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  1. I just received this Calibre de Cartier replica from Robert. It seems nicely made, and very substantial. A few quick observations: 1. The crystal on the front is domed and appears to be sapphire (by the water drop test). 2. The links have screws (small, and easy to lose, ask me how I know...) on each side, and a bar in between, with two half links for adjustment. I removed 1.5 links to fit my 6.75" wrist. 3. The date is very slightly obscured by the arrow in the middle of the date aperture when looking at the watch face on. 4. The hands are lumed (weak), and only the four indices at 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the chapter ring are lumed. 5. The rehaut is fluted, like the gen. Compared to the ETA version from the cartel, the petite seconds subdial appears to be more correctly placed, as it is not supposed to intersect the chapter ring. The movement in the display caseback is a clear tell, but I guess the same could be said of the ETA movement, although a silver colored sandblasted asian 21j movement might have been less glaring than the gold tone 21j movement that this watch has. Okay, now to some quick wrist shots. Which version did you get? Who knows, you might have got the same one I got from Robert, and you just have more exacting taste. For me, the $129 version I got from Robert seems like an exceptional replica for the price.
  2. Just ordered a white dial version on stainless steel band from Robert: http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho...ion-84014.html Interesting review of the watch: http://www.ablogtoread.com/cartier-c...-watch-review/ Photos of the gen:
  3. How much was Robert charging, and is it still available?
  4. In my case, I removed the spring bar on the deployant, threaded the strap through, reattached the spring bar, and then folded the strap back over the spring bar, and under the holders on the two sides. Yes, it's quite a pain.
  5. I'm not an expert, but I've observed the same thing, that the microprinted CARTIER in the Roman numerals occurs in different numbers depending on the size of the watch.
  6. A bit of advice to the OP, replicas are built around easily available movements, which include automatic movements like the ETA 2824, 2836, manual wind movements like the Unitas 6497, chronograph movements like the Venus 75 and Valjoux 7750, and tourbillon movements like the ones here: http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho...4.html?t=79914 With the replicas of tourbillon watches, most have an element of fantasy or inaccuracy to them, due to the constraints imposed by the layout of the available movements. You'll never find a good and functional replica of the watch you showed because a cheap version of that movement simply doesn't exist. If you're looking for replicas of high-end watches, focus on the simple time only, or chronograph models, since those tend to be the most accurately replicated. If the watch can't be accurately replicated, then the best replica factories tend to avoid replicating them, and they tend to be produced with by the lower-end replica factories which produce them with non-functional subdials, or faux tourbillons (open heart balance springs, possibly with a rotating cage driven by a petite seconds mechanism). A bit of advice to the OP, replicas are built around easily available movements, which include automatic movements like the ETA 2824, 2836, manual wind movements like the Unitas 6497, chronograph movements like the Venus 75 and Valjoux 7750, and tourbillon movements like the ones here: http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho...4.html?t=79914 With the replicas of tourbillon watches, most have an element of fantasy or inaccuracy to them, due to the constraints imposed by the layout of the available movements. You'll never find a good and functional replica of the watch you showed because a cheap version of that movement simply doesn't exist. If you're looking for replicas of high-end watches, focus on the simple time only, or chronograph models, since those tend to be the most accurately replicated. If the watch can't be accurately replicated, then the best replica factories tend to avoid replicating them, and they tend to be produced with by the lower-end replica factories which produce them with non-functional subdials, or faux tourbillons (open heart balance springs, possibly with a rotating cage driven by a petite seconds mechanism). This is a photo and video of my replica JLC Master Tourbillon. [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL8fhVmYUDs]JLC Master Tourbillon - YouTube[/ame]
  7. I found that the case shape in cross section is flawed, and in particular, the lugs have too much of a curve to it, which means that the replica is more stubby than the elegant lines of the gen. You might wish to look at a comparison I did a while back: http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/sho...-de-85444.html
  8. I've bought these, they're not very good quality, and the case proportions are rather off.
  9. Except that there isn't a good replica of the classic Tank.
  10. I'm reposting photos of my gen Vacheron Constantin Overseas, and after that, a photo comparison between the gen and rep (cartel version, but with lower quality bracelet, and short second hand). I think that the VCO from Puretime, which is essentially the one Silix used to offer, but without the double AR, is the best available on the wrist. In particular, it has the trapezoidal date window, larger Maltese cross, and larger arabic numerals, as well as a shorter crown. I have however seen a variant (with the black dial) which has the cartel case, with the Silix type dial, but it had a white on black datewheel (which is incorrect). A word of caution, the VCO has many small variations, and this is a watch where you really have to rely on QC photos, as opposed to just what is showed on the dealer websites. There are different crowns, casebacks, bracelets, dials, and watch hands. This is the side by side photo comparison of the genuine and an older replica (cartel) versions of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas. The bracelet is a bit lower quality than the non-cartel version of the VCO that I currently have, in that the shiny beveled part between the links is cut more deeply than on the gen. However, I have seen cartel versions of the replica with a higher-quality bracelet. There is a good comparison of the rep and gen VCO here: http://www.replica-watches-guide.com....php/t141.html
  11. In sad news, Gerald Genta, who was responsible for the design of the Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, IWC Ingenieur SL, Bulgari's Bulgari-Bulgari, IWC DaVinci, and Cartier Pasha, passed away on August 17, 2011. http://www.watchtime.com/2011/08/ger...ied-at-age-80/ I have attached an interesting profile of this highly influential and prolific watch designer (from WatchTime):
  12. Thanks, the VCO is my favorite as well... I have the gen as well, and it is truly sublime.
  13. The VCO is quite a bit bigger than the AP RO, at 42.5mm vs. 39mm. However, it doesn't feel like that large a watch, since it is quite thin, and it hugs the wrist. It fits nicely, I think, on my 6.75" wrist.
  14. I just wanted to share with you photos of my collection of high-end dressy sports watch replicas: the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Philippe Nautilus, and Vacheron Constantin Overseas. Group Photo. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15300 Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1A Vacheron Constantin Overseas 47040
  15. I just received this Calibre de Cartier replica from Robert. It seems nicely made, and very substantial. A few quick observations: 1. The crystal on the front is domed and appears to be sapphire (by the water drop test). 2. The links have screws (small, and easy to lose, ask me how I know...) on each side, and a bar in between, with two half links for adjustment. I removed 1.5 links to fit my 6.75" wrist. 3. The date is very slightly obscured by the arrow in the middle of the date aperture when looking at the watch face on. 4. The hands are lumed (weak), and only the four indices at 12, 3, 6, and 9 on the chapter ring are lumed. 5. The rehaut is fluted, like the gen. Compared to the ETA version from the cartel, the petite seconds subdial appears to be more correctly placed, as it is not supposed to intersect the chapter ring. The movement in the display caseback is a clear tell, but I guess the same could be said of the ETA movement, although a silver colored sandblasted asian 21j movement might have been less glaring than the gold tone 21j movement that this watch has. Okay, now to some quick wrist shots. Which version did you get? Who knows, you might have got the same one I got from Robert, and you just have more exacting taste. For me, the $129 version I got from Robert seems like an exceptional replica for the price.
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