UK Cheap Replica A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Watches

Budget considerations notwithstanding, probably my favorite new-for-SIHH-2016 watch from the talented people in Glashutte, Germany, is the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar in 18k white gold. It follows in the footsteps of the original 18k rose gold and limited edition platinum versions of the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar from 2012 (hands-on here). Another “hidden tourbillon” watch also new for 2016 is replica A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon. The concept here is about having a tourbillon-style regulation system, but not one that is exposed on the dial as is typically the case with tourbillon-containing timepieces. Rather, the tourbillon is located in the movement and only viewable through the sapphire crystal caseback on the rear of the watch.

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In the spirit of “stealth wealth,” A. Lange & Söhne designed this reference 720.038F with just the mere term “tourbillon” on the dial, and in German “Ewiger Kalendar” below. Otherwise, the dial is seemingly simple and straight-forward with many of its complicated aspects almost hidden in plain sight. For me, what is perhaps the most special element of the design is the placement of a “hidden” tourbillon in an automatic movement. Not only are automatic self-winding mechanical watches with tourbillon regulation systems uncommon, but I don’t think that I’ve ever before seen one with the tourbillon only visible on the movement-side of the watch.

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Over the last few years, many people on the aBlogtoWatch team have sort of “gotten over” the tourbillon as a reason to get excited about a watch. We’ve just seen so many of them that their importance has waned given their relative lack of utility or our observations of any real innovation. With that said, the complication is technically fascinating, and if we had to have one… well, then a tourbillon produced by best replica A. Lange & Söhne watches UK would easily be among the few we would eagerly choose. So, in a timepiece such as this, the placement of a tourbillon in a manner that does not require you to view it all the time, but merely at your desire if you want to remove the watch from your wrist is a concept that really appeals to us. I will sum up this stream of thoughts by saying that when the brand originally released the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar watch, I was not as excited about it as I am now. No, it isn’t the new 18k white gold case and gray dial that have changed my mind, but more likely my maturing and evolving tastes as a watch enthusiast.

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So let me start by discussing the movement inside of this new (and non-limited edition) version of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. Inside the watch is in-house made A. Lange & Söhne calibre L.082.1 automatic produced from 624 parts operating at 3Hz (21,600 bph) with a power reserve of 50 hours. As it is a Lange tourbillon, there is also a diamond endstone on the balance wheel. The visual design of the tourbillon is further a but different than other exact replica A. Lange & Söhne tourbillons thanks to the architecture of the automatic movement. There is certainly less of a view of the tourbillon because of the automatic winding system, but for me, the added convenience makes it worth it.

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If you recall, the main difference between a manually-wound versus automatic Lange 1 watch is not only the orientation of the complications (simply flipped for the automatic), but also the replacement of the power reserve indicator with a retrograde day-of-the-week indicator. This leads me to the perpetual calendar complication system which uses the big date indicator, day of the week scale, small leap year indicator, and peripheral ring for the month – which is indicated by a small arrow that sits right below the leap year indicator. There is also a moon phase indicator disc window built into the subsidiary seconds dial, and a day/night indicator relatively subtly included in the main dial for the time.

Other important features include no need to adjust the moonphase indicator for 122.6 years (if only I could live that long), as well as a patented stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon. I love the style of the richly-engraved 21k gold automatic rotor as well. Simple to understand and use, the information in the Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar watch also makes it easy to love.

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At 41.9mm wide and 12.2mm thick, for me, the size of the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar is just right. The watch was previously released in 18k rose gold as well as platinum. The latter model could theoretically be confused with this 18k white gold model, but it has a silver-colored dial and was limited to 100 pieces. For this 18k white gold model, luxury fake A. Lange & Söhne opts for a gray dial. I should also mention another limited edition version which was the A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst (hands-on here) from 2014. Price for this A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar ref. 720.038F is 315,900 €.

Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph Watch

Since its debut in 1992, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore has housed all sorts of complications in its virile, sporty case. The pinnacle of these endeavors surely was the $740,000 Grand Complication (hands-on here), but today we are looking at a more typical-for-AP combination of fine complications: the tourbillon chronograph. Let’s see what this bold, complex-looking thing, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph (debuted here), has to offer.

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When the first Royal Oak Offshore made it to the market in 1993 with its beefy 42mm case, many observers thought that Audemars Piguet may have missed the mark with its spinoff on the iconic Royal Oak. Some said it was too big for a conventional sports watch… but let’s not forget that when Gérald Genta introduced the Royal Oak in 1972, the world’s first “luxury sports watch” in a stainless steel case and a price tag well above that of a gold watch, the reaction was similarly conservative. It took time for the market to digest the radical proposal, but once it was accepted, a real success story began to unfold.

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With its industrial architecture and the incorporation of the oversized chronograph pushers protected with rubber guards, the “ROO” consolidated its imposing character. The dramatic high-tech character and performance of the watch made it (at least appear to be) suitable for extreme sports, all the while maintaining some of that original, powerful, elegant Royal Oak vibe.

We have come a long way since the original Royal Oak Offshore, though, so enough with looking to the past, and let’s see what this high-complication version brings to the table.

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Audemars Piguet tends not to shy away from developing and introducing new and ever more complicated high-end movements – while they nevertheless seem to take their time when it comes to upgrading their more ubiquitous movements, as testified to by the new ROO Diver Chronograph (hands-on coverage and explanation here).

Anyhow, with the Caliber 2897 inside the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph, they went on to add a bit to the tried and proven recipe of a tourbillon chronograph by equipping it with a peripheral automatic winding rotor. Clearly, one of the aesthetic issues with automatic movements is that the central rotor hides almost half of the movement’s components – and if there ever were a “first world problem” in watch design, then this must be it. Worry not, though, as cheap fake Audemars Piguet watches has engineered the 2897 to have a peripheral winding rotor crafted from platinum.

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To offer the wearer an uninhibited view of the movement, the watch is equipped with a peripheral rotor that swirls around the movement as opposed to sitting on top of the movement. This is not the first time we have seen a peripheral rotor (Jaeger-LeCoultre, for example, used one in their Master Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon) but, if one of the main draws of high-end watchmaking is the privilege of admiring the movement, one wonders why they aren’t used more often. In the case of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph, the platinum oscillating weight charges 180 degrees in both directions and glides on ball bearings. The choice of platinum for the rotor is designed to add weight, maximizing inertia to charge the mainspring.

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The semicircular platinum rotor swings around the top part of the calibre giving the watch one of its coolest features… but more on that in a bit. According to cheap fake Audemars Piguet watches for sale, more than 30% of the cost of this watch is generated by the decoration of the movement. Revealed in all its splendor, the movement is beautifully executed with hand-bevelled edges, satin polished flat surfaces and bevelled and polished edges on the levers and bridges. Particularly eye-catching are the two large bridges with sandblasted centers.

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The 35mm caliber is housed in a high-tech forged carbon case measuring 44mm. The height of the watch is 14mm, conforming to the construction specs of the ROO which is meant to be big all-around regardless of the complications housed within. Brushed black ceramic is used on the bezel, and the pushers, crown, as well as pushpiece guards are made from titanium, endowing the watch with a formidable personality.

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The layout of the dial is, in my opinion, the most debatable aspect of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph. With its signature checkerboard pattern, the part that everybody loves is the exterior border of the dial with a transparent sapphire crystal ring allowing you to watch the rotor swing back and forth. The Scalextric effect is really cool and will have you gazing at the dial for hours. And, as the rotor performs its rotations under the dial, a large gear positioned at 1 o’clock on the dial moves in time to the rotor.

I’m afraid this is the gear of our discontent. The aperture at 1 o’clock houses the gear as well as the bridge that keeps it in place. The space required to accommodate the elements means that the 30-minute subdial of the chronograph has been reduced in size while the running seconds subdial on the left maintains the same proportions as the 2011 model.

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The tourbillon – another of the 25 tourbillons developed by the manufacture – is located in an aperture at 6 o’clock. As a 60-second tourbillon with a balance wheel oscillating at 21,600 alt/H (3,00Hz), the ensemble puts on a great show, although the view is somewhat obstructed by the blackened titanium bridge. All the different-sized apertures on the dial create an unbalanced effect and might not be to everybody’s liking.

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Personally, I would have liked the bridge of the gear train at 1 o’clock hidden under the dial. The tapisserie-pattern checker board motif of the Royal Oak family is so ubiquitous that we take it for granted, but it has become one of the most salient dial decorations in watchmaking history, and viewed up close, you can appreciate the delicate guilloché work. It creates a subtle and beautiful game of light across the surface of the dial. That’s why, for me, the more of this tapisserie there is on the dial, the better.

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A series of improvements have been incorporated in this model including a better coupling lever and the optimization of the shapes and positions of the springs and levers, so only the slightest pressure is needed to activate the chronograph. As anybody who has had an best replica Audemars Piguet chronograph watches in their hands can attest, the activation of the chronograph is silky-smooth.

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Thanks to the yoke clutch, there is a dual regulation of the gear trains, a feature exclusive to Audemars Piguet. This, together with a synchronization-regulating operation undertaken by the watchmakers, ensures that the chronograph hand does not jump when activated. In addition, the 30-minute counter is equipped with a device that enables a semi-instant jump of the chronograph minute hand within an interval of approximately half a second. This way, the time reading is more precise since the transition from one minute to the next is faster and gives a clear indication of the number of minutes elapsed.

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Completing the high-tech appeal of the watch, the replica Audemars Piguet strap is made from black rubber UK and closes around the wrist with a titanium pin buckle. Royal Oak Offshore watches, as this Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph so eloquently attests, are designed to stand out from the crowd and are not for the faint of heart. A limited edition of just 50 pieces, the watch will become a talking piece given its rare sightings and is priced at $287,200.