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HANDS-ON: UK Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph in yellow gold

STORY IN A SECOND: When the first Royal Oak was released in 1972 in steel it was a revelation. Now, in 2016, there’s a milder ripple of surprise, but surprise nonetheless, to see it return in the least on-trend of golds, yellow.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the enduring giants of horology. Since its release in 1972, the iconic Genta design has spurred industry trends, copycats, controversies, and has inspired a renaissance in luxury sports watches, introducing them to an entirely new generation. The Royal Oak was the first luxury steel sports watch, but, in the lyrical words of the brand, the “steel body concealed a heart of gold”. That said, a few years later, in 1977 a luxury replica Audemars Piguet yellow gold version was released and now, almost 40 years later, the original precious metal is back.

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Audemars Piguet has just announced a number of new yellow gold Royal Oak models. A standout is the Royal Oak Chronograph reference 26320BA. The 41mm 18-carat gold case is home to the archetypal, pantograph-manufactured ‘Grande Tapisserie’ dial in a choice of either silvery grey, or a new, paler blue, a colour which offsets the vibrant yellow gold. Powered by the bulletproof Calibre 2385, the movement features a remarkably thin profile, 55-hour power reserve, and has incredibly smooth actuation, as in the pushers are a joy to use. There’s a power and confidence around a cheap fake Audemars Piguet solid yellow gold watch that’s hard to beat.

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These days yellow gold is not a popular choice for watchmakers and AP appear to be going against the grain and trendsetting, just as they have in the past with the Royal Oak. We were big fans of the two-tone silver and gold ref. 15400SR released in 2015, but the new ref. 26320BA is aimed at the bold watch lover who appreciates history and quality, and is willing to overturn the UK replica watches Audemars Piguet rose gold bandwagon.

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UK Replica Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/200R Watch Introduces Flamme Gemsetting Technique

It’s not every day we see new gemsetting techniques in luxury watches, but this latest from Patek Philippe is certainly worthy of note, with its new Flamme setting technique for diamonds. The venue for this new technique is the cheap replica Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/200R, the diamond-set version of the ladies’ watch introduced in 2013 with the Caliber 240. The classic Calatrava, with its rounded officer’s style case and signature straight lugs with screwed strap bars, is a simple, classic design, serving as a canvas for the striking light show created by the Flamme-set diamonds.

The most popular ring setting for diamonds is the Tiffany-style prong, and the most prized cut is the ideal-cut round brilliant. There is a very good reason for these two preferences: light return. What gives diamonds their brilliance is the maximum reflection of light reflecting off a diamond’s inner facets and out through the table (top). This is best achieved with a perfectly symmetrical round brilliant cut, consisting of 52 facets that are mathematically calculated to reflect as much light as possible through the top and sides of the diamond. In order to reflect the most light, the diamond must first absorb the most light possible. The Tiffany prong setting holds the diamond in claws high above the shank, so that the base or pavilion is exposed, allowing light to enter and then reflect upwards through the table – the result is called “light return.”

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The problem with setting diamonds into watches is that they are set into the metal, restricting light from entering the pavilion. This is partly compensated for by the watch industry’s convention of using Top Wesselton diamonds, a term that signifies the highest color grade possible, but also tends to encompass high clarity and cut values. Essentially, it means top diamonds. Top Wesseltons go a long way to making up for the decrease in light return caused by the covered pavilion, but it was only a matter of time before some enterprising and determined watch company, with in-house gemologists and a top-notch setting department, devised a method of putting diamonds into watches in a way that exposes the pavilions to light. Not surprisingly, it is Patek Philippe replica who has cracked the code.

The trick to the company’s new Flamme setting – a term Patek Philippe has registered for the watch industry – is to expose part of the pavilion of each diamond. On the bezel, the gemsetter sets two rows of diamonds into the metal as usual, but then takes a sharp burin and splits the gold between each diamond, exposing part of the pavilion and allowing light to pass through. Not only does the technique release more brilliance, but the grooves created by the burin form a lace-like engraving pattern around the diamonds that adds even more sparkle. Altogether, 142 diamonds totaling 1.08 carats are Flamme-set into the bezel of the best Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/200R fake watch in two staggered rows, arranged in descending order of size.

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The Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/200R has a silvery grained dial with Breguet-style Arabic numerals, round minute markers and Poire Stuart hour and minute hands, all in applied 18k rose gold. It is fitted with a hand-stitched polished purple alligator strap with large square scales and a prong buckle (the best option for a ladies’ watch, since it fits more snugly than a deployant clasp). It contains the brand’s perfect ladies’ caliber, the automatic Caliber 240. It is ultra-thin (2.53mm, with a case thickness of 7.37mm) because of its micro-rotor, which is fully recessed into the plate and made of 22k gold. The Caliber 240 has Patek’s patented Spiromax balance spring, made of silinvar, as well as its Gyromax balance wheel, ensuring an accuracy rating of -3 to +2 seconds per day. The 36.75mm case is luxury replica Patek Philippe Calatrava 7200/200R 18k rose gold, and it is water resistant to 30 meters. The watch is designed and finished in accordance with the rigorous standards of the Patek Philippe Seal. It is priced at $39,690.