The clean, crisp order of an authetic H. Upmann band is striking. The metallic gold has a medium luster, with a high sheen. The lettering, clear and centered in the middle, is flanked by two clear laurel leaves. The center design is thin and precise, as are the dots running along the border. The ornamental quality of the detail on either side is sharp, with a raised bar bordering the entire centerpiece and about two-thirds of the sides.
Counterfeit purchased in Mexico
The clean and crisp details that mark an authentic H. Upmann band are absent here. The lettering and the graphics lack precision. The embossed border around the centerpiece and along the sides is barely raised. Most obviously, the design bleeds off the right flank of the band, unlike the genuine article.
Counterfeit purchased in Jamaica
This is a poor counterfeit. Every element is muddled, from the lettering to the centerpiece to the colors. The borders are raised, but just barely. Everything about this fake is overwrought, in contrast to the subtle crispness of the genuine article.
Counterfeit from Seoul, South Korea
Where to begin with this counterfeit? The printing job is shoddy. The metallic gold is smeared throughout. The lettering is blurry. The dots are uneven. And the centerpiece is crudely rendered.