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Last week, the Swiss watch company Breitling fake watches for sale made its first big acquisition. On Tuesday, it announced that it had purchased another Swiss watch brand, Universal Genève. The latter, despite having a long history dating back to 1894, had mostly fallen by the wayside in the face of competition from other Swiss titans like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Omega and Patek Phillippe. Breitling hopes to revitalize the brand, bringing back classic UK AAA Breitling copy watches models from its archive and updating it for the modern watch enthusiast.
Universal Genève will be run separately from cheap replica Breitling watches, with a unique team, rather than being folded into the larger company. It’s a sign that Breitling is interested in becoming a larger player in the watch space, evolving from a single brand to a watchmaking group. That puts it on track to compete directly with companies like Citizen Group, which owns six watch brands, or Swatch Group which owns 17.
Luxury Breitling fake watches‘ move comes at a time when we’re seeing more consolidation in the watch space. Rolex, like Breitling, is a watch brand with one other brand under its belt, Tudor, which it has owned since 1936. But earlier this year, it bought Bucherer, one of the largest watch retailers in the world, in a surprise move that had the watch world buzzing about the potential impacts.
Not long after that, Watchbox merged with several established jewelers like Govberg Jewelers to form the new watch retail group the 1916 Company.
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On a recent episode of the Glossy Week in Review podcast, Quiad Walker, co-founder of watch marketplace Bezel, discussed some of the movements in the watch space, including the push toward consolidation. One focus topic was the influx of new buyers in the Swiss made Breitling super clone watches space over the last few years. Swiss watch exports have grown throughout 2023, with exports to China doubling.
This breaking news is just in, and it is huge: best Breitling replica watches has acquired Universal Geneve for a rumored sum of a whopping $70 million, intending to turn it into a subsidiary, yet more high-end brand. The reasons and related strategies are just as fascinating and complex as Universal Geneve.
In recent memory, Universal Geneve has been a discreet watch collector favorite, a brand that takes time to discover and appreciate in all its glory. Interestingly, but not accidentally, one of the main reasons for this is that this name with a rich past had a bumpy comeback story after it had almost disappeared, along with hundreds of other brands that are still in their caskets following the quartz crisis. I wrote this story on the history of movement maker ETA, including the quartz crisis, almost exactly 10 years ago — you may read more about the devastation caused by the cheap, mainly Asia-produced quartz watches here.
In 1989, Universal Geneve was purchased by Hong Kong-based investment firm Stelux Holdings International, Ltd., which also owns Cyma, another high-end Swiss watchmaker whose patents had been owned by Universal since 1918. The Universal Geneve website lists a number of definitely dated-looking watches vaguely inspired by historic greats of the brand, powered by basic or modified ETA movements.
Clearly, cheap UK Breitling fake watches will want to reach back beyond the period between 1989 and 2023 when deciding on the magic recipe that will transform Universal Geneve from a state of hibernation into one defined by wide acclaim, eager watch enthusiasts, and satisfied customers. Breitling has been under the direction of watch industry veteran Georges Kern since 2017 — it’s fun to look back some five years in time and see what I reported Kern promised to do with top Breitling copy watches in 2018 and how well he and his team executed that plan. Long story short, he nearly doubled the brand’s turnover from high-$400 million to around $940 million and catapulted the brand to one of the top 10 watchmakers. This is to say that Kern will likely have the team, the know-how, and potentially still the drive to take Universal Geneve to its full potential.
Where is that potential, exactly, and what are Breitling’s plans with Universal Geneve? It is hard to tell, but not impossible to make some educated guesses. Perfect replica Breitling watches is almost entirely owned by Partners Group Holding AG, a Swiss-based global private equity firm established as recently as 1996 but with a whopping $142 billion worth of assets. Breitling represents around 3% of all assets of Partners Group, and the expectation is, understandably, for it to grow. Partners Group has not become a force to be reckoned with by poorly managing its assets, and so the group will likely understand that it is only so far that Breitling can be stretched before it grows too fast and collapses in on itself like a dying star. The logical next step? To add a second brand with tremendous potential.
It is true that Universal Geneve ranks among those few truly valuable brands that are still in quasi-hibernation some 30 years into the high-paced expansion of the luxury watch industry. Major players such as the Swatch Group, Richemont SA (a former employer of Kern), and less so LVMH have been acquiring brands left and right, tucking them into a lower or higher tier in their portfolio with the obvious intention of building on the brands’ respective heritage, intellectual property, nostalgic appeal, and sometimes simply the fact that they have a really very old date in their signature — something that is a big deciding factor in certain markets that rarely, if ever, welcome freshly established luxury brands. This means that most all desirable, complex, interesting, and high-potential brands have been spoken for by some of these major groups and although rumors frequently make the rounds that certain groups might be swapping or selling one or more of their (ill-managed) brands, these hardly ever formulate.
By contrast, Universal Geneve looks back at a rich history that began in 1894, when talented watchmakers Numa Emile Descombes and Ulysse Georges Perret founded their company specializing in complicated watches. Sadly, Descombed suddenly passed away in 1897, when Louis Edouard Berthoud joined Perret and established Perret & Berthoud S.A. Geneve, under 43, Rue de Rhone. It was rebranded as Universal Watch Co. Ltd. Genève in 1933 by the son of Perret after his passing. The brand’s first BaselWorld exhibition is said to have been in 1934 — we wish they could return in 2034, and maybe BaselWorld will be a thing once again at that point.
Universal Geneve used to be headquartered between Rolex and Patek Philippe on Rue de Rhone, Geneva, which says a great deal about the status and established nature of the company nearly a century ago. 1936 saw the launch of the “Uni-Compax” and 1937 had the company take on the name Universal Geneve, with a shielded logo. For a more complete look at the brand’s history, visit this page.
We are stopping our rundown of Universal Geneve history not only because that is not the premise of this article, but also because the shield logo of the brand from 1937 is an interesting tie-in with the breaking news of today. You see, Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, established Tudor in 1926 and embellished it with a shield logo in 1936 with the intention for Tudor to be “the shield that protects the Crown” (where the crown, of course, means Rolex). In practice, Tudor was to compete with brands cheaper than Rolex to get a slice of that market, too, and to prevent competition to undercut Rolex in terms of value proposition.
Surprisingly, luxury fake Breitling watches chose not to craft a shield, i.e., a lower-end brand to try and get a slice of the $2,000-$5,000 market of watches, a highly competitive and equally lucrative space for watchmakers. Instead, it aimed higher and above Breitling, potentially at the $15,000-$30,000+ market where Breitling arguably struggles to gain traction as it has long been affected by poor value retention as well as a lack of credentials (low number of movements, collections, and lack of historical presence in this segment).
Universal Geneve, if done right, can be a natural destination for watch collectors who have gained sufficient experience in the $5,000-$10,000 market and have a desire to advance into yet-higher-end watchmaking. They’ll be looking at Jaeger-LeCoultre, and perhaps even Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, or entry-level Patek Philippe watches — but Universal Geneve, starting with more or less a clean sheet, has a good shot at creating a portfolio that is well-equipped to steal some customers away from these established high-end luxury watchmakers.
To do so, Universal Geneve will want to create a fleet of bespoke movements, with zero parts coming from Swiss made Breitling super clone watches, to attain a higher status under the close scrutiny of the watch community following the debut of its first pieces. Furthermore, it will have to pay tribute to the collectible and desirable Universal Geneve watches of old, without playing the “tribute, heritage, anniversary” card too often, to establish a modern and fresh image — well-heeled watch buyers in their late 20s, 30s, and early 40s may just be the target audience, folks looking who have come to love 2024 1:1 Breitling replica watches‘ approachable “modern retro” aesthetic, but want to upgrade to something with a yet-higher status.
A lot to do, but if there ever was somebody to have what it takes, it might just be Georges Kern, as he has proven to have the ability to take decisive action, boil a brand down to its essence, and structure it back up from there, as well as to attract, sustain, and delegate to a fantastic team that can handle his unique nature and spirit.
We look forward to discovering the new world of Universal Geneve as it takes shape in front of our eyes in the next few years. Yes, you can expect it to take that long, as Universal Geneve will likely receive fully bespoke movements and these take at least 1-2 years to develop, and there will be a lot more to do besides staffing, design, branding, and the like. There are more UG fans out there than you might expect, and they, as well as the greater community, will certainly have very high expectations towards replica Breitling watches for sale to give Universal Geneve a relaunch it so achingly deserves, but has never received.
The day before its launch, I briefly met the latest Avenger in a restaurant on the outskirts of Amsterdam. A storm had struck, and inside the restaurant, one could hear the wind becoming louder and louder as raindrops kept bombarding the windows. The new Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 looked completely calm and collected. Unshakable self-confidence is what you want in a superhero and AAA Breitling replica watches. Weeks later, with a clear blue sky over The Hague, the revamped, now much leaner and meaner Avenger landed on my desk at Fratello HQ in all its oversized glory. We cleared our schedules and decided to hang out for a couple of days. Read on to find out if we bonded.
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Interacting with the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 in military surplus green
The typical color green of the original Land Rover that appeared in the late 1940s is the result of scarcity. Only military surplus supplies of aircraft cockpit paint were available right after WWII, so the first batch of Land Rovers left the factory in slightly various shades of light matte green. The color suits the new high quality replica Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 watches. As you might know, the Avenger has been around for more than 20 years. It was always big, bold, brash, and designed for fighter pilots. Well, it was designed for men who regularly watch the movie Top Gun, I would say. Still, the different variations showed extreme resilience and optimum readability, so in theory, they were practical instruments befitting the aeronautical spirit of Breitling.
They were always just a bit too bulky for my taste. Luckily, the revamped Avenger, especially the chronograph version you see here, feels much better. It shaves 1mm off the diameter of the previous Avenger Chronograph 45. It also brings the thickness down from 16.4mm to 15.2mm and shortens the lug-to-lug length from 55.7mm to 53mm. The reshaped and resized best Breitling Avenger copy watches still pumps iron and lifts heavy objects regularly. But it now also does cardio, works on its core stability, and sometimes even dabbles in a bit of yoga when no one’s looking. That’s why it also lost a bit of weight. The previous 45mm steel version weighs 159 grams, but the leaner and meaner 44mm new version weighs 22 grams less.
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When I talked to Breitling CEO Georges Kern just before the launch of the reworked collection, he reacted when I said that, until now, the 1:1 Swiss Breitling Avenger replica watches had looked like a Chronomat on steroids. “You’re right when you say that the two collections, at some point, began to look too much alike. It was difficult to distinguish the difference between the Avenger and the Chronomat. With the introduction of the bullet bracelet, the Chronomat became more chic and elegant. The revamped Avenger presents itself in a sporty, sophisticated, modern aviation style.”
Although the new Swiss movements Breitling Avenger super clone watches is certainly more refined, it also is positioned further apart from the Chronomat. The Avenger is now the slightly casual, sport-chic offering, while the Chronomat is the way more exuberant and shiny extrovert. One is like a heavy, high-quality cotton sweater, and the other is more like a shiny silk shirt with a print. And when you look at the new and the previous generation of Avengers, the old one comes across as outdated and rather crude.
The new Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 is well equipped
In the introduction article for the new Avenger collection, I talked about the perfect replica Breitling watches‘ specs a bit more, but I do need to highlight the presence of the B01 caliber. It’s a COSC-certified automatic movement with a power reserve of approximately 70 hours. It’s also an integrated chronograph caliber outfitted with a column wheel and vertical clutch, and it comes with a five-year warranty. Now that’s a movement you’d want and expect in a €7,600 chronograph. You can take a good look at it through the sapphire crystal on the back. No, it’s not finished to Haute Horlogerie standards, but it’s still a very nice piece of micro-mechanics.
Introduced by the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based Breitling Chronométrie in 2009, the B01 shows the regular hours, minutes, and elapsed (chronograph) seconds in the center. Running seconds are at 9 o’clock, while the chronograph’s minute and hour registers sit at 3 and 6 o’clock, respectively. Also at 6 o’clock is a date indicator, neatly integrated and color-coordinated with the sub-dial it’s in.
On the wrist
The almost faded-looking green dial shows black sub-dials as well. The strong color contrast gives the Breitling fake watches wholesale a strong appearance. The wide pencil hands and baton indexes provide easy readability. They also remind the wearer that while the Avenger might look a bit more fashionable, its roots are instrumental. The red-tipped chronograph seconds hand is also a functional but subtle touch.
On the wrist, the new Avenger looks more refined, but how does it feel? Well, the brushed steel 44mm case wears very well. Mind you, it’s not a fully brushed watch. There are plenty of smaller surfaces that got the polished treatment, such as the side of the bezel. But because brushed surfaces are in the majority, the Breitling replica watches for men doesn’t look as big as it truly is. By the way, the stepped lugs show a line with a more matte finish that visually slims down the watch. Also, because of the watch’s case and lug shapes, it feels exactly as big on the wrist as the dimensions suggest.
Let me explain. My 44mm Chronoswiss Timemaster has very basic shapes, and apart from looking bigger than 44mm, it also wears bigger than that. Don’t get me wrong; the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 is still an XL watch. And it’s more of a tool watch than a suave all-arounder. Yes, the bezel tabs are now smoother, the crown is no longer so crude, and the newly designed rectangular pushers contribute to the 2024 China replica Breitling watches‘ easier-on-the-eye appearance. Still, the 300m-water-resistant Avenger looks better with sneakers than with loafers in my humble opinion.
That’s also due to the military-style leather strap with a folding clasp that looks more “urban casual” than classic “sport chic.” Thankfully, the strap is also comfortable because the folding clasp is simple and understated enough for me not to want a standard pin buckle immediately.
Will the Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 be on my wrist after Monday?
The updated Swiss online fake Breitling Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 watches is a very easy-going watch. I suspected that much after our first encounter, and the watch didn’t disappoint. The combination of an integrated chronograph movement, sleeker case, refined details, and smart colors works wonders for the flagship of the Avenger collection. From a functional perspective, it works, and it does from an aesthetic perspective too. Also, the price doesn’t feel too outlandish. I think Breitling has created a very handsome blockbuster of a watch with the Avenger B01 Chronograph 44.
Did we bond? Yes, we did. The Breitling replica watches site works for me. It sits well on the wrist if I put it on snugly to keep it from moving (it’s never a good idea to have a large steel 137g watch moving around on the wrist anyway). The color green speaks to me, but I also realize that this color, just like the blue and the beige dial variants, won’t work in a first- or only-watch kind of situation. The full-black version is a more middle-of-the-road option, but it also is way plainer than its colored family members. So, while the Avenger B01 Chronograph 44 is not a GADA watch, it is one that you can put on when you want to empower yourself and feel the superhero vibe without going fully over the top.