Cheap replica Tissot Ballade Watch with New Silicon Balance Spring
Replica watches fans would know that the Watch Releases Silicon has a lot of benefits for watches, such as longevity-of-life, anti-magnetism temperature resistance, and not requiring lubricant being among them. However, due to the difficult-to-produce and fragile nature of silicon, hairsprings made of the material have typically been used exclusively in high-end timepieces. Besides, the most interesting part of that announcement? It will cost less than a thousand dollars.
Tissot is not a stranger to anti-magnetic replica watches. During the 1930s, they created one of the first anti-magnetic watches with the Tissot Antimagnetique. Ever since then, they’ve been using anti-magnetic components in their watches, so the next natural step would be silicon. There’s nothing to be surprising, what’s surprising is just the price.
There are seven models of the Tissot Ballade, and while the three ladies’ pieces were reviewed here back in September, the newest “Gents” models are a bit more masculine with a 39mm or 41mm case. All cases will be in steel with a Clous de Paris-patterned bezel and inner-dial disc, which I find a tasteful nod to the 1930s style. Both the men’s and women’s watches will feature bi-tone rose-gold and yellow-gold-plated models, with the yellow gold coming on a stainless steel, bi-tone bracelet, and the rose-gold fitted with a brown leather strap on the Gents, and a white leather strap for the ladies. A full stainless steel case with steel bracelet is available for both as well. Each piece has the date window displayed at the 3 o’clock position. While I would normally always go for a bracelet, I find the steel case on black leather to fit the Tissot DNA more than the bi-tone bracelet models. The Tissot Ballade is water resistant up to 50m, and all models feature a sapphire crystal and transparent case-back displaying the movement.
This cheap fake Tissot or more commonly known as the Powermatic 80, beats at a low 21,600VpH frequency, and is based on the ETA 2824 workhorse. And by “based on” I mean heavily modified. While this movement has been around for almost 4 years, the Tissot Ballade brings some upgraded components. The “80” in its name comes from the whopping 80-hour power reserve increase from the 38 hours of the basic ETA movement. Longer power reserves can be achieved in a few ways, such as slowing down the movement as Tissot has done here from 4Hz in the ETA to 3Hz. The concern that means accuracy being negatively affected proves unfounded, obviously, as these are also certified chronometers, meaning they are accurate to -4/+6 seconds per day. So the COSC-certified Powermatic 80 featured in the Tissot Ballade also being fitted with a silicon hairspring makes for a welcome, unconventional, and arguably never-before-seen addition to a timepiece at such a beautiful price.
Do you know the reason why it is so important? It’s bringing previously and otherwise unobtainable technology into an affordable market. Swatch, being the juggernaut that it is, has the resources, equipment, and channels to produce a silicon hairspring, fit it into an affordable movement, and reach more enthusiasts with higher-quality components. Being that replica Tissot is one of the largest producers of watches in Switzerland, this could open many doors for the industry, and for Swatch.
Three Days in L.A. with the TAG Heuer Connected Watch Modular 45
Another major TAG Heuer sports sponsorship announcement, another whirlwind press trip to attend said announcement, and — best of all — another opportunity to wrist-test one of the brand’s newest models — in this case, version 2.0 of the original TAG Heuer Connected Watch, dubbed the Connected Modular 45. And boy, is it modular.
TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 – partsRegular readers of my “Borrowed Time” series of experiential watch reviews may recall last year’s trip to the MLS All-Star Game in San Jose (for which TAG Heuer was official timekeeper), during which I put the original TAG Heuer Connected Watch through its paces. In April, TAG Heuer invited a small group of journalists to Los Angeles for another major event: the celebration of its partnership with the Amgen Tour of California and professional cycling’s BMC racing team, which featured the unveiling of the tournament’s official Best Young Rider jersey, designed by graffiti artist and TAG Heuer “ambassador” Alec Monopoly. For this experience — which included a cocktail reception (and Alec Monopoly art exhibition) at Galerie Montaigne and a dinner at West Hollywood’s legendary Chateau Marmont — I was hooked up with the Modular 45 and free to discover the numerous upgrades from its predecessor and additional functionalities, of which there are many.
Alec Monopoly (in hat and scarf) with TAG Heuer North America president Kilian Muller, Amgen Tour of California president Kristin Klein, and models for the Best Young Rider jerseys, at the sponsorship launch event.
Excerpts from WatchTimes Exclusive Interview with Jean-Claude Biver
In the March-April 2015 issue of WatchTime, on sale March 24, Executive Editor Norma Buchanan interviews LVMH watch bigwig and interim TAG Heuer CEO about his plans for the brand. In this excerpt from the exclusive interview, Biver discusses his vision for TAG Heuer and where its watchmaking business should be focused.
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