Monochrome Monday: Reviewing The Clerc Hydroscaph

Most Breitling replica watches uk enthusiasts can identify a dive watch at a glance even if the watch only emerges from under a cuff for a few seconds. The bezel is the typical giveaway, but a watch’s brand may be more readily recognizable: the name, DNA and ubiquitous presence. Monochrome-Watches writes that Swiss brand Clerc differentiates itself by putting a square peg into a round hole, a design reference to the Hydroscaph’s inimitable bezel (a topic for further elaboration), and constructs a high-end, hand-crafted, low-production dive watch. Two offerings position the brand; the three-hander Clerc Hydroscaph H1 and the Clerc Hydroscaph Chronograph Limited Edition (the latter we explored here). Becoming acquainted with Clerc clarifies what sets a Hydroscaph apart from the crowd.


The term “Hydroscaph,” like Homer’s Odyssey, comes from the Greeks. It is the amalgamation of two Greek words: hydro, meaning sea (water) and scaph, meaning vessel. The company refers to its Breitling replica watches online as explorations machines that are capable of above- and below-water adventure and designed for the associated rigors. Clerc’s meticulous attention to detail unites luxury and power in each Hydroscaph.


The luxurious aesthetics of a Clerc Rolex replica watches uk are best represented in the three-dimensional, cut-away bezel – the square within a circle. When viewed from above, the cutting of the bezel leaves a flat square on the surface with four beveled slopes on each side, bearing an engraved 15-minute marker or a downward timing arrow. The beveled slopes’ outer curve maintains the original circle perimeter around the upper square. The visual effect is seeing a square within a circle, and the caseback mirrors the same design. When you already have an 81-piece (H1) or 103-piece (Chronograph) case, this kind of bezel design not only gives every H1 and Chronograph a visual significance of a da Vinci-esque perfect square within a perfect circle, but also adds to the complexity of the case’s construction.


On the Clerc Hydroscaph H1, the fold-out bezel crank is on the right, and on the Chronograph, it is located away from the pushers on the left. This mechanical setting and external locking of the bezel removes any issues with grip or accidental default when using the bezel, adding yet another level of refinement to the best Breitling replica watch’s function.

In addition, luxury and power are united in Clerc Hydroscaph H1 and Chronograph high-density steel cases. The safest bet when constructing a rugged dive cheap Breitling replica watches is to offer a solid caseback, but Clerc provides two portholes on its hind side, a larger and a smaller. These windows have the necessary crystal thickness for the depths and create a submarine viewing experience. The off-center larger window clearly shows the balance wheel and flashes of the circularly vented rotor when it pivots; the smaller window shows flashes of the rotor’s edge. The Clerc Hydroscaph has a water-resistance rating of 500 meters and mobile lugs to ensure a secure fit and comfort over a dive suit. Each case, surrounded by its own peripheral case guard construction, is ready for anything.


The consistent power moving the interpreted plongeur hands is the H1’s caliber C609 and Chronograph’s caliber C608. The workhorse reputation of these base calibers is historic, but in the hands of Clerc, they are reworked with detailed decoration and refined into precise instruments with the H1 earning a certified chronometer designation. It is the fusion of luxury and power that distinguishes the Clerc Hydroscaph.

The H1 is the mainstay of the Clerc Hydroscaph collection, but each iteration of the Chronograph is a limited edition of 500 pieces. What further distinguishes the Chronographs from the herd is that they are central chronographs, meaning the chronograph functions are displayed on two central hands rather than two subdials. The two subdials, which do exist, are a 24-hour day/night indicator on the left, and a small seconds display on the right. Alternatively, the two thin, central hands — not to be confused with those on a split-second rattrapante chronograph — are the chronograph seconds hand and minute hand (recording up to 60 minutes), which are read against the outer dial’s chapter ring. From the perspective of diving, seeing a larger chronograph display on the center dial rather than on small subdials is a marked preference.


Clerc’s uniqueness is a conceptual clarity that meets the functional challenge of exploration in a more-than-capable form whose design, execution and implementation far surpass the average expectation of a dive fake Breitling  watches. Standing out from the crowd, and in fact above it, is the Hydroscaph’s achievement.

Baselworld 2015 Preview: Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097

With Baselworld 2015 approaching, Breguet has wet our whistle with one of its new releases. Breguet has announced that it will introduce the Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 at the world’s biggest Breitling replica watches store fair later this month. The watch makes use of the open design of the Tradition collection and includes a new retrograde seconds hand.

In accordance with its name, the Tradition collection calls upon the heritage of the brand’s namesake, Abraham-Louis Breguet, the inventor of the tourbillon and the forefather of modern Breitling replica watchmaking. The first Tradition models were introduced in 2005. The key characteristic of the collection is that the workings of the mechanism are visible above the baseplate, without a full dial to obstruct the wearer’s view.

Baselworld 2015 Preview: Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 Watch Head

The 7097 has a symmetrical layout, making it easy not only to read the time but also to observe the watch’s workings. The bridges for the gear train and the balance wheel are placed to mirror one another in the lower half of the replica Omega watches online. Above the balance wheel, one can see the pare-chute device, an anti-shock invention designed by Breguet himself.  The mainspring is visible at the center, just beneath the bottom of the small dial.

Hours and minutes can be read on the dial at 12 o’clock, which has a classic Breguet design. This dial is made of silvered and engine-turned gold. Hours are marked with Roman numerals, and the interior of the dial has a hobnail pattern. The blued steel hands have signature Breguet open tips. At the bottom of the dial is the number of the edition. (Breguet did not disclose how many cheap Breitling replica watches will be produced in the edition.) Lettering beneath 6 o’clock indicates that the guilloché work was done by hand.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 Main Dial

Overlapping this dial from 10 to 7 o’clock is a circular-brushed arc providing the scale for seconds. This feature gives the watch its moniker of “Seconde Rétrograde.” A blued-steel retrograde hand counts the seconds and jumps back at the end of each minute. The hand is mounted on a small bridge that echoes the design of the bridges lower on the watch. When you turn the fake Breitling watches over, you can see the gold rotor through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 Retrograde CU

Breguet has used Caliber 505SR1, an automatic movement of 14 1/2 lignes. It has a 50-hour power reserve and runs in 38 jewels. Its frequency is 21,600 vph and it has been adjusted in six positions. The caliber has an inverted in-line lever escapement. For fine adjustment, it has four gold screws on the balance. In keeping with Breguet’s technological developments over the last few years, it has silicon pallets that make it both hardy and antimagnetic. The balance spring (with Breguet overcoil visible in the image below) is also made of silicon.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 Balance

The Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 is cased in white gold (as shown here) or rose gold, with a 40-mm diameter. The caseband is fluted. Lugs are welded to the case and have screw bars to hold the leather strap in place. The best Breitling replica watches is water resistant to 30 meters.

Breguet Tradition Automatique Seconde Rétrograde 7097 Retrograde full shot

TAG Heuer has organized an extraordinary car-stroll downtown Geneva

TAG Heuer, founding partner and official timekeeper of the new FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully electric motor-racing series, has organized an extraordinary car-stroll downtown Geneva up to the Mont-Blanc Bridge. Behind the wheels, the young Swiss driver Simona de Silvestro. Objective: to help make an ePrix event possible in Switzerland in the very near future.

The last Grand Prix in Switzerland was held at the circuit of Bremgarten, near Bern, in 1954. Now, with a Breitling replica watches uk historic decision by the Swiss Parlement and the Federal Council to adopt a motion by National Councillor Fathi Derder, Switzerland can now officially welcome again professional motorsport back into the country. The new law is restricted to electric races. Its objective is to encourage sustainable mobility and promote the use of emission-free electric vehicles, especially in cities.

To symbolize this opportunity, TAG Heuer is organizing an extraordinary car-stroll of a Formula E car downtown Geneva. The car will to be seen throughout the streets with Friend of the brand Simona de Silvestro behind the wheel. The car will be part of the large TAG Heuer exhibition at the Geneva MotorShow 2015 starting 3 March.

‘’Bring motoracing back to Switzerland is an amazing opportunity,” said Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of TAG Heuer and President of the Rolex replica watches online Division, LVMH Group. “We will work hard to scout the best location and dates. Ideally, this will happen sometime during the 2016/2017 season.”

“We would never have dreamed of getting an ePrix in Switzerland off the ground without TAG Heuer and Mr Biver’s continuing support,” said Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E Holdings. “We are very proud to have TAG Heuer as a founding partner, and thankful that they are able to assist us in this exciting challenge. If the race takes place, TAG Heuer will definitely be our title sponsor. The ePrix will strengthen our close relationship with this country, which is the home market of our Global Partner Bank Julius Baer. They have been fully behind us since the very first race in Beijing.”

“TAG Heuer has always been ahead of its time and attracted by firsts,” added Jean-Claude Biver. “Formula E is more than a race, it is the biggest innovation in motor racing and entertainment of the last 10 years. It all adds up to zero-emission, unlimited adrenaline and fun. I will be proud if we can host it in Switzerland. If it happens, we’ll be throwing a party to remember!”

The FIA Formula E Championship is deeply committed to the promotion of sustainability and aims to drive the best Breitling replica watches change towards an electric future. The popular success of the season’s inaugural races in Beijing, Putrajaya, Punta Del Este, Buenos Aires, and those coming soon in Miami, Los Angeles, Monaco, Berlin, Moscow and London, prove the Championship’s capacity to help plug the world into a better future. The public targeted by this exciting championship is young, concerned by the environment and interested in technology. They want to have fun and they seek out unique experiences. The universe created around the E race, which is as important as the race itself, is a perfect draw for them. One could even say that Formula E is redefining the relationship between music and motorsport. TAG Heuer’s approach to its market is quite the same.

Breitling Colt chronograph automatic

Breitling interprets the technical, understated and efficient styling of the Colt collection in a new chronograph powered by a selfwinding movement. Exactly what it needs to keep ahead of the game, including at the famous Red Bull Air Race for which cheap Breitling replica watches serves as official timekeeper.

The Colt was first launched in the 1980s and initially intended for the armed forces, before appealing to a broad audience because of its sturdiness, its functionality and readability. It has subsequently established itself as the most accessible Breitling model, offering a blend of performance and unusual design. Available to date in four versions with well-defined characters, including a quartz chronograph and a ladies’ Breitling replica watches sale, the Colt collection now welcomes a new selfwinding chronograph equipped with a movement chronometer-certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). Born for action, feats and thrills, this instrument brilliantly reinterprets all the key assets of the Colt collection, with counters placed at 12, 9 and 6 o’Clock. The broad unidirectional rotating bezel, with satin-brushed finishes and engraved hour-markers, is distinguished by its four “rider tabs“ – a signature Breitling feature – ensuring both excellent handling and optimal protection of the sapphire crystal glareproofed on both sides. The 44 mm-diameter polished steel case is water-resistant to 200 m (660 ft) and features a large screw-locked crown with protective reinforcements. The black, blue or silver dials are enlivened by a fine circular raised motif, and their readability is reinforced by oversized hands and hour-markers enhanced by a luminescent coating. A chronograph exuding a youthful, dynamic and winning spirit – ready to rise to the exceptional challenge of the Red Bull Air Race, a competition in which Breitling Racing Team pilot Nigel Lamb is the reigning champion.