zelin0802 / September 28, 2022

Rolex Datejust 31 278274

Among the 2022 Rolex novelties presented at Watches and Wonders, one of the newest is the 31mm Rolex Datejust, available in 3 versions, featuring an attractive floral dial, unique colours and a very attractive and appealing look.

If last year Rolex introduced three 36mm Rolex Datejust with a special new leaf pattern dial, this year the smaller 31mm model features a new plant-centric dial that works well and subtle.

This 31mm trio contains three dial colours and over 25 different constructions, all in a sleek crossover style of the 31mm Datejust. Available in Silver Dial, Olive Green Dial and Vibrant Blue Azzurro Dial, available in different case, bracelet and bezel combinations, in Everose Gold and Oystersteel, White Gold and Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, With smooth bezels, diamonds, domed and inlaid bezels, grooves, jubilee bracelets, oyster bracelets and more.

But what sets this colorful set of 31mm Datejust watches apart isn’t just the flower and metal combination, it’s also the center of each flower (often called a stamen), which is set with a small diamond. Each sphere has 24 diamonds of this type, creating a more interesting and subtle effect than when diamonds are used as hour markers.

Powered by the automatic movement Calibre 2236 developed by Rolex, beneath these imposing dials, these magnificent pieces feature a date display at 3 o’clock, beating at 4 Hz, offering a power reserve of 55 hours and a -2 to -2 precision. +2 seconds per day (all in a 20mm diameter movement). Prices for the simplest model ref start at 9,600 euros. 278274, models with blued steel dial, everose gold and diamond bezel up to 41,800.

Rolex’s professional collection aside, these very special floral dial styles are really fun and just as impactful as last year’s leaf dial, eye-catching and evoking the warmth and freshness of spring. It is precisely the time when these watches have flourished that have added a lot of glamour to the Small Diameter Datejust collection, where the luxury element is more prominent than ever. cheap watches for sale

Diameter: 31mm
Case Material: Oystersteel + White Gold, Oystersteel and Everrose, Yellow Gold, Rose Gold, etc.
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Combination Metal Bracelet Dial
Color: blue, silver or green

Movement: Rolex Calibre 2236
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, date
Diameter: 20mm Power
Storage: 55 hours on-chain
: Automatic winding
Frequency: 28,800 vibrations per hour
Additional details: Syloxi hairspring, Paraflex shock absorption

zelin0802 / September 19, 2022

W&W2022: Zenith Chronomaster Sport at Rosegold and New Chronomaster Open

At Watches and Wonders 2022, Zenith introduced the highly successful Chronomaster Sport in a rose gold case, as well as a premium version in stainless steel. At the same time, the Chronomaster Open launched three new editions, revealing the internal mechanisms through openings in the dial.

Zenith Chronomaster Sport Gold
Zenith presents two Chronomaster Sport with rose gold cases. There are also stainless steel and rose gold two-tone versions. In each case, however, the diameter remains at 41mm. Both models are made of 18-karat rose gold, and the bezel is also made of the same precious metal. The watchmaker engraved the scale on the bezel to read the 1/10-second chronograph. The rose gold Chronomaster Sport is available with a black lacquer finish or a matte white dial. cheap luxury watches

There is also a style that combines a stainless steel case with a rose gold bezel. This color scheme is also used on the strap, with the central link in rose gold. The buttons and crown on the side of the case are also made of the same precious metal. The silver dial of the two-tone version features a sunburst finish.

The El Primero 3600 calibre powers all watches, with the exception of the 1/10 chronograph, with automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve. The movement can be seen through the case back at work. The S&G model costs €16,700 and the gold case costs €37,400.

Zenith Chronomaster Sports Edition
This particular variant features a stainless steel case with a tri-colour bezel. Thus, grey, anthracite and blue complement the typical coloured counters on the dial. The three ceramic elements blend seamlessly into each other, making it easier to distinguish clearly separated parts. The dial is silver with a sunburst finish – another unique feature of the boutique edition.

The Chronomaster Sport Boutique Edition is only available in company-owned stores.

Zenith Chronomaster Open
In addition, three new variants have been added to the Chronomaster Open. The watch has an opening in the dial and shows its adjustment mechanism. Two stainless steel case models with white or black dials will be released. There is also an 18-karat rose gold model with a matte silver dial.

All have a smooth bezel and a crown and pushers made of case material. The scale to read the 1/10 chronograph is located on a ring around the dial. The iconic coloured counters are also here, with the small seconds on a transparent disc. The purple escape wheel and balance wheel of the El Primero 3604 movement are also worth admiring. The movement offers automatic winding and 60 hours of power autonomy.

The stainless steel Chronomaster Open appears on a bracelet made of the same material. The rose gold case is paired with a blue calfskin strap with a gold three-fold clasp.

Brand Zenith
Model Chronomaster Sport
REFERENCE 18.3101.3600/21.M3100 (rose gold, black dial)
18.3101.3600/69.M3100 (rose gold, white dial)
51.3100.3600/69.M3100 (dual tone)
03.3103.3600/69.M3100 (Boutique)
Case Material Rose Gold or Two Tone or Steel
Dimensions Diameter: 41mm
Waterproof to 10 bar (~100 m)
Dial Matte white, black, silver
Strap/Bracelet Rose gold bracelet with double folding clasp
Stainless steel and rose gold bracelet with double folding clasp
Caliber El Primero 3600
Movement type automatic
Power reserve 60 hours
Frequency 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph

Brand Zenith
Model Chronomaster Open
Reference 03.3300.3604/21.M3300 (steel, black dial)
03.3300.3604/69.M3300 (steel, white dial)
18.3300.3604/69.C922 (rose gold)
Case material steel or rose gold
Dimensions Diameter: 40mm
Waterproof to 10 bar (~100 m)
Dial White, black or matt silver
Strap/Bracelet Bracelet
Blue calfskin strap with gold triple folding clasp
Caliber El Primero 3604
Movement type automatic
Power reserve 60 hours
Frequency 36,000 vph (5 Hz)
Functions Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph

zelin0802 / September 13, 2022

BRM Watch Art Car Review

Art, cars and automatic movements collide with BRM to create an explosion of colour on the wrist. The aptly named model – the Art Car – made a striking appearance at this year’s Baselworld, presenting a bold, vibrant collection full of colour, energy and, of course, the brand’s signature racing spirit! Embracing the famous Art Car/Pop Art inspiration at full speed, the collection drives to the forefront for an unforgettable stunning entry.

The dial ushered in an “art attack” with intense vibrant colors on the black dial. Bright reds, oranges, pinks, greens, lilacs, and blues overlap to mimic the bold, art-car style; a technique in which the artist uses racing cars as a blank canvas. The coloured dial complements the grey ultra-light hands and markers that provide visibility, which is after all a watchmaking priority. Vibrant color options are incorporated into the black leather strap with colorful top stitching, orange rings and a colorful lining hidden within the circular perforations. The infusion of colour is powerful and intense, creating a new presence for the racing brand without losing sight of its roots. copy watch for sale

zelin0802 / September 7, 2022

Zenith Pilot: Our Top 7 Adventurers Picks

Founded by George Favre-Jacot in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1865, Zenith combines a rich watchmaking tradition with avant-garde innovation.

One of Zenith’s most iconic watches is the Zenith Aviator, introduced in 1909. In fact, when the famous French aviator Louis Bleriot became the first person to fly across the English Channel, he wore a Zenith pilot’s watch. This marks Zenith’s long and rich history as one of the best pilot watch manufacturers in the world.

The first Zenith Pilot cheap watch owned by Blériot had a chrome case. It features a black enamel dial with large Arabic numerals and fixed lugs.

Today, Zenith continues to offer a range of pilot watches for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re flying through the air or racing on land, the Zenith Pilot watch has everything the avid adventurer needs in a watch.

Here are seven of the most coveted, rugged Zenith pilot watches on the market today.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special
The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is Zenith’s ode to retro aviation. Its 45mm silver case features a metal welded style dial with a “bolt” design. Other features include white hour, minute and second luminous hands. Meanwhile, the Arabic numeral markers appear large and proud on the silver dial.

This watch is powered by the Zenith Elite 679 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 50 hours. Its onion-shaped silver crown complements the silver case, and the brown calfskin strap with sterling silver clasp adds brilliance to its opulent design.

Zenith Pilot 20 Chronograph Special Edition
The Zenith Pilot 20 Chronograph Extra Special is 45mm in diameter and features a bronze case, matte black dial and green leather strap. Built for adventurers, this rugged and handsome watch is the epitome of the spirit of the outdoors.

The watch is powered by the El Primero 4069 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve and chronograph. Two subdials show the 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and the small seconds at 9 o’clock. Large hour, minute and second hands as well as Arabic numeral markers are perfectly integrated with the sub-dial.

Water resistant to 100 meters, this watch is perfect for weekend adventures. So you can indulge in white water rafting or hiking in the woods!

Zenith Pilot Cronometro CP-2 Flyback Bronze
Equipped with a flyback chronograph function, the Zenith Pilot Cronometro CP-2 Flyback features a 43mm bronze case and brown oily nubuck leather strap, making every inch a gentleman’s watch. The slate brown-green grained dial displays the sub-dial for the chronograph functions. Other than that, the bronze crown and pushers match perfectly with the bezel and case.

The powerful Zenith El Primero 405B movement beats at the heart of this watch, giving the chronograph a 50-hour power reserve. This watch is water resistant up to 100 meters and is very safe while jet skiing or water skiing.

Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph Bronze
With a 45mm bronze case and blue oily nubuck leather strap, the Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special Chronograph will amaze you at first glance. Take a closer look and prefer its mechanics.

This watch is equipped with the El Primero 4069 automatic movement with a chronograph function and a 50-hour power reserve. It also features SuperLuminova hands and indexes and 100-meter water resistance. Featuring two chronograph sub-dials and large Arabic numerals, the matte blue dial complements the blue leather strap perfectly.

Zenith Pilot Model 20 Ultra Special Aged Stainless Steel
Taking inspiration from the iconic Zenith Aviation watch, this Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special charm features a 40mm aged stainless steel case. Its SuperLuminova Arabic numerals and hands are clearly visible on the slate grey grained dial.

The Zenith Elite Calibre 679 automatic movement drives this sports watch with a power reserve of 50 hours. Its mustard oily nubuck leather strap also complements the vintage case and bezel. Give it a try while you’re doing your favorite water sports. After all, it’s water resistant to 100 meters.

Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback Aged Stainless Steel
The Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback watch is dignified in an all-black design with a 43mm aged stainless steel case, black bezel, slate black grained dial and black oily nubuck leather strap.

The black dial has two subdials with a 30-minute chronograph at 3 o’clock and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. In addition, the Zenith El Primero 405B movement powers this flyback chronograph. What’s more, it has a power reserve of 50 hours and is water resistant up to 100 meters.

Zenith Pilot Cronometro TipoCP-2
The Zenith Pilot Cronometro TipoCP-2 features a 43mm stainless steel case, black dial, black calfskin strap with rubber lining, and a Zenith folding clasp. The black dial includes SuperLuminova hands and Arabic numerals, as well as two subdials for chronograph functions. Additionally, the black bezel complements the dial and strap for a sophisticated all-black set.

At the heart of this copy men watch is the Zenith El Primero 4069 movement, which provides a powerful 50-hour power reserve. An ode to the Zenith Cairelli chronograph, this watch showcases the brand’s expertise in modern technology and retro aesthetics.

zelin0802 / September 6, 2022

U-BOAT SOMMERSO BRONZE, a modern take on the past

The Sommerso Bronze is the epitome of a diver’s watch, bringing a touch of the romance of the past to the field with its artful blend of bronze, handmade leather and a Swiss movement.

The kings of fashion dine in Italy, so it’s no surprise that there are representatives of them who jump out of the mean temperance even in watches. U-Boat is an Italian brand guided by the vision of Italo Fontana. Located in Renaissance Florence, they have been successfully combining their creativity with the proven Swiss clock mechanism for many years. Their specialty is diving watches, and we chose the Sommerso Bronze model from their large collection. The watch is inspired by old documents used to make pilot watches commissioned by the Italian Navy during World War II and owned by Italo Fontana’s grandfather, Ilva.

The unique natural bronze tone combined with the technical specifications of professional diving is the standout feature of this diver’s watch with an iconic, bold and timeless design. The Sommerso Bronze has a rotating bezel and an additional 24-hour subdial. Comes with a handmade leather strap with a bronze clasp with a special anti-corrosion treatment. The case diameter is the standard large diameter, in this case 46mm, with the crown at 9 o’clock on the left. This type of accommodation will make life easier for lefties, but righties won’t get the crown stabbed in the hand. An additional screw-in protective cover comes with a small toggle switch. cheap replica watches

Bronze is an ancient alloy that, due to its malleability, was the first metal humans learned to manipulate. In ancient times, it was used to make jewelry, holy grails, and even sailing. Bronze is very resistant to water and corrosion, but it is harder than steel or iron, so it is often used for many details on ships. Over time, the untreated bronze color of the case will develop a unique sheen, taking on a blue or green hue due to exposure to the atmosphere.

The dial of the watch is black and the hour markers are beige, which complements the bronze color of the case. The bezel rotates unidirectionally and is engraved with the standard 60-minute scale of a diving watch. The crystal is sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating and the hands are coated with luminescent material. Inspired by diving pioneers and their bronze gear, Italo Fontana pays homage to them with a case design. It is made of bronze with an antique anti-corrosion treatment.

The watch is equipped with a Swiss automatic mechanism with a 44-hour power reserve and functions including hours, minutes, seconds, date and a 24-hour counter. Water-resistant to 300 m, in addition to the unique case, the watch is adorned with a handmade leather strap, a detail we have not encountered in any other watch. Dicta stands for U-Boat in Croatia.

U-Boat Sommerso Bronze
Mechanism: Swiss Automatic – 26 rubies – 44 hour power reserve – Vibration 28’800 A/h, (4 Hz)
Case: Bronze – Diameter 46 mm – Sapphire crystal – Left screw-down crown – Screw-down cover – Water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar) Dial: Black – Luminous beige hands – Date at 9 o’clock – Warp Super Hour-marker strap with luminous coating: leather reference. 8554/Z – Handcrafted – Bracelet Width 23.00mm – Classic Bronze Buckle Reference. 8590
Complications: hours-minutes-seconds-date-24-hour subdial-unidirectional rotating bezel

zelin0802 / August 19, 2022


A replica swiss watches brand from Italy that has been producing watches since the early 00s. All clocks are handcrafted and designed by Italo Fontana.

The company is located in a villa in the countryside, surrounded by the mountains of Gragnano. Just 15 minutes from Lucca, the ancient medieval walls of the heart of Tuscany. A place of inspiration for Italo Fontana, his creativity comes from the combination of surrounding objects, atmospheres and specific places. Every U-BOAT creation is a reflection of the values of the Tuscan region.

In just a few years, U-BOAT has managed to open several stores around the world with its own brand and now also into Ditur. An exciting brand with many unique watches, all housed in their own velvet cases, which shows that all U-BOAT fake watches have no compromise in quality.

Resence of the poor?
Is U-Boat Darkmoon ‘The Rebirth of the Poor’? We’ll let you judge. What we’re saying is that oil-filled watches have actually been around for decades, albeit a specialized and exclusive subset of timepieces…and of course the Ressence, as well as anti-fog, non-reflection watches for underwater missions such as the Sim Nice user experience. The rest, including timepieces like the French Beauchat Genesis 4000 HPS or the Hydroil-filled Bell & Ross Hydromax 11100M, make up an exclusive club. But none, not even used examples, are available anywhere near the price of U-Boat’s latest Dark Moon.

That Iconic Compensation Bubble
As mentioned, the moving compensation bubbles on Darkmoon’s (and Capsoil’s) face are a constant reminder of a truly iconic Movado Museum watch.

Why are you there? The bubbles that elicited strongly polarized reactions from watch forum participants weren’t just the aesthetic indulgence of designers doing nothing. Instead, despite the ability to keep bubbles in place for hours, for an important technical reason. It provides compensation as the oil expands or contracts with temperature changes within the manufacturer’s recommended operating range of 0° and +60°C.

We can only speculate how many Darkmoon wearers will be tempted to try to place the bubble directly above the watch’s center post.

Who will the dark moon attract?
Is this a unisex U-Boat watch? While U-Boat offers women-specific watches, such as its 8474 Rainbow Ladies Mother of Pearl, it’s no secret that its primary audience has traditionally been young men.

However, current fashion-forward watch wear often sees larger men’s watches add brilliance to women’s wrists. According to U-Boat’s UK importer, the Darkmoon’s 44mm case is smaller than it’s suggested size, absolutely wowing both men and women.

One of the best U-Boat watches for women
Make no mistake; this is arguably one of the best U-Boat watches for women out there. After all, why reserve such a visually appealing horological object for boys, especially in a world where women love to rock men’s Rolexes and other luxury timepieces?

Apparently, the brand chemistry that made U-Boat so beloved by male celebrities like Sylvester Stallone and Nicolas Cage also had a powerful influence on its female counterparts like Israeli model Bar Refaeli and actress Lindsay Lohan. How about you?

go to the dark side
This is the U-Boat Darkmoon. Do you love watches with strong retro nautical stories, unmissable visual impact and conversation-inducing oil-filled technology? If so, this piece might be for you with its captivating design and engaging “Made in Tuscany” story.

Check out Jack’s YouTube video and feel his inspiration for these breathtaking timepieces. Then browse our collection of U-Boat men’s and women’s watches to discover the wonderful dark side of the Darkmoon collection for yourself or as a gift for someone special.

Within days, you’ll be able to open that gorgeous velvet-coated box, admire Florence’s iconic Old Bridge from a luxurious cleaning cloth, and strap on your very own U-Boat Darkmoon watch. Let’s imagine!

zelin0802 / August 17, 2022

HYT Watches Reopen With The Hastroid Green Nebula

The independent watchmaker specializing in fluid displays is back with a first best watch from Cerrato!

If you follow the independent watchmaking scene, you must know the difficulties HYT Watches, the UFO of the watchmaking world, has encountered in making watches with fluid indications. After about a year of dormancy, we can now say it loud and clear: HYT is back in action with a new partner (Kairos Technology Switzerland SA) and new CEO Davide Cerrato to support the business… this The name is sure to ring a bell. And today, the brand presents the first watch of its new era, the HYT Hastroid. We were able to spend some time on the Green Nebula Edition.

HYT – From Concept to Rebirth
Behind HYT is a concept, a vision to show time in an unprecedented and decidedly unnatural way. HYT swiss Watches, created in 2012, don’t use traditional hands that revolve around the dial, but a new fluid-based display… Liquid in watches (and magnetism, the worst enemy of mechanical movements)? Yep, that’s the whole idea. While it is true that in all HYT watches there is a rather (relatively) classic mechanical movement used as the driving force and adjustment for the indications, the display relies on an additional module consisting of bellows and capillaries, two of which are not mixed The dissolved fluid travels in a retrograde fashion to indicate the passage of time, and the point where the two fluids meet represents the current time.

Since developing the original concept in 2012, the brand has not only introduced watches with evolutions in movements and fluid mechanisms, but also made some improvements to address some important issues. The main reason is the expansion of the fluid due to temperature changes – keep in mind that the watch is either worn on the wrist or stored, creating temperature changes. To do this, the brand has added a thermal compensator inside one of the bellows.

Following the H1 model presentation, we saw the H2 watch, the rather insane H3 watch, and the slightly simplified H4 watch. A new direction was taken for 2017/18 with a refreshed design in the H0 model. Smoother and simpler. In 2019, the Haoyitong H5 introduced a new movement, again with some important mechanical updates to make the indications more precise and improve legibility. At the end of 2020, however, the brand had to face some difficulties, but since then there has been not only a new shareholder, but also a new CEO Davide Cerrato (ex-Tudor, ex-Montblanc). Since I’ve known this guy for years, I know he’d be a good fit. Passionate about any science fiction, Cerrato is sure to breathe fresh air into the HYT collection.

This new watch, the Hastroid, marks the beginning of a new journey for HYT. It is built with a new design concept, a new inspiration and a new case. And, the overall inspiration goes back to the company’s roots, returning to edgy, modern, sharp shapes. HYT Hastroid is designed to resemble a spaceship. It’s big, bright and bold. After all, HYT’s insanely fluid display calls for this kind of boldness.

The case for the new HYT Hastroid, shown in its Green Nebula Edition, is all about architecture and science fiction inspiration. The case is angular, layered, and has a mix of materials. It’s also fairly airy, with a hollowed-out structure. However, this is a statement. It has a diameter of 48mm, a height of 17.90mm and an overall length of 58.30mm. Yes, the watch is big and bold on the wrist. Surprisingly, on Frank’s 18cm wrist (he’s the model for the photo), the watch looks much more comfortable and, dare I say, a little more compact than the numbers suggest.

HYT Hastroid completely redefines the overall design. No more pebble-shaped sapphire crystals. The new watch is more angular, almost square, but the skeletonized lugs add a certain airy feel to the case. The top surface is now flatter and indications are clearly visible. To make the watch slightly less “clunky”, Cerrato created a central container held by a square frame, with the sides of the watch opening to reveal different textures.

Our HYT Hastroid Green Nebula case is made from a combination of brushed, black-coated titanium and carbon fiber, making it less visually striking and lighter on the wrist. As a traditional feature, the crown is located at 2 o’clock and is protected by a module that runs along the side of the case. The multi-layered “sandwich” construction also allows for the clean integration of the rubber strap that connects between the two upper layers of the case – here rendered in green rubber, but also available with green Alcantara inserts black rubber.

The watch face of the Hastroid of Oytime has also received attention. The design has also been redefined here, with the return of the skeletonized textured structure that reveals most of the watch’s mechanical elements. The main plate is hollowed out and covered with a sapphire plate; therefore, both the mechanical part (top) and the fluid part (bellows in the lower part and capillaries around the dial) are fully visible. The movement consists of a black-coated plate with a grid pattern, which is decorated with bold Arabic numerals filled with bright green luminous material.

The main evolution of the HYT Hastroid compared to the brand’s previous watches is the display of the minutes. The pointer is now centered for maximum legibility. It is flanked by two classic indicators, the small seconds and the power reserve. Of course, the raison d’être of the HYT, the fluid indication of the hours, still exists around the dial and acts as a retrograde indication, jumping back to its initial position when the green fluid reaches the 6 o’clock position.

Fluid indication is still powered by the same ideas as before. Two bellows located in the lower part of the movement create a pressure movement on the fluid. The left bellows/piston module pushes the green fluid into the capillary, which over time pushes the clear fluid into the right bellows. The point where the two fluids meet, the two are immiscible, marks the current time. The system requires a highly waterproof mechanism – the entire fluid module is 10,000 times more airtight than a conventional dive watch (at least, according to the brand). The system is thus sealed. Thermal expansion can also be compensated by a clever device integrated into one of the bellows.

Powering our HYT Hastroid Green Nebula is the Calibre HYT 501-CM, a movement that should sound familiar to fans of the brand as it is based on the same technology that renowned watchmaker Eric Coudray developed for the H5 , and then an improved Hassted on launch. In addition to changing from off-centre minutes to central minutes, the movement’s decoration has also been updated, with black-coated bridges and bridges, as well as satin-finished and rhodium-plated moving parts.

The movement still consists of two separate modules connected by levers. On top is a mechanical engine with a frequency of 4Hz and a power reserve of 72 hours. This mechanical module has two functions. First, it stipulates the time to provide precise indications. Second, it is the driving force indicated by the fluid, giving it momentum and providing a constant displacement to act on the motion of the fluid. The connection to the fluid device is through an oversized lever, a curved tentacle spindle or “sensor” for the coordination of the mechanism, and a complex-shaped cam with 13 positions to precisely synchronize the hour and minute indications. This sensor converts the circular motion of the movement’s wheels into linear motion, which pushes the bellows and fluid.

Behind this new design, there is also a new strategy for the brand. Production will be more concentrated, fewer versions will be made, fewer models will be made, and the retailer network will be more condensed, strategies that may increase its desirability. https://www.review4uwatch.com

Technical Specifications – HYT HASTROID Green Nebula
Case: Diameter 48mm x H17.90mm – Length 58.30mm – Black Coated Titanium and Carbon Fiber Case – AR Coated Domed Sapphire Crystal – Sapphire Case Back – Black Titanium Screw Down Crown – 50m waterproof
Dial: Black Coated Brass and Sapphire Plate – 3D Black Coated Appliques and Green Luminous Numerals – Black Coated Titanium Grid – Green Liquid Inside Borosilicate Capillaries
Movement: Caliber HYT 501-CM – Proprietary Fluid Complication – Manual winding – 41 jewels – 28,800 vibrations/hour – 72 hours power reserve – Retrograde fluid hours, central minutes, small seconds, power reserve
Strap: Green or black rubber strap with green Alcantara insert – black coated titanium buckle
Reference: H02698-A

zelin0802 / August 16, 2022

Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial

The Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial Ref. 161242-0001 has a forest green dial with beautiful hand-guilloché decoration. The crown features a button that opens the hinged lid with a single push, revealing an extremely refined automatic movement. Unveiled at Watches & Wonders in 2022, this iconic watch of Haute Horlogerie once again showcases the Maison’s extraordinary expertise.

Chopard Manufacture – established in 1996

Last year, Chopard celebrated an important milestone in its history. In 1996, the family business opened Chopard Manufacture in Fleurier. While the company had made watches before this, those were equipped with third-party movements. Becoming a manufacturer, producing in-house movements, is a big undertaking, and not without risks. To understand the rationale for the Fleurier website, one has to go back to the early 1990s.

Chopard co-president Karl-Friedrich Scheufele predicts an eventual renaissance in mechanical watchmaking. It must be remembered that some companies are still licking their wounds after the quartz crisis, a traumatic time that saw countless watch brands and their suppliers come to an end. Mr. Scheufele’s optimism seemed bold at least to some observers, and may even be misplaced by others, however, his prediction of a brighter sky proved to be right.

When the Chopard copy Manufacture opened in 1996, it employed only two employees. Some 25 years later, after investing tens of millions of Swiss francs, the watch factory has achieved great success and now has more than 170 employees in various positions. The first movement of the LUC 1.96 (now known as the LUC Calibre 96.01-L) was just the beginning. The Swiss brand continues to produce countless beautiful watch movements, some of which are highly complex. In fact, Chopard’s ambitions have never waned, and its ability to innovate is endless. For example, the Chopard LUC 8HF, released back in 2012, received COSC certification despite its balance running at an eye-watering 57,600 vph (8Hz).

In-house expertise

When visiting the site at Fleurier, one is struck by the multitude of processes taking place under one roof. This is a shining example of a “vertically integrated company.” In addition, the brand’s LUC models eventually feature movements so refined that they deserve the term “haute horlogerie”. Finishing is typical, all traces of machining have been removed. Finishing or “finishing” also enhances the corrosion resistance of movement components and imparts an aesthetic appeal that goes beyond mere function.

Some of the brand’s LUC movements are subject to independent scrutiny by COSC, Qualité Fleurier or Poinçon de Genève. Interestingly, in 2011 Chopard released the LUC triple certification, which, as the name suggests, meets the standards of all three certification bodies mentioned above.

In 2008, Chopard opened a separate factory in Fleurier to manufacture in-house movements for some Happy Sport and Alpine Eagle models. With its expertise in making cases and bracelets as well as crafting a variety of craftsmanship, the high-end brand’s talents are multi-faceted.

LUC Calibre 96.01-L (LUC 1.96) – excellent from the start

If a copy watch company were to produce its first in-house movement, one would expect it to produce a relatively simple hand-wound movement that only displays the hours and minutes. From the outset, however, the brand has displayed extraordinary ambitions, clearly intent on competing with the established brands of Haute Horlogerie.

Chopard’s first self-winding movement continues to be produced, although it is now known as the LUC Calibre 96.01-L. It uses a micro rotor instead of the usual full-size oscillating weight. Even today, only a few companies have the expertise to manufacture movements equipped with micro-rotors. In fact, generating enough inertia from a small rotating piece of dense metal (22K gold in this case) capable of powering the mainspring is no easy task. However, Chopard has clearly shown that it is up to the task. By the way, the LUC Calibre 96.01-L has two barrels and therefore two mainsprings, another property I will talk about later.

The micro-rotor is flush with the adjacent bridge, not above. This approach reduces the height of the movement (only 3.30 mm thick) and allows the wearer to indulge the superb view of the finely decorated movement.

While many watch movements feature a single barrel, this one features two stacked barrels. Taking this approach increases the power reserve, in this case about 65 hours. Furthermore, by using two barrels, the power transmitted through the gear train, which ultimately serves the escapement, is more consistent. While this should not be confused with a constant force device, as the energy inside the barrel becomes more and more depleted, the amplitude changes will be smaller. The end result is excellent rate stability.

Chopard also equipped the LUC 1.96 with a three-spoke balance wheel with a traditional hairspring and index adjuster. The latter component comes in the form of a highly polished gooseneck adjuster. The balance wheel is fitted with a sliding stud cap, giving the watchmaker a useful way to correct any rhythm errors.

The hairspring (also called hairspring) is equipped with a Philips terminal curve. This involves changing the curvature of the outer ring of the hairspring. The concept of the Philips terminal curve is similar to the Breguet Supercoil, which makes the breathing of the hairspring more concentric, thus providing excellent isochronism.

In keeping with Haute Horlogerie, the main plate is embellished with pearls, while the bridges are decorated with Côtes de Genève, engraved gilt text and glittering screws. One aspect of this movement that I find particularly flattering is Chopard’s decision to leave a gap between the bridges to provide a partial view of the gear train and barrel.

When Chopard released its ambitious LUC 1.96, it was scrutinized by COSC and Poinçon de Genève. Quite simply, with the release of this movement, the company has set very high standards.

Chopard LUC 1860

The first watch to feature the LUC 1.96 was the Chopard LUC 1860, released in 1997. With a diameter of 37 mm, this watch has a classic and understated style that was eventually carried over to several other LUC models.

The Chopard LUC 1860 features princess hour and minute hands, opposite the tapered hour markers. The central area of ​​the dial is beautifully decorated with a delicate wavy guilloche, and finally, a clear minute track wraps around the perimeter of the display. https://www.review4uwatch.com/

Chopard resists the temptation to dictate too many dials. In addition to the hours and minutes, small seconds and a date display are included. Clean, uncluttered and supremely elegant, this early Chopard LUC 1860 shows a clear intention to compete at the highest echelons of watchmaking.

In the years that followed, the luxury brand released further iterations of the Chopard LUC 1860, all of which retained the essence of the original.

Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial – Ref. 161242-0001

Earlier this year at Watches & Wonders 2022, Chopard introduced several new models, including the LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial Ref. 161242-0001. Featuring a stunning forest green dial and a 40mm 18K yellow gold case, this new model is powered by the highly regarded Calibre 96.01-L movement.


When evaluating the 2022 watch, it was very similar to the 1997 model. However, this family similarity is more like father and son than gene cloning. The hour and minute hands are in the dauphine-fusée style, a derivative of the original dauphine style from 1997. This is not the first time Chopard has used dauphine-fusée style hands. In fact, they have been part of the brand’s design language for years.

The hours are indicated by conical facet markers, similar to the 1997 model, but using Arabic numerals to indicate midnight. The index at 6 o’clock is truncated to make room for the date display, which is presented with white numerals on a forest green disc. There is an overwhelming sense of integrity to this model. For example, Chopard could have saved a few Swiss francs to fit a white or black disc with a one-size-fits-all approach, however, as horological etiquette dictates, it indulges purists with a matching date disc.

The hand-guilloché process in the center of the dial showcases the brand’s exquisite craftsmanship. The dial is not adorned with studs of Paris or Ogre, but enriched with a honeycomb pattern, a specialty of the brand. Finally, a chemin de fer rounds out the display, bringing impressive clarity to the dial. copy Chopard Alpine Eagle Watch


As mentioned, Chopard has chosen 18K gold for the LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial. This infuses the watch with a slightly retro look that pairs perfectly with the rich green landscape that takes center stage.

Consistent with several other LUC references, the case is a perfect blend of highly polished and vertically satin-brushed surfaces. The latter finish softens the shimmering gold, deftly sidestepping any excesses.

There is a button labeled LUC on the vertical side of the crown. With a single press, the hinged cover on the rear of the watch opens to reveal the aforementioned movement. The inside of the cover is engraved with the honeycomb, the former brand logo and the words “Chopard Manufacture” and “LUC”. The outside of the lid is decorated with the brand’s honeycomb pattern, which is beautifully hand-guilloché.

Since opening Chopard Manufacture, the premium brand has deftly delivered innovation while respecting its loyal customers by adopting a consistent approach to design. If the Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial is placed next to the 1997 Chopard LUC 1860, it is clear that the two watches share a lot of the same genetic code. This approach is always evolutionary rather than revolutionary, which will no doubt resonate with many purists.

The styling of the new Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial is timeless. It doesn’t shout wealth like some nouveau riche watches. Rather, it’s the horological equivalent of a soft-spoken gentleman in a tailored slouchy suit, conducting his business in a dignified manner. Open the hinged lid and you’ll notice the brains of the watch, perfectly developed, hidden from view but beautifully executed. This watch knows how to express itself in any situation and has incredible intelligence. However, this is no surprise to me. After all, Chopard has demonstrated these qualities many times since the introduction of the LUC 1.96.

Technical Specifications

Model: Chopard LUC XPS 1860 Officer Green Dial
Reference: 161242-0001
Case: Ethical 18 karat yellow gold, diameter 40.0 mm, height 7.70 mm, sapphire crystal front and case back protected by crown-activated hinged lids
Functions: hours, minutes, small seconds, date, stop seconds
Movement: LUC 96.01-L, self-winding, 28,800 vph (4Hz); 29 jewels, 65-hour power reserve, Observatory Certified (COSC), Seal of Geneva
Bracelet: Hand-stitched brown alligator leather strap, green alligator leather lining, 18-karat gold pin buckle

zelin0802 / August 5, 2022


Speaking of this year’s new copy Rolex products, you must first think of the “left-handed” Greenwich II, which is vividly called “Sprite Circle” by watch friends because of its green and black outer ring. Highly recognizable, it is undoubtedly the blockbuster of the year. On the other hand, the new Airmaster with added crown guard bridge is also highly popular. It upgrades the movement and appearance to enhance its sports attributes and further moves closer to Rolex professional watches. In addition, the women’s log-shaped flower plate, the 18K gold yacht, and the platinum ice blue DD have all received a lot of exposure. However, among the new products, the presence of the new ghost king Ref.136660 is very low, not only the forum is rarely discussed by friends, but even the official did not write news materials for it. We also learned about its information from the quietly updated details page. It can be said that it is the most low-key new product of Rolex this year. Unlike Airmaster’s iterative product, which was upgraded from the 31-series movement to the 32-series movement, in fact, the Ghost King Ref.126660 released in 2018 has been equipped with the Cal.3235 movement. The 2022 Ghost King has not changed the movement model, and still uses the Cal.3235 movement. It is more based on the fine-tuning of the appearance. The following is a summary of the upgrade points of this new product based on the information released by foreign media.

From the front, the most significant upgrade of the new ghost king is the calendar window. It has a larger display area, allowing the wearer to read the date clearly. We know that Rolex uses a convex lens calendar display window for both the Submariner and the Sea-Dweller. This design originated from the Datejust type and has now become one of the iconic elements of Rolex. However, among many Rolex diving watches, only the ghost king did not add a convex lens calendar display window. The reason is that the convex lens calendar window is not integrally formed, but is bonded by two pieces of sapphire glass through a special process. The waterproof level of the Ghost King is 3900 meters, and the pressure during deep diving is several times that of an ordinary diving watch. Therefore, in order to ensure stability, the Ghost King upgrades the calendar window only to increase the display area, rather than using a convex lens window.

The second upgrade of Ref.136660 is the bezel. The ceramic outer ring of the new ghost king has become more slender, which can improve the exquisiteness of the watch to a certain extent. At the same time, the brand has also optimized the rotation mechanism of the outer ring, and the new product has a better rotating feel. The mirror is also one of the upgrade points. The sapphire mirror with reflective coating can effectively resist strong light refraction and make reading more clear.

The luminous effect has also been optimized. Early Rolex watches all used Super-LumiNova luminous, which is currently the most mainstream luminous material. However, Rolex, which was produced after 2008, stopped the use of Super-LumiNova and changed it to the brand-exclusive Chromalight luminous. Chromaligh has a longer glow time and a stable level of light. The 2022 Ghost King Ref.136660 adopts the latest generation of Chromaligh luminous solution, and its luminous duration and brightness are improved compared with the previous generation of Chromaligh luminous.

After reading the front, let’s talk about the changes of the bottom cover. In the old Ref.126660, the black “ROLEX OYSTER DEEPSEA ♕ SEA-DWELLER 12800 ft = 3900 m” is surrounded by the edge of the titanium case back to indicate the series to which the watch belongs and its water resistance. In the bottom cover of the new Ref.136660, this material has an exclusive name: “RLX titanium alloy”.

However, with regard to the new Ghost King Ref.136660, no real pictures have been seen at home and abroad, and more details about this product have yet to be confirmed. In fact, Ghost King has not been highly recognized among players for a long time, which is not only reflected in the product market share, but also directly reflected in the secondary market. It is true that the 44mm watch diameter and the case thickness of more than 17mm are not friendly to the general body of Asians, which means that the ghost king has not been as universal as a water ghost since its birth. It is a work prepared by a few watch friends, so it is reasonable for the brand to upgrade its low-key.

zelin0802 / August 1, 2022

Top 5 Subdials Watches For Men To Consider

Sometimes one of the most challenging things about collecting a watch is finding a watch that fits your wrist. While some people have big wrists that can handle watches of all sizes, the same cannot be said for everyone. Of course, not all of us have wrists like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s or Sylvester Stallone’s, who can easily strap on any Panerai of their choice and call it a day. So some of us need to be more careful about the watches we pick and how big their cases and dials are. So we wanted to explore 5 of the best watches men can choose from that are on the small side while offering everything a luxury watch should.

rolex explorer 36mm
To start our list is probably one of the most iconic field watches on the market, the Rolex Explorer. Originally a watch made for traversing mountains, the Explorer was built with a 36mm case from the start, based on its legibility requirements as a sports watch. In the early 1950s it was quite large at 36mm in diameter, but it didn’t get bigger until the 39mm ref. The 214670 was introduced in 2010 and was subsequently discontinued and replaced by the Explorer ref in 2021. 124670, which reintroduces the 36mm case to the Explorer family. Explorer ref. The 124670 is undoubtedly one of the best men’s subdials watches, and its integrity as a true luxury sports watch is impeccable.

Rolex Datejust 36mm
Another iconic timepiece for men to consider if they don’t want to wear a big watch is the Rolex Datejust in its original 36mm configuration. Originally introduced as a 36mm timepiece in 1945, it was also quite large at the time, so it remained unchanged until 2009. While the larger 41mm variant was introduced in 2009 as the Datejust II, the 36mm variant has never been discontinued and is therefore the most iconic and time-honored silhouette in watchmaking. Perfectly balanced after decades of production, the 36mm Rolex Datejust is one of the best watches on the market if they want a watch that is both iconic and equipped with the best Rolex has to offer Men, they can consider. Sporty when you need it, always classy and suitable for any occasion, the log can go anywhere and do anything.

Rolex Day-Date 36mm
Much like the Rolex Datejust 36mm, the Rolex Day-Date is another timepiece that entered production as a 36mm model and has been relatively unchanged since then. While 40mm and 41mm variants have come and gone, the 36mm variant is the most classic, traditional and steadfast, produced from Day-Date’s first reference, ref. 6510. Perfectly sized as the Datejust, the Day-Date is Rolex’s flagship timepiece, taking the Datejust’s classic aesthetic to make it more formal and unique. The Explorer takes the Datejust’s design and makes it sportier, while the Day-Date does the opposite, creating a watch fit for presidents, royalty and diplomats.

Tudor Black Bay 36mm
Leaving Rolex but staying in the family, we have one of the most popular timepieces on the market today, the Tudor Black Bay. Launched in 2012, Black Bay marked the re-emergence of Tudor in the diving watch world. Built to last, the Black Bay is a rugged and functional diver’s watch that blends stainless steel construction with a refined aesthetic in perfect harmony, flying under the radar or paired with a strap for a unique look Temperament and personality. Available in a variety of sizes, the 36mm model is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get away from the bulky timepieces we’ve seen time and time again.

Cartier Tank
From the Rolex Group, we explore Cartier, the famous French jeweler and watchmaker. While almost all of Cartier’s timepieces prefer smaller dial and case designs than most other watchmakers, almost all of them can be The Cartier Tank is the perfect watch for anyone who wants to wear a smaller dial. Available in a variety of sizes from less than 22mm wide to over 31mm wide, the tanks have everything. Iconic due to its unique rectangular profile, rich history and stunning looks, Tank could be perfect for the gentleman who wants a luxury watch that looks great in a smaller configuration timepiece. Thanks to its rectangular profile, the Tank looks incredible as a smaller watch and can easily be worn no matter the size of its owner’s wrist.