In her seminal ode to the perversities of the human heart, “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” that most able and lyrical chronicler of la condition humaine, the enduringly trenchant Joan Jett, observes, “I think of you every night and day/You took my heart, and you took my pride away.” So it is with HODINKEE editors and these, the luxury replica watches of Watches & Wonders (And More) that we simply cannot stop obsessing over.
Horological earworms, if you will, these timepieces have burrowed into our heads and rented space in our brains. We love them despite ourselves. They are super clone watches that, based on what we know — or thought we knew! — of our own characters, we should at least dislike and, at most, roundly loathe. And yet, they exert an undeniable fascination. Herewith, then, gentle readers, are the Watches & Wonders drops we can’t stop thinking about (and it isn’t for lack of trying).
Logan Baker: The High-end Fake Hublot Big Bang Unico “Yellow Magic”
It’s yellow. Like, really yellow. And it’s a Hublot. Those are two ingredients that don’t typically work for me on their own. But mix them together? I gotta admit, I’m into it. The aptly named skeleton dial copy Hublot Big Bang Unico Yellow Magic is one mean stew of rock-solid ceramic rendered in a trademark Hublot highlighter hue. I honestly couldn’t stop looking at the initial press images from James’ article; my eyes, weary from one too many Watches & Wonders Zoom appointments, were fully entranced by its sensational sunny aesthetic
The simple sheen of the ceramic surface, available for the first time in a vibrant canary yellow, offers the perfect frame for the openworked dial that showcases the in-house HUB1280 automatic flyback chronograph movement inside. My favorite detail? The seamlessly matching yellow stencil outline of the hour markers and handset. My only hope is that I get a chance to see the cheap copy Hublot Yellow Magic in person this summer before all 250 pieces are snapped up by those who are similarly enticed.