The Ecstasy Of Gold: Luxury UK Replica Vacheron Constantin 222 Vs. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202OR Watches

One, two, or more replica watches for sale are thrown into the arena to be either torn to shreds or effusively exalted by each defending editor. We have some extremely hot-off-the-press timepieces to get us back into the action — the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 and the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202. Both have roots in the 1970s and are bathed in glorious gold for these particular references. Will the comeback kid 222 knock the integrated links of the 50-year-old Royal Oak? You decide in the voting section below. And don’t forget to leave a comment to voice your decision.

Firstly, a little housekeeping is in order, as it has been such a long wait for this next SMS edition. We hosted a tag-team tussle between four Breitling Premier Heritage models in our previous outing. This happened to be our first four-way fight, although the rules stated that two chosen AAA UK fake watches must collectively win the consensus to be crowned the victor. If you glance at the voting chart, it’s pretty clear who the outright winner is, but let’s break it down.

The winner is Jorg’s first pick, the salmon-dialed, steel-cased Datora, taking 47% of the vote. Ben then chose the blue-dialed steel Duograph, garnering 21% of the share. Taking third was Ben’s second pick, the gold Datora at 17%, and lastly was Jorg’s second choice, the gold Duograph at 15%. As this is a tag team, we combine each editor’s side and can see Jorg clinches the title with 62% of your votes. Ben scores a lowly 38% with his Premier Heritage picks, but today, he’s back for blood

After the gold dust settles

The combatants today are fresh 2022 releases. That said, their design lineage stretches back 50 years. The high quality replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak watches possibly needs no further introduction, but some may need to get up to speed with the Vacheron Constantin 222. The brand celebrated 222 years of continual production in 1977 and commemorated the occasion with reference 222. Jörg Hysek, the designer, took the hot new concept of the early ’70s and explored Vacheron’s take on the integrated-bracelet luxury sports-watch design. Fast-forward a few decades, and the 222 began morphing into the modern-day Overseas to carry on the legacy. Yet, the 1977 form was revitalized for 2022 as a near 1:1 recreation — albeit dressed in the most precious garb of gold.

I said the AP needed no intro, but this particular Royal Oak reference 16202 is also new for 2022. This Royal Oak represents fifty years of non-stop production and a relatively unchanged design since its inception in 1972. The artist, Gérald Genta, conceived his vision in record time following a short-notice request from Audemars Piguet. What followed was a design language that came to define Audemars Piguet to this very day. The latest model celebrates a half-century of excellence by executing this model in 18K pink gold and a smoky slate-gray dial. Not only that, but the Swiss made copy watches also has the new caliber 7121 to boot. So, with our gladiators at the ready, let the games begin.

Jorg — Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 Replica Watches

This one is difficult for me, Ben. You know how much I love Gérald Genta’s trilogy of sports fake watches for sale. More specifically, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” is the Swiss maestro’s best creation out of all the spectacular designs. To give it even more praise, give me a choice to pick one watch to wear for the rest of my life, and I will most likely choose a steel Royal Oak “Jumbo” and never look back. So, are there genuine reasons for me to go up against the latest-generation Royal Oak “Jumbo”? There are.

The first thing I did was place both watches side by side to look at their designs. What stands out immediately is that the Royal Oak was less defined when it came into existence. The 222 is defined by that typical 1970s signature that we know these replica watches for men for, similar to the Rolex Oysterquartz. The design of the 222 is firmly rooted in the ’70s, whereas the Royal Oak’s design is timeless. It still feels as fresh and unique today as it did in 1972. So, we can credit Gérald Genta for creating something truly remarkable. Not that we don’t already, but seeing the watches side-by-side reminds us of the man’s brilliance.

The brilliance of a young Jörg Hysek

But Jörg Hysek wasn’t exactly doodling nonsense with his pencil and paper. His design of the 222 “Jumbo” has this 1970s pizzaz that makes it such a remarkable product of its Audemars Piguet Royal Oak decade. Seeing the combination of the 37mm tonneau-shaped case with the notched bezel, the well-balanced dial, and the elegant bracelet make this an iconic statement. It is exciting to see that design coming back to life in the new Historiques 222 because we haven’t seen it as part of the Vacheron Constantin collection since 1985. While we sometimes see glimpses of the roughly 700 pieces produced of the 222 “Jumbo” in 37mm — the 2022 super clone watches also came in a women’s 24mm and mid-size 34mm — it is still special to be reminded of Hysek’s creation. And that’s why this new modern version of the 222 is such an exciting new introduction.

For five decades, the Royal Oak “Jumbo” has been available (somewhat). Therefore, it has been part of the horological landscape for a longer time, and its existence feels natural. But seeing the Historiques 222 come back to life is exceptional, and judging by the reactions, I’m not alone. At the launch of the new Royal Oak “Jumbo” earlier this year, almost everyone agreed that the latest model was a perfect next step for the Royal Oak. It was met with approval and a deserved “well done.” But was there any real buzz? If there was, I couldn’t feel it.

The Vacheron Constantin 222 in yellow gold tops them all

When Vacheron Constantin announced the new Historiques 222, the fervid passion was incredible. The best replica Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 watches was met with resounding praise and was possibly the most exciting release of Watches And Wonders 2022. I shared that sentiment, as it was my favorite release of the show. But does that make the new Historiques 222 my pick over the Royal Oak? In stainless steel, definitely not. But as presented in 18K yellow gold? Oh my, yes.

An 18K yellow/rose gold Royal Oak has always felt slightly uncomfortable to me. The highly technical nature of Genta’s creation combined with 18K gold makes the Royal Oak a striking statement, yes, but one that feels contradictory. A Royal Oak “Jumbo” needs stainless steel to be at its best. However, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 shines bright in 18K yellow gold. It looks a lot more refined, classier, and easier to wear. The smaller 37mm size, the slightly more modest and elegant shape, and the bracelet work a lot better in yellow gold. Seeing the 222 return in 18K yellow gold makes me pick it over the Royal Oak “Jumbo” in any shiny precious metal.

A smart modern update

The hot topic for purists is the switch from Vacheron’s caliber 1120 to the modern caliber 2455/2. Are you a purist, Ben? From a nostalgic point of view, I understand that not using the legendary caliber 1120 was disappointing, especially as it was based on the same ultra-thin Jaeger-LeCoultre 920 that was used for the Royal Oak and the Nautilus. But the modern caliber 2455/2 is more reliable and accurate with its higher 28,800vph frequency than the caliber 1120 at just 19,800vph. And it adds the functionality of a quick-set date.

On top of that, the new caliber will be more accessible to service and probably more robust. And lastly, it makes for a better design with the date window a bit further from the edge of the dial. As a result, it doesn’t cut into the minute track like on the old 222. It is slightly thicker at 7.95mm than the original 7mm, but it still beats your Royal Oak, which is 8.1mm. So, I welcome the updated movement with open arms. Seeing the 222 return is a true joy. But the top Vacheron Constantin fake watches oozes brilliance. The quality of the construction, the finishing, and the movement are a lot better than in 1977. It makes the Historique 222 a €62,500 statement of pure brilliance. And it is my pick over your Royal Oak “Jumbo” in gold.

Ben — Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 16202OR Fake Watches

To clarify, Jorg, this is certainly not my Royal Oak. I wish it were; I’d move to Miami, start wearing white jeans, and bathe in aftershave. Unfortunately for me, the gold RO is but a dream. And dream I shall, as it nails the subtle iteration on a luxury stalwart. You mentioned how the buzz fizzled out shortly after the 50th-anniversary launch earlier this year. I also noticed the sudden drop-off of interest in the new Royal Oak. It undoubtedly explains why AP is giving the new collection a little boost to remind everyone of its existence. Sure, perfect Audemars Piguet replica watches wanted to honor the day the Royal Oak was born all those years ago, but it felt like it needed a bump up the inbox.

You may have explained why, considering these cheap fake watches do not appear dramatically different from what we saw last year or the many years before that. A movement upgrade is notable but doesn’t send a shot of adrenaline or make your spine tingle if the rest of it is the same. So, you said it well already; a knowing nod from the enthusiast crowd is about as much as we’ll see as a tribute to this great design. But I think it’s more than that. The perceived lack of availability is just a huge turn-off. Even if you haven’t registered your interest, visited a store, or picked up the phone to call a friend “that knows a guy.” Many are surrendering to the notion that obtaining a regular Royal Oak, let alone with a time-limited unique 50th-anniversary rotor in the back, is a futile fight.

AP is playing the long game

That said, that might work out better for Audemars Piguet in the long run. Those desperate to own a Royal Oak with the new caliber 7121 can say, “OK, I am not up for a bum-fight to get one with a special rotor. But I can maybe put my name down for the future.” These collectors now have a year to let the idea of owning a Royal Oak fester in their minds. As they read more, see more, converse more, and feed their enthusiasm, they can save up for it next year. I know this feeling, and you begin involving yourself in the goings-on with the brand and build relationships with the sales consultants. When the time comes, the sense of owning a timepiece you’ve studied for so long is euphoric.

And with replica watches wholesale as iconic as the Royal Oak, you’d be hard-pressed to find yourself disappointed. Especially in 18K pink gold, the Royal Oak emits a sharp yet classic aura. Now, Jorg, I can see you lament that this RO is fashioned from gold and not stainless steel. In 1972, a steel watch priced as much as a gold piece meant there was not as much traction for the Royal Oak in the early years. Time — and some considerable marketing investment — eventually gave the new AP the audience it deserved. Therefore, the fact that a gold version exists could be an afront to the original idea. But that’s the point! After all these years, the Royal Oak can still be shunned and then adored, owing to its disruptive nature.

A generational shift

The changes to the new reference 16202 may be subtle, but they are appreciated. Firstly, I’m not sure how reference numbers are determined, but if I went from 15202 to the next version, I’d go with 15203. It may just be me, but that seems logical. I suppose it doesn’t appear different enough, or perhaps confuses the masses whether this is a new watch or a variant. A major number shift perhaps showcases a generational step without losing its rhythmic pronunciation of syllables. Either way, the updates under the hood make up for the perceived lack of change. Caliber 7121 now has a quick-set date adjuster in the crown, and the barrel ups the power reserve to 55 hours over the outgoing 40. While it comes with 0.15mm of added height for a total of 3.2mm, the overall case thickness remains a svelte 8.1mm, admittedly a touch more than the 222.

As always, the integrated bracelet is executed beautifully. It’s a testament to Genta’s detailed sketch that it happened to be ergonomic. AP might have reviewed the drawings, loved them, then dismissed the bracelet as too complex. Instead, that bracelet design found its way to showroom windows and has integrated itself into the watchmaking psyche as possibly the best bracelet ever. And if not for its technical prowess, definitely for its provenance. It’s certainly in the forefront of my mind when someone asks, “What’s the best luxury watch bracelet?” And seeing the links glisten in gold as you rotate your wrist is a welcome distraction.

Gladiatorial garbs

I guess you’re wondering what I think of Jorg’s chosen 222. Like him, I came away from the show with that fake watches online site as my everlasting impression. Watches And Wonders 2022 could’ve been a disastrous show with brands coming on board and messing up the frankly Richemont-run showcase that was SIHH. While the big brands brought the big guns, it was models such as Vacheron’s 222 and the Grand Lange 1 that I’d be more willing to put my money down for. And that’s saying something with so many heavy hitters on display. You may think, then, that I’m raising the white flag and avoiding the fight. Nope! The 222 generated unbelievable buzz, but the brightest stars burn fast. I feel that hype has a shelf life, and soon most collectors will return to the Royal Oak.

The problem is, what happens with the Overseas? The Overseas was meant to be the descendant of the 222 — a natural evolution of shifting tastes and modern sensibilities. And the Overseas was on a good run, stepping out of the Nautilus and Royal Oak’s shadow. Specific models even garner a waitlist and huge premiums on the secondary market. But by adding the 222 in the mix, Vacheron is interfering with the trajectory the Overseas was on. I couldn’t help but find myself uttering, “Wow, the 222 looks great. Does it come in steel?” I tell you what, Jorg. It’s terrific to back scrapping over-€60,000 gold replica watches store, but I feel my choice of the Royal Oak cannot be beaten.

Final thoughts

Jorg: You raise a valid point about the Overseas, Ben. But Vacheron Constantin is already ahead of you by making the Historiques 222 an homage to the 222 from 1977. The newly introduced Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton and the stunning Tourbillon Skeleton show the Overseas is still the de facto sports Swiss movements fake watches from Vacheron. While the 222 might have served as inspiration for the Overseas, the models represent different sides of the brand. It’s precisely why I don’t think the new 222 will hurt the Overseas. If anything, the two will strengthen VC, helping it become more of a household name.

Getting back to your Royal Oak, the selected pink gold version stifles the flashy Miami vibes compared to the 18K yellow gold version with a matching ombré gold dial. The smoky gray dial and pink gold are a more mature flavor than a solid gold shot to the tastebuds. Yet, in yellow gold, the Vacheron Constantin Historiques 222 is the perfect dish.

Ben: It was a perfect dish in the 1970s, but will modern tastes accept it as the third course of the sports-watch trifecta? The Royal Oak is still the first and most impactful entrée on the menu.

The Best Dress Watches Available? 1:1 Perfect UK Fake Vacheron Constantin Patrimony And Traditionnelle Collection Watches Boast Some Real Gems

Generally held to have just two or three hands with an uncluttered, timeless dial, the dress watch genre sounds one of the simplest to master on paper. However, as time has passed, so too have the boundaries of what is considered “dressy” expanded. Nowadays, while dress AAA top replica watches still tend to be made from precious metals, their dials can have a little bit more going on and still pass the eye test. To illustrate this point (which will no doubt be heartily dismissed by some staunch traditionalists in the comments, whose input I welcome to this discussion), I have chosen a few of my favorite models from the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony and Traditionnelle ranges.

Slimmer’s world

One thing that has not changed is the thickness of dress high quality UK fake watches. A dress watch simply must be slim. This isn’t so much an aesthetic requirement as it is a practical one. A dress watch will be worn with cuffs. They may be French. They may be Italian. It’s possible they will be specifically Milanese. Whether they have one button, two buttons, three buttons, or none, regardless of whether they are curved, square, notched, or otherwise, they will be there. Cuffs are non-negotiable and so your watch better be able to slide under them without complaint, or else!

The best replica watches I’ve picked here are all slim. Actually, they look even slimmer than they are thanks to these models’ modern diameters and thin bezels. If you looking for a watch that looks slimmer on the wrist than its specs might suggest, don’t sleep on an edge-to-edge sapphire. They really help keep things airy.

Replica Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Self-Winding Watches

When you’re looking for something slick and simple, you don’t need to look much further than reference 85180/000R-B515. At €28,400 it is the most affordable luxury copy watches on this list and certainly the most straightforward. Its three-handed set-up is the cleanest of the bunch.

A date window at six o’clock will rankle the purest of purists, but the way the white text on a blue background integrates with the rest of the design is seamless. At 40mm wide and just 8.72mm thick, this 18kt rose gold model is the perfect companion for any soiree.

Fake Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Retrograde Day-Date Watches

For those of you that found the simple automatic three-hander a bit…shall we say…safe…I have an excellent alternative for you. Reference 4000U/000R-B516 is bigger and more beautiful than its little brother. It measure 42.5mm (positively gargantuan for a “dress” watch, I hear you cry), but still comes in under 1cm thick. Its 9.7mm thickness despite its deliciously enticing dial layout is a triumph. The question is, what do all those numbers mean?

Honestly, when it comes down to it, who doesn’t love a retrograde Day/Date complication? While this classically-styled model has a whopping four (yes, four) hands, it does away with the date window, which might placate a few of the traditionalists. There are, in my opinion, few neater complications than a retrograde date. The divine symmetry of numbers 1–31 being allowed to stretch over half a dial (or, in this case, slightly less than 180 degrees) means that the days of the month can be book-ended by whole digits, without them running into one another at the top of the dial when a peripheral indication is used.

As well as a bigger case and a more complicated movement, reference 4000U/000R-B516 has a bigger price tag too. This model, also in solid 18kt rose gold, retails at €44,000. The nice thing about this replica watches for sale is, even at that price, it doesn’t scream at you. It’s as debonair as the man or woman whose wrist it has been designed to grace.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Replica Watches

I chose the above image as my way to introduce you to reference 43175/000P-B190 deliberately. I wanted to highlight the way the platinum case and dial, along with the polished and blued hands interact with light. On paper, this Swiss movements fake watches has a tendency to look quite quiet. It is hard to see the value in the materials selected for the tasks in a catalog. Even on a computer screen, everything looks flat. It isn’t until you get it on the wrist, see it in natural light, or get the chance to see non-standard images like the one above (with reflections aplenty) that you realize how loudly this thing can talk to you.

While the 41mm case size will be the sweet spot for many fans of modern luxury watch design, the staggering 8.96mm thickness is the real talking point here. To have crammed a moonphase indicator and a perpetual calendar into a case with those dimensions is nothing short of stunning to me. It might well come with a hefty €121,000 price tag, but it works hard for every cent.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Complete Calendar Fake Watches

I’ll level with you: I saved my favorite till the very end. I actually didn’t do that deliberately. When I came to write the article, I kept comparing this Traditionnelle model to the others featured here with a sense of what I could almost describe as disbelief. I didn’t think I liked the Traditionnelle collection. My favorite range from wholesale Vacheron Constantin super clone watches has always been the Metiers d’Art collection. After those extravagant enameled pieces, I would have gone for a Fifty-Six model. Failing that, I would have fallen back on the Overseas collection (despite that likely being most of our readers’ first choice).

One thing I thought I was sure of was that the Traditionnelle collection was not for me. I erroneously believed it to be stuffy, outdated, passé, even. I was wrong on all counts. Maybe I’m just getting older, but there is something about this demure, 41mm wide platinum model that touches my heart. Reference 4010T/000P-B345 (€70,000) might not just be my favorite piece in the Traditionnelle collection; it might well have become my favorite Vacheron Constantin piece of them all.

The full calendar is something for which, as a watchmaker, I’ve always had respect. Here, the subtle integration of the Moonphase (which I actually find to be a drawback on the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin) pushes this model up to a different level. It is complicated but calm. It is peaceful while being prodigious. To me, it is everything a high-class dress watch should be.

To tux or not to tux?

There will be those that decry the “misapplication” of the term dress replica watches shop site here. I’ve been around in watchmaking to know that traditions die hard. However, for those of you compelled to remind the rest of us of the “rules” of formal dress and the associated wristwear, I would remind you that, at one point in time, it was “traditional” for humans to wear animal skin loincloths and dance around open-air fires waving sticks in the air.

My point is, our traditions change. The ones we practice now echo the fondly remembered aspects of a relatively recent past. To think that the traditions of tomorrow are not being written (and rewritten) today would be blazingly arrogant. And so, knowing where traditions come from and having observed a great many “trend-setters” embrace slightly more complicated imitation watches paypal in ultra-formal settings, I’ve become more comfortable with this “misapplied” term and stand by it.

Let’s talk about it

However, personal epiphanies aside, let’s discuss it (respectfully, please), in the comments below as we always do on Fratello! Has what constitutes a “dress watch” changed for you? Do you believe it is changing for society? Do you believe traditions do change or evolve or do you see them as fixed and immovable things that either flourish in their existence or cease to entirely? Let’s see what you have to say on this subject and learn what you’d like to see from brands like Vacheron Constantin in the future.