Approximately, one million counterfeit Swiss watches were seized in 2016, and the same number of internet advertisements for them removed.
The majority of replica watches were confiscated in China, Jean-Daniel Pasche, president of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry told the Swiss News Agency on Tuesday. However, that does not mean other counterfeiting hubs do not exist. For example, 130,000 fakes were seized in Turkey, 70,000 in Dubai and 9,000 in Russia.
The trend for replica watches appears to correspond to that of other fake goods like bags, jewellery and shoes. In 2015, Hong Kong and China accounted for 80% of all intercepted replica goods shipments to Switzerland by post. Turkey was the leading destination from where travellers brought fake goods into Switzerland, accounting for around 40% of all traffic.
The FH has also stepped up its monitoring of the internet and social media networks for dubious advertisements for fakes. According to Pasche, over a million such ads were removed. It has also trained authorities in vulnerable spots like Dubai, London’s Heathrow airport, San Francisco, Nice, Lisbon, Brussels, Prague, and Athens to spot fakes.
Serious watch aficionados understand that when it comes to timepieces, a Rolex on the wrist represents a certain status.
Enter the Rolex Day-Date 40. The ultimate status symbol, it’s dubbed the presidents’ watch because it has been worn by more presidents, leaders, and visionaries than any other.
The new generation of Day Date 40 was introduced on Wednesday through a special exhibition in Caronel Rolex Boutique at Tumon Sands Plaza featuring the evolution of the prestigious watch since its introduction in 1956.
Yves Meylan, area sales manager for Rolex replica, presented several of the new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 models and explained that the latest Day-Date, Caliber 3255, is a 40mm 18K gold or platinum timepiece driven by a mechanical movement with bidirectional, self-winding rotor movement with a Paramagnetic blue Parachrom oscillator.
“This symbol of excellence and prestige in the industry of replica watches making was the first waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch that provides a modern calendar with an instantaneous display, spelt out in full in a window on the dial in addition to the date,” Meylan said.
The new generation of replica Rolex Day-Date or Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 is now available in platinum, 18ct yellow, white or Everose gold versions with prices starting at $210 and runing upward of $650 depending on the base metal, dial and whether it boasts diamonds and other precious gems.
To commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Day-Date timepiece, Rolex created a new, Green Roman dial, available in 18K white gold and in 18K pink gold indices. The popular Chocolate Roman and Chocolate 10 Baguette-cut diamonds dial is also available on an 18K pink gold case, along with the new Chocolate diagonal dial. For platinum lovers, some new and popular dials include Ice Blue diagonal, Ice Blue Quadrant Roman, and Ice Blue 10 baguette-cut diamonds.
And if the features, caliber, and functional aesthetic of this watch is not convincing enough, think about being in the fashionable company of global leaders. U.S. Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bill Clinton, and Lyndon Johnson, Vice President Dick Cheney, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson, and the Dali Lama of Tibet have all owned a version of this watch.
Here’s a juicy piece of trivia: Marilyn Monroe gifted President John F. Kennedy a Day-Date watch on his birthday in 1962.
This holiday season, Guam’s discerning men can now buy themselves their Christmas gift. Or better still, lovers can be like Marilyn and make this holiday season a memorable one.
If the tunes of ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’ get you to tap your feet and you just can’t stop yourself from humming ‘Back in the USSR’ while it’s played nearby, there is hardly any doubt about your dedication to Beatles. The short lived band of the 70s, Beatles has redefined music of the youth.
It seems to be redefining fashion now because there’s a fake watch that has Beatles album names inscribed in the dial. All thanks to Raymond Weil, the bespoke Swiss replica watchmaker who has introduced the Maestro Beatles limited edition timepiece. Each item is presented with a dedicated watchcase celebrating the music icons.
An impressive drum with the official Beatles logo decorates the top of the box while the inside features the 13 album titles that are marked on the dial of the limited edition. The watch features a mechanical self-winding movement housed in a 39.5 mm polished steel case.
Talking exclusively to Business Insider, Olivier Bernheim, the owner and president of Raymond Weil, said – “We have been in India for a long time. We have received appreciation across segments and seen a lot of growth opportunities here. The latest limited edition Maestro Beatles celebrates the 40th anniversary of the brand. We have always derived inspiration from music and this bespoke timepiece pays tribute to The Beatles. The limited edition watch is perfect for the die-hard Beatles fan as well as music connoisseurs.”
“To bring this masterpiece to the Indian market, as well as deepen our engagement locally we have exclusively partnered with Ethos Watch Boutiques and Helios. Our partnership with Ethos is primarily due to their reach and trust and their commitment to promising authenticity and safeguarding customers from various malpractices rampant in the watch industry,” he added.
Here’s the best part
The 13 Beatles’ album titles are placed around the bespoke dial, with a special “Help” index at 4 o’clock which recalls the cover of the iconic album released in 1965. The silver galvanic dial matches the polished steel bracelet. It features the official Beatles logo and a date window at 3 o’clock. The case back presents a smoked sapphire crystal that carries the official Beatles logo and the limited edition number engraved. This unique timepiece paying tribute to the legendary Fab Four is limited to 3,000 pieces for India.
Remember, if you want ot own one of these, you will have to walk into one of Ethos Watch Boutiques.