Which is real and which is fake? Can't tell the difference? Well, that's because the fake watch is not just any old fakery, it's an award-winning falsification!
Every year, Museum Plagiarius Solingen, a German museum dedicated to showcasing the best of fake items, awards its Plagiarius Award to the world's best knockoffs:
This past year, a counterfeiter in Thailand replicated a Swiss Fortis watch (shown here) with such precision that it garnered a special award for falsification. The fake differs in details only the sharpest eye would notice—missing glow-in-the-dark paint on the face, smaller crowns that are buffed rather than brush-finished, and temperature scales with incorrect unit symbols. “The expensive details are left out, but the first impression is the same,” says Christine Lacroix, the museum’s managing director.
Oh, the fake one is the one on the right.