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Prior to the electronic age of tracking time, absolute accuracy was the unachievable goal that so many watchmakers had strived for with spring and lever. When you think about it, it really wasn't all that long ago that annual chronometric and observatory competitions would laud the winners of mechanical accuracy for timekeepers that strived for an unachievable perfection based solely on the power stored in a metal spring.

Having recently attended the NAWCC’s training class on identifying fakes and forgeries the idea of fake watches is front and center in my mind. As the attendees and I immersed ourselves in hundreds of images of real, fake and “Franken” watches (authentic parts from disparate watches), I started to think about the relativity of luxury.

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