Surprise or not, the Astronomia watch collection has been a big hit for Jacob & Co. high quality fake watches UK, whose prime ambitions as a watch maker are to wow and tantalize luxury consumers who think they have seen it all. There are currently six versions of the “spacey” Astronomia watch on the Jacob & Co. website, with a few versions that are “unlisted,” as well as some new ones coming up soon at Baselworld 2017. For now, I’d like to return to Baselworld 2016 when I got to play with these two Astronomia watches which are the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Black and the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity Baguette. As practical as I am, I have to admit that playing with $500,000-plus watches rarely gets old, especially when Mr. Jacob Arabo has anything to do with them. I liked these new Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon watches so much we included them in our round-up of top 10 existing watch updates at Baselworld 2016.
Baselworld 2016 saw no fewer than three new Jacob & Co. Astronomia copy watches. We last went hands-on with the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Sky, which debuted a smaller case and more complications for a cool $680,000. The “most affordable” of the then new Astronomia watches was actually the Astronomia Black, which offers a darker, space-like look in a black DLC-coated 18ct white gold case. It still costs more than half a million dollars.
What Mr. Jacob the Jeweler implicitly understands is the art of showmanship in luxury watch presentation. He knows that if you want something conservative you’ll get an item along the lines of a Patek Phillipe or A. Lange & Sohne. He isn’t trying (at all) to compete with brands like that. He is tailoring products to people who seek to be open-minded and fresh in the way they enjoy their love of ambitious mechanical creations. Accordingly, Jacob & Co. makes watches and jewelry for clients who like to promote their taste, status, and aesthetic confidence in a more brazen visual manner. It would be wrong to judge this as either good or bad, as it is merely a matter of taste.
As someone who can’t afford such luxury replica Jacob & Co. watches, I don’t know what I would do as a consumer. As a watch critic, however, I applaud the novelty of concept and execution of technique that you find in something like the Jacob & Co. Astronomia watch collection. Lovingly crafted and conceived, there are fewer contemporary watches with as much of a mixture of boldness and elegance as the Astronomia Tourbillon.
A true magician can show you nearly all of its trick, and you still have no idea how it works. The same can be said for the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton fake watches. It makes this Cartier even more transparent than ever before, but you will be hard pressed to find out how it works exactly, even when you are up close and personal with it.
The fun with the original Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour was in part that you had no idea how it worked. Two hands that seemed to float into the air gave the correct time, and while many knew that they were connected to sapphire discs and that those discs were connected to the movement, the actual way that this was achieved remained a mystery. The skeleton version ups the fun, as you can now see the whole movement tucked away under their bridges at the side of the asymmetrical movement. While you can identify the regulating organs and most of the gear train, how they are actually connected to the sapphire discs that hold the hands still remains a mystery, tucked away under the skeletonized bridges. Quite honestly that only increases the fun, rather than taking away from it.
The Rotonde seems to be the perfect case to house this complication. Among Cartier’s collection, it is the most neutral case, as being round and fairly straight forward in design for a brand that made its name mainly with square, rectangle and even crashed cases. This puts all eyes on the complication, although it can never be mistaken for anything else but a Cartier, as the skeletonized Roman numerals ensure that. This way of creating a skeleton watch has become somewhat of a Cartier hallmark, as well as a collector’s favorite. Visually it is very pleasing, and it gives the watch a more modern look than most skeleton watches while it continues to have a strong relation to the original DNA of Cartier.
That the Rotonde de Cartier Mysterious Hour Skeleton is meant, like most of La Maison’s watches, for everyday wear is evident from its proportions. The diameter of the Rotonde case is 42mm, which offers a nice canvas for the complication to be shown off, while comfortably enough to wear on a daily basis. The movement itself is rather light, but the Palladium out of which the case is made adds some nice weight to the watch. Cartier kept the thickness of the watch down to 11.9mm, so it can even fit under the cuff of a shirt.
While Cartier mystery series replica watches UK where a modest trend in the 1950’s, today they have been almost completely forgotten, yet the attraction of them is timeless. The fact that Cartier can go so far as to make a skeleton version of a mystery watch without showing how the act really works might spark a renaissance for this type of watches.
Heritage is here to stay. What started as a trend intended to appeal to the hard core of collectors has slipped into the mainstream, and somewhere along the way it became a key pillar in major brands’ release strategies. In 2007 it was very much novelty, now it’s the new normal.
Case in point is Patek Philippe’s hero model fake watches of 2017 – the 5320G Perpetual Calendar, an undeniably handsome take on a very Patek complication. The 5320G is not a remake of a particular vintage reference (though it does bear a striking resemblance to the ref. 3448); rather it’s a melange of mid-century design codes, neatly combined in a 40mm white gold, retro-modernist package.
Most of the attention heaped upon the 5320G has focused on the dial, and it’s easy to see why. The layout is balanced, with day and month apertures at the top, and a moonphase display and pointer date at the bottom. The functions at six are flanked by relatively discreet portholes displaying day/night and leap year indicators respectively. Aside from that the dial is a very warm ivory or cream colour, paired with applied black gold Arabic numerals and syringe-style hands.
Both hands and numerals are filled with Super-LumiNova Patek Philippe replica watches , and the whole package is topped off with a plexi-evoking glassbox sapphire crystal. If you’re looking for nits to pick, you could object to the fact that the pure white calendar discs don’t match the dial colour (certainly given the RRP, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to ask), or the fact that the dial is lacquer instead of enamel. But all this doesn’t take away from just how stunning the 5320G is on the wrist.
For me the real star is the case, specifically the lugs. Triple-stepped and gently curving, this Deco design touch is perfection. Add to these lugs the broad bezel and middle as seen from the top down, and the slightly recessed crown, and there’s no denying that Patek has perfectly captured their history in this piece. 40mm is quite big for this style of watch, and I think 38–39mm would have been a sufficient size upgrade. Having said that, 40mm will be perfect for many wearers. Interestingly enough, the case is actually a single piece of gold, something that surprised me after having held the watch in my hands – I would have thought it had a more complex multipart construction.
The 5320G is powered by the calibre 324 S Q Patek Philippe replica watches UK, the first time the base 324 has had a perpetual module popped on top. Power reserve isn’t massive, at around 40–45 hours, but the finishing, as with all things Patek, is superb.
In the heat of the Award Season, Swiss horologer Jaeger-LeCoultre cheap fake watches UK teamed up with creative brand consultancy Finch & Partners to premiere “The Art of Behind the Scenes” photo exhibition in Los Angeles.
Held February 11th – 26th at the KP Projects Art Gallery, the display offers an intimate glance behind the cameras of some of the most iconic movies of the past century. Here are Audrey Hepburn, unwinding on the set of Two For the Road, Brigitte Bardot playing cards and puffing on a cigarette during Viva Maria, Quentin Tarantino, John Travolta and Uma Thurman frolicking together during Pulp Fiction, and David Bowie during The Man Who Fell To Earth. Celebrating the art of Hollywood and that of photography, many of the showcased pictures are rare and never seen before.
Curated by Finch & Partners, “The Art of Behind the Scenes” goes back to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it debuted at the Charles Finch Filmmakers Dinner and Awards at the Hotel du Cap. In May 2016, Jaeger-LeCoultre replica watches UK took the photographic collection to the New York Film Festival.
This year, the pictures arrived in Los Angeles with a benefit reception on February 21st, whose star-studded guest roster included producer Brett Ratner, actress Julia Sands and designer Ozwald Boetang among others.
The exhibition shapes the latest scene in Jaeger-LeCoultre’s long-standing involvement in the world of movies. Promoting the appreciation and preservation of film, the watchmaker has forged close ties with the best artistic film festivals around the world – from New York to Shanghai. It also presents the annual Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
All prints of “The Art of Behind the Scenes” are available for sale both online and in the gallery. A percentage of the proceeds goes to Ghetto Film School, which annually educates and engages over 1500 aspiring filmmakers free of charge.