Five Affordable Hamilton Watches for New Collectors

Founded in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892, Hamilton Best Breitling Replica Watches for UK became synonymous with precision timekeeping, supplying pocketwatches to railroads, marine chronometers for ships, and clocks for aircraft. Today, Swiss-owned Hamilton offers a wide range of timepieces at accessible prices. Here are five models we can recommend for new collectors.

Pilot Pioneer Auto

Hamilton’s Pilot Pioneer The Best High End Rolex Replica Watches Online Store are inspired by timepieces the company manufactured for the British Royal Air Force in the 1970s. There’s a chronograph version, but we’ve selected the time-and-date model because, at less than $1,000, it offers very good value. Officially, the 41-mm case is described “round”, but for practical purposes, the look is asymmetrical, owing to the crown-side construction. The lugs have a slightly different shape, allowing them to form part of the crown-guard system, along with a piece mounted between the crowns. The top crown adjusts the inner ring that carries the 60-minute scale, giving the user an effective countdown timer. The bottom crown handles the traditional winding and time-setting functions. The H-10 Hamilton automatic caliber is visible through a display back, and it offers an 80-hour power reserve.The Hamilton Pilot Pioneer Auto is priced at $995.

Hamilton Pilot Pioneer

Pan Europ

Hamilton launched the original Pan Europ in 1971, and its sporty ’70s style is still turning heads more than 30 years later. The 42-mm cushion case features a rotating bezel with an aluminum insert with a diver-style countdown scale. We like the blue dial, and there’s also a more subdued gray option. The bright red seconds hand complements the red seconds index between 12 and 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands and the beefy hour markers feature white Super-LumiNova, and combined with the large, clear day and date indicators, Excellent Replica Breitling Watches legibility is guaranteed. Under the dial, Hamilton has fitted the new H-30 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.The Hamilton Pan Europ Auto is priced at $1,195.

Hamilton Pan Europ

Piaget showcases the watchmaker’s art

At Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, Piaget trained the spotlight on its singularity in extra-thin movements, skeletonwork and the métiers d’art, leaving no doubt that the brand is without equivalent. Its savoir-faire is evidenced in all its collections.

Anyone concerned that they may leave Watches&Wonders – which ran until early October in Hong Kong – without having learned all there was to know about Piaget’s Altiplano 38mm 900P needn’t have worried long. With such an impressive list of achievements in extra-thin timepieces, crowned by a double record for the thinnest self-winding watch in the world (5.25mm), a title claimed in 2010 by the 1208P calibre (2.35mm), and for the thinnest ever hand-wound Replica Watches For UK Sale with this very Altiplano 900P (3.65mm case included), a brand has every right to be proud and say it loud! All the more so when this double record is one of many: since 1957 and the legendary 9P movement (2mm), Piaget has never ceased to innovate in the uncompromising world of extra-thin. Of the 37 calibres which the Maison has produced since that date, 25 are considered extra-thin, and 14 of these have notched up a record in their respective category. The latest to date is this year‘s Altiplano 900P whose “secret” is to use the case back as its mainplate.

A question of identity

“It seems everyone, or just about, is trying their hand at extra-thin,” boomed Philippe Léopold-Metzger, Chief Executive of Piaget, at the fair. “As though it had suddenly occurred to them that extra-thin is a cornerstone of elegance in watchmaking. At Piaget, we couldn’t be further from following a trend. Extra-thin is an integral part of the brand’s identity. In fact we were the first proponents of extra-thin as a complication in its own right. Strangely enough, everyone now agrees.” In fact this is more than a consensus among Best Breitling Replica Watches. Who isn’t claiming the concept of extra-thin? asks Pierre Guerrier, Watch Product Team Manager at Piaget: “From mobile phones to tablets, there isn’t a single portable device that hasn’t been put on a diet.”

As diets go, extra-thin has always given Piaget food for thought, and this has placed the brand in the enviable position of pioneer. As though the 900P weren’t already sufficient confirmation of the Maison’s talent, it gave further demonstration at Watches&Wonders with the unveiling of an extra-thin timepiece with a skeleton movement, thus combining its two major specialities with the added spice of engraving, enamelling or gem-setting. This Altiplano Skeleton Automatic is driven by the 1200S calibre, another record-breaker from 2012, this time with enamelled plate and bridges. Piaget proposes six in white enamel and six in black, each 5.34mm high including the case. “This really was a huge challenge, given how thin the movement is,” Pierre Guerrier recalls. “The first firings to solidify the enamel were a disaster. The movements came out of the kiln like metal pellets. It took us a year to find the right composition for the enamel, and another two years to master firing. When enamel cools down, it has a tendency to break if the substrate is deformed. You can imagine what this implies for the components in a calibre just 2.4mm high!”

Drive home a message

On top of this, visitors were able to feast their eyes on another Altiplano Skeleton whose bridges and plate are entirely hand-engraved, some on both sides. This is quite an achievement, considering the engraver must incise the metal on parts just 0.7mm thick. Equally stunning is the gem-set version of the movement, the 1200D calibre presented in 2013. The crowning glory of the collections on show, however, was the Emperador Coussin Tourbillon Diamond-Set Automatic Skeleton, a unique piece as befits its place in the Exceptional Pieces collection. “We set no limit on the budget for this Fake Swiss Watches. The movement measures just 5.71mm high, has gold bridges and plate, and is set with diamonds on both sides. The sides of the bridges and the case are also set with diamonds, as are the rings around the flying tourbillon and the oscillating weight,” explained Philippe Léopold-Metzger. “Even certain screws are set with diamonds. Any surface that isn’t diamond-set is mirror-polished. We made this watch once already with a leather strap for the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, in January this year. We are now proposing a version with a diamond-set bracelet.”

Piaget’s CEO is adamant that its objective for the Hong Kong fair isn’t to “make money” but to demonstrate that the brand’s skills lie as much in artistic expression as in technical expertise. “We used to be masters of extra-thin timepieces. Today we are the masters of extra-thin timepieces.”

Breguet’s triumphant return to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève

Conspicuously absent from recent editions, Swatch Group brands took four distinctions at this year‘s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, with Breguet claiming the most prestigious award. Independent watchmakers were also out in force, while Seiko took the honours in one category.

Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann had some home truths for the audience gathered at the 2014 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). “It would be impossible to imagine Switzerland’s industrial fabric without watchmaking,” he declared, “Just as we could not imagine our modern world without time measurement, the only truly universal measure. It is behind our market economy and, transposed to Replica Breitling Watches for Men , Switzerland’s finest ambassador.”

One that would be certain to agree is Breguet, recipient of the Grand Prix de l’Aiguille d’Or, the highest distinction of the evening, for its Classique Chronométrie. In recent years, Swatch Group had left the ceremony empty-handed; this year marked a return worthy of the prodigal son. In addition to the Aiguille d’Or, Breguet also took the Public Prize for its Classique Dame. Omega swept the board in the Revival Watch category with its Speedmaster “Dark Side Of The Moon”, a tribute to the brand’s role in the conquest of space. As for Blancpain, also in the multinational’s portfolio, its Women Off-Centred Hour came first in the Ladies’  Replica Watches category.

Seventeen chances

This turned out to be a memorable evening overall for the industry’s major groups, particularly as the number of awards continues to creep upwards. This year, seventeen prizes were presented at a ceremony that likes to bill itself as the horological equivalent of the Oscars. Lining up for the photo were A. Lange & Söhne (Richemont) in the Calendar Watches category, joined by Hublot, Zenith and Bulgari (LVMH) in the Striking, Sports and Jewellery Watch categories respectively. Another of the sector’s leading names to take its place on the winner’s rostrum, after a long journey, was Seiko. Its Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT was singled out for the Petite Aiguille, a distinction reserved for Offical Replica Watches UK under CHF 8,000. A full-fledged manufacture with numerous major innovations to its credit, the Japanese firm was clearly delighted to earn the recognition of its Swiss peers. “This is the greatest possible encouragement to continue in our chosen direction,” the company’s Vice President declared.

Seiko wasn’t the only winner from beyond Swiss borders. Luxembourg’s Helmut Crott, who owns Danish brand Urban Jürgensen & Sonner, took home the Men’s Watch Prize; Dutch brothers Bart and Tim Grönefeld scooped the Tourbillon Watch Prize; Finnish watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, who is based in Môtier, won in the Artistic Crafts Watch category for Hisui, a stunning creation featuring lacquerwork by one of the most prestigious Japanese studios that took over a thousand hours to achieve. Completing this line-up of independent brands were Christophe Claret, winner of the Ladies’ High Mech Watch Prize, De Béthune in the Chronograph category, and Urwerk whose EMC took both the Innovation Prize and the Mechanical Exception Prize. The last word goes to Walter Lange, the man who engineered the revival of A. Lange & Söhne and winner of the Special Jury Prize: “Watches are a passion!”.

Sotheby’s sells Patek Philippe’s masterpiece of horology for CHF 23.2 million

At Sotheby’s Geneva, The Henry Graves Supercomplication re-established its supreme status as the most valuable timepiece in auction history, selling CHF 23.2 million (USD 24 million / EUR 19.3 million / GBP 15.1 million), thereby beating the record of USD 11 million it established in 1999[1]. Five bidders competed for this masterpiece of horology which went to an anonymous buyer in the room after 15 minutes of suspense. Completed by Patek Philippe in 1932 and estimated in excess of CHF 15 million, The Henry Graves Supercomplication is the most Famous Breitling Replica Watches in the world and the most complicated watch ever made by human hands – without computer-assisted technology. Tonight’s record bid brought the total of the Important Watch auction to an outstanding CHF 31,603,375 (USD 32,618,159 / EUR 26,270,011 / GBP 20,584,475).

Commenting on the results of the sale, Daryn Schnipper, Chairman of Sotheby’s Watch Division and Tim Bourne, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of Watches, and this evening auctioneer said: “This stellar result confirms the “rockstar” status of The Henry Graves Supercomplication. It is more than a watch. It is a masterpiece which transcends the boundaries of horology and has earned its place among the world’s greatest works of art. The fascination it has attracted over the past few months, as Patek Philippe celebrates its 175th anniversary, is a fitting tribute to the genius of the Swiss manufacturer.”

In 1925, Patek Philippe was commissioned by Henry Graves, a prominent New York banker, to produce the most complicated watch in the world. The product of three years of research and five years’ effort by the most skilled technicians, this extraordinary timepiece is a gold openface minute repeating chronograph clock Replica  Cartier  Watches  with Westminster chimes. Among the features it incorporates are Perpetual Calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City. With a total of 24 horological complications, The Graves watch retained the title of the world’s most complicated watch for 56 years and even then was only surpassed by technicians working with the aid of computer-assisted machines.

Other highlights in today’s sale include:

A very important example of Patek Philippe Reference 3974 in yellow gold, with automatic perpetual calendar, minute-repeating and moon-phases, circa 1991 achieved CHF 329,000 (USD 339,564) (lot 344, est. CHF 230,000 – 350,000 / USD 245,000 – 373,000).

Rolex performed strongly today. A rare Daytona “Paul Newman” in yellow gold, circa 1968 tripled its pre-sale low estimate, selling for CHF 245,000 (USD 252,867) (lot 306, est. CHF 80,000-120,000 / USD 85,500-128,000).

The IWC Pilot’s Breitling Replica Watches for Sale Chronograph Edition “The Last Flight”, designed to commemorate 70 years since the tragic death of celebrated writer and pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, sold for CHF 40,000 (USD 41,284) (lot 180). All the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Antoine de Saint Exupéry Youth Foundation and go to support the Hospital Pequeno Príncipe in Curitiba, Brazil’s largest children’s hospital. The fund will help to build a library for young patients of this centre, which specializes in highly complex heart operations, organ and bone transplants and cancer treatment.