A Happy Holiday to all of you who are celebrating! Forgive the late publish today on Christmas Eve, but I’m currently on holiday in the state known as “Flori-duh” – where the craziness may begin early, but little gets done until late. Double that with a household full of kids and you really get the picture! Enjoy the time…and grab an egg nog and sit down for a lengthy read!
December 4, 2015 was the Friday before I left Germany for the USA in the name of business and pleasure. Normally, a week before I leave for such a trip, I think about what it is that I need to do on the weekend to prepare for such a journey. Boring tasks such as visits to the grocery store, packing, or taking care of mundane errands normally fills the space. This very Friday and the ensuing weekend, though, were slated to be quite different. You see, I had the mother lode arriving in my hands: if only for a short while. To me, December 4, 2015 will forever be remembered as Bund-tag – or Bund-day for those of you who don’t “sprechen sie”. Why? Well, I had 4 of them arrive on that very day and, by the way, each piece was highly unique.
The Bund…new or old or both?
The Bundeswehr chronographs notably made by Heuer and Leonidas (before Heuer bought the company) are the stuff of legends. These big, 42mm diameter flyback chronographs with killer looks are amongst the most well known military Replica Watches on the planet, but for some odd reason, while most other early Heuer models have long exited the realm of affordability, the Bunds have comparatively languished – at least up until recently. Why is that? Well, as officially issued chronographs, the Bunds were returned by their pilot lessors and serviced. The services often added new dials or movements in order to make the watches fit for duty and I think this has had a lot to do with quelling their values. Chalk one up for enthusiasts, though, because military fake watches represent a rare niche in the vintage world where service parts are at least deemed as semi-acceptable. For me, though, this mix of old – often in the case of the…case – mixed with bright white hands or dials just felt odd. So, I’d passively been looking for a solid Bund when I started chatting with @watchfred. And Fred, after doing some serious mining, tapped a serious ore vein.
Fred stumbled upon a collector in Germany who has put together a fairly impressive vintage watch collection. For one reason or another, though, the collector considered letting go of his Bund collection. We’ll talk about what a collection of Bunds means because, honestly, I was really only aware of a couple different variations. In any case, a couple weeks of sketchy dialog followed and Fred was able to put together the deal that allowed for 4 Bunds to make their way to me for roughly 4 days for the purpose of capturing them on my Olympus. Folks, when I say I was dumbfounded upon opening the box that arrived via courier, it’s no joke. These watches are sublime. Before I list the Swiss replica watches that were included, let’s talk a little more about the Bunds, some of the lore, and some other reasons as to why I previously resisted purchasing one of these.
The Bund is made up of legendary stuff
Some history, but not much, is in order. I won’t recount the entire history of these watches in great detail because the article of all articles, at least as far as variations and classifications is here. The watches were originally issued in the 1960’s and were around for decades later. In fact, Sinn, under its original ownership, did a lot of the servicing of these watches under official contract in the later years. The watches, as mentioned before, were sent in and parts were swapped out as necessary to make them ready for duty. This, by the way included movements, which is why it’s possible to find the Valjoux 22, 222, or 230 per this article from our friends at WoundForLife.
You’ll have to pry the Bund from my cold, dead hand…
Regarding the Bunds and their following, I must say that I’m blown away that the Bunds are still relatively affordable and available because out of many of the watches I own or have studied, the Bund must rank near the top as having one of the most passionate crowds of owners. Seriously, I’ve read many posts where owners talk about how this will be the only watch they’ll own if they’re forced to get rid of everything else. Why is that? Well, to sum it up, the looks of this watch are epic and the brand name doesn’t hurt either. The watches, with their big cases and bezels, look something like an upsized Autavia but fit in well with other military pieces such as the Cairellis, etc. They’re bold, rugged looking and have fantastically clear dials as well. The fact that the fake Tag Heuer watches contain column-wheel chronograph movements within their front-loader cases that “flyback” and hack doesn’t hurt either. Honestly, my only reservation in the looks department was the employment of a 20mm lug width. I thought that 21-22mm was more in order like the lovely Breitling 765CP I reviewed, but to be honest, 20mm works. So, yes, this watch is darn near perfect aesthetically. I’m not sure if it would be the last watch on my wrist, but I now understand why people are so excited by them.
Replica Watches Breguet recently stopped by La Jolla to provide TimeZone an exclusive review of the latest Reine de Naples Haute Joaillerie masterpiece, the stunning High Jewellery Crazy Flower Full Baguette. The dazzling 18-carat white gold timepiece measures 33 mm by 24.95 mm x 10 mm and is hand set with 615 flawless diamonds with a total carat weight of over 82 carats. The clever mobile gem-setting creates a fluttering effect that imparts life and movement to the diamond petals.
The case and dial combine watchmaking and jewelry in an effortlessly creative timepiece. Crafted in 18-carat white gold in the signature Reine de Naples oblong shape, the caseband is hand set with 193 petals of baguette diamonds (~58.87 tcw) on a mobile setting that flutters with the wearer’s every motion. The sloping dial is pavéd with 206 brilliant-cut diamonds (~0.80 tcw) in an inverted setting, the off-centred chapter ring is hand set with 20 baguette diamonds (~0.46 tcw), and the dial flange is hand set with 66 diamonds (~0.13 tcw). The heat-blued pomme hands are curved by hand.
The heavy bangle bracelet is hand set with 130 baguette diamonds (~22.10 tcw). Each diamond is delicately worked and requires the closest attention to detail. A hinge is concealed on one side of the bracelet, while the opposite side holds the push clasp. The bracelet is custom-sized for the wearer for tailored comfort. The timepiece is also available with a satin strap. Made for a queen and priced for one at $1.7 million.
Classique Art Deco, Ref. 5967
Another highlight during our visit was the stylish and elegant Classique Art Deco, which features all the hallmarks of Breguet, from the hand guilloché dial to the open-tipped pomme hands, and the fluted caseband. The dial is silvered solid 18-carat gold, individually numbered and signed. The 18-carat white gold case measures 41 mm by 6.95 mm, and can easily be worn with a dress shirt. Price is $19,100.
Classique Chronométrie, Ref. 7727
Launched two years ago, the Classique Chronométrie 7727 is an ultra-modern chronometer with a classic design. The 7727 features three hi-tech innovations: a 10Hz oscillator; a lightweight, amagnetic balance spring, pallet lever and escape wheel all made of silicon for improved regulating performance; and a patented magnetic pivot that improves the movement’s precision.
Every time I handle the 7727, I discover something new. This time, I discovered that the tenths-of-a-second subdial is adorned with a heat-blued skeleton hand with openwork that can be fully appreciated in the accompanying video, below (0:15). Price is $40,500.
Type XXI, Ref. 3810TI
Finally, the last Breguet Replica Watches I played with was the Type XXI flyback chronograph in titanium with central minute counter. The Type XXI also has a day/night register at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The 42mm case is made in titanium with a solid caseback. Price is $15,400.
In 2009 Blancpain Replica Watches partnered with Lamborghini to create the Super Trofeo racing series. Currently this series has events in Europe, Japan and more recently the US. The 2015 World Final of this series took place in Sebring, Florida at the legendary Sebring International Raceway the weekend of November 20. The names of those who have piloted race cars on this track read like a who’s who of racing history. Mario Andretti, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, A. J. Foyt, Stirling Moss and Bobby Rahal all won on this track.
I was fortunate to attend this weekend of racing and activities. The weekend included preliminary races and the final, held on Sunday. In addition, there were tours of the track and paddock including a “Hot Lap” with one of the professional drivers. In my case this was Alessandro Bressan who had a lot of fun showing me the capabilities of a stock Lamborghini Huracan. What for him was likely a walk in the park was to me an amusement park thrill ride. Great fun to be sure.
Swiss Replica Watches enthusiasts and journalists invited by our gracious hosts arrived at the Chateau Elan hotel which is trackside, on Friday afternoon. This greeted us in the hotel lobby:
Saturday morning greeted us with gray skies, threatening but not acting on the forecasted rain. A tour of the paddock was first up. There were teams from all over the world with colorful vehicles focused on the days racing:
Next was a visit to the all-important Pirelli tire center. Pirelli is a sponsor and quickly and efficiently mounts all the racing tires.
This tire has outlived its usefulness:
And the street cars! Dozens of Lamborghini’s including an ultra-rare (1 of 5) Veneno that apparently belongs to a Florida collector.
And yes, Blancpain displayed some of their amazing collection. The L-Evolution Chronographe Flyback Grande Date. With carbon fiber bezel and dial.
Various Villeret and Bathyscaphe models. I am partial to the Villeret Perpetual just right of center:
The Bathyscaphe with ceramic case:
A view of the Bathyscaphe Chronographe (36,000 VPH in-house movement) showing the Ceramic case
Rachel (on the right) and Zaneta of Blancpain. The Blancpain staff could not have been more accommodating. We were treated like royalty. I cannot thank them enough for allowing me to attend this event.
Swiss Replica Watches Sale — For the first time, the Limelight Gala appears in a gold version featuring a Milanese mesh strap.
Seamlessly integrated within the case and meticulously adjusted, the Milanese mesh bracelet makes a perfect match with the bezel and its diamond-set elongated asymmetrical lugs. The superbly supple and silky noble material flows and shimmers over the skin, while the intrinsic wearer comfort reflecting the superlative standards of the Maison is as exceptional as ever. At Piaget, the ideal of devoting close attention to every detail is a consistent reality, while exquisite finishes admirably showcase its distinctive skills and commitment to perfection, exemplified by a sliding buckle that is as easy to handle as a pin buckle enables the wearer to adjust the bracelet for a perfect fit.