Complicated Details In Bulgari’s Haute Horlogerie Replica Watches

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In the process of becoming the fully integrated, entirely capable watch manufacture that it is today, Bulgari has put vast resources and efforts into mastering all crafts of the watchmaking trade, bringing state-of-the-art facilities and master craftsmen under its roof. Bulgari’s efforts include the creation of a fully equipped haute horlogerie workshop in a separated area inside the brand’s manufacture in Le Sentier, which has been responsible for creating some of the most complicated chiming replica watches available today. Let’s take a closer look at the fine details and inner secrets of some of these super-complicated pieces.

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It all starts with research, development – and design. Originally established in 1884 and still headquartered in Rome, Italy, Bulgari has been famous for tapping into historical design elements of Italian culture – let that inspiration be found in architecture, art, or engineering, when looking for it with a trained eye, a piece of that tradition can be found in the smaller details of the brand’s timepieces, as well as its jewelry. However, some of Bulgari’s key high-complications – and especially the ones discussed below – carry on a different heritage that stems from the watch industry itself.

From 2000 to 2010, Le Sentier Manufacture (Genta & Roth) has separately belonged to Bulgari until its merging with the Italian brand in 2010, allowing the company to carry on the two masters’ work by creating new timepieces which remain true to – but nonetheless further develop upon – their original designs. Both the Bulgari Octo and the Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon Minute-Repeater exemplify this evolution.

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Once we peel the skin off of these iconic – and yet over the years, cautiously modified and developed – designs, a new world opens up: the universe of fine mechanics. The master swiss replica watches makers in the haute horlogerie workshops of Bulgari Replica work on a very wide range of calibers – including movements that go into the Bulgari Carillon Tourbillon Minute Repeater, the Bulgari Octo Grande Sonnerie, and the Bulgari Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetuel which we will see below.

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The task of assembling these extremely complicated calibers, comprising several hundreds of delicately crafted parts, falls on the haute horlogerie workshop. In an age of mass production and extremely capable and complicated computer-controlled machinery, the assembly of a device of such complexity as these calibers by another machine is still entirely unimaginable. Even when it comes to watchmakers, only a select few of those with several years – if not decades – of experience are able to successfully compose the movement that goes into an haute horlogerie timepiece.

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Among other high complication pieces, Bulgari has been expanding its wide range of extremely complex chiming replica watches, matching this centuries-old complication to a number of other features such as the tourbillon, perpetual calendar, retrograde indications, and more. One of the main sources of technical challenges is the fact that a minute repeater is “on demand” in the sense that it has to know the exact time down to the nearest minute at any moment when the wearer starts the mechanism. As such, the chiming mechanism takes up a large amount of space in the movement – squeezing more functions into such a small machine is a challenge that keeps many from combining it with new and unusual complications.

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Shown above are so-called snails and cams – of rather unusual shapes – from the movement of the Fake Bulgari Carillon Minute Repeater Tourbillon. These components have all been designed to be able to “read” the time from the movement and then, to help the little hammers strike their respective gongs exactly as many times as the momentary time dictates.

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The DR 3300 caliber – illustrated both above and below at different levels of completion – powers the Bulgari Replica Carillon Minute Repeater Tourbillon and contains a total of 327 parts. While each of these components have been manufactured with a dimensional tolerance of no greater than 5 microns or 0.005 millimeters, fitting them all into such a confined place is a very demanding task that actually takes several months from start to completion.

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How does it all work? Just click on the image above to see a video of the Bulgari Replica Carillon Minute Repeater Tourbillon in action: whenever the mechanism is started by the wearer moving the slider set into the side of the caliber, one sees the cams, wheels and springs of the minute repeater complication move quickly into their position to begin a slow and calculated dance as they help the mechanism chime the exact time.

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On the case back side of the Bulgari Carillon Minute Repeater Tourbillon, a maze of rarely seen components becomes visible: chiming mechanisms are fragile and extremely complex machines and, as the term “carillon” indicates in its name, this example is an even rarer kind of chiming watch where the mechanism has not two but three sets of hammers and gongs. The result is a three-note chime that is not only much more challenging to tune and get just right, but also is arguably more playful in its quarter-chiming, and has a more unusual difference between the deeper sound for the hours, and the unusually high pitched one for the minutes.

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On the dial side, however, two large plates with engraved grooves make the picture complete, along with the one-minute tourbillon that is held secure by a large, hand-finished bridge, and the opening for the three minute repeater hammers. Wrapping around the entire movement are the three gongs of the Swiss Bulgari Carillon Minute Repeater, which resonate as the hammers strike their respective gongs – giving off a clear and audible chiming sound of three different pitches.

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The Bulgari Grande Sonnerie Quantieme Perpetuel takes the already very complex layout of the previous movement to another level, as it is one of the most complicated chiming replica watches ever created. With nearly 1,000 components in its movement, it features a four-gong grande sonnerie chiming mechanism that chimes every elapsed quarter and also marks every new hour automatically – this function can, of course, be turned off thanks to a silent mode – and also works as a minute repeater, chiming the exact time “on demand” whenever the mechanism is started.

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Its dial features indications for the perpetual calendar function, along with two power reserve displays: one for the 48-hour reserve of the main movement, and the other, at the 01:30 position, for the 24-hour power reserve of the chiming mechanism. Its 923-component movement is fitted into a 48-millimeter-wide gold case. As an extremely rare feat, the grande sonnerie function of this in-house caliber manufactured at the Bulgari haute horlogerie workshops is matched to not only a perpetual calendar and a tourbillon regulating organ, but also to automatic winding.

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This Bulgari Octo Grande Sonnerie offers a combination of one of Genta’s trademark designs, the Cheap Bulgari Octo case, and a highly complicated, in-house manufactured and hand-finished caliber. This Grande Sonnerie timepiece matches the angular, complex, and powerful-looking case to one of Genta’s preferred, funky ways of telling the time: a retrograde hour indicator reserves the left-hand side of the dial, while exposed via an arched opening in the center, the minutes are indicated on a rotating disc. Four additional sub-dials are there to show the power reserves for both the movement and the sonnerie, as well as the on/silent and grande/petite mode selectors for the chiming mechanism.

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We have seen three greatly different and highly complicated pieces from the Bulgari haute horlogerie workshops – the first one displayed a strong integration of watch case, dial, and movement design; the second demonstrated the absolute limits of complexity with its over-900-piece total component count and unusual mix of complications; while the last showed how unusual dial layouts and time indications can nonetheless be matched to what turned out to be the common thing between all three pieces: the chiming mechanism.

The very point of becoming an established, vertically integrated manufacture is to ensure the freedom to create with relative ease and to deliver products that in turn provide a consistently refreshing mixture of the traditional and the unusual – at Bulgari Sale, even at the level of haute horlogerie, these goals are pursued at the manufacture’s specialized and dedicated workshop. bulgari.com

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Patek Philippe Horology Programme Of London Replica Watches School

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A career path in watchmaking is not something very often offered to kids leaving school. Before we know it, we’re off to college or straight into the world of work without so much as acknowledging the continued existence of horology. These days, I’m so ingrained in the watchmaking industry, it stuns me when people express amazement that assembly and after-sales processes are performed by real humans, not super-accurate machines. But you needn’t spend much time at the knee of an old replica watches to understand why. The mechanics of haute horlogerie are not quite the same as anything else. And it isn’t about intricacy, per se, it’s about experience; it’s about all the silly little things that don’t make rational sense; simply put, it’s all about time. Patek Philippe have underlined their understanding of this fact by investing in an on-site school at their London service centre.

By running a two-year course, dubbed the Patek Philippe Replica Horology Programme Of London, focused on equipping new students with the skills needed to service and repair an in-house movement, they are doing their bit to fill the yawning gap of trained horologists in North America. To find out more about the school, the motivations for its foundation, and the hopes Patek Philippe have for its development, I spoke to Larry Pettinelli, president at The Henri Stern Watch Agency (HSWA), a Patek Philippe subsidiary distributing and repairing Patek Philippe replica watches in the UK.

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The watch industry has been growing steadily since 1989. The appeal of these evermore luxurious and complicated products is universal, but their production incredibly localised to central Europe. In the past, America had its own reputation as a replica watch making country. Brands like Hamilton and Elgin timed the early cross-continental rail-road system, but these companies laid down their tools long before watchmaking was reborn.

As the industry recovered, North America was left without the neccessery specialists. The country was reliant on a few schools nationwide, churning out about 40 or 50 graduates per year, and of those, only maybe 10% would have made the grade that Patek Philippe requires of all its staff. Currently, the US-based service team for Fake Patek Philippe is less than 20 strong and deals with almost 10,000 repairs a year. Given the exacting standards the brand demands its watchmakers meet, the workload is unsustainable. This skill shortage means Patek Philippe Replica is constantly looking for new experts, but they are hard to find. Of the 13 watchmakers that made it as far as a bench test last year, only two were deemed good enough to earn a post within the company, irrespective of their desperation for increased manpower.

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That’s because Patek Philippe’s reputation for quality is inherent to the brand’s success. As much as Larry Pettinelli needs watchmakers, nothing could have forced him to risk the brand’s 176-year history. Perpetuating that kind of reputation is not easy when your customers frequently pass your product beneath the loupe. Excellence is imperative. But excellence does not grow on trees (it grows in workshops under the patient and passionate tuition of master horologists). And so Pettinelli set-about planting the seed that would grow into the Patek Philippe Replica Horology Programme of London.

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The training school, which is set within the workshop space of Patek Philippe’s Rockefeller base, was set-up this year and has just opened its doors to the first six students. The course lasts for two years (3,100 hours), and will culminate with the students traveling to Switzerland to sit the Patek Philippe level-two examination. Attaining this certificate would be a great achievement after two years and perhaps signal that a long and rewarding career with one of the Swiss powerhouses beckons. But that isn’t set in stone…

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I was amazed at how much the course structure favors the student. In Europe, there are two ways I know of to attain the WOSTEP qualification: You either find a company to sponsor you through the course, or you fund it yourself. The fees are not cheap – certainly not affordable for a high-school graduate, or your average college kid. And so the vast majority apply for sponsorship from a major maison. Once secured, the sponsor pays the student a nominal wage throughout their studies and then insists they repay their investment by working for the sponsoring company for a set period of time (usually the same length of the course, although this can be negotiable). If you fail the course, you could be liable for the fees; if you jump-ship early before you’ve “repaid” your debt to your sponsor, they’re legally entitled to chase you for the balance. In short, you sign-up for the long haul and cross your increasingly nimble fingers that everything works out.

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The course offered by the Patek Philippe Replica Horology Programme of London does not place the same conditions on its students. The course is totally funded and the students are provided with a stipend to cover certain expenses that may be incurred as a result of their attendance. Sure, you’ve got to find a way to support yourself throughout the duration of the course, but that’s no different from most college kids, who take part time jobs, borrow from someone, or stay with their friends or family while studying.

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During the selection process, one prospective student proclaimed that she’d only attended the workshop tour, because she was sure the offer was a scam. And she has a point: To a European-trained swiss replica watch who studied for the opportunity to work at a below-market salary while having to rebuff the advances of rival companies desperate to poach pre-trained talent, it seems too good to be true. If at the end of the two-year course, the student decides to walk away, that’s cool; if they want to take the skills they’ve learnt to another company, that’s fine too. Why have Patek Philippe taken this risk? It’s because they believe the potential reward is worth it.

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They are confident that after learning from their experts, being part of the workshop team, and immersing themselves in the culture and history of the brand that they will choose to stay. Handing their students that kind of agency takes guts, but students respect that kind of trust and, I think, are more likely to repay it with hard work and loyalty.

One of the main focuses of the interview process was to understand the motivations of the applicants. It’s my opinion that Patek Philippe approached the process in the best way possible. Watchmaking is a strange profession. It takes almost preternatural patience, a tireless eye for detail, and comfort with doing very similar tasks day in, day out. But it also takes a kind of intelligence – not necessarily an academic intelligence, but a logical and thorough mind. It also helps to have a good memory – your time at the bench will be the most useful textbook you could ever possess. The interview process took in face-to-face examinations, as well as logic and mathematics tests.

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What really impressed me about Pettinelli’s method, though, was the way in which the selectors put the emphasis on how the test was approached and the candidates dealt with the pressure of the presented problem, rather than what the answer given actually was.

The first year-and-a-half of the two-year course will focus on traditional Cheap Replica Watches techniques, using the state-of-art equipment already installed on the Patek Philippe Replica site. Students will be required to make their own tools for some of the skills they are to learn, as well as spending significant time studying the theory of horology. The course will be taught by Laurent Junod, who was previously the workshop director of the London service centre. Junod himself is kind of perfect for the job. He moved to America in 1988 hoping to see a different part of the world. He liked America so much, he never left. He’s a level 4 Patek Philippe Replica watchmaker and brings decades of experience to the classroom. Patek aim to restore any watch they have ever made since their foundation in 1839. Throughout his time with the company, Laurent Junod has seen many an historical piece pass through his hands. This practical experience is invaluable. It would be impossible to synthesise the testimony of someone who has been there and done it in the way Junod has. The loss of the workshop is the gain of the school. With Junod acting as a mentor and a bridge for the current students, the company can feel confident the stream of know-how will flow from one generation to the next.

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So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. I’m sure you all want to know how you can apply for a position on the Patek Philippe Horology Programme of London. Well, right now, you can’t. The six successful candidates from this application process have only just started their two-year course, which will be conducted by just one man (Junod). There’s a possibility that the programme will expand in the future, but right now, Pettinelli wants to focus on getting this experiment right. They’ve based the course structure on a pre-existing Patek Philippe Replica course held in Shanghai. The first graduates of the Shanghai course are starting to make their way in the workshop proper and seem to have taken to servicing like ducks to water. This bodes well for the American arm of the programme. Pettinelli would like to open more training centres, but one of the major problems is finding trainers!

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Even though there is no point in inundating Patek Philippe with pleas at this time, it’s heartening to know that should you wish to pursue watchmaking as a career, you needn’t have any prior exposure to the industry to be a valid candidate. The six successful applicants were all from different backgrounds. The majority of applicants fell between the 18-35 age range with an even split of men and women (of the six selected, four are male, two are female). It does, of course, help to have some familiarity with practical work. Sewing, carpentry, electronics… anything precise and focused will stand you in good stead. If you want to be a suitable candidate, focus more on why you want to be a fake watch than anything else. What is it that makes you tick? Patek Philippe want to train people whose unutterable love for horology compels them to commit their lives to a long and sought-after career.

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This school is a real opportunity, especially for American students, or those based in America with existing work permits. There are no cultural boundaries at Patek Philippe Sale, but the difficulties in gaining work permits and visas might put-off international applicants. If it is something in which you might be interested, keep an eye on the official Patek Philippe website for announcements and updates. We’ll cover any hot news here on Replica Watches UK Store too. It’s a rare chance to join an industry that is in dire need of highly trained professionals. Although the course is no guarantee of employment (you have the option to apply upon graduation, and Patek Philippe would still have the option to say no if, for whatever reason, they didn’t feel like you fit their team), it is unusual to have the chance to study (for free) in one of the most dynamic cities in the world, under the tutelage of a man well-versed in some of the finest timepieces the world has ever seen.

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The Tone For The Luxury Replica Watches Timepiece Industry In Asia

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Georges Kern, CEO of Schaffhausen, Switzerland-based IWC replica watches, stands up from our table to deliver a welcome speech for a room of guests invited to dinner after the first day of Watches & Wonders 2015 here in Hong Kong. Known for quick, sharp remarks, and a realistic vision of his company and the luxury replica watch space, Kern spares no time addressing what he feels are the primary things his colleagues should be thinking about in terms of Asia and the watch industry that has fared so well in the region, and yet now faces a new set of growth, sales, and economic challenges.

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Kern promises that a brand like IWC is in it for the long run. He is refreshingly candid about the issues facing his business and that of his colleagues. China has been rapidly decreasing its spending on luxuries of all kinds replica watches included. The still-special region of Hong Kong as a result is suffering from a weak retail market once made gloriously robust by pools of Chinese mainlanders who came in with “suitcases full of cash,” looking for ways to offload cash into less easily “seized” assets or exotic European goods which promise to make them appear more successful, sophisticated, and of course, sexy.

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Economic instability and a huge reduction in spending on “gifts” for and by political figures accounts for much of the reduction of spending on luxury goods that has plagued Hong Kong and China for the last couple of years. Mr. Kern assures everyone that not all is actually bad in China and that sales overall are still good. While there is a continuous deep level of appreciation for fine watch making in Chinese-speaking cultures, Kern advises skeptics to consider that the “China bubble” was never meant to last and that economic activity isn’t terribly depressed, but rather back to “normal.” Myself and colleagues nod our heads in agreement because despite the lack of flowery poetic assurances, Mr. Kern is absolutely right.

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Where watch industry leaders like Mr. Kern succeed is not only in their acknowledgement of reality, but in their development of plans and strategies to adapt to it. The watch industry is sometimes painfully conservative in its application of ideals, acceptance of new concepts, and its approach to productivity. These qualities actually help the industry continue to produce many stunningly beautiful timepieces, but they don’t help the luxury replica watch industry survive in modern times. What does keep the industry going is the efforts of a handful of smart, charismatic men and women who protect the values of the watch industry while thinking outside of the box and adapting to a world which may love swiss replica watches, but does not actually need them.

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Not needing, but rather wanting something is a hallmark characteristic what I define “luxury” to be. Timepieces must be desirable, but also cater to the needs and demands of consumers. The near-term success of the Asian watch market – just like that of the rest of the world – relies on the watch industry being there in a way that consumers want with products that they can’t help but demand. This, for me, is the tone which set the opening of Watches & Wonders 2015, and will guide brands in these complex markets now and into the future.

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Our Zen Love (behind the camera), Ariel (right) and David Bredan (left) represented team Replica Watches UK at Watches & Wonders 2015

Watches & Wonders is a watch and jewelry trade show organized by the same people who each year put on the Geneva-based SIHH in January. Watches & Wonders began a few years ago as a leg into the East, offering both retailers as well as customers (and collectors) a more local event to attend that doesn’t require a flight to Switzerland. Only a few years old, Watches & Wonders is interesting and important enough that the FHH, the organizers of the event, have decided that international media should be there to report on their activity.

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For Watches Blog, each time we travel to Asia, it becomes an illuminating journey. Hong Kong is the first place I ever traveled to where I felt less than alone in my love of replica watches. Stores and advertising dedicated to fine timepieces are literally everywhere. It’s a watch-crazy culture, and anyone who has ever felt a lack of interest from their peers when it comes to fine timepieces need only travel to this important Chinese city to fit in. Hong Kong is not just about people showing off massive amounts of wealth in timepieces, but rather a quickly developing market for true aficionados who love, collect, and admire timepieces in a way rivaled by few other places.

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Hong Kong as a market actually sells around as many timepieces as the entire United States each year, and is in the top 10 locations where readers to Watches Blog come from. What people need to know about wearing a fake watch in Hong Kong is that, by nature, these are items that must say something about the wearer. There is almost no tolerance among the educated or successful for crappy timepieces. If you wear a watch it should be a good watch, and if you don’t wear a watch you should have a damn good excuse for why.

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This means that people aren’t at all afraid to use their replica watches to show off a little. It is common for the average person to spend more money on a timepiece – per capita – than probably anywhere in the world. The pressure is so high that it is said Hong Kong locals actually consume a huge number of fake luxury goods (read about the most common fake watches and their stories here) just to keep up appearances at times. This is a place where your waiter has a nice (real) Rolex and your taxi driver might have a timepiece you are envious of. You can imagine that within such a context, wearing diamonds or other flashy embellishments is not at all frowned upon or even uncommon.

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I say this because more than ever, here in Hong Kong, wearing a timepiece for men with diamonds seems to make a huge amount of sense. Back at home in the United States, you need to be a very special kind of person to wear a watch with diamonds. In fact, many dedicated watch lovers in America wouldn’t dream of dressing up a fine and complicated “horological mechanism” with precious stones. Yet here in Hong Kong, the world’s biggest watchmakers all take their most impressively complicated timepieces and add even more to them by decorating their cases and dials with diamonds and other precious stones.

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“When in Rome,” right? I have to say that while I am here in Hong Kong, the idea of wearing diamonds seems imminently appealing in a way that I’ve never experienced elsewhere. You need to be in the culture a bit, but after a few days, it starts to seem like a very appropriate way to spend money. At the Cartier booth, we tried on the highly expensive and limited edition (of something like five pieces) Ballon Bleu Vibrating Diamonds completely set with diamonds all over the case and with a dial that has diamonds actually mounted on small springs. This causes the dial diamonds to move about in a fascinating way, clearly designed to add some additional sparkle and visual interest. You really can’t read the time, but this is one of the few timepieces where I really don’t care. Forget about the several hundred thousand dollar price of this timepiece for a moment, and consider the genuinely fun statement such a design offers to the wearer.

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Diamonds are perhaps too closely associated with the taste preferences of the Asian watch market because they tend to overshadow some of the more “serious” reasons why we love timepieces. Watch lovers tend to think of a timepiece’s appeal as a function of their carefully made movements and refined design aesthetics. What they don’t always consider about the typical luxury replica watches buyer in Asia is that these same values apply. They just also want their finely made and complicated watches with diamonds and even more art.

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Chinese consumers are huge fans of artistic and wealth density, and are aggregators of things that they find value in. Having a watch that is complicated is great. Having a watch that is refined is fantastic. Having a watch that conveys wealth and success is fortune. So why not look for complicated, refined, luxurious replica watches? That is how many of the Chinese tend to approach luxury timepieces, for better or worse. Not all of these “combined appeal” watches are successful, but at least you know why such timepieces exist and where their demand comes from.

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While brands like Vacheron Constantin and Piaget are masters of offering ultra-low production classically designed art watches, brands like Richard Mille (the only non-Richemont Group company at Watches & Wonders so far) offer the same types of gloriously art-heavy timepieces but, in ultra-modern form. Million-dollar watches never looked so “million-dollar” as they do when they are designed for picky Asian consumers always looking to be wowed.

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I should not, however, focus entirely on watches meant for the few. While luxury watch shows tend to focus on unique models with elaborate designs, the bread and butter of the watch industry is more high-volume products which are sold in quantity to consumers who may be able to spend only a few thousand dollars on a watch versus many times that. It would be easy to mistake a place like Watches & Wonders as a show for buyers who represent the 1% of the 1%, but that wouldn’t be entirely true. Even though such special customers are present en masse, Watches & Wonders is still about selling luxury replica watches to more than just a few people. Otherwise, having a big and expensive trade show wouldn’t be necessary. Brands could simply hold private meetings in a luxury hotel for a few days and call it a show. No, Watches & Wonders is about making a splash, because at the end of the day even today’s biggest watch makers are interested in selling $20,000-and-under watches to a larger portion of the population.

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How is this audience being served at Watches & Wonders, and how (if at all) do the new products that were debuted at Watches & Wonders serve the regional audience in Asia? While Watches & Wonders is in Asia, it isn’t really about products made just for Asia. One timepiece, however, really epitomized what brands should be making to appeal to Hong Kong customers – and it came from Montblanc. In an 18k red gold 39mm wide case with diamonds on the bezel, and a few more on the dial as some of the hour markers, the Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic ref. 112144 comes with a pretty reasonable price of $11,500. Without diamonds, the same watch is $7,700. On paper, this dress watch looks pretty nice with luxury appointments and price that is much less than a lot of the competition.

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Why is this Montblanc Meisterstuck so emblematic of Watches & Wonders 2015? Because it combines value as well as the types of timepieces that have traditionally done so well in Chinese markets. Timepieces such as this might not be common, but it does show a genuine understanding from the most important big name watch brands of what is required to succeed in today’s market.

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It is an Watches Blog tradition to recap major watch shows with top 10 lists and similar groupings of the products that we feel you as consumers should know about. The reason we aren’t doing one for Watches & Wonders is because the show – at least this year – was less about releasing copious amounts of new products, but rather about brands being able to assert themselves with specially made piece unique replica watches and low-production ultra-luxury pieces. These tend to make poor items of top 10 lists, namely because if you wanted one, they would probably be already sold.

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So what we will do instead is take the next few months to spend more time on some of the top models we saw here at Watches & Wonders 2015, and to give some extra attention to those rare “volume fake watches” from the major brands which we look forward to seeing in stores soon. One of my favorites was the IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day & Date (look for a hands-on article soon) which is actually the first Portofino model I’ve ever liked. I appreciate the interesting in-house movement, handsome size, and refined timeless looks. I also quite liked the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time that combines a world timer with a new movement that features a novel balance wheel system, as well as a “true seconds” (dead beat seconds) indicator hand.

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Such mainstream men’s watch offerings at the show were, nevertheless, rare. We expect to see more new releases such as those at SIHH 2016 in January. I keep thinking about the incredibly beautiful “modern museum” creations from brands like Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and Roger Dubuis. These companies create the fantasy of what owning a luxury fake watch can be like for aspirational buyers, and satisfy the demanding needs of the top regional customers.

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I continue to find the Chinese and neighboring watch markets to be among the most fascinating in the world not only because of their size but also because of their appetite. China has almost single-handedly spurred the watch industry to innovate in so many ways, both in terms of technical complexity and design, because the customers simply demand it. China keeps Switzerland on its toes – which, at the end of the day, is a special benefit of the relationship between the two countries.

For the time being, Hong Kong is still China’s most powerful and important gateway to the West. Hong Kong is an ideal setting to showcase European products for the Asian world in a consumer-friendly and exciting way. As stubborn and slow as Switzerland is sometimes as perceived by the rest, at least they understand that for their luxury business to keep relevant, they need to go where the customers are – and make a case for crafts, history, values, and aesthetics. This is exactly what Watches & Wonders is all about.

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