A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Timezone – a Personal Story pt. 2

A few weeks ago we published the first part of my personal story with replica A. Lange & Söhne watches UK. To me, this brand has played an important role in the past one-and-a-half decade of watch collecting, learning about mechanical watches and making Monochrome into what it is today. After that memorable weekend back in 2007, there was another memorable weekend. Another weekend that was important for me, and for Monochrome, and again the Lange 1 Timezone had a prominent role.

That second memorable weekend was only a few years ago, in 2013, when I was invited to spent a few days with cheap fake A. Lange & Söhne watches at Lake Como, in Northern Italy. I had just quit my job as policy advisor of the Minister of Transport, to start doing Monochrome full-time – until than I (somehow) managed to run Monochrome in my spare time, during evenings, weekends, and holidays. That was a big step for me, and for the website! It was in May and the weather was so-so, a bit of rain, some cold winds, and when the sun broke through the clouds it warmed up nicely. Nothing unusual for that time of the year, around the North Italian lakes. But there was something highly unusual going on at the shores of Lake Como. The gardens around hotel Villa d’Este -a magnificent hotel located at the shores of the lake, originally build, in 1568, as the summer residence of Cardinal Gallio, and transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873- gave stage to one of the most spectacular car shows in the world: Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Today’s story sprouts from that very weekend at the shores of lake Como. Although the setting is different, it’s again replete with extraordinary cars. The setting for this story is the Louman Museum in my hometown, The Hague, Netherlands.

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The Louman Museum is home to the world’s oldest private collection, and one of the finest car museums in the world. You will find the entire history of historic cars, coaches and motorcycles, and it will show you the story of the first motorised carriages to what we would call the first automobiles, and there are many important historical cars. Here you can find the largest collection of Spyker cars (a Dutch car brand, that was later revived as Spyker Cars) and one of them was the world’s first automobile to be equipped with a six-cylinder engine, the first petrol-driven car with four-wheel drive and the first car with a braking system connected to all four wheels. This Spyker 60-HP is clearly one of the most significant cars in motoring history.

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Again a setting of magnificent old and historic cars, and of course the best fake A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Timezone. When you wonder why this particular watch had such prominent role during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, it is because the owners of the ‘Best of Show’ automobile wins a Lange 1 Timezone, with the year and Concours engraved in the case back. I borrowed a Lange 1 Timezone for this photo shoot, and the watch, and these splendid vehicles, sure brought back memories of a great weekend!

It was one of those “work-related weekends” that doesn’t feel like work at all. It’s these kind of weekends that are good for thinking (rethinking) and talking about pretty much everything, not only watches and cars. Having just decided to go full time with Monochrome, it was good to be among old and new friends, to enjoy the view of beautiful timepieces and cars, and to discuss the industry from every possible angle. Including the online journalistic angle! For instance, what do people look for online, when searching for information about watches, and what actually defines Monochrome? Rather crucial question for me and for Mono. The results of these discussions, and time to overthink it all, have had great results. In these past few years Monochrome has grown to be among the world’s best read blogs about (high-end) watches!Luxury fake A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Timezone for sale online.

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In my “Monochrome life” there have been some crucial moments, and on these crucial moment there was always ‘an important watch’. Hey, I’m a watch guy, so that happens. Some of the watches that have been, or still are, very important to me featured in The Collector’s Series. These are for instance my Sarpaneva Korona K1, my Speake-Marin Piccadilly and my Hautlence HL Ti. I think most “watch folks” have important watches that are somehow connected to important life-events.

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Let’s enjoy some more photos of one of the best, and most beautiful, traveler’s watches on the market!

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph Watches Hands-On

There are some watches out there that, one might feel, appear to have always been around. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph works so well as a natural extension to the Diver collection that, to me, it is certainly such a watch. A couple weeks ago at SIHH 2016, luxury replica Audemars Piguet watches finally enhanced their “ROO Diver” – originally released at SIHH 2010 – by adding a chronograph function to it. Do the math, and you’ll find that It took six years for the brand to make the first considerable, major update to this collection. To make up for that lengthy wait, the Le Brassus-based manufacture premiered not one, but four different color options. Here’s our hands-on look.

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In 2016, the luxury watch industry (and many of its peers) are still in a phase where for a renowned manufacture to debut colorful new pieces can be widely considered a “controversial move.” I can’t help but feel inclined to point to the numerous, considerably more pressing industry issues, that we covered at length here – things that should arguably come sooner than being afraid of a brand “losing it” just because it debuted a few colorful watches.

Sure, whether you would want to wear a bright yellow (or green, or orange, or blue) watch or not is surely down to your personal preference, but to suddenly find a brand to be “controversial” or “polarizing” for its use of colors on a sporty collection may be one unnecessary step too far in watch-snobbery.

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When approached with a more open mind, the new cheap replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph may just surprise you with its blend of popping bright colors and AP-standard craftsmanship – I could feel its genuinely fun vibe get to me even in snowy-foggy Geneva in the middle of January. While the deemed success or failure of color schemes may very well be down to personal taste, I can only applaud it when brands leave behind their usual – and, for the most part, not very fascinating – black-silver-white colorways and dare think out of the box a bit. At a time when such an overwhelmingly large number of high-end brands dedicate most all their attention to “heritage,” “tribute,” “anniversary,” and “vintage,” to see something as fun, unapologetic, and bold as the new ROO Diver Chronograph, was a truly refreshing experience… even if, technically, it is based on a 1972 design.

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This new chronograph version brings that modern approach to the next level as, at the time of release, there actually are no truly conservative color options for the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph: you can have it in bright yellow, vibrant orange, deep blue (with a splash of yellow), or in-your-face green (facts: that latter one is not an official color code, and it is being reserved for the Geneva boutique only – seriously).

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The new Diver Chronograph retains many of the original Diver’s trademark design elements. The inner rotating flange ring that can be adjusted via the ceramic crown at the 10 o’clock position is still present, and so is UK cheap replica Audemars Piguet’s trademark “Méga Tapisserie” dial pattern with those chunky, well-defined blocks that, to this day, still work so well with the overall theme and looks of the watch. The massive hour and minute hands remain, and so do the applied indices with the faceted edges – upon a closer look, you will find numerous high-end details to keep the new Diver in line with what you would expect from AP when it comes to quality of execution.

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The Royal Oak Offshore case is as impressive as ever, too: built like a tank, crafted from beautifully machined and polished steel in a size of 42 millimeters wide and 14.75 millimeters thick. The ROO strikes a fascinating balance, looking like the love child of weapon-grade equipment and fine jewelry. Just look at that profile shot two above: it is chunky, blocky, and yet in some weirdly cool way, justifiably over the top.

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To create some much needed contrast to all this muscle-flexing, the thin, polished and beveled edge that runs along the side of the crown protector bridge, the side of the case and lugs, and also the edge of the bezel all work in tandem to give a high-end feel to a watch that otherwise could easily just come off as a block of brushed steel that tries too hard to impress.

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It was a relief to see best replica Audemars Piguet watches online not shy away from using a see-through case-back, using the 300-meter water resistance rating as an excuse to hide what’s inside. Hence, what you will discover turning the new Diver Chronograph over is the impressive-looking Audemars Piguet Calibre 3124/3841 – a manufacture base caliber with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module on top. That’s right, AP has stuck with this modular construction, while Vacheron Constantin has at last updated its Overseas (hands-on here), and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus (hands-on here) also has their in-house chronograph movement, albeit at a much higher price.

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An easy way to spot and distinguish a modular chronograph movement from an integrated one is to check the pushers and crown of the case: if the chronograph pushers are not on the same level as the crown but further up, then you know there has been a module installed on top of a base movement. Just check the profile shot two above, for a “once seen, you can never unsee” experience. This little detail may or may not be an issue for you – although, arguably, the higher the price, the more expected a fully in-house movement becomes.