I navigate to the Franck Muller website and spend time marveling over their collection of awe-inspiring timepieces every few months . I've always aspired to purchase one of these marvels of engineering but sadly, my pay grade is far below the requirement.With this in mind, I checked out a number of websites, seeking a watch similar to the Replica Franck Muller Casablanca. Watch companies-especially those based in China-are not above borrowing components of a competitor's successful design and making it their own.
I submitted an order.At DHgate I found a no-name brand that copied the barrel shape favored by Franck Muller. This watch happened to be on sale, bringing it into my price range.This no-name watch was branded, after all. Across the face was printed A Franck Muller replica! I winced and dropped it back into the box. The Franck Muller Long Island Replica timepiece arrived on schedule, packed snugly inside a Styrofoam watch box. Eagerly I pulled off the lid and withdrew my new purchase.
Often a manufacturer will produce watches that are very similar to those offered by an established watchmaker. When it comes to replicas, however, the competitor not only swipes the design; they steal the very name and reputation of the original developer. High end Swiss watches are popular partially because of their exclusivity. If the market were to be flooded with cheap knockoffs, the original company's customer base might well begin to dwindle. Hard working craftsmen could lose their jobs. It gets worse. One-hundred-dollar replicas are poorly built compared to the models they copy. As these fakes began to fail, the original watchmaker's reputation will suffer. They have nothing to do with the construction of these timepieces, but their name is printed on the dial. When reputations sour, companies falter and fall. Jobs are lost forever.I decided to compose a review of this watch. While I am normally sympathetic toward watch companies, those that produce replicas are not so compassionately treated. If you are looking for an inexpensive luxury replica watch but will not consider a replica, I suggest you check out my review of the M Johansson G-Mhseno.
The strap is 22mm wide, reasonably thick and composed of PU leather. The buckle is larger than normal and designed to match the fake watch case.PU leather is produced by covering a backing fabric such as polyester, cotton or shredded leather with a layer of polyurethane. Pu leather tends to crack around stress points after continuous use.In this particular strap the color patterns, representing grain, appear faded and washed out. After six weeks of continuous use, however, the band has proved remarkably sturdy. This Tonneau shaped watch is 17mm thick. It measures 55mm from top to bottom and 43.4mm across. The Franck Muller Conquistador Replica timepiece weighs in a 101 grams (3.56 ounces). The case is gold colored and very shiny. Its silhouette is described as Cintree Curvex which does not translate well to English.The dial-thanks mainly to Franck Muller's original design work-is beautiful. Black numbers of varying size line the edge of a nicely patterned white dial. Two windows positioned near the top of the dial display the day of the month. Sunken, gold rimmed subdials indicate the day of week and month.
The hands are gold colored and coated with very effective luminous paint.Several models produced by Franck Muller incorporate a tourbillon. This highly sophisticated device is used to increase accuracy. The dial of this copy is of open heart design, simulating the presence of a tourbillon by providing a view of the rapidly whirling timing wheel. Two plastic pushbuttons located on the right edge of this Franck Muller Heart Replica watch allow adjustment of day of month and month of year. A sunken pushbutton on the left edge is used to adjust the day of week. The bottom plate of this timepiece is secured by four screws. Beneath this plate is an unbranded automatic movement. The rotor of this movement emits an unusually loud-almost irritating-rattle when the replica watch is shaken. This does not effect its operation.
The huge, and well curved silhouette of this Franck Muller Crazy Hours Replica watch reminds me of the hull of a submarine; I suppose that's my naval background rising to the surface. Large numbers circle the edge of the dial, squeezed in typical Franck Muller fashion along the left and right side of the Franck Muller Giga Tourbillon Replica watch. Sunken subdials add to the charm. I normally admire the open heart design. This fake watch, however, would attract a more sophisticated clientele if this treatment were omitted. On each end of the case, between the lugs, there is a series of short, scratch-like marks. These are positioned where the end of the leather strap butts against the case. I expect these mars were made during the manufacturing process. While this imperfection is only noticeable upon close inspection, the case of a hundred-dollar watch should be blemish free. The PU leather band does not appear as realistic as I would expect but I do appreciate the gold colored buckle which complements the watch's case.