the Amazing Replica Breguet

I’ll be confused, I really wasn’t expecting to like the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time on the wrist, but having strapped it on for a while during my press appointment, the new piece turned into a pleasant surprise. At 42mm across and a reasonable 10.78mm thick, it’s surely a bit chunky compared to much in the fake Patek catalogue, but for a pilot-style piece it’s still on the more modestly sized end of the spectrum. People love drawing parallels between this and the Zenith Type 20 models; however, other than its numerals and hands, these amazing watches are miles apart. My biggest stumbling block with every Type 20 In my experience is how flatly and awkwardly they wear on a smaller wrist — a total non-issue with the Calatrava Pilot. That said, the pieces are also miles apart in terms of finishing, therefore only a fool would ever consider cross-shopping the two.
It’s rather simple to pigeonhole a brand, often unfairly. As far as I am concerned, my first association with the replica Rolex was all fluted cases, engine-turned dials and valuable metal cases. To be fair, the brand does all those things exceptionally well, but you know what else they do quite darned well?
It turns out that Breguet, not content with nailing the brief when it comes to dress fake watches and innovating left, right and centre are also quite the dab hand when it comes to pilot’s watches. However, there is no connection between Louis Charles’ aeronautical business and the Type 20 chronograph that inspired the Type XXI 3817 that we’re looking at today.
It’s crucial to notice that Type 20 and 21 chronographs used by the French Air Force in the early ’50s were made by a variety of suppliers. A group of six brands produced them according to a set of minimum requirements covering off form and function, with important features being the fly-back chronograph, rotating 12-hour bezel and some fairly rigorous accuracy requirements. Of those brands that made these tool watches, the replica Breguet’s examples are the most coveted by collectors today.
In the ’90s, Breguet realized the potential of this design, releasing a civilian version – the Type XX – in 1995, with the larger Type XXI following in 2004. We’ve seen many variations on these in the subsequent years, but 2016’s Type XXI 3817, with its world-weary dial and perfectly proportioned case, is perhaps the most handsome yet.
For me, what stood out first were the old-world Arabic numerals, in slightly aged luminous material. The fact the color of the hands and bezel pip is mismatched by a shade or two only makes it look even better, while the dial in slate grey instead of black makes this a more low-key proposition. You’ll notice the sub-dial at three has some discreet altimeter-style markings – this indicator is actually a 24-hour time display and the markings are very subtle day/night indicator.
The view is just as fine from behind, with the calibre 584 Q/2 on full display – and what a movement. Based on a decades-old Lemania calibre, executed in Breguet’s typically top-notch style, with typical movement design paired with silicon technology, this is the first time one of their pilot’s fake watches has had a clear case-back, and we’re glad it’s happened. That guilloche-inspired gold rotor alone is worth the price of admission. Actually, simply put, if you’re on the hunt for a pilot’s replica watch that gives history, heritage style and all-round hotness, then the search is over: the fake Breguet Type XXI 3817 takes us back to a time when air travel was both chic and daring.
Initially released in white gold with a blue dial, what makes this new version of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time really attractive is the way it was mysterious, and the sister piece that accompanies it. It’s hard to believe, but the replica Patek Philippe eventually joined the modern world of social media in the week, and their first big announcement through the channel was this new release, alongside a “ladies version” measuring 37.5mm in diameter, which has been dubbed the fake model. Both sizes are powered by the same caliber, and, quite frankly, both are within a conservative size range that could be worn by either gender without the faintest question.
Firstly, when images were released of the new Calatrava Pilot I wasn’t quite sold. There was quite a bit of debate out there when the initial Calatrava Pilot surfaced, and what business Patek Philippe really had in getting into this segment at all. The brand did produce some pilot’s watches back in the day, but nothing on the scale seen by the likes of replica Zenith, IWC, and even Breguet. Setting the lineage debate aside for a moment and looking only at product execution, the brand has done an excellent job with the new release. The combination of its bright and reflective sunbrushed brown dial and warm pink gold case works very nicely in person, standing out as a much better brown/gold combo than we saw from the replica Rolex with the Everose GMT that was just released.

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