Everyone knows that sports replica watches are supposed to be made from steel. It’s not just a question of aesthetics, but also practicality- stainless steel is harder than most precious metals, meaning that your steel sports watch is less likely to be nicked and damaged than its gold equivalent.
Perhaps the sportiest of Replica TAG Heuer’s classic chronographs, the Monaco case is already prominent thanks to its large square form, and making that square case from gold makes the watch even more conspicuous.
The Fake 18K Gold Monaco used the same basic design as the standard steel Monaco of the day, reference CW2111, but with a few key differences in detailing to set the flagship Monaco apart from its steel brethren.
The case is the same basic 38mm design as the original Monaco re-edition from 1997, which was designed by Miodrag Mijatovic, known universally as Mijat.
The dial is quite different to that offered on the steel Monaco of the day, and is a wonderful star-burst silver colour. The hands and applied hour-markers are Gold, giving the watch a luxurious rather than sporty look. And speaking of those hour markers, they are significantly longer than those used on the steel Monaco.
It’s business as usual at the rear of the watch, with a solid Gold caseback, engraved with the Tag Heuer Replica watch’s reference number and Chronometer number. As was the case with the sapphire crystal, clear casebacks were another seven years away, meaning all Monaco models made do with a solid back.
The Monaco feels very special on the wrist, and not surprisingly has an added heft over stainless steel.The watch came standard on a high-quality crocodile strap.