The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork: 5 Things to Know

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork combines expertise in several arts to create an amazingly detailed and realistic automaton with minute repeater. This new model also features a clear sapphire dial that reveals the complex mechanism behind the moving parts. Here are five things you need to know about this new timepiece.

The namesake of the Jaquet Droz replica watches uk for sale brand, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, was an 18th century Swiss watchmaker who was known for creating outstanding examples of what some today might call very early robots. Known as automata, these figures took various forms, including human and animal, and they came in various sizes, from tiny miniatures to life-size. Exceptionally complex machinery caused the figures to perform a variety of tasks, including playing musical instruments, writing, and drawing. Jaquet-Droz was a master of this art, and he often included animatronic birds in famous table clocks, pocketwatches, and music boxes. The Bird Repeater Openwork is a remarkable tribute to Jaquet-Droz from the company that bears his name. Here are five things you should know about it.

1. The Animation

Triggering the mechanism brings the three-dimensional figures to life. One of the adult birds bobs down, offering a beakful of food to a fledgling. The other adult spreads its wings, revealing an array of colored feathers. At the same time, the egg opens to reveal a chick, and the waterfall flows in a new replica watches uk continuous cascade. In all, the movement animates eight distinct and synchronized animations: the movement of the birds’ heads and wings, the movement of the fledglings, the hatching of the egg and the waterfall.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

2. A Transparent Dial

This new interpretation of the original Bird Repeater, created in 2012, appears to have no dial, but in fact the dial is clear sapphire. This construction has two effects. It naturally opens the complex mechanism behind the automata, allowing the owner to appreciate the best replica watches uk movement’s complexity and craftsmanship. Because the movement components are black, anthracite and gray, the colorful animations clearly stand out, again enhancing the viewing pleasure.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

3. The Minute Repeater

Standing alone, the animated display is a masterwork sure to impress any aficionado, yet Jaquet Droz does not stop there. The Montblanc replica watches store slide also activates a minute repeater, one of the most difficult haute horlogerie complications to master. The mechanism strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes as the birds perform their graceful ballet. The repeater’s chimes are produced by a cathedral gong that circles the movement twice, resulting in pleasing, resonant tones.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

4. An Objet d’art

The actions already described are impressive, but a full appreciation of the craftsmanship this piece embodies requires a closer look. The representation of the birds is realistic down to the fake watches uk smallest detail. The birds are anatomically accurate, from the forms of the bodies to the feathers, and even the tiny beaks and eyes. The details and the vivid colors showcase the work of the Jaquet Droz painters and engravers most impressively in the birds’ finely rendered plumage.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork

5. A Modern Interpretation

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater Openwork is presented in a streamlined, contemporary case, fashioned from solid 18k white gold. The overall dimensions are 47 mm in diameter and 18.4 mm in height. The genuine replica watches sale manually wound movement is Caliber RMA 88. It runs at a classic 18,000 vph in 69 jewels for 48 hours on a single wind. The black alligator strap with alligator lining is hand-made with rolled edges and is secured with an 18k-white-gold folding clasp.

Watch Test: Nomos Glashütte Lux

Nomos is known for its affordable manufacture Siwss replica watches. With its white-gold Lux model, the Glashütte-based brand entered a higher price range. Originally published in our June 2014 issue, writer Jens Koch takes us deep into the timepiece and Nik Schölzel and Nomos provide outstanding photography.

For years, Nomos built simple, hand-wound watches and was known for value. Gradually, the company, based in the German town of Glashütte, augmented those basic models with additional features: a date display, automatic winding, a power-reserve display and even a world-time indicator. As it did so, Nomos steadily lifted the upper limit of its price range. The logical next step was gold top replica watches with finely embellished movements – which is just what Nomos provides in the Lux.


Both its case and its movement are tonneau shaped. The outer part of the dial frames the time display in robin’s egg blue. As Nomos points out in a press release, the styling of the dial, including its blue color, recalls a Bauhaus-inspired kitchen clock that Max Bill designed for Junghans in 1957. The blue is a good match for the watch as a whole. It also softens the otherwise severely geometric architecture of slim, straight hands and indexes. (There is also an all-white-dial version of the watch.) The Lux is instantly identifiable as a Nomos: its dial and hands call to mind the Orion, a round cheap replica watches sale that is one of Nomos’s best-known models. The Lux case looks very compact, and the rounded corners and edges feel nice to the touch. The crystal has a slightly convex bulge. Slender stirrups anchor the strap, giving space between it and the case. They conceal sprung crosspieces that can be opened without tools by moving the little slides on the underside of the strap.

The time is perfectly legible. The narrow hands contrast well enough with the dial, but their widths are nearly identical; and the hour indexes are only slightly longer than the minutes  indexes. The watch is very comfortable: the strap feels soft and supple; the buckle isn’t unnecessarily bulky. The high quality replica watches is pleasantly light in weight and no sharp edges can be seen or felt. But with its smooth back, this watch has a tendency to slide around on a narrow wrist.

Nomos offers only two options for the strap: black or dark brown horsehide. The Horween Tannery in Chicago supplies this long-wearing leather, tanned over the course of six months. Nomos also uses this so-called “shell cordovan” leather, taken from the horse’s hindquarters, for the straps on its other models, but the Lux strap is more thickly padded for a fuller look than the straps on the other watches.

The white-gold buckle is new, too. When it’s closed, the rear crosspiece comes to rest atop the strap, where it doubles as a belt loop. This practical detail is a handsome visual echo of the slender strap lugs. Like the case, the clasp is meticulously polished, although scrutiny through a loupe discovered slight tool marks on the buckle’s underside. Careful examination of the case finds milled notches, which help a watchmaker lift off the snap-on back and bezel. The craftsmanship as a whole is quite good.

It’s particularly impressive on the movement. Caliber DUW 2002, made in house, conforms to the tenets of traditional Glashütte watchmaking: it has a three-quarter plate, screwed gold settings, a swan’s neck fine adjustment mechanism and a hand-engraved balance cock. The screw balance and decorations also show signs of excellent craftsmanship: the screws are blued, their heads are polished, and the edges of flat components are beveled and polished. The crown wheel, which is visible through the transparent caseback, boasts a Glashütte sunburst pattern and is positioned at the center of a sunray motif that radiates across the plate. This decoration looks very handsome, but through a loupe one can see vertical stripes left on the plate when the circular graining was milled. A hidden message in cursive writing comes to light when one examines the manual engraving on the balance cock. It reads, “Mit Liebe gefertigt in Glashütte” (“Made with love in Glashütte”). The two directions for fine   adjustment – nach (loss) and vor (gain) – are also engraved by hand. The window occupies nearly the entire caseback, and through it one can read the gold-filled engravings that give the caliber number, jewel count, serial number and company name.

The two barrels are positioned under the jewels, which lack settings. The barrels give the movement an ample 84-hour power reserve. Our tested Montblanc replica watches sale  proved its mettle and kept running for the promised 3½ days.

The Lux has a stop-seconds function that enables the wearer to set the watch precisely to a time signal. Pulling out the crown stops the balance, and hence the seconds hand. The crown is well shaped, making winding and setting easy.


Caliber DUW 2002 is not new. (“DUW” stands for Deutsche Urhrenwerk, or “German watch movement.”) It has been available since 2006, and was first used in a watch marketed under the name of the German retailer Wempe. (The discount replica watches is still available, although Nomos no longer sells movements to Wempe.) Nomos finely adjusts the movement in six positions and according to chronometric specifications, although it is not officially certified. The Lux we tested passed the timing tolerances required for chronometer certification, but only barely: on our timing machine, the daily deviations in the various positions ranged between -1 and +5 seconds, so the greatest deviation among the several positions was 6 seconds. The average deviation was a pleasingly low +1.7 seconds, but the amplitude waned in the flat positions.

The three-quarterplate movement conforms to Glashütte watchmaking traditions.

The price for the Lux, $20,500, approaches the prices that Patek Philippe and A. Lange & Söhne charge for three-handed dress cheap Siwss replica watches. For that sum, you’ll get a fine timepiece, but you won’t get the impressive cost-benefit ratio of Nomos’s basic models like the Tangente. Image usually plays a big role in this upper price tier, and Nomos hasn’t yet earned a correspondingly refined image. Furthermore, the Wempe Chronometerwerke Glashütte, which has the same movement as the Lux, also in a gold case, costs 40 percent less than the Lux.

The Lux also comes in a version with an all-white dial.


The Charmex CX Swiss Military Watch That Broke a Scuba Diving Record

You have probably never heard of Charmex nor of Ahmed Gabr, but there are at least two reasons why both are worth knowing. In 2005, the Swiss Rolex replica watches for men company Charmex launched a massive dive watch capable of withstanding water pressures down to 12,000 feet. It was not only the most water-resistant (serially produced) mechanical dive watch at that time, but also the only (7750-based) chronograph amongst similar “extreme” dive watches.

In 2009, that watch was replaced by a slightly smaller (but, at 28.5 mm, still very thick) titanium model called the CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet. And you guessed it, with a 6,000-meter water resistance (excluding a 10% to 20% safety margin), it was once again the first, and up until today one of the very few,high quality Montblanc replica watches offering that kind of depth rating. Furthermore, since it retains its predecessor’s chronograph functions, it is still the most water-resistant mechanical diving chronograph watch ever produced.

CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet

The watch was, of course, tested underwater when it was introduced, but no human being can reach those kind of depths without a hull around him.

That’s were Ahmed Gabr comes into play. The Egyptian diver (and former Special Forces member) recently broke a scuba diving world record in Dahab: as of September 18, Gabr holds the record for the deepest saltwater scuba dive, at 332.35 meters. As you might have expected, he was wearing a CX Swiss Military 20,000 Feet watch during this dive. The record-setting descent demonstrates the difference between what’s possible to engineer in a Breitling fake watches and what the actual human limits of scuba diving are.

Gabr’s dive lasted 13 hours and 15 minutes and required 92 pressure air tanks.

Ahmed Gabr diving with CX Swiss Military watch

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04

As it demonstrated with many of its New Rolex Replica Watches at Baselworld 2014, Breitling continues to equip more and more of its watch collection with in-house movements, including its Breitling for Bentley watches. The latest of these is the Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04, a new “travel chronograph” bearing design influences from Bentley cars.

The Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 gets the automotive-inspired ‘Light Body” nickname from its lightweight titanium case, and the “B04″ from its movement, which was also used in last year’s Breitling for Bentley B04 models, with steel and rose gold cases.

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 - mood

The case is 49 mm in diameter, water-resistant to 100 meters, and sports the Bentley collection’s hallmark features, including ergonomic curves, asymmetrical lugs, and broad bezel with a knurled motif echoing the look of a Bentley radiator grille. The Montblanc Replica Watches UK signature function (it also includes a chronograph) is its easy-to-use timezone-changing system, which the wearer can operate by simply pulling out the crown and turning it forward or backward in one-hour increments to set a new local time without any loss of precision in terms of the minutes. meanwhile, the date will also automatically adjust to the new local time, in either direction. Travelers will also appreciate the rotating inner pinion bezel with a 24-city world-time scale that enables at-a-glance readings of the time in any other time zone in the world.

Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 - front

The dial (available in Royal Ebony or Tungsten colors) has subdials for the chronograph 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock, respectively, and for running seconds at 9 o’clock. The center-mounted GMT hand is red. The dial has an openworked circular pattern that allows the wearer a glimpse into the movement, and is protected by a curved sapphire crystal, glare-proofed on both sides.

Breitling’s automatic manufacture Caliber B04 has 47 jewels, a speedy frequency of 28,800 vph, and a long power reserve of more than 70 hours. Like all Breitling calibers, it Best Breitling Replica Watches has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The Breitling for Bentley GMT Light Body B04 comes on a rubber “GMT” strap and is priced at $13,665.