Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors

Zenith is best known as the creator of the El Primero – an integrated, automatic chronograph movement that has earned a place in the pantheon of historic calibers. Today, the brand is also known and appreciated for offering classically styled timepieces and excellent value. Here are five Zenith replica watches the we can recommend for new collectors.

Pilot Type 20 Extra Special

Zenith timepieces accompanied aviators during several early, historic flights. One went with Louis Blériot in July 1909 when he made the first flight across the English Channel in an airplane he built, known as the Blériot XI. One year later, Léon Morane wore a Zenith when he became the first pilot to fly faster than 100 km/hour, also in a Blériot XI. And when the French Air Force geared up for WWII in 1939, it chose Zenith’s Montre d’Aéronef Type 20 for its aircraft instrument panels.

The modern Pilot Type 20 Extra Special captures the look of those early aviation watches. Every aspect of the dial is perfectly proportioned. The stylized Arabic numerals and the substantial cathedral hands, each wearing a generous coating of SuperLuminova, assure excellent legibility in all conditions.

The 45 mm case and oversize crown capture the essence of the early pilots’ watches, as does the oiled Nubuck leather strap with white stitching. The caseback is engraved with the elaborate Zenith Flying Instruments logo. To keep the price accessible, this replica watches uk review is powered by an automatic, Swiss-made movement provided to Zenith by an outside supplier. (The remainder of our suggested watches feature Zenith manufacture calibers).

The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is priced at $5,400.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special

Captain Power Reserve

Zenith’s Captain line debuted in 1952, and the current models adopt aesthetic cues from the brand’s historical models. Our featured replica watches, the Captain Power Reserve, also represents a step up into the world of Zenith manufacture movements.

The look is simple and elegant, with classic dauphine hands pointing to applied, faceted hour markers. We like the subtle railroad track at the dial’s edge, complete with small Roman numerals. The retrograde Réserve de Marche display at 2 o’clock tracks the mainspring’s 50-hour power reserve.

The case measures 40 mm x 9.25 mm.  Zenith’s in-house caliber Elite 685 with automatic winding is visible through the sapphire caseback. This movement contains 179 components and runs in 38 jewels at 28,800 vph. An alligator strap with a pin buckle completes the package.

The Captain Power Reserve is priced at $6,500.

Zenith Captain Power Reserve

Pilot Big Date Special

Our final three featured watches take us into the realm of Zenith’s iconic El Primero-powered chronographs. The vintage-inspired Pilot Big Date Special provides classic good looks with a 42-mm case and rectangular pushers flanking a slightly oversize crown. The dial offers a well-balanced bi-compax layout with continuous seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. This look harks back to the chronographs Zenith supplied to the Italian Air Force during the 1960’s, though those Swiss replica watches shop did not have a date display at 6 o’clock.

The telemeter scale at the dial’s edge creates a technical aesthetic. The double-digit big date display at 6 o’clock really sets this watch apart. The window-filling numerals make the date display pop. All of the displays are crystal-clear, as they should be on a pilots’ chronograph.

Under the dial is the renowned El Primero 4010 automatic-winding caliber with 306 components. It famously runs at 36,000 vph in 31 jewels with a 50-hour power reserve.

The Pilot Big Date Special is priced at $7,600.

Zenith Pilot Big Date Special

El Primero Original 1969

Our next featured new fake watches uk carries a name that tells you everything you need to know about it. This new model pays tribute to the original El Primero chronograph, launched in, you guessed it, 1969. That’s the year Neil Armstrong took one small step, Woodstock rocked upstate New York, and the first communications were sent through the ARPANET.

Returning to the present day, this new model features the unmistakable design codes of the original El Primero. The 38-mm case also takes us back in time. The movement is the El Primero caliber 400 with 278 components running at 36,000 vph, or 5 Hz. This is the “magic frequency” for chronographs, because it allows events to be timed to the nearest tenth of a second. This fast rate means the escapement ticks 864,000 times per day, or 315,360,000 per year.

The El Primero Original 1969 retails for $8,600.

Zenith El Primero Original 1969

El Primero 36,000 VpH

If you like the classic El Primero tri-compax look but prefer a larger case, Zenith has you covered. This model offers the classic design cues of the originals – oversize, overlapping registers, bold hands, hour markers and minutes chapter, and a tachymeter scale, all in a 42-mm case designed to suit today’s tastes. The increased size results in a more balanced, symmetrical look. The hour markers at 3 and 9 are not cut off, and the enlarged date display moves to 6 o’clock.

In this iteration, the Caliber 400 El Primero movement has 326 components, and of course it still beats at 36,000 vph. The chronograph registers count 30 minutes at 3 o’clock, and 12 hours at 6 o’clock.

The El Primero 36,000 VpH is priced at $8,800.

Zenith El Primero 36,000 VpH

Top 5 Rectangular Watches I Might Wear

In my modest collection of Breitling replica watches for sale, there is not a single one with a rectangular case; the only non-round one is the octagonal Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin. Nevertheless, since rectangular-case watches do have their fans, this week’s Fratello Friday focuses on the top five I would wear… if I did indeed wear them.

My issue with rectangular watches is that I find them just a bit too “classical” for my taste. A watch with this type of design doesn’t usually suit me, especially if I am wearing short sleeves, such as a polo shirt, as I often do. The strange thing is, when I see myself in the mirror wearing a rectangular watch, I usually do like how it looks, but when I look back at my wrist, I’d rather take the watch off as quickly as possible. Perhaps even more strangely, I like how they look on other men’s wrists, just not my own. Does anyone else feel this way? Don’t get me wrong; I do love some of the rectangular watches that are out there — just not necessarily on me. But perhaps I never really tried one on long enough to give it a chance. Here are the five rectangular watches that I would consider buying if I could get used to wearing one.

1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931

This is actually a watch that I tried & tested for a week (you can read the full story here). I had been looking forward to “test-driving” this Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin since it was introduced during the 2011 SIHH in Geneva. The Reverso seems to have the perfect dimensions and comes with a proud heritage. In short, I loved this replica watches sale but I would need more time with it to find out if I could wear it long-term.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin Tribute to 1931

2. Cartier Tank Louis Cartier XL

Like the Reverso, the Cartier Tank LC XL has a very iconic design. Perhaps the most classical-looking watch of the bunch, it is only available in rose gold and white gold. To power this this very slim timepiece, Cartier used an ultra-thin Piaget movement, which is just 2.1 mm thick.

Cartier Tank Louis Cartier XL

3. Patek Philippe Gondolo 5200G-001

When it comes to Patek Philippe, I am usually more of a Nautilus guy but the brand’s Gondolo (Reference 5200G-001) makes my list of top rectangular replica watches.  This Gondolo’s dial is a bit on the crowded side, but that helps to make it less ‘retro’ and more modern-looking, in my opinion. The day-and-date indicator at 6 o’clock and the eight-day power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock make this watch come alive.

Patek Philippe Gondolo 5200G-001

4. Richard Mille RM17 Extra Flat Tourbillon

Whereas most Richard Mille watches are quite “loud,” the RM 17 Extra Flat Tourbillon is one of the more “quiet” timepiece in that brand’s collection. (It may still be the loudest of the rectangular watches in this particular list.)  It’s available in white gold, rose gold and titanium, and I would settle for any of them. The tourbillon movement also features a function indicator, in order to show you whether the watch is in winding mode, neutral mode or setting mode.

Richard Mille RM17 Extra Flat Tourbillon

5. Oris Rectangular Complication

Another rectangular replica watches Swiss that might suit me is the Oris Rectangular Complication. Despite the alligator strap, silver dial and Roman numerals, this watch manages not to be overly “vintage”-looking thanks to the complications on the dial. Three subdials indicate the date (9 o’clock), second time zone (6 o’clock) and day (3 o’clock).

Oris Rectangular Complication

Salthora Meta – the new “jumping hour” by MeisterSinger

MeisterSinger specializes in manufacturing top Omega replica watches that feature one single hand – and only show what is really important. Mostly, a single, needle-thin hour hand rotates around a dial on which you can accurately tell the time to the nearest five minutes.

Salthora Meta – the new “jumping hour” by MeisterSinger

However, the Salthora, which was first presented in 2014, features a minute hand instead – and the hour is shown in a circular window positioned at 12 o’clock. As soon as the hand reaches the middle of the window every sixty minutes, the number denoting the next hour appears in the window like a flash.

The “jumping hour” principle was first used in wrist replica watches during the 1920s. However, its perfection is quite a technical challenge.

The Salthora by MeisterSinger should:

  • Display the “jump” exactly on the hour
  • Show the hour in the window without wobbling or shaking, but jump to the middle of the window with immediate precision
  • Provide the power required for the jump without impairing the smoothness of the movement

Moving ahead

The first Salthora is visually dedicated to the charm of watchmaking finesse. With the new Salthora Meta, however, MeisterSinger has adopted a new style, paying tribute to the clear, powerful character of this watch concept.

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The Salthora Meta is 43 millimeters in diameter and has a striking, cylindrical stainless steel case. It is waterproof up to 5 atm and fitted with a six-screwed exhibition back. The digits of the minutes and of the hour display are depicted in a sans serif Helvetica typeface. The fake watches store will be available in four versions. The models featuring a white or ivory-colored dial will be fitted with an hour disk in exactly the same color. Here, the complication is not immediately obvious. However, the hour disk in the blue version is white, just like its hand. The black Meta with the hour digits and hand in signal red has an almost dramatic impact.

Model – Salthora Meta

Movement: ETA 2824-2 or Sellita SW 200-1 with jumping hour construction, 38-hour power reserve

Case size: 43 mm

Case: stainless steel, 6-scew exhibition back, water resistance 5 bar, sapphire glass

Variants: white, ivory, sunburst sapphire blue, sunburst black

Available from June 2015

Ayrton Senna rejoins the TAG Heuer Ambassador family

To honor this occasion, TAG Heuer is releasing the Senna Special Collection, with a specially redesigned version of the famous “Legend” steel bracelet.

Swiss cheap replica watches brand TAG Heuer breathed new life into one of motorsport’s most enduring legends this evening when the great Ayrton Senna appeared as a stunning hologram at a star-studded launch in downtown Barcelona. The event, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Swiss brand’s partnership with the McLaren Formula 1 team, was held inside the ‘Teatre Principal’ – the oldest playhouse in Barcelona – and included appearances from double world champion and McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso, and Bianca Senna, Ayrton’s niece.

Endorsed by the Senna family for the occasion of the launch of Senna collection with TAG Heuer, the hologram of Ayrton Senna was a world premiere. It painstakingly recreated the Brazilian Legend in classic racing attire, dressed in overalls and with his helmet held beneath his arm. Using a sample of pre-existing audio, Ayrton glanced at his watch before addressing the audience:
“I just love racing. I just love the challenge of beating somebody else.”

“When you are under a lot of pressure, the objective is to be the one that can put together the combination of aggression and calculation that will get the best result. And, more than anything, you need a very clear mind to understand exactly when to be aggressive and when to be calculating.

“To win the championship, you need the combination of those elements.”

Ayrton was then joined on-stage by Spanish hero Fernando Alonso, who spoke about his memories of growing up TAG Heuer replica watching the Brazilian. Fernando also explained the feelings he experienced when, earlier this year, he achieved a childhood dream and drove Senna’s most iconic and successful car, the 1988 McLaren-Honda MP4/4, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Fernando said:

“I grew up watching Ayrton race – he was my idol. And I still vividly remember seeing those iconic red and white McLarens battling at the head of the field during the 1980s and ’90s – it’s one of my earliest memories of Formula 1, and it remains a formative experience for my own desire to race.

“To be able to sit inside one of Ayrton’s cars was a genuinely moving experience; to do it in the very chassis with which he won his first world championship – one of the most iconic and successful cars in F1 history – was simply incredible.

“Thank you TAG Heuer for making this unforgettable moment possible.”

Fernando’s drive in the MP4/4 was captured for a promotional film, and was shown to the audience during the event. The footage includes him battling teammate Jenson Button, who drove this year’s McLaren MP4-30, the car that reunites McLaren, Honda and TAG Heuer for the first time in 25 years.

Ayrton Senna’s return to TAG Heuer also marked the reveal of the Senna Collection comprised of four new special-edition timepieces and new dedicated advertising campaign. Each watch features the famous stylized Senna ‘S’ in red lacquer, on the dial, case back and bezel, complete with a tachymeter scale, giving the timepiece real racing spirit and Senna’s performance touch. The iconic ‘Legend’ bracelet, with its S-shaped links, also makes a return – the same style worn by Ayrton but redesigned and rounded for optimum comfort.

– The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Senna Edition A 43mm-diameter quartz chronograph measuring to the nearest tenth of a second and with date function. Anthracite grey dial, three counters and elegant touches of ‘Legend’ red to give it the racing spirit – the same red as the famous stylized Senna ‘S’, on the dial, case back and bezel, complete with a tachymeter scale. The timepiece is completed by the famous ‘Legend’ steel bracelet to give a unique exclusive style touch of the Senna brand. Ref: CAZ1012.BA0883

– The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph Senna Edition A 43mm-diameter quartz chronograph measuring to the nearest tenth of a second and with date function. Also available with a black dial, three counters, and touches of yellow and green – a reference to the colors of Ayrton’s racing helmet, which are also the national colors of Brazil. Ref: CAZ1013.BA0883

– The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph Senna Edition A 44mm-diameter automatic chronograph with date function. Anthracite grey sunray dial and three counters. The cheap replica watches store also features the famous stylized Senna ‘S’ in red lacquer, on the dial, case back and bezel, with a tachymeter scale. Elegant touches of ‘Legend’ red, the same shade as the Senna ‘S’, also accentuate the watch’s racing spirit and Senna brand´s performance style. The timepiece is completed by the ‘Legend’ steel bracelet. Ref: CBB2010.BA0906

– The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph Senna Edition A 44mm-diameter automatic chronograph, available in an ultra-light black titanium version, equipped with a rubber strap with a dynamic tire-tread design. Ref: CBB2080.FT6042

Ace Jewelers Rubber NATO Straps Collection

Well known to Watch fans, Ace Jewelers, part of the Ace Luxury Group based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, has just launched its proprietary collection of Ace Collections rubber NATO watch straps. These are available in either camouflage pattern or in a range of solid colors. Fully water-resistant, these straps provide a cool and affordable way to change up the look of a Swiss IWC replica watches.

The NATO strap was originally developed for use on military watches, but over the years they have gained significant interest with watch collectors and aficionados. Functional and hard wearing, they can instantly change the look of a watch, often creating unexpected and fun results. Due to their popularity, many watch brands bring out their own versions. For example, Omega released a full line-up in both textile as well as leather last year. They’re even a standard extra with the purchase of the latest generation of the Speedmaster Professional.

Ace and the rubber NATO

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A quick search on the web will reveal that the possibilities in terms of color and material for NATO straps are practically limitless. Solid, striped, polka-dotted or even in sumptuous alligator, it’s all there.

However they have not been available in rubber until some unnamed genius at Ace Jewelers had the NATO sized idea to merge the two into a strap that would combine the superb functionality of the traditional NATO strap with the unrivaled water-resistance of a rubber strap so as to form the Ace Collections Rubber NATO Straps.

Dale Vito Boom,fake watches store Freak at Ace Jewelers, has officially declared the straps as “Awesome”. In fact he has been hogging the one prototype the company had for weeks so they have placed their trust in his verdict at this time.

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Ace Collections rubber NATO straps range in price from 39 to 49 EUR incl. 21% VAT. They are available in 22mm only. The regular 2-piece strap is also available in 24mm. All straps and bracelets are available both in the bricks and mortar Ace boutiques as well as in the Ace eBoutique. Oh, and just to avoid any confusion, the top replica watches for sale in the pictures do not come with the straps!

Five Notable Cartier Watches Under $10,000

Cartier has a long and distinguished horological history, and in recent years, the brand has assumed a leading role among manufacturers creating innovative and complicated haute horlogerie timepieces. At the same time, the brand has launched several notable timepieces at lower price points, many of which have in-house movements. Here are five models we think merit special attention.

Cartier Santos de Cartier Santos 100

To those familiar with cheap Cartier replica watches history, the Santos name is practically synonymous with the brand name itself. In 1904, the famed aviator, Alberto Santos-Dumont, complained to his friend Louis Cartier about the difficulty of checking his pocketwatch while flying his aircraft. Cartier went to work, and his solution was almost certainly the first wristwatch created specifically for an aviator. The innovation allowed Santos-Dumont to keep both hands on the controls while setting airborne speed records, which were determined by measuring the time taken to travel specified distances. Santos-Dumont was so taken with his Cartier wristwatch that he wore it religiously when flying.

A commercial version of the Art Deco-style watch launched in 1911, and today Cartier offers three collections bearing the Santos name. Our featured watch is the Santos de Cartier Santos 100, and it is one of the most recognizable timepieces in the world. Cartier offers it in two sizes – medium at about 44 x 35 mm, and large at about 51 x 41 mm (shown below). Both watches are powered by automatic-winding mechanical movements not manufactured by Cartier. The medium model in steel on an alligator strap retails for $6,500, and the large version is priced at $7,300.

Cartier Santos 100

Cartier Tank MC

The remainder of our selections feature Cartier’s own manufacture movements. If you seek one of these, look no further than Cartier’s recently released Tank MC. The “MC” stands for Manufacture Cartier, signifying the movement’s origins. Dating to 1917, the Tank design has certainly achieved icon status. Though it follows in a time-honored line, the Tank MC is an all-new design with modern dimensions. At 44 x 34 x 9.5 mm with slightly curved lugs, the Tank MC hits the Goldilocks “just right” zone on the wrist, and it plays well with dress-shirt cuffs.

The silvered flinqué dial is exquisitely executed, and behind it you will find the in-house 1904-PS MC movement. The “1904” represents the year Louis Cartier created the Santos Swiss replica watches, described above, and “PS” signifies petite secondes. The 1904 MC calibers are constructed with twin mainspring barrels running in series to deliver more consistent torque over the 48-hour power reserve. The rotor is mounted on ceramic ball bearings, and it winds very efficiently in both directions. The movement is visible through a sapphire display back.

The Tank MC in stainless steel on an alligator strap with a deployant buckle is priced at $7,000.

Cartier Tank MC

Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver

The recently launched Calibre de Cartier Diver has received positive reviews for its looks, and its integrity (in both the physical and the moral sense). This watch is the third member of the Calibre de Cartier family, and in our opinion, the design codes work especially well in this iteration. The design is a distinctive departure in a sea of dive watch look-alikes. Some may feel that Roman numerals don’t belong on a sports watch, but in this incarnation, they tell those in the know who made this watch.

The Calibre de Cartier Diver’s case measures 42 mm in diameter, and it is only 11 mm thick, which is slender for a 300-meter diver. It is powered by the in-house caliber 1904-MC. Given the Diver’s resemblance to the Calibre de Cartier automatic, it’s important to note that Cartier did not simply add a countdown bezel to that watch and call it a day. That would have been the easy, and perhaps the most profitable, approach. Kudos to Cartier for not taking the easy path.

Instead, under the watchful eye of its resident horological guru, Carole Forestier-Kasapi, Cartier went much further than most manufacturers to insure that this watch has genuine dive-watch cred. Each watch is certified under ISO 6425, the official standard for any timepiece calling itself a dive watch. Among many other things, the certification means that every fake watches store is tested to 125% of its rated depth before leaving the factory. Few manufacturers perform that level of testing.

The Calibre de Cartier Diver retails for $8,200 in steel on a rubber strap, and $8,900 on a bracelet.

Calibre de Cartier Diver

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night

It’s a rare day when you find a multi-complication watch from a top-name brand with a Swiss manufacture movement for under $10,000. I guess that makes today a rare day. This watch just recently launched, so you may not have seen it before. It offers a large date, second time zone, and a day/night indicator. The second time zone does not take a traditional form – it’s a retrograde display – so it may take a second to spot. Here’s a hint: that’s not a power-reserve indicator at 10 o’clock. This display can be advanced in one-hour increments by pressing the crown.

This new watch measures 42 x 12 mm, and the silvered dial is decorated with various guilloché patterns, giving it a rich texture. The hands are blued steel, and the fluted crown is decorated with a synthetic cabochon-shaped spinel.

The automatic-winding, in-house Cartier movement bears the designation 1904-FU MC. The FU refers to “fuseaux”, a reference, in French, to the second time zone. The movement consists of 230 parts and features traditional finishing, including côtes de Genève on the plates, the bridges, and the winding rotor.

The Rotonde de Cartier Second Time Zone Day/Night in steel lists for $9,650.

Rotonde De Cartier Second Time Zone

Cartier Tank MC Chronograph

The chronograph is among the most popular complications, so we’re exceeding our $10,000 upper limit very slightly to include Cartier’s most accessible timepiece with a manufacture chronograph caliber. Indeed this is Cartier’s first Tank chronograph with an in-house movement. The case measures about 34 x 44 x 11.7 mm, so unlike the Tank watches of old, it makes a statement on the wrist. Cartier is noted for its designs, but we think this watch stands out as a particularly well-executed example. With most watches, if you look long enough, you can spot a detail that is not right. That’s not the case here.

The movement is the recently developed 1904-CH MC. The “CH” signifies “chronograph.” Once again, Cartier did not take the easy path by simply adding a module to the 1904-MC caliber. Instead, it designed that movement from the mainplate up to become an integrated chronograph. In stop cheap replica watches sale form, the movement retains its twin barrels, and it incorporates two hallmarks of fine chronograph movements: a column wheel to control the start, stop and reset functions, and a vertical clutch to assure smooth engagement. The movement design also allows the chronograph to run continuously without affecting timekeeping.

The Tank MC Chronograph in stainless steel lists for $10,300.

Cartier Tank MC Chronograph