Technical specs from Arnold & Son
Breguet purchased the original No. 5 at auction for a price of .5 million (it is reported). The last of the six replicas however was sold for .9 million dollars. Interestingly enough, records show that the original No. 5 was sold for 3,600 Francs back in 1794 in France. The watch was a major achievement in design, utility and complication. The dial features the time, power reserve indicator (total of 60 hours), moon phase indicator, and a subsidiary seconds dial. It also had a quarter repeater complication. The original No. 5 watch took seven years to produce. What you see here is a replica of the No. 5, and it is very impressive in its thick, decorated yellow gold case.
Busting fake watches is his game and FakeWatchBuster is his name. Below, we interview the FakeWatchBuster himself, learning about the most common replica watches he sees, how to spot a fake watch for yourself, and what drives him to dishonor those people who wear and share fake timepieces. In writing "The Truth About Replica Watches," you probably already know how I feel about fakes.
It is no secret that manufacturing an accurate and reliable tourbillon was–and still is–a task difficult enough to keep most brands away from making additional modifications to it. That more or less explains why we scarcely, if ever, see highly re-engineered versions of the traditional single-axis version. However, as an interesting coincidence, let's call it that, A. Lange & Söhne has just very recently debuted the 1815 Tourbillon (hands-on here) with a similar mechanism, meaning that the single-axis tourbillon of the 1815 also hacks and resets. And while you could rightfully point out that hacking is a common feature on most conventional watches (and you would be right), it is a much more challenging task to implement for a tourbillon mechanism. Here is how Grönefeld's idea works.
Dial legibility is very good with appropriately sized hands and luminant for night viewing. As you can see there are two dial colors available. One is a metallic blue (ref. PFP329-3400600) and the other is a metallic champagne color. I prefer the blue with the red trim because I feel that it is both more unique and very well rendered, but both are quite nice. The dial is also one of the rare times I will visually accept dual branding as it has a logo for both Parmigiani as well as Bugatti.
From time-to-time we come across art inspired by, or placed directly inside of, a watch or clock. An aBlogtoWatch reader was nice enough to share with us the work of UK-born and -based Dominic Wilcox, who, among other things, has made wrist and pocket watch dials a palette for artistic expression.
PJ: My first grail watch was a Zenith Chronograph when I was 14 years old.
The Sedna gold Constellation is lovely, and the warm tones of rose gold are flattering to the overall design. That being said, I think that the Constellation has always looked best with some steel, so it is the two-tone constellation models I like better when it comes to showing off some gold. The dial is neat, and helps this modern Constellation model connect with Omega's past. Detailing around elements such as the date window frame and the angularity of the face are well-done.
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If you’re starting to experience Dejá Vu at the mention of the 410 name, relax. Yes, we’ve already covered this timepiece– wrote up a great piece on the El Primero 410 back in January 2014 recapping the announcement from Zenith and giving you a look at the first official images. Also, in October of 2013 we discussed another similar limited edition Zenith model to contain the 410 movement here. However, after an hour of wrist time and a month of withdrawals, I felt compelled to circle back and share with you some thoughts about what may have been my favorite new non-SIHH piece from my week in Switzerland, as well as provide you with some exclusive hands-on images. So, without further ado…
For the most part, the Girard-Perregaux Neo Tourbillon contains much of what we loved about the former models, but adds a lot. While the case is not as thick (14.45mm still), it still has a substantial feel to it with the hefty brushed rounded sides. At 45mm wide, it is still a large timepiece, but the lugs allow it to wear comfortably. The materials on the case and overall construction are really top notch.
While this watch is anything but a clone of the original, you can definitely see the lineage of the original piece showing up in the new model. For starters, take a look at the sublime dial. It carries the identical layout of the original pocket watch, with the hours and minutes marked out on the upper dial, and a rather large "sub" dial marking the passage of the seconds. This unusual layout allows plenty of room for the understated branding at 4 and 8 o'clock.
Right off the bat, you've got a much darker watch. While the regular Tyndall is in a brushed/polished case, the new LE features a deep PVD black. While they could have paired that with their existing black dial, Xetum upped the ante and instead went with carbon fiber.