The international watch fair is just for you if highly complex, mind-blowing timepieces are your jam. After all, it’s the Haute Horlogerie fair. But things get more difficult if you are into simpler fare, more suitable for daily duty. Never fear though, for amidst the tourbillons and astronomical complications there’s some amazing value to be had. Let’s see the more examples below:
Unsurprisingly, the popular swiss replica watches IWC’s Pilot’s line is given its utilitarian and attractive style — one of the brand’s strongest performers, and this year saw a crop of the best high-flying releases in a good while. Among the bold new materials and aviation-inspired complications, it was the plain steel Spitfire that really stood out. Now in a 39mm case, and with an in-house movement, it’s a stunner of a watch, with enough old-world charm to win the Battle of Britain.
We’re on record as being teambaumatic, and the newest dial offering, in graduated Cadran Bleu, only seals the deal. This dark dial looks amazing, and the Baumatic movement, with five days power and COSC or non-COSC options, is a solid performer. Although it’s worth noting that the escapement is no longer silicon, perhaps because Richemont was not a part of the consortium. Even without this element, it’s still a strong proposition.
Montblanc’s revamped Heritage collection was one of the real winners from SIHH, a collection oozing in stylish nostalgia and charm. No small part of that charm is because of the complex, domed dials with sophisticated finishes and mix of printed and applied details. And while this collection encompasses top-end chronographs, a GMT and a Day-Date, I’m quite smitten by this 40mm time-only offering with the warm, coppery toned salmon dial.
However, the fake Rolex is the number one commonly faked brand, particularly amongst those with the cheapest who sells the best replica watches. The next most common faked watch is Audemars Piguet. I think the rise of Audemars Piguet is due to its popularity in the hip-hop culture and also because of its original price point being high. The Rolex DayDate and DateJust are the best copied Rolex watch modes and then the Submariner after those. When it comes to fake Audemars Piguet it is all about the Royal Oak Offshore. Other brands on the rise when it comes to are Panerai and of course Omega. I have yet to see any properly made replicated of Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, or similar brands. They are replicated, but the fakes look nothing like actual production models.
IWC has a large number of very famous watch models to their name, such as, the Big Pilot, the Ingenieur, the Da Vinci and others. Today, we take a general view of their dressier models, the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph. Join us as we examine the similarities and differences between these two classic replica IWC watches. Here are the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days and the Portugieser Chronograph.
The design of both these watches from the IWC collection, the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph, are greatly inspired by pocket watches. In fact, the very first time-only Portugieser (formerly known as the Portuguese) from 1939 was a hunter-style wristwatch powered by a pocket watch movement. While the Portugieser Chronograph version only the joined the lineup in 1998, it kept most of the signature design details of the inaugural model from 1939. The Portofino, on the other hand, made its debut in 1984, drawing inspiration from Lepine pocket watches.
As far as the size is concerned, the case of the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days measures a generous 45mm while the Portugieser Chronograph is smaller at 40.9mm. Yet, due to their movements, the 11.7mm thick Portofino is slighter slimmer than the 12.6mm thick Portugieser Chronograph. The Portofino is crafted in stainless steel while the Portugieser Chronograph is in 18k rose gold in our specific examples. However, both collections offer models in steel and gold.
When looking at the face of the replica watches, you’ll find that they’re both expansive thanks to slim bezels. The Portugieser Chronograph ref. IWC fake watch has its characteristic duo of registers at the top and bottom of the dials—the minute counter followed by the running seconds, respectively. What’s more, the slate dial houses Arabic numerals all around in addition to the tachymeter scale on the periphery.
Conversely, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days model has its characteristic stick indexes encircling its silver dial joined by a sole Roman numeral at 12 o’clock. There’s also a subtle outer minute track. The well-balanced dial includes a date window at 3 o’clock, a running seconds subdial at 6 o’clock and a power reserve indicator at 9 o’clock.
Both the Portofino and the Portugieser Chronograph are amazingly popular models within the replica IWC catalog. And given their beautiful designs, that isn’t a surprise at all. The Portofino is larger but slimmer while the Portugieser Chronograph is thicker and includes the duo of pushers for more heft. One is manual while the other is automatic. In our examples, one sports a steel case with a light dial while the other has a rose gold case with a dark dial.
As with any other luxury watch, it really comes down to personal preference since either the IWC Portugieser Chronograph or IWC Portofino would be an awesome addition to any watch collection.
The Schaffhausen-based factory released two unique edition models from the Ingenieur collection so as to celebrate this year’s Rallye Passione Caracciola. It is a regularity rally for historical cars made until 1980 which is open to all brand and car models. The Passione Caracciola rally is dedicated to the racing driver Rudolf Caracciola and the fake IWC Schaffhausen is the official partner of the event since the last year when the special regularity rally has been held for the first time.
The top quality replica IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” is dedicated to the German star driver of the 1930s. At the time, the Mercedes driver won three European Championship titles and took the chequered flag in 144 of the 204 races he finished. Caracciola was also known as the “King of the Rain” which was an allusion to his driving skills on wet tracks.
This special edition timepiece exudes with the simplicity and elegance of the case which differs from the technically inspired design by Gerald Genta previously used for this collection. The fake watch is housed in a sporty, stainless steel case measuring 42mm in diameter and 15mm in thickness. I must notice that the cheap watch looks much larger than it actually is because of its wide bezel.
There lies the slate-colored dial which is perfectly rounded with a tachymeter scale underneath the front sapphire glass. The dial comprises rhodium-plated hands and appliques that give the fake watch a technical, but totally elegant look.
The second special edition timepiece named Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” recalls the legendary Silver Arrow from Mercedes-Benz. Seventy-eight years ago, at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz W 125 with a V12 engine, the legendary German racing driver recorded 432.7 kilometers per hour on the Frankfurt-Darmstadt autobahn. So it is the highest speed ever driven on a public road at present.
This replica watch characterizes silver-plated dial contrasting starkly with the black hands and appliques. Both are chronograph sub-dials, the small seconds and the tachymeter scale imitate the instrument look found in the cockpit of a W 125.
The Ingenieur Chronograph fake Edition “Rudolf Caracciola” features a brown calfskin strap, the embossing of which is the reminiscent of the seats in racing cars of good old days, while the Ingenieur Chronograph Edition “W 125” is held to the wearer’s wrist by a luxurious strap made of black calfskin. Both models are issued in the limited series of 750 pieces each.
It has become a very successful model which has won a huge popularity when the fake IWC Portugieser Rattrapante Watch was introduced for the first time. The Schaffhausen-based manufacturer announced a special edition model of the Portugieser Rattrapante Earlier this year, which dedicated to the city of Milan and its flagship boutique in the Italian fashion capital, and now presents two more limited editions to honor two other IWC’s European flagships which are located in Paris and Munich.
Just like the real model, these three newcomers feature a rare split-second chronograph function. Each item is manufactured with a third push-piece which triggers and stops the split-seconds hand. This pusher is placed at the 10 o’clock position. A rattrapante in the name of the replica watch is the French word for a split-seconds hand. As you can see on these images, the Portugieser Rattrapante model feature two chronograph hands, one superimposed over the other one. Whilst one of the hands moves continuously, registering the time, the other one can be stopped, started or reset to zero.
This fake IWC Portugieser Double Chronograph Edition “Milano” is made in the limited series of 100 specimens. They are already available at the new Swiss company’s boutique located in Milan’s most fashionable shopping street, while the Portugieser Chronograph Rattrapante Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” and Edition “Boutique Munich” are issued as limited editions of 250 pieces each. The first one will come later this month in the IWC boutique Rue de la Paix in Paris, while the later will be available from Spring 2017 in the Swiss brand’s boutique in Munich.
Different from the Boutique Milano model which is housed in red gold case, the Paris and Munich models are encased in stainless steel cases. The Edition “Boutique Rue de la Paix” comes with a gray-colored dial with black sub-dials, paired with silver-colored numerals and indexes, while the Munich edition boasts a midnight blue dial and tone-on-tone sub-counters, contrasted with silver-colored hands and numerals. On the Munich model, the hands for the rattrapante and 30-minute functions are colored in the attractive and amazing red tone.
The case backs on all three models feature dedicated engravings. However, for the Milan’s version, the case back reveals a special engraving of the “Biscione”, the grass snake, of the Milanese Visconti family, the symbol and emblem of the city.
The fake watch with steel, black dialled chronograph is one of the most popular models. it’s a versatile, utilitarian classic brand which has its own interpretation of the theme. the replica iwc‘s is their eternally popular pilot’s chronograph, a mix of military style and casual elegance. it’s an undisputed classic.
if you’ve been paying attention to iwc over the past seven months you’ll have noticed it’s on a bit of an aviation kick, refreshing the entire pilot’s family and adding some urgent novelties like the limited edition “le petit prince'” edition of the big pilot and the ingenious timezoner. impressive as these are, they’re not the bread and butter of iwc’s pilot’s line. that falls to fresh faces like the mark xviii, and updated stalwarts like this one, the pilot’s chronograph.
if you were to see this cheap replica watch on santoni leather next to the outgoing one you could be forgiven for thinking they were the same watch. but take another look, and numerous small tweaks seem apparent.
the most obvious is the removal of the altimeter style triple date window, which in turn have access to the iwc branding to be moved back to the three o’clock position. also gone are the printed arabic minutes at the outer edge of the indices. all minor changes, but they add a dial which is slightly simpler and certainly closer to the watch’s historical origins.
there is also a big progress of the bracelet. for the leather version, the alligator strap has been replaced with a fine santoni calfskin a nod to the watch’s utilitarian roots that doesn’t detract from the premium offering of the iwc pilot. the stainless steel bracelet always one of the top quality offerings at the price point has also received a makeover and is exceptionally comfortable, thanks to the deployant clasp with micro adjustment, which allows you to make small adjustments on the wrist, simply by pressing the iwc logo.
these changes aren’t earth shattering in their magnitude, but all add up to a watch that is a marked improvement in my opinion. the design is cleaner, more balanced and more comfortable to wear.