Navitimer Cosmonaute

At the launch of the new Navitimer Cosmonaute, Breitling presented the original “first Swiss space watch” for the first time since its mission in 1962

On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the voyage aboard the Aurora 7 spacecraft, this mythical watch with a 24-hour dial will once again take to the skies in a new version, paying homage to its historic mission. To commemorate the occasion, Breitling unveiled the original Cosmonaute to the public for the first time since 1962 and uncovered the watch’s incredible story.

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In the 1960s, Breitling’s aviation chronograph was the undisputed pilot’s watch. But the world’s attention is rapidly shifting from air travel to space exploration, which means another space race is quietly underway. This time, watchmakers are vying to be the first on the wrist of astronauts.

Breitling’s expertise in aviation watches puts the brand at the top of the list. On May 24, 1962, after astronaut Scott Carpenter wore the Navitimer Cosmonaute three times around the Earth during the Mercury-Atlas 7 mission, Breitling was officially awarded the “first Swiss space watch”. title. The watch was a personal request from Carpenter, a variation on the iconic pilot’s watch he encountered during his flight, but with a 24-hour dial that could distinguish day and night in space.

Today, on the 60th anniversary of that mission, Breitling not only unveils Carpenter’s original Navitimer Cosmonaute, but also pays homage to it. This special edition is limited to 362 pieces and is numbered 362 in recognition of the spacecraft’s voyage around Earth and the year the mission made history, marking a key step in human spaceflight. Breitling CEO Georges Kern said: “When we launched our redesigned aviation chronograph earlier this year, everyone was asking the question, ‘What about the Cosmonaute?’ Delighted to finally announce two Cosmonaute revelations: the first public debut of a watch worn by Scott Carpenter in space, and a limited-edition 60th anniversary watch that pays tribute to its history-making pioneer.”

First public viewing of a piece of space history
On May 24, 1962, five hours after launch, the Aurora 7 capsule carrying Carpenter landed safely in the Atlantic Ocean. Recovery operations lasted three hours, with prolonged exposure to seawater causing irreparable damage to Carpenter’s Cosmonaute. Breitling replaced Carpenter’s watch immediately, but that battered and corroded space history remains in the Breitling family archives – unrestored and well known. That is, until today. Now, exactly 60 years after its historic flight, this great space watch is on display for the first time at a space-themed event in Zurich for select collectors, journalists and watch enthusiasts.

It was a dynamic and interactive afternoon co-hosted by Georges Kern and former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly with an impressive lineup of speakers including Carpenter family member Gregory Breitling and historian and collector Fred Mandelbaum. Panelists reflected on the creation of Cosmonaute, the importance of the Carpenter mission, and how both fit into the wider space program context of the time. Also on display is the Cosmonaute, once owned by astronaut John Glenn and acquired at auction in 2019 by Gregory Breitling. high quality fake watches

24-hour watch, monumental, refreshed
The Cosmonaute is a true Navitimer, which means it has all the hallmarks of the Breitling Aviation logo: a circular slide rule for mathematical calculations, the “wing” logo of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, and three chronograph subdials . What sets the Cosmonaute apart from the rest of its family is its ability to distinguish 24 hours. The Breitling in-house calibre B02 is designed for this task.

At first glance, the new Cosmonaute is a faithful replica of the original, with an all-black dial and black alligator leather strap or seven-row stainless steel bracelet for a timeless classic. On closer inspection, however, this elegantly proportioned 41mm watch is full of new features. One is its platinum bezel, a premium touch that makes this numbered edition even more of a collector’s piece. The other is its open sapphire crystal caseback, which provides a window for the B02 movement, and its special bridges engraved to commemorate the occasion: “Carpenter”, “Aurora 7” and “3 orbits around the Earth”, among others The words, as well as the brand name, were originally selected by a team of seven astronauts for NASA’s first manned spaceflight, Mercury 7.

While other watch brands claim space firsts, only Breitling can call itself “the first Swiss watch to go into space.” The only other Swiss timepiece to have made it to orbit before was a pocket watch stopwatch with a strap. Meanwhile, the Cosmonaute—a watch to be worn in space and designed to astronaut specifications—maintained those specifications when it went on sale in 1962. Not only did this 24-hour timepiece continue to be popular with collectors, it was regularly featured on the wrists of other astronauts. fake swiss watches

Today’s Cosmonaute takes us back to the origins of space travel, when the stakes are high and each mission is a triumph of human ingenuity. This new watch pays homage to the aesthetics of the original Cosmonaute, with subtle updates that are almost imperceptible, giving it a modern-vintage appeal. As a final tribute, the caseback is engraved with Carpenter’s mission date, the watch number (362 in total) and the words “first Swiss watch in space”.

Corum golden bridge round watch

Like many modern watchmakers, Corum fake has had an interesting time over the past few years. Through ups and downs, brands around 2016 are rediscovering themselves and recalling some of the personalities that make modern brands interesting. When it comes to how people wear modern timepieces, the old Corum (as it was 10 to 15 years ago) is a true innovator in style and fashion. For example, the Bubble (which also returns this year) is a real testament to how high-end watches can be really fun. The Golden Bridge is easily one of Corum’s most unique movement and timepiece concepts, but while the visual presentation is very interesting, it struggles to appeal to Western men.

For 2016, Corum may have found a new sweet spot in the Golden Bridge collection with the new Corum Golden Bridge Round watch. This is the first time Corum has designed a circular case for its linear movement, and the results are quite interesting. The Golden Bridge movement (in this case, the CO 113 movement) is an interesting mechanism designed to have all its components stacked in a cylindrical shape (Corum calls it an “in-line oblong” movement). The bridges that hold all the movement components together are made of 18k rose gold, in this case, with some very attractive traditional hand-engraving. Despite the compact size of the movement, it still runs at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 40 hours – not bad at all. The CO 113 movement displays the time only in hours and minutes.

For the Golden Bridge Round, Corum placed the movement vertically in a round case, leaving some space on the sides of the movement for decoration or other purposes. Corum wanted to get a bit of architectural flair here, so in the otherwise skeletonized case, the bridge work on either side of the movement was (literally) taken from the design of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. So yes, the Golden Bridge watch takes some inspiration from another Golden Bridge…I think it’s interesting. In fact, the Golden Gate Bridge is red, but when the light hits it in the right direction, the bridge appears to glow golden. I’ll note that living near the Golden Gate Bridge, the sun doesn’t shine on it very often (through clouds and fog).

The last time Corum ventured into making a more masculine version of the Golden Bridge was in the Ti-Bridge series (hands on here). The Corum Ti-Bridge places the movement in a horizontal position, turning the timepiece into a modern sports watch. Expensive and with no clear target demographic, I believe the Ti-Bridge will be a collector’s favorite in the future, but during its release, it’s been hard to find a taker as there tends to be a niche appreciation for the concept and competition at this price point .

For the Corum Golden Bridge Round, I think Corum kind of threw in the towel, admitting “yes, a round case might be needed” for the Golden Bridge to be used as a men’s watch. From what I understand, in some parts of the world, tonneau-shaped gold bridge watches are sold to men, but in many ways, the collection has been a more feminine design by Western standards so far. Having said that, the Corum Golden Bridge Round watch captures the essence of sophistication and delicacy that the Golden Bridge concept represents, but gives it a strong artistic feel that I think is ultimately masculine enough to have a more general appeal.

Available in 18k rose gold (and 18k white gold set with diamonds), the Corum Golden Bridge Round is 43mm wide and just 8.8mm thick, sandwiched between two AR-coated sapphire crystals. In addition, the sides of the case are set with curved sapphire crystals, allowing you to once again see the “bridge work” that adorn the inside of the case on either side of the movement. The bottom of the case is the crown of the movement, which is a nice symmetrical position to keep the crowns on either side of the Corum Golden Bridge round case. best quality replica watches

The hands and flange ring try to create a slight contrast and are made of gold-tone brass. There are full hour markers on the flange ring, but by my standards this watch is not super legible – though not too bad for a more elegant watch. Attached to the Corum Golden Bridge Round case is a glossy reddish-brown alligator leather strap that complements the two gold colors on the case and dial. This strap looks killer if you have the right shoe color.

At 43mm wide, there is no doubt that this is a bold timepiece, but with thin and refined features, the result is more dignified and artistic than arrogance. Is this the new golden age of Jinqiao? I didn’t know this, but for those who love the movement concept but haven’t had a proper Golden Bridge replica watches swiss for their wrist until now, Corum certainly makes a convincing new argument for them.

Up close: Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold

A delicate and stable unique proposition.

The Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, part of last year’s revamp of its retro diver, is a surprise launch that marks the debut of a new gold alloy, joining the brand’s growing stable of proprietary metals such as Moonshine and Sedna Gold.

The unusual properties of gold alloys – with a high percentage of copper and a purity of only 9k – immediately made the new Seamaster 300 interesting. It stands out in the sea of ​​vintage dive watches due to the unique physical properties of the case metal, which develops a patina in a slow, almost unrecognizable manner.

But because the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold is still gold, even low carat, it’s not particularly affordable, twice as much as steel. That said, from a traditional gold standpoint, it’s easier to get than a typical diver’s watch with an 18k gold case.

Given this contradiction, does the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold have a value proposition? Omega was kind enough to borrow for a week, so I tried to find out.

First, aesthetics. In metal, the watch is beautifully shaped and has a decidedly retro feel despite the thick case. And it definitely feels more luxurious than the steel version, in part because of the case metal and the seemingly finer details.

Overall, the design feels complete and cohesive—the brown colorway is appealing for its consistency. It’s a warm, natural tone that brings a sense of nostalgia not often found in modern watches, but perfectly suited to a design rooted in the original 1950s.

Aesthetics aside, a good cal also works in its favor. 8912, the undated version of the calibration. The 8900 is found in the Omega fake collection. Carl. The 8912 has thoughtful and functional construction, with features such as quick-set hour hands, and attractive industrial finishes.

More importantly, this watch occupies a unique position in the field of retro diving watches. While similarly styled watches are common, most are either steel or bronze, so bronze-gold alloys are instantly distinctive in both physical composition and aesthetics.

Bronze diving watches are popular because of the alloy’s physical properties, which develop a patina over time due to surface oxidation. Depending on the bronze alloy, the patina may be green or brown, and it’s not for everyone. Therefore, watch lovers who appreciate the bronze look but dislike the oxidized look will see bronze gold as the ideal metal.

While the Black Bay is undoubtedly more valuable – it does have an 18k gold case – the Seamaster 300 is still an attractive watch. The Seamaster 300 looks and feels slightly more expensive, thanks to its more refined finish, especially on the case, with details like mirror-polished bevels on the lugs and crown.

In other words, the Seamaster is slightly more luxurious, while the Tudor is more compact. So relative pricing makes sense, so it comes down to personal preference and budget between the two.

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With Omega’s first professional diver’s watch ref. CK 2913 of 1957, the Seamaster 300 collection brings the beauty of an early diver’s watch. It’s simple and clean — the dial has no date — in stark contrast to most modern Omega dive watches, which tend to have aggressive sporty designs.

But the Seamaster 300 isn’t a one-to-one remake — and since Omega has done some of it, it shouldn’t be — as illustrated by the wider bezel insert and tweaks like the sans-serif font for the numbers and logo, All of these add a modern touch to the Swiss replica watches USA.

At the same time, the construction of the chassis components has also been simplified. The large trapezoidal 12 o’clock marker has been removed from the bezel to give the watch a more elegant look.

While the bezel is simplified, the dial is more refined on the basis of modern watches. While the retro original had radium-filled grooves on the dial, the modern version has a “sandwich” dial. It consists of two dials – with hour-marker cutouts on the top and Super-Luminova printed on the bottom – giving the dial even more depth.

All these details make for a good looking dial. During the week I wore it, I found the dial to be particularly subtle, despite being a single color, as the shades of brown change with the light. Made from an oxidized bronze alloy (rather than bronze gold), the dial appears black most of the time, but takes on a rich dark brown in bright sunlight.

However, I found it difficult to tell the time under indoor lighting because the polished hands reflect black at certain angles, making them blend into the dial. To complicate matters, the faux retro beige luminous material is muted in color so it blends into the background as well. However, legibility is excellent outdoors.

It’s easy to see the time in the dark because both the bezel and dial are fully “luminous”. One thing to pick though – because the minute hand tapers sharply to a point where most of its tip is free of luminescent material. Therefore, the effective distance between the hands and the bezel is considerable in the dark, which means that reading the elapsed time on the bezel in the dark is a challenge. Fortunately, that doesn’t seem like an urgent task for a watch like this.

One of the particularly attractive details is the domed crystal. The importance of crystal may not seem obvious, but it makes a difference when viewing it in metal. When the watch was released a year ago, the crystal immediately caught my eye – and when I finally got one, it didn’t disappoint.

While domed sapphire crystals are common—they even show up in watches costing hundreds of dollars—the domed crystals on the Seamaster 300 feel higher quality, they just look sharper. In low-end watches with domed crystals, edge distortion is usually not seen.

While the domed crystals of modern watches default to ‘box-shaped’ sapphires with distinct edges, the hippocampus 300’s crystals are softly curved, nicely evoking vintage PlexiGlas, again creating a vintage feel.

The quality of the crystals also underscores the high-quality construction of the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, as expected from a high-priced Omega. This gives the watch a touch that lives up to and justifies the price.

The appeal of the watch is perhaps unsurprising, as Omega has already done some practice in redesigning the Seamaster 300. The immediate predecessor to the Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, still in the catalog, is the first generation model, which is available in traditional 18k gold.

Obviously, both the dial and the case, the design has been improved from generation to generation. The lines of the case are now more taut, and the polished bevels on the lugs are wider. There’s less text on the dial – “Master Co-Axial” is gone – and now there’s a “sandwich” structure too. Less obvious but also attractive is the slightly tapered crown, which replaces the traditional flat crown of the first generation.

Greubel Forsey jumps out of a helicopter to launch its GMT Sport

How do you make a splash in a week full of world records and groundbreaking new timepieces? Getting your marketing and communications executives out of the helicopter should do the trick.

Greubel Forsey copy is known for its ultra-complex, impeccably finished and very expensive timepieces. While many of its watches have edgy, modern designs, they’re not exactly what you’d call sporty. But as part of a new brand strategy, Greubel Forsey jumped out of a helicopter at Watches & Wonders 2021 with a new GMT watch with a titanium bracelet.

Introducing the Greubel Forsey GMT Sport
The GMT debuted in 2011, but this year, it got a bit of a makeover. Now, Greubel Forsey is debuting a “sporty” look at the GMT Sport with a grade 5 titanium bracelet, the first metal bracelet the brand has ever produced, weighing just over 60 grams. Of course, titanium is very strong and durable, making it the perfect choice for this sporty model. To keep the watch as secure as possible on your wrist, it features a quick-adjustment system so you can adjust it by a few millimeters for the perfect fit.

It also has a new bezel with a hand-finished horizontal grain on the top and smooth polished sides. The contrast of finishes is beautiful, and the bracelet also has a mix of different finishes, including straight grain, frosted, and hand-polished bevels.

The bright blue dial contains a wealth of information and also shows part of the movement. Eyes immediately turn to the skeletonized suspended arched bridges and gear train as well as the 24-second tourbillon.

It still has a large titanium globe that rotates in real time, allowing you to see the time anywhere in the world at a glance. A 24-hour sapphire ring surrounds the miniature globe, which also acts as a day/night indicator, with a light and dark background. If you need to know the precise time somewhere, there’s a spin on the back of the watch that shows all 24 time zones, including Daylight Saving Time and Universal Coordinated (UTC) time — an impressive feat. replica Greubel Forsey

In addition, a second time zone displayed at 10 o’clock can be easily set via the GMT-engraved side button. The 72-hour power reserve indicator is located at 3 o’clock. Finally, the curved hour and minute hands hang from all these features and require a special design to fit the dome watch.

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Then, to emphasize that this new watch can cope with an active lifestyle, Greubel Forsey did something completely unexpected. Greubel Forsey’s head of marketing and communications, Michel Nydegger, played the soundtrack to a much-anticipated action movie in the background, flying in a helicopter through the skies around Switzerland’s Jura Mountains. Wearing a new GMT sports watch, he proved his mettle by parachuting from an airplane and landing gracefully in front of the Greubel Forsey factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

A bold strategy for the future
Calce’s appointment as CEO last year marked a new chapter for Greubel Forsey. The brand is known for its haute horlogerie with rare and complex complications, including the Grande Sonnerie, QP à Équation and handcrafted timepieces. However, it reduced the number of unique pieces created each year from eight to three to keep them limited and exclusive.

It will also reinterpret some of its unique movements. luxury Greubel Forsey has launched 30 movements since its launch, many of which were and still are positively groundbreaking and incredibly advantageous. Therefore, instead of constantly innovating at the expense of the movement developed over the years, Greubel Forsey will reinterpret the timepiece with a new look and improve the existing movement as much as possible.

Whether the brand will launch these new products by jumping out of a helicopter, only time will tell, but the bar is already set pretty high.

New U-boat Dark Moon Series

The U-shaped submarine brand was established in 2000 by designer Italo Fontana. Italo Fontana created the brand’s first timepiece with a good vision and motivation to introduce a new type of watch to the public. However, the history of wholesale U-Boat can be traced back to more distant ages, he inspired Italo Fontana to create his brand. In 1942, Italo’s grandfather Ilvo Fontana was commissioned by the Italian Navy to design a watch that met the naval durability standards and technical specifications. The watches designed by Ilvo Fontana have a clear, rugged hue and are designed to provide maximum visibility and water resistance. More than 60 years later, the same design became the inspiration for Italo Fonatan.

Creating a watch with a clear personality and unique identity is not the only driving force behind the demand for designers to create U-Boat. The brand is committed to unlocking the unlimited potential behind each model, technology and design. The use of the highest quality materials guarantees the longevity of U-Boat watches and ensures that they are more than just accessories.

Dark Moon Series
Always a pioneer, U-boats’ desire for innovation is omnipotent on the road to revolution. In the process of researching innovative watch technology, U-Boat created the Darkmoon series. The oil immersion technology used in this production line was first tested in the brand’s Capsoil model. U-Boat further expands this concept in the Dark Moon series. The movement of the watch is completely immersed in special oil. The oiliness exquisitely emphasizes the dial and creates the illusion that is well-known for Darkmoon watches. The oil not only accentuates the dial, but also makes the timepiece look as if there is no crystal. A visible bubble is left, floating freely on the surface of the watch to compensate for temperature changes. However, it is important to note that when the movement is immersed in oil,

The new U-Boat Darkmoon series adds an innovative locking system and quick battery replacement function, which can be found on the bottom cover of the model. The locking ring system has been implemented in these new models to ensure better adjustment of the fuel tank during maintenance and daily wear.

U-Boat DARKMOON 44mm Black IP Bronze Leather Strap
This watch from the new U-Boat Darkmoon series has a more sophisticated look than other models. Although other Darkmoon watches have a distinctly sporty style, the design of this watch stands out with its IP bronze gold-plated stainless steel case. The IP bronze coating not only gives the watch an attractive appearance, but also improves the durability of the case.

This case is similar to other cases in the series, with a diameter of 44 mm. The screw-in crown is located on the left side of the case, making it more comfortable to wear. Protecting the black dial is the dome scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, which increases the illusion that there is no glass on the dial. The Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock, 4 o’clock, and 8 o’clock add special features to the U-Boat appearance of the dial. The index is used to mark the remaining time. The black coated hands and hour markers are treated with beige luminous to ensure that the dial has excellent readability. The watch is water-resistant to 5 bars or 50 meters and is equipped with a Ronda 712.3 quartz movement. Discount watch replica

One of the more notable features of this watch is its carefully decorated strap. The brown leather strap is laser cut and made of hand-finished calfskin. In order to obtain a stylish distressed look, the strap is processed in accordance with traditional craftsman techniques. The strap is secured by a steel tongue buckle treated with IP bronze. One of the more notable features of this watch is its carefully decorated strap. The brown leather strap is laser cut and made of hand-finished calfskin. In order to obtain a stylish distressed look, the strap is processed in accordance with traditional craftsman techniques. The strap is secured by a steel tongue buckle treated with IP bronze. One of the more notable features of this watch is its carefully decorated strap. The brown leather strap is laser cut and made of hand-finished calfskin. In order to obtain a stylish distressed look, the strap is processed in accordance with traditional craftsman techniques. The strap is secured by a steel tongue buckle treated with IP bronze.

U-Boat DARKMOON 44mm Red Glass Stainless Steel Black Rubber Strap
This U-Boat timepiece is designed to stand out. The U-Boat Darkmoon watch exudes a kind of quiet power, with red crystals, which will definitely subtly emphasize the strength of the wearer’s character. The design of the luxury watch is low-key but not to be underestimated, and it is always worth looking at again.

The 44 mm case is made of stainless steel. An interesting feature of this model is the red curved sapphire crystal. The black dial contrasts sharply with the white luminous hour markers and hands. However, due to the red treatment of the sapphire, the hands and hour markers glow bright red. Since the hour and minute hands are painted black, they blend into the darkness of the dial. Not only does it highlight the illusion that the watch does not have crystals, but because of its color, it creates the feeling of gazing at the open universe. The timepiece is secured by a black ultra-wearable strap made of vulcanized rubber. The vulcanization process hardens the rubber and makes the strap more durable. The watch is powered by a quartz movement equipped with the Ronda 712.3 movement.

This timepiece also offers a black stainless steel case with IP treatment.

U-Boat DARKMOON 44mm Black IPB Case Black Rubber Strap
This U-Boat Darkmoon is versatile and slightly sporty. The case is made of stainless steel and is treated with black IP. The black case is almost perfectly matched with the black oiled dial. Beige luminous hour markers and hour markers are in sharp contrast with the dial, giving it a distinctive design. The hour and minute hands are also coated with beige luminous coating. The durable sapphire crystal protects the dial. The more direct design of this style makes it suitable for wearing in a variety of formal and informal occasions. The black rubber strap of the watch is embossed with the U-Boat name. The strap is made of vulcanized rubber and is very durable. To ensure that the watch’s water resistance to 5 bar (or 50 meters) is a screw-in crown located on the left side of the case. The crown uses U-Boats patented crown protection system. The timepiece is powered by a Lambda quartz movement. Shopping replica watch

This timepiece also offers a brushed stainless steel case.

The new U-Boat Darkmoon series is spectacular. These watches retain the main features of the Dark Moon series without affecting technological progress. Unparalleled craftsmanship, innovation and finding ways to implement new technologies are the core of U-Boat’s philosophy and values.

Richard Mille RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic

The Le Mans Classic is a biennial vintage sports car race, held on the venue of the Le Mans 24 Hours Endurance Race. The event includes a series of racing cars participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or similar racing cars of the same model. Auto shows and auctions are also held at the Bugatti circuit, and various auto clubs meet to showcase machinery. The 2014 exhibition attracted more than 110,000 visitors and brought together 60 car manufacturers represented by 160 car clubs, with a total of 8,000 cars.

The 8th edition of the event will be held from July 8th to 10th and will be hosted by Richard Mille, the main partner and official timekeeper of the event.

Richard Mille celebrates the Le Mans Classic by creating a new watch for each competition. This year, the brand has just launched the RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic, which is a grade 5 titanium alloy automatic movement with a variable geometric oscillating weight. The large date display at 12 o’clock can automatically adjust for 30 and 31 days. (Annual calendar), UTC time is displayed at 4:30, the flyback chronograph has 24-hour and 60-minute counters at 6 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively, and a countdown function at 9 o’clock.

RM 11-02 Le Mans Classic is not only on the movement, but also on the white ATZ ceramic case and the rubber ring of the NTPT carbon fiber crown. The dimensions are 50 mm x 42.70 mm x 16.15 mm.

Some details are reminiscent of the world of racing: the grooves of the buttons are reminiscent of the surface of old-fashioned pedals, the precision-machined crown reminiscent of the clutch mechanism through the bottom plate, the ribs are like the engine crankcase, and of course the Le Mans classic dial. The sign and the number “16” appearing at 12 o’clock alluded to the start time of the endurance race. Richard Mille copy watches