Audemars Piguet’s Concept replica watches are rarely subtle. Like their equivalents in the motoring world, they stretch convention far beyond core collection pieces by experimenting with form, function, materials and design.
A partnership between Audemars Piguet and Marvel’s Comic Universe, announced in March, was flagged as an opportunity to create another Concept watch, leading to speculation of how radical or safe the brand would go.
The answer, revealed in April, is the skeleton dial fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Concept “Black Panther” Flying Tourbillon, and it is hard to imagine a more radical first watch from a creative collaboration.
For a limited edition, a relatively substantial 250 pieces are being made, and one of the first to surface is with world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua, who shared a video of him unboxing the watch to his 12.3 million Instagram followers this week.
The top quality copy Audemars Piguet Black Panther Concept watch has a hand painted white gold rendition of the Marvel character looking like it lept straight off a cinema screen and onto the dial where it seems to be leaping over a flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock.
The dial sits in a futuristic 42mm titanium case with a black ceramic bezel and is worn on a bold purple rubber strap.
It uses AP’s in house calibre 2965, visible through a crystal case back, so you can see the sandblasted geometric titanium bridges coated with grey and black PVD, the back of the flying tourbillon cage and part of the gear train.
The new steel IWC Big Pilot’s Watch replica watch comes with either a traditional black dial or a more fashionable and contemporary blue variant. The big box we received at Fratello HQ contained the blue-dialed version and came with a brown and a very, very dark blue leather strap — it needs close inspection and a lot of light to discover it’s blue and not black — plus a five-link, brushed steel bracelet.
Both the blue leather strap and the bracelet were outfitted with a quick-change system so I used them both. The brown strap goes really well with the blue dial, but because the strap lacked IWC’s new EasX-CHANGE system, I stuck to the blue strap and the steel bracelet. For your information, a rubber strap with a quick release system is also available, but it wasn’t in the big box IWC sent us.
183 grams of B-Uhr
Before I tell you about my real-life experiences with the 43 mm copy IWC Big Pilot’s Watch, let’s start with a little background and historical information. All modern Big Pilot’s Watches are descendants of the Beobachtungsuhr from the 1940s. That watch was built for bomber navigators to the precise specifications of the German Aviation Ministry. The 55×16.5 mm “B-Uhr” weighed a hefty 183 grams and was made by brands such as Wempe, Stowa, A. Lange & Söhne, and IWC. The B-uhr production spanned from 1941 onwards and the watch had an onion crown for ease of use while wearing gloves, and a specially designed leather strap. With the launch of the 46.2×15.8mm Big Pilot’s Watch Ref. 5002 in 2002 high quality replica IWC re-interpreted the utilitarian B-Uhr and created a modern icon. The modern “Big Pilot” is bold, big, and can’t be overlooked — there are simply not too many sleeves under which it can hide.
The only “problem” with the modern Big Pilot is its 46.2mm case. Many love it, want it, try it and then reach the conclusion that 46mm+ is simply too big. IWC reaches out by shaving off 3.2mm. The Big Pilot’s Watch 43 still stays true to the primal B-Uhr and also looks like a close relative of the 46.2mm modern version. “With the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 we have returned to the extreme purity of the original B-Uhr designed over 80 years ago and created a simple three-hand watch with no other elements on the dial. Despite its small size, the 43-millimeter case combines a bold look with great wearing comfort,” says Christian Knoop, Creative Director of IWC, during an interactive session preceding Watches and Wonders.
Not a simple reduction
Knoop was really eager to design a new “Big Pilot” with just three hands and nothing else on the dial he explained: “The idea of a pure Swiss movement copy IWC Big Pilot’s Watch with no power reserve and a date window has been a topic of discussion in the IWC community for years. I’ve always wanted to design a new Big Pilot’s Watch with three hands. Incidentally, the watch is not a simple reduction of the large model. We have carefully reworked and improved every detail, such as the size and proportions of the case and crown, the graphic elements on the dial, and the shape of the hands.”
Magnetism is no longer a big threat
Interestingly, the soft-iron inner case to fend off disturbing magnetic fields is absent. The automatic in-house 4Hz caliber 82100 with Pellaton winding mechanism has been fortified with ceramic and silicon components making it naturally more resistant to magnetic influence.
It has a power reserve of sixty hours and comprises 192 components of which some are decorated with Côtes de Genève and perlage. How do I know? Because the movement is visible through a sapphire case back. So unlike its big brother and the original watch from eighty years ago, there’s no obstructing inner case.
I wanted to know whether this movement was entirely anti-magnetic, so I asked IWC CEO Chris Grainger-Herr. “No, the movement is not made entirely from anti-magnetic materials,” he responded. “We didn’t want to create a completely new anti-magnetic caliber, but the use of modern materials has contained the threat of magnetic disturbances sufficiently. And therefore we opted for an open case back.”
The price for black dialed Ref. IW329301 and cheap fake IWC Ref. IW329303 with the blue dial on the leather strap is €8,950. The Ref. IW329304 with blue dial and steel bracelet costs €9,950. To put that into perspective, the 46.2mm BP has a starting price of €13,300. With the BP you don’t get the date and the power reserve indicator, but I can’t say that’s insuperable. And the wearability of the BP 43 exceeds its big brother with ease. Find more information about the Big Pilot’s Watch 43 on IWC’s website.
One of those brands is Chopard. While Chopard fake most certainly has many sporty creations in its collection, the brand has always remained set on the concept of the dress watch, continuing to successfully offer these watches over the years.
Especially after opening its own manufacture 25 years ago, Chopard offered signature dress watches with movements to match. Today, more than ever, a dress watch needs to be able to entice with an exceptional movement as well.
One of the watches that Chopard introduced to celebrate its manufacture’s anniversary in 2021 has a sporty side but will also suck you in to the fine art of loving dress watches too.
The 1:1 quality fake Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee has a pleasing stainless steel case and two-color dial, but it also has so much refinement that many gold-encased dress watches would be jealous. The attention to detail is breathtaking, from the shape of the hands to the distinctive finish of the dial.
The L.U.C QF Jubilee meets the strict Qualité Fleurier criteria – the first qualitative horological certification for encased watches – and is the very first stainless steel Chopard copy watch of Chopard to be awarded this rare mark of excellence, which unites several tests within one single certification. These watches must be 100 percent manufactured in Switzerland; C.O.S.C. certified as a chronometer; successfully Chronofiable tested (a Swiss certification that basically tests that a watch will age gracefully); and finished according to haute horlogerie criteria. And the finished watch must pass the Fleuritest, a local procedure that ensures that the watch’s rate is between 0 and +5 seconds’ deviation per day.
The question is whether the 39 mm copy Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee will be bought by owners of sportier watches looking for something more refined or connoisseurs who already wear dress watches looking for something sportier?
Either way, the only downside about the L.U.C QF Jubilee is that Chopard will make just 25 of them – so it won’t have much chance to convert many people to the art of dress watches.
Quick Facts Chopard L.U.C QF Jubilee
Case: 39 x 8.9 mm, stainless steel, 30 m water resistance
Movement: manually wound Caliber L.U.C 96.09-L with 65-hour power reserve, 28,800 vph/4 Hz frequency, officially C.O.S.C. chronometer and Qualité Fleurier certified
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds
Limitation: 25 pieces
For a brand that is known for their Swiss-made copy Patek Philippe perpetual calendar watches, this latest novelty from the venerable watch manufacturer is certainly welcomed. Visually, one of the most interesting aspects of the watch lies in the calendar display – the day, date, and month indicators are placed on a straight row together. This is the first time high-end replica Patek Philippe has incorporated this on a wristwatch, in which it was inspired by the manufacture’s pocket watch in the form of the Ref. 725/4.
The 41.3mm Patek Philippe Calatrava replica watch is only 11.07mm thick, which is impressive for a watch with the perpetual calendar complication. It is currently only available in platinum, and it will be priced at S$171,500. This is a stunning clone watch, and we reckon it will surely be a popular piece amongst collectors who have the means to acquire it.
It’s fair to say that most people have probably put on a couple of COVID kilos during the rolling lockdowns we’ve all gone through over the last 12 months. I know I have. But now that things are slowly returning to a semblance of normality and confidence is growing that our future plans won’t be derailed, it’s time to start getting back into shape. Unfortunately for watch collectors, there aren’t many of our beloved Swiss watchmakers who are able to help us with this daunting task. But there is one La Chaux-de-Fonds based manufacture who can actually offer some assistance – high quality replica TAG Heuer. With the recent launch of the copy TAG Heuer Connected collection for 2021, the new watches are packed with new features that are aimed to make your days healthier and your golf handicap more fearsome.
To understand better what the latest orange rubber strap fake TAG Heuer Connected collection looks like, it’s worth briefly reminding ourselves of the quantum leap that was made last year with the launch of the generation 3. The collection for 2021 is physically the same as last year, so a refresher is important. The steel case has a diameter of 45mm and a relatively slim 13.5mm thickness, making it more than comfortable on most wrists as a daily wear, while featuring a number of classic Carrera-inspired design cues.
Take the lugs for instance, which have the same angular twist as they follow the curvature of your wrist. The tops of the lugs are polished, while the case sides are satin-brushed to emphasise the strong case lines. The strikingly geometric pushers on the right-hand side of the case flank the rubber-covered smart crown that serves as the steering wheel of the watch. Likewise the ceramic bezel is reminiscent of the ceramic bezel on a mechanical TAG Heuer chronograph, with polished faceted surfaces and a 60-minute scale around its circumference.
The caseback is also consistent with the other generation 3 models, with the infrared light sensor that reads your heart rate and the charging points that connect with the charging cradle that you sit the watch in overnight. Despite protruding slightly from where the sides of the case naturally end, the caseback is comfortable against the wrist both during exercise and while going about the rest of your day.
All of the information that the watch displays, as well as the multitude of different faces that you can choose for your Connected watch are communicated via the always-on 1.39-inch touchscreen OLED screen. It isn’t a massive amount of real-estate to work off, but it is easy-to-read and operate as you scroll through the different options to find the function you are looking for.
The straps that the best 1:1 replica TAG Heuer Connected collection offer are one of the strongest selling points. Not only are they very comfortable, using a quality grade of supple rubber, but they are also incredibly easy to swap with a quick-change mechanism that doesn’t require any tools. There are also a number of different coloured rubber options, but if that isn’t your thing, then the steel bracelet that the watch is available on is also a simple part of the watch to interact with and offers even more of a mechanical watch feel to what you have on your wrist.
As you’d expect from a smartwatch in 2021, the high-end copy TAG Heuer Connected offers all of the calls, messages, emails, and calendar notifications, as well as NFC payments with Google Pay, Google Maps and GPS and weather alerts. But the key updates are in the TAG Heuer Wellness app and the TAG Heuer Golf app, both of which have been improved this year.
The key updates for 2021 can be seen in the updated TAG Heuer Connected Wellness app, which maintains the same functionality when it comes to tracking specific activities, but is much improved in tracking your day-to-day biometrics. Using a display that shows your progress throughout the day with a pair of rings, one of which is your steps and the other is your calories burned, it’s a more functional way of communicating your incidental activities like, say, walking to work, rather than just a dedicated running session.
TAG Heuer has also made strides in the Golf app, which now features more accurate 3D and 2D maps of the 40,000 golf courses that the app contains, with better textures and detail including forests and even single trees. TAG Heuer super clone worked with the SceneKit framework to allow the app to render these details faster and smoother. Another improvement in the golf app is the club recommendation tool, which will now suggest the best club to use for a stroke depending on the conditions and distance. The club recommendation tool learns from your clubs you select and the performance you get out of each club, making it more accurate the more that you use it.
I like hiking on the weekends, but that’s as far as my exercise goes. All of the above basically means that most Panerai replica watches are firmly outside the realms of wrist-based realism for me. I simply cannot wear 44mm (or larger!). While there are more variables than just case diameter, which contribute to a watch’s visual impact on the wrist, anything over 42mm is usually too much for me.
Total Submersible domination
Panerai is well-known for its wrist-dominating watches. When a new release drops, I look on with intrigue but often get smacked in the face by unwieldy sizes (for me). Occasionally, something small in size drops, and then I can take a closer look, as indeed we have here today — the blue bezel fake Panerai PAM01209 Azzurro.
In a previous article, I’ve said that most of my collection is formed of dive watches. Something about the sporty, rugged style speaks to me on a visual design level. So happily, I’m looking at a model from Panerai’s Submersible line today. That’s the brand’s modern line of dive watches. The Swiss movement copy Panerai Submersible is perhaps the most rugged watch Panerai makes today, a non-nonsense dive watch with generous lashings of lume and a unidirectional bezel. Previously, the Submersible was part of the larger Luminor collection, but since 2019 it’s evolved into its own family of tool watches outright.
Bigger isn’t always better
As far as immediate visual cues go, the PAM01209 is obviously a dive watch, but it’s also quite reserved. It’s not screaming in your face and announcing itself to every passerby. I like that. I do not like bold, in-your-face designs for the most part. Panerai does an excellent job at keeping things classy with this watch and, indeed, on most of its watches. Good thing too, as big watches and brash designs DO NOT sit well with this author.
Now, you may have deduced so far that this watch falls into my preferred case size bracket. It’s a nice, modest, and wearable 42mm. Indeed it sits very nicely on my 7″ wrist. It feels good being able to write that. The Italian brand was one of the first luxury brands I became aware of in my journey in watches and watch collecting, and it’s one I’ve long had a soft spot for. So finally, finding a Panerai copy that I’d be able to consider adding to my collection is quite refreshing! Is that a spoiler for the rest of the article? Maybe…OK, SPOILER ALERT!
Casing the joint
Being a dive watch, it’s only appropriate that the PAM01209 Azzurro evokes the colors of the sea. The word ‘Azzurro’ is Italian for ‘light blue’, a not-so-subtle nod to the matte blue ceramic bezel. The watch is housed in a satin-finished steel case with a brushed unidirectional rotating bezel with a graduated scale. Like with all of the Submersible range, toughness and water resistance hold center stage with a rating of 300-meters, a screwed-in case back, and the Panerai’s signature crown protector all featuring.
The dial is matte black and features Panerai’s bold indices, hands, and dots. All of which have been generously applied with lume that gives off an aquatic green/blue color in low-light conditions. The combination of round hour markers and rounded, sausage-shaped markers at six o’clock and nine o’clock is somewhat playful. It’s hard to accurately describe what I mean here, other than anything other than rounded plots would have been visually jarring, at least it is when I try to imagine it.
Dropping a jeans size
The 42 mm replica Panerai Submersible PAM01209 Azzurro is powered by Panerai’s P.900 automatic movement. It has a rather impressive three-day power reserve and small seconds on a sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock.
The P.900 movement was first introduced in 2019 for the brand’s Luminor Due series of watches. The high-performing movement is Panerai’s first automatic movement of this diameter and thickness (4.2mm) to combine a date function with a three-day power reserve. This has the knock-on effect of allowing the full watch to measure just 13.22mm thick, including the sapphire crystal. In turn, this means that the watch has a lower center of gravity which helped it stay in place nicely on the wrist during my time wearing it. One of my main grumbles with dive watches, or watches in general, is when the thickness is out of proportion to the case size. Thankfully this is not the case here.
On the rear is a closed case back, protecting the P.900 inside. Usually, I’m a firm advocate for closed case backs on dive watches. They’re not necessary, but I actually think the P.900 is quite a handsome movement. There may not be lots going on visually, but the large, three-quarter bridge is nicely finished, and the vertical brushing is nice to look at. It’s so neat, tidy, and uniform, and for a workhorse movement, Panerai has clearly put in some effort. I doubt I will find a lot of support for this, though, so Panerai has probably made the right choice putting it behind a closed case back in the grand scheme of things.
Good strap choices
Panerai usually does good straps. From my experience, the brand’s straps have always been on point. Initially, this may seem like an odd point, but I’ve had too many experiences where a brand’s watches have been excellent, but their straps have felt like an afterthought. The most recent acquisition to my collection came on a strap that was atrocious given the watch’s price. Thankfully I had always intended to get a different strap regardless, but still — that’s not the point. So it’s good to see that clone Panerai doesn’t slack in this department.
There are two straps included in the package. The first is an excellent black, natural rubber accordion strap – the perfect accompaniment for a dive watch. The accordion-style allows for slight changes of wrist size when the watch is worn over a wetsuit. The second strap is a black Sportech strap, which was actually my favorite of the two. Usually, I go for rubber straps on my dive watches, but the black Sportech was the more comfortable and just looked a bit cooler, in my opinion.
A symbol of purity. A perpetual pleasure to wear. The suave successor in the Swiss made fake RM 037 collection, this new interpretation in white ceramic is the latest addition to the 1:1 best fake Richard Mille women’s collection. This model combines white ceramic, mother-of-pearl, and white gold for the very first time in a gently voluptuous combination. A lengthy, delicate machining and diamond grinding process is required to create the complex shapes of the white ATZ ceramic bezel and case back showcased by a matte finish. This ATZ ceramic is based on aluminum oxide powder tubes injected at a pressure of 2,000 bar. This high-pressure injection increases rigidity by 20-30% and reduces the material’s porosity to an absolute minimum. Hypo-allergenic and one of the hardest materials in the world after diamond, ATZ ceramic is valued for its remarkable resistance to scratches, shocks, and abrasion, as well as for its eternal whiteness, making it the perfect material for a watch case.
The warm shine on the highly polished rim highlights the tonneau-shaped case. The pillars, which are also polished, accentuate the supreme elegance of the satin white gold caseband. The overall effect is further heightened by the mother-of-pearl and diamonds embellishing the dial.
The two push-buttons in polished white gold are respectively attributed to setting the date and the above-listed functions. The architecture of the crown, featuring a patented stem-crown assembly, guarantees complete protection; no longer connected to the watch movement, it is instead part of the case, removing all risk of snapping.
The mechanism makes it possible to admire every detail of the automatic Richard Mille CRMA1 calibre and its red-gold variable-geometry rotor, visible through the sapphire glass. This piece, whose whiteness is equaled only by its purity, has all the technical characteristics that ensure this collection is held in high regard, beginning with its skeletonized automatic-winding in-house movement. With a baseplate and bridges in black PVD-treated grade 5 titanium, it has an oversize date display at 12 o’clock as well as a function selector at 4 o’clock, used to select between winding (W), neutral (N) and hand setting (H) actions without having to touch the crown.
In addition to its highly desirable, brand-specific architecture and functionality, the unparalleled sophistication of the elegant and refined RM 037 Automatic in white ceramic makes it an astute addition to the women’s watch range. It is available exclusively in 5-star Online Store.
The L.U.C collection picks up the aesthetic codes of the finest Asian craftsmanship.
While the Western world has celebrated the arrival of 2021 a few days ago, China traditionally has a different calendar and Chinese New Year commences on the 12th of February, welcoming the Year of the Metal Ox. Multiple luxury and high-end watch brands will participate in the commemorations by introducing timepieces with an Ox theme – knowing the importance of the Chinese market, this still makes complete sense. Part of them is Chopard, which is launching two L.U.C watches, one displaying the traditional Chinese timekeeping system – Shí Chen – and the other picking up the aesthetic codes of the finest Asian craftsmanship – Urushi lacquer. Meet the new fake Chopard L.U.C watches for the Chinese Year of the Ox.
Each year since 2013, Chopard has dedicated a L.U.C timepiece to the concurrent symbol in the Chinese zodiac. The concept is invariably developed on the basis of the ultra-thin L.U.C XP watches; graced with a dial featuring the Urushi technique of Maki-e combining lacquer and gold powder; always features a highly symbolic setting, and always produced as an 88-piece limited series. This year, Chopard adds a second watch to the collection, with an allegory of beliefs related to the Chinese zodiac and luck. It represents the first time that a watch displays Shí Chen, the traditional Chinese time system, as a complication.
THE L.U.C XP URUSHI SPIRIT OF SHÍ CHEN
As said, the L.U.C XP Urushi Spirit of Shí Chen is a first in high-end watchmaking. While the watch retains the traditional Western display of the time with the central hours and minutes hands, here crafted in gold with the signature L.U.C shape, the dial includes a new complication. It consists of twelve two-hour units, each one represented by an animal from the zodiac cycle. The day thus begins at 11pm with the hour of the Rat and ends with the hour of the Pig, while noon is in the middle of the hour of the Horse. The signs are seen through a large display between 10 and 2 o’clock (a rotating disc underneath the dial), enabling a dual time read-off: one traditional and the other based on the international system.
Faithful to Asian traditions, Chopard relies on Master lacquer specialist Minori Koizumi to create the dial and secondary disc of the best replica L.U.C XP Urushi Spirit of Shí Chen. All 88 dials are made according to the traditional Urushi lacquer technique, with the distinctive Maki-e technique, where gold flakes are sprinkled between the layers of lacquer. In addition to the applied gold numerals and markers, the dial also features an embossed emblem representing the god Lu Ying, who is one of the three deities – together with Fu Xing and Shou Xing – respectively dedicated to prosperity, happiness and longevity.
The 88-piece limited watch is housed in a 40mm case made from ethical 18-carat rose gold with a height of only 8.28mm. A classic black alligator strap gives this piece an elegant style, with great contrast between the gold and black elements. Inside is the in-house automatic calibre L.U.C 96.29-L, an exclusive variant of the well-known ultra-thin Calibre 96 with micro-rotor (in ethical 22-carat gold) and twin-barrel architecture for 65 hours of power reserve. It will be priced at EUR 37,800.
Quick facts: 40mm diameter x 8.28mm height – 18k ethical rose gold – sapphire crystals front and caseback – 30m water-resistant – calibre L.U.C 96.29-L, in-house, automatic, micro-rotor, 65h power reserve, 4Hz – hours, minutes, 24h disc with the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac – black alligator leather strap in pin buckle – Dial hand-crafted in Japan using the Urushi lacquer technique – Ref. 161980-5001, limited to 88 pieces – EUR 37,800
THE L.U.C XP URUSHI YEAR OF THE OX
The second timepiece offered by Chopard, the quality fake L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox, is a more traditional take on the Chinese New Year watch. Indeed, no exotic complications here, as we’ll just find a display of the hours and minutes, classically displayed by central gold hands. The focus on this watch, just like previous years’ editions, is on craftsmanship and decoration. The Year of the Ox, which will begin on February 12th, 2021 and end on January 31st, 2022, is at the centre of this watch, as the Ox ensures the prosperity of the soil and the crops. Once again, Chopard has worked with Japanese lacquer artisans who craft dials using the traditional Urushi lacquer technique. The dials are produced by the workshops of the century-old Yamada Heiando company. “As the Maki-e technique requires, captured between the layers of lacquer drawn from the sap of the Toxicodendron vernicifluum tree, gold flakes illuminate a background that features a golden ox with straight horns and an abundant coat, harnessed to a wagon. Made of gold, mother-of-pearl and coloured lacquer, it conveys both agricultural symbolism and the more subtle imagery of the Emperor” says Chopard.
The case of the L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Ox retains its usual elegant and slender shape, with a 39.5mm diameter and only 6.80mm in height. It is made of 18-carat rose gold sourced from an ethical supply chain. Once again here, inside is a movement derived from the classic 96 architecture, the calibre L.U.C 96.17-L with a 3.30mm height, a gold micro-rotor and twin-barrel architecture. The watch, limited to 88 pieces, is worn on a black alligator strap and will be priced at EUR 24,500.
Quick Facts: 39.5mm diameter x 6.80mm height – 18k ethical rose gold – sapphire crystals front and caseback – 30m water-resistant – calibre L.U.C 96.17-L, in-house, automatic, micro-rotor, 65h power reserve, 4Hz – hours, minutes – black alligator leather strap in pin buckle – Dial hand-crafted in Japan using the Urushi lacquer technique – Ref. 161902-5071, limited to 88 pieces – EUR 24,500
Hublot replica is the undisputed king of collaborations, and among its most successful is the partnership with French visual neo-pop artist and sculptor Richard Orlinski. His multi-faceted designs complement perfectly the DNA of Hublot, as has been proven by many great watches. From the luxury fake Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Power Reserve 5 Days in sapphire to the bold red ceramic Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph, Orlinski’s style is always instantly recognizable, while the powerful Hublot-DNA stays intact. This is also the case with the time-only Classic Fusion, of which six new models are added to the collection.
White is in the spotlight of these new creations, as both the dial, as well as the strap are made in this color. The dial is also the eye-catcher of these new Hublot fake watches with white rubber strap, as they are multi-faceted in Orlinski’s signature style. On the wrist, this means that there is a constant play of light and shadows. This is not only mesmerizing but will naturally draw attention to the watch, as it is ever-changing. The Hublot logo is printed on the inside of the sapphire crystal, further enhancing the depth of the watch. To not distract from the stunning dial, Hublot opted to fit the watch with a white rubber strap.
The Classic Fusion Orlinski White is available in six different varieties. Three of them are made from King Gold, Hublot’s proprietary alloy of this precious metal, which has a warmer tone than regular red gold. The other three from titanium, which Hublot replica polishes to perfection. Orlinski redesigned the case of the Classic Fusion to match the dial. This can be enjoyed with or without a diamond-setting. Without any diamonds, the watch has a sportive look to it, in which the design of the case almost seamlessly transitions into the dial. On the partially set version of the Classic Fusion Orlinski White are the diamonds set in an asymmetrical way. This further amplifies the different angles that make this watch so unique. The ZF factory fake Hublot Classic Fusion Orlinski White is also available with a pave-setting, featuring 264 brilliant-cut diamonds, for a spectacular effect, making it no surprise why the partnership between Hublot and Orlinski is so successful.
With these two replica watches created in collaboration with, or in tribute to, contemporary and historical artists, watch manufacturers get highly personal in the time-honored tradition of using applying miniaturized artistic masterworks to their dial.
HUBLOT AND SHEPARD FAIREY
Even if you’ve never heard of Shepard Fairey, you’re familiar with his work — unless, of course, you slept through the entirety of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and the subsequent two terms of Barack Obama’s administration. The iconic Obama “HOPE” poster is by far the most renowned work by the L.A.-based street artist and graphic designer, whose “OBEY” project also inspired an entire clothing line. Hublot teamed with Fairey for the most recent release in its “Hublot Loves Art” series, the 45 mm fake Hublot Big Bang Meca-10 Shepard Fairey. The timepiece features the manually wound, skeletonized HUB1201 caliber, two years in development and boasting a 10-day power reserve, which made its debut in the first Meca-10 model in 2016. The Shepard Fairey edition, limited to 100 pieces each in Grey Décor and Blue Décor versions, features the artist’s Star Gear logo in the 3 o’clock aperture, which also reveals a red dot when the watch is nearing the end of its lengthy power reserve. The 45-mm case is made of carbon fiber with an upper layer of Texalium adorned with a tribal floral motif that mimics Fairey’s distinctive artistic style. Black composite resin is used for the bezel lugs and lateral inserts; polished H-shaped screws made of microblasted titanium with black PVD coating secure the bezel to the case. Fairey also provides the embossed design on the rubber-and-calf-leather straps. The price is $28,300.
TAG HEUER AND ALEC MONOPOLY
Street artist Alec Monopoly, the scarf-wearing, paint-can-wielding “Art Provocateur” whose takes both his pseudonym and his stylistic hallmark from the top-hatted tycoon character from the famous board game, has been working with TAG Heuer copy since 2016, applying his graffiti paints to the straps of special-edition watches and even designing a custom digital face for the TAG Heuer Connected Watch. The first timepiece with a physical dial designed by Monopoly (né Alec Andon) debuted in 2017 — the black rubber strap replica TAG Heuer Formula One Special Edition, which brings a miniature representation of one of Monopoly’s highly collectible canvases to the Swiss brand’s most accessible timepiece. Housed in a 41-mm brushed steel case with a polished black rotating bezel with 60-second scale, the watch sports a dial from which Mr. Monopoly (the character, not the artist), a top hat on his head and a scarf over the lower part of his face, peeks out from the dial’s center, surrounded by colorful graffiti. The artist’s “ALEC” logo is engraved on the solid caseback, under which beats a Swiss quartz movement. And even though the watch is limited to just 200 pieces, you don’t have to be one of the corporate fatcats lampooned in the artist’s work to purchase one: the Formula One Alec Monopoly Special Edition sells for just $1,250.