Every single year, at every single trade show, I have to go through this charade of picking a favorite luxury fake watch, and I absolutely hate it because even in a slimmed-down version of a traditional trade show, like Watches & Wonders, there are a cornucopia of potential candidates, and I am terrible at making up my mind. I’m not going to try anyone’s patience by listing all the candidates because you’re here for results, not an insight into my neuroses, but it’s…tough.
That said, if I were picking one watch to wear every day, the Cloche de Cartier fake with rose gold case is right up there. It’s one of my all-time favorite designs from Cartier (which is a company that even taken alone, offers an absurdly vast range of choices in elegant daily drivers).
The Cartier copy with black leather strap is not, I think, for everyone – the design is idiosyncratic, verging on quirky, and the odd orientation of the dial and asymmetry of the case probably puts it out of the running for a significant fraction of the watch-loving public. But that’s precisely what I like about it. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it oddball charm – the design is too aristocratic for that – but it is true that it is the very features that take it out of the running for some folks, that make it what it is. Being offbeat: it’s not a bug, it’s a feature.