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...

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...

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,...