The Devon Tread 1, the brainchild of Southern California-based designer Scott Devon, is a watch about which I had heard much positive buzz over the past few years, but one with which I had little in the way of actual experience. With WatchTime’s emphasis on mechanical Swiss-made (and yes, some German-made and Japanese-made) timepieces, this highly unorthodox, made-in-the-USA brand had gotten lost in the shuffle — until recently, when I received the opportunity to get my hands on the new Devon Tread 2, the follow-up to the Tread 1, which incorporates several design and technical upgrades as well as a chronograph function.
What made the Devon Tread 1 such a fascinating piece of horological high-tech — and a finalist in the Best Design and Concept Watch categories at the Geneva Grand Prix, the first American discount fake watch for sale brand ever to attain such an honor — was its patented “Time Belts” movement technology, which employed a system of tiny fiberglass-reinforced nylon belts to indicate the time. The technology behind these fibrous belts (just 1/1000th-inch thick) is taken directly from the aviation industry, in which they are used to indicate vital stats like air speed and fluid levels on cockpit instrumentation boards. Reading the time on the belts is easy and quite intuitive: Hour digits scroll by on the horizontal belt while minutes tick away on the vertical one.
The Devon Tread’s “hybrid” system uses belts mounted on a central chassis and driven by two tiny microstep motors which, in addition to all the watch’s other functions, are directed by a minuscule computer called a microcontroller. It’s definitely not your traditional mechanical watch (there is no mainspring; energy is stored in a lithium-polymer battery pack), but definitely not your run-of-the-mill, quartz-controlled electronic watch either.
As one might expect, the power reserve of the Devon is impressive — a full 14 days after receiving a full charge from the high-tech “charging cradle” built into the cheap replica watch box (a dark tower of a device that brings to mind the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey). For the Devon Tread 2, its inventor made some small revisions to the original — eight industrial-looking screws to fasten the bezel to the case, replacing the Tread 1’s complex bracket system, a more “knife-edged” look for the articulating lever on the side of the case, a more integrated strap-to-case connection — and one major one, the addition of the chronograph.
Charging the watch, through the use of electromagnetic induction, takes a few hours, but as mentioned previously, once its battery is fully powered up, you’re good to go for about two weeks — certainly a boon for anyone who chooses to wear this timepiece (as I did) on a long overseas trip and does not want to carry the somewhat bulky case/charging device with him on the journey. In fact, you can make the power reserve last even longer than that by simply switching the watch to its “off” position: press the pusher on the right and the belts will cycle from the current time to a default mode that displays how many hours are left in the power reserve. When you switch the watch back on, the belts will move back to the correct current time. Also, thanks to the clear sapphire dial, which enables a view into the high-mech wonderland of the movement (it would not surprise most that Scott Devon started out in automotive design), switching on and off makes for a dynamic tableau, as the wearer witnesses the gears and belts zipping around into place.
Despite the somewhat intimidating size of the tonneau-shaped case, the watch is very comfortable on the wrist — the black rubber strap helps — and despite its “sporty-techie” look, I found that it paired up as well with a dark suit as it did with casual clothes. (Interestingly, while wearing the Tread 2 amongst a crowd of watch aficionados, more than one of my peers asked if I was wearing a Richard Mille upon seeing the case’s distinctive shape peeking out from my shirt cuff.)
The Devon Tread 2 is, of course, an attention-getter of a timepiece, due to its size and very unusual look. If you’re like me, you’ll actually enjoy demonstrating to curious strangers how it works, i.e., how the belts move from power-saving mode to timekeeping mode at the press of a button. It’s also, at times, a very audible watch: the telltale click of the hour change — say, when 11:59 switches over to 12 noon — could act as a reminder, or a quiet alarm, for wearers who tend to lose track of time.
However, if you’re planning to use the chronograph function — which is activated by shifting the watch into chrono mode by means of the articulating lever, then pressing on the crown’s center button to start and stop — be prepared to draw attention from those in immediate earshot. The ticking of the chronograph seconds is crisp and loud. It’s probably best not to activate the stopwatch when you’re in an important business meeting or attending a church service. Engaging the lever in the opposite direction puts the top quality replica watch in yet another mode, in which the minutes belt functions instead as an indicator for the running seconds. Again, this will mean your watch will tick very audibly every second (and also will drain the power faster), so you may want to use this mode sparingly.
In summation, I found the Devon Tread 2 to be both a fun “novelty” timepiece as well as one I was proud to show off in watch-enthusiast circles. Serious gearheads whose tag heuer replica watch tastes lean toward the exotic, and aficonados of the steampunk look, will probably appreciate it even more so. While I’m not sure it would ever become an everyday watch, I very much appreciated my time with it — and can’t help but be very intrigued by what the brand might have in store for us in upcoming Devon Tread models.
The Devon Tread 2 model I reviewed, with the full brushed stainless steel case, is nicknamed “Shining” and priced at $10,950. Five other models, with progressively scarier nicknames and all priced at $11,450, are also available: Starry Night (steel case, black DLC bezel), Nightmare (steel case with black DLC coating, black belts with gray numerals), Bloody Mary (black DLC case, red numerals and black belts, black anodized movement), and Murder (steel with black DLC coating and red accents, red numerals on black belts). A white ceramic-case version, nicknamed “Ghost,” is also planned, with price yet to be determined.
For many years, Omega has served as the official timekeeper of the Olympic games. In addition to its timing duties, Omega often releases timepieces celebrating the games and the nations that host them. For last year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Omega introduced the Omega Sochi Petrograd, which we covered here. Below, we take a look at five other Omega discount fake watches (in most cases, exclusive and extremely limited) made specifically for the Olympic games.
Among Omega’s other new models commemorating the 2014 Sochi games is the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Sochi 2014.” The men’s version, shown here, comes in a 45.5 mm stainless steel case. As a tribute to the Russian flag, minutes 1 through 5 are lacquered in blue; minutes 6 through 10 are lacquered in red.
Among its collection of watches marking the London 2012 Olympics, Omega released the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial “London 2012″ Limited Edition. In addition to honoring the 2012 games, the luxury fake watch commemorated the 1948 Olympics, which were held in London the same year that Omega launched the first Seamaster.
For the 2010 Vancouver Games, Omega released this limited-edition Seamaster with a bezel in maple-leaf red.
As part of its collection for the 2008 Beijing games, Omega released the Countdown 0 – Seamaster XXIX Limited Edition. The watch was a Beijing exclusive, available only during the Olympic Games. Only 88 were sold per day during the games.
Part of the Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection, this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph featured the five Olympic rings as the counterweight on the seconds hand. The top quality replica watch was a limited edition of 2006 pieces.
Omega has already introduced its special watch for the upcoming 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
A moon-phase complication simply brings a watch’s dial to life. The (usually) blue or black disks, with an elegant gold moon on them, are just awesome to glance at every now and then, especially when the sunlight catches them as you’re driving your car or sitting in your living room.
There are a lot of best sale replica watches with moon-phase indicators out there, ranging from fairly cheap to only affordable by a privileged few. As complications go, it is accessible to a wider range of watch enthusiasts than some others. For this list, price, materials, and availability were not factors. I just picked what I liked best.
1. Arnold & Son – HM Perpetual Moon
One of the brands that surprised me the most this year was Arnold & Son, with its beautiful collection of classical-looking watches that would suit a gentleman in his seventies as well as a young executive in his thirties. The moon disk on the HM Perpetual Moon is relatively large and enables Arnold & Son to put a very large Moon on it. The moon on the moon disk is hand-engraved and made from either silver or gold, depending on the version you choose. More about this watch can be found here on Fratellowatches.
2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar
Although this watch’s name doesn’t immediately reveal the presence of a moon-phase complication, but its inclusion makes sense, since we built our calendar around the moon. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar has a beautiful moon-phase indicator at 6 o’clock, one element of this timepiece’s calendar complication. The watch includes day, date and month indicators in addition to the moon-phase. It is a very flat watch, with an elegant diameter of just 39 mm. More information about the JLC Master Calendar can be found here on Fratellowatches.
3. Patek Philippe Nautilus 5726/1A
How Patek Philippe arrives at its reference numbers remains a big mystery, but one thing is certain: the Nautilus Ref. 5726/1A is an incredibly sporty moon-phase watch! Like the Jaeger-LeCoulte Master Calendar, it has day, date, and month indicators as well. Patek’s in-house Caliber 324 serves as a base movement for these extra features. This model was introduced in 2012 as an addition to Patek’s already impressive lineup of Nautilus watches. More about these new Patek Philippe 5726/1A models can be found here on Fratellowatches.
4. Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonphase
Is this the best of both worlds — the Moonwatch with a moon-phase indication? Purist fans of the Speedmaster Professional might get a bit nauseous when seeing all these variations on the original Moonwatch, but I certainly like it. The fourth subdial at 12 o’clock on the Speedmaster Professional Moonphase shows the date and moon-phase. In the past, there have been several variations on this discount fake watch (white gold, broad-arrow hands, et cetera) but this model comes closest to the original Speedmaster design, in my opinion. Click here for more on Speedmaster watches with a moon-phase.
5. Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire
Another Jaeger-LeCoultre? Yes. The JLC Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire is one of the nicest introductions in recent years by Jaeger-LeCoultre, in my opinion. I would need much more space to explain precisely how the watch’s “Dual-Wing” concept works, but the main thing to know is that one barrel is dedicated to precision timing while the second barrel is dedicated to the other functions on the dial. This Duomètre is a very complicated watch, able to display the moon-phase for both hemispheres. More on this JLC Duomètre à Quantième Lunaire can be found here, by WatchTime’s Mike Disher.
It’s a few days before Mother’s Day and you still haven’t found the right gift for the woman who raised you? Read on. We offer a sampling of new women’s watches to make your last-minute shopping a snap.
The Dior VIII Grand Bal Fil de Soie has an 11 1⁄2-ligne automatic caliber that’s inverted so that the rotor is on the dial. The rotor itself is highly unusual: the rose-gold oscillating weight is woven with a single 1.5-meter-long pink silk thread and set with diamonds. The dial is made of black mother-of-pearl. The 38-mm case is made of ceramic and rose gold with a diamond-set bezel. The discount luxury replica watches has a 42-hour power reserve. It comes on a black patent-leather strap with a rose-gold buckle, also set with diamonds. $46,500.
Chanel’s Mademoiselle Privé collection features design motifs associated with Coco Chanel, like the camellia, on artisanal dials. The Mademoiselle Privé Décor Caméllia Maki-e employs an ancient Japanese technique to outline the flowers on the black lacquer dial. In maki-e, the artist applies metal powders or decorations (like gold, mother-of-pearl or quail eggshell) to the lacquer before it dries. Here, the camellias are made of yellow-gold paillons. The watch has a yellow-gold case with a diameter of 37.5 mm. The bezel is set with 60 brilliant-cut diamonds and the yellow-gold crown has an onyx cabochon. The watch has an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. It comes on a black satin strap. $40,000.
The dial of the Hermès Arceau Millefiori 41 mm was made by the same technique used to produce the well-known Millefiori paperweights. It involves slicing rods of colored crystal glass into thin cross sections and arranging the pieces next to each other, so that they form what looks like a dense bed of small flowers (millefiori means “1,000 flowers” in Italian). The watch’s case is made of white gold. The movement is the automatic H1837, which Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier makes exclusively for Hermès. The aaa grade swiss replica watch has a transparent sapphire caseback. Price upon request.
The new Lucea collection from Bulgari contains 12 models, all with round cases and cabochon crowns set with diamonds, but with a variety of dials and different combinations of rose gold, steel and diamonds. There are two case sizes, 28 mm and 33 mm. The smaller models have quartz movements and the large ones are automatic. The price as shown is $27,400; the others range from $4,200 to $41,600.
This timepiece is from Piaget’s latest collection, Extremely Piaget, which was inspired by jet-set glamour and the 1960s and ’70s, when Piaget introduced hard-stone dials on watches. The watch shown was influenced by a Piaget watch from 1965 that had an oval jade dial set with diamonds and emeralds and was owned by Jacqueline Kennedy. The new model has a natural turquoise dial set with 20 brilliant-cut diamonds and four natural turquoise cabochons. It has a rose-gold case and a supple, gold-mesh bracelet that is similar to the original version. Price available upon request.
A collection of yellow-gold medallions showing the signs of the zodiac was introduced by Van Cleef & Arpels in the 1950s and continued to be popular through the ’80s. Today Van Cleef & Arpels is renewing this tradition with 12 limited-edition Lady Arpels Zodiac Extraordinary Dial timepieces. The top quality replica watches have 38-mm white-gold cases, manual-wind mechanical movements, diamond bezels, and dials that feature translucent enamel, mother-of-pearl, hard-stone marquetry and diamonds. The Sagittarius model is shown here. The zodiac sign is also engraved on the back of the case. Price available upon request.
The Harry Winston Avenue Classic Diamond Drops has 129 brilliant-cut, snow-set diamonds on its rectangular anthracite dial. This quartz watch is 21 mm wide and 36.1 mm long. On the bezel are 29 brilliant-cut diamonds. The case is white gold, as is the folding buckle. The Avenue comes on a black alligator strap. It is also available on a white-gold bracelet or with a rose-gold case and mocha brown dial. As shown here, it has a total carat weight of 2.71. Price upon request.
Patek Philippe has been associated with perpetual calendar chronographs for several decades now. Not only was Patek the first to unite both complications in a wristwatch (with the ref. 1518), but the brand even added, in some references, a split-seconds function or a minute repeater to this already prestigious package. At the 2014 Baselworld watch fair, Patek introduced a new color to its “entry-level” perpetual calendar chronograph, a white gold case with a blue dial. We at Monochrome Watches were quite fortunate to get our hands on this Patek Philippe (Ref. 5270).
It’s quite difficult to imagine, but the best sale replica Patek Philippe 5270 is actually the simplest perpetual calendar chronograph of the collection; keep in mind that the two other references with these complications also feature a split-second (ref. 5204) or a minute repeater (ref. 5208). Clearly, though, the 5270 is not a simple watch. It is the latest edition in a long lineage that began with the reference 1518, the world’s first perpetual calendar chronograph, introduced in the middle of the 1940s. This extremely rare bird was produced for only 13 years, in 281 pieces, and features a movement based on a Valjoux ébauche but highly modified and adorned with the Geneva Seal. A few years later, during the early 1950s, discount fake Patek Philippe launched the Reference 2499, an improved edition of the perpetual calendar chronograph. Very similar in design, the 3970 and the 5970 came after that, with minor improvements and updated shapes. But in 2011, the 5270 added something very interesting to this classical model: an in-house movement. No more Valjoux or Lemania base here, but instead pure Patek Philippe.
Make no mistake about this Patek Philippe 5270. Even if it looks very similar to the previous reference, nothing is the same. The design, layout, movement, case, size… everything is new, but remains classical. Patek Philippe chose not to break the codes, but intended to improve and modernize an icon, when it introduced this reference in 2011 with a silver-white dial. Now, in 2014, buy replica Patek Philippe has come out with new dials, including the blue one we had the chance to handle for a few hours.
Before this new reference debuted, Patek Philippe would usually power its chronographs with a Lemania-based movement, Caliber 27-70. Even if that ébauche was deeply modified, both on the technical and finishing fronts, Patek at one point decided it couldn’t outsource anymore in an era in which the term “in-house” has gained so much importance. So the brand created a fully home-made movement, developed and manufactured in-house – i.e., a manufacture movement. Patek Philippe Caliber CH 29-535 PS Q is a 32-mm manually wound engine that is impressive not only because of its complications, but also because of the quality of its finishing. As with every modern Patek Philippe watch, it is adorned with the Patek Philippe Seal. As we told you recently, the strictest of quality control standards are exerted in the manufacturing of every single component of the watch – the movement, the case, dial, hands, et al. – with rigorous standards applied to form, function, and accuracy.
A close look allows us to see the polished, beveled angles of the bridges and of the levers; the straight graining of the several elements that compose the chronograph; the polished screw heads and slots; several gold chatons; and Geneva stripes that continue from one bridge to another. The beauty of this movement also comes from its pleasantly deep layout, which permits viewing of all the gears’ and levers’ motions when activating the pushers. Some long-term Patek Philippe’s collectors may prefer the older Lemania’s bridges, but this one is actually very nice, too. The chronograph does (of course) use a column wheel with a vertical clutch for its engagement – the column wheel is, as is usual with Patek Philippe, hidden by a protective cap (that you can see on the photo above, in the lower part of the movement). The chronograph itself is very classical, with a bi-compax architecture displaying the measured seconds with a central hand, the minutes in a subdial at 3 o’clock and the running second in a subdial at 9 o’clock. Finally, it comes with the precise Gyromax balance wheel, using a free sprung architecture.
The movement is not the only interesting element here, and turning the watch to the dial side also shows complications. The perpetual calendar components are not visible through the sapphire caseback, as they are positioned on the top of the movement. However, the dial provides lots of information, with a clever and legible display. The day and month are indicated in two windows at 12 o’clock. The date and the moon-phase indicator are displayed in a third sub-dial at 6 o’clock. What is new compared to the previous reference (Ref. 5970) is the way it indicates the leap year and the day/night function. Previously, these two were positioned inside the chronograph’s counters at 3 and 9 o’clock and used hands to point out the information. Not the most practical and legible layout, as it was easy to get confused between the different hands. In the 5270, Patek Philippe has chosen to use two small apertures – at 4:30 for the leap year and at 7:30 for the day/night indicator. The dial gains increased legibility and aesthetic purity from that aesthetic decision.
Another change (like we said, every aspect has been changed or improved) is in the case, which has a diameter of 41 mm instead of 39 mm. It is slightly bigger, but remains in the classical and reasonable category (consider the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Chronograph, which is 42 mm, and the A. Lange & Sohne Datograph Up/Down, which is 41 mm). It is made of 18k white gold and comes with an interesting, typically Patek shape – convex bezel, complicated lugs, and rectangular chronograph pushers. The case remains quite thin at 12.4 mm, and positions itself really well on the wrist. The overall appearance of the luxury fake Patek Philippe 5270 is refined, complicated and elegant. The minor changes to the design give us a cleaner and more modern watch.
The last of the changes, and also new for 2014, is that blue color combination (both for the dial and the strap). Originally available in white gold with a white/silver dial, it is now possible to have the 5270 in blue, a less classical color and perhaps, therefore, easier to wear with a casual outfit as well. Even if blue is a cold color (especially when paired with a white-gold case), this new edition is, nonetheless, more appealing. The dial is not plain but slightly guillochéd, with a sunburst pattern, and thus gives off really nice reflections (that were unfortunately hard to capture during our photo shoot). The contrast with the white gold hands and applied indexes and the white inscriptions is excellent and allows for very good legibility. Furthermore, the blue remains serious enough for Patek’s lovers but adds an extra attractiveness to a very classical reference.