At Replica Watches, black is still the new black. After recently adding new Blacksteel models to its Colt, Navitimer, and Avenger Seawolf collections, the aviation-inspired Swiss brand now extends its newest brand family, the Chronoliner, with a version in a Blacksteel case.
The steel case of the Breitling Replica is coated with a highly resistant carbon-based treatment and sports satin-brushed surfaces that contrast with the polished, scratch-resistant ceramic bezel. The watch is the latest addition to Breitling’s Chronoliner collection of “authentic flight captain’s watches,” inspired by designs from the 1950s and ’60s and introduced at Baselworld 2015. It combines two pilot-friendly functions, a 1/4-second chronograph for measuring flight times and a triple timezone display to keep track of the times in various time zones whilst in flight.
The second time zone is indicated by a red-tipped hand on a 24-hour scale around the black dial, while a third time zone, also in 24-hour mode, can be read on the notched, bidirectional rotating bezel. The Breitling Replica Watches chronograph counters are at 12 and 6 o’clock, small seconds are at 9 o’clock, and the date is at 3 o’clock. The case measures 46 mm in diameter, resists water pressure down to 100 meters, and features on its back side an engraved image of stylized airplanes. Nighttime legibility is enhanced by luminous coating on the large hands and hour markers.
The Breitling Chronoliner Blacksteel contains the chronometer-certified Cheap Breitling Replica and comes on a specialized black rubber strap that evokes the mesh design of Breitling’s steel Aero Classic bracelet.
Coming out of SIHH, it was the complicated watches from IWC’s Da Vinci collection that were getting most of the attention. This includes both the Cheap Replica Watches very complicated models like the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and the smaller complications such as the ladies’ moonphase. But for me it’s the time-and-date model that stands out as my favorite piece in the collection. It piqued my interest a few weeks ago, but after spending a few days with it I found myself enjoying it even more than I’d expected.
There’s no two ways about it – the Da Vinci collection is polarizing. People generally love it or hate it. I’d say that while I have no vitriol directed towards these stylized watches, they’re definitely not my favorites from IWC Replica Watches and I’d probably even fall closer to the second camp than I would to the first. However, there’s a lot to love about the Da Vinci Automatic, even if you might not think it’s a watch you’d naturally gravitate towards.
Think of this watch as the pure distillation of the codes that comprise the new Da Vinci collection, with everything that makes them what they are and nothing extra. The watch starts with a 40mm stainless steel case and I really applaud Cheap IWC Replica for resisting the temptation to make this a 42mm beast. I think some of that comes down to wanting the watch to appeal to both men and women, but regardless of the reasoning, I’ll take it.
Immediately you’ll notice that rounded bezel and the distinctive articulated lugs. The former nicely frames the dial and gives the case some extra oomph. The latter, paradoxically, look big but actually help the IWC Replica Watches wear smaller than you’d expect. They are hinged at the case, and carry the bracelet end link, nicely hugging the wrist and holding the case down tight. That said, they’re still a lot of look and one of the reasons many find the Da Vinci tough to imagine on their wrist. I found them much more comfortable than expected and when paired with the bracelet they don’t look nearly as dramatic.
The dial is my favorite thing about the new Da Vincis though. Hands down. It’s not even close, really. This model has a rich slate sunburst finish that turns various shades of blue, purple, grey, and brown, depending on the light. Even just wearing the IWC Replica around the office, I could get three or four dial colors on the walk from my desk to the conference table. The hands are nice and sharp and the fancy numerals are applied and stand tall off the main dial. Even that date window at six o’clock is finely cut and the slim numbers just show though.
Turning the watch over, you’ll find a rather simple caseback, which I like here. Nothing fancy, but nothing fancy is needed. Underneath is a simple automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve and hacking seconds. It’s called the Cheap IWC Replica, which is the company’s version of the Sellita SW300-1. This is the same caliber you’ll find inside the basic Portofino watches as well as the 36mm Pilot’s watches.
The IWC Replica Watches comes in two versions. The model shown here on a stainless steel bracelet will retail for $6,400, while the model with the silver-plated dial, gold numerals and hands, and alligator strap will retail for $5,400.