented biographical history of watches and clocks, Nick interviewed the company’s Stern family, as well as Patek Philippe or who are still in the work of employees and watchmakers, at the same time, he also Depth mining Patek Philippe’s archive, read many years of dusty documents, to truly show the unique history of this watchmaking workshop. The famous historian, biographer and fashion editor, the Patek Philippe’s history back to the founder of the brand – the Polish military officer, Mr. Anthony • 100 of the early life. At that time, the young cavalry Colonel took part in an uprising that ended in failure. From Mr. Baida’s forced exile, to Geneva, to his encounter with the genius watchmaker Jean Adrienne, until 1932, the family of the Stern family, four generations of family members of the brand heritage and carry forward … … Nick in detail in the book Patek Philippe a step by step into the Swiss watch industry legend after. His vivid and humorous tone describes the history of many of Patek Philippe masterpieces, and lifelike portrayed fake Patek Philippe brilliant history cast you extraordinary genius, it is these generations of watchmakers and art craftsmen, created a brilliant achievement of Patek Philippe replica watches sale.

The biography also revealed the many first-ever known anecdotes, such as Queen Victoria for his husband, Prince Albert purchased a single orphanage. In addition, Nick also had the exclusive interview with the late Swiss watch and jewelry master Gerald • Gundam (Gerald Genta), the widow, is the tabulation genius in 1976 for the Patek Philippe designed the first Nautilus sports watch.
The biography of precious illustrations and vivid text, showing the Patek Philippe stretches nearly two centuries of dream trip, fully reflects the cultural knowledge and professional background of Nick. He hopes to a broader historical dimension as the background, showing two hundred years of art trends and watchmaking technology continues to progress.
“I am delighted to be able to experience the long history of Patek Philippe in this monumental system.To help Nick to write this detailed and vivid biography, Patek Philippe’s historical archives are open to the public for the first time, Of the strokes and detailed details for everyone to reproduce a perfect Patek Philippe more than 175 years in the development process of an important moment.

Nick Fox introduced

Nicholas Foulkes has more than twenty works, the most famous of which is undoubtedly his trilogy to show the history of the nineteenth century: Scandalous Society: Passion and Celebrity in the Nineteenth Century; Dancing Into Battle: A Social History of the Battle of Waterloo; and Gentlemen and Blackguards: Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844. Nick was also a columnist for Country Life magazine; a special editor for How To Spend It, a magazine of the Financial Times; a contributing editor for Vanity Fair magazine; a British edition of GQ magazine; and a special watch consultant for Patek Philippe International magazine. He is also the founding editor of Vanity Fair On Art at the Vanity Fair and authored articles for several journals. In 2009, he served as Norman Mailer Center (Norman Mailer Center) director. Nick graduated from the University of Oxford at Hertford College, currently with his wife and two sons live in London, they all agree with Nick since childhood has been on high-level watches have love.

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My Top 5 Vintage Patek Philippe fake Watches

In honor of Patek Philippe’s 175th anniversary in 2014, we at Fratello Watches offered up this list — not an overview of the most expensive Patek Philippe watches, nor the most sought-after Patek Philippe watches, or the rarest Patek Philippe fake watches. Just my personal top five among vintage Patek Philippe watches, selected for a variety of reasons and re-presented here. What are your own favorite vintage Pateks?

1. Patek Philippe World Time Reference 2523

The world time watch of all world time watches, in my humble opinion, the Patek Philippe Reference 2523 is, admittedly, very rare, but also very beautiful, and that’s why it is 0n this list. There are two modern versions of the fake Patek Philippe World Time watch, References 5130 and 5131.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 World time watch

2. Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 3700/1A

After Gérald Genta created the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, he more or less replicated its design for Patek Philippe and IWC. This Patek Philippe Nautilus Reference 3700/1A was the equivalent of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Reference 5402ST. The Nautilus Reference 3700/1A used the same movement as the Royal Oak, until the late 1970s, when Patek Philippe replica exchanged it for an in-house movement. The modern version of this Nautilus is Patek’s Reference 5711/1A model.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 3700 Nautilus

3. Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 96

One of the most beautiful, classical dress watches, in my opinion, is the Patek Philippe Calatrava Reference 96. Very clean design: a beautiful dial with small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. It is a very small watch, but you could get away with wearing it even today, simply because of its attractiveness. Its modern equivalent is the Patek Philippe fake Ref. 5196, an elegant, 37-mm version of the Calatrava with small seconds.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 96 Calatrava

4. Patek Philippe Chronograph Reference 1579

I am a sucker for chronographs, and this 1940s Patek Philippe Reference 1579 is a beautiful example that represents that specific era of chronograph watches. Beautiful, elegant shaped lugs and a wonderful dial with two registers. The chronograph seconds hand is blued, while the rest of the hands are gold, just like the case, crown and pushers.

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Patek Philippe Ref. 1579 Chronograph

5. Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Reference 3940

Perhaps I’m stretching the definition of “vintage” a bit with this one, but I can’t complete my own Top 5 vintage Patek Philippe list without mentioning the discontinued Reference 3940 perpetual calendar fake watches. It was introduced in 1985, which is old enough for me to consider it vintage. Succeeded by the Reference 5140 in 2006, the 3940 is a very elegant 36-mm timepiece that has — at least in my eyes — nicer proportions than its successor.

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Patek Philippe Ref 3940 Chronograph

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Four top luxury fake watches recommended

Today all of the high-end watches can be said to be contracted by Switzerland and Germany, although other countries have a lot of good watch, but always feel there is a distance from the top, this distance is not only technical, as well as the background culture And many other elements, to domestic watch, for example, although there are a lot of people to buy domestic watch, and domestic watch there are many high-end products, but not a top brand, this gap I believe it takes a long time s hard work. Today, watch home for everyone to bring four difficult to go beyond the top brands in the aristocratic fake watch, I hope you like.

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Patek Philippe Calatrava replica series 5227G-001 watch

Watch series: Calatrava
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18K white gold
Strap material: crocodile skin
Case diameter: 39 mm
Watch Comments: classic 5227G watch, released in 2013, which watch the surface looks bland, but gives a comfortable body and mind, every design is good to the extreme, the watch to bring us More is the eternal pursuit of quality and a long tradition of tradition, is Patek Philippe for their own a transcendence. Which watch offer for 2,597 million yuan, all watches in the replica Patek Philippe, which should only be regarded as entry-level watch, but I think one of the most aristocratic temperament, but also feel that the most content of a watch.

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Breguet Classic Series 5177BA / 29 / 9V6 watch

Watch Series: Classic Series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18K gold
Strap material: crocodile skin
Case diameter: 38 mm
Wrist Watch Comments: classic design often do not need how complex functions and techniques, this Breguet watch with a classic three-pin design, silver dial with Breguet-style blue steel pointer showing a simple beauty, Dark brown crocodile leather watch to bring this fake watches positioning a relatively young and stylish products, will be suitable for some young and talented young people to wear, showing its handsome side.

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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Series 85180 / 000G-9230 watch

Watch series: Patrimony
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18K white gold
Strap material: crocodile skin
Case diameter: 40 mm
Watch Comments: This Vacheron Constantin watch with a simple line of 40 mm case design, with pink gold or platinum style selection, together with the silver milky white dial. Dial inlaid with gold rectangular hour-hour scale and dot-minute scale circle. The watch is equipped with the brand Cal.2450SC model self-winding movement, inherited from 1755 since the founding of generations from the rich tabulation experience.

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Jacques Delo Star Series J010133209 watch

Watch series: stars
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case Material: 18K rose gold
Strap material: crocodile skin
Case diameter: 43 mm
Watch comment: Jacques Delo is the first manufacturer of watches into the Forbidden City, the watch replica concept is developed as a genius-like mechanical design, from pure naturalism to the magic of abstract patterns, from the ancient sculpture, micro-painted Craft to the new performance of modern art, from the European palace to the contemporary metropolis, these unique watches continue to tell the legend of Jacques de los. This is a streamlined world when the watch, simple fashion, is a rare share.

Summary: watch the level of good or bad is not a single price to measure, a tabulation process, the degree of technical difficulty, a brand of culture in Beijing, there are historical background, today we recommend this several luxury watches, which can be said to be one of them Of the leader, a simple low-key luxury, not significant impetuous, even more out of taste.

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Ten facts about Patek Philippe replica Minute Repeaters

The name “Patek Philippe” is synonymous with minute repeaters. And while the company does not provide yearly production numbers, it is safe to say the number is very low. The demand for Patek Philippe replica minute repeaters far exceeds the supply. And so naturally, they are highly coveted amongst the world’s elite collectors, resulting in high prices at auction, in the rare instance that someone actually decides to sell one.

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1- In Sept 1839, cheap Patek Philippe replica made their first quarter repeater, which sold for 450 CHF.

2- The world’s first self-winding minute repeater wristwatch (Ref. 3979) was produced by Patek Philippe in 1989.

3- Patek Philippe replica watches minute repeaters are produced in both the Vallée de Joux and Geneva factories.

4- Patek Philippe gongs are entirely hand made. There are 21 classes which are necessary to better distinguish between high and low pitches. And each gong maker must complete 100 trial gongs before being able to work on a production timepiece.

5- If the gong, hammer, or case do not sound right during early testing, each non-conforming component is rejected and eventually melted down for re-use.

6- The ideal sound level for a Patek Philippe minute repeater is 40 to 50 decibels.

7- Patek Philippe has three Anechoic state-of-the-art sound rooms for testing their minute repeaters. One at the Geneve Salon, one at their Vallée de Joux manufacturing facility, and one at the manufacture in Geneva.

8- The least expensive Patek Philippe minute repeater is $360,000.

9- Due to speculation on Patek Philippe’s minute repeaters, which are produced in very low quantities each year, the company put in place a 2-step application process designed to ensure that the person buying the minute repeater understands the brand heritage and is not prone to resell the ultra-rare 6-figure timepiece for profit.

10- Thierry Stern, the company’s global CEO, personally listens to – and approves or rejects – each and every Patek Philippe replica watches minute repeater before it leaves the factory.

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Traditional Minute Repeater Patek Philippe replica

Twice in my life I have been fortunate enough to hear multiple Patek Philippe minute repeaters doing their thing, and the most recent was under interesting circumstances. Patek Philippe is generally, well, you wouldn’t say uncommunicative, but they do have the natural reticence that you’d expect from a family-owned haute horlogerie firm. Let’s go with discreet. However, over the last few years, the company has also begun holding periodic educational seminars, which, though of course they focus on Patek Philippe replica  wristwatches and history, also offer a great deal of very useful, generally-applicable information on watchmaking. The last such educational event I was part of was a full-day workshop on static and dynamic poising (which, if you’re of a similar turn of mind to mine, is pretty exciting, white-knuckle stuff, and I’m being totally serious). The most recent, however, was a workshop on minute repeaters, during which we discussed everything from manufacturing gongs, to case construction, to how repeaters are tested and validated for release at Patek – and, yes, horse urine as well; and thereby hangs a tale.

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The history of chiming watches is generally pretty well known, at least in broad outline. Telling the time acoustically is the oldest known method, at least in mechanical horology in Europe, and it’s generally thought that the earliest clocks with mechanical escapements had no hands, nor a dial, but rather told the time by ringing a bell. A watch or clock can ring the time either “in passing,” which means that the time is rung automatically at the hours and quarter hours, or “on demand,” which means that the owner can operate a button or slide, and the movement will ring the time at the moment it’s activated.

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The word “repeater” means on-demand striking. The first repeaters were English, and the first patent for a repeating watch was granted to Daniel Quare all the way back in 1687. Watches that chime the hour, and the nearest quarter hour, were the first repeating replica watches, and gradually more precise chiming watches were developed, until finally the minute repeater appeared – the very first that we know of were made in Germany, around 1720.

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Making minute repeaters at Patek Philippe goes pretty far back. The first one recorded in Patek’s archives was made in 1839, and sold for 450 CHF (it was only the 19th watch produced by the company, at the time). The watch was a quarter repeater. The first half-quarter repeater (which chimes the hour, quarter, and the nearest half-quarter hour, or seven and a half minute period) was sold in 1845, and in the same year the company sold its first true minute repeater too. It was also in 1845 that the first grand et petite sonnerie from Patek was sold (and it was also the year that Jean Adrien Philippe joined the company – big year). Since then Patek has made some of the most famous chiming and complicated watches in the world; it’s a list that includes the Duke of Regla pocket watch from 1910 (grande et petite sonnerie with minute repeater and Westminster chimes, ringing on five gongs), the record-breaking Henry Graves Supercomplication (which we personally witnessed and shared with you as it sold for $24 million in 2014), the Caliber 89, the Star Caliber 2000, and, of course, most recently, the Grandmaster Chime.

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The company’s first wristwatch repeater was a five minute repeater (chiming the hours, quarter hours, and then the nearest number of five minute intervals) made as a ladies’ watch in 1916, in a 27.1mm platinum case. Patek’s first wristwatch minute repeater was sold in 1925 and used a 12 ligne blank from Victorin Piguet, who was a frequent supplier both before and after World War II. This is the famous Teetor watch, made for the American automotive engineer Ralph Teetor, who was blind (and whose inventions include the first cruise control). Repeater production in the 1960s and 70s came to a virtual standstill, although in the 1980s two unique pieces – references 3621 and 3615 – were made. In 1989, however, Patek produced the reference 3974 – a minute repeater with perpetual calendar and moonphase that housed the caliber R 27 Q, with a micro-rotor winding system.

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However, it wasn’t until 1992 that Patek Philippe resumed regular production of repeaters (that is, non–limited edition production). The reference 3939, which came out that year, was produced from 1992 to 2010, and it remains one of the stealthiest ways possible to wear a thoroughbred high complication. Back in 2011 Ben described a one-off steel version made for Only Watch: “Reference 3939 has existed in the Patek catalog for some time, but has only been available in gold and platinum. This watch, with a small diameter, hidden tourbillon, enamel dial, and relatively unobtrusive repeater slide is the ultimate silent killer – it may not look like much to the average guy, but boy is it something special.” That particular 3939 ended up hammering for $1.9 million.

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Minute Repeater Production At Patek Philippe Today

Patek Philippe has chosen to chart a rather interesting course in minute repeater production in its current collection. While many (well, we’re talking exotic repeaters here, so it’s not that many) companies that are in the repeater business have chosen to push hard on R&D, and make much of technical advantages and advances, Patek is largely still doing things the old fashioned way, although the company has adopted some ancillary testing technology that represents a more modern approach. For instance, recordings of the sound profile of each repeater are made in an anechoic chamber, and the sound is analyzed digitally to ensure that it meets Patek’s internal standards. However, there’s nothing in any Patek Philippe repeater that would seem shocking to a watchmaker from a century ago (in fact, although silicon balance springs are found in many of Patek’s watches, to this day you won’t find them in its repeaters). Despite the undoubted interest in the best of today’s crop of technically forward-looking repeaters, there is something deeply compelling about handling a repeater that represents the continuity of traditional methods you find in a Patek (and which is after all Patek Philippe’s main stock in trade).

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Just to provide a little context, it’s useful to remember that working on minute repeaters is demanding in a way that working on other watches is not. The only thing that comes close maybe is the rattrapante chronograph, which, though it also requires great care in both maintenance and manufacturing, doesn’t demand the good subjective judgement for sound quality that is required for the repeater. The horological author Donald de Carle (who was not, to put it mildly, a writer given to hyperbole) writes, in Complicated Watches And Their Repair, that, “It has been constantly stressed that the utmost care must be exercised when repairing complicated watches, and when repairing repeated watches, that advice can now be doubly stressed. We have all heard the phrase, cool, calm and collected, and it can be applied to meet many occasions, but it has a real personal significance to to the person undertaking the care of repeaters…it is for the student to make himself proficient, by acquiring through practice, the mentality necessary to do the work now to be discussed.”

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The three primary characteristics of a repeater are the tempo at which it chimes, the quality of the sound, and the volume at which it chimes. Tempo in Patek’s repeaters is controlled by a centrifugal governor, which is underneath the Calatrava cross on the top plate (that’s the part of the movement visible through the display back). There are three gears in series that link the separate spring barrel that powers the repeater to the governor itself, which has two spring loaded arms on it with weights on the end. When you push home and release the repeater slide, you wind the spring barrel, and the speed at which it unwinds – and thus, how fast or slow the chimes ring – is determined by how fast the governor spins. The governor slows the speed of rotation of the mainspring barrel by offering inertial resistance: As it spins, the two arms open outward against the resistance of the springs and slow the speed of rotation, like a spinning figure skater extending their arms (to use a well-worn but illustrative analogy).

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Patek started using centrifugal governors in 1989 and they’re now used in all Patek repeaters. The older method for controlling the tempo of chiming is with an anchor, which makes a distinctive buzzing sound; the centrifugal governor is much quieter (though not totally silent). One of the points of adjustment in a repeater is the governor’s speed of rotation – ideally, there is enough power in the mainspring barrel so that the tempo of chiming doesn’t noticeably slow when the last minutes are being struck.
The gongs in a modern minute repeater are generally made of hardened steel; some Patek watches have what are called “cathedral” gongs, which are 1.5 times longer than conventional gongs (and which, based on our experience, have a noticeably deeper and richer sound). Now, despite the relative predictability of modern manufacturing methods, making repeaters remains something of a dark art, and the acoustic qualities of each repeater can vary depending on the properties of the case, movement, dial, and even whether or not the repeater is gem-set, so Patek makes 21 different grades of standard gongs, as well as 21 different grades of cathedral repeater gongs. Gongs are made by hand, one at a time, and learning how to make them is a rather time consuming process – we’re told that, in general, Patek’s watchmakers have to make a hundred or so of a given grade of gong in order to have mastered that type well enough to be allowed to make that grade for actual production minute repeaters. Gongs range from just 0.48mm to 0.6mm in diameter.

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Let’s talk about myths and legends for a moment. First of all, we have it straight from Patek Philippe replica that yes, Thierry Stern personally listens to, and approves, each Patek Philippe minute repeater before letting it out into the world. There are four basic stages in the validation process. First, the repeater is approved by the watchmaker who made it. Second, it goes to the anechoic chamber (a room lined with material that suppresses echoes, which would otherwise make for a recording that isn’t clean enough) and a recording is made which undergoes computational analysis for desired parameters. Third, the repeater is listened to by Patek’s senior watchmaker in charge of chiming complications. And, finally, the repeater is sent to Thierry Stern. By the time a repeater gets to Mr. Stern’s office there’s a good chance it will be approved, but very occasionally rejections do occur – not often, according to Patek, but often enough that it’s not just a formality. There are certain basic objective parameters – the sound on average for Patek repeaters is about 60 decibels, the chimes should ring for almost exactly 18 seconds – but a great deal of the vetting process for repeaters is still subjectively done by the human ear.

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There are a number of reasons a repeater might be rejected – the hour, quarter, and minute strikes are each evaluated separately, for instance, but they must all work together harmoniously as well. Tempo and volume are also evaluated. We had a chance, as a group, to do a blind evaluation of three different repeaters from recordings made by Patek, and even blind, there was surprising consensus on the quality of each repeater, with several participants able to correctly identify case material, and with virtually unanimous rejection of one watch by our group – and it turns out that this particular watch had been rejected by Mr. Stern as well.

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One very interesting point that we discussed extensively is the degree to which case material affects sound. Amongst repeater aficionados, it’s often said that rose gold is the “best” case material in terms of sound quality. While it’s true that rose gold has a characteristic sound profile, it’s not always true that it’s the best in any objective sense. Platinum, for instance, can have a somewhat dull, muted tone, but it can also, at its best, have a kind of crystalline quality you don’t get from a gold case, so a lot of it is really down to personal preference. It’s a bit like the difference between a big Bordeaux and Japanese sake; the latter has a much narrower flavor profile, but within that there are infinite shades of variety and just as surely as there is lousy sake you wouldn’t use to wash out a cat box, and sake that will make you feel like you’re viewing cherry blossoms in spring in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, there are both lousy and terrific platinum minute repeaters.
Another very interesting fact is that consensus was nearly universal that some of the clearest, most beautifully resonant sound came from two of the smallest watches we saw: the references 7002/450G Four Seasons Symphony and the wonderful 7000R Ladies First repeater. I knew the sound of the Ladies First repeater from earlier listening, but I hadn’t heard the Four Seasons Symphony before, and the sound was exceptional – similar, oddly enough, in some respects to the sound from the reference 5073R, which, like the 5073P, has cathedral gongs. The presence of diamonds definitely seems to have an impact on the color of the sound, apart from considerations of size, case material, and movement characteristics.

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Oh, about the horse urine – that’s actually a dead serious part of minute repeater history. The story one hears is that one of the trade secrets for making repeaters is that the final quenching of the gongs took place in that particular liquid back in The Good Old Days. To put it in context, throughout the history of metallurgy there have been stories of exotic substances used to quench and temper steel, up to and including human blood, which was supposedly used for the best Damascus steel.
I asked Patek’s master watchmaker in New York Laurent Junod about this piece of possible horological apocrypha and he said that it was absolutely true. It turns out that urine has been a favored substance for quenching steel for centuries, thanks to its ammonia content – ammonia contains nitrogen, and there’s a process called nitriding, which produces something known as a case-hardened surface in steel, and if you think I’m blowing smoke, you can read all about it in “The Effects Of Human And Animal Urine On Nitriding For Improved Hardness Property Of Aluminum Alloy Materials” in the European Journal Of Material Sciences (which talks about nitriding steel as well).

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can’t get anywhere else. Undoubtedly, you’re disappointed to have come to the end of this story without a single recording of one of these watches, no? Fortunately we have something quite extraordinary to share with you again – in 2013 we recorded what was then the entire Patek Philippe minute repeater collection and you can jump back in time and have a listen again to something really extraordinary here.

In an horological world where new and better are constant buzzwords, it’s great to see such old-school watchmaking still going on at this level. There is absolutely nothing wrong with blazing new trails and advancing horological science but to see to this day what you can get out of absolutely classic methods and materials provides a connection to the history of watchmaking at its best, not easily obtained elsewhere.

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And, as a bonus, here’s our exclusive video coverage of one Patek chiming complication that wasn’t part of the presentation I attended: the quality Patek Philippe replica Grandmaster Chime, reference 5175R, made to celebrate Patek’s 175th anniversary. Oh, and if your ears don’t get too tired, why not treat yourself to the video we put together that time we went hands-on with the Henry Graves Supercomplication – that’s right, you can hear it do its thing too.

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Patek Philippe replica Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

Two plain-faced beauties, the replica Patek Philippe Calatrava and A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia, go head to head in this comparison test from the WatchTime archives. Jens Koch gets in depth with the two timepieces and Nik Schölzel provides the original photography.

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A complication is a pretty thing, but it certainly doesn’t improve the legibility of a watch’s time display. And since the time of day is the most frequently sought information on a watch’s dial, it makes perfect sense to concentrate on the bare essentials: hours, minutes and perhaps also a subdial for the seconds hand to show that the watch is still running. Even the presence of a date display can detract from the perfect harmony and clarity of a dial. The beauty of A. Lange & Söhne’s Saxonia and Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Reference 5196 resides in their simplicity. Absolutely nothing superfluous can be found on these gorgeously pure wristwatches. Both brands rank among the world’s finest manufactures. And each has roots that reach back to the 19th century. Ferdinand Adolph Lange founded the original A. Lange & Söhne in the small town of Glashütte in the Kingdom of Saxony (in what is now eastern Germany) in 1845. Lange developed the three-quarters plate and built pocket watches famous for their high quality. They were universally acknowledged as the finest timepieces made in Germany. The company was disbanded in 1945, and only in 1990 was the A. Lange & Söhne name resurrected by a new company founded, like the first, in Glashütte. The company is now owned by the Richemont Group.

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Patek Philippe, which was founded in 1839, is privately owned. This manufacture has created numerous spectacular timepieces in the course of its illustrious history, including the world’s most complicated pocket replica watches, which were built on commission from the banker Henry Graves. Patek Philippe was also among the first brands to produce wristwatches. The Calibre 89 pocket watch, which debuted in 1989, has 33 functions and remains the world’s most complicated portable timepiece (roughly the size of a grapefruit, it’s so large that the term “watch” seems like a misnomer). The two timepieces we tested are a far cry from the complicated creations for which both brands are famed. Each watch displays nothing but the time; each shows the passing seconds on an off-center subdial; and each has indices rather than numerals. The bare-essentials appearance of the dial reflects the simplicity of the movements. Neither has a self-winding mechanism. Both are therefore able to fit in very slim, elegant cases. Although the movements stick strictly to the basics, both are elaborately decorated by hand. The cases and other visible components are also of the highest quality. In a nutshell, they represent pure ticking luxury.
Both watches look to the past for their design inspiration. The Calatrava reference 5196 bears the same final digits as the original Calatrava, the reference 96 from 1932. The reference 5196 borrows its precursor’s dauphine hands, seconds subdial, faceted indices and wreath of tiny dots forming the minute circle. The diameter of the 96 was significantly smaller, so the rim of its seconds subdial was tangent to the periphery of the dial at 6 o’clock. It isn’t so easy to identify the Saxonia’s precursor. A model with this name was introduced at the brand’s rebirth in 1994. Like the current model, the 1994 Saxonia eschewed both numerals and automatic winding, but its rhombic indices differed from the indices on the new Saxonia. Like all Lange models launched since the firm’s revival, the Saxonia has lancet-shaped hands. The new version debuted last year. It replaces the Lange 1815, which contained the same caliber. The other models in the Saxonia collection are the Grand Saxonia Automatic (41 mm in diameter) and the Saxonia Automatic (37 mm, with a big date display).

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The Calatrava and Saxonia are both 37 mm in diameter – an appropriate size for a dress watch in this era of ever-larger cases. Each is also just 8 mm thick, which means it can vanish unobtrusively beneath a well-tailored shirt cuff. Both watches appear even slimmer than they are thanks to the satin finishing on the case sides and domed sapphire crystal. With its narrow bezel and comparatively long lugs, the Calatrava looks even flatter than the Saxonia, which has a more highly domed and significantly broader bezel.
One obvious difference between the two watches is the absence of a viewing window in the back of the Calatrava. Why did Patek Philippe omit it? The answer comes into view when one opens the case and discovers that the Caliber 215 is gorgeous, but also quite petite — slightly less than 22 mm in diameter. A similarly small viewing window might have been a disappointment. The self-winding Calatrava models, by contrast, do have exhibition casebacks, perhaps because their Caliber 315 SC, at 27 mm in diameter, is significantly larger than the 215. Even though Caliber 215 ticks unseen in the dark confines of a windowless case, Patek Philippe has given it the fine finishing and decorative flourishes associated with the best Geneva watchmaking: Geneva waves, beveled and polished edges, polished screw heads, satin-finished transmission wheel and ratchet wheel, polished flanks on the gears’ teeth, and a Gyromax balance. The movement also bears the Geneva Seal. The layout of the bridges hearkens back to the days of Patek pocket watches.

Patek Philippe replica Calatrava vs. Lange Saxonia

The Saxonia isn’t as shy; it shows off its movement through a sapphire caseback. Its movement, Caliber L941.1, doesn’t completely fill the case, either, but at 25.6 mm in diameter it is appreciably larger than the Patek caliber. The white gold rim around the window in the caseback provides room for the company name and watch serial number but isn’t unduly broad. The three-quarters plate, a tribute to the plates used in Lange’s 19-century pocket watches, is made of nickel silver and adorned with Glashütte waves. It is dotted with ruby jewels in gold settings, which are held in place by blued screws. The screw balance is affixed to a cock with hand-engraved embellishments and, on top, a swan’s neck fine adjustment mechanism. The edges are beveled and polished; the heads of the screws are polished; and the pallets, the escape wheel and the cover plate of the escape wheel are polished. Unlike the Calatrava’s movement, the Saxonia’s is equipped with a stop-seconds function, which stops its seconds hand when the crown is pulled out. This feature makes it easier to set the watch with to-the-second accuracy. Winding and setting both watches is easy. The Calatrava clicks nobly while it is being wound, whereas the Saxonia is nearly inaudible.

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The crowns on both watches are fairly easy to grasp. Very little force is needed to operate them. The somewhat larger crown on the Calatrava, combined with this watch’s slimness, means the winding button lies very close to the wrist. If you like to wear your watch low on your wrist, the crown might press uncomfortably against the back of your hand. Furthermore, the domed back gives this watch a tendency to shift position. The Saxonia fits more comfortably on the wrist, not solely because its crown is smaller, but also because its back is flat and its lugs are mounted very low. All this helps to prevent slippage on the wrist.
Both watches have hand-sewn, crocodile leather straps with cut edges and are of excellent quality. The Patek Philippe strap shines with glossy clear lacquer, while the Lange one has a matte finish. Each strap has a simple prong buckle, in keeping with the watches’ overall minimalist design. A folding clasp is more elaborate and doesn’t necessarily enhance wearing comfort. Patek Philippe facets its prong very beautifully, but merely bends it around the crosspiece. The polished buckle is a good match for the watch and is instantly identifiable as being from Patek Philippe. Lange mills its prong from a solid block of precious metal and reinforces the buckle with an additional crossbar. The strap is guided through the buckle so that it scarcely needs to be bent; the clasp and strap fit closely on the wrist. The name “Lange” appears on the buckle in clear, capital letters.

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