Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?
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    Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    I must first say I don't have any real issues with a Homage of a past watch that is no longer in production however I seem to see quite a few Homages popping up of well known watches currently in production.

    I.E: Omega Aqua Terra, Omega Speedmaster, Panerai and of course Rolex sub.

    Curious to see how others feel about it?

    I wonder where we draw the line as I know that fakes are frowned upon but it seems to be a fine line between exactly copying someone else's product and exactly copying someone else's product and just putting your name on it.
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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Depends on how much of a direct copy it is. Direct copies of intellectual property (designs) are theft, straight up. Being inspired by another design and creating sometning like it in spirit - think Karman Ghia versus Porsche 912 - is OK, but most, assuming they can afford it, will prefer the original IMHO.

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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Good question..... I think I've heard this "song" b/4...Let's see who
    dances to it.........1....2.....3.....
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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    I think we need another word. Homage means paying honor to or showing respect to. Ripping off a design that is still being manufactured is anything but an homage. Inspiration for a new design based on a pass classic could be appropriately called an homage. But making a cheap Chinese copy of an existing design is not the same as honoring it.
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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by sduford View Post
    I think we need another word. Homage means paying honor to or showing respect to. Ripping off a design that is still being manufactured is anything but an homage. Inspiration for a new design based on a pass classic could be appropriately called an homage. But making a cheap Chinese copy of an existing design is not the same as honoring it.
    I think you nailed it there.

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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by sduford View Post
    I think we need another word. Homage means paying honor to or showing respect to. Ripping off a design that is still being manufactured is anything but an homage. Inspiration for a new design based on a pass classic could be appropriately called an homage. But making a cheap Chinese copy of an existing design is not the same as honoring it.
    +2

    But when you see the country that produce these so called homage,they don't even honor intellectual property or trademark

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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Depends on the kind of agreement one brand has with another. In a perfect world, if Rolex, for example, has an agreement with another brand to use the design of the Submariner, directly or loosely, it's a win-win situation for both - for Rolex because it generates a secondary source of revenue with its intellectual property, and for the other brand, because it'll be able to tap a market segment Rolex wouldn't with a $8k submariner. Of course, a lot of these homages don't follow this path - please note I used the term - IN AN IDEAL WORLD before placing my example.

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    Re: Is 'Homage' just a polite way of ripping off another brand?

    Sorry but I've lost patience dealing with this topic. Go back a week or so and read the other seven hundred posts on it.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/best-quality-rolex-style-watches-homages-2014-a-962154.html

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/parn...em-956217.html
    Last edited by Ray MacDonald; January 7th, 2014 at 15:03.
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