A fo­rum held on the ele­phant in the room: fake watches

Bespoke - - DUBAI WATCH WEEK -

move­ment,” the sea­soned ex­pert ad­mits. Re­mark­ably, Mo­hammed Sed­diqi (the cu­ra­tor of Dubai Watch Week, and Chief Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer of Sed­diqi Hold­ing) told the tale of a friend who brought in a watch he knew was coun­ter­feit, for re­pair. “I sent it to the com­pany, they kept it for six months, sent it back and no one ever no­ticed.” From franken­watches (as­sem­bled with af­ter­mar­ket com­po­nents) to low-end repli­cas, your rule of thumb should be that if a watch’s price is too good to be true, then it prob­a­bly is.

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