Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant ‘HeroVillain’ Replica Watch Hands-On

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Recently, here in Los Angeles, Hublot helped brand ambassador Kobe Bryant celebrate his now official retirement from playing professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years of service. The affably charming Byrant was on point this evening as his carefully curated retirement plan checked off another box while he strapped on his latest limited edition Hublot replica watches reference 517.CX.0180.PR.KOB16 made just for him (and 23 other people).

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Hublot has celebrated various sides of Kobe Bryant’s personality with each of the now three limited edition watches they have produced together. It began back in 2013 when Hublot and Kobe Bryant announced the King Power Black Mamba. With the crew at the event, I congratulated Mr. Bryant on the relationship and failed to make small talk when making the mistake of mentioning Nubeo, a late 2000’s brand with huge potential that suffered fatally after the economic crash. After my remark, I then realized that Bryant probably lost money as part of the ordeal and it was a sore topic. I mostly brought it up because I was a genuine fan of the brand’s product and saw his participation as a sign of his level of fine watch appreciation and good taste.

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Not wanting to invest his own resources in a fake watch brand, Bryant probably made the intelligent choice of working with a strong partner like Hublot. After Kobe Bryant, Hublot also became the official replica watchmaker of the Los Angeles Lakers. The brand began by examining Kobe’s on-court personality with the Black Mamba watch – influenced by one of Kobe’s several nicknames. In 2015, we went up to Napa Valley wine country to check out the launch of the Kobe Bryant Big Bang Unico Retrograde Chronograph Kobe ‘Vino’ Bryant watch. Nearing the end of his career, a more calm and mature Bryant here wanted to celebrate his “Vino” name in a fitting manner.

The 2016 limited edition replica Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant “HeroVillain” is either the third in a series or the end of a trilogy. For Bryant, I believe this watch is not only about celebrating the end of his career, but also the legacy and personality he has left behind. A sentimentalist, in my opinion, Kobe ponders whether he will be remembered for his heroic determination or his sometimes direct path to success at the expense of other considerations that might be on the “villain” side of the spectrum.

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Kobe Bryant has mentioned that he would not rule out a return to the sports industry in the future, but I get the impression he is ready for a break after a live-eat-breathe-basketball life for two whole decades. The man of many passions seems eager about putting his attention and energy elsewhere for a while – even though he has not made it clear what that is.

With full humility, Kobe shared that he is not a good designer, and that he does not design his replica watches uk. Rather, he conveys a vision, story, and set of emotions he wants to imbue into his watches and credits the artistry of Hublot’s designers for the final product. It’s nice to see him open about the design process and profess his genuine appreciation for how the brand has handled their relationship – a relationship of importance to the star because he does care about replica watches.

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The Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant “HeroVillain” replica watch comes in the 45mm-wide Classic Fusion case in black ceramic. A bit of spice is added in the use of 18k rose gold dial appliques as well as Hublot “H” screws on the bezel and lugs. At its base, the watch is the Hublot Classic Fusion AeroFusion Moonphase Black Magic.

Aside from the gold on the case and bezel, the most major change is the addition of the stylized three-dimensional black mamba snake figurine on the dial. It’s a Kobe Bryant watch, so it has to be there. The rear of the fake hublot watches has his “HV” Hero Villain logo printed on the sapphire crystal exhibition caseback window. Attached to the strap is a “gummy” python skin strap – and it’s done expertly. Hublot likes to make straps that are soft rubber-lined with animal skin on the outside. It gives the best of both worlds, being comfortable and easy to clean like rubber, with the visual attractiveness of leather, fabric, alligator, and now, black python.

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Inside the watch is the caliber HUB1311 automatic movement which is a base movement with an in-house module for the calendar and moonphase functions. The layout is meant to emulate the classic “triple calendar” look which has two adjacent windows under 12 o’clock with the day of the week and month, and then a dial for the date over 6 o’clock. In that dial is a moonphase indicator, and pretty much everything but the hands and hour markers are skeletonized. Even the dial is a piece of sapphire crystal. The look attempts to marry the old and the new. It’s certainly legible and gives a slick classic look to the modern Hublot brand. The movement operates at 4Hz with a power reserve of about 42 hours.

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Kobe was clearly happy when seeing the Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant HeroVillain on his wrist. It’s cool because, at events like this, even Kobe is probably seeing the replica watch for the first time in real life. It’s a good time to be Kobe, retiring with the splash he was hoping for. Certainly something to add points to the “hero” side of the equation. The question is if Hublot will continue to be a part of his personality moving forward – and I think, for the time being, it will be. Price for the limited edition of 24 pieces reference 517.CX.0180.PR.KOB16 Hublot Classic Fusion Kobe Bryant “HeroVillain” replica watch is $204.

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Cartier Panther Replica Watches For Women Hands On

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When it comes to signature motifs, nobody owns the panther like Cartier does. Jaquet Droz has its birds. Omega has James Bond. But for replica Cartier, the panther has been an authentic, recurring design motif since 1914, when Louis Cartier designed the company’s first wristwatch with a “panther-spot” motif. It was inspired by a painting he had commissioned called Dame à la panthère, depicting an elegantly dressed woman with a panther at her feet. At the turn of the 19th century, the panther was a popular symbol of feminine power and elegance.

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Since that first watch, the panther has been used as a motif in the company’s jewelry and replica watches uk, a recurring symbol of strength combined with elegance. It also defines Cartier replica, as well as its high-profile clients. Some of the more famous pieces include a bracelet and necklace designed in 1931 for heiress Daisy Fellowes, depicting a panther with rubies and pearls. In 1948, Cartier made a brooch for the Duchess of Windsor with a panther reclining on top of a huge emerald.

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A year later, the Duchess commissioned a panther brooch with the cat perched upon a sapphire cabochon of 152.35 carats, considered one of the master creations of long-time replica Cartier design director Jeanne Toussaint. Toussaint herself became known as “La Panthère,” not just because of her frequent use of the panther motif, but because of her fearless style and formidable personality. Whenever the panther appears in the fake Cartier collection, it is embellished. So it continues in recent years, with the increased interest in metiers d’art and the opening of Cartier’s new Maison de Metiers d’Arts in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland.

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For the past several years, Cartier replica has debuted four or five exceptional pieces at SIHH in Geneva, with sculpted panthers embellished with diamonds, gemstones, enameling or marquetry, with onyx or black lacquer used to depict the spots. Okay, technically a panther does not have spots – it’s all black – but Cartier’s panther is representative of all wild cats, including leopards. This year, four Cartier panther replica watches were introduced.

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The Cartier Panthères et Colibri watch with on-demand power reserve, makes a big show of the power reserve indicator. At the press of a button, a panther cub protrudes from the mother panther’s stomach (my colleagues dubbed it “the kangaroo panther”). Symbolically, the baby is chasing the gold hummingbird on the dial, which “flies” to a point on its arc that indicates the remaining power reserve. This is surely the most creative and poetic power reserve indicator ever made. There are several patents attached to the function. The sculpted Panther is set with 270 diamonds with spots in black lacquer and an emerald eye. The 42.75mm case is set with 314 diamonds and the dial is set with 11 diamonds on a black background. The black alligator strap has a double adjustable folding clasp in 18k white gold set with 43 diamonds. The Cartier Panthères et Colibri contains the manual-wound Caliber 9915 MC, with a three-day power reserve.

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The Cartier Panthère Mysterieuse embodies two signature Cartier elements – the panther and the mystery movement, in which the hands are suspended between two sapphire crystals, driven by a movement that is out of sight, so the hands seem to be floating in the air. The panther on this fake watch is perched around the circumference of the bezel and appears to be stalking the dial. She is sculpted in 18k gold and set with 533 diamonds. Two pear-shaped emeralds form the eyes, and the spots are black lacquer. The 40mm case is set with eight diamonds, the crown is set with 37 diamonds, and the buckle on the black alligator strap is set with 43 diamonds – all round brilliant-cut. The case is 8.50mm thick. The Cartier Panthère Mysterieuse watch contains the manual-wound Caliber 9981 MC, with 158 components. It operates at 4Hz, with a power reserve of 48 hours. It is also available on a gem-set bracelet.

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The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Granulation is a limited edition of 30 pieces, which makes sense when you consider the amount of work that goes into it. Each one takes a month to create, and there are only two people at Cartier replica who have the skills to do it, so they can’t even make 30 in a year. It combines two skills: enameling and the ancient art of granulation, traditionally done with gold balls. In this case, enamel balls are individually attached to the dial to form the composition, a panther’s head. Because the dials are made by hand, each one is slightly different. The 42mm case is 18k gold and set with 124 diamonds. The crown is set with a sapphire cabochon. The 18k gold buckle is set with 43 diamonds. The Ballon Bleu de Cartier Granulation contains the automatic Caliber 049 MC, and has a dark blue strap to match the dial’s background.

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The Cartier Panthère Mysterieuse Pendant replica watch is a unique piece that falls into the category of high jewelry. It is made of white gold, with an agate, onyx, and obsidian dial and more than 17 carats of diamonds altogether. The Fake Cartier Panthère Mysterieuse Pendant contains the manual-wound Caliber 9981 MC, a mysterieuse movement with hands moving between sapphire crystals. The 18k white gold case and chain are set with 1,256 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 16.25 carats of diamonds. There are five triangular-shaped diamonds totaling 1.25 carats, one baguette-cut diamond of 0.05 carat. The eyes are set with pear-shaped emeralds.

Price for the pendant is on request. Price for the Cartier Panthères et Colibri is $188, the Cartier Panthère Mysterieuse is priced at $173, and the Ballon Bleu de Cartier Granulation is priced at $156.

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Replica Watches Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Dual Time

— A new 39mm ladies’ model offering a contemporary complication.

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More than 25 years after the launch of its first Dual Time design in 1990, Audemars Piguet replica launches its new Royal Oak Dual Time for women.

The 39mm stainless steel case, water-resistant to 50m, houses a silver-toned dial featuring two timezones and a power reserve sub-dial. On a “Grande Tapisserie” pattern are placed grey printed markers and pink gold hour-markers and hands. Readability of the dual time and power reserve features are enhanced.

The self-winding Calibre 2329/2846 powers the hour, minute, date, second timezone, day and night indicator and power reserve (38 hours) functions and beats at 28,800 vibrations/hour.

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A white leather alligator strap, with stainless steel fake Audemars Piguet folding clasp, which is also available in an extra-small fit, adds a fresh look to this contemporary complication.

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