— This year Replica Jaquet Droz Watches has bestowed its Lady 8 with a mechanical animation in the form of a blossoming lotus flower.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Big Bang model, Hublot is revisiting a Grande Complication. Based on the manufacture Unico movement, the HUB 1270 calibre offers three major complications: the chronograph, the perpetual calendar and the moon phase.
The chronograph and calendar module has been completely redesigned and bears Hublot’s hallmarks and finishes. Its skeleton movement is styled with the same look as the Aero, with an anthracite ruthenium coating, satin-finished steel elements and micro-blasted main plates and bridges. The mechanism is visible beneath its sapphire dial.
Measuring 45 mm in diameter, the Big Bang Chrono Perpetual Calendar is available in a King Gold version (an alloy of red gold and platinum exclusive to Hublot) (Ref. 406.OM.0180.RX) or in a titanium version (Ref. 406.NM.0170.RX).
The Big Bang Chrono Perpetual Calendar has two different types of hand: a white hand for the perpetual calendar and a red arrow-shaped hand for the chronograph. The perpetual calendar functions are shown by hands. The days are positioned at 6 o’clock, the months and leap years at 9 o’clock and the date at 12 o’clock.
The moon cycle is reproduced on a round window at 3 o’clock, so that two moons appear to alternate beneath the sapphire, part of which is in fumé glass. On the mechanical chronograph, the seconds hand is in the centre, the hour counter is at 6 o’clock and the 30-minute counter is at 9 o’clock.
The piece is paired with a ribbed black rubber strap fitted with the “One click” attachment system.
On the eve of Baselworld 2015 we publish the second article in a two-part series that looks at the watch of the near future. Read the first part here.
Design: The design will need to take several factors into account: a solid case back to allow the battery to be charged, space for sensors (health applications), a new means of attaching the strap (more on this later) , a system for connecting the sapphire crystal with the digital motor of the fake watches UK, a separate housing for the mechanical movement and a means of removing modules from the watch without needing a watchmaker. The solution to horological obsolescence is found in Google’s ARA project. You just need an interchangeable digital module that can be integrated into the watch. In this way, the Swiss replica watches maintains the longevity that befits a luxury object but will at the same time be able to evolve like a digital instrument!
The strap: It could be the most important component in the watch, version 2.0. Why? Researchers have recently discovered a way of generating electrical energy from body heat using high-tech straps. So we can easily imagine a watch strap that produces energy, connected to the watch case using a specific form of attachment. This would also solve, or at least alleviate, the problem of recharging. You would just need a battery that could be recharged by the strap or by induction to ensure a sufficient power reserve for the cheap replica watches.
Material: The future is in aluminium and recycled plastics, or new lightweight, biocompatible alloys. This will be the next battle in smart watches : new customers will pay attention to the respect for the environment.
The sapphire crystal: Along with energy, this is the other challenge for the Breitling replica watches, version 2.0. How to show digital and mechanical at the same time? The solution comes from the structure of sapphire crystal and the use of a new complication that is already used in other fields : the ability to project images on to glass or make them disappear so that the glass becomes transparent. The new sapphire crystal will act as both an interface and a means of protection. It will be connected to the watch’s digital motor and operated by its wearer, turning the look from classic to “i-look”.
Mechanical functions: Their role will become secondary, but overriding in terms of emotion. The watch may therefore house different ultra-thin calibres with three hands, a chronograph or GMT to give it the right look. They would have to fit with the design of the watch and could try some stylistic innovations such as blue, red or green movements!
The digital module: It will work hand-in-hand with the mechanical movement and will be housed side by side in the case. It would either have to be hidden or made visually appealing. A lot of gadgets today allow us to see energy visually. Why not try this with a watch? As previously mentioned, it would probably have to be removable.
Digital functions: Here, the sky is the limit, but we could imagine some additions to the classic calendar, health and communication options. What about functions that give some information on how the mechanical calibre is running?
That would be as useless as it is fascinating.
Conclusion: Who and when?
This is a road map that may inspire some Rolex replica watches brands. They have probably already started to work on some of these ideas. But what we really need is to see them open up to the world rather than stick to their suicidal attitude of “that’s not the way we do things here”.
As we mentioned in the first part of this review, one of the six patents covering this masterpiece is the convertible Amadeo® case system, which allows you to transform the replica watches UK from a wristwatch into a pocket watch or even a desk clock. One of the peculiarities of this case is that it allows the Swiss replica watches to have a dial with the hour, minute and seconds indications on both sides. As a result, the owner faces a difficult choice between two equally appealing faces.
The first has an hour and minute subdial in the upper half of the dial, with a large aperture in the 12 o’clock position that shows off the patented spherical differential that cuts the winding time in half. Three slender blued hands mounted on the tourbillon’s central axis count off the seconds in 20-second increments around a 120-degree arc in the centre of the dial. In the middle of this scale, on the central axis of the movement, a separate hand points to the remaining power reserve on a scale that is metallised into the sapphire crystal.
The second face offers a slightly smaller subdial in the upper half, indicating only the hours, above which is a separate 120-degree arc with a retrograde pointer that displays the minutes. The only similarity with the other side is the sectorial seconds indicator, which is in the same position but read off against the three arms of the tourbillon carriage. The tourbillon remains clearly visible and, as with all Bovet timepieces, undisturbed in its rotation, with the gaze distracted only by the beautiful hand engraving on the movement bridges.
But the bridges are just the most visible testament to the craftsman’s touch. Every single one of the 722 movement components passes through the hands of the brand’s artisans to be chamfered, bevelled or polished. Simply rounding and polishing the curved arms of the tourbillon bridge alone can take up to two days of work.
For those who wish to complement the personalization of the artisan’s engraving with their own touch of distinction, Bovet can produce the reversed-hand dial in a variety of precious materials or even with a miniature painting. All of the case surfaces, can, of course, be set with precious stones. Bovet’s owner, Mr Pascal Raffy, wanted to push things further, however, and insisted on offering the possibility of setting the inside of the case, specifically both flanges and the inside of the case band. Fully paved in this way, the piece accommodates 14 carats of stones and costs in excess of 1 million Swiss francs. Without the precious stones the price is only slightly less eye-watering, with the Bovet Amadeo® Fleurier Braveheart® available from 440,000 Swiss francs as a limited edition of 30 pieces each in 18-carat red or white gold and 20 pieces in platinum.