IN A YEAR WHEN WATCHMAKERS PLAYED IT SAFE WITH LINE EXTENSIONS OF THEIR MOST BANKABLE COLLECTIONS, THESE BRANDS REVIVED STRIKING HISTORIC PIECES OR CREATED FUTURE CLASSICS FROM SCRATCH.
DE VILLE CENTRAL TOURBILLON
This is a Swiss made fake watch that is hard to pigeonhole, but we were desperate to include in our Watches of the Year because it shows the breadth and depth of replica Omega’s watchmaking and design talent. The watch is not limited, but each uniquely numbered piece is handmade at Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon and take around one month to make.
An edge-to-edge sapphire caseback gives the perfect view into Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 2640, which has been upgraded with hand-finished 18ct Sedana gold bridges and mainplate and displays its 3-day power reserve from the back.
The sun-brushed dial of the 43mm Omega De Ville 5188.8.131.52.01.001 replica watch is also in 18ct Sedna red gold, but has been turned black with a PVD treatment. Its central tourbillon incorporates a seconds hand and drives the hours and minutes hands, all of which are in the same 18ct Sedna gold.