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Amazingly, there *are* no dealers in the middle of Mexico, where I live. Thanks for all the helpful information, guess I'll just go try and find a more congenial, consumer friendly site.
: They are just as beautiful in the showcases at
: a legitimate, authorized dealer.
: I would suspect it is merely a matter of
: style--brands like Cartier specialize in
: such subtle stylistic touches.
: There are no standard signals of authenticity
: -- almost anything on an original could be
: copied on a fake. The best way to tell a
: fake is to have intimitely studied the
: details of the genuine originals so you can
: notice any errors or abberations in how
: those details were reproduced on the
: counterfeit versions. Sometimes these detail
: flaws can be as small as in the 100ths of an