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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.

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.