@Amor Vincit Omnia
Seeing as you mentioned them Steve, let’s go with dive watches which I agree is a genre and not a homage. However when a company like Omega releases a three hand watch with a date, rotating bezel, steel bracelet, stick markers, and big lume filled hands. Everyone refers to it as dive watch and not a homage. This is fair as the planet ocean is clearly not a homage to the Rolex or Blancpain, it’s a dive watch in its own right.
When a different company releases a three hand watch with a date, rotating bezel, steel bracelet, a mix of stick and blob markers, and arrow shaped hands. The internet refers to it as a Blancpain homage and not a dive watch. This is because the bezel looks similar, however the hour markers are different and one has 3,6,9,12 numbers and the other not. Why is this not just a generic dive watch, why does it have to be a homage? If it’s down the look of the bezel, is the early planet ocean bezel that different to the one on the older submariner?
I can’t think of a recent watch that was so different that it started a whole genre and a host of other brands rushing to release something similar in recent times. Yes there have been watches that were different, but no one else then went out to copy, or be inspired by them.
Iain’s Law: Any discussion on the Christopher Ward forum, irrespective of the thread title or subject matter, will eventually lead to someone mentioning the Bel Canto if the thread continues for long enough.