Nowadays, watches are considered an essential jewelry, one that is capable of defining our style. We see a designer timepiece as an elegant, sophisticated and smart accessory, and we tend to forget about its main purpose- telling time. Its functional attributes are not that important anymore. Face it. We care more about its brand, design and popularity. To balance a little bit the influence that fashion trends and snobbism have on us, let me tell you a few fun things you probably did not know about watches.Ancient Egypt is the source of the first known examples of humans telling time. Even if it sounds obsolete, sundials represent a very accurate method of telling time. The way the shadow falls on the sundial at different times of the day is how time is deciphered. Sundials are a surprisingly accurate method of telling time.
It was during Tudor times when the pocket watch became popular. During the reign of King Henry VIII, timepieces were so large and heavy that these were worn around the neck. In 1868, Patek Phillipe was the first watchmaker to invent the wristwatch. In May 2008, his ‘Platinum Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch’ was sold for an unbelievable price of 3.1 million dollars. Rolex is the watch that has gone from the highest peak of the world to the deepest point of the ocean. In 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary wore one while reaching the peaks of Mount Everest and in 1960, the US Navy dived a submarine that carried a Rolex at 35,798 feet below sea level. In both occasions, the watch survived intact. It did not even lose accuracy by one second. Even if it sounds unbelievable, mechanical watches are less accurate than quartz movement timepieces. The battery operated watch was first introduced in 1969.
The BR S is a 39 mm urban interpretation of the iconic Bell & Ross BRS Grey Camouflage Replica Watch. It is stamped with an «S» to denote how Smaller, Sleeker and Smarter it is than its big sibling. BR S models are the last word in elegance and technical ingenuity. They are designed for everyday use, ensuring that their ergonomic case, with its perfectly sleek lines and the use of select materials, appeals equally to men and women.
When it is time to decide, women will naturally choose the models in the BR S collection: timepieces that have become an ornament for the wrist, in which the sophisticated materials are a showcase for the jewels. Conceived in the purest tradition of Swiss watchmaking, the BR S GREY CAMOUFLAGE is water-resistant to 100 metres and features the latest generation of Swiss quartz movements, a guarantee of precision and reliability.
Bell & Ross watches occupy a distinctive place in the watch market today because they are made to resist extreme conditions that most men go through in their challenging professions. For instance, Bell & Ross watches are made to resist excessive temperatures, which is good for men who work as firemen or even bomb-disposal experts. Bell & Ross watches are also made to withstand violent accelerations and above-normal pressures, which makes it ideal for pilots, astronauts, and even divers. The manufactures made sure that all Bell & Ross watches are readable, precise, and high-performing. They even added water resistant to that list of qualities to broaden the scope of its function.
Bell & Ross is a relatively new watch company coming into existence in 1992. Their first watches were made by a German manufacturer called Sinn. About 10 years later in 2002 the Bell & Ross brand became independent opening its own manufacturing plant in Switzerland. From this time on the brand was only known as Bell & Ross. They specialise in watches for diving professionals and aviators with many models tailored to these particular professions including very high water resistance and large dials similar to that found on cockpit instruments. A Bell & Ross holds the world record for the highest water resistance ever of a watch at 11,000 metres which has solidified the brand as the forefront of diving watch manufacture. Bell & Ross has also manufactured watches for very specialist areas such as bomb disposal teams. Today the BR collections such as the BR-S, BR01, BR02, BR03 and BR Vintage find favour with aviation enthusiasts as well as the general public ensuring Bell & Ross watches are another cornerstone of the Swiss watch making industry.
Bell & Ross watches are manufactured with aviation at the forefront of design. The brand create beautifully engineered watches thanks to a collaboration of watchmaking experts and aircraft control specialists ensuring these aviation watches are not only fantastically engineered, but perfectly suited to professional use. Founded in 1992 by French and Swiss designer Bruno Belamich and businessman Carlos A. Rosillo, many watches replicate beautifully crafted aircraft parts.
A couple of Speedy Tuesdays prior, we demonstrated to you the new Omega Speedmaster replica Moonphase Co-Axial Master Chronometer accumulation, with the exception of the variant in platinum. This restricted release of 57 pieces just (alluding to 1957, the establishing year of the Speedmaster accumulation), with a case made of platinum, utilizing red liquidmetal(tm) for its bezel and has a platinum dial. Utilizing a platinum dial and red accents made me think about the presented Globemaster Annual Calendar in platinum also.
The date window, situated in the left sub dial has a little hand showing the present date, utilizing a little loupe (likewise with a red accent on the moon molded marker). The Co-Axial Master Chronometer is printed underneath the moonphase opening at six o’clock. The whole dial is entirely occupied yet doesn’t appear to me as excessively messed.
Being a constrained release of 57 pieces just, I figure that this luxury fake watches will be sold out generally soon (given the cost of CHF45,000 Swiss Francs). The general population who aren’t that fortunate or ready to buy the Speedmaster Moonphase Co-Axial platinum constrained version can choose to go for the same model in stainless steel, bi-shading or gold.
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15-30% of internet searches on watches involve people looking for replicas. According to the Swiss watch industry, the replica watch market costs them billions of dollars each year, and efforts are made to confiscate fake watches and destroy them in spectacular ‘demonstrative’ ways. One of my favorite examples was from 2010 when about 7,000 replica Rolex watches were smooshed with a steamroller in front of press cameras as the culprit was sent to jail for six months. Most counterfeit goods aren’t given this treatment, and in reality this theatrical performance was done at the behest of concerned watch makers working in tandem with customs officials. How big of a problem are replica watches and are they actually a substitute for the real thing?
The replica watch industry is a natural tangent of a market for items that are outside of the realm of affordability for most people. It has been that way for literally thousands of years as currency was among the first types of things that were faked. Fake watches exist to satisfy the desires of people who cannot afford “the real thing” but want to portray the same status symbols as those who can.