In an effort to reign in the past while continuing to offer pieces that catch the eye of modern watch buyers, Longines best replica watches UK have built up a legitimate offering through their Heritage Collection. Whether you’re looking for a diver or a Weems, there are quite a few choices that seem to be placed above the usual options you have when looking at the brand. Dive watches are popular. No shocker there. Vintage divers? Even more so. When a brand can breathe life into a vintage design and make it appealing to modern tastes, people notice. The Longines Heritage Diver is a superbly retro option for those seeking something a little outside the lines of popular choices while still getting a solid timekeeper.
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When you first look at this watch you think, “Yep, this is a reissue.” Well, yes and no. Longines based this model off of the Valjoux 72/Longines 30CH chronograph. Those watches had three sub-dials and here it has been reigned in with a cleaner, two-sub-dial face. When you take into account the numerous models that countless brands have altered and morphed throughout the years it is nice to see a brand take an older design and touch it up while retaining the feel of the original. Like I said, this isn’t a pound-for-pound remake of an earlier model but there is enough here to let you know its roots, not only when looking at it but when wearing it on a daily basis like I did.
If I ask someone about Longines dive watches, they may mention the Hydroquest. If they are really a fan of the brand they may mention the Heritage or Legend divers. While there has been quite a lot written already about the Legend Diver, I’d like to submit the Heritage Diver Chronograph for consideration. It is unique not only in case shape, but design as well. Longines produces both a three-hand version and a chronograph which I cover here. Honestly, I would have to say I prefer the chronograph anyways. It has just the right amount of old-school vibe crossed with a legit sense of durability, and there wouldn’t be any reason this watch could not become your daily-diver.
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The stainless steel case measures in at 43mm diameter Longines copy watches and, with its cushion shape, fits nicely on an average-sized wrist like mine. The sapphire is anti-reflective treated and sits flush with the case, which has a nice solid feel to it. The design is a screw-down case back so don’t expect any pretty scenery here, but for a dive watch this is a non-issue. The crown is screw-in as well, as is the crown for the internal rotating bezel. This definitely makes it harder to adjust on the fly, but with its 300-meter water-resistance the Longines Heritage Diver Chronograph is ISO 6425 rated.
Some might argue that having one more crown to worry about water-proofing only leads to one more area for something to go wrong, and while that may be true, here you have the added benefit of not being able to knock around the bezel by accident should you decide to take this baby deep-sea diving. I took it out to a lake several times, and though I wasn’t ultra-deep, I had no problems.
Perhaps the most notable new element of the 2016 Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari series replica watches are the thoroughly redesigned and refined dial – which again is mostly sapphire crystal over a skeletonized view of the movement. The 60-minute chronograph subdial, which includes an integrated date indicator is directly inspired by the distinctive tachometer gauge used on many Ferrari instrument panels. This is a cool design which I think any Ferrari fan will appreciate. Hublot further offers new hour markers and hands, and has moved the placement of the Ferrari prancing horse logo to 6 o’clock. The new hands are a fresh look from Hublot, and I’ll wait until I see them in person to make a final judgement. The same goes for the “revolving” style of the hour numerals which are positioned in a circular fashion as opposed to all being oriented the same way. I tend to feel that I prefer the original layout of the hour numerals, but as I said, I’ll wait to see the watch to have final thoughts. In all, the dial certainly has the most automotive feel out of all the Big Bang Ferrari watches to date.
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You’ll also notice a new bezel design, which has countersunk notches for the bezel screws. This has a more “engineered” feel than the traditional Hublot Big Bang bezel, and doesn’t look too bad. Traditionalists will probably prefer the existing style at first, but I think the new look has merit, and new things may take a bit of time to appeal to loyal fans of the collection.
My favorite design updates for these 2016 Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari watches are those of the crown and the pushers. The crown maintains its neat twist and lock system from before, but has an updated look. The pushers in the old version were cool, but now are more streamlined and set into the case. They are inspired by pedals from Ferrari car cabins, and are complete with dual red stripes that meet on the crown. While you can’t see it in any of the pictures, the other side of the case now has “Ferrari” emblazoned across the left-side profile of the case.
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Overall, case dimensions are unchanged at 45mm wide (water-resistant to 100 meters Hubolt copy watches), and of course the cases retain the useful quick-release buttons for the straps set into the lug structures. You still need to get replacement or alternate straps directly from Hublot as the strap attachment system is proprietary. Inside the watch is the existing and robust in-house made UNICO mechanical movement. The automatic movement has a flyback chronograph (with a column wheel transmission) and operates at 4Hz with 72 hours of power reserve. The pallet fork and escapement are made from silicon. Overall, I’ve been quite happy with this movement when I’ve tested it in the past.
The initial run of these updated Hublot Big Bang Ferrari watches will be represented by three limited-edition versions. First is the reference 402.NX.0123.WR in titanium, which is limited to 1,000 pieces and priced at US$26,200. Next is the reference 402.QU.0113.WR in black carbon (looks to be black ceramic, but I’ll get to see firsthand the type of carbon this is in the future) which is limited to 500 pieces and priced at $28,300. Last is the reference 402.QU.0113.WR in 18k King Gold (basically, red gold) which is limited to 500 pieces and priced at $42,000.