Given the disruptive effects of the pandemic upon replica watch manufacturers, it’s understandable that some are now cagey about taking too many big risks. At this year’s Watches & Wonders, many brands chose to expand on their design languages without pushing things too far and the results are some truly refined watches.
But whether it be bright colours, vintage reissues or revolutionary engineering, the one certainty is the chronograph remains as popular a complication as ever. Here’s my pick of the top chronographs of Watches & Wonders 2021.
As ubiquitous as the Flieger style may be to a watch enthusiast’s eye, there’s still a lot to get excited about when it comes to the 41 mm fake IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph. While it’s renowned legibility may once have been attributed to its size, the reduced case diameter from 43mm to 41mm maintains its ease-of-reading with bold Arabic numerals and aggressive sword hands.
With added practicality in the form of quick-release straps and bracelets, and an improved 100m of water resistance, the top quality copy IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph 41 is as functional as it is beautiful, in either luscious blue or green dials. Price: $6,500 USD on rubber/leather and $7,200 USD on the bracelet.