My friends in Bienne at high quality replica Omega dropped a fantastic Seamaster Diver 300 “Black Black.” Sure, all-black fake Omega Seamaster watches have become de rigueur today but this one is different in that it uses different finishing techniques and, in particular, laser ablation to create a pure ceramic watch that possesses incredible legibility. Even an old guy with failing eyesight like me could read every marker engraved into the ceramic bezel and make out every wave decorating the ceramic dial perfectly. Says Raynald Aeschlimann, “This is Omega’s way to do things with real authenticity by using innovation such as this laser ablation technique to create a beautiful visual effect of an all-black watch but with amazing legibility.
Similarly, we know bronze is a trendy material but we never wanted to make a bronze watch if the caseback and buckle had to be a different material because it was not hypoallergenic.” Accordingly, Omega super clone created a new Seamaster 300 based on a 1962 design made in its new alloy of Bronze Gold that is actually 9K gold, and as such, can be used for all parts of the watch.
Hublot genuinely blew us away with the world’s first fully sapphire watch with an integrated sapphire bracelet. Hublot also offered up a skeleton dial replica Hublot Big Bang for the first time in yellow ceramic, and I have to say, it is actually incredibly striking. On the subject of striking, Zenith’s El Primero 21 limited edition designed in collaboration with Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone in a Watches and Wonders pre-launch has to win the contest for the coolest and best executed mash-up of the fair period.
Launched exclusively online in the same way that the IWC 3705 was launched through their e-commerce website, collectors blew through the 100 pieces of this close to USD 30,000 watch in a matter of hours. Along with Breitling’s Top Time collaboration with Deus ex Machina, these best 1:1 copy watches demonstrate that the Swiss maisons now have leadership savvy enough to identify truly cool new partners and create designs that are genuinely compelling.