Why Do Comic Book Super-Heroes Never Have Time for Replica Watches?

Every time a watch brand lands a deal with an actor or a studio, and every time a watch is prominently featured on screen, the best quality replica watch online community immediately recognizes and responds to it. We know exactly which star wears what watch model — and also which ones immediately change their preferred watch brand as soon as the shooting is over. Of course, most of us can spot it if an actor wears a fake, regardless of how beautiful she looks next to Nathan Fillion and his Omega DeVille. But it seems that a hero has to be “real” to draw interest from the watch industry.

Allow me to explain what I mean. As a huge fan of comics and graphic novels, I rarely see anything that tells time on the wrist of a comic book hero – a fictional character that I usually have a much longer and intimate relationship than with any movie star playing that character. I basically grew up with Tintin, Asterix, Spider-Man, Batman, and other such icons. I lived in the Marvel and DC Universes for a considerable amount of time during my youth, I witnessed the rise of Image Comics, and I consider myself an honorary “Watchman” in every way possible. I also know that I was not the only one who made regular visits to the Far Side. But despite the huge influence and circulation of graphic novels (and let’s not even start with all the anime in Japan), the best cheap replica watch industry seems to ignore this entire segment of literature, while continuing to pursue product placement not only in films but occasionally in books and even in computer games (e.g., James Bond’s Omega Seamaster 300 in “GoldenEye 007” for the Nintendo 64) — not to mention some toys, if you remember our last article on that topic.

Linde Werdelin did at least use a graphic novel-style visual approach for one of its an ad campaigns a couple of years back, but in the sense of a proper product placement, we longtime fans now face the strange situation that we know that Robert Downey Jr. wears a Jaeger-LeCoultre as Tony Stark/Iron Man, but we have no idea not what the original Tony Stark — the one in the comics — wears on his wrist.

Robert Downey with JLC Amvox

One of the few exceptions: Tanguy and Laverdure, a French/Belgian comic about the adventures of two military pilots that was first published in 1961. In one of the more recent stories, a Breitling Emergency is introduced into the story, though the brand isn’t mentioned by name. Imagine how easy, comparatively cheap, and — most of all — unbelievable cool it would have been for a brand like Breitling to throw their support behind the great artist(s) behind the comic in exchange for this exposure. Or if IWC, for instance, convinced Buck Danny (another military flying ace character from a Franco-Belgian comics series) to wear a proper pilots’ tag heuer replica watch. It certainly would not require super powers to do a deal like that… and none of the heroes would switch to a different brand after the bad guys were defeated.

Breitling Emergency on Tanguy Laverdure

5 Record-Setting Ultra-Thin Replica Watches

World’s Thinnest Minute Repeater: Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11

The watch’s full name is a mouthful — Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon — and it not only grabbed the record for thinnest repeater when it was introduced at SIHH 2014, but also manages to include a flying tourbillon and automatic winding (by means of a peripheral rotor)  in its ultra-complex movement, which is just 4.8 mm thick. The case of the Hybris Mechanica 11 measures 41 mm in diameter and a mere 7.9 mm in thickness, an unprecedented size for such a complicated timepiece. The repeater mechanism is also equipped with  silent-time-lapse reduction system that eliminates pauses between the chimes. The watch, for which Jaeger-LeCoultre has obtained eight patents, is limited to only 75 pieces. Click here to read more on the fake tag heuer watches for sale from our reporting at SIHH 2014.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Hybris Mechanica 11

World’s Thinnest Manual-Winding Minute Repeater (and Minute Repeater Movement): Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731

A milestone timepiece first shown at the Hong Kong “Watches and Wonders” fair and unveiled to most of the watch world at SIHH 2014, this new Vacheron Constantin has a case that is slightly thicker than that of the Hybris Mechanica 11 (8.09 mm) but a minute-repeater movement that is a tad thinner (just 3.9 mm). Calibre 1731 is a manual-winding movement, as opposed to JLC’s automatic one, and it carries a 65-hour power reserve and bears the Geneva Seal. The movement also incorporates a flying strike governor, an innovative device that controls the speed and spacing of the repeater’s chiming tones and reduce the audible whirring sounds that can accompany the chimes. The watch comes in a rose gold case and retails for $369,300. Click here for more on the watch and here to watch a video presentation of it from SIHH.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine Ultra-Thin Calibre 1731

 

World’s Thinnest Mechanical Watch: Piaget Altiplano 900P

It should surprise no one that Piaget is on the list: the brand has long been associated with super-thin watches and holds records for thinness in several horological categories. The latest world-first is the Altiplano 900P — the slimmest mechanical-movement watch in the world, bar none, at a case thickness of just 3.65 mm — that’s right, the case is thinner than the movements of the previous two watches. Piaget accomplished this feat by merging the movement with the case so that the inner caseback serves as the mainplate. The Piaget Altiplano is 38 mm in diameter and comes in rose gold ($26,200) and white gold ($27,800) cases. Click here for more interesting details on the watch.

Piaget’s Altiplano 900P

 

World’s Thinnest Tourbillon (2013): Arnold & Son UTTE

Introduced at Baselworld 2013 by the revitalized Arnold & Son brand, the UTTE (initials are for “Ultra Thin Tourbillon Escapement”) quickly garnered attention when it became — without necessarily meaning to, according to Arnold & Son head of movement development Sebastian Chaulmontet — the thinnest tourbillon fashion swiss replica watch on the market. The watch’s case, available in either rose gold ($69,050) or palladium ($59,950), is just 8.34 mm thick and 42 mm in diameter. The flying-tourbillon movement, Arnold & Son’s A&S8200, is just 2.97 mm thick (not counting the height of the tourbillon cage, which rises above the dial) and packs 90 hours of power reserve into two barrels. Click here to see a video of the Arnold & Son UTTE shot exclusively for WatchTime and here to listen to Chaulmontet discussing his challenges in developing the movement.

Arnold & Son UTTE

World’s Thinnest Tourbillon (2014): Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377

Arnold & Son held the thin-tourbillon record for only a brief time. Breguet — a brand named for the tourbillon’s inventor — previewed its Classique Tourbillon  Extra-Thin Automatic 5377 discount fake watch at Baselworld 2014 and released it to the market last year. The watch’s 42-mm-diameter case is an astoundingly slender 7 mm thick, and its movement, Calibre 581DR,  is just 3 mm thick. The movement is also notable for its “high energy” barrel, which provides a 90-hour power reserve; its 4-Hz frequency (exceptionally high for a tourbillon movement) and its peripheral winding rotor made of platinum (yes, this watch also has automatic winding.) The off-center tourbillon (whose carriage and balance are made of titanium) is protected by two patents. The dial and case are emphatically Breguet: engine-turned dial, Roman numeral hour markers, open-tipped blue Breguet hands, and fine fluted caseband.

Breguet Classique Tourbillon Extra-Thin Automatic 5377

JCK 2015: Bovet’s New Virtuoso VII Takes the Stage in Vegas

Bovet Fleurier introduced the first two pieces in its Complications collection in 2014. The third makes its debut at this week’s JCK Watch and Jewelry show at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The new discount fake watches has a mouthful of a moniker — Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar— and its complexity is as deep as the name implies. Like its predecessors in the collection — the Monsieur Bovet and Virtuoso V — the watch is outfitted with Bovet’s Virtuoso II Specialty caliber.

Also like previous Virtuoso models, it is essentially three timepieces in one thanks to its convertible Amadeo case, a concept pioneered by Bovet and first introduced in 2010, which enables the wearer to change it from wristwatch to pocketwatch to portable table clock with the push of a few buttons and the use of detachable straps and fasteners. And it can actually be considered nine replica watches in one when you consider that in each of these forms, the Virtuoso VII offers two distinctive reversible dials.

Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII - front-back

On one side, the luxury replica watch displays the hours and minutes on a small central dial (black or white, polished and lacquered, with applied Roman numerals), as well as a seconds hand at 6 o’clock and the various perpetual calendar indications. Unlike traditional perpetual calendar timepieces, most of which display the calendar information centrally on the dial, the Virtuoso VII displays these indicators on the dial’s periphery. The names of days and months are printed in white or black on transparent sapphire disks that allows the subtle details of the movement (made up of no less than 489 pieces) to be viewed underneath.

The date numerals of the retrograde calendar display are printed on a ring that surrounds the hours and minutes dial. To enhance the legibility of the display, Bovet’s watchmakers chose to place the date pointer hand under the hours and minutes dial. Only an arrow is visible, peeking out from under the central dial to point to the current date and snap back at the end of each month. Completing the perpetual calendar indications is a leap-year cycle disk at 12 o’clock. A true perpetual calendar, the Bovet Amadeo Virtuoso VII requires no adjustments for 400 years.

Bovet Virtuoso VII w/glass

Bovet Virtuoso VII - dial CU

Flip the case over and you can see the second dial, with the hours and minutes represented on an off-center subdial at 12 o’clock and an even more expansive view of the complicated, manual-wound movement, notably its côtes-de-Genève-enhanced co-axial “seconds chassis,” a mechanism patented by Bovet that enables the running seconds to be displayed on the same axis and on both sides of the movement. As on the opposite-side dial, the seconds are indicated by a hand at 6 o’clock. This dial also features a power-reserve indicator that displays the Virtuoso’s astounding five-day energy supply.

Bovet Virtuoso VII - city

The Bovet Amadeo Fleurier Virtuoso VII Retrograde Perpetual Calendar is available with either an 18k rose fold or 18k white gold case, 43.3 mm in diameter (there are also version with diamond-set bezel, like the white-gold model that we photographed above). It is fitted with a full-skin alligator strap with an ardillon buckle in matching gold. Each tag heuer replica watches also comes with a gold or rhodium-plated silver chain for pocketwatch conversion. Prices are $79,000 for rose gold ($88,600 with diamonds) and $82,800 for white gold ($92,000 with diamonds).