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    What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    I am trying to explain to a friend that there exists watches that copy the design of luxury watches but do not claim to be the brand. I remember visiting a japanese website with these types of watches that copied all sorts of Panerai pieces but used a different name and logo on the pieces themselves. I cannot remember the name of these types of watches, can anyone help me out?

    Additionally, do you think these watches are ethically more acceptable than straight up replicas?

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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Thanks you very much :)

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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Homage?
    Though I'd prefer the term "wannabe"
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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Touchy subject. Most have come to call them homages or look-alikes.


    Quote Originally Posted by chimes targa View Post

    Additionally, do you think these watches are ethically more acceptable than straight up replicas?
    Opinions will vary widely, as will passions but...

    In general, yes, but it depends.
    In more than a few instances, the parts used for affordable homages come from the same place as unauthorized, IP-infringing watches, and even, sometimes, have remnant markings from the same.

    IMO, a true homage may either take cues from a long-defunct piece, or may be an approximation of the design.

    The term "homage" has entered the larger vernacular to also indicate a look-alike (or near look-alike) for currently produced luxury watches. Some people are more generous with the term, many far less so.

    I don't, generally, have an issue with homages, as long as they don't pretend to be anything else (I even like several homage pieces), but understand why others may not care for them, to put it nicely.

    One of my current favorites is the Steinhart OV GMT. It's an "homage" to the long-gone, Steve McQueen Explorer.
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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by chimes targa View Post
    I am trying to explain to a friend that there exists watches that copy the design of luxury watches but do not claim to be the brand. I remember visiting a japanese website with these types of watches that copied all sorts of Panerai pieces but used a different name and logo on the pieces themselves. I cannot remember the name of these types of watches, can anyone help me out?
    Yep - hommage

    Quote Originally Posted by chimes targa View Post
    Additionally, do you think these watches are ethically more acceptable than straight up replicas?
    Yes, considerably.
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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    I call them ''lack of originality''. Have no interest for them, unless it's military inspired and really pays homage to a watch of the past. To each his own and you will certainly not find consensus on this subject.

    Getting my popcorn now : )

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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Ishmael
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    Re: What do you call a replica that does not claim the brand?

    Quote Originally Posted by Synequano View Post
    Homage?
    Though I'd prefer the term "wannabe"
    Ha! Nice.


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