A few years ago every Tom, Dick, and Harry could hold a replica and tell that it’s a fake without any effort, but that’s history. Today`s replicas are beyond just outer appearance imitation with some crappy inner components. A lot of high-end Swiss watchmakers are going through a hard time to compete and overthrow replicas because the replica companies have now mastered detailed imitation going as far as copying movements and every other tiny detail.
The impact of replica watches
It is no brainer that replica watches are giving some well-known high-end watch manufacturers some chills down their spine. They are having a hard time themselves just to differentiate the counterfeits from the genuine ones and the worst case scenario sometimes they have to service them unknowingly. It is not like in the past where one could just look at a replica and tell it’s a fake. Nowadays, it takes a sharp and well-trained eye to notice a replica. Michael Benavente, managing director of Gucci Watches & Jewelry North America is one of the genuine watch manufacturers who really feel agitated by replicas. “Twenty years ago the fakes were really fake,” Michael says. “You looked at it really quick and you could see it was trash.”
The Swiss had to set up an anti-counterfeiting unit as part of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH). Michel Arnoux, the current leader of the anti-counterfeiting unit cites a replica Hublot Big Bang tourbillon watch once seized by the Swiss customs. Michael was really taken aback when he held the counterfeit in his hands. “That was one of the first times I’ve held in my hand a fake tourbillon watch, a real high-precision mechanism,” Michael told the Swiss Broadcasting Corp. “The counterfeiters have now mastered ultra-complex movements.” He added. You could not tell it apart, everything about the counterfeit was exactly as the genuine Hublot with even the vanilla-scented rubber strap. It took a trained eye to notice the difference. The only thing that gave the watch away was a piece of plastic in the case where carbon was supposed to be and a reflective crystal that was supposed to be non-reflective.
What was mostly mind-boggling was the movement. It was on point, the real high precision mechanism.
The history of replica watches stretches back to the 18th century when Great Britain came to rival France as the leading manufacturer of high-quality clocks and watches. Watch enthusiasts have always preferred replica watches for a number of different reasons apart from their economic aspect. Apart from just telling time, watches have always been known as a symbol of wealth, power, and royalty.
It all started in the middle of the 18th century when German watchmakers and French-speaking Swiss watchmakers began to unscrupulously produce watches signed with famous and prestigious names of that time like Eadley Norton and George Graham. The Swiss were also at the fore-front in manufacturing imitations of Waltham watches. One thing peculiar to the Swiss industry and which made them more likeable was that they made their replicas so similar to the genuine ones, even going to the extent of borrowing the brand names.
At the same time, the American watch industry was also gaining popularity and strength. As the early 1870s approached, the Swiss could not manage the competition so they surrendered the mass replica market field to the United States and shifted their focus on branding top-notch status symbols
Other foreign companies tried not to be obvious by carrying out imaginary names with a more or less English sound such as “Simpton” or “Samson”. In the 19th century, Breguet was the most targeted by forgers and the British watchmakers continued falling victims. A typical example was the London maker Michael Isaac Tobias who was mistaken for “M J Tobias” by many forgers.
Over the years, the replica watches industry has been growing and changing locations, currently, it is shifted to China. To date, there are over 640 million replica watches produced in China per year and only around 25 million produced by authentic suppliers.
Who wears Replica watches and why?
When it comes to replica watches, most people think it is all about the cheap price, but that’s not the case. People choose replica watches for different reasons apart from the financial side of things. Google analytics has shown that 15-30% of Google searches on watches are actually people looking for replica watches. Are all these poor people, fake people or imposters? Let`s see!
Lots and lots of people are still falling victim to con artists who sell replica watches without the knowledge of the buyer. Replica watches can be very difficult to differentiate from the originals, especially to the untrained eye. They are very close or identical in all aspects to the original brand watches. If you want an authentic watch, you definitely won`t get it from the street or some cheap boutique with crazy sales. You can be sure, you will get an authentic luxury watch if you go to the brand`s company-owned boutique or other authorised and reputable shops.
They can afford to but just don’t want to choose
Some filthy rich individuals don`t think a simple time telling wrist watch deserves a price tag worthy thousands of dollars or more. Nonetheless, they have to meet the status quo`s standards so instead, they will go for a replica. Usually, it works well with them because no one can even suspect they will wear a fake.
Billionaires and celebrities might own the real watch and also have a fake one for safety reasons. They are usually a target by professional thieves so when they go for a vacation or somewhere unsecured they can just wear a fake to fool the thieves and keep their million dollars watch safe at home.
They can`t afford the real thing
These are the majority. They can`t afford the real brand watches but they really need it, some for noble reasons and others just for bragging. It might be a high-class special occasion where they have to give a classy first impression.
Japan vs Swiss mechanisms
The Swiss are the pioneers of the watch industry. Ever since the late 17th century, the most prestigious and luxurious innovations in design and movements have traced their origin to Switzerland. The Swiss have done it all, from the first perpetual watch to the first wristwatch to first waterproof watch and first quartz watch. However, the Japanese still deserve their piece of credit considering they just made their comeback in the 1970s and are currently a major competitor to the Swiss market.
So what`s really the difference?
The Swiss ETA and the Japanese Miyota are the two leading mechanical movement manufacturers in the world. Movement in the watch industry refers to the “engine” of the watch, the hidden part of the watch that drives the hands of the watch around its face and powers additional features, like chronographs, calendars, and more. There are two kinds of movements, the kinetic energy powered automatic watches that wind themselves and the quartz watch that gets its energy from rotational motion. Even to the untrained eye, it is easy to distinguish the two as the quartz watches will cause the second hand to move in individual ticks and the automatic watches will give a smooth sweeping second-hand motion.
Swiss movements are more aesthetic to the eye compared to the scrapped metal look in their Japanese counterparts. Probably, this is due to the robotics manufacturing implemented by Japan compared to hands-on crafting done by the Swiss. When it comes to functionality there is not much difference between the two movements. However, some individuals have noticed that the Swiss movements are smoother and their time is quite more accurate because they hardly skip a second.
Quality and mechanism
The handcrafted Swiss ETA movements are considered to be the most precise movements in the world. Due to the mass robotic manufacture in the manufacturing process, most Japanese watches do not look as aesthetic to the eye as the Swiss. For a quartz watch to be classified as a Swiss watch, it should be powered by a Swiss movement and originally manufactured by a Swiss manufacturer.
Design and features
First impressions beget reality. The majority of watch owners chose their watches based on its design and how it looks. Some people even ignore features just as long the watch looks good. Swiss watches are more pleasant to the eye compare to their Japanese counterparts. Most Japanese watches concentrate on functionality. They only feature the chronograph specs just for showmanship but this is not the case with the Swiss. Switzerland watches are true to their claims and their features hardly fail.
Cost and pricing
It`s no brainer that Swiss watches are the most luxurious and the most expensive watches in the world. The Swiss have their reasons. Firstly, they were the pioneers and over the years they have built a magnificent and untainted reputation. Furthermore, their watches are mostly handcrafted which is far much expensive compared to the bulk robotics manufacturing implemented by the Japanese. The upside to Japanese manufacturing is that it reduces human error.
What are quality standards, grading of quality? Swiss; A, AA, AAA ++
Although they are replicas, our watch masterpieces are manufactured in Switzerland by certified and experienced master watchmakers. All the pieces on our replicas are identical to the genuine watch. An original watch is disassembled for cloning so all parts can be accurately interchanged with the genuine watch. You can actually go to the original dealer`s shop for fixing your replica and they wouldn`t get a clue if you are confident enough.
All our replicas are high quality watches which meet AAA+++ standards. You can hardly get your hand on a real Swiss made replica from any other website. Most websites just post false claims whilst in fact, they are selling Asian made watches, usually Chinese.
Why you should choose our store?
Although, we sell replicas we never compromise on the quality of our products. We stick to strict in-house control systems with special watch master control. Our watches meet high-quality AAA standards and each and every unit goes through pre-sale control. Apart from HotWatches you can hardly lay your hands on any other genuine high-quality Swiss watch replica site.
Honesty is a virtue and at HotWatches we do not compromise the truth for unscrupulous profits. We keep our customers by sticking to our promises. What you see on our website is what you will get. We use the latest and most secure e-commerce systems and our credit cards transactions are processed through a secure SSL connection so you can rest assured that your credit card credentials won`t be stolen
All our products are authentic and they do exactly as written on our website. Get your high-quality replica identical to the original one and sleep well.