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.