47mm – Replica Watches Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days

— The brown dial of the new special edition is a detail that tells a fascinating story of the brand which revolutionised the legibility of wristwatches in the dark and underwater.


It began with the invention of Radiomir: this was a powder based on radium, patented by Guido Panerai in 1916, to make luminous gun sights and other optical devices exceptionably visible in the dark. It was Radiomir which was used on the dial of the firstever replica Panerai watches in 1936, and for several years this remarkable luminous substance was one of the closely guarded military secrets which enabled the commandos of the Royal Italian Navy to carry out their extraordinary missions in the depths of the sea at night, equipped with instruments specially created by the Florentine watchmaker.

In the 1940s people were concerned about the radioactivity of radium powder and therefore in 1949 Panerai patented Luminor, a new luminous substance based on tritium, some 20 times less radioactive.

The effect of the radium-based powder – and also to a lesser extent that based on tritium – has been to bring about a change in the colour of the dials of some vintage fake watches for sale, transforming the original black into a characteristic brown, which helps to make each of these models unique and different from all the others. Two new Special Editions, made in 1,000 examples each, draw inspiration from this detail: the Radiomir 1940 3 Days (PAM00662) and the Luminor 1950 3 Days (PAM00663).


Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (PAM00662) © Panerai

In 1954, the Egyptian Navy turned to the Florentine watchmaker for the supply of a special series of diver’s fake watches UK designed for frogmen. It was this request which gave rise to one of the most fascinating watches in the history of Officine Panerai, known to collectors by the reference 6154 and the name “Egiziano Piccolo” – to distinguish it from its famous successor, the Egiziano of 1956 – and today it is presented again as a Special Edition: the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days. The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days is a faithful re-creation of it, updated to meet the current standards of high quality sports watchmaking. It uses the Radiomir 1940 case in the historic size of 47 mm in diameter, today made of AISI 316L stainless steel with a polished finish. The lugs are formed from the block of the case itself. The winding crown is cylindrical and the profile of the watch is particularly elegant with the sharp edge of the caseband.

The other Special Edition created by Officine Panerai is the new Luminor 1950 3 Days. In this model, the same brown dial is fitted in a Luminor 1950 case, immediately recognisable by the bridge-shaped device with its locking 3 lever which exercises a light pressure on the winding crown to protect it from accidental shocks and to help ensure the watch’s water-resistance. The new Luminor 1950 3 Days has the Luminor 1950 case of AISI 316L stainless steel, in its first historic version: the one with a diameter of 47 mm, its cusped shape reminiscent of the cases of the first Radiomir watches.


Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm (PAM00663) © Swiss Replica Panerai

Through the sapphire porthole on the back of the new Special Editions, the hand-wound P.3000 calibre, entirely made in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, can be admired. It has two spring barrels which enable it to accumulate a power reserve of three days and it is here presented for the first time with a new appearance. The structure of the movement is now protected by four brush-finished bridges, including the one with twin supports which in a particularly stable manner secures the balance oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour. The P.3000 calibre also has the useful device which enables the hour hand to be swiftly and accurately adjusted forward or backward, without interfering with the running of the minute hand.

Both models are supplied with a Ponte Vecchio strap in brown leather with visible ecru sewing, the heaten graved OP logo and a tongue buckle in polished steel personalised Panerai. The elegant wood box in which the two new Special Editions are supplied also contains a spare Plexiglas® crystal. The fake Swiss watches is water-resistant to the depth of about 100 metres.

Chinese New Year The monkey reigns on the dial as king of the replica watches

— Today is the start of the Chinese New Year Replica Watches UK, which this year falls under the sign of the Monkey, providing an opportunity for Swiss watchmakers to demonstrate their technical expertise and mastery of the artistic crafts on a variety of original pieces.


The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, begins today, 8 February 2016. The Wood Goat makes way for the Fire Monkey, who is intelligent, mischievous and brave, but also very practical. The diminutive primate provides inspiration to a number of watchmaking houses, who this year present a varied menagerie of unusual timepieces.

Perrelet – Turbine Monkey
In celebration of the Year of the Monkey, the twelve blades of the iconic Perrelet Turbine are engraved with the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, with the monkey in bright red, the colour of prosperity and happiness in the Middle Kingdom. The subdial at 6 o’clock mirrors this symbolism with the Chinese character for monkey. The highly original Turbine Monkey features a stainless steel case and black rubber strap with a PVD-treated stainless steel folding clasp. This exclusive watch is driven by Perrelet’s automatic P-331 movement with 42-hour power reserve, and is available in a limited edition of just 100 pieces.


Turbine Monkey. © Perrelet

Harry Winston The Premier Collection – Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm
The elegantly feminine Premier Monkey Automatic 36 mm offers an enchanting scenario. On the pink mother-of-pearl dial scattered with 24K gold flecks sits a little monkey, its tail delicately curled around a 0.09 ct emerald-cut diamond at 12 o’clock. The monkey’s silhouette of applied yellow gold in marquise-shaped cutouts has an appealing depth and dynamism. The delicate tracery is also a reference to the historic art of Jianzhi, a paper cutting technique practised in China since the 6th century AD. The Premier Monkey Automatic has a self-winding mechanical movement with silicon hairspring, which is visible through the sapphire caseback. With rose gold case and elegant black satin strap, it comes in a limited edition of eight pieces.


The Premier Collection – Premier Monkey Automatic 36mm. © Harry Winston

Vacheron Constantin – Métiers d’Art La Légende du zodiaque chinois – Year of the Monkey
Vacheron Constantin also draws upon the inspiration of Jianzhi in the enamelling that features on its two models devoted to the Year of the Monkey. The absence of hands on the Métiers d’Art Legend of the Chinese Zodiac leaves the way clear for the master engravers and enamellers. The hand-engraved monkey carved directly into the dial is embellished with grand feu enamel. Driven by an automatic movement and certified by the Geneva Hallmark, these two designs come with either a platinum or rose gold case. Twelve pieces are available in each design.


Métiers d’Art La Légende du zodiaque chinois – Year of the Monkey. © Vacheron Constantin

Jaquet Droz – « Petite Heure Minute Monkey » et « Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey »
The Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art, which specialise in figurative art on watch dials, drew inspiration from the legendary figure of Sun Wukong, a staple of traditional Chinese folklore, also known as the Monkey King, to create four new designs for the Petite Heure Minute collection, with two new models available in two versions each. The grand feu enamel dial of the Petite Heure Minute Monkey shows a small monkey leaping onto a branch to pick a peach, while the Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey features a subtle interplay of mother-of-pearl and lacquer, which form the background of delicate foliage against which a monkey sculpted in gold perches on the branch of a peach tree. These four references, which come encased in a variety of precious metals with optional diamond setting, are powered by a mechanical self-winding movement. Each version is available in a limited edition of just 28.


« Petite Heure Minute Monkey » et « Petite Heure Minute Relief Monkey ». © Jaquet Droz

Chopard – L.U.C XP Urushi « Year of the monkey »
The new L.U.C XP Urushi Year of the Monkey by Chopard is inspired by the theme of a monkey picking peaches, a fruit that symbolises long life in traditional Chinese culture. Chopard joined forces with Yamada Heiando, official supplier to the Japanese imperial family, to create the urushi lacquer dial. Japanese urushi lacquer comes from the resin of the lacquer tree. The tree sap is carefully collected, refined and treated, and the resulting urushi lacquer is applied in several extremely thin coats. The 18K rose gold case of the L.U.C. XP Urushi Year of the Monkey watch encloses the ultra-thin L.U.C. 96.17-L calibre whose twin barrels are activated by a micro-rotor to give a power reserve of 65 hours.


L.U.C XP Urushi « Year of the monkey ». © Chopard

Ulysse Nardin – Classico Collection, « Year of the Monkey »
Ulysse Nardin drew inspiration from comic strips to pay tribute to the monkey’s inquisitive and mischievous nature. On the dial a small monkey is brought to life through the champlevé enamelling technique, in which cavities carved into the dial are filled with enamel powder and subsequently fired. The Year of the Monkey watch in the Classico Collection comes in a limited edition of 88 pieces in rose gold and is driven by a COSC-certified UN-815 automatic chronometer movement.


Classico Collection, « Year of the Monkey » © Ulysse Nardin

Panerai – Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio “Year of the Monkey”
Like all the models in the series created by Panerai for the signs of the Chinese zodiac, the new Luminor 1950 Sealand has an engraved cover, bearing the effigy of the monkey. The cover is first engraved by hand by Italian craftsmen using a special tool called the “sparsello”. Gold thread is then inserted into the recesses that have been carved out of the steel. Inside beats the self-winding Panerai P.9000 in-house calibre, which has a power reserve of three days and a bi-directional oscillating mass. The  Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44 mm (PAM00850) is a limited edition of 99, which is only available at Panerai stores.


Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio “Year of the Monkey”. © Panerai Replica UK