Is Tudor Today What Rolex Was Yesterday? — Trying To Find An Answer To This Conundrum

There are many similarities between Rolex and Tudor. But there are also big differences when you look at the brand today. When you look at Rolex, say 10 to 15 years ago, it has similarities to Tudor today. And, the watches that Tudor sells and the way the brand sells them today are similar to a time when Rolex models were as interesting to collectors and enthusiasts as they were to status seekers. Rolex has always strived to be the quintessential luxury watch, an easily distinguishable status symbol. Tudor shot to fame when it launched the Black Bay in 2012. Not only did it show watch enthusiasts Tudor’s past, now offered in a modern package, but it also tapped into Rolex’s back catalog of hard-to-get gems. It was a brilliant move that is still paying off almost a decade later.

You could argue that Tudor is a one-hit wonder, because only the Black Bay – and when I say “only” Black Bay, I mean its dozens of iterations since 2022 – has really been on the radar of most watch enthusiasts. The more modern Pelagos didn’t seem to be enough to keep up with the more nostalgic Black Bay. As a one-trick pony, it certainly has its risks. When your party trick gets too old, you don’t have anything else to show for it.

On the other hand, there are a lots of one-trick ponies that continue to draw large crowds – just think of Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak and Patek Philippe’s Nautilus. Even Rolex is a fairly homogeneous brand, as every important luxury watches replica in its collection is an Oyster constant movement. The base is the same, but the different movements, functions and colors give the watches different names.

What I do know is that the GMT-Master II in 2021 will be relevant and horologically important in 2048. But perhaps in 27 years, the Tudor name will ring a different bell. Now I’m talking about brand image. TUDOR has expanded its advertising, expanded its dealer network and gotten more mainstream media coverage – and hiring David Beckham wasn’t a bad move in that regard. All of these things have helped develop TUDOR’s image and ensure that people recognize it as a prestigious brand.

Tudor is following in the footsteps of Rolex, but it also occasionally takes a more scenic or adventurous route. Whereas Rolex is bound by tradition, Tudor dares to break away and experiment with cases made of bronze or silver, for example. Unexpectedly interesting materials are as much the norm for Tudor as Oyster cases are for Rolex.

If TUDOR can continue to grow, by 2048 it could be the Rolex brand of 2021; a brand with a highly recognizable, evolving collection of watches. Black Bay is a marvel for TUDOR, which has attracted a huge audience in all its iterations. As a result, it can grow into more than just a collection and become an irreplaceable part of the brand’s DNA. It can become a household name, just like the Submariner or GMT-Master II have become. For now, it’s safe to say that if you have a Rolex itch that just won’t go away, Tudor is an immediate way to scratch it. But it’s up to the next generation of Tudors to make sure your itch stays scratched.

Wrist Game Or Crying Shame: Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti
When we last met, I gave you a lot of James Bond references when I pulled out the Seiko 7549-7009 Tuna. I love that watch, but the real reason I’m writing this article is to nitpick, “In Her Majesty’s Secret ….. .zzzzzzzz”. Oh, sorry, I’m up now, and so are you, because you gave Seiko 66% of your blessing. Well done! Now, today’s Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti promises to bring real pandemonium in our comments section. Will it get the support vote? Has it reached the point where it’s all the rage and become cool? Let’s see…

I should start by saying that Bob’s Watches has a great little article on the history of the Serti dial. It also features some examples of the more famous Submariner and GMT-Master that use this particular dial. So, what are we talking about? This article tells us that the word comes from the French word “sertir” which means “to set.”” Setting” refers to the jewelry that is affixed to the dials of many of the brand’s watches. Yes, Rolex has long been known for its jewels on the fancier pieces, but as it happens, the sporty/tooled models are the most famous. Today’s Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti is a perfect example.

So here’s the thing about watches like the Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti. We know that Rolex has been offering precious metal versions of its most sporty watches for decades. Some people decry this because these watches are noisy. However, I think there is an argument to be made that they are relatively pure because they are pure metal. They can do all the things that basic steel models can do, but they add some glamour. So, what happens when functional fluorescents give way to bling?

What I can tell you is that when I was young, watches like the Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti were everywhere in South Florida. I remember seeing them all the time in stores like Mayor’s, and to be honest, I didn’t like them. Even back then, to me they felt like a car that had been taken for one of those faulty vinyl roofs after purchase (also common in South Florida). I didn’t know much about watches when I was younger, but I knew that the Submariner was a big, solid watch. It doesn’t look so sturdy with a dial full of jewels, does it? I must admit that one thing I did like was the distinctive silver dial itself. That’s a neat touch.

Regardless of what I think, watches like the Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti are popular and they have a bit of a cult following right now. With so many two-tone Submariners on the market, in so many different states, it’s hard for me to tell if these exact replica watches are actually commanding a premium. What I can say is that they don’t seem to be generating discounts.

It’s hard to classify a watch like the Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti, but I think it goes further in the weird direction than models like the GMT-Master Root Beer. They are unique and a bit polarizing, but undoubtedly Rolex. Perhaps I would prefer to compare them to the now highly prized Stella dials. These days, with Rolex models in high demand, people are looking for the semi-dusty corners where they think they can find value. As a result, we’ve seen models like the Submariner “Bluesy” explode in terms of pricing. Are the strange Serti models ready to go? Who knows…

Today, Rolex no longer makes models with diamonds and sapphires like the Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti. They now offer diamonds, so things have become more subtle – I think. If the original look is your thing, today’s model looks like a nice example. This 2004 model (along with photos) is the property of Collectors Coins & Jewelry of New York and is listed on Chrono24. It comes with the original box and all the paperwork and appears to be in good shape. The seller tells us that it is unpolished and is priced at €13,052. There are a lot of two-tone submarines up and down at this price level, but it seems fair to me.

Now is the time to give your opinion on this Rolex Submariner 16613 Silver Serti. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything about one of these models in the comments on our site, so I’m really curious. Cast your vote and let your words fly!

Buying Elegant Rolex Daytona 6239 “Paul Newman”

It is really true that the “Paul Newman” Rolex Daytona has generated so much attention and excitement. Calling it a vintage classic doesn’t do it justice – it’s like calling Superman a strong man. But what is it that makes Rolex enthusiasts so fervent? Or perhaps it has to do with the staggering increase in resale prices over the past few decades, which have reached absolutely astronomical levels in recent years.
While the Paul Newman Daytona is out of reach for most collectors’ budgets, it is still an exciting watch to research and learn about. This guide is intended to provide a clearer picture of what many consider to be the greatest vintage best replica rolex watch on the planet. What exactly makes the Daytona ref. 6239 a Paul Newman Rolex? What are its features?

Beginning in the 1960s, Rolex started offering a unique dial variation for the Daytona chronograph. Officially named the “Exotic Dial” by the Rolex catalog, it was an aesthetic departure from the regular Daytona dial, featuring stepped minute tracks and an Art Deco-style chronograph font. Today, these exotic dials are collectively referred to as “Paul Newman” dials and Rolex chronographs containing them are known as “Paul Newman Daytona” watches, but we will discuss the origin of the “Paul Newman” moniker later.
As they are so few in number and in such high demand these days, finding an authentic Rolex Daytona with an exotic dial in good condition is no easy task. However, it is also important to note that while the price difference between a traditional vintage Rolex Daytona and a Daytona with an exotic dial is significant, the only difference between them is purely cosmetic.

While early Daytona replica luxury watches with exotic dials were not popular with Rolex customers, that soon changed after they became associated with the famous actor and race car driver Paul Newman. In a genius marketing move, the Italian auction house is said to have exaggerated the fact that Paul Newman himself wore a Daytona with an exotic dial and began referring to these particular models as “Paul Newman” Daytona watches. This hype was fueled by a photo of Paul Newman himself, in which the Daytona ref. 6239 with its white dial can be clearly seen.
Newman’s Rolex Daytona 6239 was presented by his wife Joanne Woodward. In addition to possessing superb acting skills, Paul Newman was also an accomplished racing driver. To reflect this, Woodward engraved the back of his Daytona with the words “Drive Carefully for Me”. This charming nod to Newman’s love of motorsports only further adds to the watch’s fame in many collector circles.

Replica Latest Tudor Black Bay Chronograph S&G Two-Tone Watch

Before several weeks of Baselworld 2021, if you were paying the least bit of attention on Instagram, it was almost impossible to avoid the hype around theories about new releases. It’s possible that a new Tudor “Snowflake” Submariner was among the buzziest theories and not one that the brand didn’t do its part in stoking. However, like a new Rolex Milgauss or Explorer II, most of these predictions didn’t come true. To be honest, I was so happy to see the release of this Black Bay Chronograph S&G (that’s steel & gold) omega replica watch, which is essentially its version of an Omega Ploprof (design-wise, that is) with the Black Bay P01. In my recent memory, a two-tone chronograph hasn’t been the remedy to an existing steel model, while Tudor has introduced a reverse Daytona, and this S&G version breathes 2019’s steel Black Bay Chronograph new life.


Being a diver timepiece, there’s an inherent bit of confusion about it. Personally I think the mistake of the initial steel Black Bay Chronograph was that it leaned too hard in hoping it could make you forget that contradiction via having an unremarkable piece. Now Tudor has gone all in with the two-tone aesthetic and has provided it on a two-tone bracelet, bund strap, leather strap, and fabric strap. There are several different variations you may love it or hate it, which is so much better than being simply perplexing.
Tudor states that aesthetic inspiration here dates back to the Oyster-Prince Submariner ref. 7922 but it’s obvious that some of the vintage Rolex Daytona models in gold are also a significant point of reference. The matte black dial with gold sub-dials (that still seem just a bit too small to me) benefits largely from keeping the gold in a very mellow tone. This is echoed on the bezel, which has its outer edge done in gold, as well as a frame of the dial that are done in gold and black. The pushers and gold-capped crown pull the entire thing together to reach that Goldilocks level of “just right” breakdown of steel to gold. It exudes personality and a complete, cohesive design weather you like it or not. Compared to the steel model, it has always looked visibly incomplete for me.
The Black Bay Chronograph S&G runs on the same MT5813 movement that first made an appearance in the steel version two years ago. Controversy over the use of “in-house manufacture” phrasing aside, this is the movement Tudor developed with Breitling. For me, the most important here is that it offers 70-hour power reserve, although the steel caseback won’t allow you any view into it, anyway. In terms of practicality and ownership, this is a movement to applaud purely based on performance.
The case measures 41mm-wide and 14.9mm-thick, the width of a lug-to-lug comes in just a hair under 50mm. Under normal condition the case thickness isn’t bad, but the thickness goes up considerably when the swiss replica watches is on the bund strap or NATO strap. Surely, that’s always part of the equation here but something did obviously change the wearing experience when compared to wearing it on the bracelet.
As for the most hardcore watch enthusiasts, there are something really important, and nomenclature is one of them. It does irritate me that basically every Tudor now has to be a Black Bay, especially this piece. With this gripe apart, even if the Heritage Chrono several years ago is my favorite modern Tudor timepiece at present, the Black Bay Chronograph S&G presents its own particularities among the family of a brand famous for divers perfectly.

Hands-on: Replica Hublot Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve

Hublot loves to tout its prowess with unexpected and innovative materials. And while the Nyon-based luxury watchmaker often appears to trail a maelstrom of celebrities, publicity stunts, and hyperbole, its claim to materials innovation rings true. The 250-unit Big Bang Mag Bang limited edition is the embodiment Hublot’s box-busting logic.
That being said, the Classic Fusion collection has always been somewhat of a saving grace in my eyes for Hublot. Characterised by softer, more classic lines, not to mention significantly slimmer cases, the Classic Fusion range is for those who have more classical tastes but still appreciate the contemprory touches of a Hublot watch.


Personally I prefer the latter (pictured above), even though I’m not normally partial to gold best replica watches, because I think it contrasts better with the black dial, giving the watch a bit more character. Regarding to this, the new Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve does not disappoint. Introduced at Baselworld earlier this year, there are two versions to choose from, one in titanium and the other in Hublot’s so called King Gold (which the brand says is extra precious gold containing 5% platinum.) Some watches tend to stand out through brand name, others through durability and others through an out of this world design. As the name suggests the Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve offers an impressive 8 days (that’s 192 hours) of power in reserve, which is a first for Hublot. If you are that kind of person who always wants to be different and unique, the watch of this edition would definitely be you type.
Turning the Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve over you get a nice view of the movement through the sapphire caseback. The finishing is clean and precise, although not particularly outstanding. The only downside is that the case is still 45mm in diameter, too large for a classically styled watch in my opinion. I realize this is part of Hublot’s ‘contemporary’ influence, but I still will have preferred to see the Classic Fusion 8-day Power Reserve in the 42mm – 43mm range. Besides, at 10 o’clock the power reserve indicator gives a nice visual indication of the remaining juice, whilst small seconds are shown on a separate sub-dial at six o’clock. A date window completes the look at 3 o’clock.
Aesthetically the fake watch is quite attractive in a minimalist sort of way. The polished and satin-finished 18K King Gold case works well with the black sunray satin-finished dial, with the polished gold-plated appliques and hands tying the two together nicely. This is not one of Hublot’s manufacture movements and so there is less focus on it than other models.

Charming Replica Rolex Watches of Lebron James

Regarded as one of the best basketball players ever, and voted as one of the most influential athletes by Forbes magazine, Lebron James is a force to be calculated with. His awards, accolades, and game are the stuff of legends, so it comes the way naturally that many believe LeBron James has rightly earned his nickname “King James”. Although he’s a known Audemars Piguet brand ambassador, LeBron James is a Rolex fan too as seen by his option in wrist-gear. As the NBA season is coming to a close and LeBron Jame is looking to make his ninth NBA Finals appearance, we take a look at his three top gold Rolexes: Day-Date II, Yacht-Master II, and Sky-Dweller.
They celebrated big during their victory parade in Cleveland when LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2018 NBA Championships. And on LeBron Jame’s wrist was a very noticeable yellow gold Rolex Day-Date II. The replica Day-Date II was Rolex’s updated version of their classic President fake watch with a huge case.

Measuring 41mm rather than the traditional 36mm, the Day-Date II is a great choice for those in the market for a larger luxury dress watch. Although the Day-Date II is now discontinued, it’s still a very popular watch model. LeBron James’ particular Day-Date II has the black dial, Roman numerals, and fluted bezel. It is actually a classic configuration for Rolex’s most prestigious timepiece.


At 44mm, the Yacht-Master II is currently the biggest cheap rolex replica watch available within the brand’s catalog. Making its debut in 2010, the Yacht-Master II is also a complex one outfitted with a regatta timer. A bold statement watch-especially in yellow gold—the Yacht-Master II comes with a bright blue Cerachrom ceramic bezel. What’s more, the bezel, dubbed the Ring Command bezel, also controls a part of the automatic mechanical movement within to regulate the regatta timer. There are four versions of the Yacht-Master II-steel, yellow gold, white gold and titanium, and steel and rose gold-and LeBron James’ choice is the 18k yellow gold version.

Several years ago, Rolex released the Sky-Dweller, making it the latest collection from the brand. Besides, it’s also one of the most sophisticated within the Rolex lineup. Its complexity, together with its gold construction, makes it one of the cheapest as well. The case of the Sky-Dweller Rolex is 42mm and it houses the Rolex Caliber 9001 movement. The automatic mechanical watch movement drives a number of complications. Apart from the center hour, minute, and seconds hand, there’s also a 24-hour display, instantaneous annual calendar, and month display. The Sky-Dweller replica watch is in the market for selling with 18k white, rose, and yellow gold. Besides, there are different dial options and a choice between metal bracelets or leather straps.

Useful Ways of Battery Changing in your replica rolex Daytona

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While Rolex surely has made quartz watches in the past—namely Oysterquartz models and the Rolex replica watch with the Beta 21 movement—the Daytona has never had anything other than a mechanical movement powering it. However, the movement driving the Rolex Daytona has changed several times over the years, and that is the real subject of today’s article.
Vintage Rolex Daytona replica watches made from the 1960s until the late 1980s were manual-wound chronographs. At the heart of these sporty timepieces are Valjoux 22 based calibers—first the Rolex Caliber 722 followed by the Rolex Caliber 727.
Since the vintage Daytona watches are hand-wound, they are not part of the Oyster Perpetual family. Don’t forget it that the “Perpetual” in “Oyster Perpetual” refers to Rolex’s automatic movements with the perpetual rotor.
In the past few decades, Rolex replica unveiled a brand new version of the Rolex Daytona. The brand said goodbye to the manual mechanical movements and hello to automatic calibers for their signature chronograph watch. However, rather than build one from the ground up, Rolex used the famous Zenith El Primero automatic chronograph movement as a base and heavily modified it according to their own specs.
The modified movement was dubbed the Rolex Caliber 4030 and it was housed inside the newly designed Daytona watches with five-digit reference numbers. Along with the new automatic movement, these modern Daytona watches sported larger 40mm cases and a contemporary style.
Rolex finally released an in-house chronograph movement, the Caliber 4130, to power the latest generation of the famous Rolex chronograph. It took about five years to develop and includes a vertical clutch rather than the more common horizontal clutch, which offers improved performance.
It’s worth mentioning that because the highly coveted ceramic Daytona replica rolex watch made its debut two years ago, it falls under the new parameters. Therefore while a quartz caliber or battery has never seen the inside of a Rolex Daytona, the iconic chronograph has been home to a range of movements throughout its five-decade history.

The Uncivil Meeting Of Two Pillars

In February, I decided to begin this epic journey (really back in October/November in the planning phases) which I realized that this day and this article would come. Because Rolex may have a new CEO, it’s not meaning that things are going to radically change for the old house. The ‘Crown’ is known for just updating and improving the collections instead of completely changing them. What I didn’t know at the time was when or why I would need to discuss polishing up the Plexiglas on my 30 year old Datejust!
The events unfolded as so: I was walking into my bedroom to get my glasses. Being a ‘happy-go-lucky’ kind of person I was swinging my arms as I skipped along. Compared to the Sky-Dweller, we removed the second time zone indicator. This replica watch would be an interesting novelty from Rolex that could please collectors demanding for complications. Well my happiness and my luck were about to be tested as I SLAMMED my left wrist into the 12 inch thick cement hallway wall. (That sinking feeling set in.)

I knew there would be some damage to the Plexiglas for sure, but I had other things on my mind.
This was true until last year, when Rolex introduced a truly inspired collection of replica watches, with a round case, a finely fluted bezel, guilloche dials and interesting complications – a time-only edition, a date edition and a dual-time edition. After a quick rub with my t-shirt I saw that it wasn’t so bad, just the presence of a series of pinprick divots in the Plexiglas. After a few weeks of leaving the scuffs in the crystal to remind me of my transgression and because I thought it gave the watch a bit of character, it was time to reach for “The Kit”. (In reality I was just plain lazy, nothing else.)

When it does happen again I won’t break my happy-go-lucky stride. I’ll just reach for ‘The Kit’ and fix it.All in all polyWatch made fixing the scuff a painless procedure. While I don’t want it to happen again, I know it will.
A screwdriver for the links is on the Jubilee bracelet. (Due to my ever fluctuation weight I’ve had two extra links added. If my plan goes the way I hope it does I will need to remove those links when I get to my goal weight!)
I don’t think any of us here at Monochrome-watches fake.com or any of you folks reading this will have a tough time following those directions. Sure enough – after two minutes of grueling effort only the memory and lingering concerns about timekeeper were left of my grievous encounter with the wall. Take a look at the before and after photos.

Replice Watch Winner Review Traser Red Combat

replica watch Champion Review: Traser Red-colored Combat replica watch free gifts The Feb 2014 aBlogtoreplica watch giveaway was for any Traser H3 Red-colored Combat replica watch. Our fortunate champion was Gary F. in England and that he has adopted-track of some images and ideas about his pretty awesome new Red-colored Combat tritium-lumed replica watch:

When I required this be careful from the box my spouse expressed that It appears like something Action Guy (GI Joe in america) would put on.replica watch I guess that, in its own right, justifies the title of the replica watch.

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Initially the timepiece looks a little just like a toy, as it features a resin body, although on careful inspection there’s an interior body that appears to become an alloy, the bezel is really a PVD covered steel and also the replica watch glass is azure, therefore the build ought to be pretty robust. This really is further evidenced because the timepiece is capable of doing a 200m (660 foot) water proofing, so it may be employed for diving.

Its also quite large, calculating up at 45mm diameter, and it is 11mm deep, however the weight continues to be stored low at 94 grammes, particularly assisted through the NATO strap. I’ve a significant small wrist and dont usually put on a wrist replica watch of the girth however the shaping from the lugs assisted to really make it feel quite comfortable. Another advantage of fitting a NATO strap may be the replica watch could be worn around the outdoors of masturbator sleeves, or diving suits if you think like

replica watch Champion Review: Traser Red-colored Combat replica watch free gifts

This replica watch is greatly about clearness. The black body and face is heavily compared through the red-colored and whitened hands and detailing, making telling time super easy indeed. This really is further summarized through the real trick this replica watch has. The tritium gas tubes, marking the indices as well as on each one of the hands, allow it to be very easy to understand exactly what the time is incorporated in the dark, particularly because the tube in the 12 oclock position is red-colored, although others are whitened. Theres a marker around the zero position around the bezel, though, oddly, away from the 20 minute mark. Its the very first replica watch Ive seen with this particular technology and Im very impressed, as its much better than the lume on every other replica watch Ive seen which last completely with the evening. For those who have employment in which you work at nighttime a great deal this is possibly the timepiece for you personally.

replica watch Champion Review: Traser Red-colored Combat replica watch free gifts

replica watch Champion Review: Traser Red-colored Combat replica watch free gifts

Another apparent element Ive yet to say may be the day and date feature, which again, is obvious and inconspicuous. I particularly loved using whitened on black, consistent with the relaxation from the design.

The Swiss made Ronda quarta movement movement appears accurate. Ive checked it against my radio-controlled clock during the last couple of days and theres no loss or gain.

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Best bits: The tritium gas tubes and also the clearness of your time reading through during the day.

Worst bits: Im not too interested in the resin. I think it’ll show put on quicker compared to relaxation from the replica watch.

To conclude: Would I’ve made the purchase? Not even. Shall We Be Held impressed? Most certainly!

The Most Suitable Watch: Rolex And Their Replicas

Choosing a suitable watch is quite essential when you pursue quality life. Breitling is a leader of the top-end luxury fashion brands in the world, and the models of Breitling are considered to be the synonymous with high reliability and superior quality. The quality of Breitling replica watches can be compared with the quality of original ones, and be firmly convinced, you won’t even found any disparity between them. The superior Replica Breitling Watches are actual beautiful and attending like the aboriginal designer’s Watches. It can be the best alternative for those women who cannot allow the big-ticket affluence Watches

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Breitling watches have been a force to reckon with in watch and fashion industries for a very long time. To say the least, it is one of the watches uniquely designed with excellent vision. Considering its quality and trendy nature, almost every fashion conscious individuals ultimately desire to own at least one. However, these desires were chatted because of its unaffordable prices. As a matter of fact, this timepiece was enjoying the patronage of very well to do people until the replica Breitling watches were introduced into the market.

These clocks make people’s thoughts to the look of the splendor of designer watches at reasonable costs, Replica Rolex are actual copies of authentic watches For well more than minimal-excellent imitations, even though experts are not capable to view to make at very first glance. Your limit levels of competition in the top of the clocks is based mostly on real economic costs. With funds like a actual piece, they are ready to purchase numerous replica types.

News: Presenting the New Valbray EL1 Chronograph. 100-Piece Limited Edition in Partnership with Leica to Celebrate 100 Years of Leica Photography.

In a perfectly suited partnership with the iconic Leica camera from Germany, Valbray presents the new EL1 Chronograph Limited Edition watch. This watch featuring a diaphragm system like that in cameras, decided to join forces with Leica to celebrate 100 Years of Leica Photography. To make this watch even more special, its name EL1 comes from the initials of Ernst Leitz, one of the founders of the Leica brand. This watch limited to a 100 pieces is engraved with the Leica logo features on the crown and the legend ‘100 Years of Leica Photography’ engraved on the back. The Valbray EL1 Chronograph just like all other Valbray watches, is distinguished by the unique Oculus diaphragm system.

The hours, the minutes and the stopwatch function are all also readable when the diaphragm is closed. “The collaboration between Leica and Valbray brings together two premium brands that share an identical passion for ultimate mechanical perfection and individually handcrafted products”, says Alfred Schopf, chairman of the executive board at Leica Camera AG, on whose initiative this collaboration is based.

Alfred Schopf, himself a connoisseur of fine mechanical timepieces, contacted the founder of Valbray, Côme de Valbray to embark in this horological adventure. Côme de Valbray also happens to be an enthusiastic photographer, who has used Leica cameras for many years. Together, they laid the foundations for the creation of the Valbray EL1 Chronograph as a special watch to celebrate the centennial of the Leica brand.

Made of grade 5 titanium with two different sanded satin finishes, the watch features four white engravings on its bezel, at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock reminiscent of the engravings around the camera lenses.  Additionally, the multilayer dial with a honeycomb grid features a very Leica-style design with red accents that resemble the iconic Leica red dot in the front of the camera bodies. The dial features a date aperture at 3, a 30-minute chrono register at 12 and a 12-hour chrono register at 6 that recall the camera layout settings. To reproduce the design of the ISO setting button, the running seconds register has been placed at 9 o’clock with a very similar design. Finally, the metallic 4.5 applied at 4 o’clock evokes the aperture value of the first Leica camera.

Valbray’s Oculus diaphragm system acts as a cover for the dial and can be opened and closed by turning the bezel. This mechanism is constructed from 16 single blades integrated on a rotatable bezel with the same diameter as the 46 mm case. When completely open, the blades are hidden and reveal the specially designed chronograph of the watch.

On the back of the watch, the automatic Swiss movement with an open worked rotor is visible through a sapphire glass, darkened in a nod to the black room. This new timepiece is available in two different models —one in sand blasted titanium and the other in blackened DLC titanium— available in a 50-piece limited edition each. Each chronograph will be supplied with two different interchangeable straps that can be swapped with the aid of a special tool that is also provided. The Valbray EL1 Chronograph will be available at Leica Boutiques and selected Valbray boutiques starting June 2014.

Sticker Price 17,999 Euro. For more info on Valbray

Technical Specifications

Case: Grade 5 Titanium measuring 46 mm in diameter and fitted with patented 16-blade diaphragm integrated on its rotating bezel.
Movement: Automatic Swiss chronograph with 25 jewels and that beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph providing a power reserve of 44 hours.
Water Resistant: 50 meters.