Vacheron Constantin Replica Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600

The Vacheron Constantin Replica Celestia is a watch we covered when it was announced by Vacheron at the 2017 SIHH, but it is, to put it mildly, a watch that rewards repeated exposure, which is what I got a couple of weeks ago when I had an opportunity to photograph it at Vacheron’s headquarters in Switzerland. The Celestia is an extremely complex watch, but it’s also somewhat unique amongst highly complicated watches – it’s the most complicated wristwatch Vacheron Constantin has ever made. While in Geneva, I had an opportunity to interview Jean-Marie Bouquin, the master watchmaker at Vacheron’s Les Cabinotiers department, and he described in detail the inspiration behind the Celestia, as well as key aspects of its design, engineering, and operation. Bouquin has been with Vacheron Constantin for six years (prior to that, he was at Christophe Claret for 11 years, as technical director) and the Celestia was his idea: to create a replica watch that “faithfully recreates what happens in the sky,” in his words.

The Vacheron Constantin Replica Celestia presents a complete suite of astronomical complications.

Prior to the Celestia, Vacheron’s most complex wristwatch was the Tour de L’Ile, which was made to celebrate Vacheron’s 250th anniversary.  The Tour de L’Ile had a number of astronomical complications, as well as a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, and a minute repeater. At the time it was created, in 2005, it was the most complex wristwatch in the world and even today, 12 years later, it hasn’t lost the power to impress. It was also a very large timepiece, which given the number of complications (16, by Vacheron’s count) is not surprising: 47mm in diameter and 17.8mm thick. There were a total of seven made, and for Vacheron’s 250th anniversary, the first was auctioned by Antiquorum and sold for CHF 1,876,250, which at the time was a record for any modern wristwatch. (At the same sale, the King Fouad I pocket watch, completed in 1929, sold for 3,306,250 Swiss francs, or about $2.7 million.)

Prior to the Celestia, Fake Vacheron Constantin’s most complex watch was the 250th Anniversary Tour de L’Ile.

The Celestia is unlike the Tour de L’Ile in having only astronomical indications, but it’s also unlike its predecessor in the comprehensiveness of the astronomical complications that it includes. Unlike many, maybe most, Grand Complication watches, because of its focus it achieves a kind of harmonious aesthetic effect you don’t often see in highly complicated watches. Wrist and pocket watches with a number of complications can sometimes seem, for all their complexity, a bit unfocused as well – as if in striving for complexity they sacrifice unity of conception. The Celestia, on the other hand, is for all its complexity, much more selective and in choosing to focus on a specific vision of time and how it’s modeled mechanically, it becomes in the end as much a philosophical statement as a watch.

Despite its complexity, the Celestia is very legible and the dial doesn’t feel crowded.

The Celestia is almost totally devoid of the ornate and even slightly archaic design cues of earlier complicated Vacheron wristwatches. The dial treatment, organization of the indications, and overall general feel are, contrary to usual Swiss practice when making a complicated watch, almost modernist in feel, at least in some respects – although the displays for the complications, other than the three dimensionality of the tide display, are basically traditional in structure and presentation of information. This means better legibility, but it also means a better sense of how each of the complications relates to the others both in terms of information, and on a more abstract level, as representations of different aspects of astronomical cycles.

The World’s Most Complicated Watch: The Vacheron Constantin Ref. 57260
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Though the Celestia is Vacheron’s most complicated wristwatch, it’s not the most complicated watch Vacheron Constantin has ever made – far from it. To see another take on ultra-complicated watchmaking, check out our story on the ref. 57260 pocket replica watch, which features an astonishing 57 complications.

The Tour de L’Ile watch had a number of indications on both the front and the back, with the back especially given over to a star chart. The Celestia takes a generally similar approach, and on the front of the watch, you can see indications for the perpetual calendar, time of sunrise and sunset, amount of daylight (that’s the vertical scale between the sunrise and sunset hands) and phase of the moon. There is also a somewhat hidden but quite nifty day/night indication, which I missed the first time I looked into the Celestia, about which more in a bit.

Probably the most noticeable departure from the business as usual (even by the standards of highly complicated watches) is the so-called mareoscope, which shows local high and low tides, as well as the relative position of the Earth and Moon to the Sun. Finally, there is also a Zodiac indication, as well as an indication for the equinoxes and solstices – and as well, an Equation of Time marchant (running Equation of Time) in which the Equation hand shows the number of minutes local solar time is ahead or behind of mean time, by the number of minutes it’s running ahead or behind the mean time minute hand.

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas 37mm (Without Diamonds)

It’s been a while since SIHH, and, as you may recall, we saw a lot of replica watches back in January at the show. One watch that we saw but didn’t really get to talk about was the updated Vacheron Constantin Replica Overseas in 37mm without diamonds. You may remember briefly seeing this watch as Ben’s pick for best ladies’ watch from SIHH, but there’s more to it than that. While this isn’t groundbreaking news, like, say, the Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication, it is exciting for those of us who actually want to buy a watch to wear daily in a slightly smaller size.

As you recall, the Overseas collection got a significant relaunch at SIHH 2016, with loads of new models. We saw the Overseas Chronograph, the Overseas Ultra-Thin Automatic with new caliber 5100, and, one for the ladies, the Overseas 37mm with diamonds. A lot of people, including me, loved the Overseas but yearned for the 37mm version to be available without diamonds. And this is true for both guys and gals, I might add. Well, ask and you shall receive – for 2017, Vacheron has created four Overseas models in 37mm cases, three of which come free of stones.

The new two-tone Overseas 37mm with rose gold bezel and crown.

The four models include a stainless steel model with either a rose or blue dial, a two-tone version with pink gold bezel and crown (two-tone is back!) and a silvered dial, and a similar two-tone version with a diamond-set bezel. All four versions are powered by the Fake Vacheron Constantin caliber 5300, which is the same movement used in the diamond-set versions from last year. This is an automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve and 31 jewels. It has the 22k-gold rotor that is decorated with the compass rose motif, and, as you’d expect from Vacheron, the watch bears the Geneva Seal.

The Vacheron Overseas 37mm in stainless steel is also available with a rose-colored dial.
The two-tone Overseas 37mm with diamonds, much like the version that was released in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The swiss fake watch is time only, with a seconds sub-register located at nine o’clock. The steel version comes on a removable linked bracelet, which is one of the highlights of this timepiece, with an alternative alligator strap and rubber strap in blue or rose, depending on the dial color. Additionally, the two-tone version comes on a removable alligator strap and an extra rubber strap in dark brown. Notice what’s missing? The date window. Bravo, Vacheron.

 

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 Brings Smart Tech To High-End Fake Watches

The Fake watch could be the wearable the busy business person is looking for

Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has revealed its second-generation smartwatch, the Connected Modular 45, sporting Google’s Android Wear 2.0 and interchangeable parts.

Like its predecessor, the Tag Heuer Connected, the new smartwatch combines the traditional stylings of an analogue premium Swiss replica watch with the features of a smartwatch normally found in the likes of the Samsung Gear S3 and Moto 360. Only, this time the Connected Modular 45, as the middle part of its name suggests has swappable straps and accessories which give it more than different 500 design combinations.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

The main body of that watch features a 1.39inch AMOLED display fitted into cases made out of satin or polished titanium, rose gold, or in black ceramic available with or without diamonds.

Powering that display is an Intel Atom Z34XX processors and 4GB of RAM. Connectivity comes in the form of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and near-field communication capabilities. A GPS chip is also on bard for tracking the wearer’s location. Tag Heuer is claiming 30 hours of battery life and water resistance up to 100 feet. 30 watch dials are also available and can b changed on the fly at the swipe of a finger. Read More