Wholesale Rolex Replica Watches makes a flying start to the year (II)

The record prices achieved at the latest Geneva auctions are a reflection of Swiss replica Rolex‘s  almost obsessive pursuit of mechanical quality, further demonstrated by Calibre 3255, a new-generation movement that promises “superlative” precision.

The arrival in June of Rolex’s new CEO coincides with Bank Vontobel’s confirmation of the brand’s position at the forefront of the discount Rolex replica watches industry. This spate of good news is underscored by recent auction results. For years, Rolex has been a grail brand for collectors, and the recent sales in Geneva showed this is still very much the case.

In pursuit of excellence

This spring session saw Phillips make its debut on an auction scene that has so far been dominated by Antiquorum, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Its two days of sales ended with an impressive total of CHF 29.6 million, for which Rolex can take some of the credit. Indeed, Phillips’ first sale was entirely given over to the iconic DayDate, with no fewer than 60 examples crossing the block for a total CHF 6.2 million. They included “Big Kahuna”, one of just two known examples of Reference 6612 in platinum. It changed hands for CHF 473,000. Rolex was also one of the stars of the second day’s multiple brand sale of rare, quality timepieces, when a Cosmograph Daytona 6263 Oyster “Albino”, once owned by Eric Clapton, went for CHF 1.3 million, the highest price ever paid for a Rolex Replica Daytona watches at auction.

That Rolex should have achieved almost mythical status for so many collectors is in no small part due to its virtual obsession with quality. This is, however, a brand that likes to proceed with caution, introducing change at a measured pace, in small yet decisive touches. Example: last year it presented its first ever silicon Syloxi hairspring – part of Calibre 2236 which equips the Oyster Perpetual Datejust Pearlmaster 34 – when in fact the brand was one of the first to experiment with silicon, more than a decade ago, alongside Patek Philippe and Swatch Group, in partnership with Centre Suisse d’Électronique et de Microtechnique. Asked why it chose a women’s timepiece, this was, as Rolex explained, for the simple reason that the movements in its men’s collections were performing exactly as required, including in terms of precision, without a silicon hairspring.

Superlative chronometer

No silicon either for the new-generation Calibre 3255, presented in March at Baselworld, but instead a patented blue Parachrom hairspring in an exclusive alloy of niobium and zirconium. It combines with a large balance wheel with variable inertia whose four gold nuts enable extremely precise regulating. Rolex has reduced the thickness of the barrel walls by half. Thanks to the subsequent gain in space, the barrel accommodates a mainspring with greater capacity, thereby increasing the movement’s autonomy by more than 10 hours. LiGA processes (micro-manufacturing by electroforming) were used to produce the paramagnetic pallet fork and escape wheel of the new Chronergy escapement, a Swiss lever escapement which has been optimised to increase efficiency by 15% and contribute to the gain in power reserve, extended to more than 70 hours.

Calibre 3255 is backed by a total of 14 patents, including five that are specific to this movement which drives the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40, presented as a “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. As the brand explains, a chronometer is defined as a high-precision replica Rolex watches which in official tests has shown it does not lose or gain more than a few seconds a day; a superlative chronometer must be even more precise. Rolex therefore claims a margin of tolerance for its Calibre 3255 of -2/+2 seconds a day, whereas Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres awards its famous COSC certification to calibres that fall within a range of -4/+6 seconds a day. Rolex will always be Rolex.

Swiss Rolex Replica watchmaking in April 2015 – Stable result

Swiss Rolex replica watches exports varied hardly at all in relation to April 2014. Their total value was 1.8 billion francs (-0.8%). The good showing in March was therefore partially offset. The cumulative result since January remains focused on consolidation, with a variation of +2.1%.

Precious metal cheap Replica Rolex Day Date watches, particularly gold, showed a marked decline, clearly dragging down the overall result. On the plus side, bimetallic timepieces made the strongest positive contribution, while steel stagnated. Volumes showed a more pleasing trend, thanks mainly to steel and the category of other metals.

Growth was concentrated in the segment of replica Rolex watches for sale costing less than 200 francs (export price) where the number of timepieces increased by 7.9%. Between 200 and 3,000 francs, downturns were in the order of -7%. Timepieces costing more than 3,000 francs were not a driving force in April and their value was down slightly.

While there were few declines on main markets, those in evidence were significant. Not least Hong Kong, where the decline in exports seems to be aligned with the reality of local sales. The United States continued its steady and ultimately positive trend. China recorded particularly strong growth, albeit distorted in all likelihood by temporary exports. Ignoring these inputs, the result would be in the region of +10%. Japan registered a decline, though less steep than on other markets. An unfavourable base effect due to an excellent 2014 is a key factor in this result. In Europe, Italy and France recorded strong growth.

Wholesale Rolex Replica Watches makes a flying start to the year (I)

With a new CEO and confirmation of its leadership in the high-end segment, Rolex enjoys an enviable position, not to mention an alleged appearance among rioters in Milan.

It’s a touchy subject. For Rolex at least. That its name should be linked to the rioters who spilled onto the streets of Milan on the opening day of Expo Milano 2015 – and by prime minister Matteo Renzi no less – didn’t go down well. According to the head of the Italian government, the destruction wreaked on the city centre was the work of “the usual thugs in hoodies and spoiled brats with Rolexes.” Rolex was quick to riposte, in the person of Gianpaolo Marini, CEO of Rolex Italy, who published an open letter in several national newspapers: “As a Milanese myself, I can only admire the sacrifice and devotion of the police. I must, however, express my profound regret and disappointment at your words, which associate smashing shop windows with wearing a wholesale Rolex replica watches fo. […] The enormous impact of your words has unacceptable consequences on the image of Rolex which finds itself associated with the devastation in Milan and subversive violence.”

Gianpaolo Marini went on to ask Matteo Renzi to retract his comments. While not wishing to add fuel to the fire, the photo which allegedly supports Renzi’s claim is hardly convincing. It shows a black-clad rioter in a hood. She is holding spray cans and wearing a watch. It would, however, take a brave man or woman to categorically affirm that the Replica Rolex Datejust watch in question is a Rolex, and more to the point a genuine Rolex.

A sixth CEO

Apart from this little blip on the horizon, the sun continues to shine on Rolex in 2015, which is also the year Jean-Frédéric Dufour, ex-Zenith, takes up his functions as the new chief executive. News of Dufour’s appointment dates back to April 2014, but given the brand’s habit of vetting the finer points of every process, things naturally take time. In particular when the “thing” in question is the investiture of a new and hopefully long-term CEO.

Dufour is the third incumbent since the surprise resignation in 2008 of Patrick Heiniger, now deceased. He follows on from Bruno Meier (2008-2010) and Gian Riccardo Marini (2011-2015). All their predecessors, in contrast, enjoyed much longer tenures, beginning with Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf (1905-1960) and his two successors, André Heiniger (1963-1992) and son Patrick (1992-2008). After fourteen months adjusting to his new role, Jean-Frédéric Dufour will officially take up office on June 17th, at the Rolex general assembly.

20% of the high-end market

Dufour will take the reins of a company which appears to be doing better than ever before, bearing in mind that financial information isn’t made public: Rolex belongs to a foundation whose accounts are one of the most closely guarded secrets in the entire canton of Geneva. The best indications of its business are financial analyses by the likes of Vontobel, a private bank in Zurich whose forecasts are taken seriously by industry observers. It states that in 2014, Rolex confirmed its leadership position in the segment for cheap Rolex replica watches for sale with an export price above CHF 3,000 (retail price ± CHF 8,000). With sales of 780,000 watches last year generating turnover in the region of CHF 4.5 billion, Rolex is thought to have cornered 20% of this market, ahead of Omega (17% – 720,000 watches) and Cartier (13% – 620,000 watches). Again according to Vontobel, they are followed by Patek Philippe (4%), Audemars Piguet and Breguet (2% each), then Vacheron Constantin (1%), all brands with smaller production but significantly higher average prices.

Better still, Rolex is believed to have progressed more than Cartier and Omega (which gained around 5% on last year), thanks in particular to a strong presence in the US market which grew 6.2% in 2014 at a time when Asia was struggling.

Wholesale Replica Rolex Masterpiece Watches UK Shop Online

Sports Rolex replica watches with titanium cases are now de rigeur for many luxury brands, but few may realize how revolutionary such a watch seemed back in 1980, when Porsche Design launched the very first such timepiece, the Titanium Chronograph. The new replica Rolex Masterpiece watch collection, called Chronotimer Series 1, which debuts at this week’s JCK watch and jewelry show in Las Vegas, hearkens back to that groundbreaking watch as well as the very first replica Rolex Masterpiece watch, 1972’s Chronograph I.

The Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 represents a significant step for the brand, which was founded by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche (1935-2012), grandson of the car company founder and designer of the legendary Porsche 911. It is the first complete top Rolex replica watches collection independently developed and manufactured by Porsche Design Timepieces AG, based in Solothurn, Switzerland. (Most recently, replica Rolex Masterpiece watches were produced by the Swiss company Eterna as part of a licensing agreement, but that partnership ended in March 2014.) The Chronotimer 1 family consists of 11 references and offers a variety of case finishes and strap/bracelet options.

Porsche Design Chronotimer_1 Ref. 4046901408718

All the cases are 42 mm in diameter (like the original Porsche Design Chronograph I, which debuted in 1972), water-resistant to 50 meters, and made of titanium, the lightweight-but-sturdy, skin-friendly material pioneered by the Titanium Chronograph in 1980 and adopted by numerous Replica Rolex Masterpiece watchmakers since then. The bezels are available in brushed titanium, black PVD-coated titanium, and 18k rose gold, while the dial options are black, dark blue, and carbon fiber. Wearers can secure the Chronotimer to their wrists by means of a leather, fabric or rubber strap, or a titanium bracelet.

Porsche Design Chronotimer_1 Ref. 4046901408732

The movement in all the fake Rolex watches is the tried-and-true ETA Valjoux 7750, an integrated chronograph caliber with  48-hour power reserve and 3 o’clock date indication, which was also used as the engine of the watches’ early-’70s forebear, the Chronograph I. A black-tinted sapphire crystal caseback allows a view of the movement, including its distinctively styled Porsche Design rotor.

The Porsche Design Chronotimer 1 collection is set to debut at retail in July 2015, at prices ranging from $4,450 to $7,950. Scroll down for more product photos of the various new models. And check out coverage of the JCK and Couture shows later this week for more details and live photos of the Chronotimer as well as other new replica Roelx watches making their debut in Vegas.

Porsche Design Chronotimer 1 Ref. 4046901408770