What is the most important element in watch design?

The watchmakers and fans are conditioned to a very top-down visual approach of watches, that’s really a problem. The top-down dial shot consists of most of what a replica watch is about. The dial is the visual star, and a typical wrist shot at least gives you some sense of what a watch looks like on the wrist, but it doesn’t mean to tell what it’s like to wear a watch on the wrist, and this seems bleeding and obvious to state, because a fake watch is a three-dimensional object. 
We’re pretty big on trying to get you as close as possible to what a watch is like IRL, which is why we spend lots of time on our video reviews, and are occasionally guilty of the odd bit of wristroll spam. Because proportion matters, and in an age when we’re purchasing watches online, sight-unseen, understanding those proportions matters more than ever. I won’t call names, but I can easily think of half a dozen watches that I like in theory and in pictures, but as soon as I strap them on my wrist, my heart goes cold. Sometimes you can understand the watchmaker’s decision — they might have a tall movement and hand stack to deal with, and be limited by what they can do case-wise. That’s a reasonable compromise. But in other examples it’s just bad design.
But it seems that thickness and profile are finally getting the focus they deserve. The luxury replica Rolex, who really understand the importance of the on-the-wrist feeling, gave their DSSD a fairly nominal upgrade this year, making the bracelet wider and tweaking the proportions a little. The result is a watch that feels exponentially better on the wrist, at least to my unscientific mind. 
The same can be said about the popular replica Tudor, who pleased critics with the introduction of the Black BayFifty-Eight, and while the slightly smaller diameter is a great option, most people I know are really excited about the slimmed down, far less layered case design.
But don’t take this as an indictment against thick fake watches. I’ve got nothing against having a tall watch on the wrist. What I don’t like is a badly designed thick watch. Sometimes you can turn a chunky, barely machined slab of steel on the wrist into a deliberate design decision, but otherwise there’s a lot to be said about smartly engineered case backs and lugs that ensure the comfort matches the heft.
I guess I’ve got two main messages here. First thing first, to the consumer: wherever possible try a watch on the wrist first. The case height and profile is an important factor in that equation. My second message is to the people making replica watches: never forget that the things you make are intended to be worn. And while in some cases I’m willing to concede that watches can be ‘worn’ in the same way as haute couture is worn, that is the exception. You want people to love and order your watches and to wear them with prides? It’s not enough to pop an in-house movement in and mix it up with some new dial options and a new marketing angle, and you are required to make watches that operate perfectly on the wrist.

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Top Selling Replica Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44

It has been a while since we’ve seen an important update to the Chronomat or Avenger collections. The replica Breitling took an aggressive approach to revise the Superocean line with a dizzying slew of new models, followed this year by the controversial Navitimer collections. They peppered in some updates accompanied by their strong handed promotion of the new-ish B01 movement.
The reason I bring up both collections is because the new Chronomat 44 feels like a fusion of the two. Let’s get down to the case. The brushed stainless steel case measures in at an obvious 44mm with a relatively thick 16.95mm measurement off the wrist. The choice to go with the brushed case rather than the often standard polish found on almost all Chronomats, as for me, was just a step in the right direction.
A further step from the previously launched Chronomats is that in lieu of the oversized and thick 60-minute counter bezel, the Chronomat 44 utilizes a more reserved brushed steel bezel that’s not only slightly thinner but also modest. There aren’t huge military-style numbers at each 15-minute indicator, and the matte finish to the etched indicators looks great. The screw-down crown utilizes the updated bullet shape that isn’t as difficult to pull and adjust as I originally thought from press images of the Chronomat 44 Boutique Edition.
The dial has also gotten a modest refresh and looks great through the double-coated AR sapphire crystal. Breitling, instead of going the Navitimer or Superocean route, has only opted for two color options for the Chronomat 44 and that makes the watch easier to digest. The dial comes in either a “Blackeye Grey” or “Blackeye Blue” colors.
The new “B” logo has been stirring up some controversy, but it looks perfect here. The width of the logo often led to it dominating a dial or being awkwardly positioned – like at 3 o’ clock. The concentration of text rather than having some up top, some in the middle, and some on the bottom of the dial gives replica watches some uniformity and flow that is often missing across Breitling’s collections.
There is no doubt that the major attraction here is the inclusion of the B01 movement. Shared with the fake Tudor watch, the movement has sparked lots of discussion since its release but has nonetheless been a staple requirement for a lot of collectors. The strategy has been to release a model or two with the B01 to a large extend, instead of a bunch of models without it. watches
All in all, this was a solid release from the Breitling replica. The Breitling B01 Chronomat 44 Chronograph was something I wasn’t expecting this year but it was a big surprise. When paired with the newly updated and revamped Navitimer 1 collection, I have been able to rest easy with Kern at the helm – because we had a rocky beginning at first. In the case of the Chronomat 44, going back to its modern tool roots while presenting a modern timepiece wasn’t going to be an easy feat, but I find it to be successful.

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