Breitling Navitimer 01 Gold Replica Watches Review

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I’ve always respected the Breitling Navitimer, but it was never “historically” on my list of “must-own classics” for my own personal collection. Now, after wearing and reviewing one of the newer Breitling Navitimer 01 replica watches, I have to say that my opinion toward the watch has certainly developed for the better, and I certainly think there is a place for a replica Breitling Navitimer in my collection – because once you get to know this collection you begin to understand why it is so popular and why Breitling has been producing what is essentially a piece of archaic computational equipment for more than 50 years. Now, if only it weren’t a solid gold version of the Navitimer that I fell in love with…

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A few years ago, we published an article on “The Top 10 Living Legend Replica Watches” that included the Breitling Navitimer because of its good looks and long production (in some form or another). Today, the Breitling Navitimer exists in what is arguably its best forms that also include in-house-made fake Breitling movements. This particular version of the Breitling Navitimer includes the Breitling Calibre 01 – which is their most popular in-house automatic chronograph (as well as being the first in-house movement they released). With that said, Breitling offers a truly dizzying array of Navitimer replica watches, and as such, picking the right one can be truly intimidating.

On the Breitling website right now, there are eight distinct model families of the Navitimer, each with a range of versions therein. This Breitling Navitimer 01 model with its 43mm-wide case itself has six different styles (again, not including the limited editions) depending on the case, dial, and strap option. You can opt for this watch in a polished steel case or in this polished 18k red gold case. Each is available on strap or bracelet (yes, a full gold bracelet is available) as well as some black or brown dial options. On top of that, you can opt for dials that use these baton-style hour markers or that have Arabic numeral options. And again, this is just the various current (non-limited edition) models for the replica Breitling Navitimer 01. That doesn’t includes other model families such as the Navitimer 01 46mm, Navitimer QP, Navitimer World, and Navitimer GMT – which each have their own unique elements and sub-varieties.

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That means you’ll be forgiven if you’ve been eyeing a Breitling Navitimer for a while but haven’t pulled the trigger yet because you aren’t sure what version. Unfortunately, I am not going to be able to tell you the best Navitimer model for you, but I will help you narrow it down based upon your needs and tastes. The first step is figuring out the size you want, as Breitling replica produces the Navitimer in 42mm, 43mm, 46mm, and 48mm wide cases. From there, you need to figure out whether you want an in-house made movement, or don’t mind a sourced Swiss ETA movement, and what dial as well as case material you are looking for.

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There also happens to be a rather wide range of prices that I believe start at around $165 for the Breitling Navitimer World in steel (this model contains the Breitling Caliber 24 which is a base Swiss ETA Valjoux 7750), and of course goes up from there to about $160 for the Navitimer QP (perpetual calendar) in 18k gold on a strap. Interestingly, this 18k gold version of the 43mm-wide Breitling Navitimer 01 on the full gold bracelet costs about $110 less at around $480.

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As you can see, Breitling enjoys a lot of sales success with the handsome Navitimer, but your options as a consumer are truly staggering. For me, the best-looking Navitimer replica watches have a “panda dial,” just like this model, which tend to have a black face with contrasting white-colored subdials. This marks a key element of the “Navitimer look” that I think a lot of consumers are looking for. With that said, the Navitimer dial comes in a range of versions including face colors that are black, silver, blue, and brown.

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In fact, this is the second review of a Breitling Navitimer 01 replica watch that we’ve published on buyWatchesTop. Here, you can read our Max’s 2012 review of this Breitling Navitimer 01 replica watch in steel which talks a lot about why someone who loves replica watches and is an engineer would really want a Navitimer. My goal isn’t to repeat what Max said but rather to talk about the replica Breitling Navitimer 01 from my own perspective. In gold, the feeling of the watch does change, and I really do think this is one of the few luxury replica watches that you can wear in gold and still come across as practical given that in many ways the Breitling Navitimer is a non-showy luxury watch (that is still a bit showy).

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The purpose-driven design of the Breitling Navitimer is really its savior when it comes to not being a pretentious timepiece. Nothing about the design is about flair or presentation and understanding the history of the watch’s utility for pilots allows you to understand why the time plus chronograph and slide-rule bezel came in very hands in a pre-computer age. In the 1950s when the Breitling Navitimer was first introduced, it was a pretty big deal to have a timepiece with a built-in slide-rule calculator bezel.

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Today, no one uses this feature (for the most part), but they still show up on fake watches, and no one is producing slide-rule bezels as well as Breitling Replica Watches, with their sense of silky smooth and assured precision turning under your fingers. Being the watch nerds we are, there is an buyWatchesTop article here that explains how to use a slide rule bezel (for most of you who have not ever used one). Slide-rules are one of many such vestigial yet historically functional features you’ll find on mechanical replica watches. A more simple example is something like the tachymeter scale used to measure distances that you will also often find on chronograph sport replica watches. Many of these scales were relied upon in the days of pre-electronic calculation and still show up as design markers on watches today. One could make an argument that such elements are mere accouterments being more or less useless by today’s standards. I would not disagree, but I can report that without them these timepieces don’t have the same feeling to them.

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There is a distinct and pronounced romance to having a complete mechanical “tool” on the wrist just as it was meant to be, complete with analog goodness and tactile pleasure. While a hand-operated chronograph mixed with a slide-rule calculator bezel on a wrist watch (not to mention a spring-powered way of tracking the time) offers little precision value in today’s data-obsessed world, the analog versus digital nature of the information display is more akin to how our own brains perceive reality. Thus, replica watches like the Breitling Navitimer, along with many corresponding watches, are not defeated by their lack of modernity and obsolescence because we as people have yet to come up with something better to replace the familiar approachability of a mechanical versus electronic machine.

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In my opinion, a collection like the Breitling Navitimer so epitomizes the above ideals that it has remained an important part of the watch design landscape for so long. It really isn’t about the appeal of flight and challenge of being a pilot. It is more about the calculations inherent in being a human being who takes advantage of the natural world above and beyond the limit of our own internal senses thanks to the use of tools.

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You might argue that I am going too deep into analyzing the appeal of the Navitimer or mechanical watches in general. Perhaps, my level of analysis is deeper than some, but that otherwise very capable and intelligent people are nevertheless obsessed with well-made, last-generation technology is something which deserves a lot of contemplation (and answers), as far as I am concerned. I’m really dedicated to getting to the bottom of this watch love we share!

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At 43mm wide (14.25mm thick and water resistant to 30 meters) in 18k red gold, the fully polished Navitimer case has rarely looked any better. At first, I was concerned that the black, white, and gold colors together (with hints of red) might result in a watch palette with too many colors – but in execution it does not. Despite the obvious dial clutter and mish-mash of fonts, markers, hands, finishes, and tones, the Breitling Navitimer 01 in gold pulls everything off famously. Some of its best moments are really simple in nature such as viewing the contrasting subdials (panda dial) from afar in a mirror (and appreciating how cool they look) as well as enjoying how the light plays with the hands and applied hour markers on the dial through the domed AR-coated sapphire crystal.

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This “modest size” for a Breitling Navitimer is going to work well for most people as the proportions are just right. Make the Navitimer larger, as in the Breitling Navitimer 01 46mm, and things still look good but only if you have a very large-sized wrist to support the additional size. This isn’t the type of watch you need to inherently “wear large” for it to look good. You already have the benefit of a rather thin bezel which maximizes the visible dial size.

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Legibility is better than you’d expect given the dial complexity. Little touches such as the recessed subsidiary dials and general use of matte surfaces (outside of the hands and hour markers) allow the Navitimer to retain a very functional look. Breitling is of course rather proud of the applied 18k red gold “B with wings” logo under 12 o’clock. I also like how the date does not interfere with any of the indicators.

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Given the primarily functional essence of the Navitimer, it does not ever come across as a “blingy” watch despite attention-grabbing features such as an entirely polished case and, in this instance, being rendered in 18k red gold. Steel and gold Navitimer wearers can get along and be seen together with more or less the same wrist presence. The gold version just says “at heart I am a tool watch guy, but I had enough money to treat myself to a gold replica watch, so I did.” Nothing about this type of timepiece feels like it is meant to show off, being an item chosen for very personal reasons – which is another reason why I think Breitling continues to find success in the Navitimer collection.

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The Breitling in-house Caliber 01 movement is a very reliable and capable automatic chronograph that serves as a nice upgrade over the Valjoux 7750 available in the base model of the Navitimer World. With its classic symmetrical “tri-compax” register chronograph layout, the 01 movement offers a full 12-hour chronograph along with the time and date with a 70-hour maximum power reserve operating at a frequency of 4Hz (28,800bph). It is actually quite a good-looking movement, and unfortunately, this version of the Breitling Navitimer 01 does not have an exhibition caseback. I have seen some other models of the Navitimer with in-house movements that do have sapphire crystal caseback windows, but this isn’t one of them.

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My original fears about enjoying a Breitling Navitimer were based on the fact that I worried I might find the slide-rule distracting and not useful, and also that I might not find the dial legible enough. I am happy to say that after a fair amount of wear, I don’t consider either of these issues to take away from my core appreciation of the brand. While I can’t say that I’ve taken the time to use the slide-rule, I do love turning the smooth bezel, and the dial legibility (as well as luminant) have been surprisingly good. I also happen to find the gold print on the black dial to be sort of cool on this 18k red gold model.

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If you can afford a gold Breitling Navitimer, then it might be worth your while to get one if the above review appealed to you. Otherwise, a steel version will work very well, and with Breitling’s in-house movement, you get something with a lot of historical value from the brand in a modern package that is still very much a totally “Breitling product.” It isn’t for everyone, but the Breitling Navitimer 01 is a well-made and handsome, masculine timepiece that comes with all the horolgoical and historic appeal you could ask for in a recognizable timepiece that is still also sexy and cool. The Breitling Navitimer 01 ref. RB012012|BA49|435X|R20BA.1 in 18k red gold is priced at $208.

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IWC Pilot’s Replica Watches Mark XVIII & Edition ‘Le Petit Prince’ Hands-On

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There’s been a lot to get excited about with IWC’s announcements at SIHH, but perhaps one of the more welcome new releases has been the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII. Purists and IWC fans might argue this is the true spiritual successor to the Mark XII from 1993, with its reserved proportions and utilitarian aesthetic. Both replica watches pay homage to the original Mark XI from 1948 which was arguably one of the finest military watches ever made. After spending some time with the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII, we’re happy to report that fans have a great deal to be excited about in the coming year, especially those who’ve been holding out hope that IWC would one day make a return to some of their more vintage styles. Additionally, we also got to see the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince,” another iteration of IWC’s popular homages to the children’s book Le Petit Prince.

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Beyond the obvious omissions of the exotic alligator strap and the altimeter-style date window – both of which polarized fans – there’s a lot to like about the new IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII. But first and foremost is probably how it feels more like a traditional pilot watch, in what appears to be the result of an exercise in pure restraint on IWC’s part.

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Where you do, however, find a leather strap is on the limited edition IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII “Le Petit Prince” version which has a beautiful blue face and comes on a brown Santoni calfskin strap. I’m not going to get too much into the history of the “Le Petit Prince” replica watches (you can read more about the connection when we debuted the replica watches uk and again, with the red gold Double Chronograph Edition), but they are limited edition versions of IWC Pilot’s Replica Watches inspired by author and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

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When it comes to “traditional” Swiss replica watches, restraint comes in many shapes and forms, but it’s made most immediately apparent here with how well proportioned the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII’s 40mm-wide and 11mm-thick case feels on the wrist. IWC designers only scaled back the dimensions by a single millimeter from the XVII, but it’s a minute difference that even Goldilocks would agree feels “just right.” And since pilot watches traditionally wear a few hairs larger than their specs belie, due to greater dial real estate in the absence of a rotating bezel – a single millimeter or two can make or break the overall wearability of the watch.

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But what’s likely to land the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII into the good graces of pilot watch enthusiasts, is that there’s an aesthetic simplification with a focus on legibility and classic styling. We have a subtly brushed stainless steel case, matte leather strap and a high-contrast dial that could easily pass for a German watch made by Sinn or Damasko – and believe us, this utilitarian look is a good thing because it hearkens to the IWC many have a nostalgic love for.

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Getting back to the point of legibility, it is another mark of a true pilot’s watch and IWC has delivered in spades. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is a portrait of sharp, monochromatic contrasts, enhanced by a subtly domed sapphire crystal which has been finished with an anti-reflective coating on both sides. Keen-eyed pilot watch purists might also be happy to note that IWC has brought back the 6 and 9 on the dial – noticeably absent from every Pilot watch in the collection since 2002. It’s a difference that might not even register at first – or second – glance, but it’s one that’s significantly more in line with the lineage of IWC’s famed flieger watches that once fought for air superiority during WWII.

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Just don’t expect a light show, as only the hands, 12:00 triangle and indices are generously filled with luminous paint, though there is enough to make them pop on the dial. However, the minimalist approach to lume isn’t entirely out of tune with the rest of IWC’s pilot collection and shouldn’t compromise low-light legibility as the contrast of the hands against the dial is as crisp as ever. This is particularly true with the exceptional matte white dial variant, a welcome addition to the Mark family.

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The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is an entry-level model, and as such, operates on the IWC Calibre 30110, a modified base Sellita (ETA 2892) movement. The movement comes shielded from magnetic fields in the cockpit by a soft-iron cage, and protected from water ingress by a screw-down crown that guarantees resistance up to 6 atmospheres of pressure. It operates at 4Hz and has 42 hours of power reserve. Purists might argue that the 30110 is a far cry from the Jaeger-LeCoultre-built movement that once graced the Mark series until 2006’s Mark XVI, rest assured it has been proven as an economical workhorse that delivers while keeping the price approachable for a broader range of collectors.

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The IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII is available in two dial choices and with two strap configurations: on a rugged black Santoni calfskin strap with a price of $395 or on a pilot-style five-link stainless steel bracelet with a fine-adjustment clasp that will drive the price up to $495. We will have price for the IWC Pilot’s Replica Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince” soon.

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Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury Haute Joaillerie Replica Watch

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SIHH 2016 goers were the first to see the self-proclaimed “force of nature” of a ladies watch, the Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury. It’s certainly living up to that proclamation, with an impressive 4,635 brilliant cut diamonds in the case and bracelet, plus another 206 brilliant cut diamonds on the dial alone. Not to mention, this piece is simply a beauty with its sharp angular design and refusal to accept that ladies replica watches have to be reserved or demure.

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Taking 1,500 hours to craft across the design, engineering, and jewelry divisions of the company in Le Brassus, the 40mm wide piece also features a slim Calibre 2601 quartz movement which is typical for the micro size of the dial. According to the company, the hands are also made from “blackened gold” which can be achieved by in a few ways including applying black rhodium plating over white gold. To me, this is a sign that even women’s pieces are starting to get the much needed high-end materials upgrade in whatever way is possible, which is a nice attention to detail by the brand.

Evolved from last year’s very well received 2015 Diamond Punk – a boxier and more geometric design of bracelet cuff watch, the first thing you notice about the replica Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury are the bold architectural edges. Its unruliness and multitude of protruding spikes are mesmerizing to look at, almost like a moving glacier, and the watch’s fluid design is reminiscent of a gem-studded, tightly curled reptile with armor. The piece has a life of its own, giving off a feeling of motion to the observer, drawing them in for the kill. Without a doubt the Diamond Fury shies away from the traditional idea that women’s jewelry replica watches, and especially “hidden” jewelry watches should be subtle, demure, understated, or delicate.

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Also notably, the brand has updated the design of the Diamond Punk’s outdated and somewhat awkward slide-over mechanism. The new 2016 Diamond Fury features a hidden “suicide hinge” where one of the spikes unhinges with a push to open upwards, revealing the pave-encrusted two-hand diamond replica watch dial. This improved grand reveal is both more organic in design and more functional in terms of reducing the wear of metal friction with the old dial cover mechanism.

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This unusual design was no doubt more difficult to make in terms of gem setting and bracelet mechanics, and as such, the brand claims to have upped the ante on the man-hours by 100 hours . In many ways, this piece seems much less forced as a watch novelty and actually a functional accessory. Struck in 18K white gold and at a streamlined 1.8mm thick, I can imagine the Diamond Fury for many women is the black-tie statement piece they were looking for that actually kills two birds with one stone rather than forcibly and often awkwardly integrating both watch and bracelet into one “formal-wear” piece. They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this one is sure to make the cut.

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The new replica Audemars Piguet Diamond Fury will be available next year in two versions – full diamond pave (Ref.79420BC.ZZ.9190BC.01) with a price of$378 and a diamond/onyx combination (Ref.79421BC.ZZ.9191BC.01) with a price of $568.

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