Originally Posted by RogerP
You may call it whatever you wish, but you don't speak for me.
Well of course I don't speak for you. I speak for myself.
What I am trying to get you (and every other homage lover) to do is see that there is merit in my views, as opposed to the self-deluded groupthink BS that passes for reasoned thought in the homage forums, and which rises to the surface every now and then on this thread.
Originally Posted by TheWraith
^ Nor me.
apropos' post only works if you're trying to pass off a replica as an original, which I'm certainly not in favour of, and I doubt many/any in this thread would be either. While some people don't like homage watches, and that's their right, others may have differing opinions, and there's nothing wrong with that or with owning/wearing them.
First - what is a "homage" watch meant to be exactly? The term homage implies an element of respect
, and I would add that often oblique
references are made to the original.
Most homages are anything but that - the references are not oblique, which more or less rules out their chances of being respectful.
I am all ears if anyone has any idea as to how (in the case of MkII Kingston) how following the Rolex design nearly to a tee, and then slapping on the MkII logo, has anything to do with respect for the original model. I'll let the photos below do the talking.
My point is the vast majority of homage watches are merely replicas which escape legal repercussion - and a replica by definition is trying to pass itself off as something else (better).
It doesn't matter as much whether the person who bought the Kingston is trying to pass it off as something else when the whole point of that homage watch's existence is to try to pass itself off as something else
, or at least come as close as possible without inciting a legal backlash.
I have nothing against ebauches, though I prefer that watches above a certain price point not have them. I just think they should not inhabit cases that are poor copies of iconic models. Using an ebauche is sometimes a necessity, but even the poorest companies can take the effort to design a case dial and hands unique to them.Edited by apropos - 3/8/13 at 11:58pm