The lunar New Year is a time to forget the misfortunes of the past and open the door to good luck. For this reason, new clothes and accessories are auspicious.
The perfect replica Chopard L.U.C XP Urushi Year Of The Ox is interesting in that it applies ancient techniques to create something completely novel (and very auspicious indeed).
The face of this ultra-thin high-quality fake watch features a carved golden ox harnessed to a colorful cart inspired by the emperor’s wagons. It is designed and created in workshops of the century-old company Yamada Heiando, and each is individually painted by lacquer artist Minori Koizumi.
These artisans turn sap from the Urushi tree into lacquer for painting. This many-layered method also uses the Japanese technique of Maki-e, which adds shimmering gold dust to the lacquer.
The case of this 39.5mm watch is forged from a solid block of ethically sourced 18-karat rose gold. And with its in-house L.U.C 96.17-L ultra-thin (3.3mm thick) movement, the entire watch, when cased, measures only 6.8mm in thickness. This caliber also boasts a high frequency, so it can wind two barrels efficiently and offer 65 hours of power reserve. The mechanism is meticulously finished, and some of the components can be viewed via the exhibition-style sapphire caseback. The watch is finished with a black alligator strap.
Due to the time-consuming process of making the dials, only 88 pieces (a lucky number in Asian cultures) will be produced.
James Harden recently purchased a Richard Mille replica watch for rapper and friend Lil Baby, but the choice of watch was likely due to the fact Harden has a soft spot for Richard Mille himself. In a press conference, Harden was clocked wearing his orange rubber strap fake Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback watch, with the orange strap and accents reflecting his bold personality on and off the court. Richard Mille watches are prized for their scarce supply, irresistible marketing and, to be fair, their highly robust case builds and movements. This is a watch that can withstand the shock and awe of James Harden’s full-contact lifestyle. The copy Richard Mille RM 11-03 McLaren Automatic Flyback Chronograph is available for purchase on the secondhand market. Price: Around $400,000 USD
Andre Iguodola was one of the earlier visitors to the Talking Watches segment filmed by Hodinkee. It is clear from the video, as well as other videos, the force is strong with this horologically enthused superstar. While a fan of brands such as Audemars Piguet, Rolex and Hublot – it all began for Iguodola with Panerai. He acquired one when he was drafted into the league, but it was unfortunately stolen from the locker room during a game while he was on the court. Thankfully, Iguodola has found a lot of success in basketball since then and has been able to subsequently acquire more Panerai watches. But there is still a hole in his heart from losing his first.
To showcase a watch not previously discussed by the superstar, Iguodola also owns an Everose gold case fake Rolex Cosmograph Daytona – opting to pair it with a leather strap instead of its original Oysterflex bracelet. The chocolate notes of the dial and black ceramic bezel make the watch a killer blend of sports/dress, a watch ready for a spontaneous free-throw contest if the situation calls for it. The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116515LN replica in Everose Gold on Oysterflex Bracelet is available for inquiries at authorised dealers. Price: $29,700 USD
While he is known to have a large collection of watches, LeBron James is regularly spotted wearing his two-tone Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch. It has a 44mm rose gold case with an off-tone titanium bezel and is highly unusual in this respect, as, more often than not, two-tone pieces have precious bezels paired with steel or titanium cases. Yet this configuration actually makes a lot of sense, considering the bezel is usually what takes the brunt of the shock when door-knobbed or desk diving. The watch also has a diamond-covered pusher at 2 o’clock to add some subtle bling to the offering. The best quality fake Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore is by no means an uncommon watch on NBA players’ wrists, but this watch is special in that the reference was designed in collaboration with James, an ambassador for the brand, and even named after him to celebrate the partnership. Man, is it good to be the king.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26210OI.OO.A109CR.01 “LeBron James” is a limited edition of 600 watches that is no longer for sale, and fetches about $72,000 USD on the secondary market.
The year-end Phillips auction, Racing Pulse, took place Saturday, December 12, 2020 in New York. It featured several incredible and interesting replica watches to both those bidding and enthusiasts in general.
In Prices Reached: Four Richard Mille Watches And The Legendary Panerai Luminor Slytech Daylight Belonging to Sylvester Stallone On The Block At The Phillips New York December 2020 Racing Pulse Auction, I went into the two watches that actor Sylvester Stallone, long known in collector communities for his love of beefy timepieces, had consigned to this auction. A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus
For me it is quite a surprise to see one of the blue dials A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus fake watches only launched in the autumn of 2019 already at auction. We have discussed this watch in detail here on Quill & Pad, in particular because at its launch it was quite controversial and widely discussed as this traditionally elegant brand’s very first serial stainless steel model in the current sporty trend. While the Odysseus line is not a limited edition, it is limited by production, and there has predictably been much more demand for the piece than production has allowed. I suspected the auction price could end up pretty high, overtaking the retail price of €28,000, and I was right: it came in at just about triple the retail price! As the first one to come up, it will set a precedent, and this bears watching. The luxury copy watch offered here is unworn. Quick Facts A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Case: 40.5 x 11.1 mm, stainless steel with integrated bracelet Movement: automatic Caliber L155.1 Datomatic, assembled twice, very finely finished, German silver plates and bridges, hand-engraved balance bridge, 50-hour power reserve, in-house balance spring, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency Functions: hours, minutes, hacking seconds; date, weekday Year of manufacture: 2019 Original retail price: €28,000 Auction estimate: $20,000-$40,000; result: $81,900
Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic watch donated by Bono
Bono, best known as lead singer for U2, has donated something a lot less showy and a lot more elegant and classy to the Time Counts portion of this auction than some of the others: a vintage brown leather strap Jaeger-LeCoultre replica watch with special meaning for him. This small, very elegant watch from approximately 1965 is outfitted with Jaeger-LeCoultre’s first automatic movement with centrally mounted winding rotor: Caliber K881. The brand’s first automatic movements – as of 1947 – were fitted with bumper-style automatic movements; this is the second iteration of JLC’s automatic movement.
Bono gave this best 1:1 copy watch to his father, Brendan Robert Hewson. After Hewson passed away, Bono kept this timepiece and now generously donates it to charity. It is being offered here without reserve. Quick Facts Jaeger-LeCoultre automatic belonging to Bono Case: 32 mm, 18-karat pink gold Movement: automatic Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber K881 Functions: hours, minutes; date Year of manufacture: ca. 1965 Remarks: accompanied by drawing of U2 lyrics of “The First Time” by Bono; photograph and signed letter Auction estimate: $1,000-$2,000; result: $60,480
George Bamford and I have a piece of TAG Trivia in common; our first ‘proper’ sports watch was a Swiss made fake TAG Heuer Formula 1. In truth my first high quality wristwatch was a vintage Rolex Air King, but in terms of an actual sports watch, complete with rotating bezel, then it was a black and blue TAG Heuer Formula 1; you know the ones with plastic cases, bezels and rubber straps. I loved that watch and wish I’d kept it — it really was cool and it was no surprise to me that George Bamford also started with one of these. Because when it comes to cool, Mr Bamford knows his onions; as it seems does his wife who now actually collects these original TAG Formula 1s. And so with its latest offering driven by George, the Bamford Watch Department has added its signature licks and riffs to another TAG Heuer modern classic.
The AAA best replica Aquaracer was launched in 2004 as TAG Heuer’s dive watch, although the lineage of the watch can be traced back to 1982, when Jack Heuer unveiled the Heuer 2000. It was the mid-90s iterations that heralded the use of the dodecagon bezel that has carried through to this most recent watch in the brand’s line up.
Driven by the Calibre 5 movement, the most recent Aquaracer manages to look very much like its own man, which isn’t easy for a dive watch. The default position is to ape the Submariner, but the styling and finish of the Aquaracer looks both dashing and individual.
“When designing this limited-edition Aquaracer, we looked to models from TAG Heuer’s past for creative inspiration. The orange design elements and sporty bezel are reminiscent of the impactful TAG Heuer pieces that were launched between 1979 and 1994 and paved the way for the Aquaracer collection, which made its official debut in 2004,” comments George Bamford.
I was given an opportunity to look at the watch a couple of months ago, when visiting Bamford’s London HQ and to use one of George’s phrases, it rocks! The orange accents are cool and whilst they might hark back to the 70s era of vibrant dials, the 1:1 perfect fake watch looks and feels very current on the wrist.
The case is 43mm sandblasted titanium and it comes on a matching bracelet, also in titanium. A rotating 12-sided bezel features classic dive watch numerals and a funky orange triangle at 12 o’clock.
The dial resembles a vinyl record with concentric circles and the orange theme continues with alternating five-second dashes on the chapter ring. Waterproof to 300m this watch can get seriously wet, which is of course entirely the point of a dive watch. Like all of Bamford’s recent collaborations, I’m pretty confident that all 1500 pieces will go like hot cakes!
Last year Swiss made fake Zenith launched an unprecedented version of its Chronomaster A384 inspired by the Japanese manga and anime series Lupin the Third. It was unprecedented because this black and grey model only existed in the ‘fictionalised’ realm of gentleman-thief Lupin’s universe. Although brands like Seiko are at home producing watches dedicated to characters from Japanese manga, the Zenith Chronomaster Revival “Lupin the Third” marked Zenith’s first foray into this imaginary dimension – and it was a resounding success. For 2020, Zenith follows up with a second Revival Lupin the Third model based on a second cameo appearance of Zenith’s A384 in the first TV series dedicated to Lupin the Third and his gang. Limited to 200 pieces, the watch was initially available exclusively at the Zenith Ginza Boutique in Tokyo but will be winging its way over to international retailers very soon.
Lupin III is one of the most popular characters in Japanese manga folklore. Created by Monkey Punch (Kazuhiko Katō), Lupin III was first serialised in Weekly Manga Action magazine in August 1967. A huge success and one of Japan’s longest-living franchises, Lupin III has evolved from print to a TV series, from films to video games and from live-action films to television specials and even a musical!
As the grandson of Arsène Lupin, the fictional gentleman thief, detective and master of disguise created by French writer Maurice Leblanc in 1905, Lupin III inherits his grandfather’s penchant for robbery and dapper style. His modus operandi is to send a calling card to potential victims and alert them to his intentions. Daisuke Jigen is his sidekick and an expert marksman (always dressed in dark suits with strong mafia overtones). Other characters in Lupin III are Goemon Ishikawa XIII, a master swordsman and Lupin’s love interest (and occasional competitor for the loot), the voluptuous femme fatale Fujiko Mine. Fast on their heels is Inspector Koichi Zenigata of Interpol.
The success of the print version of Lupin III spawned a TV series in 1971. In the very first episode, we see marksman Daisuke Jigen behind the wheel of a red sports car. Dressed in a tight blue and white jumpsuit and matching helmet, he’s wearing goggles and – wait a minute – what’s that on his wrist? A close-up reveals that the watch is a cartoon take of perhaps the most famous chronograph of the day. With its hexagonal cushion-shaped case, pump-style pushers, tachymetre scale, tri-compax layout and steel ladder bracelet, it is clearly meant to be Zenith’s 1969 El Primero reference A384. Fair enough, the colour scheme is not accurate, but even the date window is featured in its 4h30 position, and the brand name appears as ENIT (minus the Z and H, no doubt for copyright reasons) along with the cursive font used for El Primero (hard to decipher what it actually says). This first cameo of the A384 inspired the first Lupin the Third watch with its black dial, grey counters and tachymetre scale.
The styling of Lupin III is totally in tune with the groovy 1970s: flared trousers, shaggy hairstyles and accessories to match. Featuring an El Primero A384 watch would have made perfect sense to Monkey Punch. After all, the El Primero was a rock star on the watchmaking scene having claimed first place in the race to create an automatic chronograph movement (with a hyper-precise 5Hz frequency to boot). Initially launched as a movement in January 1969, the integrated El Primero high-frequency column-wheel chronograph calibre was eventually housed in three variants: the classic round A386 model with tri-colour counters, the A385 cushion-shaped model with a gradient brown dial, and the reference A384 with the same bold hexagonal cushion-shaped case as the A385 but with a panda dial (white background, black counters).
Fans of the original A384 and A386 references were in for a treat last year when Zenith launched faithful Revival re-editions to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Fans of Lupin III and the El Primero A384 also got to celebrate with the first Revival Lupin the Third model. Well, it turns out that the El Primero didn’t make just one cameo appearance in the first episode of the 1971 TV series, but two. The second time the A384 appears on Daisuke Jigen’s wrist (what’s with the hairy knuckles?), you can almost make out the brand name and the colour scheme is closer to the original 1969 A384 panda dial with a white centre and black chronograph counters.