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Fake Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch Review September 23, 2016

Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch on granite

Here is my hands-on review of the fake Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch, including a 1-minute video of the fake watch in action.  Christopher Ward is an entry-level British luxury fake  watch brand which specializes in both mechanical and quartz watches. All its timepieces are designed in the UK and manufactured in Biel, Switzerland.  The aim for Christopher Ward is simple and not unlike that of Frederique Constant: to put well made and designed replica watches within the reach of more than just deep-pocketed Swiss made watch buyers and elite collectors.

For a fake watch that sells at a shade under $1,400 US, I was thoroughly impressed.  See what you think.

Fake Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch

Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch on granite

The origins of the Jumping Hour (or Jump Hour) fake watch have been traced to French and Swiss Pocket fake watches and clocks from as far back as the 1830s and 1840s.   The great Swiss-based Austrian fake watchmaker Joseph Pallweber did exemplary work with Jumping Hour pocket fake  watch models for IWC in the 1880s and so is regarded by some as the father of the digital fake watch. Despite the modern connection with electronic displays, the general definition of a digital fake watch is on that displays time in the form of numbers, rather than by  dial and hands.  So a Jumping Hour fake watch can be seen as a fascinating hybrid of analogue and digital.  The analogue minute hand passes round the dial and gives the impetus for the “jump” of the hour numeral, which brings in the digital element.  The prominent digit in the hour window and the position of the minute hand enable one to tell time very quickly and easily.

Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch on granite

The modified automatic mechanical ETA 2894-2 caliber in this fake  watch is the work of Johannes Jahnke.  Championed by Marco Heyne of Lange & Heyne (Germany), Johannes finished his first fake watch in 2006 with the support of Lange & Heyne.  In 2008, Jahnke was asked by join Jörge Bader, Christopher Ward’s Swiss partner.  Working out of Biel, Switzerland, Jahnke went on to produce this jump hour caliber, as well as a mono-pusher chronograph design for Christopher Ward as well.

The caliber is nicely though modestly finished, as to be expected at this price point.

Christopher Ward C9 Jumping Hour Watch on granite

Speaking of the inspiration to create a jumping hour movement, Johannes said this:

The Jumping Hour is a mixture between turning and moving parts and this makes it interesting for us.  There are a lot of complications with wheels and gears, but not so many with moving levers and cams.  It is closer to the kinematik of a chronograph than of a moon phase or a power reserve.  We have seen a lot of Jumping Hours in the past but only in the higher price ranges.  There is no “affordable” Jumping Hour movement around.  The Jumping Hours has, until now, been the reserve of luxury brands because it needs mainly expensive parts for an understated look.

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High Quality Replica Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935. August 26, 2016

Launched in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is not only a very well designed Watch Replica from a looks standpoint but also a very useful complication that combines an annual calendar with a second time zone display.The Rolex Sky-Dweller brings Rolex’s view of horology to a higher level and joins the ranks of other Rolex vintage legendary Watches Replica Replica like the Rolex ref. 6062 Triple Calendar with Moonphase, the Rolex ref. 6236 Triple Calendar Chronograph Dato-Compax a.k.a. “Killy”, the Rolex ref. 4768 Triple calendar or the Rolex “Padellone” Triple Calendar with Moon Phase ref. 8171.

Along with the triple calendars and triple calendars with chronograph released during the late 40s and through the very early 60s, this is in reality the very first modern Rolex complication.Rolex is one of the few luxury brands out there that has mainly focused in offering time only or time/date Watches Replica Replica through their history with the exception of the Daytona which is a chronograph and the GMT Master II and Explorer II dual time zone Watches Replica Replica.

The Case & Dial

To sum it up, just by holding its case, one can tell this is a ‘power Watch Replica’ and a ‘watch boss timepiece’. With a fully polished finish throughout, the case has the same shape as the case on the Datejust or the Day-Date but on steroids. Additionally, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is offered in twelve different possible combinations to meet most individual tastes.

The Rolex Sky-Dweller is fitted with a very robust, thick and extremely solid case measuring 42 mm in diameter and available in three different 18K gold options with either an alligator leather strap or with a matching 18K gold bracelet. The case is one of the most solid cases we’ve ever reviewed when it comes to Rolex and almost as robust as the one on the Deepsea Sea-Dweller.

  • Ref. 326139 —18K white gold, black Arabic numerals or ivory Roman numerals dial, black alligator leather strap.
  • Ref. 326939 —18K white gold, black Arabic numerals or ivory Roman numerals dial, matching bracelet.
  • Ref. 326138 —18K yellow gold, champagne Arabic numerals or silver Roman numerals dial, tobacco alligator leather strap.
  • Ref. 326938 —18K yellow gold, champagne Arabic numerals or silver Roman numerals dial, matching bracelet.
  • Ref. 326135 —18K Everose gold, chocolate Arabic numerals or sundust Roman numerals dial, tobacco alligator leather strap.
  • Ref. 326935 —18K Everose gold, chocolate Arabic numerals or sundust Roman numerals dial, tobacco alligator leather strap., matching bracelet.

For us, the Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 is by far the best looking Sky-Dweller of all, along with the 18K white gold ref. 326139 with black dial. To guarantee a waterproofness of 100 meters, the Sky-Dweller is fitted with a twinlock screw-down crown.

For those of you wondering what Everose gold is, this is Rolex’s proprietary patented 18K pink gold alloy that is actually cast in its own foundry. Rolex is the only Watch Replica manufacturer out there with its own foundry for precious metals. This special alloy —with a mix that includes some platinum— was introduced by Rolex in 2005 and since then, it is being used for all Rolex Oyster models in pink gold.

The Dial

The Rolex Sky-Dweller ref. 326935 is fitted with what is called by Rolex a ‘Sundust’ dial. In reality this type of dial is commonly known as a ‘sunburst’ finished dial with rays that flow from the center to the perimeter. The dial is extremely nicely finished and has a beautiful color hue that falls right in between the color of the classical Rolex champagne dials and the silvery oyster dials. The dial on the Sky-Dweller Everose ref. 326935 features applied 18K Everose Roman numerals and rectangular apertures located behind each numeral. These cutout windows/apertures are where the corresponding month is displayed by a bright red disc, while the date is shown via the aperture at 3 o’clock.

This bright red indicator shows the current month in an intuitive way and its mechanism is based off of the SAROS cycle. This ingenious mechanism simplifies life for the wearer of the Watch Replica, who no longer needs to think about adjusting the date at the end of a 30-day or 31-day month.

But what makes the Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 even more special, is the ability to show a second time zone via the off-centered 24-hour white ring with black transfers and the red arrow pointer located right under the Rolex logo. The hands, just like the Roman numerals, are also made of 18K Everose gold and are partially skeletonized and fitted with chromalight tips.

The Ring Command Bezel

The Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 is fitted with a fluted bezel that in reality is more than just a bezel. This bezel or ‘Ring Command Bezel’ as Rolex refers to it is a very advanced horological component that serves as the way in which the wearer is able to set multiple functions on this Watch Replica. Protected by no less than 14 patents, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is in reality a masterpiece of horology that maintains all the traditional design cues of a Rolex timepiece with its unmistakable appearance and desired flashiness.

The rotating Ring Command Bezel interacts with the movement allowing the wearer to easily set the different functions on the Watch Replica. This rotating bezel, can be turned in either direction to one of three positions in order to select the date, the local time or the second time zone. While the local time is indicated by the central hour and minute hands, the second time zone is marked by the inverted read triangle and the off-centered disc.

Since the hour hand can be moved independently in one hour increments, one can maintain the Watch Replica synchronized with the off-centered ring to keep track of military time or to simply use that function as a day/night indicator. Otherwise, the wearer can simply keep track of a second time zone as necessary.

Once the bezel is rotated and the winding crown is pulled out to its one and only setting position, the selected function can be rapidly adjusted in either direction using the winding crown. As the bezel is rotated, the crown engages to set a different function. This intuitive interface is based on a complex mechanical module with no fewer than 60 components, the product of state-of-the-art Watch Replicamaking and advanced micro mechanics.

The only function that is not set using the Ring Command Bezel along with the crown is the corresponding month. To set the month, the wearer needs to advance the date via the crown, until the correct month is displayed by the red indicator behind the Roman numerals. Since the Rolex Sky-Dweller is an annual calendar, the mechanism in the Watch Replica accounts for the number days in each month —30 or 31 days— with the exception of February —as only a perpetual calendar would. Therefore, the wearer needs to make a simple adjustment on February 28 or 29 and advance the date to March 1st as necessary.

The Movement

Like all Rolex Perpetual movements, the 9001 is a certified Swiss Chronometer —COSC. The movement utilizes the SAROS annual calendar system for its mechanism. This system is a revolutionary planetary mechanism inspired by the cyclical alignment of Sun, Earth and Moon. The Greek term ‘saros’ has been used since antiquity to designate an astronomical cycle which governs the recurrence of eclipses. The Sky-Dweller’s Saros annual calendar owes its high efficiency to a mechanism of revolutionary simplicity. Displaying the correct date through the year, this ingenious system patented by Rolex replicates the irregular occurrence of 30 and 31-day months using only four additional gear wheels.

The Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 is powered by the new in-house calibre 9001. This automatic movement with an outstanding power reserve —72 hours— for Rolex standards, was entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex and introduced in 2012 for this particular Watch Replica. Engineered to ensure simplicity of use, the movement uses a selector wheel on the outside edge of the movement to allow for interaction of the movement and the bezel of the Watch Replica to set the Sky-Dweller’s functions.

The Bracelet

The Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 is equipped with a very solid Oyster bracelet with flat three-piece links and folding Oysterclasp with Easylink adjustment. The 18K Everose bracelet is just as solid as any other 18K gold bracelet on other Rolex gold models and finished with satin brushed outer links and polished center links.

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On the Wrist & Pricing

On the wrist, the Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose Sundust Dial ref. 326935 wears true to its size and extremely heavy —much heavier than a gold Submariner or a Day-Date President 40. This is due to the fact that the case is almost as thick as that on a Deepsea Sea-Dweller in order to be able to fit the highly complicated Rolex in-house calibre 9001. If you are looking for one of the best looking Rolex Watches Replica Replica out there and one that is flashy but elegant at the same time, then look no further.

In summary, what sets the Sky-Dweller apart from all other Rolex Watches Replica Replica out there is that for the very first time, Rolex is combining two very useful complications in one Watch Replica. An annual calendar along with a dual time zone, make this complication one of the most useful Watches Replica Replica out there. Additionally, the Rolex Sky-Dweller Everose with Sundust dial is also one of those Watches Replica Replica that when spotted in the wild commands respect for whoever is wearing it.

Sticker Price $48,850 USD. For more info on Rolex click here.

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High Quality Replica H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue In Titanium

H Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue - Titanium - Perpetuelle

The HMC 341 is laudable for powering one of the most streamlined and simple perpetual calendar displays on the market.  The Calibre HMC 341 houses the Perpetual “flash date” (adjust fwd or backward anytime) and a month indicator, contributing to the astoundingly simple and iconic design of the Moser Perpetual Calendar .H. Moser & Cie. has produced 10 pieces of its Endeavour Perpetual Calendar “Funky Blue” in titanium.   The combination of DLC treated titanium and the striking shades of its sky-blue fumé dial (“funky blue”) works surprisingly well together, giving the Watch Replica a look I really like.  And definitely less formal looking than other variations of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar cased in white and rose gold. The Watch Replica is powered by their in-house perpetual calendar calibre HMC 341.

H. Moser Perpetual Calendar Caliber HMC 341 - Perpetuelle

And as noted 10 pieces have been made, but no more than 9 are still available:  the very first owner of an Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue in titanium was announced by H. Moser as none other than former German football star Karl-Heinz Riedle.

H Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Funky Blue Titanium - Perpetuelle

Today’s H. Moser & Cie likes to say that they make “rare Watches Replica Replica” and are not afraid to say that H Moser Watches Replica Replica are not for everyone.  And I think such focus and commitment in an increasingly challenging high-end luxury Watch Replica market is a good thing!I am also reminded that H. Moser & Cie. is under new ownership & leadership of the Meylan family for about three years now.   From my distant view, I would say that CEO Eduoard Meylan has done a good job of bringing new vision and message to a brand and yes even a bit of youthful and adventurous attitude which we see reflected in some of the brand’s newer Watches Replica Replica.  Prior to this, H. Moser seemed, quite frankly, adrfit and lacking focus.

 

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The State of the High Quality Swiss Watches Replica Replicamaking Industry

It is not surprising that precious metal Watches Replica Replica are the worst performers with a -31.4% decline —as of June 2016— as Asia is the biggest market for this particular type of Watch Replica.For the month of June of 2016, the number of Swiss wrist Watches Replica Replica exported is already 16.4% lower than the number for June of 2015 at 2.2 million pieces.

As many of you know or have heard through the grapevine, 2016 has been a rough year for the Swiss Watch Replicamaking industry facing its steepest fall in exports since 2009. While 2015 wasn’t a very good year either with the value of the Watch Replica industry exports being 3.3% lower than in 2014 and almost as low as 2012 —total value at 21.5 billion Swiss Francs—, 2016 aims to be one of the worst years the industry has had in the last seven years.

Below you will find the share of exports by country as of June of 2016 according to the Fédération de L’Industrie Horlogère Suisse FH. The main export markets have dropped as follows when compared to June or July of 2015: Hong Kong -32.7%, France -27.8%, U.S. -14.7%, China -6.5% and Japan -4%.

Precious metal Watches Replica Replica posted their fifth consecutive month of steeply falling sales through July 2016 with a considerable impact on the total result. However, Watches Replica Replica priced between 500 and 3,000 Swiss Francs —export price— are the only ones that have avoided a double-digit decline.


Share of Swiss Watchmaking Exports by Country as of June 2016


Considering that Asia represented half of all Swiss Watch Replicamaking exports in 2015, the fact that Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan are in decline, is definitely not a good indicator of how business is going this year. Singapore —one of the Watch Replica capitals of the world— alone, represents 485.6 million Swiss Francs and its performance when compared to 2015 is down by -12.8%. For Taiwan, the decline is -18% and for Russia -23%. But, what makes things even worse is that exports to Asia are typically much higher in terms of value than they are in terms of units when compared to other continents. Therefore, this contraction through Asia has a greater impact on the overall state of the industry as precious metal pieces and highly complicated Watches Replica Replica are often preferred in that continent.

As a reference, precious metal Watches Replica Replica represent 39% in value of Swiss Watch Replicamaking exports but only 2% in units; stainless steel timepieces represent 37% in value and 54% in units while two-tone —stainless steel and gold— accounts for 14% in value and 5% in units.

Below is the share of Swiss Watch Replicamaking exports by continent. America represents the continent and not the U.S. alone. Source: Fédération de L’Industrie Horlogère Suisse FH.


Share of Swiss Watchmaking Exports by Continent FY 2015


Roughly in 2015, Switzerland shipped 28.1 million Watches Replica Replica worth $22.4 billion USD to around 200 markets —mechanical Watches Replica Replica represent 80% of export sales by value. However, China and Hong Kong still remain as the markets with the highest numbers of non-Swiss Watches Replica Replica exported at 682.8 million units and 276.7 million units respectively —these are all those Michael Kors and other low end brands we see everywhere. As a reference, the average price of Watches Replica Replica exported by China is $4 USD and $24 USD for Hong Kong.

As you all can see, this has been a terrible year for the Swiss Watch Replicamaking industry and we’re not sure if things will get any better. After looking at the numbers by country, markets like Russia, Belgium and Qatar are also hurting drastically.

Additionally, we’ve noticed that as a result of this market decline, the number of novelties released by the brands between Baselworld 2016 and the end of the year is nowhere at the level of last year. Simply go to our News section and see when was the last time we posted a novelty there.

Below is the distribution of Swiss Watch Replica exports by country and the change in % between Jan-Jun 2016 and 2015/2014. Source: Fédération de L’Industrie Horlogère Suisse FH.


Share by Country January-June 2016

In summary, 2016 looks to be one of the worst in the last seven years of the Swiss Watch Replicamaking industry. Along with the economic turmoil in Europe and Asia, the price reduction strategy followed by groups like Richemont or LVMH has also had very little positive impact on the state of the business. While the SIHH 2016 and Baselworld 2016 were filled with novelties, most companies focused their efforts in simply releasing new dials for Watch Replica references that have been in their portfolio for a very long time or simply updating products with in-house movements. In reality, how innovative is that? How many different dials or limited editions can there be of a particular Watch Replica? Despite the bad year so far, let’s not panic, we are not anywhere near the ‘Quartz crisis’.

What we are lacking here is the aggressiveness and the drive that some brands had when the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was launched in 1972 and the Patek Philippe Nautilus was presented in 1976. The state of the industry calls for revisiting obsolete business practices, adjusting pricing strategies but more than anything, for the ‘big dogs’ to truly release new game changing Watches Replica Replica at competitive prices. And by game changing, we are not talking about the ‘play a different game’ tagline of the new Piaget Polo S we reviewed here.

Simply look at Omega’s pricing strategy over the last ten years. Does it make sense to pay for an Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean as much as you would for the new Rolex Oyster Perpetual Air-King we reviewed here?

Or perhaps you might want to consider getting that new Bremont DH-88 for $10,500 USD without an in-house movement. The list can go on and on and on.

Additionally, the industry is also hurting as the secondary market —pre-owned and heavily discounted new stock— continues to flourish. This secondary market is not only flooded with pre-owned Watches Replica Replica in ‘like new condition’ at very competitive and aggressive prices, but also with heavily discounted brand new Watches Replica Replica that authorized dealers have dumped —almost at their cost— in the hands of online re-sellers like Jomashop or pre-owned Watch Replica dealers selling across different Watch Replica forums. As serial ‘watch flippers’ continue to feed their Watch Replica collecting addiction via the secondary market, they will refrain from buying brand new Watches Replica Replica at full retail from authorized dealers or from brand boutiques.

All in all, the industry needs to transform and rely a little bit less on the Asian markets to avoid an even more steep fall in sales. Could it be the right time for the brands to create a whole new segment within their product portfolios and lure in the younger generations that are not wearing mechanical Swiss Watches Replica Replica? Or what about offering certified pre-owned Watches Replica Replica at the brand boutiques? If you can buy a CPO Porsche or a CPO Rolls-Royce, why wouldn’t you buy a CPO timepiece? Well, maybe it is time to do so.

For more info on the Fédération de L’Industrie Horlogère Suisse FH click here.

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High Quality Watches Replica Collecting Lifestyle x Hublot August 24, 2016

Nothing beats an evening at the penthouse of The Joule Hotel here in Dallas surrounded by an exclusive group of Watch Replica collectors, the team at the Hublot Dallas Boutique, Rick De La Croix —Hublot’s President for Latin America—, amazing Watches Replica Replica and us. Last Thursday evening August 18th, we gathered at this exclusive setting, to host a ‘Watch Collectors Night’ and a special viewing of all the Hublot Baselworld 2016 novelties in partnership with our friends from Hublot. In what we can only describe as a memorable evening, Watch Replica collectors were able to see and play with pretty much almost all the Hublot novelties released earlier this year —with the exception of the MECA-10 reviewed here— as well as some other special Watches Replica Replica from the brand, including the MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire we reviewed here.

Along with these Hublot Baselworld 2016 novelties, other special pieces —like the Hublot Classic Fusion VanDutch and the Dallas Cowboys collection, just to name a few— were also available during our Watch Replica collectors night. And for those of you already wondering if we served any Negronis, yes we did. At the end of the day, a Watch Replica collectors night without our usual Negronis is like perusing a Watch Replica with no mechanical movement inside. As the Negronis flowed through the night, so did the champagne flutes, the signature cocktails, the decadent hors d’oeuvres and some tasty macarons almost as good as those from Ladurée.

As promised last Friday, here’s our Video recap of the special Collectors Night with hosted with Hublot last week. If you like the video, please drop us a line and let us know if you would like to see more of this type of content here at WCL. We will be beefing up our video library in the upcoming weeks.

Special thanks to everyone that was able to join us —even with the rainy weather— and to the team at Hublot that made this partnered event such a huge success. All in all, a perfectly orchestrated evening with Hublot and the Hublot Dallas Boutique.

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