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Best Replia Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5 Chronograph Moon Phase Watch

The famous watchmaker, Peter Roberts has revealed this fascinating timepiece, the Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5 replica watch featuring five hands and an exceptional finish. Furthermore, after the said “high”, you are left feeling vacuous, needy and guilty. This is where my addiction is very different. I never feel guilty at frittering away the housekeeping money on a new watch, providing there is a little left over for a bar of chocolate.

 

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

The issue is, I am not sure I want to change. I do have a problem, I fall helplessly in love with timepieces on frequent occasions.The thing about being an addict of any description is to admit you have a problem and then seek help.

Recently, I met the famous watchmaker, Peter Roberts. I cannot deny I am in awe of his skill and knowledge and fell under his spell at the excellent SalonQP last year, where he gave a fascinating insight into his life.

Most addictions are potentially injurious to your health.

However, no amount of cognitive behaviour therapy will stop me thumbing best fake Peter Roberts watch replica magazines and pressing my inquisitive nose against the toughened glass of a jeweller’s window.Some will suggest I should seek counselling. Indeed, I am no stranger to a leather clad couch and answering probing questions about my upbringing.

Every day I would have temptation placed in my sweaty, covetous palms and have to resist the urge to purchase yet another watch.My addiction took on a new dimension when I began writing about wristwatches professionally.

I don’t avoid watches, but immerse myself in a world of complications, finishing and adroit craftsmanship.Each day is a challenge, but one I relish.

There are many watches which make me consider selling some of my vital organs to facilitate purchase. I have a profound addiction to haute horology.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

 

Listening to Peter talk about how he met his wife, Marie-Louise, whilst working for Garrard Crown Jewellers and punctuating his presentation with family snapshots of the Lancia cars he had owned over the years, was endearing. Heidi, my wife, who also attended the presentation, talked about Peter for several days later. He regaled the assembled guests with his professional history interwoven with snippets of his personal life. He touched on his time at Rolex, being the first Englishman to attend the Watches Of Switzerland Technical and Educational Program (WOSTEP), in Neuchâtel, and working as a lecturer at Hackney Technical College.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

 

My interest was piqued. Heidi knew I was tempted and saw the yearning building within my eyes. My addictive personality was rearing its head again. Furthermore, with Independent watchmakers if you like the individual, purchasing their timepieces becomes simpler. I do like Peter.

Peter revealed his latest project, the Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5 at SalonQP. It is a chronograph featuring a remarkable five hands running co-axially from the centre of the dial. Whilst studying in Neuchâtel he saw a similar watch replica in a book, but was informed by his lecturer it had never actually been made and was, at that point, a figment of horological fiction. Peter then set about making the five handed watch replica and actually brought the watch replica to life in the early 1970s.

Now the watch replica is near fruition and first deliveries will soon commence. I have seen the near final version of the Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5 and it is stunning. However, some will question what makes this watch replica special enough to tempt me in to parting with my own money.

The dial

The main dial is black, offering a peerless canvas to express flourishes of colour. It strikes you that it is produced to an extraordinarily high standard.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

The various hands feature a tapestry of styles and colours to impart information, yet nothing seems in discord with the hands appearing to live in harmony with each other. Furthermore, they impart their information with pleasing discourse.

Hours and minutes are presented in red, lined with green Superluminova. The central chronograph seconds hand is white, while yellow is used for the 24-hour GMT hand and orange is employed for the date indication.

Moreover, each hand features some luminescence, save for the date indication which chooses to be discreet in nocturnal light.Peter has chosen to use various coloured hands to create differentiation between the functions.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

Two apertures, beneath noon, display the day and month.

At 3 o’clock a 30-second chronograph counter resides and a subsidiary seconds display is presented on the subdial opposite, at 9 o’clock.

A 12-hour chronograph counter is located at 6 o’clock with a moon-phase indicator at its centre.

All three subdials are presented in silver with snailed centres.

Hours are marked with green luminous batons. They proffer matchless lume and converse with the wearer with clarity and brevity.

The chapter ring is marked with a combination of Arabic numerals and simple white strokes. The resultant outcome ensures ease of read-off.

There is much information presented on this dial, however, the wearer never feels over-burdened with data. The functions conveyed are readily understood thanks to Peters judicious use of shape and colour. This thoughtful approach confers a user-friendly dial which is clearly simple to interpret and avoids outré exhibitionism.

The case

Measuring 42 mm in diameter, the case is not unduly large. Roberts clearly does not subscribe to the trend exampled in recent years of behemoth watches that resemble ice hockey pucks.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

 

The bezel features a bronze inlay and is marked with a 24-hour scale.

The bezel and the caseback feature a crenellated edge. In the case of the bezel, this aids ease of adjustment.

The exhibition caseback affords a view of the manual-wind movement within. Adjacent the sapphire glass the watches nomen is proudly proclaimed with the word “Concentrique” expressed in red text.

Personally, I do like some over-sized watches but the decision to bestow this watch replica with masculine, yet not unduly large proportions provides two key benefits. Firstly, it will suit many different sized wearers. Secondly, the scale of the watch replica should help it retain relevance for future generations, whereas some modern oversized watches may fall out of favour, as tastes inevitably change.

I have lovingly fondled the case of this watch replica and the quality is exceptional. Put simply, I cannot think of a better stainless steel case I have ever handled. It is remarkable. I quizzed Peter about the source of the case and he revealed the name of his supplier, a company which is regarded as the finest within the Swiss watchmaking industry.

Running my inquisitive index-finger over its numerous facetted lines, I could readily perceive the quality. There are no rough edges. Everything is polished to perfection. The highly polished bevelled edges of the caseband ooze luxury from every angle.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

It would be remiss of me not to mention the crown and the pushers. They are delightfully executed and proffer tactile titillation to make any watch replica lover smile.

The movement

 

Peter has exhibited notable bravery embarking on this venture at this stage of his life, when some may dream of retirement and taking life easier. However, nobody could ever accuse Peter Roberts of being pusillanimous.

Relentless toil has ensued and Peter has made it his mission to create a watch replica which will provide a lasting legacy for generations to come.

Peter made his own original “Concentrique” back in 1971/1972. It featured a Valjoux movement to power the five hands and numerous functions presented.

Several people over the years commented on Peter’s watch replica and tried to entice him to sell it.

When a small batch of rare unused Valjoux 88 movements became available, he vowed he would realise a long-held dream and make a watch replica to bear his own name. It was the availability of 44 movements which is at the epicentre of Peter’s dream coming to fruition.

Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5

The Valjoux base 88 has been hand finished. Close examination of the brass components reveals bridges which are gold plated with polished, brushed surfaces with hand bevelled edges. Steel surfaces feature graining on their upper surfaces, “with edges broken and hand burnished”.

Purists will be pleased to hear that this watch replica features a column-wheel chronograph. I would expect nothing less from the English perfectionist.

Some movements are best hidden from view, like an ugly sister at the family gathering. However, the beautiful base 88 has been enhanced into the proverbial swan. It is a bewitching beauty and I fell very much under its alluring spell as I admiringly gazed at it via the aforementioned exhibition back.

Conclusion

The cognoscenti will snap these watches up very soon.The problem with this watch replica is that there will only be 40 made in steel and a further four constructed in gold. I can sense a feeling of urgency required to secure it within a limited period before all watches are sold to those in the know.

Indeed, the perils of being a watch replica lover are you consider some very machiavellian routes to ownership. I am strategising how to procure the necessary funds. Perhaps I do need to see someone.I am tormented by this watch. I know I can’t really afford it, but somehow feel a compulsion to secure it.

I needed to caress its chiseled features and allow my probing pupils to explore each surface again and again.A fellow fan of horology, who had already placed his order, was hogging the “Concentrique” for two nano-seconds too long. I wanted to hold it.

As I sat listening to Peter, modestly talk of his history and realising his desire to make his own watch, I cannot deny I was distracted by the tempting ticking piece of art that was being passed around the table.

It is truly one of the most beautiful watches I have ever seen. Once placed on the wrist you cannot fail to be impressed.If I am honest, no picture can ever convey the spell-binding beauty of this handsome timepiece with its august appearance.

Peter has worked in both England and Switzerland and is clearly proud of his professional achievements in both countries and has utilised components from both countries.

I would purchase this watch replica because of its virtuous construction and the meritorious fruition of a man’s long-held dream to create a watch replica bearing his own name. However, my motives are pure and less mercenary.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Peter Roberts Grand Complication 5
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 42.00 mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; subsidiary seconds; day; date; month; moon-phase indicator; chronograph.
  • Movement: Valjoux 88 base, Hand-wound movement; 19 jewels; power reserve 46 hours
  • Strap: Autumn brown hand-stitched calf leather strap supplied on steel pin-buckle
  • Limited edition: 40 pieces in stainless steel
  • Note – also available in 18-carat rose and white gold – 4 pieces

Sadly, some will want to procure this Peter Roberts watch replica merely as an investment vehicle.

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