A Kent-headquartered retailer of pre-owned luxury replica watches is on the lookout for additional investment as it gears up to expand into international markets.
Stuart Hennell and Lloyd Amsdon, the majority shareholders and co-founders of BuyWatchesTop, have confirmed they are in early stage discussions with unnamed parties. Both financial and strategic investors will be targeted.
A company spokesman said minority shareholders, which include John Gill, Matt Bowlings and investors Beringea and Piton Capital, are “being kept informed regarding the matter”.
The stake available or the amount to be sought has yet to be determined.
The cash raised will be used for international expansion. In January 2016, BuyWatchesTop launched both US and Australia-focused websites, with the focus now on getting a physical presence.
The spokesman said although acquisition talks have taken place with several US and Australian companies, “it is unlikely BuyWatchesTop will use this method to expand”.
BuyWatchesTop reported turnover of £38.7m for the year ended March 2015, a 54 per cent increase from a year earlier.
If there is one watch brand that can rightfully claim its podium in the Olympic Games, it is Omega replica. Since Omega’s debut as the first Olympic timekeeper in 1932 at the Los Angeles games, chosen to supply 30 stopwatches and a watchmaker to measure elapsed times, the Swiss brand has been a regular participant in the world’s most famous sporting event. To celebrate the two-year countdown to Omega’s participation in the next Winter Olympic games – beginning on February 9, 2018, in PyeongChang, South Korea – Omega has released the Seamaster Aqua Terra “PyeongChang 2018” Limited Edition.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Pyeonchang 2018 Limited Edition replica watches joins Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra family, renowned for its “teak concept” dials featuring vertical lines to evoke the wooden decking on a luxury boat. The Aqua Terra is one of the more versatile Seamaster models making the transition from dress watch to sports watch seamlessly. Take a look at the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial Replica Watches to see what I’m getting at.
The navy blue dial shows off the elegant vertical decking to great effect and provides a contrast to the powerful indices and the arrow-tipped minutes hand treated with luminescent material. To commemorate the upcoming Winter Games of 2018, the words “PYEONGCHANG 2018” have been inscribed on the flange using the five colors of the Olympic rings. What is quite remarkable is the fact that the numbers 20 and 18 of the year correspond exactly to the time on the minute track, a clever coincidence that will never occur again in our lifetime.
Presented in a 41mm stainless steel case and bracelet, the surface alternates brushed and polished finishes. On the caseback, a sapphire crystal glass with the official Olympic logo reveals the Master Co-Axial 8500 movement. Although this is not one of replica Omega’s newly METAS-certified calibres, the COSC-certified movement is anti-magnetic to fields of up 15,000 gauss and water-resistant to 150 metres, in keeping with the collection’s origins as a dive watch.
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra “Pyeongchang 2018” Limited Edition will be produced in a series of 2,018 replica watches with the edition number engraved on the left side of the case and will be presented in a commemorative box with the logo of Pyeongchang 2018 and the traditional Olympic colors. Retail price is $160.
Welcome back to an buyWatchesTop original series, where we discuss important stores that sell replica watches all over the world. Each store we profile has an interesting story to tell about where they operate and who they sell to. Whether you buy replica watches from brick and mortar retailers or prefer to buy fake watches online, these are the stores that help shape our watch culture around the globe. There is a long list of stores to cover, but if there is a retail location in your favorite city that we simply can’t miss, let us know in the comments below.
Where to buy replica watches in San Francisco, California?
In the “City by the Bay,” if you are a fan of the haute horology offerings from the Swatch group, then look no further than the Tourbillon Boutique just off Union Square in San Francisco. Some of my favorite Swiss brands are housed there: Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, and Omega Replica, among others. My first thought was: will this be a place that is very Swiss and corporate to the point of being efficient but a bit impersonal? However, our own local in the bay area, Maximilien (aka Dr. Max), assures me that the staff is warm and personable which makes for a winning combination.
With a store named “Tourbillon,” you’d expect not only to find some replica watches with that escapement, but also a connection to its inventor, Abraham Louis Breguet. By an amazing coincidence, the flagship brand at the Tourbillon Boutiques is, of course, Breguet (whose fake watches I greatly lust after). So it all works out with the ambitious name, as they back it up with both state of the art technology and legacy detailing that would no doubt please Abraham Louis Breguet if he were still around today.
The Tourbillon Boutique in San Francisco opened its doors in October 2012. There are Tourbillon Boutiques in a total of 19 locations worldwide, so if you don’t frequent San Francisco, you still have lots of options.
buyWatchesTop: What types of fake watches are popular in your market? What makes San Francisco a unique place to buy fake watches?
Tourbillon Boutique: San Francisco is quite diverse. Many of our clients visit from all over the world, therefore, we have a watch for every taste. Tourbillon Boutique offers their clients an incomparable experience; a level of service unique in the industry. The watch collectors who visit our boutique are passionate and eager to gain access to the world of fine timepieces. Many are looking for the newest and most unique pieces to add to their collection.
BWT: What would you tell watch lovers in other cities about the tastes of watch lovers in San Francisco?
Tourbillon Boutique: Many of our clients work in the tech industry and have an affinity for mechanics and engineering. They appreciate the micro-mechanics of fine timepieces. Watch lovers of San Francisco frequently access watch blogs and manufacture websites, eager to learn as much as possible about a replica watch, utilizing it as a tool to help them make a purchase. The watch enthusiasts of San Francisco are internet savvy and have done their research.
BWT: Do you serve mostly locals or tourists, or is it a good mix? Also, what percentage of your customers would you call “knowledgeable watch collectors?”
Tourbillon Boutique: We have a good mix of tourists and locals. Many of our clients who visit are knowledgeable, and about half are just learning about fine replica watches.
BWT: What is San Francisco best known for? What do visitors have to do, see, or eat while there?
Tourbillon Boutique: San Francisco is a world class tourist destination. The “City by the Bay” is known for its idyllic setting and iconic landmarks. There are so many activities and attractions to see in San Francisco, from the Golden Gate Bridge, walking through Golden Gate Park, exploring North Beach and Chinatown, or grabbing a Blue Bottle Coffee and enjoying the farmer’s market at the Ferry Building; there is something for everyone. When it comes to what to eat, visitors are in for a culinary treat. San Francisco was recently named by Bon Appetite Magazine as the best Food City in the U.S. You can check out influential Michelin starred restaurants with progressive tasting menus, have fresh oysters while overlooking the bay, or savor a gargantuan Mission-style burrito.
BWT: As a business, do you sponsor or participate in any local events, watch-related or otherwise?
Tourbillon Boutique: We host multiple events a year. We like intimate events that offer an interactive experience for our clients. A popular event is our Painter’s Event with Jaquet Droz. A Master Painter travels to San Francisco from Switzerland and guides everyone on how to paint their own watch dial. We like to offer unique experiences to our guests.
BTW: What are some of the watch brands you are known for carrying? If you could pick a watch brand or model that epitomizes the culture or style of San Francisco what would it be?
Tourbillon Boutique: Tourbillon is a multi-brand boutique that houses the prestigious brands of the Swatch Group including replica Breguet, Blancpain, Glashütte Original, Jaquet Droz, Omega, and Swatch. Each brand fills a niche in San Francisco’s culture, so it is difficult to choose one.