The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie De Geneve has stated the candidate watches for the 2019 edition of the Grand Prix. In addition to an expansion of participating jury members from 28 to 31 individuals the prize categories have been expanded too. One notable addition is the establishment of a Challenge Watch Prize, which is limited to the Patek Phillipe fake watches priced under CHF 4,000 and which is open to smartwatches. This tends to be a contentious category; the presence of smartwatches at the GPHG is certain to provoke a certain amount of controversy. There is one connected mechanical watch in the category but there’s also a full-fledged smartwatch competing, the luxury replica TAG Heuer Connected Modular 41 Full Ceramic, priced at CHF 2,950.
Apart from the main award categories, which include standards such as Men’s Watch, Ladies’ Watch, Sports Watch, and Artistic Crafts, there are also general awards which can be given to any watch in all the prize categories. These include the best-of-show Aiguille d’Or, the hotly debated Revival Prize, the Innovation Prize, and the Special Jury Prize, which is given to “a personality, institution, or initiative that has played a necessary role in promoting high quality watchmaking.” New for this year is the Audacity Prize, which “rewards the best watch, presented in one of the 12 categories, which features a non-conformist, offbeat approach to watchmaking.”
As always, luxury omega replica watches are submitted for participation by their respective brands – this has in the past led to some criticism of the GPHG, which does not consist of major players like Omega, Rolex, and replica Patek philippe – although Rolex is participating insofar as Tudor has submitted the Black Bay 58 and the Black Bay GMT. One notable microbrand newcomer to the GPHG is Ming, which has submitted the Ming 19.01 in the Petite Aiguille category.
The scope of the GPHG keeps on expanding – this year, there are a total of 105 participating brands, and a whopping 195 candidate watches. The first round of jury elimination voting is coming up, at which time the final competing patek philippe watches will be chosen. Winners will be selected in early November while the jury meets in Geneva, so stay tuned.
Today we will talk about a popular replica Longines watch, this latest release seems quite similar to the standard-issue 41mm Hydroconquest that has been part of the brand’s collection for a while now, but a closer examination reveals the brand has made a number of updates to the budget-friendly Swiss diver. Firstly, choosing the 41mm variant of the Hydroconquest was a smart move. The replica watch also comes in a 44mm and 39mm case size, but applying the Goldilocks Principle, the 41mm case size is easily the most desirable to a broader range of clients seeking something that’s not too large, and not too small. Generally speaking, limited edition market-specific watches are a bit of a crapshoot. Brands will pick new dial colors or configurations that are often about as targeted as throwing paint on a wall, banking that the exclusivity factor will do all the talking. In the case of this fake Longines though, we’re seeing a stack of clever updates that clearly speak to the enthusiast sect.
Without going over-the-top, the luxury Longines replica added some key details to the Hydroconquest’s design to hammer home the whole “USA Edition” point. Its minute track and the tip of its seconds hand are red, ensuring the “red white & blue” reference was properly achieved on the blue dial variant of the watch. If you look at the bezel closely, you’ll notice the other big change to the model—the arrival of a ceramic bezel. Though not quite as glossy as some we’ve seen in the past, the always-loved upgrade is perfectly matched to the sunburst finish of the Hydroconquest’s dials. Pulling the whole package together, the USA Edition is fitted with an engraved caseback depicting the American flag, surrounded by the words “USA EXCLUSIVE EDITION”.
The other noteworthy change with this limited edition is that each model is being sold both with a leather bracelet and a unique rubber NATO strap. Rubber NATOs have been gaining popularity within the last year or two thanks to a couple aftermarket suppliers, but offhand this is the first time we can recall seeing one offered directly from a brand. Having tried on some of these straps in the past, including this particular replica omega offering during our appointment, trust us when we say this is one of the more comfortable strap setups we’ve come across in a while.
There are a large number of good arguments about pure aesthetics, legibility, and quality of design, but having the date easily accessible on your wrist is a very practical thing, even in the age of the smartphone. The key is executing the complication right, and luckily there are some brands doing just that. Here are several replica watches with date windows of various kinds that you should give a different look and impression.
Yes, I know that the vintage replica Audemars Piguet is not so cheap in price, and I know that I only choose expensive watches for these round-ups, and yes I know it is pretentious and annoying. BUT I can’t help that I think AP makes a good replica watch with a good date window. While most enthusiasts hate on the date window, I relish in them. Why wouldn’t I? Sometimes I need to know the date and I would love to read it on my wrist. The key to their success in creating a good date display is discretion.
The amazing replica Bell & Ross does an excellent job with their date windows, which manage the difficult balance of providing legibility. the same compliment could be paid to many of Bell & Ross’s watches. The basic idea here is to make the date small, to have its typography and coloration match the other elements of the dial as much as possible, and to provide information without detracting from the design. The largely ETA-based output of the replica Bell & Ross may not offer much in terms of world-changing horology, but I do think that this brand, particularly with its round watches, does offer some of the finest watch design at its price point in modern watchmaking.
There are many different ways to do the date window, but they all seem to fall into one of three basic approaches. First, you can simply treat it as another piece of information the fake watch is intended to deliver, in which case you make it big enough to be legible, put it at 3:00 as custom dictates, and think no more about it. The second is to treat it as a necessary evil – in a new version of a much loved vintage model that had no date, your marketing department tells you the watch will sell better with a date, so you put it in but try to make it as unobtrusive as possible.
The third approach is to treat it as an essential part of the overall design of the watch, and to integrate it properly into the overall design. This is by far the rarest thing to see, and since the debut of the Lange 1 in 1994, the replica omega has consistently led the industry in terms of well-integrated date displays. While the new Saxonia Outsize Date doesn’t have the sheer dynamism of the Lange 1, it is, like the Lange 1, an object lesson in how well a date window can be incorporated into the overall dial composition, so that it successfully becomes part of a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts.
As far as I am concerned, this replica watch strikes the perfect balance with its date window. The date neither interrupts the overall layout of the dial nor does it look like the designer tried to hide it somewhere to appeal to everyone at once.