Fak­ing It

Bespoke - - DUBAI WATCH WEEK -

If you think im­i­ta­tion watches are merely the stuff of shady ped­dlers in un­savoury neigh­bour­hoods, think again. The fact is that there are some high-qual­ity repli­cas that sell for thou­sands of dol­lars and they can fool even the most trained eye. Dubbed “su­per­fakes” by in­dus­try in­sid­ers like James Lamdin, founder of Ana­log/shift, a lead­ing re­tailer of finely cu­rated vin­tage time­pieces, these are copies made to a higher stan­dard. “You ac­tu­ally have to crack one of these open and have an ex­pert look at the

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