The Cheap IWC Replica Grande Complication was one of the first of a new generation of grande complication and highly complicated watches to emerge from the nearly shattered mechanical watch industry, in the aftermath of the Quartz Crisis. With the introduction of quartz watches and integrated circuit timing packages, it seemed as if hundreds of years of traditional complicated watchmaking had definitely and finally come to an end.
While the Caliber 89 was an enormous pocket watch, measuring 88.20mm x 41.07mm, the wristwatch Grande Complication watches had to be much smaller in order to be wearable and the IWC Replica Watches China comes in at a very manageable 42.3mm x 16.3mm, albeit it has a total of three complications rather than the 33 in the Caliber 89.
It was the first self-winding Grande Complication wristwatch and the biggest watch news of the new decade. A Grande Complication, as the name implies, is a highly complex watch and while it may not have the sheer number of complications of pocket AAA Replica Watches like the Caliber 89 and the 57260, the three that a Grande Complication does have, are three of the most demanding traditional complications in fine watchmaking.
In any case, the IWC 1:1 Replica Watches is a true Grande Complication – it deviates from the strictest use of the term only in that it uses a conventional chronograph rather than a rattrapante chronograph, although gains back some points by being self-winding.
It is a classic repeater mechanism, actuated by a slide on the left hand side of the case. The repeater chimes on two gongs (tuned to B-Flat for the hour gong and E-flat for the minute gong, according to IWC) and IWC registered 12 patents overall for the watch, case, and bracelet.
It comes on an extremely beautiful matching gold bracelet and for all its undeniable mass, it is a very elegant watch on the wrist (thanks to the thoughtfulness of its design and execution). The IWC grade 1 Replica Watches bracelet is worth a separate mention – each of the links is highly polished and faceted and it’s as supple and comfortable a solid gold bracelet as you could wish.
The IWC Swiss Replica Watches is like many of the watches I love featuring on A Watch A Week, an example of the fact that the life of a watch does not end when it’s first sold. It can take some time for a watch to be appreciated in the context in which it was created, of course, but that is part of the joy in understanding a piece like this.