“Sound” Investments: 6 Notable Minute Repeaters and Chiming Watches

One of the most difficult watch complications to produce, a minute repeater transforms a discount Cartier replica watches from mere timekeeping device to miniature music box. Below we take a look at 6 minute repeaters — and other, even more sophisticated chiming watches — that are more than just bells and whistles.

The newest version of the A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Striking Time has a rose-gold case and hands and a silver dial. Unlike most repeaters and other chiming watches, it has its chiming mechanism integrated into the dial design. The black-polished steel hammers are located on either side of the large small-seconds subdial at 6 o’clock. The hammer on the right strikes the quarter hours and the one on the left, the full hours. The two gongs, embedded in a recess between the dial and the bezel, are also visible from the dial side. Every 15 minutes, the mechanism triggers the striking of one of the gongs — three high-pitched chimes for each quarter hour and one low-pitched chime for the top of every full hour. The watch has a device that can deactivate the chiming mechanism whenever the owner wishes to not be disturbed by it: Simply press the push-piece at 4 o’clock and the hammers raise away from the gongs and hold in place, thus silencing the watch.

A. Lange & Sohne Zeitwerk Striking Time rose gold

The Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph is available in a very limited edition of 10 pieces each for both versions, a rose gold and a titanium model. The titanium version, the company says, is ideally suited for the watch’s highest complication, the minute repeater, which strikes on two gongs. As many may not be aware, the quality of the sound emitted by a repeater fake watches for men is largely dependent on both the case material and the case’s dimensions. Larger cases (the Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph’s is 47 mm in diameter) and lighter, harder materials (such as titanium) are best suited to maximize the sound volume of the chimes by allowing the acoustic waves to expand inside the case.

Audemars Piguet Tradition Tourbillon Minute Repeater Chronograph

At the push of a button (located at 10 o’clock), or when it strikes a pre-set time, the Breguet Ref. 7800 Classique “La Musicale” plays Bach’s “Badinerie.” Its musical mechanism resembles a music box, utilizing a disk with pegs that strike the 15 blades of the “keyboard.” A membrane made of Swatch’s LiquidMetal fitted under the movement amplifies the sound while maintaining water resistance.

Breguet Classique La Musicale

The Bulgari Brighella, the first in its series of “Commedia del’ Arte” watches, is equipped with a cathedral-gong minute repeater (operated by a slide at 10 o’clock) with two hammers, along with a jumping hour and retrograde minutes display. When the watch’s chime sounds, the characters on the dial begin moving in choreographed, balletic motions. The case is made of 18k white gold and an alloy called Magsonic, developed to amplify the resonance of the repeater’s chimes.

Bulgari Commedia del’Arte Brighella

One of the highlight pieces of SIHH 2014, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon is the eleventh creation in the brand’s Hybris Mechanica collection and the first ultra-thin Grand Complication model. The watch is very slim for a minute repeater, at just 7.9 mm thin. It is also equipped with an original tourbillon, a high-performance new balance spring, a peripheral automatic winding system, a retractable single push-button, and a minute repeater equipped with a silent-timelapse reduction system. The replica watches for sale is equipped with two patented trebuchet hammers that ensure stronger, cleaner striking on the two crystal gongs fixed to the sapphire crystal, which helps to amplify the sound diffusion. Instead of a traditional slide, the minute repeater is activated by a retractable, single push-button, for which Jaeger-LeCoultre has filed a patent, with a discreet locking system at 8 o’clock.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Minute Repeater Flying Tourbillon - Perspective

The Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater is inspired by the brand’s namesake, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, known for his automaton creations, which often featured birds. A push-button triggers the minute repeater, which strikes the hours, quarters, and minutes as the birds on the dial come to life. The system uses a cathedral gong whose resonant, mellow tones are generated by two turns around the mechanism.

Jaquet Droz Bird Repeater

Corum Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Colette – Thomas Erber

For one week only Corum joins the famous Parisian concept store Colette and the artist Thomas Erber and creates a Limited Edition of 10 timepieces. The brand takes up residence at 213 rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris, with a cheap replica watches special showcase, representing a fairytale-like chalet in an abstract form.

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The structure draws its inspiration from the “Style Sapin”; a decorative art form from the La Chaux-de-Fonds of the early twentieth century, and is made of a natural larch wood and steel structure constructed with the codes of the Corum Admiral’s Cup collection.

Thomas Erber is working on developing his ‘cabinet de curiositis’, which are exported all around the world and in which he presents the new trends and designers of the moment. In a contemporary approach, Thomas Erber explores all areas of creation; from fashion to fine Cartier replica watchmaking, through to design, music, and also travel.

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For the Admiral’s Cup Legend 42 Colette – Thomas Erber, Corum has revisited the codes of the timepiece and reinterpreted it in metallic shades. Its twelve-sided case from 42 mm, in brushed steel, houses an automatic movement caliber CO 395.

The hour markers are shown traditionally Swiss replica watches by the nautical pennants while the matt dial displays the minute indicators which are treated in Superluminova. A small seconds counter with the personalized initials of Thomas Erber positioned at 6 o’clock, hosts an indigo blue luminescent hand Colette store’s color. The Limited Edition of 10 timepieces is exclusively distributed at Colette.

Fellows Auctioneers launches monthly Watch Sale

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Founded in 1867, Fellows, headquartered in Birmingham, is one of the UK’s most established auction houses. But it was only this week that they introduced the first of their monthly Swiss replica watches sales. The Watch Sale was officially launched on April 20 and enjoyed an exceptional 93% sale rate.

Until this week, Fellows held a specialist wristwatch sale and a specialist pocket watch sale only on a quarterly basis. Now these two auctions have been joined together to become known as The Watch Sale.

Fellows see this new monthly auction as a means by which to cement their position as a major force in the UK watch market with strong sales together with the opportunity to hold more specialist watch sales than any other auctioneer.

The first of our Watch Sales launched with an excellent Hammer total of just under 380,000 significantly above the estimate for the auction. This proves that with clear cataloguing, sensible estimates, detailed descriptions and high quality images each monthly Watch Sale is on track to be a huge success. Stephen Whittaker, Managing Director, Fellows

Buyers will quickly discover that the monthly Watch Sale will offer a constantly changing inventory at a wide range of price points, both for contemporary commercial pieces or vintage rarities. The Fellows cheap Cartier replica watches buying environment has all the drama and excitement that only comes with a packed auction room and provides a shopping experience like no other.

Bidders unable to visit the saleroom in person can view multiple high-resolution photographs online along with detailed condition reports and interactive 360 imagery.

As for the vendor, there are more opportunities than ever to achieve the consistently high prices and sold ratios for which Fellows is noted, along with an unmatched turnaround time between consignment and payment. The Fellows watch team of friendly, knowledgeable experts are also on hand to assist.

If you want to visit The Watch Sale, whether as a vendor or a buyer, visit the Fellows website or contact Conrad Cunningham, Head of Department on 0121 212 5506. The next monthly Watch Sale is on May 26 at 11am.

Some Auction highlights

Lot 292: ROLEX – a gentleman’s 18ct gold Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II bracelet watch. Estimate 8,000 – 12,000, Hammer Price 13,000

Lot 271: ROGER DUBUIS – a limited edition gentleman’s stainless steel Excalibur wrist watch. Estimate 1,800 – 2,600, Hammer Price 3,400

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Lot 10: BREITLING – a gentleman’s Professional Emergency bracelet watch. Estimate 6,000 – 8,000, Hammer Price 7,400

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Lot 251: PATEK PHILIPPE – a gentleman’s 18ct yellow gold Ellipse bracelet watch. Estimate 2,600 – 3,600, Hammer Price 3,500

Lot 206: OMEGA – a gentleman’s yellow metal Cosmic triple date wrist watch. Estimate 1,500 – 2,000, Hammer Price 2,000

Lot 137: JAEGER-LECOULTRE – a gentleman’s stainless steel Reverso Duo wrist watch. Estimate 3,000 – 4,000, Hammer Price 4,100

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Lot 247: PANERAI – a limited edition gentleman’s stainless steel Radiomir Paneristi Forever wrist watch. Estimate 4,000 – 6,000, Hammer Price 5,300

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Lot 130: IWC – a gentleman’s stainless steel Portuguese Regulateur wrist watch. Estimate 2,000 – 3,000, Hammer Price 3,300.