Five Affordable Swiss Watches with In-House Movements

When shopping for a fine timepiece, people often seek particular attributes, and two of the most popular are “Swiss made” and “In-house movement.” Here are five Swiss replica watches for sale that meet these criteria, and that you can acquire without breaking the bank.

Alpina proudly counts itself among the small group of Swiss watch manufacturers that develops and produces its own calibers. Within this elite circle, the Startimer Pilot Manufacture offers outstanding value. This 44 mm watch lets you enjoy classic good looks, automatic winding and a useful pointer date at 6 o’clock, all powered by the Alpina AL-710 caliber. The suggested retail price for the stainless steel model on a leather strap is a mere $2,595.

alpina startimer

If you seek something a bit dressier, Alpina’s sister company, Frédérique, Constant offers the elegant Slimline Manufacture Moonphase. This 42 mm fake Swiss watches features the Frédérique Constant automatic winding caliber FC-705 with 26 jewels and a 42 power reserve. The stainless steel model on a strap lists for $3,695.

frederique constant moonphase

JeanRichard, the sister brand of Girard-Perregaux, also joined the manufacture club recently. The sporty-yet-dressy 1681 Ronde Small Seconds is attractive and versatile. This 41 mm watch features the automatic winding caliber JR1050 with small seconds at 6 o’clock and a date display at 3 o’clock. The JeanRichard 1681 Ronde Small Seconds is priced at $5,300.

jeanrichard 1681 rondo

Some may be surprise to see a Rolex in this group. The replica Rolex watches is the new 36 mm Oyster Perpetual, and it is powered by the Rolex self-winding caliber 3130. This is the only movement in our group that is a COSC-certified chronometer. The movement features other high-end Rolex components, including a free-sprung balance and the patented blue Parachrom balance spring, all protected by the famous Rolex Oyster case. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is priced at $5,400.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual

Our final affordable Swiss Brietling replica watches is produced by Zenith, a brand with a proud history as a manufacture. We’ve selected the Captain Elite Central Seconds, a dress watch with a sporty flair that makes it a great all-around timepiece. This 40 mm watch features Zenith’s in-house Elite 670 caliber with automatic winding and a date display at 6 o’clock. This movement runs at 28,800 vph in 27 jewels with a 50 hour power reserve. The Captain Elite Central Seconds is priced from $5,600.

zenith captain elite

Back to the Past: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra Thin 1948

The iconic Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has had many incarnations since its debut as a watch for polo players in 1931. One of the most recent is the new Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948, a classically elegant Swiss replica watches that revives the look of the Reverso model that heralded the style of the 1950s.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948 is distinguished from other Reverso models by the inscription “Fabriqué en Suisse” (“made in Switzerland”) on the dial, just below the Jaeger-LeCoultre logo, a nod to the 1948 original. The traditional Reverso swiveling case, with its Art Deco-inspired rectangular shape and distinctive gadroons, is made of stainless steel. True to its name, the Replica Cartier watches uk is very slender, just 7.3 mm thick despite its contemporary large dimensions (46.8 x 27.4 mm).  The back surface of the case bears Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “1000 Hours Control” motto, referring to the brand’s intensive quality control testing, but is otherwise a blank canvas for its owner to personalize. The silvered, grained dial has blue, stamped hour indices and blue-facetted baton-shaped hands. A rectangular subdial for small seconds is placed at 6 o’clock.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra-Thin 1948This ultra-thin fake Swiss Breiitling watches has a correspondingly slim movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Caliber 822/2, which is made entirely in-house at the brand’s manufacture in Le Sentier, Switzerland. The manual-wound movement is only 2.94 mm thick, with a frequency of 21,600 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours. It is made up of 114 parts, including 19 jewels and boasts hand-decorated patterns on several elements. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin 1948 is fitted with a matte black alligator strap with steel pin buckle and will be available exclusively at Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques, priced at $9,450.

Baume & Mercier Classima Men Steel Automatic

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Smiling at the future while remaining loyal to the Baume & Mercier: “Accept only perfection, only manufacture Swiss fake watches online store of the highest quality”, the four new Classima Men’s models exude a stylish and contemporary elegance. Destined to gratify young graduates and newly appointed executives, the Classima Men in steel or two-tone versions features a consensual new 40 mm diameter, with taut lines and a redesigned dial featuring a date aperture at 3 o’Clock. The center with its line guilloché decor, matching the hours, minutes and seconds hands –blued steel or gilt – sets the final touch of visual balance to this elegant composition. Tomorrow’s talents will appreciate the sapphire crystal case back revealing the Swiss Made mechanical self-winding movements, as well as the oscillating weight engraved with the emblematic Greek ‘Phi’, the Baume & Mercier logo and the symbol of the ‘golden ratio’. These watches are worn on metal bracelets seamlessly integrated with the case, or with an alligator strap secured by a triple folding buckle with security push pieces, and remain a symbol of affordability.

An intimate trophy, a discreet sign of a first personal or professional success, the new Classima Men, associated with timeless masculine dynamism, celebrates accomplishment, a value conveyed by all the fake Breitling watches collections from Baume & Mercier.

Slim is in

Like the siren’s song, watchmakers were lured by the temptation of XXL. Bigger, thicker, more imposing, watches were put on a diet of bodybuilding hormones. Not so today, as classic-sized timepieces mark their return.

Piaget already gave a taste of things to come with last year‘s Altiplano 900P, yet another demonstration of the expertise behind the brand’s impressive string of records for ultra-thin movements. In this latest exploit, Piaget skimmed its watch down to a thickness of 3.65mm including the case. A Swiss replica watches uk with such a slim profile could easily have expanded outwards on the wrist, and the off-centre dial and visible gears indeed give the impression of a watch that takes up a respectable amount of wrist real estate. In reality, the Altiplano 900P has a 38mm diameter. And while Piaget presents it as a model that will appeal equally to men and women, not so very long ago it would have been filed under women’s watches without a second thought. This year, Piaget exercises similar restraint with its hand-wound Altiplano Chronograph which, at 4.65mm high, sets another record for thinness in its category. Its 41mm diameter revives a size that was commonplace in the 1950s but totally out of phase with the recent wave of “big is beautiful” watches.

There have been a number of sightings in the horological skies these past few years of watches that truly push the envelope in terms of size. The success encountered by the likes of the Luminor by Panerai, Excalibur by Roger Dubuis or Master Compressor by Jaeger-LeCoultre has largely demonstrated that wrist appeal is directly related to the number of millimetres on offer. Such man-sizing went hand-in-hand with the seemingly unstoppable growth that drove the Swiss watch industry onwards and upwards. Built to conquer, watches were expected to think big; this was a time of superlatives, even excess, as a way to mark one’s territory.

Horological workout

As doubt creeps in as to the real prospects for growth in 2015, given the sudden surge in the Swiss franc and the downturn in certain key markets, watchmakers appear to be turning their back on XXL. A welcome show of restraint in these uncertain times; a more introspective approach to wearing a watch; a return to the more classical canons… Whatever the explanation, the facts are plain to see: men’s Rolex replica watches have been put on a diet and are flaunting their new slim figures at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The hand-wound Saxonia 8 Days from A. Lange & Söhne has shrunk from 37mm to 35mm. Baume & Mercier is reviving its 1996 Classima in a 40mm version for men. Similar downsizing can be observed with the new Clé watch by Cartier, while Jaeger-LeCoultre is proposing its Master Calendar with meteorite dial in a 39mm diameter. This is also the size of Parmigiani’s Tonda 1950 Skeleton, with just 2 millimetres more for the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time or the self-winding Royal Oak from Audemars Piguet.

No need to go on. Watches that would have had sand kicked in their face not so long ago are now paragons of virtue. Ideal dimensions, irresistible elegance, comfort on the wrist, timeless appeal… the trend is almost ubiquitous among brands. best Swiss replica watches uk are shedding their excess millimetres. A horological workout that is also an exercise in style.

The SIHH confirms Geneva as a centre for watchmaking

On the one hand, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie which celebrates 25 years. On the other, a canton that has helped define the history of time measurement in Switzerland. The two combined ensure that the SIHH continues to play its foremost role in the Swiss replica watches UK for sale segment, not only thanks to the firms that exhibit there, but also because the region offers a unique cluster of competencies in watchmaking.

Work began last year on the Richemont Campus in Meyrin, next door to Geneva. The group, which is investing CHF 100 million in this new infrastructure, plans to employ around a thousand people there by 2020, half of whom will fill newly created positions. The Campus will have as a neighbour the production site for replica Louis Vuitton watches: LVMH cut the ribbon on its new facility last autumn after investing CHF 20 million to renovate buildings that are now home to some one hundred staff, including from La Fabrique du Temps which Louis Vuitton acquired in 2011. Coming on the heels of these two projects, Patek Philippe recently announced that it will be extending its Manufacture at a cost of CHF 450 million. Work is scheduled for completion in 2018.

A group named Richemont

Ventures on this scale, regardless of slower growth in Swiss replica watches for men exports these past two years, are giving the industry a new foothold on Genevese soil. They also carry on a wave of expansion that began in the canton two decades earlier, thanks to which Geneva now constitutes an employment pool of some ten thousand people: the third largest for watchmaking after Neuchâtel and Vaud, and with some major employers, including Rolex, Chopard and Harry Winston. Geneva is hardly a sprawling metropolis, hence the particularly dense concentration of watchmakers at this end of the eponymous lake.

The Richemont group certainly has something to do with this. The multinational, whose head office is a short drive from the centre of town, has made itself at home in the region where it has developed production capacity for several of its Maisons. Piaget and Vacheron Constantin have both moved into facilities that opened only recently, and which are already slated to grow. Roger Dubuis, established in 1995 and acquired by the group in 2008, is firmly anchored in Geneva. Not forgetting Cartier, many of whose Haute Horlogerie watches are hallmarked with the Poinçon de Genève, which requires watchmakers to have workshops in Calvin’s city. This will shortly be the case for Van Cleef & Arpels too. Completing the line-up are Baume & Mercier, which is located inside the group’s head office, and Stern, a specialist dial manufacturer that will become part of the future Campus.

A golden era coinciding with the SIHH

This string of developments has confirmed the importance of Geneva as one of the cradles of watchmaking in Switzerland. The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV in 1685 was decisive in establishing watchmaking in the city. Born with the Reformation, it has continued to grow there ever since. In the eighteenth century, the number of Swiss fake watches online store produced in Geneva each year grew from some 5,000 to 40,000 in gold and 45,000 in silver on the eve of the French Revolution, when the sector employed almost 6,000 people in and around Geneva: almost 40% of the region’s total workforce. It took Genevese watchmaking several decades to recover from the consequences of the French Revolution, particularly the blockade imposed on the country’s exports, yet by the late nineteenth century watchmaking had built itself back to its former heights and new businesses were springing up across the Arc Jurassien. Even the quartz crisis of the 1980s, despite sounding the death knell for many companies in the branch, couldn’t wipe Geneva off the map of horological excellence, and over the past two decades this position has been further reinforced.

This new golden era coincides with the creation and expansion of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), a gathering for the watch Maisons in the Richemont group which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary, still in the company of Audemars Piguet, Greubel Forsey, Parmigiani, Ralph Lauren and Richard Mille, bringing the total number of exhibitors to sixteen. A sign of the times, just a few years ago only a handful of brands set up shop in Geneva to take advantage of SIHH week to present their new models. Their number is now closer to fifty. Seen by many as a breakaway venture in its early days, the SIHH has succeeded in establishing its character and its vision of watchmaking. It can also take credit for repositioning Geneva as a centre for prestige best Swiss replica watchmaking. A position which, as history shows, it rightfully deserves.