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Cockpit Companion: Longines Avigation Replica Watch Type A-7 1935

Longines continues to grow its Heritage collection, which consists of modern timepieces inspired by vintage classics from the Swiss brand’s long and rich history. The latest addition is the Longines Avigation Replica Watch Type A-7 1935 — a contemporary replica of a watch Longines provided to U.S. Army pilots starting in 1935.

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The watch — a successor to the original replica Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7, launched in 2012 with a black dial — derives its heritage from Longines’s historic ties to the world of aviation and its early-20th-century pioneers — including Charles Lindbergh, who famously helped Longines design one of its most historically significant pieces, the original Hour Angle replica watch, in 1931. The vintage timepiece on which this model is based needed to meet a precise set of criteria for precision, legibility, and sturdiness in order to merit the designation “Type A-7” imposed by the Army for its pilots’ watches. Like the original model, the new Avigation Type A-7 1935 has its dial angled at 40º to the right, which enabled a pilot in a cockpit — who would wear the watch on the inside rather than the outside of his wrist — to read the time without having to release his aircraft’s control yoke.

The vintage elements on the white-lacquered dial include large, legible, honey-colored Arabic numerals; “pear skeleton” hour and minute hands in blued steel, filled in with honey varnish; and a train-track chapter ring around the perimeter. The fake watch has a 41-mm stainless steel case with a large, vintage-style fluted crown, whose original purpose was to make it easy for a pilot to operate the watch even while wearing gloves.

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The Longines Avigation Watch Type A-7 1935 (the name, by the way, is an amalgam of “aviation” and “navigation”) is equipped with an automatic movement, Caliber L788.2, which is a exclusive to Longines replica and based on the reliable ETA A08.L11. In addition to powering the hours and minutes, small seconds, and date (the latter two in a subdial at 6 o’clock), the movement is equipped with a chronograph, which is driven by a column wheel and operated by a monopusher embedded in the off-center crown. It stores a power reserve of 54 hours and runs at a frequency of 28,800 vph. The central chronograph counter hand ticks off the seconds, while the subdial at 12 o’clock tallies elapsed times up to 30 minutes. The replica watch is mounted on a brown alligator strap with a steel buckle and costs $205.

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.

Replica Watches De Bethune DB27 D Polo edition

— The swiss replica watches brand presented a 10-piece limited edition of the DB27 at the occasion of the De Bethune Princely Polo Cup held in Vaduz.

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Traditionally equipped with a protective cover or swivelled over into its housing, the classic polo player’s watch cannot display the time during play without risk of damage.

Thanks to its case equipped with an ultra-sturdy outer shell or ‘hull’, together with perfectly integrated and protected apertures, reading off the time during chukkas is now possible with this limited-edition DB27.

The digital jumping hours display and the minutes indicator enable a clear and instant time indication without any actual handling of the replica watches.

In its research work on new procedures and materials, De Bethune found that the choice of machining hardened steel – a material that has been used for centuries by various civilisations – and of combining its properties (notably including hardness) with those of a carbon-based coating, was a viable and sustainable alternative solution for ensuring a watch’s shock resistance. This vacuum-based treatment with a layer of carbon and hydrogen is generally applied to stainless steel in the swiss replica watch industry, whereas the blackened polished hardened steel of the DB27 unites the ideal characteristics that considerably enhance the robustness and elasticity of the case – whose extreme hardness results in a degree of resistance verging on that of the diamond.

Calibre S233D from the Manufacture is equipped with De Bethune patented and innovative features, notably including the patented triple pare-chute shock-absorbing system that protects the regulating organ from repeated and violent shocks.

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The 43 mm round case with its 12 o’clock crown leaves comfortable space on the wrist thanks to short floating lugs. These articulated lugs are equipped with a patented spring-based system that enables the fake watches uk to adjust to the wrist and to polo players’ movements in order to achieve ultimate comfort and elegance.

In an appealing aesthetic touch, the shimmering overall black polished effect is enlivened by a pink gold medallion hand-engraved with two mallets and inlaid with a hand-polished white gold ball.

The creators of the DB27 D Polo edition, David Zanetta and Denis Flageollet, are thus placing their signature on an exclusive model backed by technical and aesthetic research applied to enhancing the legibility and functionality of the finished object.

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.

Should You Get an Apple Replica Watch Protector Case

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An Apple Replica Watch is elegant in design, so to many people a protector seems repugnant. Who gets a protector for a swiss watch? You wouldn’t put a protective case on expensive watches like a Replica Rolex. However, with an Apple Sport Watch designed for active use, there are some good reasons for the added precaution of a case.

Hygiene

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Replica Watches trap oils and bacteria so it’s no surprise some people are getting rashes from an Apple watch. Other people have a reaction to the metal. While the Apple Replica Watch didn’t give me a rash — my Fitbit sure did. A fake watch protector can help some people with rashes. The protector shields the skin from most of the metal parts (except for the parts in the band). It also prevents the watch from moving around and causing friction with the metal. Without bordering on TMI, when I started wearing a protector, my wrist wasn’t as funky. Washing the protector was a breeze, too.

Fashion

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Apple limits the colors of the bands and the watch cases. For the sport, it’s just silver or black metal for the watch. You can pay $49 for a different band, but that won’t change the color of the replica watches uk. If your family has more than one watch, you don’t want to pick the wrong one. Just like an iPhone case, a protector adds a little individuality. My preferred protector turned my silver Sport Watch into a black one. I’m a big fan of black and green.

Function

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The obvious reason to get an Apple watch protector is to protect it. You can get Apple Care for $49 and then pay $69 to replace the glass. That coverage doesn’t include scratches – I tried and it only includes breakage. I realized how my watch was getting scratched: on the treadmill. Moving my arms back and forth caused my wrist to brush the sides of the equipment. The other cause was my workout gloves rubbing against the surface. The rubberized protector created just enough of barrier that it rubbed against those surfaces instead of the watch face.

Speaking of those gloves, they constantly hit the digital crown or side button. That was quite frustrating during working out. My protector fixed that problem, but I had to find the right one. With the heart rate monitor, a slippery wrist caused the watch to move, which affected the readings. The protector keeps the watch more in its place and prevents sliding, as mentioned under hygiene.

After a few weeks I found the place I got the most scratches is when I’d irresponsibly put my Apple Watch on the table with the face down. The protector lifts the glass just enough off the table that I didn’t scratch it as easily. Early reports say, for some users, the back of the Apple watch is wearing off. I don’t have that problem, but I’m confident a watch protector would prevent that.

Which Ones?

Although I didn’t test them all, I took a good survey of the field. Apple Replica Watch cases are a moving target, so the specifics may be out of date quickly, but cases fit into three basic categories

Basic Bumper

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Most of these are under $10. I tried the Poetic’s Turtle Skins protector and it was $5.95 with free Amazon Prime shipping and a three-year warranty. It completely got the job done for me. I liked the $9.99 Luvvitt Ultra Armor case a slight bit better because it had a digital crown protector.

Reinforced Bumper

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Companies like Speck make protectors that include some hard plastic along with the basic bumper material. I tried the CandyShell and it was a great protector. But I didn’t like the bulk it added to my fake watch.

Integrated Case and Band

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Companies like Lunatik ($69.95) and Poetic ($24.95) sell Apple Replica Watch bands that include an integrated case. These let you completely change the look of your Apple Watch along with giving it some extra protection. I didn’t try these cases because I like my green Sport Watch band. When I get bored with that green, I’ll probably try one of these cases. However, they are more expensive than just a simple protector.

Some caveats to an Apple Replica Watch Protector

Most of these plastic covers are thin and flimsy. I couldn’t test long term, but I think with oils and sweat, they’ll break down easily. I don’t expect mine to last more than a year or so. By then my watch will probably be an antique compared to newer models.

One annoying problem I saw with all the cases is the replica watch didn’t always seat on my charger correctly. I’d have to position it just right on my charger, otherwise I’d wake up in the morning with a Power Reserve greeting.

Cases aren’t for everyone, but fortunately most cases are cheap making it easy to try one out. If you want to keep your watch in pristine condition, or you just want to avoid potential skin problems, check out a few of the ones I researched. If you use a watch protector, let us know your thoughts on how it worked (or didn’t work) in the comment section below.

Ashley from the French Quarter stole Replica Rolex

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The New Orleans Police Department is trying to identify this woman, who is suspected of accompanying a 47-year-old man she met in the French Quarter to his apartment for more drinks, but then drugging him. The man, who was told her name was Ashley, reported he woke to find his gold Rolex replica watch, gold jewelry and $1,800 in cash was missing. (Photograph provided by the StarWatches)

A New Orleans man told police he met a petite blond named ‘Ashley’ in the French Quarter and brought her to his West End apartment for a drink last weekend. She might have drugged him, because when he awoke, he noticed that gold jewelry and $1,800 in cash had been stolen.

Police have released a photograph in an effort to identify and find the woman. The felony theft happened July 26, at the man’s apartment in the 8600 block of Pontchartrain Place, according to police.

The 47-year-old man invited the woman to his home about 4:45 a.m., after having drinks in the French Quarter, police said. At his home for another drink, he told police he “became very sleepy and fell asleep.”

He woke later to find that his gold Rolex replica watches, gold nugget ring, gold bracelet and the cash that had been on his nightstand were gone. His pants pockets also had been turned inside out, police said.

The woman is described as having a petite build, long hair and tattoo on her right leg. Police ask that anyone who can identify her call 3rd District detective Roger Caillouet at 504.658.6030, or Crimestoppers at 504.822.111 or www.starwatches.co.uk.

Gucci Taiwan Limited Replica Watches

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Gucci replica jewelry, watches have requested after Han Jun Ji-hyun endorsement to drive a wave of buying, so that the industry hopes for the new Taiwan Limited Watches to grab the city, today released a new Gucci Interlocking Taiwan Limited red models, is echoed in Taiwan butterfly kingdom reputation, face plate, strap in festivity full, warm, vibrant red elaborate, with a double-G logo embellishment face plate, full of brand DNA, the Replica Watches back are engraved the words “Taiwan exclusive”, a symbol of Taiwan’s independence to sell 200 limited edition, priced at 30,000 1,000 yuan.

Furthermore, Gucci replica watches, jewelry is also optimistic about the spending power of people, will be stationed in SOGO revival opened its first store in July 20 watches, jewelry stores, to the end of July related works will be on display.

Opening of the first miniature museum theme Tissot flagship watches store

Famous Swiss replica watches brand Tissot in Shanghai Huaihai Road central business district opened the Shanghai Tissot Direct first experience store. Mr. Miss Chen Suzhen Swatch Group China president, Mr. Olivier Tissot, vice president of global sales, Miss Wang Ying, vice president of Tissot and Tissot China, global spokesperson Tony Parker went to the event, with all the guests arrived at the scene, the media and fans together to witness this touching moment.

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A change in the other predominantly black store design, the new flagship store on behalf of the future and a large area with high-tech, white, and red to symbolize the passion of innovation and classic traditional black embellishment, simple and disclosed in a modern. In addition, unlike the previous single model of store sales, Shanghai flagship store Tissot is committed to build the first domestic mini museum experience, so that consumers can feel close to Tissot traditional replica watches and young brand concept, visitors can watchmaking experience the unique charm of science and technology through the power of technology.

The new flagship store will bring us an extraordinary experience, the use of the compass-style display cabinets on the first floor, from classic to sports, from fashion to nostalgia, the series of fake watches readily available, in addition to the watch display showcase, but also set up the LED screen and on-site interactive experience area to print pictures. In the stairwell to the second floor, and carrying posters depicting the history of the brand development of historical photographs on display here from 1853 Tissot’s first dual time zone watch out into 1999’s first touch screen watch Tissot T- touch was born, then born in 2014’s first solar powered touch screen watch T-touch Expert Solar …… second floor establishment Tissot thoughtful professional service center, where users will experience the most comfortable service.

Event, Tissot brand toast to the honored guests together to celebrate the new store opening, followed by a wonderful “Lion adopt green” performance, causing the scene bursts of applause and cheers, meaning prosperous way of making money. Subsequently, Mr. Francois • Tim Po global president Mr Tissot came to share the legend and the new store opening Tissot infinite joy and live all the guests, media and consumers.

Mr. Tissot global spokesperson Tony Parker traveled to Shanghai and all those present to witness this important moment. Tony Parker can be said that the legendary basketball, no wonder known to everybody. In 2001, after only 19 years old, he was as a rookie NBA San Antonio Spurs selected, then opened his own star patterns. He has won three NBA championships, three-time NBA All-Star team in 2007, it was named for the year in the NBA Finals MVP (Most Valuable Player), which is the first foreign player to receive this honor. Meanwhile, as the captain of the French basketball team, Tony Parker has accumulated hehe exploits for their country. In their own field of innovation to strive for excellence, contribution to society and the greatest degree of responsibility mission, let Tony Parker has become the best example Tissot spirit.

Mr. Tony Parker was honored at the event to accept François presented to him by Mr. Tim Po Teng-chi series of solar models, Tissot replica watches from the technical level of touch-screen technology for many years of experience, its significance is much more than a replica watch, but years of research of crystallization. The watch has more than 20 touch-screen capabilities, providing a very high degree of precision. Mr. Tony Parker also with you the top brand in the field of common experience Tissot touch technology brings the perfect experience to share bits and pieces he and Tissot media and guests, and the atmosphere is very hot.

Tissot series solar paragraph Tony Parker Limited Edition replica watches for men in its powerful functionality in a perfect blend of stylish, sporty exterior design exactly with Mr. Tony Parker fit the image, which at the same time more than watch functions to meet the needs of all of the wearer. Including dual alarm, dual time zone, weather forecast, altimeter, tide calculator, etc., up to 100 meters waterproof features 20 professional sports, the perfect interpretation of the Tissot innovation, the constant pursuit of brand essence and exploration.

Summary: Tissot Shanghai flagship store will look more focused on brand communication and interaction with customers. From Tissot brand concept watch can reflect tools are not only time display, and more showing the consumer’s personal tastes and lifestyles. Every detail of the Shanghai flagship store of all reveals Tissot professional spirit and avant-garde, dynamic, stylish brand image. Customers here are not only enjoyed shopping, and more to experience history and culture in the new shop Tissot, learn watchmaking Tissot, Tissot sporty feel. Such set “consumer experience, entertainment,” three new shopping patterns, so that customers are no longer limited to a single purchase, but the experience of the Tissot brand concept in the process of understanding between feeling and spirit Tissot.

Is Graft Crackdown Hurting Swiss Replica Rolex Watches makers?

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It’s almost a knee-jerk reaction to say that the 8.9 percent drop in Swiss watch exports in May was connected to the introduction of Rolex Replica Watches. Yet the Chinese attack on corruption may be more to blame.

Early indications are that Rolex Replica Watch isn’t one of the company’s runaway successes. The research firm Slice Intelligence says the company has sold about 2.8 million of the devices since April. If that’s true, they are going at the rate of about 1.5 million a month. That’s not many compared with the iPhone — 61.2 million smartphones were sold in the first three months of this year — and even with the iPad (12.6 million units sold in January through March). Of course, it’s still a lot compared to the Swiss watch industry, which exports a little more than 2 million timepieces a month, but then China makes 175 million watches a month, and Swiss factories are still humming.

The underperformance of the industry is just as easy to explain by pointing out that May 2015 had two fewer working days than May 2014, and the shortfall is roughly equivalent to two days’ exports. In Europe, despite the calendar factor, Swiss watch exports grew 3 percent in May and 9 percent in the year to date as a weakening euro boosted tourist numbers. That growth hasn’t been hampered by the Rolex Replica Watch or even the strong Swiss franc.

Yet globally, the swiss replica watches business isn’t growing. That’s due to a steep drop in sales in Hong Kong, its biggest export market. Exports to the Special Administrative Region dropped 33.6 percent in May, after a 30 percent decline in April. That kind of catastrophe can’t be explained by exchange rate vagaries or even the general slump in Hong Kong retail, caused by the declining number of tourists from mainland China.

The best explanation probably has to do with the role Swiss watches play in corruption.

In 2013, Xiaohuan Lan and Wei Li, of China’s Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, discovered that luxury watch imports have increased dramatically every time China had its regular, once-in-five years power transition:

“During leadership transitions,” Xiaohuan and Wei wrote, “officials who are eligible for promotions have incentives to send gifts or money to officials who have influence over official appointments. When a new leadership team is expected to be installed, business people and officials also need to establish new connections and to form new official-business ventures.” There’s even a Chinese expression for this transition-related corruption: huan jie fu bai.

Watches play a big role in these exchanges because they are small (and therefore easy to hand over inconspicuously) but expensive — the median price of a luxury replica watch in China is $5,000 — and easy to resell if necessary.

Under President Xi Jinping, a relentless anti-corruption campaign — which even includes a ban on advertising watches as gifts to leaders — has hurt sales of many luxury items. Luxury replica watch sellers, however, are suffering more than anyone else. Earlier this month, John Idol, the chief executive officer of Michael Kors, said the iPhone and other smartphones, not Rolex Replica Watch, were driving down fake watch sales in the U.S.: “There’s clearly a younger customer, in particular, in America who is wearing watches less because they view the iPhone as something that they tell time with.”

Swiss watchmakers should worry about corruption fighters at least as much as they worry about Rolex Replica. Crackdowns on graft in some of the industry’s big markets, such as Italy, Spain or the United Arab Emirates, could be painful. In fact, Rolex Replica itself may be suffering: Think of all the $17,000 gold smartwatches it’s not selling.

Basildon man charged with handling Tag Heuer replica watches

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A man from Basildon has been charged with handling stolen goods after police discovered an expensive Tag Heuer replica watches stolen during a burglary in London Road, Billericay, in January.

Jason Woods, 24, of Southwark Path in Basildon, has been charged and bailed to appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on July 9.

Police discovered the replica watch following a search of Woods’ then home address in Long Riding, Basildon, also in January.

Taq Heuer is a Swiss company that manufactures luxury replica watches and other fashion items such as sunglasses.