Louis Vuitton Metallic Plate...

Are you passionate about Louis Vuitton handbags, but never could save enough money to buy one? This is one of our most common dilemmas. Why should we spend all our savings on a beautiful bag carrying an expensive brand name when we could buy an identical looking replica for far less money? Learn how to find the perfect copy of your favorite purse and make sure that from now on you will always acquire the bag you were craving for. From my point of view, Louis Vuitton is a real pioneer in the field of inventing redundant ways of marking its products with the brand name, logo or initials. This very important quality is also what makes the LV bags so challenging to replicate. One of my favorite ways of stamping its purses with the company’s credentials is by applying a metallic golden plate on the outside part. This metallic plate contains a very long and complex text: “DEPOSE EN FRANCE ET A L’ETRANGER LOUIS VUITTON INVENTEUR 101, avenue des Champs-Elysees, PARIS”, written on 4 distinctive lines.  Another important thing is that it will always be colored in a beautiful yellow gold and the four small screws will be marked with the Louis Vuitton name. So if you are looking to buy a bag that has this marking then make sure you verify it very carefully and that it truly is identical to the original one. I will compare two pictures of the same Louis Vuitton model, one being the original bag and the other just a replica. You will notice from the start that the gold color is quite different. The replica has more of a rose gold color while every reference I found about the original LV metallic plate says that this...

Hardware & Stitches

We women love to own a beautiful and expensive designer handbag. This is also the reason why the prices on luxury purses have skyrocketed. Just the simple existence of a brand name or logo on a product makes it cost a real fortune. Luckily for us there is the alternative of buying a replica. Still, one needs to know the essential differences between the authentic bag and a fake. By knowing all the basics you will be prepared to start shopping for your perfect replica purse. Today we will review the particularities of the hardware on a Louis Vuitton bag and for illustrative purposes we will also compare a couple of photos of an authentic model with the ones of a replica. Let’s start by mentioning that pretty much all metal parts of a LV purse have marked the name Louis Vuitton on them, regardless of their size.  This is a must. Do not buy an imitation that does not have these engravings on its hardware. It will look fake. Additionally, the mark on the metal studs is very detailed and subtly embossed. On replicas these will be noticeably thicker. The first photo is of the original Louis Vuitton purse. The other two are of a knockoff. As expected, all reputable designers use only the most refined materials for their bags. This is also true for the hardware. The hardware of an authentic LV has a precious and elegant look. It is also sturdy and very resistant to daily wear. In these photos the first focus is on the zipper. I must tell you that on a Louis Vutton bag you will most likely find an “YKK” or a “Lampo” zipper. This mark will be stamped at the bottom of the zipper or along or front of it. Just by looking at these pictures we notice a very good quality for the replica zipper. The size, shape and color are very similar to the original bag. Next, looking closer at the metallic studs on the handles we see the same almost perfect look of the hardware. These have the same color, shape and look as the ones of the authentic purse. Also, the Louis Vuitton name is correctly marked. From every point of view, these metallic details seem highly...

Markings

The markings of a timepiece are ones of its most essential details. It represents the graphic form used for fulfilling the main function of a watch: the one of counting time. Even though the design and aesthetics of the markings available on a watch do not vary very much, or better said, do not have that many styling options, there are still some differences and particularities that are worth noticing. These particularities will help you spot the good replicas and prevent you from being fooled by a poor knock-off. Please keep in mind that on a watch we can find two types of markings: the ones on the inner dial and the ones from the outside bezel. Both are very important and useful to its owner, and most important both should be extremely accurate on a replica you are considering buying. I have selected as examples two iconic timepieces: a Rolex Submariner and a Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna. On the Rolex Submariner we will compare the accuracy of the white dot applied on the bezel above the 12 o’clock position. This is a very distinctive marking of the Rolex Submariner and even though at first glance it may seem like a very easy to clone part, it is actually not that simple. The original dot has a solid pure white color and it is surrounded by a silver metallic disc which is taller than the central white dot. On the replica the white dot has an ivory color and its shape is round, like it is half a pearl. More important, it doesn’t have the same tall metallic disc around it. Just by looking at the photos you can immediately conclude that the second one is a poorly made replica. On the Hublot...

Date Window

Some watches have a date window and some watches do not. The ones that do not have it are pretty easy to imitate, whereas the ones with a date represent a real test for any skillful replica manufacturer. An even bigger challenge is to correctly clone a magnifying date window while respecting the original degree of magnification. This difficult aspect of a knockoff raises even more questions for us, customers. How do we identify a good replica? And what are the basic characteristics of a correctly replicated date window? If we take a look at a Rolex Submariner we will see that it has a magnifying lens over the date next to the 3 o’clock marker. This is also called a Cyclops lens with a 2.5X magnification. It is domed and it perfectly centers and enlarges the date as to almost fully fit the window. It doesn’t take a trained eye to see that it really magnifies the date. Most important, due to its domed shape you can clearly read the date almost from any angle. The downside of a replica is that just a few vendors are able to provide the 2.5 magnification lens. Almost in all cases, you will come across a 1.5 Cyclops lens. This inferior date window will obviously have a different look and will not be able to enlarge the date number that much. Even though the date will be visible, the effect will be different and naturally an indication that the watch is not the original one. Any watch educated person would be able to tell that your Rolex is a fake.  This is also what we notice when comparing these two pictures of an original Rolex Submariner with a replica of the same model. On the imitation...

Snap Button

For any modern woman a handbag is her most important asset. We wear it all day long and we carry in it all our essentials. Ask any female and she will tell you that a good bag can be a life saver. Of course, appearance does matter and because of this we always look to have the most beautiful bag, a bag that will reflect our personality and style.  This being said, we must also mention the exaggerated prices of designer bags. Some of them cost an actual fortune. So what do we do in this case? The answer is pretty simple. We buy ourselves a replica handbag. Replicating a bag is not that simple. Nowadays, designers invest so much time and effort in authenticating their products inside out that it is an impressive work for any manufacturer to flawlessly clone a luxury purse. For example, Louis Vuitton has a heat embossed leather tag on the inside of the bag where the snap button is placed. It practically centers the snap button, giving it a nice and elegant touch. This authenticity mark is difficult cu imitate because of its particular font so you need to inspect it very carefully before deciding to buy a replica bag. Please see the below two pictures of a Louis Vuitton bag. The first photo is of the authentic product and the second one is of a fake.  By comparison, the first thing that strikes you is the “made in” part. The original one says “Made in USA” while the replica says “Made in France”. Both are correct even if you may feel intrigued by the “Made in USA” printed on the real Louis Vuitton. The explanation is that initially Louis Vuitton was manufactured exclusively in France, but for...

Padlock

Designer handbags are all about trends and sensations. This being said, no one can argue the fact that Louis Vuitton has made a real stir in the “bag-aholic” world with its padlock purses. Every woman on this planet has craved at a specific moment in her life for such a handbag. The little LV lock with its matched key is truly iconic, and for many fans it is a real symbol of fashion forward sense. The most important thing you need to make sure of is that the replica you are looking to buy has a shiny brass and not a brushed finish. Only a poor quality knockoff will have a brushed finished lock. When this little padlock isn’t shiny and glossy, for any connoisseur, it will look really cheap and fake. As a short observation, Louis Vuitton makes this small metallic embellishment only from real brass, gold or silver. Furthermore, on the front of the lock there should be a big LV mark, on the back it should be embossed “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS MADE IN FRANCE” and on the bottom besides the keyhole there should be stamped a unique lock number. Regarding the series of numbers you will find on the bottom of the padlock, these should correspond and be identical to the ones stamped on the keys that come with the bag. If this unique code does not match then it will be pretty easy for anyone to spot your bag as a fake. The font used for the text embossed on the lock is also very distinctive. The Ns, As and Vs are quite pointy while the Os are quite round. So pay attention to the markings as well because these could indicate how authentic the replica really is. Below you will see two photos; the first one shows the padlock of a real Louis Vuitton purse and the second one the lock of an imitation product. The two differences we notice from the first moment are the shine of the metal and the font of the LV mark. The original lock has the specific precious and glossy beautiful shine while the replica seems a little bit brushed or with a matte finish. The font is also off. The authentic bag has the left side lines of each letter thicker than the right or bottom lines. This makes the logo look dynamic and stylish. On the replica the letters are not so clearly defined and embossed. Actually, what surprises me the most is the sloppiness with which these were stamped. The V letter is a real   mess. Its right side is wavery and all scratched up. It is all in the details. Finding a well-made replica bag means looking very carefully at every small thing and comparing it again and again with the original product until you are sure that it is 100% correct. It may seem like a lot of work, but buying a Louis Vuitton for a couple hundred dollars instead of spending a small fortune on the real bag definitely makes everything worth...

Watch Crown

The winding crown of a watch is the part that we use to set the time. This small winder implies a functional role and less an aesthetic one. Because of this, most often we tend to ignore its looks and its degree of authenticity. The truth is that we should show the right amount of attention towards it and learn what the particularities of the original winding crown are so we will know how to spot a good replica when we see it. I for one would start by researching the original model and looking at pictures of it from all possible angles to see all its numerous design details. Every marking, patter, thread or texture matters. After you are familiar with it you can really start searching for a good quality replica. You will see that there are not many variations for a winding crown. Again, its role is merely a functional one. Its enhanced aesthetics is actually just a nice bonus to bring extra joy to the eyes of watches aficionados. If we take for comparison a rose gold Rolex Daytona and a replica watch, we will notice on both products the quite small and elegant winding crown, with threads all around its circular outside, threads which help the owner to have a better and firmer grip of it when setting the time. On the top of the winder there is the triple lock crown. This distinctive Rolex logo represents the triple lock water capabilities of the watch, meaning it perfectly seals the case to enhance the water resistance of this superbly crafted time piece. So far, just by comparing the designs of the winding crown the imitation seems to be almost perfect. The exception which ruins this first impression is the...

Clasp

It is not enough to just browse some replica websites and choose a design that you like. The most important thing is to be positive that between the imitation you are buying and the real watch it clones there are no visible differences. No one wants to wear a fake looking watch. So how can we avoid such embarrassing situations? That’s easy! Pay attention to the smallest details and you will end up with a replica which looks and feels like a million bucks. I have noticed that very few shoppers pay attention to a very important aspect of a watch: the clasp. This quite small and let’s face it:  quite hidden part of a timepiece is also crucial for determining the accuracy of your knock-off. If the clasp doesn’t have the correct markings or the correct aesthetics then it will be a dead giveaway that your watch is a replica. For example, the Rolex Daytona is an all-time classic and even though it has a very long tradition on the watch market, its design hasn’t changed that much over time. This also includes the looks of its clasp so determining if a Rolex Daytona clasp looks authentic or not shouldn’t be that much of a challenge. When comparing the original clasp of the Rose Gold Daytona with the one of its replica we easily notice a few differences, like the position of the little Rolex crown. This small logo should be on the left side of the closing system and serve as a pull button which allows us to unlock it and open the band. Next, the left side of the clasp should be wider and have straight outside edges instead of round shaped markings as the imitation watch clearly has. The finishing...

Laser Etched Crown

All Rolex watches have a very unique and distinctive authenticity marking. It is a quite small and discrete Rolex crown laser etched in the crystal above the 6 o’clock marker. This small logo is most often not visible with the naked eye and you may need a magnifying glass to see it, and only when the light falls directly on the top half of the crystal. This allows the light to reflect on the surface of the glass and gives shape and a crystal color to the small laser etched crown. It is a beautiful and remarkable feature available only on Rolex watches. There are many people who complain that they can’t see the small Rolex crown laser etched in the crystal and most of them have the original watch. The answer is that they are not looking at it correctly. They are not using the reflection of light to “light it up” and they are also expecting it to be bigger. This is very incorrect. The logo needs to be small to look authentic. A big Rolex logo etched in the crystal is a dead giveaway that the watch is a replica. Rolex Co. has intended this marking as a hidden one, a beautiful feature that reveals itself only when you especially look for it. I will present to you the pictures of an original Rolex Daytona and of a replica, the exact same model. On the replica you can obviously see the laser etched Rolex crown. I would go as far as saying that you need to be blind not to see it. It is huge. It is as big as or even bigger than the 6 o’clock marker. This makes it look fake and I wouldn’t recommend anyone buying a replica...

Outside Leather Tag

Nowadays it is all about the tag. It is all about the brand name stamped on your most prized possessions. Everything you own, wear, eat or drink has a name tag. The louder the name echoes the priciest they get. And admit it, ladies, you are dying to own the most expensive, luxurious, beautiful and sophisticated brand name bags. But let’s not forget that a real fashionista recognizes beauty regardless of its price tag. You probably have noticed that designer handbags are over-stamped   with the brand name and logo. Everywhere you look there is a reminder of the company’s name. This is also the case with Louis Vuitton, one of the world’s most renewed fashion designer house. Many of its bags have a leather tag on the outside which has a heat embossed “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS made in France” mark. This iconic text is written on three lines and has the letter R in a circle, positioned above it. For comparison I will present two photos. The first one is of a genuine Louis Vuitton bag and the second one is of its replica. Both pictures show the same part of the purse, the outside heat embossed leather tag.  As you can see, on the genuine product the letters are very clear and perfectly printed. There are no deviations, smudges or any type of imperfections. On the second one the text is not so legible. You can barely make out the words. It is obvious that the quality of the heat embossed technique is quite poor. Additionally, “France” is written with a lower case “f”. To wrap it up, the yellow stitching covers the circled letter R and the “VU” from “VUITTON”. The overall leather tag looks messy, sloppy and, frankly, quite ugly. Indeed,...

Hands

Before getting too excited about getting your hands on the replica of your dream watch there is a more important set of hands you should consider. These are the hands of a watch, the big hands which circle along the main dial, but also the small hands that measure the most complicated functions of a finely crafted time piece. Buying a clone which has incorrectly imitated hands may be one of the worst mistakes you could make. These are obviously on the face of the watch, the first thing you see when you are reading the time. Each time you see the incorrectly replicated hands you will be remembered that you are wearing an inferior knock-off, and who knows who else sees the exact same thing when looking at your watch. There is no doubt about this; The Hublot King Power Ayrton Senna is one of the most complex dial I have seen so far. Its color scheme, patterns and complications are superb and extremely innovative.  Still, all these tend to look a little bit crowded and for someone that is not familiar with the watch the differences and flaws in replicating the original design may not be that obvious. But let’s not forget that the world is populated with watch enthusiasts and you never know when a connoisseur will want to give it a closer look. In the below photos you will see the original Hublot Ayrton Senna and a replica of it, the focus is kept on the hour hand. You will notice that the authentic one has a distinctive pattern with a grayish rough look. Also the yellow arrow in the middle is formed from straight lines and has a pointy tip, without any rounded corners. When comparing it to the...

Spelling

All replicas come from China. This is the truth and we should accept it as it is. We are not prepared to spend all our savings on the original one and we want a cheaper version, one we can afford without robbing the bank. For this to be possible, the Chinese replica market has extended very much during the past few years not leaving any room for competition. The downside is that everything that comes from China and is cheap has its limitations and this is also available for replica watches. Sometimes we see this consequence where it hurts us the most: on the dial of our dream watch under the form of a misspelled name or marking. Even though this is a very possible and quite common case scenario, I also must admit that this will happen only with the worst replicas we could find out there. A decent quality replica will never have a misspelled word on it. To illustrate this awful mistake that could very well happen to you if you do not research the sellers and the quality of its products before placing your order, I have selected a few pictures of some inferior quality imitations that have misspellings on the dial. The first image is of a fake Audemars Piguet watch that above the brand name has an incorrect text saying “Chmonographe Rattrapante”. In the next photo we have a beautiful blue Omega Seamaster  with a misspelled “PROFFESIOAL” marking on the dial and in the third picture we see a white Audemars Piguet with a wrongly written “Tourbillon Chronographe” text above the brand name. All these are very obvious defects that make any replica watch unusable. For any other design flaws you could still wear the watch thinking that not that many people know all the particularities and details of the original watch, but when it comes to a misspelling mistake it is clear that anyone who knows how to read will know for sure that your watch is a fake. From experience, I can tell you that the watches with the smallest chance of misspellings are the Rolex replicas.  This very traditional brand has brought just a few innovations to its designs and has kept almost all its basic markings despite the passage of decades. Also, it is one of the most demanded brands on the replica market so replica manufacturers have had all the incentives for perfecting themselves in the art of crafting these fine timepieces. When you are targeting a low priced replica everything is possible. Getting a good quality watch without obvious flaws is like playing the lottery. This goes for misspellings too. If you do not research the seller and its products thoroughly then you may end up receiving an awful clone that you will never be able to...

Embossed Leather Stamp...

We all get carried away by the beauty of an expensive designer handbag. The outside is so captivating and gorgeous that we sometimes forget that what matters most is on the inside. For purses, most often the more important authenticity markings are on the inside and might make a huge difference between a nice looking replica and an authentic imitation bag. These being said, let’s unzip our biggest fantasy and see how believable it is. The heat embossed leather stamp which can be found on the inside of every luxury handbag is one of the essential authenticity markings. Before purchasing any replica you need to make sure it has this mark and that it looks accurate. For example, on a Gucci this will say “GUCCI made in Italy” while on a Louis Vuitton it will read “LOUIS VUITTON PARIS made in France”. Both leather tags will have a small R in a circle above the brand name. Another particularity of these stamps is that while GUCCI writes this text on two lines, Louis Vuitton embosses it on three distinct and spaced out rows. A well-made clone bag should respect these basic rules. To exemplify the differences that you may find between a replica and an original bag I have enclosed below a couple of photos of Gucci and Louis Vuitton bags, and I will compare the cloned hot stamped leather tag to the authentic one. The purpose of this comparison is for you to know how to spot the big flaws and, eventually, to be able to identify and buy an accurate knockoff. On the fake Gucci bag, even though the quality of the leather tab is quite nice, the actual embossing is incredibly poor. On a real purse the writing “GUCCI made in...

Buttons

What everyone wants to know before buying a replica is how to distinguish a good imitation watch from the numerous bad fakes that are out there. First, be prepared to run some extensive searches on the Internet and also to face some serious disappointments. There is no such thing like a perfect replica. Only the original watch is perfect. A replica is simply a copy and it is more or less accurate, depending on its manufacturer. Second, knowledge is everything. You need to know everything there is to know about the appearance and functionality of the original watch, and only by knowing all this and running a thorough comparison you will be able to select a worthy imitation watch.   In this article I will present the obvious differences that anyone could spot with the naked eye when comparing these two photos: one of the original watch and the other one of a replica.  From the start you will notice that the original button has a shinier and elegant finish, while the replica is more polished, matte and, honestly, it has a pretty rough look.  The size also seems a little bit off. The authentic watch seems to have a smaller and more discrete button whereas on the knockoff the proportions are different. The button is wider and bulkier. Another visible imperfection is the threads on the upper pushing part of the button. This part should not have any dents, lines or threads on its surface. It should be smooth and shiny. Most people would probably think that these two watches are authentic. Recognizing a good replica out of dozens of similar products, it is surely not an easy task. Only those who have the basic knowledge about the watch they are passionate about...