Hands-on: Cheap Replica Zenith El Primero Range Rover (Specs, Photos and Price)

There’s a common saying that ‘car’ guys are ‘watch’ guys. Behind this aphorism though is a real connection fueled by the love of fine mechanics, performance and passion. As a result collaborations between watch and car manufacturers have flourished – for the better … or worse. Case in point, Zenith and Land Rover recently announced their first watch collaboration. Now regardless of what you think of such partnerships, you have to agree that this one stands out. For a start, Landrover is not just about performance and mechanics. Its go-anywhere, tow-anything cars are an expression of freedom – a philosophy that speaks to me more than turbo-charged engines. Secondly, the replica Zenith El Primero Range Rover is simply a superb (no-fuss) chronograph. Time for a hands-on look.

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The Zenith El Primero Range Rover is a variation of the El Primero 36’000 VPH. Just like the vehicles of the British car maker, it is sophisticated and understated. Apart from a discreet Range Rover caption, exact fake Zenith watches has avoided any loud co-branding cues in favor of designing a sober, elegant special edition chronograph. The watch comes in a dynamic 42mm case with a box sapphire crystal and mushroom pushers. It is crafted in ceramised aluminum, a nod to the Range Rover chassis. The overall impression is one of urban stealth, in the spirit of modern Range Rovers rather than in that of the original rugged, off-road Land Rovers.

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The anthracite three-counter dial features a smart brushed finish and faceted hour markers. The date is indicated at 6 o’clock in white on black as it should be (sometimes brands use standard white date discs regardless the color of the dial). The hour and minutes hands are rhodium coated with luminescent material inlays.

This special edition is powered by the 400B version of the iconic El Primero chronograph personalized with a ‘Range Rover’ engraving on the rotor. Introduced in 1969, El Primero was one of the very first automatic chronographs. It is an integrated construction with column-wheel and horizontal clutch. As it is operating at 36’000 vibrations/hours, the chronograph second hands performs 10 jumps per seconds marking off tenths of a second. Not surprisingly, given the automotive background of the watch, the chronograph is complemented by a tachymetric scale, discreetly transferred on the flange.

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The replica Zenith El Primero Range Rover black rubber strap coated with perforated white or grey calfskin similar to that of the latest Range Rovers. It is closed by a triple folding buckle in black-PVD titanium.

Conclusion

The El Primero 36’000 VPH is one of our favorite Zenith watches. The restrained and thoughtful customization performed with Range Rover has not changed our minds about this – even if we are not always fans of ‘co-branded’ or ‘partnership’ models. With its reasonable size and super-light material, it is comfortable on the wrist. The El Primero engine inside ensures there is more than enough power under the hood and at € 8,900 EURO (£7,200 GBP for the UK) we think it’s fairly priced too.

Specifications of the Zenith El Primero Range Rover

Case: 42mm x 12.75mm– ceramicised aluminum – domed sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment – case- cheap replica Zenith back with sapphire crystal -100m water resistant
Movement: calibre El Primero 400B in-house integrated chronograph with automatic winding – 50h power reserve – 13’’’ ¼ – 31 jewels – 36’000 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, small seconds, date and chronograph
Strap: black rubber coated with perforated calfskin strap with black-PVD titanium triple folding buckle
Reference 24.2040.400/27.R797
Price: € 8,900 EURO (including VAT)

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UK Replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch

Having the opportunity to analyse new watches of this calibre is really quite something. A. Lange & Söhne have a long and rich history of watchmaking excellence that has been compounded over the past decade. With the SIHH 2016 release of the cheap replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watches, the Glashütte-based manufacture has combined the show-stopping complications of two of their previous Grand Lange watches.

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Seeing a new piece that literally integrates the selling points of previous models is quite unusual. You might wonder how the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch reflects on its forerunners, but given there will only be 200 pieces of this exceptional piece made available, it seems like there won’t be enough to go around in any case.

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We débuted the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Lumen watch way back in December 2012, when it first came out (check out the article here). In that model, we saw the big date for which A. Lange & Söhne is so renowned glow in the dark for the first time. One year and one day later, we went hands-on with the UK fake A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase watches (see that article here). With that release, A. Lange & Söhne débuted a moon phase complication that dominated the main dial at nine o’clock. Two years down the road, and the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch adds that celestial dance to the largely unchanged dial of the Lumen, and ensures it marries aesthetically by bringing it to life in the dark.

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Obviously, one of the key aspects of this watch is the fact so many of its elements are luminous. This is kind of a weird selling point for a watch of such high horological integrity. I am addicted to good quality luminant and adore A. Lange & Söhne watches, but I’d never really thought the two went together like strawberries and cream. But it seems I was wrong. Sure, the green tint of the luminant does give this A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch a much more modern appearance than its truly classical contemporaries, but just because it is different doesn’t mean it is bad.

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The effect of the glowing big date is incredibly satisfying, and the starry scene of the moon phase enlivens the whole face the second the lights go out. Normally, A. Lange & Söhne would use gold moonphase discs, but not on this watch, The moon phase disc is made of lume-backed glass, which is then coated via a patented process that effectively turns the surface of the glass black. The disc is then passed under a laser beam that accurately cuts-out 1164 stars and the moon to create this heavenly vista. And it doesn’t just look awesome: once it has been set-up, the moon phase will only need correcting by one day every 122.6 years.

When analysing a watch of such visual interest, it’s almost possible to overlook the quality of the underlying calibre. The extremely wearable 41mm platinum case of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch houses the in-house L095.4. The L095.4 is an elaborately finished calibre with a three-quarter plate made of untreated German silver and decorated with Glashütte ribbing. The large top plate of this manually-wound movement is studded with seven screwed gold chatons. A screw balance with a free-sprung hairspring guarantees superb accuracy. The A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch has a power reserve of 72 hours (three days), features 446 parts, 45 functional jewels, and an operating frequency of 21,600vph.

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Made of blackened silver and black tinted, semi-transparent sapphire-crystal glass, the dial of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch is a fantastic muted backdrop to the excitement of the complications at work. The resulting appearance is, in my opinion, one of the sportiest ever seen from A. Lange & Söhne. The special coating applied to the glass blocks most of the visible light but dos not prevent the luminous elements behind the glass from charging. This is particularly important for the ‘tens’ cross that is responsible for the first digit of the date, displayed through the ample aperture at one o’clock.

Most people recognise the big date windows for which A. Lange & Söhne has become known, but fewer appreciate how the effect is achieved. Using two date discs that are not centrally mounted presents a challenge A. Lange & Söhne have solved in a very cool way. Thanks to the semi-translucent sapphire dial of the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch we can see exactly how this optical illusion is performed. Rather than using two discs to indicate the big date, UK replica A. Lange & Söhne watches use one disc (for the second digit) and one cross (printed with 0, 1, 2, and 3). This enables the close bunching of the numbers and the crisp separation between the disc and the cross (two discs presenting two numbers so closely set, would have resulted in at least a little overlap).

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I think that the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watch is a really exciting addition to the range. They’ve thrown out the form book and started afresh with this piece. By utilising glass and luminant for the moon phase disc instead of gold as they would have done traditionally, they’ve changed the aesthetics drastically. The result is a spectral and sporty piece that uses tiny flashes of colour (such as the red/orange of the power reserve indicator at five o’clock) to excellent effect. The only negative I can muster is that it is a little expensive for a watch of this general mien. The exact fake A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange Moon Phase Lumen watches comes in at a price of €69,600. It’s certainly something different from this storied brand, and could be paving the way for more of the same. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that that’s the case.