Those Panerai and Omega watches that have long languished under glass in your store? pre-owned replica watches retailer Crown & Caliber wants to make you an offer.
The Atlanta-based e-comm company launched a retailer-facing initiative this week that boils down to buying up luxury watches from brick-and-mortar retailers that have been sitting for too long. The company is on the hunt for watches from nine brands, specifically: Panerai, Rolex, Breitling, TAG Heuer, IWC Schaffhausen, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Omega, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Hamilton Powell, CEO of Crown & Caliber, says it’s a campaign that’s long been in the works, adding, “We always knew that a lot of retailers have so much unsold inventory—we are looking to help them liquidate. We’re powering their trade-in.”
The process is pretty straightforward: Retailers interested in selling inventory fill out a quote form from Crown & Caliber online, then send in their merch. Powell says a company staffer has been dedicated to helping retailers trade in their wares.
Having a place to sell pre-owned luxury watches with confidence also empowers retailers to buy fake watches from clients with confidence, he says, adding, “They won’t have to say no when someone comes in with a great watch—they can buy confidently.”
Al Rahm, executive vice president of retail operations at Mayor’s, recently worked with Powell to liquidate a batch of luxury copy watches, and told JCK the purchases “enabled Mayor’s to generate incremental sales from customer trade-ins.”
This Valentine’s Day, the greatest gift you could give that special someone is a commitment to spending more time together. And what could serve as a better daily reminder of both time and spending than a fabulously luxurious quality cheap replica watches, a present that’s omnipresent on the wrist?
For your lavish gifting consideration, here are 10 of the best Valentine’s-worthy timepieces – five for her, five for him – launched at the SIHH luxury fake watch fair in January.
Take the gift of flowers up a notch with Urwerk’s UR-106 Flower Power. Created in a limited edition of 11 pieces, this futuristic steel-cased marvel features 239 Top Wesselton-quality diamonds totaling 2.53 carats, embellishing an iconoclastic, automatic ‘wandering hours’ timepiece with moonphase indication, each intricate element of its stunning floral-motif workings exquisitely hand-finished.
It’s said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend – and yet, there are plenty of females who shy from gem-set audacity. If your significant other falls into that category (bless her austere, cost-saving heart), give her a little bling-free glimmer with Counterfeit Audemars Piguet‘s new Royal Oak Frosted Gold. Created in collaboration with chic Italian jeweler Carolina Bucci, the watches’ surfaces are given a shimmering frosty finish through the time-honored Florentine method of gold hammering.
Girlfriend a Game of Thrones fan? Make like a Dothraki khal, intensely intone “Yer jalan atthirari anni” (‘You’re the moon of my life’), and hand her IWC’s new 36mm Da Vinci Moonphase in stainless-steel case with diamond-set bezel. She’ll be one happy khaleesi.
Nothing’s more certain to elicit squeals of delight on Valentine’s Day than the presentation of an iconic red-and-gold box from Parisian jeweller par excellence, Cartier. This year, the maison has reinitialized its seminal 1980s women’s timepiece line, Panthère de Cartier. The elegant, reassuringly heavy yellow-gold iterations are sure to leave her purring.
Let her know she’s on your mind 24/7 with the gift of Copy Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous Night & Day in yellow gold. An elegant 34mm automatic timepiece with a classic guilloche dial and day/night indication, its easily interchangeable straps (with a mechanism designed specifically so as not to damage manicures) allow this watch to be effortlessly transitioned from daylight activity to nocturnal pursuits.
Say in no uncertain terms, “You rock my world” with the gift of Parmigiani’s Tonda 1950 Titanium White Meteorite Special Edition. Its automatic movement housed in an ultra-light 39mm titanium case affixed to an Hermès alligator strap, what really sets this timepiece apart is its small-seconds dial – painstakingly crafted from a one-of-a-kind slice of chemically-whitened meteor that crashed to Earth in Sweden. Destined to make a big impact on your man.
Masters of the ultra-thin movement Piaget replica watch have released an outstanding series of ‘throwback’ timepieces to mark the 60th anniversary of their iconic Altiplano line, a highlight among them being the 40mm yellow-gold automatic with emerald-green dial and strap seen here, adorning the wrist of brand ambassador Ryan Reynolds. Sorry ladies, you can’t have Deadpool himself – but your man can have his dead cool watch.
You’ll leave your man breathless with the latest diver’s watch from Cheap Replica Panerai. Thanks to its super-strong composite carbon fiber case, the 50-unit special-edition Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days is feather-light, in spite of its imposing 49mm size. Meanwhile, the innovative self-lubricating and dry-lubricating materials used in its movement (including a Tantalum-based ceramic, silicon and DLC) give Panerai the confidence to provide a remarkable 50-year guarantee.
Turn him on with a tourbillon – Ulysse Nardin’s new model will allow you to do so without utterly breaking the bank. Despite boasting a beautiful classic enamel dial, a manufacture movement and a tourbillon – that most enchanting (and generally, outrageously expensive) of horological contrivances – the Marine Tourbillon Grand Feu can be had for a little less than $30,000. Serious bang for the buck.
If your man’s a frequent international traveler, Girard-Perregaux’s 1966 WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) will make the perfect Valentine’s present – one that will serve both his jet-setting ends, and your needs. Easily adjusted to simultaneously track the hour at home and in whatever time-zone he may find himself, he’ll have no excuse not to call home at the appropriate moment with this elegant 40mm timekeeper (available in rose gold and stainless steel) affixed to his wrist.
Watchmaking’s new sensible mode is very real, but only extends so far; that’s the message received from the last few days at the SIHH. There has been some very straightforward and on-message launches from fine watchmaking maisons such Replica Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget and even Greubel Forsey. But not all the exhibitors at what is the world’s most up-market trade fair had read the memo: Richard Mille’s precious-little-change-from-a-million-pounds watch seemed almost defiantly rebellious.
Greubel Forsey’s main launch was a Grande Sonnerie that’s been 10 years in the making and has a price tag to match, but the house also showed a new version of the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision, the brand’s “entry-level” swiss imitation watches uk that happens to be the cleanest, and to my eyes most pleasing, design in a variety of dial colours and a platinum case.
€300,000 might not be accessible in any real sense, but, unlike the Grande Sonnerie, the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is much more a wristwatch than a portable exhibition of horological wonders; it hides its incredible levels of finish and sophistication in plain sight.
Fake Cartier has had a great success with the Drive de Cartier and while it too had far more costly wonders on show, the ultra-slim versions of the Drive de Cartier were, deservedly, the stars of the house’s show. The new watches, in pink and white gold versions will be £12,500 and £13,400 respectively and give the collection a slightly dressier alternative that still evokes the casually automotive feel that the initial collection captured.
Over at Piaget Replica, the story was 60 years of the Altiplano, the ultra-thin watch that has been a staple of the collection almost throughout that time. Given dashes of colour and a stone dial, the Altiplano is still pure simplicity and a rebuke to anyone that thinks attaining such minimalism is easy. That said, I must confess to being more taken by the vintage tiger’s-eye and malachite versions that Piaget also had on show.
Sensible doesn’t mean dowdy though as an ultra-thin version of replica Audemars Piguet’s yellow gold, blue dial, Royal Oak fully demonstrated. The original sports-luxe watch still sets the standard. The one radical intervention that Audemars has made is the “frosted gold” treatment developed with Florentine jeweller, Carolina Bucci. Initially available in smaller sizes, AP’s CEO was spotted wearing a 41mm version
Exotic materials are the stand-out story and will get more coverage here over the next few weeks, but, as an earnest of things to come, copy Richard Mille’s just sub-£1 million RM50-03 weighs just under 40 grams, a lightness that’s possible, according to the brand, thanks to the use of the wonder material graphene, in the case material and strap. It isn’t really clear what graphene adds to the equation, but I suspect that this is a prelude to using the material for internal components. Time will tell.