For me, one of the highlights of Dubai fake watch Week 2016 was undoubtedly the chance to view the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie's (FHH) exhibition "The Mastery of Time," which first debuted a few months ago at the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris. This time the massive collection of historic clocks and replica watches was set up in the Dubai Mall, along with some additional contributions from the collection of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the hosts of Dubai fake watch Week. Instead of just giving you a pile of photos from the exhibit, I thought I'd show you my five favorite finds and explain a little bit about why I think they're so special. Okay, there's a photo dump too, but you've got to hear me out first.ADVERTISEMENT Rolex Deep Sea Special
The rare and historic Replica Rolex Deep Sea Special.
Talk all you want about Paul Newmans and Explorer-dial Subs, this is the Replica Rolex to end all Replica Rolexes. If you're unfamiliar, this is the so-called Deep Sea Special, a complete beast of a "dive" fake watch meant to push the limits of watchmaking. I put "dive" in scare quotes there because the Deep Sea Special wasn't worn on the wrist of a human diver but was instead strapped to the outside of the bathyscaphe Trieste when it took Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh into the Mariana Trench in 1960. This isn't the actual fake watch that accompanied the men to the deepest part of the planet (that one's in the Smithsonian), but another in a very small series (it's unclear how many were made, but a few dozen at the most) and one of the only examples to still have the original bracelet. To actually wear, fine, the Paul Newman still has the edge, but there's no better example of Replica Rolex as a true innovator and scientific collaborator.Hermès Purse fake watch By Tavannes
An Hermès purse fake watch made by Tavannes.
Created in 1928, this Hermès purse fake watch is another awesome little time capsule, though a much less hard-nosed and utilitarian one when compared with the Deep Sea Special above. These little folding purse replica watches were meant to be kept ?you guessed ?in a woman's purse so that she would not have to wear a wristwatch or pendant watch. They're popular today with collectors, who often use them as little travel clocks and desk ornaments, and this example, made by Tavannes to be retailed by Hermès is incredible. We've told you before about Hermès's long history selling replica watches and collaborating with watchmakers and here's further proof. All you'd need is a matching Birkin to complete the set.Original Cartier Tank
A Cartier Tank from 1920, just a year after the fake watch first debuted.
Yeah, I walked through a massive exhibition of historic replica watches and clocks, one filled with countless grand complications, gem-set marvels, and crazy references, and I picked a simple Tank fake watch as one of my top five. This isn't just any Tank though. This little guy dates to 1920, just one year after the Tank fake watch was first introduced by Cartier in Paris. There's not denying the Tank's status as a true icon of not just watchmaking, but also of design more generally, and this is the original design as it was first envisioned. To understand this fake watch is to gain valuable insight into one of the earliest commercially successful wristwatches and the trajectory of 20th century watchmaking at large. I'd never seen a Tank this early before and it was a real treat. (It's worth noting by the way, that for much of its history relatively few Tanks were produced per year. In 1919 only six Tanks were sold; in 1920, 33.)Audemars Piguet Grande Complication Pocket Watch
A grand complication pocket fake watch from Audemars Piguet, dating to 1908.
The Royal Oak gets all the attention and people sometimes forget that Audemars Piguet was, for a very long time, a complications specialist. The manufacture still has serious watchmaking chops, but look back in the archive and you'll find crazy pieces like this. This pocket fake watch dates to 1908, and the clean aesthetic makes the very complex fake watch look simpler than it is. Packed into the gold case is a perpetual calendar, a single button chronograph, and a minute repeater. In fact, Audemars Piguet abides by the old rule that to be called a "grande complication" a fake watch must have a chiming complication, a calendar complication, and a chronograph of some kind. Obviously this fake watch makes the cut.A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon 'Pour le Merite'
The A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon 'Pour le Merite'.
As most of you probably know, A. Lange & Söhne was resurrected after the fall of the Berlin Wall and presented its first modern collection in 1994. There were four replica watches in that collection, and one of them was the Tourbillon "Pour le Merite." This was the new manufacture flexing its horological muscles as hard as it could, and the results were (and still are) astounding. The tourbillon is rather understated, despite the diamond endstones, and the fusée-and-chain system is entirely hidden under the dial. The model was only produced until 1998 and the version you see here (white gold with a bright blue dial) is one of the rarer versions too. If you're a fan of modern Lange, and in particular a fan of Lange's more technical creations, this is where it all started.Gallery
A gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic, circa 1958.
A Replica Rolex King Midas with stone dial signed with a Khanjar, the symbol of Oman.
A gold, coral, and diamond Patek Philippe jewelry fake watch from the 1970s.
An extremely ornate diamond and emerald-covered Bulgari Serpenti.
Yes, even Zodiac made wild diamond-covered replica watches back in the day.
A Pop Swatch from circa 1990.
Part of the exhibition focused on replica watches custom made for various Arab leaders over the decades.
Ludo Secreet Watch, from Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1941.
A water-resistant Waltham Dépollier military watch, circa 1920. Advertised as waterproof, dustproof, and insulated against temperature shock, a Depollier fake watch was worn by pilot Roland Rohlf when he set a world altitude record of 34,610 feet, in 1919.
An Audemars Piguet chronograph, with 30 minute and 12 hour counters.
A ring fake watch from circa 1800.
An ultra-thin "kinfe" pocket watch, by LeCoultre, circa 1907. Movement, 1.38mm thick caliber 145.
A Bovet pocket fake watch made for the Chinese market.
A shutter fake watch from Vacheron Constantin, circa 1942.
Prototype Beta 21 quartz watch, with 8192 Hz quartz oscillator, 1969.
Hublot's LaFerrari rendered entirely in sapphire.
An Audemars Piguet perpetual calendar pocket with with an open dial and a full diamond-set bezel.
Openworked pocket fake watch by Audemars Piguet; about as skeletonized as a fake watch movement can get.
Pocket fake watch decorated with a bouquet of flowers on a mauve background, made for the Chinese market, Bovet, Fleurier (Switzerland), circa 1830. Very typical of Bovet's work for China, via its offices in Guangzhou.
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