A Big, Bold Step Forward: Armin Strom’s Watches Replica Replica Configurator Let’s You Easily Design Your Own Watches Replica Replica

Armin Strom Watch Configurator - bench pic - Perpetuelle

In the modern day era of “on demand”, customization and the ability to express personality in one’s own unique way, Armin Strom takes a huge step forward with the launch of its new “Watch Configurator” service.   The “Watch Configurator” is something I might have expected a much larger, much more resourced and deeper-pocketed Watch Replica manufacture to do by now.  But now, it is Armin Strom who ushers in a new era and a recognition that today it is more important than ever for a Watch Replica manufacture to be as customer-friendly as possible and that includes embracing customer-facing technology and customization options (in fact and you could win your very own custom Armin Strom Watch Replica — See Did You Know? for details on this exciting giveaway contest below).  Let’s take a closer look.

The new “watch configurator” ie custom Watch Replica platform offered by @arminstrom is undoubtedly one of the TOP Highlights from #Baselworld2017 pic.twitter.com/wcemTcE32m

— Perpetuelle (@perpetuelle) March 22, 2017

Armin Strom’s innovative approach to its customers leads and paves the way for the broader Swiss Watch Replica industry.  An industry in which many of its largest players remain, by and large, sedate and unadventurous in their approach to new product offerings (ahem Rolex) or ability to use e-commerce (ahem Breitling).  Armin Strom is in fact one of the few Watch Replica manufactures able to even offer such a unique service as it is one of the few with the ability to create a full Watch Replica movement under one roof.  But more importantly than being a vertically integrated manufacture is Armin Strom’s forward-thinking attitude and its willingness to be bold in how it hopes to serve the next generation of luxury Watch Replica customers.

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Armin Strom Watch Configurator - select base model - Perpetuelle

Using the Watch Configurator, the client first begins by choosing the desired base model/movement from the current Armin Strom portfolio.  Everything is an option.  The configurator then moves to a real-time display of your Watch Replica design, with viewing of front and back, depending on the options you have selected.  It is a comfortable, user-friendly tool that anyone can use — it took me about 3 minutes to come up with some of the awesome looking designs you see here.   Collectors can choose colors, engraving, and even skeletonization of the movement and/or certain components – the latter naturally being one of Armin Strom’s historical specialties. Using this virtual reality version of Armin Strom’s workshop, a fantastic, collectible dream timepiece quickly becomes a tangible reality.  For a price of course (more on that below!).

Armin Strom Watch Configurator - gravity date design - Perpetuelle

Another of the design’s we were able to quickly and easily create:

Armin Strom Watch Configurator - skeleton design - Perpetuelle

Price is shown on the same page as the design and you can immediately make a purchase if interested.   Once ordered, the client’s unique Armin Strom timepiece can be picked up at any nearby authorized Armin Strom retailer or even at the Armin Strom factory in Switzerland – and a tour of the factory is included in the price.

Speaking of which, while the online Watch Configurator system offers new perspectives for the customer, it does not replace or take away from the experienced retail partner, who remains in place to offer advice and assistance if needed and can provide hands-on experience of the basic designs and options. In fact I would see this as a way for the traditional Watch Replica retailer to perhaps even sell more timepieces.

“My technical team and I are proud to have been able to develop an innovative system like the Watch Configurator based on the exceptional depth of manufacturing that Armin Strom possesses. This is a new way to go with the times that excitingly enables the collector’s deepest wishes for a unique timepiece to be fulfilled with a true haute horlogerie timepiece,”

–Claude Greisler, Director of Armin Strom

The only downside, if there was one, is that these Watches Replica Replica do not come inexpensively!  You can easily configure a Watch Replica for $20,000 – $40,000 (or $100,000+ if you want a tourbillon!).  But that’s the price to pay for your very own custom-designed, manufacture-made luxury Swiss timepiece!

I applaud Armin Strom for this bold, forward-thinking platform that it now offers.  May it bring good fortune to Armin Strom while also serving as an example to the rest of the Swiss Watch Replica industry.

Did You Know?

All you have to do win your own bespoke Armin Strom Watch Replica is to configure it and post it to Instagram.  Armin Strom is sponsoring the contest which runs until May 15 when a lucky winner will be selected.  3 runner up prizes valued at 15,000, 7,500 and 5,000 Swiss Francs will also be awarded.  Contest details here>>>

Good luck!

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Editor’s note:  Armin Strom is/was an advertiser on this site as of the date of publication.

In-Depth: Monta Oceanking Watches Replica Replica Review

Monta Oceanking Watch - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

You’d be forgiven if your eyes popped out of your head upon seeing the Monta Oceanking’s $3,550 asking price. Most Watch Replica enthusiasts would probably agree with you, too, because that’s a significant chunk of change to ask in an industry that relies so heavily on brand perception to reel in consumers. But here’s the thing: despite the fact that the Oceanking lacks the rich history and branding of Rolex, Omega, and others, it isn’t your run-of the-mill, micro-brand dive Watch Replica . Indeed, it’s step or two above the traditional entry to the genre, from build quality, attention to detail, and movement choice, and this is largely due to parent company Everest Straps’ existing experience in the industry.

Monta Oceanking Watch - dial detail - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

First, let’s dig into the Oceanking’s backstory. To help ease any lingering skepticism, Monta is linked to Everest Straps, a popular company known for producing accessories for a variety of Rolex models. In the past few years, Everest has grown drastically, adding dealers across the globe while introducing straps for many of the legendary brand’s models. Somewhere along the line, the idea of a Watch Replica came into existence but there was one problem: adorning Everest Horology Products across the dial wasn’t going to cut it. As such, the adventurous-sounding Monta was born, derived from the French word montagne—or English for mountain.

Monta Oceanking Watch - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

Paying tribute to classic tool Watches Replica Replica, the Oceanking wears its influences proudly­–the design is essentially an amalgam of styling reminiscent of Watches Replica Replica like the Rolex Submariner and Omega Seamaster 300. Closer inspection, however, reveals surprising details not often seen in many micro brands’ lineups. Just take a look at the chamfered edge starting on the inside of a lug that extends to the sides of the Watch Replica , neatly wrapping around to the next lug. While this doesn’t quite jump out at you at first glance, the work and design that went into it is certainly appreciated.

Monta Oceanking Watch - lug detail - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

Monta Oceanking Watch - case detail - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

Interestingly enough, the dial’s indices are shaped and cut in such a way that gives the Oceanking a unique, reflective presence not unlike that of a Grand Seiko. Markers at 12, 3, and 9 are beveled and filled with lume, which sounds like standard fare. But depending on the way indices catch light, they pop with brilliance and even appear to change shape. Monta notes that a patent is associated with the indices, though they don’t go into any particular detail. In any case, they’re damn impressive and make the Oceanking feel special.

Monta Oceanking Watch - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

Monta Oceanking Watch - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

On the wrist, the Oceanking sits flat, owing excellent wearability to the lack of a display caseback. And at 40mm, the Watch Replica forgoes larger diameters and instead accommodates a variety of wrist shapes and sizes.  Some may balk at Monta’s omission of a display back, but historically, a closed back wasn’t a feature of tool Watches Replica Replica—the Oceanking is all about tradition after all, and this falls in line with its message.

Monta Oceanking Watch - caseback - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

Powering the Oceanking is an Eterna 3909A, a particularly interesting movement choice, given the micro field is littered with ETA and Miyota offerings. Because of Monta’s status as a newcomer, standing out is key, and Eterna is an excellent mechanism to do it with: the movement comes from a reliable, well-respected manufacturer, and timekeeping is promised to rival chronometer standards. 65 hours of power reserve give the Oceanking enough juice to last through the weekend—if you don’t wear it, that is—and place the Watch Replica in the upper echelons of micro brands.

Monta Oceanking Eterna 3909A

Happily, complaints about the Oceanking are minor. For this reviewer, after extended periods of wear, the section of the rubber strap that kept the keeper in place tended to slightly dig into the wrist and affect long-term comfort. Considering that this is a contemporary dive Watch Replica , the lack of a lumed pip on the bezel is puzzling, but rumor has it one is coming at a later date. Regardless, these are relatively minor quibbles, especially since the Watch Replica can be swapped over to the bracelet, which is comfortable and offers plenty of micro adjustment.

Monta Oceanking Watch - Adam Soshnick for Perpetuelle

With all that said, a question still remains: is the Monta Oceanking worth the $3,550 asking price? Based on attention to detail, overall wearability, and movement choice, one would be hard pressed not to recommend the Oceanking. It absolutely feels like a quality piece and, when you take into consideration that the Watch Replica is Monta’s first offering, the future looks bright—even if recognition isn’t quite there for more brand conscious buyers. Next to the competition, the Watch Replica is just as well executed, if not a touch more cohesive, and to finally answer the question, feels worth the price of admission.

Well done, Monta. Well done.

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*****

Thanks to guest contributor Adam Soshnick for this authoring this review.  All photos are  (c) Adam Soshnick.

Introducing: Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle

While Ulysse Nardin is certainly well known for its nautically-inspired and marine-themed Watches Replica Replica, I’d venture a guess that most would probably associate its Watches Replica Replica for use “above the water” rather than below.  Yes, they also make dive Watches Replica Replica, but as you can see this new piece is a significant departure from current designs.  All of which makes this new Ulysse Nardin dive Watch Replica — inspired by a 1964 model from the house collection — a welcome addition to the manufacture’s lineup.   Although the 1964 original was in a 38mm case vs the present at 42mm, the new Diver Le Locle is true to its roots and a diving Watch Replica to its core, as the legible SuperLuminova indexes, unidirectional bezel, 100m water-resistance and the durable sailcloth strap attest to.  And while this great looking dive Watch Replica from Ulysse Nardin might look like the vintage original on the outside, its caliber construction is anything but vintage.  The automatic mechanical UN-320 manufacture movement uses silicium hairspring and escapement, a material for which Ulysse Nardin has been and remains on the cutting edge of.

Let’s take a closer look at the excellent new Diver Le Locle!

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle

$9,600

42.2mm stainless steel case (100m water resistance rating), automatic mechanical manufacture caliber UN-320 (silicon escapement & hairspring)

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle dive Watch Replica  - Perpetuelle

The magnified date at 3 o’clock can be quickly set both forwards and backwards, but what I really love about it is the circular shape of the cyclops glass.  The small seconds sub-dial is slightly recessed.  The hour marker dots and fat hands, all with vintage style lume, round out the Watch Replica .  The sapphire crystal is slightly domed.

Ulysse Nardin Diver Le Locle dive Watch Replica  - detail - Perpetuelle

Not pictured is the caseback, which features a very nice motif of a descending scuba diver holding a spear.

Price:  The Ulysee Nardin Diver Le Locle retails for $9,600 and is slated to arrive in stores next month

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Great Watch Replica !

 

Rolex Cellini Moonphase Watches Replica Replica with Enamel + Meteorite Moonphase (Baselworld 2017)

2017 Rolex Moon Phase Cellini - Rolex Geneve dial - Perpetuelle

After yawning my way through Rolex’s other 2017 releases (totally underwhelming), I have to stop and give them some credit for their beautiful new Cellini Moonphase.   The Watch Replica is cased in Rolex’s proprietary “Everose gold” and measures in at 39mm.   On a dial simply adorned “Rolex Geneve”, the Cellini Moonphase displays the moon cycle on a blue enamelled disc with full moon in meteorite.   It also displays the date around the circumference of the dial, via a center-set hand with a crescent moon at its tip.

Rolex Cellini Moonphase - date hand and moonphase disc - Perpetuelle

This new model is driven by a self-winding mechanical movement of course manufactured by Rolex.  It is fitted on a brown alligator leather strap with a folding clasp in 18 ct Everose gold, a first for a Cellini model, according to Rolex.

Rolex Cellini Moonphase - dial detail - Perpetuelle

The Cellini Moonphase has a white lacquer dial with a blue enamelled disc at 6 o’clock showing the full moon and the new moon, the former depicted by a meteorite applique and the latter by a silver ring. The moonphase is read via the indicator set at 12 o’clock on the subdial, as the full moon and new moon rotate through the lunar cycle.

2017 Rolex Moon Phase Cellini - dial up view - Perpetuelle

Like all Rolex Watches Replica Replica, the new Cellini Moonphase is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that the Watch Replica has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria, which exceed Watch Replica making norms and standards.

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Nicely done.

 

Introducing: Hublot Big Bang In Red and Blue Sapphire Cases (!!)

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire - Perpetuelle

We’ve seen some tremendous materials innovation from Hublot in recent years (Magic Gold, colored ceramic, etc.), and they show no signs of stopping this year with pushing the limits of engineering and chemistry.  Following its full sapphire case Big Bang of 2016, Hublot rolled out two new colored sapphire Watches Replica Replica in Baselworld last week.

While colored synthetic sapphires have been in existence since 1902 (invented by the French chemist Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil), melting sapphire is a complex and unpredictable process.  Because its crystallization process is unstable, it is difficult to obtain similarly colored sapphires, even if they are produced simultaneously. Furthermore, bubbles and cracks can appear in the material, making the end result unsuitable for producing something as exacting as a Watch Replica case.  But the main challenge is in the size.

As I understand it, no colored sapphires exceeding a certain size have been produced. However, Hublot has now gone beyond this threshold with the development of a sophisticated and costly process that enables the successful production of a large, transparent sapphire of perfectly uniform color.  Melting iron (Fe) with aluminum oxide, Hublot achieves the result of a colored sapphire that retains all the original properties of the sapphire material which is ultra-scratch resistant, transparent and among the hardest in existence AND the first blue sapphire in the history of Watch Replica making.

Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire

Limited edition of 250 pieces

45mm x 15.7mm blue sapphire case middle, bezel and case back cut from blocks of blue colored sapphire.

Flange, indices, Arabic numerals and hour/minute hands toned to match the color of the sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Blue Sapphire - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Blue Sapphire detail - Perpetuelle

Hublot also designed a series of 250 pieces in red sapphire by heating aluminum oxide (Al2O3) — the raw material for sapphire — with a transition metal, chromium (Cr), at a temperature of between 2000 and 2050 degrees Celsius.

Big Bang Unico Red Sapphire

Limited edition of 250 pieces

45mm x 15.7mm red sapphire case

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire detail - Perpetuelle

Hublot Big Bang Unico - Red Sapphire front view - Perpetuelle

Inside is Hublot’s manufacture Unico HUB124 movement, with dial side column wheel.

Of course this type of innovation doesn’t come cheap — List price is $74,000 Red Sapphire and $85,000 Blue Sapphire.

Very cool Watches Replica Replica!

A Real April Fool’s Joker: The Konstantin Chaykin Joker Watches Replica Replica

Konstantin Chaykin Joker Watch - case crown detail - Perpetuelle

In our finest contrarian spirit, we present this REAL joker of a Watch Replica on the Western April Fool’s Day holiday.  It is the latest creation of independent Russian Watch Replica maker Konstantin Chaykin (also a member of the esteemed AHCI), aptly named  Joker.  Working from the tried and tested ETA 2824-2, Chaykin decided to imbue the mechanical Watch Replica as more of a kinematic piece of pop-art.  There are no standard Watch Replica hands on the dial and the eyes and the smile of Joker, instead it is fitted with disk hours and minutes indicators as well as moon-phase display which looks like a tongue.

Konstantin Chaykin Joker

Limited edition 99 pieces

42mm x 13.7mm stainless steel case, automatic mechanical movement

Konstantin Chaykin Joker Watch - face view - Perpetuelle

Konstantin Chaykin logo

Konstantin Chaykin Joker Watch - caseback - Perpetuelle

The Watch Replica is highly emotional:  its mood depends on both current time and Moon phase.  The bezel riffs on a playing card theme:  ‘Five of a Kind’ (the highest poker hand when playing with wild cards) is engraved on the bezel of the Watch Replica case.  Note there is a second crown set at 9 o’clock position — it is fixed there to provide design symmetry, while also being fitted with a recessed corrector provided for correcting the moon-phase display.  Not just a whimsical piece, however – the case finish and dial detail is ornate and impeccable, as one would expect from a AHCI-member such as Chaykin.  It is fitted on a violet-dyed alligator strap with calfskin lining and green stitching.

Konstantin Chaykin Joker Watch - dial detail - Perpetuelle

Nicely done, Mr. Chaykin!  Love it!

http://www.konstantin-chaykin.com/landing?lang=En

Meet the Manufactuer: Mortiz Grossmann (video)

Moritz Grossmann Benu Tourbillon

“Meet The Manufacturer” is back for 2017.   Join Montredo on their tour of the Moritz Grossmann manufacture in the heart of German Watch Replica making, Glashütte.  Mortiz Grossmann Director Of Communications, Rainer Kern, and a host of Watch Replica makers provide a nice look at the in-house hand manufacture as well as the fine finishing of the movements.   Moritz Grossmann is in many ways an “under the radar” gem of a Watch Replica manufacture.  While sharing the same home town with A. Lange & Söhne and Glashütte Original casts a big shadow for smaller manufactures to stay out of, Moritz Grossman more than holds their own with their Watch Replica making abilities — for example, they are the only manufacture in Glashütte who make their own Watch Replica hands entirely in house.  Bigger picture, they deliver absolutely incredible, hand-crafted finely finished Watches Replica Replica with distinctly German style.  The Benu Tourbillon — pictured above — is just one example.  This very impressive Watch Replica is the flagship of the Benu collection with a flying three-minute tourbillon with stop seconds.

Enjoy the video!

See more at: https://www.grossmann-uhren.com/?lang=en