Van Cleef & Arpels Replica for Lady Arpels Oiseaux Enchantés

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For Replica Watches & Wonders 2015, Van Cleef & Arpels showcased a new savoir-faire expanding its  Extraordinary Dials collection with three limited edition timepieces where engraving on gold or hard stone marquetry are combined to miniature feather art with natural feathers to suggest the beauty of birds, a first for Van Cleef & Arpels.

To create the Lady Arpels Oiseaux Enchantés models, Van Cleef & Arpels replica watches uk partnered with Nelly Saunier, the feather artist who created these incredibly detailed three-dimensional birds with shimmering natural plumage.

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This craft skill calls for a degree of precision that runs to the tenth of a millimeter. The feather artist works like a painter, choosing pigments and raw materials. Each feather is selected for its specific color and texture.

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The barbs and barbules are removed from the feathers and carefully prepared to correspond to the original drawing. They are then combined, shaped and positioned to match the form of the Rolex replica uk bird.

In the background, jade, turquoise or lapis lazuli are used to compose landscapes that nicely harmonise with the birds.

Produced in three limited editions of 22 pieces each, the Oiseaux Enchantés timepieces are crafted from yellow gold, pink gold Cartier replica and white gold. The case has a diameter of 38 mm with bezel and crown set with diamonds. The back cases are engraved with with motifs echoing the story of the dial.


Lady Arpels Cardinal Carmin

A cardinal with feathers of crimson soars above mountains and valleys fashioned from different stones: jade, variscite and blood jasper. A diamond-set river flows in the valley. The bird engraved on the back of the case flies over a haven of greenery.

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Lady Arpels Colibri Indigo

A hummingbird in shades of Breitling replica uk indigo hovers over a flower of diamonds and hard stone marquetry composed of lavender jade, lepidolite and variscite. On the back of the case, the engraved bird gathers nectar from the surrounding flowers.

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Lady Arpels Martin-Pêcheur Azur

A kingfisher flies over a sea with shades of turquoise and lapis lazuli. Lines of diamonds outline the foaming waves. The bird’s flight comes to an end on the back of the timepiece, where it appears on a rock facing the sea.

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The Van Cleef & Arpels Lady Arpels Oiseaux Enchantés are powered by a hand wound mechanical movement and are matched to alligator leather straps secured by a gold pin buckle set with diamonds. Prices on request.Breitling replica watches website

Top Replica Watches Reviews the Fake Longines Heritage Diver UK

In this article from my blog,breitlingwatchesstore.co.uk, I take a look at the Longines Heritage Diver watches, released last summer, which are re-issued versions of Longines watches for divers produced in the 1970s. Like the original models, these new Longines dive watches have a case diameter of 43 mm and some of the same distinctive dial details.

Longines was always a supplier of reliable wristwatches for adventures in the sky, on earth and under water. In the 1950s, Longines supplied measuring instruments for the bathyscaphe Trieste, which set a diving record in 1953. In addition to technical equipment, Longines also produced robust and reliable new Longines replica watches intended for use by keen amateur divers to explore the underwater world. Two such models, dating from the 1970s, have been taken as inspiration for the new The Longines Heritage Diver.

Available in two versions, one a three-hand and the other a chronograph, these new models boast a black, satin-finish dial that elegantly combines red highlights with details coated with Super-LumiNova. Moreover, both versions feature a bidirectional rotating inner flange. The caseback, crown and bezel are screwed in, thus ensuring water-resistance to 300 meters.

The cushion-shaped steel case has a brushed sunburst decoration on the upper surface and is polished around the sides. The caseback is engraved with the figure of a diver, recalling the first diving Breitling replica watches uk produced by Longines.

The three-hand Longines Heritage Diver (pictured below) differs from The Longines Heritage Diver chronograph with its daring mix of colors, set off by the black dial, namely one red hand and red minute zones, touches of Super-LumiNova coating and gray rhodium plating. The graduated scale (from 0 to 60 minutes) enables the diver to calculate how long he or she has been underwater by synchronizing the 12 o’clock hour symbol with the minute hand. The inner flange is activated using the crown at 2 o’clock.

This model is fitted with Longines Caliber L633.5 (otherwise known as an ETA 2824/2) and displays the hours, minutes, and seconds, along with the date in a window at 3 o’clock.

The Replica Longines Heritage Diver

The Longines Replica Heritage Diver

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The Longines Heritage Diver chronograph (below) has the same color scheme, but in contrast to the three-hand fake Rolex watches, the graduated scale on its flange is arranged from 60 down to 0. This enables the diver to calculate the remaining time, for example to allow for decompression when returning to the surface, by synchronizing a given point with the minute hand. The new Longines Heritage Diver watches are fitted on a black synthetic or rubber strap.

This chronograph model is fitted with Longines Calibre L651.3 (ETA 2894/2), which displays the hours, minutes and seconds and also has a 60-second counter at 3 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock, as well as a date display at 6 o’clock.

The Replica Longines Heritage Diver

The Replica Longines Heritage Diver

Prices for the fake Longines Heritage Diver models are $2,550 for the three-hand model and $3,750 for the chronograph.

Leather and Lugs: The Making of a Hermès Watch Strap

Watch straps usually play second fiddle to the Breitling fake watches online they hold in place. Not at La Montre Hermès, which takes its leather goods as seriously as it does its watchmaking. In this feature, Gisbert Brunner explores how a fine leather watch strap is crafted.

For many watch fans, connoisseurship stops at the case lugs; the watch strap, a temporary, easily replaced accompaniment, is no more worthy of study than a paper napkin. That isn’t fair. Fine watch straps reward scrutiny the same way fine watch movements and cases do. Equipped with a little knowledge of leather-crafting techniques, a connoisseur can become as expert a judge of the former as of the latter.

A good place to start one’s study is at the world-famous, crème-de-la crème leather goods company Hermès. The company makes some 120,000 straps per year, not only for its own collection of Hermès-brand watches but for those of Parmigiani Fleurier as well.

Hermes leather strap tool

The company developed its leather-making prowess long before the wristwatch came along. In 1837, Thierry Hermès, a saddler and maker of other equestrian tack, opened a workshop in a back courtyard on Rue Basse de Rempart in Paris. The quality of his products soon earned him an enviable reputation. He moved to the Faubourg Saint-Honoré and, over the decades, Hermès and his descendants diversified into wallets, handbags, belts and luggage, earning the family brand considerable renown. In the early 20th century Hermès began marketing wristwatches manufactured by outside suppliers and equipped with its own leather straps. It introduced its first Hermès-brand wristwatches in 1928.

Thierry Hermes

Today, Hermès makes its watch straps in two facilities. One is in Switzerland, in the town of Brügg, near Bienne, where Hermès’s watchmaking offshoot, La Montre Hermès (founded in 1978), assembles its watches. There, in a small atelier in the big, modern-looking factory, 12 highly trained strap makers ply their craft. The other facility, where 30 of the company’s strap makers work, is in Paris.

One-third of the company’s straps are made from alligator; the rest are made of calfskin, buffalo or ostrich hide. As is true of all of Hermès’s leather goods, the watch straps are made from only the most meticulously selected raw material. Only about 40 straps can be made from each calf hide because Hermès uses only the skin from the calf’s back. No more than four straps can be made from an alligator skin because only the belly portion is used; the remainder of the scaly skin is incinerated.

Hermes strap perforation

It takes at least two hours to make each standard strap, and considerably longer to make customized ones. Each strap consists of three layers: the upper leather, visible when the best Panerai replica watches is worn; a textile lining beneath it; and the lower leather, which comes into contact with the wearer’s wrist. Once the leather blanks have been stamped, their edges are beveled until they are paper-thin. This ensures that they don’t bulge after they are folded over and stitched down.

Glue is an important bonding material for strap making, but stitching plays an even bigger role. There are two main varieties of seams: machine-stitched and saddle-stitched. The latter requires two needles plied in opposite directions. The thread is knotted in the last few millimeters of the strap, where the “tunnel” for the spring bar is located. Artistry and technical skill are equally important in sewing a saddler’s seam. The strap’s loops are particularly challenging: the craftsman makes six perfectly placed stitches to merge the loop’s ends. Machine-sewn seams also require deftness and experience: each material must be stitched at its own particular angle, so the machinery must be adjusted prior to sewing.

Hermes leather strap - sewing

After the needle comes the hammer. Hermès will not accept protruding seams, so the strap makers gently rap and tap with their hammers until each strap is flat and smooth.

The next step, processing the edges, usually requires at least 15 separate tasks. Each is executed by hand: abrading, waxing in the desired color, heating to between 176 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and polishing. Depending on the strap, the entire procedure must be repeated as often as five times. Afterward, slim grooves are embossed into the upper leather parallel to the strap’s margins.

Finally, the atelier’s director scrutinizes each strap under a loupe. If he discovers no flaws, the strap is punched with marks specifying its material and year of manufacture. The letter “K,” for instance, denotes bands made in 2007. An “L” means the strap was made at La Montre Hermès in Bienne and a “V” means it was made in Paris.

Before a particular strap style goes into serial production, it has already been tested for durability. This process occurs off-site, at the Laboratoire Dubois, an independent material-testing institute in La Chaux-de-Fonds. There, the straps undergo the so-called “Chronofiable” trials, which check their long-term performance under conditions straps rarely encounter in the real world. The strap must stand up to these torture tests in order to be approved for serial production.

Hermes leather strap -  edge finishing

In all likelihood, Hermès will one day shift all of its strap production to  the La Montre Hermès facility. Right now, there is not enough floor space there to do so. Fortunately, Hermès owns a neighboring lot where it plans to build an annex. When completed, it will house a capacious leather warehouse and new workbenches.

Hermès will then need to find and train qualified personnel. Artisans such as these are at least as valuable as watchmakers; Hermès suffers a major loss whenever an employee departs because it takes so long to bring new employees up to the company’s high standards. Steve Scheuber, head of the strapmaking atelier, says, “At least one year passes at any new replica Breitling watches strap manufacturing site before 80 percent of the straps made there are acceptable.”

The Women’s Section

According to Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group’s Watch Division, “Women are the future of Breitling replica watchmaking.”

A few years ago, it was still unimaginable. Display cases turned mothers into seven-year-old girls—back when owning a pink Flik Flak gave life meaning. At Baselworld 2015, women have (at last) been given their own collections. And they cover the full spectrum, from precious to sporty, with complications and mechanical or automatic movements. “I think that women are definitively an important part of the future of mechanical watchmaking,” confirms Aldo Magada, CEO of Zenith. “Yet again this year, we’ve come to Baselworld with new models that meet the needs and desires of our female clientele.”

Zenith, who produced more women’s models than men’s models at one point in its history, is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a Panerai replica watches that combines glamour and fine workmanship: the Star 33 mm. Crafted from 18-karat white gold, its case houses the automatic Elite 681 movement. The dial, meanwhile, features a flower surrounded by blue leaves, whose center is not the customary axis of the hours and minutes hands, but that of the small seconds at 9 o’Clock.

At Chopard, where women’s watch sales account for more than 65% of turnover, the new Happy Sport 30 mm Automatic leads Caroline Scheufele to explain: “We mustn’t forget that men are often the ones buying watches for their wives, and they prefer good mechanics.” It’s clear that Chopard’s Co-President and Artistic Director strongly supports the decision—which dates back to the 2013 36 mm model—to introduce the automatic movement into this iconic collection.

The mechanics of desire

She’s not the only one putting her money on women. With its annual calendar, Patek Philippe’s Reference 4948 is meeting “the demand with the highest potential,” according to CEO Thierry Stern. Rolex has also hit the bullseye with its Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust 28 model, which features a mechanical movement (caliber 2236) and a diamond-set bezel. As for Blancpain, its Day Night model offers the originality of two retrograde systems (hours and seconds) that distinctively accompany the minutes hand. As the brand’s CEO Marc A. Hayek explains: “Certain complications don’t exist in any men’s model. So they should satisfy all our female customers, who are increasingly interested in mechanical watchmaking.”

Art and substance

Another equally popular opportunity is the artistic crafts. “While it’s often easier to design women’s watches like pieces of jewelry, we’re looking to attract female customers through our choice of materials, colors and the lightness of our products in particular,” admits Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Group’s Watch Division. “This is why Hublot launched its jeans Breitling fake watches uk last year and an embroidered watch this year.” Hublot reinterprets the artistic crafts with its Big Bang Broderie model, a tribute to the memory of needlework featuring fine Saint Gall embroidery—a 100% Swiss-made ancestral art—carried out by Bischoff, the most noteworthy Swiss name in the field.

Its technical production required several months and resulted in a highly original timepiece characterized by a rebellious spirit with a skull and crossbones motif, a dial enhanced with eleven diamonds, and arabesques on the bezel and strap. Harry Winston, meanwhile, has succeeded in bringing together lace and mother-of-pearl—two age-old crafts embodying femininity in their own way—in its Premier Lace 31 mm model. As the list of demands grows, wrist sizes are getting smaller, it would seem.