Well, for me personally, the most interesting complication in a replica watch is a nice column-wheel chronograph, due to the number of components it often features and the architectural aspect. A perpetual is arguably more impressive and to think that in such a small space you can fit and calculate a mechanical device to remember the end of the month jumps and even the leap year is, I think, beyond impressive.
I am big on symmetry, so I love the well-balanced aesthetics on the white dial because of the 4 subdials. Why I chose the platinum version is simple, I was never a big fan of rose gold or yellow gold. If a watch comes in white gold, stainless steel or platinum, I’d rather go for those versions. Maybe this will change in time but currently, I prefer white metals, unless the watch is iconic for being in rose or yellow gold, of course, but I’d still opt for white metals if I can. I currently only saw this model in a yellow gold case but what is good is that high quality copy Cartier models are almost always rarer in a platinum case so this was a nice added bonus.
Furthermore, I love the Tortue shape and I think it’s often overlooked by the classic Santos line or the iconic Tank models. It’s not something I think you go for as your first Swiss movement replica Cartier, but once you get one it grows on you quickly. It’s very comfortable to wear, the caseback is slightly curved and because it is a small watch the weight of the platinum case comes in handy here…
Well, when I bought the watch there was a bolt missing on the caseback, so I knew that I would have to part ways with it soon after purchase. I am excited to have it back and not worry about any water resistance issues or problems that may occur with a missing bolt. I am also bugging my Cartier contact person here in Zürich about the status of the watch as any watch collector can surely relate to. As the bolt is something they don’t have just laying around, they told me that they will have to produce one, which means a longer wait time but that’s ok, I know it is in good hands and will come back ready to be worn.
To be honest it gets a lot of wrist time. I wear all my watches and I do not babysit them one bit. This model is not really vintage so I think it can handle quite a lot of wear and the good thing is that most people don’t know what I am wearing. I wear this blue hands Cartier copy watch to the office, to photoshoots, client meetings and also some casual shopping. It’s cool to style it with street-wear clothes and visit watch stores and really be under the radar with this watch until people ask me what I am wearing and that’s when my cover is blown and they see the importance.
Well, with this particular cheap replica watch I get a lot of questions from fellow collectors and enthusiasts about the watch: where I got it, how much I paid and just to tell them as many details as possible. My family, on the other hand, cannot keep up with what I buy and sometimes when I buy something, I don’t even tell them unless it is something really, really special, since none of my family members are watch collectors. My friends who are watch collectors are happy for me and immediately want to see the watch which is a lot of fun, of course. To be able to share the enthusiasm of the find and your latest purchase with like-minded people is great. It is a very strange and expensive hobby if you´re not into watches and don’t share the passion, but for those who do, it’s great to hang out with. On Instagram, it´s sometimes a snowball effect where if you buy a watch people just start searching for one themselves, it happens to me all the time, so my “wish list” constantly grows.