Swiss made fake Bell & Ross gained notoriety for their cockpit-inspired designs with aviation instruments like the 1:1 best fake BR 03-92 once fashioned in PVD-treated steel. But gradually the brand switched the cases over to a more durable and lightweight ceramic – which was aided by the resources of Chanel when they invested and took a stake in the B&R brand. The ceramic switch up was a great idea for the line. Not only were the cases less prone to scratching and discolouration, considering the block-like design on the wrist, they were also less hefty to wear.
I know first-hand, as I used to own the PVD Steel version of the BR 03-92 Phantom. While seemingly large, the BR 03-92, in favour of the BR-01 that is 46mm, is a much more wearable 42mm that has small lugs that will not extend far across the wrist. With 100 metres of water resistance, this beautiful block of ceramic will make for a great daily wearer.
Hublot celebrated 15 years of its flagship Big Bang model with the introduction of the first-ever Big Bang with an integrated metal bracelet, the perfect replica Big Bang Unico Integral. The watch represents an extension to the existing Big Bang Unico 42 series, but also notably features an updated case design whose first link is fused with the new bracelet and whose chronograph pushers recall those of the very first Big Bang released in 2005.
Fully visible behind the sapphire dial is the in-house, skeletonized Unico HUB1280 caliber, equipped with a chronograph function driven by a column wheel and a horizontal double-clutch mechanism. The self-winding movement, which comprises 354 components, boasts a flat automatic winding system and stores a power reserve of 72 hours, or three days, in its mainspring barrel. Its column wheel is visible from the front, behind the applied indices and subdials at 3 o’clock for elapsed minutes and 9 o’clock for running seconds.