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Luxury Fake Longines Record Watches Are Brand’s First COSC-Certified Collection

A brand’s 185th anniversary is no small achievement—let’s just make that clear. At Baselworld 2017, Longines marked this occasion by announcing a new collection of simple, Calatrava-styled timepieces known as the cheap replica Longines Record watches. Aside from offering buyers a choice from four sizes and an assortment of dial options, these watches incorporate a few technical touches to assist with accurate timekeeping. Of considerable note here is the fact that this is the first collection of watches from Longines that have been entirely COSC chronometer-certified.

Before we discuss the movement, however, I think it’s important to appreciate the variety offered in the lineup. To appeal to a broad market segment, Longines is offering the Longines Record watches cheap replica in case sizes of 26mm, 30mm, 38.5mm, and 40mm. Other options include diamond-set cases on two of the women’s sizes, leather strap or steel bracelet options, and a variety of dial choices like mother-of-pearl, blue sunray, matte white, black lacquer, and more. All of the watches provide 30m of water-resistance and feature blued steel or rhodium-plated hands depending on the dial option along with an AR-coated sapphire crystal as well as an exhibition case back.

As a Swatch Group brand, the Longines Record watches feature exclusively produced ETA-based movements that have been tuned for COSC-certification. Their simple, time-only displays of are driven by the caliber L592.4 in the women’s models and the caliber L888.4 in the men’s models. Though simple in their nature, best fake Longines UK has also incorporated the use of a crystal-silicon balance spring—a feature that moves these beyond your typical ETA movements. While this isn’t a new development, it’s worth noting that the use of silicon in this capacity helps in the areas of resistance to temperature, shock, and magnetic fields.

Here’s a brief rundown of COSC-certification guidelines if you’re not immediately familiar. After considerable testing, watches must adhere to timekeeping parameters of -4 to +6 seconds of variation per day in a range of positions. While the Longines Record watches prove to be a fine choice for this endeavor, I think it will also be exciting to see where and how Longines will utilize these new COSC-certified movements in future releases. Furthermore, the L592.4 and L888.4 movements deliver 40 and 64 hours of power reserve, respectively, and support a simple date indicator at 3 o’clock for convenience in daily wear.

The Longines Record watches are a clear sign of the brand’s commitment, not just to movement quality, but growth. The fact that there are so many available options is also a big plus and will only help to support more of a universal appeal for a wide range of prospective buyers. As I mentioned previously, I’m hopeful that luxury replica Longines watches online sale will continue to expand upon this and incorporate the movements into future models and maybe even some of my existing favorites like the Longines Heritage Military COSD watch (a COSC COSD?).

All current variants of the Longines Record watches come in stainless steel cases. With such a wide range of size and dial options, I think anyone looking to get in on the first COSC-certified offering from the brand can find something they like with relative ease. Prices are expected to start in the low $2,000s range.

Luxury Replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase ‘Lumen’ Watch Hands-On

Here’s a question for you: can there be such a thing as a cool Lange? Elegant, sophisticated, restrained, calculated… Yes. But cool? In truth, I wouldn’t have thought so until I went hands-on with the cheap fake A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen.”

First, a bit of a background story to these images: I remember seeing and photographing this watch last year at SIHH 2016, but, due to an exponentially unfortunate series of multiple hard drive failures, some of my files and back-ups from that event I had to say goodbye to. Through some heroic data saving though I managed to salvage enough of these files and bring you a hands-on with this most unusual Lange.

After the first Lange 1 “Lumen” in 2013, Lange followed up in 2016 with the Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” as seen here, carrying on the semi-transparent sapphire crystal theme featuring what they refer to as a special coating. This surface coating of the crystal blocks most visible light from the outside but, for one, it gives way to the UV spectra that charge the lume, and it also lets the lume shine through from underneath it in return. The result is a very stealthy, smoky look that at the same time remains not only recognizably unique but just begs for attention – not a typical Lange treat, that.

It was challenging to capture how this gray crystal really works in real life – and, like so many other AR-coated crystals, it too develops a blue-ish hue when hit by a strong light source, like the flash that we use for photography or a more powerful light bulb in the room (and typically does not happen with direct sunlight). When seen hands-on the end result is a bit like a Lange 1 that put its lace lingerie on – sort of –, providing a tease of a show. More factually speaking, you can surely see underneath the front crystal and appreciate all the fine finishing of the movement components, including polished springs, screw heads, and perlage-decorated plates, as well as the two discs for Lange’s weirdly named “outsize date.”

A common issue with transparent-dial watches is that legibility suffers big time as the reflective hands have difficulty visually contrasting against the shiny and busy backdrop. Thanks to this smoked look of the crystal, though, the power reserve hand stands out, and so does all the text, while the large date is easy to find both for its size and prominent framing. Meanwhile, time indications have maintained their solid black sub-dials, which means that Lange actually practiced their well-known restraint here and didn’t go overboard with the transparent theme like so many others tend to do.

What’s new over the 2013 model, again, is the moon phase display, conveniently located inside the hour-minute sub-dial. Unlike Lange’s previous moon phase models which had solid gold discs, the best replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” has a disc made of glass. This surface is first treated with a patented coating process after which a laser cuts out a total of 1,164 stars and the Moon. It isn’t the disc itself that glows, though, as it is illuminated by a luminous compound behind it. The moon phase display will be off by one day every 122.6 years.

The movement partly exposed from the front and fully from the back is the hand-wound L095.4 caliber, featuring the quality standards and two-times assembly we have gotten used to seeing from Lange. The not very visually interesting three-quarter plate has been spiced up by what seems to be a random – but in reality, certainly well thought-out – layout of chatons, jewels, bearings, and gold text with three cocks, one supporting the balance wheel and featuring hand-engraved decoration in Glashütte watchmaking fashion.

The large mainspring barrel provides three full days of power reserve and the power reserve indicator on the front will help you not forget to keep this Lange 1 wound – or else you’ll have to reset the moon phase with the correction pusher set into the side of the case. If this wasn’t enough Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase details for you, check out our hands-on debut from 2014 here and for the latest Lange moon phase caliber check out this hands-on with three new Lange 1 variants.

All tech specs and laser engraved moon phases aside, let’s get back to the original question and conclude, as I feel safe in saying: the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” is about as showy and cool as we’ll see Lange get for a long, long time. It is very unusual because it bravely and very noticeably shows a lot more skin than previous Lange 1 watches – which renders it all the more surprising, as the Lange 1 is the definitive top A. Lange & Söhne replica watches model and brands exercise extreme caution when making drastic changes with such bread-and-butter collections.

Cool, I think, yes. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say the A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” is a fun watch. It is absolutely fascinating to look at and admire, and quality of execution is of course spectacular… But it still is one very serious watch to hold and to wear as although it is adorably called the “Lumen,” it does everything it can to look as dark and intimidating as possible. That’s true Lange for you, in the best and yet most extraordinary way possible.

Wrapped in a 41mm-wide platinum case, it’s a choice of metal that makes it a heavy and hefty beast, and one that further helps sky-rocket the price of the UK replica A. Lange & Söhne Grand Lange 1 Moon Phase “Lumen” to a whopping €69,600. That’s a lot even by Lange standards for what, in truth, really isn’t a very complicated watch.