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.
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!