Let’s Kick It: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

The so-called “beautiful game” is what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world’s luxury Omega replica watches and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, with special-edition watches specially devoted to the sport and its players.

As we’ve reported previously on WatchTime.com, Hublot — headed by rabid fútbol fan Jean-Claude Biver — was the official timekeeper for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Accordingly, the brand used the opportunity to release a plethora of special-edition Hublot World Cup watches. The most technically interesting of these watches is the Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono, nicknamed the Hublot “Soccer Bang.” Designed to showcase the colors of host country Brazil’s flag, the fake Omega watches is powered by a new in-house movement, Caliber HUB1260, which features a bi-retrograde chronograph function with the hands recording 15-minute intervals, making it ideal for timing the halves of a soccer match, plus 15 minutes “extra time.” The Hublot Big Bang Bi-Retrograde Unico is available in two cases, both with carbon fiber bezels, one in black ceramic ($26,600), the other in Hublot’s proprietary “King Gold” ($42,200). Click here for more information on the watch.

The Hublot Big Bang Unico Bi-Retrograde Chrono in King Gold

Parmigiani introduced its Pershing Chronograph 005 CBF at SIHH 2014. These chronograph watches have 45-mm-diameter titanium cases (one version with a rose-gold bezel) and are designed with the colors of the Brazilian national team (Confederaçåo Brasileira de Futebol, or CBF), which also happens to be the colors of the national flag. Blue is used for the côtes-de-Genève-finished dial, and green for the five “victory stars,” symbolizing the Brazilian team’s five World Cup championships and worn on the players’ jerseys, which are arranged in a circle at 3 o’clock. The new Omega replica watches comes on a blue Hermès alligator leather strap or a yellow rubber strap with the embossed logo of the CBF. The U.S retail price for each is $25,000. Click here for more info and other Parmiginai soccer watches.

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Audemars Piguet has created a Cartier replica watches sale in honor of one of the world’s most accomplished footballers, FC Barcelona’s Lionel “Leo” Messi. There are several versions of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi, which has an automatic chronograph movement with date display and small seconds, including a model with steel case and anthracite dial ($30,800, limited to 500); with rose gold case and anthracite dial ($52,000, limited to 400), and with platinum case and brushed blue dial and blue strap ($84,300, limited to 100, pictured). All have bezels made of tantalum.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi

Lucerne-based Carl F. Bucherer shows its loyalty to the Swiss national team with the release of the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec SFV Special Edition, announced last May. The black-and-red color scheme echoes the colors of the Swiss team, and the logo of the Swiss Football Association (SFV) appears at the 6 o’clock position on the rotating divers’ bezel. The engraved figures of footballers make up a subtle pattern on the black dial, and the rubber strap also carries the black-and-red color motif. Carl F. Bucherer presented a personalized watch to each member of this year’s Swiss national team. You can’t get one of those, but you can purchase one of your own (with an engraved soccer ball on the caseback) for $6,400. For more info and specs on the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec, the brand’s first dive top Omega replica watches collection, click here.

Carl F. Bucherer Patravi ScubaTec SFV Special Edition

Tissot’s history with soccer actually begins in 1976, when the Swiss brand produced its Tissot Football Chronograph, a watch designed for referees that included a colorful dial that indicated halftime. The Tissot Quickster Football is a modern-day take on that watch, with a soccer timekeeping function, this one powered by a Swiss quartz chronograph movement. The cheap replica Omega watches has an aluminum bezel, available in various colors based on the jerseys of teams. The stainless steel case is available with a black PVD coating (as pictured) and bears an engraving of a soccer ball on its back. The Tissot Quickster Football comes on a silicone strap; prices range from $450 to $525,

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Jeanrichard announced its global partnership with London’s Premiere League Football Club Arsenal last March. The brand also launched a limited edition of its Aeroscope Chronograph sports watch in support of the team. The Jeanrichard Aeroscope Arsenal FC Limited Edition has a 44-mm case of micro-beaded, sandblasted black titanium and a bright red dial with a stamped honeycomb pattern. The Omega replica watches online, powered by Jeanrichard’s automatic JR66 movement, is a chronograph and also features a small seconds hand in the shape of the Arsenal club’s iconic “cannon” logo. The titanium bezel has an engraved, red-paint-filled tachymeter scale and the chronograph pushers are made of a carbon fiber composite. The Jeanrichard Aeroscope Arsenal FC is limited to just 250 pieces worldwide and is priced at $6,200.

Jeanrichard Aeroscope Arsenal FC Limited Edition

Swiss watch exports in January 2015: a positive start to the year

The year 2015 got off to a good start for Omega replica watches sale exports, after two less favourable months. At 1.6 billion francs, their value was up 3.7% compared to January 2014. This increase was recorded on an already high base and with one less working day.

Steel replica Omega watches store registered a sharp rise in value terms, followed by bimetallic timepieces. However precious metals experienced a slight dip in demand. In volume terms, the level was identical to that of January 2014. The category of other materials showed a decline but this was offset by other segments.

The best performances came from the most expensive new Omega replica watches. Timepieces costing more than 3,000 francs (export price) saw their value increase by 7.5%. The 500-3,000 francs segment for its part registered a decline (-4.8%). Products between 200 and 500 francs recorded an increase of several points. Below 200 francs, volumes contracted by 2.6%.

The three leading markets for Swiss Omega replica watches exports set the tone with significant gains. Hong Kong and China recorded above average increases. Meanwhile the United States continued its more modest but steady upward trend, after a very strong fourth quarter. The frequently volatile monthly results saw an upturn of 9.9% for Singapore and a decline of 8.5% for the United Arab Emirates. Among the smaller markets, many strong showings were in evidence in January, such as the United Kingdom (+19.2%), South Korea (+42.4%) and Taiwan (+22.6%).

Escapement Watch Review: Ball Watch Trainmaster Cannonball

Angus Davies provides an in-depth review of the Ball Watch Company Trainmaster Cannonball, a modern day chronograph inspired by a historical pocket Omega replica watches sale. You can read more of Angus’s watch musings at his Escapement watch blog. 

Few watch brands are more intrinsically linked to train travel than the Ball Watch Company. The company, founded in 1891, was born out of necessity. Deaths on American railways were not uncommon.

Forty miles from Cleveland, Ohio on April 18th 1891, two trains collided. The accident became known as the “Great Kipton Train Wreck.” A mail train, “Number 14”, traveling at full speed, piled into the Toledo Express. Sadly, eight men were killed as a result of the accident.

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Ordinarily, the Toledo Express would have pulled into a siding to allow the fast mail train to pass. However, on this occasion the Toledo was believed to have been late. It should not have left the nearby Kipton station knowing the fast mail train was en route, heading toward it on the same track.

An investigation took place after the accident and found the crew of the Toledo at fault. One area which was of concern to the investigation team were the engineer’s replica Omega watches online. It was thought one timepiece was running four minutes late. Whilst this sounds like a small margin for error, the consequences would, sadly, prove very grave.

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Webb C. Ball, a jeweler from Cleveland, was tasked by the General Superintendent of the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad to look into the timekeeping of engineers’ cheap Montblanc replica watches. The outcome was the establishment of “Official Railroad Standard” in 1893. Indeed, such was Ball’s influence on train timekeeping that a phrase subsequently entered common parlance: “Get on the Ball,” a fact marked on a plaque created by The Ohio Historical Society.

The Ball Watch Company pocketwatches of the late 19th century have provided inspiration for the Trainmaster Cannonball wristwatches of today. This model is available with two dial options — black or white enamel — and can be selected with a steel bracelet or crocodile leather strap. My favorite is the very attractive white enamel version presented on a brown crocodile leather strap.

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The dial:

Ball Watch Company has referenced the original pocketwatches used on the railways, but tailored them to meet the needs of today’s wearer by creating this highly practical wristwatch.

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Blued poire squélette hands ooze nostalgia and evince an antique feel. A micro gas tube graces each hand, enhancing nocturnal legibility. Micro gas tubes deliver incredible luminescence, as I recently discovered when reviewing Ball’s Fireman Storm Chaser Pro. The micro gas tubes use tritium, a radioactive substance safely contained within glass tubes that delivers matchless readability.

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The bi-compax layout of the dial includes a small seconds display at 3 o’clock and a 45-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock. Each subdial is snailed and marked with small but legible Arabic numerals.

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Below 12 o’clock, an aperture reveals the date. Because the movement is of modular construction, the date sits a little deep within the dial. However, it remains perfectly legible when viewed directly from the front and should not cause too many concerns. At first the aperture appears square, but the upper and lower edges are slightly curved, following the line of the nearby minute rail.

The Arabic numerals encircling the dial are traditional in appearance and include serifs. Interestingly, the upper portion of the number “7” on the dial states the word “BALL” in small, capitalized italics. Indeed, wherever you choose to survey, the dial has subtle design details which bestow delight.

Gracing the perimeter of the dial, a minute track reinforces the symbolic links to railways. Each hour is marked with a luminous pearl and at noon a triangular index features.

The case:

The stainless steel case has a diameter of 43 mm and height of 14.8 mm. I found the scale of the fake Omega watches uk very wearable.

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Despite the crown being rather large, at no stage did it rub against my arm or hinder free movement of my wrist. The design of the crown has a vintage feel, reminiscent of the crown gracing the top of a 19th century Ball pocketwatch, albeit, in the case of a wristwatch, positioned at 3 o’clock.

The upper step of the bezel, case band and caseback are highly polished. By contrast, the lower step of the bezel and the upper surface of the lugs are satin-brushed. The blend of finishes is very appealing.

For New Collectors: 5 IWC Watches Under $10,000

IWC is a collector favorite with several iconic collections. Names like Portuguese, Ingenieur, Aquatimer, and of course pilots’ Omega replica watches from the “Mark” series, have earned their places in the horological hall of fame. Here are five current IWC watch models that are in stores now, priced below $10,000.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII

The IWC name is practically synonymous with pilots’ watches. The company has been manufacturing them since 1936. The best-known, the Mark 11, went into production in 1948 and continued until 1981, ultimately achieving cult status among collectors.

Our first featured cheap Omega replica watches is the latest in the Mark line – the IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII. Measuring 41 mm in diameter and priced at $4,900, this watch is comfortable on the wrist and the wallet. The date window presents a vertical display, similar to instruments found in aircraft cockpits. To keep the price accessible, the movement is the IWC 30110, which is produced by a third-party manufacturer to IWC specifications. A soft-iron inner case protects the movement from magnetism.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII

IWC Portofino Chronograph

Famous for its sporty Ingenieurs, Aquatimers and Pilots’ replica Omega watches, the IWC Portofino collection is sometimes overlooked. It shouldn’t be. Portofinos offer classic good looks in many forms, and the chronograph is a particularly striking example. The lines are clean and well-balanced, and the dial blends dress and sports elements to create a versatile look that can be worn anywhere. At 42 mm x 13.5 mm, the size is just right.

The displays beneath the sapphire crystal include day and date, central chronograph seconds, continuous hacking seconds at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and a 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock. Small red numerals on the chronograph counters add a hint of spice. All of the indications are absolutely legible, as they should be on a proper chronograph. The displays are powered by a automatic movement produced by a Swiss movement specialist to IWC’s specifications.

The IWC Portofino Chronograph is priced at $6,100.

IWC Portofino Chronograph

IWC Aquatimer Automatic

Dive watches are available with a variety of complications, and while models with bells and whistles can be both great looking and useful, the added functions are often unnecessary for the stated purpose of the Rolex replica watches sale, namely diving. To do the job they were made for, these timepieces benefit from clean, legible displays, and therein lies the attraction of dive watches in their purest form. Simplicity begets utility, and they still look great.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic is available with black or silver-plated dials, and with a choice of rubber strap or stainless steel bracelet. On the black-dialed model shown below, the dive-related displays are coated with green Super-LumiNova. The simple dial and bezel design facilitates instant recognition underwater. This fake Omega watches also features IWC’s innovative external/internal SafeDive rotating bezel. The device that looks like a second crown at 9 o’clock is actually a housing for a drive wheel and pinion. Turning the external bezel, which offers excellent grip, rotates the internal bezel via the wheel and pinion mechanism.

At 42 mm in diameter and 14 mm thick, this is the smallest member of the Aquatimer family. Water resistance is 30 bar, or 300 meters. The bracelet offers IWC’s quick-change system, which allows the owner to switch between bracelet and strap with no special tools. The caliber 30120 movement is Swiss-made by a movement specialist to IWC’s specifications.

The IWC Aquatimer Automatic, on a bracelet as shown, retails for $6,750.

IWC Aquatimer Automatic

IWC Ingenieur Automatic

The Ingenieur is another IWC icon. Several models are available, but as with the Aquatimer, a strong case can be made for the pure lines of the Automatic. One of the most convincing arguments lies in the proportions. At 40 mm x 10 mm, this model sits well on the most wrists. The Automatic’s big brothers may impress with imposing size, but for average individuals, this watch offers excellent fit and comfort.

Aesthetically, the classic model most closely respects the family’s traditional design cues. Famous Omega replica watches designer Gérald Genta penned the conspicuous bores in the bezel. Like all great watch designs, the Ingenieur is instantly recognizable, and it is among the toughest-looking fine timepieces on the market. A sapphire crystal and screw-in crown add to the feeling of security.

The Swiss-made automatic movement offers hacking seconds and a 42-hour power reserve. A soft-iron inner case shields the movement from magnetism. Water resistance is 12 bar, or 120 meters.

The IWC Ingenieur Automatic lists for $6,800.

IWC Ingenieur Automatic

IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer

IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer is intended for pilots, frequent flyers, and anyone who needs to keep track of the time in other parts of the world. The hour and minute hands show the local time, and as the owner passes through time zones, the time can be adjusted forward or backward in one hour increments via the crown to display the new local time, even when crossing the international date line. Once the time is set, the rotating black-and-white 24-hour ring allows the owner to read the time in all 24 time zones. When the local time is changed on the dial, the time displayed on the ring is not affected because the movement continues to run during the changeover.

The Pilot’s cheap Omega replica watches online Worldtimer case measures 45 mm in diameter and 13.5 mm thick. The movement is an ETA-base with an IWC module, and a soft-iron inner case protects it from magnetism.

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer is priced at $9,650.

IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer