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Buy Cheap Replica Patek Philippe Observatory Tourbillon Worn As The Personal Watch Of Retired President Philippe Stern

The word “badass” gets thrown around a lot these days (we know, because we’re doing a lot of the throwing). However, if the shoe fits, wear it: this is, I’m pretty sure, the single most truly badass – in every way possible – personal daily wear wristwatch I’ve ever seen. This watch contains a tourbillon movement made by replica Patek Philippe watches UK especially for the observatory time trials, and it was cased and worn as a personal watch by Mr. Philippe Stern.

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The movement has a long history. It was completed in 1945, and was designed by the master watchmaker André Bornand. Bornand (1892-1967) was a professor at the Geneva School of Watchmaking and one of the most famous tourbillon specialists of the 20th century.

The movement – no. 861,115 – was specially adjusted for the Geneva Observatory trials by André Zibach (who adjusted the movement on seven separate occasions, between 1948 and 1959) and again in 1963, by Max Studer (per the Patek Philippe Museum). The reason I’m mentioning these names is because these guys were the superstars of the Swiss watch industry in their time – adjusting even an ordinary watch to keep a close rate, under the demanding scrutiny of an observatory competition, was extremely difficult and adjusting a tourbillon, even more so. The movement has a bimetallic Guillaume balance and steel Breguet overcoil (the Guillaume balance was by far the most sophisticated of bimetallic temperature compensating balances; they were used by Rolex in its famous “Kew A” chronometers) and vibrates at 21,600 vph.

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Patek observatory tourbillon wristwatches from the 20th century were made in very small numbers, and designing and adjusting them was very much a black art, but as the years went by the company accumulated considerable expertise. Above is another such movement, also designed by André Bornand, and with an unusual 50 second tourbillon. Movement no. 866,503/caliber 34T was adjusted by René Mathey for the competitions, and it has a number of interesting features – like no. 861,115, it has a Guillaume compensating balance and steel Breguet balance spring, but it also has a cage made of beryllium bronze, which is amagnetic and also less massive than steel, making it ideal for a tourbillon carriage.

Caliber 34T is a Bornand modification of the rectangular Patek caliber 34S; it has a 57-hour power reserve. According to the Patek Museum, there were a total of five built between 1958 and 1966, and “… all obtained first class chronometry bulletins and two won the first prize in their category in the Geneva Observatory competition.” This particular movement was awarded a “Bulletin de Première Classe” with First Prize mention at Geneva, in 1958. It was not cased until 1983 and is now in the best fake Patek Philippe Museum.

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Some time in the early 1980s, the round movement you see up top caught the eye of Patek President Philippe Stern, and at his request, it was placed in a case for him to wear in 1987, receiving the designation ref. 3699.

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Everyone has their own notions of what the ultimate wristwatch might be, and of course, what the ultimate replica Patek Philippe might be. (Personally I have about 10 different candidates for both on a daily basis.) But there is something bracingly pure about ref. 3699. It’s absolute in its single-minded dedication, in conception and construction, to something much more than some vapid notion of luxury – an expression of a combination of state of the art timekeeping technology of its time, with a level of skill in manufacturing and fine-tuning that has become very nearly extinct in Switzerland or anywhere else. It might just be, if you’re fascinated by the combination of precision and high craft that marks watchmaking at its highest level, one of the most beautiful watches ever made.

Review: Cheap Replica Piaget Polo S UK

Not known to many, Piaget was a pioneer in the designing and building of ultra-thin movements, a trademark of the company. They made their mark in the watchmaking world with the introduction of the ultra-thin hand-wound Caliber 9P in 1957 and subsequently, releasing the Caliber 12P in 1960 when it was known to be the world’s thinnest automatic movement. These were great showings of Piaget’s workmanship in terms of technical abilities as well as their creativeness in exploring different watchmaking possibilities such as ultra-thin profile watches.

One of the most prominent creations from Piaget which embodies the above is the Piaget Polo watch. First released in 1979, the watch received a warm reception from many as it was a timepiece that can be uniquely identified to be from cheap replica watches Piaget with its iconic design. The first release featured a bracelet that was integrated with the casing of the watch and this shows the technical abilities of Piaget’s watchmakers, giving the watch its own identity and making it look elegant.

This year, we see the release of an all-new Piaget Polo line with two different options namely: Piaget Polo S and the Piaget Polo S Chronograph. The new release is designed to capture a younger audience looking for an affordable and elegant watch to sport on different occasions. Piaget sees the new Polo S as a “Game Changer” and in line with that, Piaget has named eight men as “Friends of the brand”. Among the eight includes Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds and quoted “I’ve known of Piaget since I was just a little kid. You can’t find a more iconic brand, or one which better exemplifies craftsmanship, elegance and creativity.”. So, does the new Piaget Polo S exemplify the mentioned? Let’s take a closer look at the new release, the Piaget Polo S.

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The all-new Piaget Polo S, a game-changer for Piaget.

Case, Dial and Hands

The Piaget Polo S comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case and it features a brushed bezel and a cushion-shaped case. True to its origins, this timepiece features a very thin profile measuring at just 9.4mm, making it an ideal dress watch. The dial comes in three different options, silver, blue and grey, appealing to a wider audience along with a simple dial design that also features a date indicator at the bottom of it.

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The Piaget Polo S features a simple-looking, elegant dial with a date indicator located at the 6 o’clock position.

On first look, the Piaget Polo S bears a sharp resemblance to the Patek Philippe Nautilus. This was apparent from every detail; the brushed bezel looked like the Nautilus’ bezel except for the fact that its horizontally brushed and not done vertically. Likewise, for the dial, the best fake Piaget Polo S features a horizontal striped dial which the Nautilus is very well known for, a trademark for Patek Philippe.

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The Piaget Polo S was designed to appeal to a younger crowd and we see many familiar elements on this watch. Notice the brushed bezel and cushion-shaped case, resembling the Nautilus.

We feel that this was not accidental by any means and it’s a way to attract the younger folks who are interested in buying an entry-level watch that has a premium look to it. This new release from Piaget does not exemplify creativity to say the least, it looks almost as if it was hastily put together, combining elements of popular timepieces like the Nautilus or the Royal Oak. No doubt the watch is beautiful and elegant looking but, a watch must have its identity and not simply borrow elements of other timepieces to conveniently create that identity.

The Movement

The Piaget Polo S is powered by the new manufacture movements, the Piaget Polo S is powered by Piaget’s 1110P Caliber, a development of the 800P automatic mechanical movement which is well-known for its durability. The movement drives the hours, minutes, central seconds and date indicator at the 6 o’clock position. This movement operates at 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and features a power reserve of up to 50 hours.

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The Piaget 1110P Caliber, a development of the 800P automatic mechanical movement, renowned for its durability

In terms of finishing, the 1110P Caliber is decorated with circular Côtes de Genève and stamped with the Piaget coat-of-arms, reasonably good finishing considering the price.

Concluding Thoughts

The Piaget Polo S is an excellent dress watch and we like the aesthetics appeal of it, it looks almost like the Nautilus, a classic that can be instantly recognized from far. Priced at US$ 9,350 for the UK luxury replica Piaget Polo S three-handers and US$ 12,400 for the chronograph version, the Piaget Polo S series is well-priced and no doubt this would sell very well given the design. On the other hand, it’s disappointing to see how a brand needing to resort to recycling the design elements of popular pieces to attract new buyers.