1. Yago

    Yago Jun 13, 2019

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    Maen are set to launch their Skymaster via kickstarter.
    A 38mm vintage inspired Swiss made chronograph powered by an ETA 2894-2 for 799 euro. From the photos of the various models it's easy to see where the inspiration came from.

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  2. imagwai

    imagwai Jun 13, 2019

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    Definitely based on the Autavia. I quite like it, though. Will probably check it out when it's released, but as with all these microbrands, one has to pay close attention to the quality of the finishing. I would be expecting it to be pretty good at this price. I already see one or two details I don't like so much.
     
  3. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Jun 13, 2019

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    Agree- no question that it's "inspired" by the Autavia. I always wondered why TAG Heuer took no action against Seven Friday for the design of their watch. The case is a straight Silverstone copy

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  4. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Jun 13, 2019

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    Saw a thread on WUS about this. Agreed, blatant homage (copy).
     
  5. imagwai

    imagwai Jun 14, 2019

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    Can you protect the shape of a watch?
     
  6. Yago

    Yago Jun 14, 2019

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    You can if it's protected as a model, in which case the protection is limited in time. However truly iconic designs can be protected as brands/logos for as long as the applicant pays the fees, but this is very hard to do in case of a 3d designs. For example the silhouette of the Eames lounge chair. The other way to address this would be a passing off litigation, in which case TH would be claiming these brands are misleading consumers into thinking they're buying the real thing. I don't think these copies fall into that category.