The watch is basically a version of the cheap fake Tag Heuer Monaco that Steve McQueen made famous, but blacked out in a matt PVD case. Produced briefly and scarcely in the mid-1970s its “legendary” and “groundbreaking” status earned it the nickname befitting one of Darth Sidious’s aliases, a villainous vibe only marginally undermined by the very-1970s pops of fluoro orange – ironically more commonly found on Rebel Alliance X-wing Starfighters. (Yeah, we can do nerdy too. Punch it, Chewie.)
Anyway, the “Dark Lord” rises again this November, as a piece produced for Only Watch: the biennial charity auction where watchmaking’s top names donate a one-off replica watches online sale uk to raise funds for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, an incurable genetic disorder.
It’s a personal cause for Luc Pettavino, the former chief executive of the Monaco Boat Show. After co-founding the Monaco Association Against Muscular Dystrophy 20 years ago to push for research into the condition, which affected his son, Pettavino came up with the idea of Only Watch in 2005 and has so far raised over €70 million (£59.8 million), 99 per cent of which goes direct to the charity.
Among one-off contributions from fake Audemars Piguet, Breguet, Hublot, Tudor, Zenith and dozens of others, the AAA fake Tag Heuer “Dark Lord” is a particularly cool model, featuring a new bespoke skeletonised carbon dial with each facet of the movement hand-finished in a novel way, including a technique that creates the chequered flag motif. The strap too, is a one-off: silicon-injected leather, something perfect replica Tag Heuer UK has never used before.
The whole thing out-Dark Lords the original uk best quality replica Tag Heuer “Dark Lord”, and should be one of the most anticipated lots, come the Only Watch auction on 6 November.