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The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, where Leonardo Da Vinci‘s Codex Atlanticus is kept, is until June host to The Mastery of Time. Presented side by side, these masterworks in horology and Renaissance drawings reflect the replica Omega watches store multiple facets of human invention.

A gentle half-light bathes the room, which sits beneath the white alabaster vault that dominates the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, towering some thirty feet above the floor and book-lined walls. The atmosphere is one of intimacy but also majesty that instils a sense of awe among visitors who discover an age when knowledge was conveyed in manuscripts, some (the most venerable) illuminated. As proof, twenty-four “terminals” circle this ancient hall, each displaying a page from the hand of Leonardo da Vinci and all taken from the Codex Atlanticus, which is held at the Biblioteca. This may seem like an infinitely small selection – the Codex compiles more than 1,700 writings and drawings on 402 sheets – yet however few, it would be impossible to view these now restored pages, filled with the sketches and uk Montblanc replica watches mirror writing of the Renaissance polymath, without some emotion, leaving no doubt that Clio, the muse of History, still works her magic.

Exceptionally, since April these twenty-four terminals have stood in the company of twenty display cases. They belong to The Mastery of Time, the exhibition curated by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) inside the Biblioteca Ambrosiana that will run until mid-June. On the one hand historical and contemporary timepieces; on the other da Vinci’s conceptualisations; which of the two shows the greatest intellectual dexterity in their command of space-time is impossible to say. Whatever the answer, genius is at work on both sides of the aisle. Visitors’ interest, nonetheless, is clearly captivated by innovations in the measurement of time: the public who come to the library to contemplate Renaissance masterpieces only have eyes for the timepieces which they are delighted, albeit surprised, to discover in these magnificent surroundings.

Cosmological forces at work

This display of horological achievement accompanies the launch of La Conquista del Tempo, the Italian edition of the reference work published by the FHH which also forms the backbone of the exhibition, whose purpose is to educate visitors as it takes in the different perspectives – historical, scientific, artistic and technical – of time measurement. Armed with their guide, visitors begin their journey with seventeenth-century artefacts to end with the finest in contemporary watchmaking. Between the two, they discover the vast contribution of the artistic crafts and cheap fake Omega watchmaking’s lapses into electronic movements. Ultimately, he or she realises that the mastery of time is a question of culture, reflected in the choice of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. In the words of Franco Cologni, President of the FHH Cultural Council, “it inserts this exhibition in a process of progressive rediscovery of the values that have allowed humanity to connect with the mysterious and fascinating forces that run through the minutes, the hours, the days.”

These cosmological forces, measured by virtue of and in accordance with the demands of life as a community, are the very ones that govern our universe and require our utmost efforts to give them meaning. A visit to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana is a good place to begin.

Dive Watch Wednesday: Hands-on with the Ball Watch Skindiver II

In 2012, Ball Watch Co. presented the Skindiver in Basel, basically a re-edition of a dive Omega replica watches from the brand’s past that was celebrating its 50th anniversary at the time. This year, Ball Watch replaces that model with the Engineer Master II Skindiver II (Ref. DM3108A-SCJ-BK), and we at had the chance to briefly handle it in Basel.

The most important changes: The case diameter is now 43 mm instead of 40.5 (its height is 14 mm), and the rather unusual split day/date display has been replaced by a date-only display.


To be honest, we would have preferred a black date wheel (or a no-date version to begin with), and even though the new bezel/crown profile is much more refined and should offer more grip, we did like the previous design a bit better because it was closer to that of the original.


Apart from those caveats, the larger size and the reduced dial is a positive evolution and enhances the Montblanc replica watch’s wrist presence quite a bit.


The uni-directional bezel comes with an insert made of black ceramic, which is filled with luminescent paint.


As you’d expect from Ball, the Skindiver II is also fitted with tritium-filled micro tubes and is therefore an impressive sight in darkness. On the other hand, it is a good example of a dilemma that naturally arises with a watch such as the Skindiver, when a technology-oriented brand such as Ball launches a vintage-inspired model. The same goes for the 500-meter water resistance and the integrated helium release valve at 9 o’clock on a Omega fake watches that was obviously made for skin diving rather than for use inside a diving chamber.

The caseback features the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve’s emblem, and the movement behind it, Caliber RR1103-C, comes with COSC certification and is most likely based on an ETA caliber.


Breguet – Marine Chronographe “200 ans de Marine” 5823

On October 27th 1815, Abraham-Louis Breguet was appointed chronometer-maker to the French royal navy by King Louis XVIII. It was not only a Omega replica watches uk prestigious honour but also an essential state function. At that time, marine chronometers were of vital importance to fleets as they could determine the position of ships at sea.

They had to be accurate and resist the constant movement of a ship. Involved in this task,Breguet designed a number of outstanding marine chronometers. They were mounted on special boxes made of mahogany or walnut wood. A gimbal suspension system kept the chronometers level whatever the circumstances. The Marine collection recalls that period of the company’s history and meets the demands of today’s clients. The tough and dynamic looks of the Marine cheap Montblanc replica watches are the result of a contemporary design that retains some of the brand’s stylistic features.

To mark the bicentenary of Abraham-Louis Breguet’s appointment as chronometer-maker to the navy, the Manufacture has produced a most exclusive chronograph — the Marine Chronographe reference 5823 “200 ans de Marine”. This self-winding watch is limited to 200 copies and is distinguished by its platinum case. Furthermore, its hand-guilloché gold oscillating weight features a two-tone black and rhodiumed exterior. The gold dial, in matt black, indicates the hours and minutes, with the chronograph seconds and minutes hands in the centre. This limited edition is further equipped with two subdials, one at 9 o’clock for the running seconds and the other at 6 o’clock for the chronograph hours counter. A dates aperture, also at 6 o’clock completes the indications. The 42mm-diameter Omega fake watches uk is delivered on a black rubber strap.