Can these brands conquer the hearts of watch lovers?

What if watch lovers are the main target audience? My previous article on rising prices angered some people. Almost all the traditional watch brands seem to be chasing ever higher market segments. And from your comments, Fratelli, we can see that the watch lover community is not wildly appreciative of this. This raises the question for us: what happens if certain brands go off the beaten track and focus only on enthusiasts?
I mentioned the fact that watch enthusiasts are only a minority of the watch-buying public. Earlier this week, I had a conversation with a representative of a mid-range watch brand that confirmed my point. He said, “I would guess that about 10% of our customers are seriously into watches. This was an off-the-record conversation, so I won’t reveal the brand. However, it’s a brand that has a serious fan base among enthusiasts. It is also a brand whose fake watches are not widely perceived as status symbols.  5250_1 5250_10
But could some brands be better targeted directly at watch enthusiasts? I wonder, for example, if Panerai is doing better now than it did back when Panerai was hugely popular or if it makes sense for Oris to pursue its own movements. Could Breitling have become a favorite among watch enthusiasts if it had kept things simple?
The truth is, I already answered my question in part one. You and I may be sensitive to this approach. We’d rather see these brands develop rock-solid bracelets and stunning finishes than fancy movements. And I can do without brand ambassadors. It would also be nice to be able to buy these copy watches at home rather than just at select boutiques.
As mentioned in a previous post, today’s micro brands would probably take the spot I suggested. Since their overhead is small, they can afford to cater to a very small target audience. I’m afraid this is no longer manageable for brands of the size mentioned above. The key question is: Is the current strategy sustainable?
There is also an opportunity to leapfrog into a fan-first brand. If you’re known for catering to hardcore purists, that can actually appeal to people out there as well. Then you’ll be speaking to a mass audience without adjusting your behavior to fit that audience.

1812nycadmin / May 12, 2023 / Article

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A special watch to mark a special occasion

Three hundred and sixty-five days of 2022 have passed, and the next three hundred days and changes are ahead of us. The beginning of the New Year gives us a chance to reflect. You could call it soul searching or just chalk it up to a little random philosophical reflection. Either way, it’s a good time to prepare for the rest of the year. 
As Lex mentions in his article, you should write these things down. Otherwise, accountability can become a bit of an issue if these goals are between you, the floor, the ceiling, and the walls. The Fratello team is leading by example, as we all decided to express our 2023 horological goals as an article. That way, you, our lovely readers, can hold us accountable. I have decided to keep my goals simple. There is no need to go overboard with what you think you can achieve, so keeping these reasonable goals already makes me feel optimistic. While these goals are attainable, I don’t think they are boring at all because two of my key purchases will mark special occasions.
When faced with the prospect of purchasing a special watch, I came up with several options. With a price tag well over 8k Euros, it was clear that the Rolex 16570 was still very much out of reach. In the course of my search, many more options came to mind. In fact, the first week completely backfired. It left me dizzy with the range of options available. So with that in mind, I set some guidelines.
A lot has happened since I started writing this article. In fact, I’ve already made up my mind and even bought the watch. However, I won’t talk too much about it here. If you listen to the Fratello Talks podcast, you already know what it’s about. For this post, I’ll only reveal some of the options that have flashed through my mind.
I believe any replica watch you purchase for yourself that is not a family heirloom or a piece that you give special meaning to is for sale. These watches have satisfied my curiosity in the past, but now take up valuable space in my watch box. Selling them will not only provide a budget for future purchases, but will also clarify my collection. A few years have passed since I acquired these watches, but they just don’t fit into my collection anymore.
It’s more of a lifestyle goal than a watch-related goal. However, as someone who likes to wear (and photograph) his watches with purpose, it does tie in with my horological endeavors. It’s an easy goal, but one I really want to do more of this year.” You might ask, “Do more of what? Well, a little more of everything. Last summer, my diving plans came to naught, but I’m determined to get back in the water this year. Camera in hand and air tank on my back, I wish I could share these adventures and the watch I wore while embarking on them. But that’s just one very specific example.

1812nycadmin / April 1, 2023 / new

Rolex Cosmonaut Daytona

Best Rolex Cosmonaut Daytona 116500 Watch Review

The Rolex Daytona 116500 is a watch you can wear every day in almost any situation or formal wear. It’s sporty and as robust as any Rolex watch, it has an perfect size and weight proportions, it looks stunningly new, and it ages gracefully as you wear it. I can’t think of another watch that executes these aspects, as well as the stainless steel Daytona.  11327P_4 11327P_10
Let’s fast forward 3 months to today, and I now have a very solid collective experience and memories of wearing the new Daytona. I will say that this watch is hyped for a reason, and it is perfect – period. We can delve into the details of this watch and compare it to other chronographs and sports replica watches all day long, and it just stands out as a winner in all categories.
One thing I noticed, besides the aesthetics, specs and history, is the impact of the Daytona name. It’s the first watch I’ve owned that made me feel rather subconscious of my wrist, I was immediately more aware of who was looking at my wrist and was generally more careful when wearing it. It’s not a loud watch by any means, especially the black dial version, but it’s very recognizable due to its chronograph shape. If someone knows what a Daytona is, they certainly won’t miss it when they see it.
Another big difference for me is that the polished center link scratches very easily compared to the brushed links on the submarine, and I developed very fine hairline scratches on the strap on the second day of use. After a few weeks, this evened out and is now less noticeable than it was initially.
The bezel and dial are inky black and look more elongated in person than in most photos. The tapered slope of the bezel is also more pronounced in reality but can occasionally be captured in a timely photo. The watch can sometimes feel busy due to the intricate engraving on the bezel and throughout the dial consisting of three subdials and multiple lines of text. No space is spared on the dial, but it is done in such a way that it works and is just part of the charm of this modern variant.
Guys, I think you all understand that I, like most watch owners, am smitten with this watch. It’s a shame that it’s so difficult to buy from an authorized fake Rolex dealer, but I suggest you try this watch if you like it too. Many watches are available as temporary replacements, but you will always come back to wanting this iconic chronograph.

1812nycadmin / March 8, 2023 / rolex

Patek Philippe Nautilus

General Introduction of Patek Philippe Nautilus History

The Nautilus model appeared in the Patek Philippe Manufacture in the 70s and quickly became one of the flagship and legendary watches of the prestigious brand.  9332_3 9332_10
This model was born from the ingenuity of legendary designer Gerald Genta, creator of another iconic Audemars Piguet luxury watch: the Royal Oak. In this case the Nautilus was not just seeking a revolution in design but to adapt to the market.
As it began to change, it became increasingly common for the greats who made their own high-end watches to not only participate in social events but also to be avid practitioners of the sport, and it was a challenge to try to combine these two worlds.
Patek Philippe has taken a step in the most unintended direction. For years, the watchmaker has opted for precious metals; however, this has meant sacrificing the durability of the best replica watches and, in some cases, their water resistance, which is usually limited to 3 bar at this last point, i.e., to withstand humidity or some splashing of water.
Thus, the Nautilus emerged as a watch forged in stainless steel, even replacing the material of the leather strap with metal; one could argue that Patek Philippe would not have dared to take such a subversive step without the AP Royal Oak.
However, with the choice of stainless steel, the Nautilus risks being compared to the Royal Oak, so they needed to innovate without departing from their origins, but at the same time, change the market, probably, and that was the main factor to draw on. Gerald Genta.
The first Nautilus had a case 42 mm in diameter and 7.60 mm thick, the largest ever conceived, and a thicker bezel that maintained the great readability of the numbers; however, still missing a step that distinguished itself from your inspiration.
Another simple but effective detail that makes this model stand out is the absence of the word “automatic” under its dial, which some say Patek Philippe considers an insult to remind the wearer of their copy watches of the quality of the pieces they carry.

1812nycadmin / February 2, 2023 / Patek Philippe

How Much Does a White Gold Rolex Sky-Dweller Cost?

Debuting at Basel world 2012, the Sky-Dweller collection is very different from the offerings in Rolex’s current catalogue. The Sky-Dweller is one of the most complex modern Rolex watches to date, but in true Rolex fashion, it is super easy to use and practical in everyday life. Reference 326939 is an all-18k white gold variant of the Sky-Dweller, which was one of the original releases but is no longer in production. Read on for an in-depth look at this striking, now discontinued, white gold Rolex Sky-Dweller ref. 326939.  10137P_1 10137P_9
As mentioned earlier, Rolex discontinued the white gold Sky-Dweller in 2018. the last published manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the replica Rolex Sky-Dweller ref. was $48,850. The 326939 was $43,850. By comparison, the version with a leather strap (Ref. 326139) retails for $35,550.
Before its launch a few years ago, many of the brand’s loyalists were considering the Sky-Dweller name and trying to imagine what Rolex had up its sleeve with its first new product in a generation. Many were talking about the big brother of the GMT-Master II, a pilot’s watch for serious professionals in the same mould as the Sea-Dweller and Submariner.
What emerged, however, was one of the most complicated and expensive watches Rolex has ever produced, proving once and for all that it’s not worth trying to second-guess the world’s largest watchmaker. The Sky-Dweller shares some design features with the proper Datejust and Day-Date – namely, the fluted bezel, date window and Cyclops lens – but benefits from the Rolex sports watch additional features typically found on Rolex sports replica watches.
The unmistakable design of the Sky-Dweller is unmistakable and its mechanical lustre is enviable. The white gold version is perfect for Rolex fans who appreciate precious metals but prefer to keep a low profile.

1812nycadmin / December 30, 2022 / rolex

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37mm Unique Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon

Most recently, as part of replica Audemars Piguet’s ongoing celebration of the Royal Oak’s 50th birthday, this is the new Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Ultra-Thin RD#3, which has a very purple dial. While this is far from the first time the brand has equipped the Royal Oak with a purple dial, the dial isn’t the only change to the RD#3 platform.  Audemars-Piguet-Gold-Royal-Oak-Blue-Arm-3
As Mark teased when he introduced the 39mm blue dial 26670 in April, the new 26660ST has a metallic purple dial wrapped in a 37mm steel case. The new 37mm model maintains the same 8.1mm thickness as the 39mm RD#3, is water resistant to 50 meters and comes on a steel bracelet with the standard AP folding clasp.
The movement is also found in an earlier release this year, AP’s ultra-thin (just 3.4 mm) automatic calibre 2968, which beats at 3 Hz and offers a 50-hour power reserve. You can watch lovely titanium flying tourbillon flush to 6 on the dial.
Audemars Piguet calls the dial colour “plum”, and the 26660 features a small checkered pattern with white gold luminous hour markers and hands. The back of these best replica watches have display that reveals the 50th-anniversary rotor design. Audemars Piguet’s new RD#3 will retail for $165,400, and while it is not a limited edition, production is certainly limited and will be few and far between.
For Audemars Piguet enthusiasts and speculators alike, the RD collection (for Research and Development) represents the essence of Audemars Piguet’s work on the Royal Oak. Offering the RD#3 in 37mm is a huge vote of confidence in Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak size, which has become a sweet spot on the same scale as the Jumbo.
While I will probably always love the look and high level of execution of the 2018 RD#2, a 41mm perpetual platinum calendar fake watch with a crisp modern dial design and a case that is only 6.3mm thick, but the RD#3 does feel more like the heart of the Royal Oak. Maybe it’s because it starts with the Jumbo profile, or maybe it’s because both 26670 and 26660 are made of steel, but both feel like Royal Oaks that have been around for a while, albeit as special creations.
While I don’t think I’d go so far as to call a bright purple dial and tourbillon equipped Royal Oak subtle, in the world of Royal Oaks, the RD#3s manages to fit in nicely and add a bit of “if you know, you know” appeal.
An extension of RD#3, this new variant is more than just a new dial colour. With its smaller case – and plum colour – RD#3 26660 has a unique appeal that complements the previously released 39mm model while continuing with a special model for the 50th anniversary of the Royal Oak collection.

1812nycadmin / November 19, 2022 / Audemars Piguet

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Rolex and other luxury watch brands: the official buying guide

Today, we will talk about luxury watches that are being sold popularly. The Panerai Radiomir is a direct descendant of the prototype replica watches the company supplied to the Italian Navy, featuring an oversized cushion-shaped case, wire lugs, a large onion-shaped crown and a simple dial. Panerai’s vintage dive watches also inspire luminor watches, but they include a lever-operated crown protection bridge to seal the watch. The Luminor Due collection, which only a few years debuted a few years ago, houses Panerai’s line of smaller and thinner watches for those who can’t pull the brand’s other oversized offerings. The Luminor Due is Panerai’s modern line of dive watches, equipped with essential components such as a unidirectional rotating bezel, a high water resistance rating, and a dial that is readable underwater.  1718x_9 1718x_11
As its sister company, Tudor is a brand that resembles fake Rolex in many ways. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf established Tudor more than 90 years ago as a more affordable alternative to Rolex. Tudor still flies that flag today but proudly flaunts its design language, in-house movements and unique personality, largely thanks to a 2007 relaunch and 2013 reintroduction in the U.S. market.
Another Swiss luxury watch brand is Breitling, making fine timepieces since 1884. The brand is firmly rooted in aviation, although Breitling also has an extensive line of professional diving and classic dress-inspired watches.
Audemars Piguet, or “AP” to many avid luxury watch enthusiasts, belongs to the revered “Holy Trinity” of luxury clone watches consisting of Vacheron Constantin, AP and Patek Philippe. The most emblematic collection is the Royal Oak, launched in 1972 and boasted an octagonal case adorned with visible screws and the famous “Grand Guignol” dial. The collection includes simple models with a date mechanism, more complex chronographs and even models with a perpetual calendar.
Swiss watchmaker Longines has been in business since 1832, eventually becoming part of the Swiss Swatch Group in 1983. It is at the more affordable end of the spectrum, boasting watches that retail for as little as a few thousand dollars. Both offer classic and sporty models compared to Rolex, so it’s easy to find the perfect luxury watch to fit your lifestyle at a price that won’t hurt your wallet.

1812nycadmin / October 15, 2022 / rolex

Luxury Best Rolex Metal Collection. 14K Gold

Gold’s role in watchmaking far predates the invention of the clock, and the precious metal can be found in the earliest time-measuring devices of various ancient cultures – sundials and millimeters in China and Babylonia.
It is favored for its visual beauty and resistance to tarnishing and corrosion, offering the perfect combination of aesthetics and function. Thus, for centuries, it has been to watch not only cases but also many inner workings forged in gold. Its durability and natural anti-magnetic properties have led it to be used to protect the back plate, bridges, and gears.  eada0b273c4613ee373d46735da5ea79-600x400
Throughout its history, the brand has offered models made from different purity of gold; 9 K and 14K were popular in their more mature years due to cost-effectiveness and certain import laws in some countries. In modern times, any Rolex watch, certainly a gold watch, is a reflection of luxury and achievement, and only 18K is considered good enough.
However, it was only in the mid-1970s, when it became legal to sell 18K gold replica watches in the United States, that the lower alloys began to fall out of fashion. You could still buy Rolex watches made of 14k until the 1990s.
Because 14K gold contains a higher percentage of hard metal, it is a more durable alloy than the 18K gold that Rolex uses exclusively today. And, because less gold is in the mix, it is also less expensive to produce.
Because of this, 14k remains one of the most popular grades in modern jewelry, and the vast majority of wedding rings in the United States are made from it.
Pure gold removed from the ground is classified as 24 karats. In addition to being virtually unusable as a watchmaking material, it has no particularly pleasing color. Beauty emerges when it is mixed with other components in varying proportions. It is easier to think of these blends in terms of “parts of a whole.” Thus, 14K is the 14 parts of the 24 types of gold.
The end of this federal legislation coincided very well with the quartz crisis that forced Rolex to change its marketing strategy. The influx of cheap and extremely accurate electronic watches from Japan effectively crippled the traditional Swiss industry, putting nearly two-thirds of them out of business in less than a decade. While they fared better than most, Rolex was still forced to start trading on other qualities inherent in their products, such as heritage, craftsmanship, and, most importantly, desire. Instead of just making the best mechanical watches, they have now become the ultimate lifestyle brand. Along with this came a commitment to using only the finest materials, and as a result, 14k gold was slowly replaced by 18k gold across the board.

1812nycadmin / September 22, 2022 / new

Rolex Yacht Prestige

Rolex Yacht Prestige vs Yacht Prestige II watches

The Rolex Yacht Prestige collection has two very different watch lines. Although they share similar names and are even members of the same collection, the Rolex Yacht Prestige and Yacht Prestige II are very different timepieces from the inside out. Historically, the “II” designation at the end of a Rolex replica watch name has been used to indicate an evolution or upgrade to an existing watch line. However, the Yacht-Master II is not an upgrade to any of Rolex’s previous watch lines and is unlike anything that has appeared in the Rolex catalog before.  49fbb7dbc2f75cbb9242afe862561385-600x400 420fe6dfbcd41c9817df93326ce27be7-600x400
So, what is the difference between the Rolex Yacht-Master and the Rolex Yacht-Master II? Please read the rest of our comparison guide to find out.
The original Yacht Prestige was released in 1992 as a luxurious version of the traditional copy Rolex watches without any specific features or complications that would make it specifically designed for boating or sailing. With a standard depth of 100 meters and a bidirectional rotating bezel made entirely of solid 18-carat gold or 950 platinum, the Yacht Prestige is designed for those who prefer the aesthetics of a sports watch but whose lifestyle does not require all its highly specialized functions.
With a 40mm case, a traditional 3-hand display, and a dial that follows the conventional design of Rolex sports watches, the original Yachtmaster’s look can best be described as a luxurious version of Rolex’s iconic Submariner. While some critical aesthetic differences help distinguish it from the rest of Rolex’s watch collection, the Yacht Prestige’s overall design is broadly similar to Rolex’s classic sports replica watches.
In contrast, the Rolex Yacht Prestige II is a highly specialized regatta chronograph featuring a programmable countdown timer with mechanical memory for instant synchronization with the official countdown clock and flyback and flyback functions. With a case diameter of 44 mm and a bezel (and dial) explicitly designed for regatta timers, the Rolex Yacht Prestige II is a watch designed for regattas.

1812nycadmin / August 28, 2022 / new

A 500-Year History Of How To Set The Watch

It hardly needs to be said that watches need to be set to be of any use, and to be of any use, they must be set to a trustworthy time standard. It is something we hardly think about today – someone is dealing with it; the Internet is dealing with it, the atomic clock is coping with it, or the U.S. Naval Observatory is dealing with it. However, these resources were not available for most of watchmaking history. So if you want to set your replica watch precisely, you must use another time standard. One of my earliest horological memories is dialing a phone to get the time – when I was six or seven years old, I didn’t own a watch yet. Still, when calling for the time, I heard a gentle voice say, “On the beep, the time will be ……” followed by the announcement of the time, followed by a short beep, and it was a fascinating feeling.

In the 16th or 17th century, if you were lucky enough to own a watch – portable timepieces were for the wealthy, and even though the watch’s case was made of gold and precious stones, the movement was often more valuable than the case – setting up a look wasn’t as obsessive as it is today. A sundial would suffice if the weather were good, or, after the development of the first pendulum clocks, a clock would also suffice. As far as we know, the pendulum clock was invented by the Dutch mathematician and physicist Christiaan Huygens in 1656 and patented the following year; his design was built by the clockmaker Salomon Coster. After subsequent improvements to the design – including the deadbeat escapement invented by Englishman Richard Towneley in 1657, which was used primarily in the two precision regulators Tompion made for Greenwich Observatory in 1676 – the pendulum clock would become the most accurate timekeeping device until practical quartz clocks began to be produced in the mid-20th century.

For replica watch enthusiasts, it is interesting to contemplate the fact that, from a technical point of view, by the end of the 17th century, pendulum clocks had solved the most fundamental problems in accurate timekeeping (there were constant improvements later, including in the 20th century, but all the basics have long been there). Clocks spent the next two centuries or so essentially trying to catch up.
In general, the procedure seems to be lifting the time sphere about 5 minutes before the hour to alert moored ships of the impending time signal; time is recorded when the sphere starts to descend, not when it reaches the bottom. There are dozens of time spheres in operation worldwide, including (to pick just one) the Deere Time Sphere in Deere, England (Deere was an essential anchorage for fighting ships during the Napoleonic Wars). The Deal time sphere is triggered remotely by telegraphic signals from the Royal Observatory. In some places, the time is signaled by firing guns – these signals go off at different times depending on the location, although noon has been a long-time favorite. In Cape Town, South Africa, guns have been fired from the Battery on Signal Hill every day at noon since 1806, and they still are. Vancouver, British Columbia, also has a famous 9-point gun. This particular cannon is a muzzleloader, a 12-pounder for naval history buffs, which was cast in 1816 and bore the symbol of George III and the 1st Earl of Mulgrave, who was the Director of Ordnance.
For many people, the time displayed on their cell phones is accurate enough, and for a good reason. For the Internet to work, it is necessary for the system clocks in mobile devices and computers to be precisely synchronized throughout the network. Network time protocols are designed to synchronize participating devices within a few milliseconds of UTC, a time standard that in turn is regulated by International Atomic Time, the average of the times kept by more than 400 atomic clocks in laboratories in more than 50 countries around the world.  c33565b951557678b0dfb85605f4345a-600x400 d04cf99836262cfeb87ff33c922f672a-600x400

Philosophically and psychologically speaking, the act of adjusting your watch is an interesting one. You try to make your watch as accurate as possible, but in setting it to a time signal or other time standard, you also acknowledge the limitations of the watch itself. However, fake watches continue to become more and more accurate, which can come as a surprise if you’re worried that the art of watchmaking is stagnating. Some companies – Omega, Rolex, Grand Seiko, Citizen, and others – continue to invest a great deal of time, energy, and effort into making more accurate watches; in fact, Citizen announced earlier this year that this lives the most accurate and precise copy watch ever made in over 500 years of watchmaking history, so clearly time and progress are moving forward, at least as far as watches are concerned.

As watchmaking evolves, obtaining the precise standards of an atomic clock is no longer a necessity but a way to enjoy and observe how precisely one’s watch or watches measure the passage of time – and how close we can come to the centuries-old dream of setting it and forgetting it.

1812nycadmin / August 10, 2022 / Article

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