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Valentine’s Day – Say it with a watch Replica For Sale

A holiday is an occasion to celebrate and, of course, to show that special someone that you care. February brings us St Valentine’s Day, with all its clichés and symbols. Three watchmakers have decided to produce a special Valentine’s watch.

While they all stuck with feminine shades and diamonds, each of them focused on different elements, according to their own interpretations of the holiday. Which one will be your heart’s desire?

Blancpain – Villeret Saint-Valentin 2018

This steel 29.20 mm watch created by Blancpain is an ode to love and femininity, showcasing the traditional symbols of Valentine’s Day. The second hand is a cupid’s arrow, its point piercing a red heart. This motif is repeated on the rhodium-plated yellow gold oscillating weight, which is decorated with a heart pierced by sun rays and a cupid’s arrow. The lucky owner of this watch can enjoy the scene through the sapphire back.

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Villeret Saint-Valentin 2018 © Blancpain

In addition to the symbols, the watchmaker has also chosen the colour of love. This limited 99-piece edition comes with a red alligator strap, echoing the hue of the rubies that decorate the dial at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. These four rubies are joined by 19 brilliant-cut diamonds scattered over the mother-of-pearl dial, each in its own star setting, a technique in which the gem is held in a metal piece. These jewelled accents continue onto the bezel and lugs, which are decorated with 48 and 20 diamonds, respectively. There’s even a diamond in the crown.

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Case back view © Blancpain

The watch features a moon phase display as well as the hours, minutes and seconds indicated by openworked sage leaf hands. Blancpain has updated the complication, placing it at an unusual angle in the 6 o’clock position. The moon has a woman’s face, complete with enigmatic smile and beauty spot. Is there a secret message?

Bovet 1822 – Château de Môtiers 40 « Bouquet de Fleurs »

Flowers are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. Why not do something a little different this year, and offer flowers in a different form? Unlike a real bouquet, the advantage of the flowers in this miniature painting on white mother-of-pearl is that they will never fade.

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Château de Môtiers 40 © Bovet 1822

Bovet 1822 has used the successful floral motif to decorate the dial of its exclusive Valentine’s watch. The latest watch in the Château de Môtiers 40 collection uses an innovative technique in which luminescent material is added to the paint, making it visible both day and night. The work is demanding – the painter has to work skilfully to ensure that the picture is exactly the same, in the light and in the dark. So, while the image remains identical, the colours differ. In this model, brighter colours such as yellow grow darker in the absence of light.

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Château de Môtiers 40 © Bovet 1822

The floral dial is set in an imposing 40 mm red gold case, framed by a diamond-set bezel. A purple alligator strap completes this two-handed watch, driven by a self-winding mechanical movement with a 42-hour power reserve.

Breguet – Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085

In honour of Valentine’s Day, Breguet Watch Models Replica has chosen to present an updated version of the Classique Phase de Lune Dame, limited to 14 pieces in reference to the date. This classically feminine timepiece features a fascinating gem-set bezel, which combines graduated soft pink sapphires and sparkling diamonds. The shades are mirrored on the pin buckle that closes the satin-finished alligator strap in graduated shades of pink. The lugs are deliberately asymmetrical, set with sapphires at 6 o’clock and diamonds at 12.

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Classique Phase de Lune Dame 9085 © Breguet

The rear of the watch shows a view of the movement of the foundation plate which has some stunning engravings of the night sky complete with the ground. The picture makes it look like our world sits right next to some sort of nebula made up of watch gears. Breguet can make that back plate larger to seem to take up the vast majority of the situation from the 5347 since the plate occupies nearly all of the situation back with all the gears themselves taking up less space in the middle. The backplate is bigger so that the motion doesn’t look small on the giant 5349 case. It is not even possible that revealing the gears there’s necessary, but that is done for aesthetic reasons to further imply the mechanical nature of this ultra-status item.Breguet actually presented three new “on-order” Breguet Double Tourbillon watches for 2016, and each of these focuses on a hand-operated guilloche machine-engraved dial. This Breguet Dual Tourbillon 5349 has blue enamel within the dial, making for a beautiful contrast, as gloomy always goes well with platinum and diamonds. This is also, in my most humble of opinions, a visual improvement to the all-diamond-set dial of at least one previous 5349 model.For contrast attraction, in this article you will see both the Breguet 5347 and the bigger Breguet Double Tourbillon 5349 on my wrist. While the 5347 makes for a stately, albeit comfortable daily double tourbillon wearing experience, the Breguet Double Tourbillon 5349 is what you want in your wrist when constructing the generals. Along with being 50mm broad, with large lugs, the case is 18.65mm thick – which isn’t that terrible, actually. On the fitted alligator strap with diamond-set Breguet folding buckle, then the Breguet Dual Tourbillon 5349 can sit snugly from the wrist. You just have to be comfortable with lugs that may stand out beyond the borders of your wrist. I would be ready to deal with that size issue to go through the continuing majesty of wearing a wristwatch that apparently does the impossible by speaking louder than me despite lacking a mouth of any sort.

Inside the 30 mm white gold case sits the self-winding calibre 537L with 45-hour power reserve, which can be admired through the sapphire case back. The iconic “hollow apple” Breguet Watches Uk Replica hands in blued steel point to Roman numerals, and rotate around the white mother-of-pearl dial, whose natural variations are reminiscent of clouds. The moon phase complication at 6 o’clock gives the timepiece a final romantic touch. The smiling moon surrounded by stars appears and disappears behind a pink mother-of-pearl heart as the satellite waxes and wanes, while the small seconds hand twirls at the centre of a pink lacquered disc.

The origins of the

Breguet – The origins of the Grade 1 Replica Watches

After two difficult years spent in Switzerland in the immediate aftermath of the French Revolution, Abraham-Louis Breguet Watches Chicago Replica returned to Paris in the spring of 1795. His company, established on the Quai de l’Horloge on the Ile de La Cité, required complete reconstruction and he spared no effort in reorganizing his workshops and winning over a new clientele. The following year, brimming with new projects and innovative ideas, he began introducing creations that are powerfully echoed in the “Tradition” line launched in 2005

The masterpiece of simplicity behind the “Tradition” line: the souscription caliber (1796)

Known for having created the most complicated watches of his era, Abraham-Louis Breguet was also the man who created the simplest watch ever made, dubbing it “souscription”.

The name of this watch is explained by Breguet Watches Any Good Replica himself in the brochure he had printed in 1797: “The price of the watches will be 600 livres; one-quarter of this sum will be paid when subscribing; the construction will not suffer any delay and deliveries will be made by order of subscription (…)”.

Recorded as souscription watches in the production and sales registers, they are still referred to and studied under that name by all Breguet collectors and connoisseurs.

Distinguished by its large central barrel and a going train symmetrically arranged on either side of the barrel, the souscription caliber powers a single hand serving to read off both the hours and minutes and its sparing, yet surprisingly edgy design, remains as striking today as ever.

One can well imagine that Breguet Watch 1775 Replica was proud of this type of watch and keen to see how it would match the tastes of his contemporaries. It was, indeed, the only product for which he had a document specifically printed to outline his intentions, his motivations, and his technical choices. It is fascinating to observe how Breguet puts himself in the place of his followers, meaning his customers. This introduction took place in the wake of the French Revolution and, having spent the past two years in the safe haven of Switzerland, he had doubtless realized how much society and, thus, his potential customers had changed

The first general statement of this text notes that the accurate watches were intended “ for Astronomy and the Navy”, and that watches designed for everyday use had two main flaws: they were generally of poor quality and their price was “not within reach of a majority of citizens.” The challenge, therefore, lay in offering a model that was affordable yet endowed with a degree of robustness and precision comparable or even superior to that of watches made for scientific purposes. Breguet Watches Uk Prices Replica described these watches, based upon what he, himself, referred to as a new construction, in these terms: “They are distinguished by their simplicity and by a layout that protects the escapement from serious incidents, even if the watch were to be dropped. The going train, escapement, and regulator, the heat and cold compensator are so openly positioned and so easy to grasp that the attentive observer can see at a glance (…) the harmonious workman- ship and the reliability of its functions.” After describing the regulating components and announcing a 36-hour power reserve, Breguet also wrote that these watches would have a respectable diameter of 25 lignes (meaning 61 mm) and, surprisingly enough, only one hand – immediately adding, as if to reassure readers: “This dial size ensures sufficient distance between one hour and the next so as to mark out 12 divisions that the hand sweeps past every five minutes, and which are placed in such a way that it is easy to estimate the time to the nearest minute.”. After a very short period of time for the owner to become accustomed to the dial and hand, these watches certainly do display the time in a readable way.

The origins of the

Movement of the Breguet No. 1287, subscription watch sold on 5th August 1803 to © Breguet

The secret signature, a response to fakes

In parallel with the souscription watch, Breguet introduced another practice: that of the secret signature which the master-watchmaker – faced with a broad-scale counterfeit trade – justified in these terms. “To ensure the public is not deceived by works in which I have no part, I will put a distinctive mark on the dial, executed by a machine whose effects are extremely difficult to imitate.” The machine in question was a drypoint pantograph of which the Breguet Museum has recently acquired an historical example.

I covered the narrative, with a lot more background information regarding the original Breguet 160, its story, loss, and ultimate recovery. If you are interested in this story, I highly recommend checking out this article because the narrative of this mention 160 Marie Antoinette timepiece is one which all watch lovers should know.More so, a range of elements of this background, both long past and contemporary, of the 160 continue to a degree mostly unknown to the public. It is actually a pure coincidence that Breguet introduced the Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette pocket watch only months after the first 160 was discovered. It’s more than likely the most precious horological object in existence.I cite the above coincidence because many individuals mistakenly thought that the brand released the Breguet 1160 Marie Antoinette because of the re-discovery of this 160. This is wrong. Breguet was secretly working on replicating the 160 for about five years up to that point. The contemporary Breguet brand is known for its first founder Abraham-Louis Breguet. Often known as the “grandfather” (or dad) of modern watchmaking, the Breguet brand continued for centuries through various family members after his death.In the 1980s Breguet was brought back to life in its contemporary iteration via a fresh group of investors mostly separated from the first Breguet household (however, now, parts of their original Breguet family are part of the brand again). It was watch manufacturer and designer Daniel Roth who formed the modern look of the brand’s wrist watches being inspired by historic Breguet pieces. Just something like 5,000 Breguet clocks and watches were created during Abraham-Louis Breguet’s lifetime.

Following the French Revolution, counterfeits began to afflict the House of Breguet, a phenomenon that some may see as a reflection of an already impressive reputation, but which become more and more acute over the subsequent decades and which proved anything but a minor issue for the company at the time. The gravity of the situation is conveyed through an article written by H. Reymond in an issue of the French Journal des arts, des sciences, de littérature et de politique dated October 6th, 1809: “One cannot speak of horology without mentioning Breguet Watches Instagram Replica in the same breath. This artist has pushed the limits of the art to the extent that he can no longer be surpassed. (…). It is astonishing to see the quantity of watches circulating under his name, yet barely one in a thousand is actually made by him.” 

The souscription watch proved a commercial success and the firm sold around 700 of them, mostly between 1798 and 1805, thereby gaining new clients who subsequently purchased more complicated models. This supremely simplified watch enjoys a rightfully earned place in the study of Breguet’s work and the maestro, in an unfinished treatise he was planning to publish, wrote at length about it in the first chapter in terms that reveal an unmistakable sense of pride. One should, however, point out that the above-mentioned total figure includes another type of model, the “tact” watch, that was called a souscription à tact timepiece during its early years.

An evolved version of the souscription caliber: the “tact” watch (1799)

Three years after developing his souscription watch, Breguet Watches Dallas Replica introduced his “tact” watches that provided the possibility of reading the time by touch using an outer hand and two raised markers placed around the case. In keeping with the customs of the house, these “tact” watches were interpreted through all kinds of variations, with cases that were engine-turned or enameled (in gray, blue…) and featured touch studs in gold or composed of pearls or diamonds. In his draft treatise, he explained the idea behind them. “When we imagined the one-hand watch (…) we merely aimed to build a simple, solid, accurate model at an extremely modest price; but it could not provide a service that custom and habit have rendered almost indispensable: that of audibly repeating the time, a function that was extremely useful for telling the time in the dark.”. While this read-off mode was indeed valuable when there was no light available, it also enabled the wearer to check the time discreetly without removing the watch from his pocket, thus giving a further figurative meaning to the word “tact”. These watches were also sometimes more prosaically referred to as “watches for the blind”.

Above all, Breguet saw in this new touch-based read-off system a genuine alternative to repeater watches that were both complex and expensive to produce, even going so far as to use the expression “repeating by touch”.

The origins of the

Breguet no. 2627 © Breguet

“Tact” watches picked up the souscription caliber in a slightly evolved form. Fitted with a mobile outer hand, some of these “tact” watches also had an extremely small dial featuring one or two hands, visible on the opposite side to that of the external arrow. It was precisely this arrangement that enabled both conventional reading of the time and a chance to admire the movement, a possibility that Breguet regarded as highly desirable and is reflected in today’s Tradition watches.

In 2005, drawing upon the inexhaustible wellspring of inspiration represented by Breguet’s heritage composed of both archives and historical pieces, Nicolas G. Hayek and the design team became convinced that this layout – possible to see from a single side that which can normally be viewed only by turning the watch over – would appeal to connoisseurs of mechanical watchmaking. That is how a contemporary wristwatch came to reprise the beautiful positioning of the central barrel as well as the symmetry of the gear trains and balance, all designed more than two centuries earlier by a brilliant pioneer of both techniques and design.

The origins of the

Tradition no. 7067 with second time zone © Breguet

 Over its first ten years of existence, the Tradition line has asserted itself through its powerful originality and has been enriched by various models, ranging from simple hand-wound or self-winding models to others with dual-time or retrograde seconds, tourbillon with fusée, independent chronograph or minute repeater functions. In each case, the effortless simultaneous view of the dial and the vital components of the timepiece proves as strongly appealing today as it did historically, especially since the gray or pink color of the movement mainplate and bridges along with the silvered or black shade of the guilloché dial heightens the contrasts and endows these models with an amazingly modern touch.

This avant-garde esthetic continues to surprise and appeal to this day through a combination of this timeless design with the constant progress being made in the domain of horology as well as sometimes daring choices. Might it not be true to say that the watches of the “Tradition” line, inspired by the finest possible sources, are to be regarded as brilliantly apt illustrations of the extraordinarily subtle alchemy inherent in contemporary Breguet watches.