This faded picture of this Patek Philippe Gondolo Replica Gang enjoying a picnic by the lake would be the beginning point for a few of the very colourful episodes in the history of Patek Philippe replica watches. The distinguished Swiss manufacturer made a successful Brazilian link back into the 1870s, and those moustachioed men in tasteful three-piece suits, sporting big Mexican sombreros emblazoned with the term Patek, were members of their Gondolo Gang - a distinctive replica watch collector's team made by Gondolo & Labouriau located in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1872, Patek Philippe sent an 18-Ligne silver pocket replica watch on the Rio-based jewellers Carlos Gondolo and Paulo Labouriau, setting a relationship which could last until 1927. It had been an adroit movement, and while Europe fought with years and a world war, Gondolo & Labouriau retailed near a third of the full creation of Patek Philippe replica watches. Rather than purchasing a replica watch, you purchased a Patek - even though it was not a Patek.
The Swiss replica watch industry has ever been resourceful in identifying buoyant markets, and although now the Asian markets absorb much of its focus, back in the late 19th century and early 20th century that the Americas have been an El Dorado of industry chances. This led in some truly unique commissions like the Henry Graves Supercomplication, that was sold by Sotheby's Geneva past year to get a cool $24 million.
The very first Chronometro fake Patek Philippe Gondolo wristreplica watches emerged in 1910 and arrived in square, rectangular and tonneau-shaped cases representing the spirit of this era. Moreover, the wristreplica watches were commissioned in larger-sized instances - around 48mm in diameter - to signify the Brazilian replica watch aficionado's preference for bigger timepieces that could make them noticed.
Capitalising on the exclusivity factor of owning Switzerland's most renowned replica watchmaker make versions specifically for Gondolo & Labouriau, the jewellers created a smart marketing program and produced a replica watch-collecting club called the Gondolo Gang. A potent status symbol among Ray's top course, the 180 members have been encouraged to take part in the Plano perform Club Patek Philippe System, a pay-by-installment plan permitting the 790 Swiss Francs price label of a Chronometro Gondolo replica watch to be deferred over 79 weeks. Besides this appealing incentive, the jewellers organised 79 per week lotteries because of its associates, devoting the winning amount that the Patek replica watch and so cancelling any future obligations. To reestablish the weekly lotteries of this Gondolo Gang, members had been encouraged to picnics, parties and also a unique piece of music called the Patek Waltz written by F. Santini was performed events.
Ref. 5098 published in April 2007 was immediately motivated by a 1925 Chronometro Replica Patek Philippe Gondolo decked out in platinum - and afterwards in rose gold - using a specially designed manual-winding movement. In 2013, the Gondolo has been provided a sensible day and date sign, and a power book of 8 in one of the very handsome declinations of this group.
Gondolo replica watches for girls incorporate some high jewelry bits like Ref. 7099 using its arbitrary or snow-set dial and instance, substituting flowery designs, or Ref. 4972 using its cinched waist and curvaceous shapes. Among my favorites is Ref. 7041 using its chubby rose gold, cushion-shaped case and tasteful diamond setting. The large jewellery Ref. 7042 marries pearls and diamonds to sublime effect, mixing different cuts of diamonds on the dial and the case, while the necklace is a rhapsody of white Akoya pearls combined with princess-cut diamonds.
Now the world's attention will be riveted on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, '' I wonder whether Patek Philippe is going to be enticed to expand its own Brazilian replica watch household?