If there’s one watch that deserves a moon-phase indicator, it has to be the one that (literally) went there first: The legendary Omega Speedmaster “Moonwatch.” Omega presented at Baselworld 2016 a Caliber 9904-based version (which means it will be a certified Master Chronometer, one of six new Master Chronometer calibers the brand has introduced this year) of its classic chronograph watch, the Cheap Omega Replica Speedmaster, featuring a high-resolution image of the moon’s surface on its moon-phase display disk, a blue sunburst dial, and a blue liquidmetal bezel inlay.
If you look really closely at the photo-realistic moon (and in some of the photos below, taken at Omega Replica Watches presentation at Baselworld 2016), you might even be able to spot the tiny imprint of Buzz Aldrin’s astronaut boot — the first footprint on the moon’s surface. The list price for the Omega Replica Speedmaster Moonphase is expected to be 9,400 Swiss Francs.
One of the most popular videos we ever did here on was Talking Watches With John Mayer. It was, in actuality, supposed to be a one-off – a look at a well known watch lover’s favorite pieces. That video aired all the way back in October of 2013, and to be totally frank, we were just winging it – two guys talking about a few Cheap IWC Replica with Will there to film it. Now, 22 episodes later, it’s safe to say Talking Watches is one of our benchmark editorial products; and so we thought it might be kinda fun to bring back our original guest – Mr. John Mayer – to pick up the conversation and focus on just one of his many horological passions – IWC Replica Watches.
John’s relationship with IWC is long and storied. An IWC Big Pilot was one of his first high-end watches, and the one that most would associate with him in the earliest part of his career. He wore one on stage for years, his stage name to the tour managers was even “Big Pilot” – hell, when he won his first Grammy, he celebrated it with an IWC Replica.
I would venture to say that without IWC, John wouldn’t be a watch collector at all. It’s the brand that paved the way for him to get into vintage Rolex, and eventually complicated Pateks. John Mayer and IWC Replica Watches are linked, though there is no formal relationship, no friend-of-the-brand status that IWC loved so much for so long – nothing, really. John just bought IWC watches because he liked them.
But as with any relationship, there are ups and there are downs. And about two years ago, John wrote what we thought was really a fan letter to Cheap IWC Replica that we published here on – written in the manner you might take when telling your best friend that he’s marrying the wrong girl. You kinda know nothing you say is going to change him, but you have to tell him anyway – because you love him that much. There was a comments-driven kerfuffle around it, because, you know, this is the internet, and the world moved on.
And then IWC Replica Watches answered back. Less than a week after we ran the letter, they dropped a killer manually wound Portuguese. Then this year, they produced some fantastic limited edition Big Pilots, and redesigned (and absolutely nailed) their entry-level pilots watches – the Mark XVIII and 36 mm Pilots watch – both priced under $4,000, to boot. While IWC Replica may have quickly issued a reply to John’s letter here these watches were the real answer. Which brings us to today, and John is, again, for the first time in a while, wearing an IWC – not because they pay him to, but because he wants to – the relationship, after all that its been through, continues on just as it should.
Ever since Cartier released the 41mm-wide version of the Cartier Clé watch with the “mysterious hours” complication, I’ve been quietly in love with this still newer case design as the foundation of interesting, more high-end models that are nevertheless simple in their presentation.SIHH 2016 sees the debut of the Clé de Cheap Cartier Replica, which takes Cartier’s now popular in-house-made and distinctly skeletonized watch movements a step further by adding automatic winding – a first for a movement of this type produced by Cartier.
Skeletonized mechanical Replica Watches are enjoying a sort of new golden age because the visually very satisfying decoration process also happens to help watch lovers justify why they spend the big bucks on luxury timepieces. It isn’t always enough to have a mental reminder that your high-end timepiece contains a nice movement – sometimes you want a constant reminder on your wrist. Moreover, the skeletonization process offers a very real view into the operation of these tiny machines which track the time. The emotional enjoyment one receives from viewing the moving gears, beating regulation system, and hand-finished surfaces should never be underestimated.
The challenge in offering a skeletonized movement is in making it both visually attractive, as well as legible and practical. Sometimes movements that were never meant to be skeletonized receive the decorative process and aren’t that amazing-looking as a result. Over the last few years, we’ve seen more and more movements designed from the ground up with skeletonization in mind. Cartier Replica Watches isn’t shy about the fact that it meant for the in-house calibre 9621 MC to be cut up and decorated. In fact, the signature Roman numeral hour markers are actually part of the movement bridge structure itself.
With that said, the challenge in maintaining a high degree of legibility in the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton is due to the fact that the face is really a skeletonized dial that sits on top of a skeletonized movement. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this from Cartier, and the result is something that does feel beautiful albeit impractical from the perspective of daily utility. Granted, this isn’t going to be the most precise-to-read timepiece you’ll probably own, but the blued steel sword-style hands over the full scale of Roman numeral or baton hour markers make the Cartier Replica convenient to live with, at least.With its retro-style cusion-shaped case and wide lugs, the 41mm-wide (water resistant to 30 meters) size feels good even if the strap feels a bit proportionally narrow given the overall size of the case. The case is also a stately 11.45mm thick, which is a size that makes itself known, but also isn’t overly thick by any means. Of course, despite all my talk of practicality, the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton arrives exclusively in a 950 palladium case. If you prefer, Cartier also offers a version of the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton with brilliant-cut diamonds set on the case.
The in-house-made Cartier 9621 MC is both attractive and practical, operating at 4Hz with about 48 hours of power reserve. Produced from 165 parts, the automatic rotor is also highly skeletonized being produced from 22k white gold. Given the gold’s weight, I am sure it provides enough mass for appropriate automatic winding efficiency.Don’t forget that, because this is a Cheap Cartier Replica case, you get the nifty Clé (“key”) winding key-style crown. This rectangular-shaped crown has a fixed resting position to fit evenly with the case and a very interesting tactile experience when being wound. Yes, it is fun to use the crown, but I prefer not being forced to use the crown all the time, which is why I am happy the 9621 MC movement is an automatic.
Minor downsides of any dramatically skeletonized watch such as this is that your wrist will always provide a backdrop as your peer through the timepiece. The notion of being able to see right through the movement and inspect all of its little angles is great, but oftentimes you need to beautify your own wrist in order to make it work properly. The approach Arnold & Son took with their Time Pyramid is one that I would like more companies to explore. The newest version of the Time Pyramid in steel has a piece of “one-way mirror” that when viewed from the dial side is literally a sort of silvery mirror, and when viewed from the caseback offers an only marginally opaque view through the rear of the watch. Just throwing that out there because I know how sexy Cartier Replica Watcheslike the Cartier Clé Automatic Skeleton look in the abstract – only to result in a different consumer opinion once they put the watches on their own wrists.