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Vintage Replica Cartier Tank Eye for the Modern Guy

As I’ve previously mentioned in my take on the Jaeger-LaCoultre Reverso, I have a soft spot in my heart for square and rectangular watches. To me, they represent a period long past: an era pre-Golden Age horology, pre-Quartz Crisis, and pre-Modern: a time when a watch was either a tool or an event accessory, with little else in-between. The Cartier Tank replica watch is no exception to this nostalgia, and is in fact considered one of the icons of this style, as evidenced by the many imitators that followed it.

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Cartier (the brand) has long prided itself on the Tank’s rich history. Originally developed in 1917 by Louis Cartier, and released to the general market in 1919, it went from being among the first watches handed to American General Pershing for his service during World War I, to being chosen as the timepiece of choice for President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, to becoming — perhaps most impressively — one of the very few watch models just as popular with men as it is with women. The Cartier Tank is nothing to scoff at, and while I have number of reservations about the series overall (mostly due to the use of quartz movements in several of them), the watch has earned its place in horology and continues to evolve as a truly classic piece.

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While the Cartier Tank long has long been known as a rather fashion-forward series, Cartier has always kept one or two models in its rotation that directly honor the early pieces of the 1920s. Today, those models are the Tank Louis Cartier and the Tank Solo, the first of which we will look at. The Tank Louis Cartier, for the most part, keeps to the original spirit of the Tank watch. Hitting many of the major Tank keys, the piece is housed in an 18k gold, 29.5 mm x 22 mm case, maintains a white Art Deco-style dial with black minute counter and Roman numerals, uses steel-blue sword hands, and, possibly most characteristic of all, has a sapphire-beaded crown. This particular watch is available in larger sizes with some models coming with a date wheel, and starts at a price around $9,000.

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The most noticeable change between this watch and its historical predecessors is the movement; I’ll spoil the plot and tell you right now that it’s quartz. Now, of course I have already admitted to an anti-quartz bias, and Fake Cartier UK has been known to focus almost primarily on quartz movements since at least the 1970s (go check out the vintage Les Must de Cartier collection), but to me, there is little excuse for Cartier’s most historically important timepiece not to contain a traditional mechanical movement.

In truth, however, the reason why Cartier uses uses quartz movements in these watches is abundantly clear: the Cartier Tank was (and is) famous not because of superb or innovative mechanics, but much more due to a design that made it the replica watch that so many people want as their personal accessory. Andy Warhol somewhat notably said, “I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually, I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!” I can only imagine that many other people shared this sentiment, and Cartier was smart enough to adjust the product accordingly.

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In the spirit of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, the second watch we will look at is the more contemporarily designed Tank Anglaise. This watch was released in 2012, with its stated aim to “perfectly embody” Louis Cartier’s desire for seamless design. While the watch is available in 17 different variations in many different metals, sizes, and bracelets — starting from a $4,850 steel case and going all the way up to a diamond-encrusted $168,000 case — the piece has quickly caught the attention of many consumers for its modern Cartier appeal. The model I am focusing on is a steel “large model” (Ref. W5310009), housed in a 39.2 mm x 29.8 mm case, using a nine-sided protected crown with iconic sapphire tip, and on a satin-finished, polished steel bracelet. The watch also features a two-toned flinqué and silvered dial with date window, steel-blue sword hands, and traditional Tank Roman numerals and minute counter. The whole piece is powered by an automatic movement, Cartier Caliber 077.

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Given a choice to wear one, I would actually prefer the Tank Louis Cartier over the Tank Anglaise. You may be wondering why, given my previous comments, but the simple truth is that I find the Anglaise, is more an accessory than a tribute. While the watch certainly pays homage to past references — with the dial’s decals, general proportions, and sapphire tipped crown — I find it lacks the historical inspiration and simplicity that defines the older Tank models. I do love the automatic movement, which I’m sure was added as an effort to pay tribute to Louis Cartier and the era of watches in which he lived. But still, this piece appears to be a push deeper into the fashion-oriented, rather than the horology-oriented, realm of the watch world.

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Cartier Tank watches are undeniably cool. They’re iconic, and chances are most people (even if they aren’t watch geeks) can identify one in the wild, which always makes for a good conversation. But the series is not without flaws. While I’m positive Cartier will have no problem selling these watches for many more decades, no matter how much the brand strays from the model’s original look and feel, the Cartier Tank is one of the last remnants of the vintage Art Deco era, and I would hate to see it lose its individualistic quality. Have I mentioned that I love square watches?

For Part 6 of this series, in which I compare the vintage and modern IWC Portugieser, click here – Swiss Replica Watches.

Caleb Anderson is the Director of Outreach at the online vintage and antique watch boutique theoandharris.com. Since starting at Theo & Harris, he has garnered extensive knowledge on vintage watches, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions within the field. Currently located near New York City, he is a persistent student in all things historical, a writer on watches, and a casual runner.

Jaeger Le-Coultre, Panerai, Omega update retro replica watches with new technology

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Nostalgia Isn’t What It Used To Be might be the title of a book and the name of a song, but it also applies rather neatly to the world of replica watches. How so? When brands aren’t looking to the future and trying to guess what next will persuade us to buy yet another time-teller, they’ve a tendency to look back, delving into the archives to pull out designs that worked way back when – and might just work again. Well, not just work again, but sell again.

There are two potential audiences for older designs: those who liked it the first time around but were in no position to buy; and later generations who have never had the opportunity to buy, but love the old designs, case shapes and sizes. Luckily for all, this appreciation of nostalgia only goes so far, for often forgotten is how un-finessed some early swiss replica watches were. Performance could be erratic, shock-resistance poor, waterproofing barely there and finishing rudimentary.

The crystals, for example, were no such thing; rather than sapphire they were plastic or Plexiglas and easily scratched, while finding fluff and debris between glass and dial wasn’t uncommon, nor was discovering traces of spotting on the face and rust on the hands. Viewing your watch through a loupe was courting bad news. Watch brands – being the closet essayists they are – have found a wonderful way of describing the most common ageing or decay, renaming it rather more positively as “patina”. Patina commonly sees white hands yellowing, pale dials darkening and cases acquiring a burnished appearance.

Believing their own publicity, brands have gone so far as to replicate patina on recent watches, current examples being creamy or salmon-coloured hands on numerous Panerai Replica models, ditto for Replica Omega’s Seamaster 300 or Jaeger-LeCoultre Replica models, including the Reverso and Geophysic. It’s a look enthusiasts new and old seem to love. Jaeger has taken to taking things even further, with regular offerings of the Reverso featuring “period” dials; given the model debuted in the 1930s, they’ve some beauties to choose from. These boutique-only limited editions invariably sell out.

That said, look deeper and you’ll find all prove the point that nostalgia isn’t what it was. For behind that patina-ed Panerai or art-deco-dialled Reverso lies a sophisticated compress of cogs – not to mention cleverly crafted casework and sophisticated finishing, a package approaching perfection to which the original versions of these fake watches couldn’t aspire. For this you can thank the advent of computer-aided graphics and CNC (computer numerical control) technology that captures a look and perfects its manufacture.

Today’s take on yesterday’s timepieces also reflects a change in our view as to what a watch should be, not to mention our expectations. Back in the day, the challenge for most brands was to tell the time accurately first and attractively second. Today, a watch has to be a lot more “special” to win a place on our wrist. Vintage looks are one thing, but along with them we want to know the allure is more than skin deep.

On this score brands at all levels seem determined not to disappoint. If you want the best of both worlds – past and present – you need venture no further than the aforementioned prestige posse, or take a look at “heritage” models from Tudor or Longines, “vintage” pieces from Oris or TAG Heuer, or – at the extreme – Omega’s half-century-old Speedmaster which now comes rendered in black ceramic with a massively upgraded movement inside. Nostalgia? When it comes to replica watches uk, fondness for the past appears to have a great future ahead of it.

One replica watch, 100 returns

Since 1931, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso model has consistently reinvented itself, while staying true to its original and recognisable identity. The icon has been reimagined in classic, sporting, “grande complication” and jewellery versions and has given a home to more than 50 in-house calibres. Most noticeably the Reverso has sported several hundred dial variations over the years and re-releases of early coloured dials are now extremely popular with collectors.

In the 1930s, while the majority of buyers opted for white, cream-coloured, black or gold-toned dials, the company offered a broad palette of dial colours for those wanting to express themselves “with originality”. During this period, referred to in French as the “Années Folles” (crazy years), adding a colourful dial required a distinctly non-conformist attitude. According to Jaeger-LeCoultre, a small number of people chose chestnut brown or blue, but the more adventurous – many of them artists and intellectuals embracing dandyism – apparently went for red. The modern version, the Grande Reverso 1931 Rouge released in 2012, was an immediate sellout. Aficionados subsequently queued for later versions with blue and chocolate dials.

The best from Cartier, Breitling, Chopard, Dior Replica Watches

The Swiss replica watch industry might be ticking a little slower this year compared to previous years — due predominantly to a cooling market in Asia — but it’s still headed for record growth this year. That’s according to the organisers of Baselworld, the world’s biggest fake watches and jewellery fair held in the Swiss town of Basel each March. This year’s event drew a record number of visitors (150,000 people from 100 countries) who came to see the latest offerings from more than 1500 brands.

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In 2014 exports of Swiss replica watches reached 22.2 billion Swiss francs (or $30.7 billion), a growth of 1.9 per cent from the previous years. And despite competition from smart watch manufacturers it is high end timepieces that are driving the growth of the Swiss industry. According to the organisers of Baselworld replica watches priced $4000 and over make up two-thirds of the Swiss watch industry.

In this month’s WISH magazine we feature 31 fake rolex watches from Baselworld and the smaller watch fair, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie, held in Geneva in January that showcase the best the industry has to offer.

Tradition and technology were equally on display this year. As well as refined and elegant offerings, such as the Omega Globemaster with its pie-pan dial and fluted bezel, there were so called horological mart omega replica watches like one by Frederique Constant which looks as far from a digital smart watch as you can get but can still be programmed to measure your steps or your sleep. Never let it be said that the Swiss replica watch industry doesn’t move with the times.

Luxury replica watch internet auction site

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(STARWATCHES.CO.UK) June 20, 2015 – Leatherball,Inc., based in Tokyo, began accepting auction items from countries other than Japan for its luxury replica watch internet auction site Timepeaks on June 10.

Until now, it was only possible to places bids from overseas, but it has now become possible to auction items. Users can submit items for auction with ease by simply uploading an image and entering certain required information.

Successful bidders can use Paypal to make payment to Timepeaks.

With usual internet auction sites, purchasing an expensive item from a seller requires trust built up over time,but Timepeaks can be used with peace of mind as all replica watches are checked by fake watch experts in Japan to ensure they are genuine articles before being sent to successful bidders.

Being so easy to auction items on Timepeaks has made it very popular with Japanese users too.

While other auction sites charge a bidding fee of 10%, Timepeaks only charges one of 5%.

Commission fees are usually around 30%, but we don’t charge any commission fees at Timepeaks which is another feature of our service.

The fact that you can conduct auction dealings speedily with your swiss replica watches in your own possession is another winning aspect of Timepeaks.

We currently handle a variety of brand replica watches that include Omega, Rolex, Citizen, Grand Seiko, Patek Philippe, Panerai,and etc.

Timepeaks can be accessed via the link below.
http://www.starwatches.co.uk/