Incredibly, even though this has been a tough year, the watch industry continues to amaze us with exceptional replica watches. Some brands even stuck their necks out and introduced major watches. Of note, the big ticket watches like the Ferdinand Berthoud FB2 and the Patek Philippe Grand et Petite Sonnerie. Exceptional high end pieces targeted at the top end of the market. Bravo for these manufacturers to release these in a difficult year.
And among the new releases, here are our top picks. Some may be controversial. Some may be expected. And others will be a surprise. Here are the watches…in no particular order.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001
Right off the bat, this is the controversial one. Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 6007A-001 replica with steel case. Limited Edition of 1000 pieces. And priced at a relatively affordable S$ 37,400. A wet dream for many collectors.
The controversy is in the dial. The magnificent pattern, a design first seen on the Ref. 5208T-010 which sold for CHF 6.2 million at Only Watch 2017. But toned down…some say dumbed down. Instead of a hand guilloché lattice pattern, the 6007’s Carbon” motif on the dial is stamped.
But no matter. This was a very beautiful watch the first we set eyes on it. The watch is sober, very discreet, and shines at many levels. The beautiful dial layout, the patterning and the colour is at one level. The almost perfect proportions of the 40mm case is another. And the magnificent C. 324 S C. As is the overall superb finishing. But truth be told, perhaps the biggest draw is that this is a Patek Philippe dress watch in stainless steel. And will stand as a good investment to rival any.
Audemars Piguet [Re]Master 01
Possibly the best AP to launch in recent years. This sorta, kinda vintage inspired release hits the spot in so many places, perhaps like an itch which needed to be scratched. At least as far as AP is concerned. Its refreshing in the sea of Royal Oaks and Offshores. And a classic departure from the much maligned Code 11.59.
The Swiss movement fake Audemars Piguet [Re]master 01 is a tribute to the AP Ref. 1533 of old. Comparing to photographs of the Ref. 1533, we find the resemblance to be almost spot on. The teardrop lugs are drop dead gorgeous. The gold and steel case is charming. And the champagne dial is an absolute darling. At S$74,400 it is certainly not inexpensive, but in the same competitive ballpark as its peers in the upper echelon of the chronograph world.