Last month, we had the opportunity to take a look at the new Laureato Ghost Limited Edition, a special piece produced by Girard-Perregaux in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department. Now another collaborative project teams another Swiss watchmaker, TAG Heuer, with that selfsame London-based timepiece customization house to create the new Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition. Actually the second project to emerge from a team-up of TAG Heuer and Bamford — which is best known for its customization work with Rolex, Zenith, and Bulgari, among others — the watch represents the continuing synergy between the brands and their shared dedication to riffing on classic designs to produce something special for the market.
In this piece, the familiar Aquaracer design is enhanced with some distinctly Bamford twists. The case of the watch is produced from grade 2 titanium and has a sandblasted finish that elevates it from TAG Heuer’s traditional steel offerings in the collection. The material makes for an ultra-lightweight watch with an uncommonly rugged appearance. The lugs are slightly angled and faceted on their edges, making contact with a matching three-link titanium bracelet to secure the watch to the wrist. On the right side are two small guards, while a signed, screw-down crown sits tightly in between them. Surrounding the dial is the thickly toothed, unidirectional bezel complete with a 60-minute diving scale and topped with an inverted orange triangle.
Underneath the flat sapphire crystal of the new watch, we find the Bamford-modified black dial, with white and orange accents throughout. The dial as a whole has a matte surface and is textured with concentric rings, starting from its center to edges, while a curved outer ring of orange lines surrounds it. A chronograph-style white minute track is accented at each hour with applied rhodium-plated rectangular indices, while a prominent white date window, magnified via a cyclops window on the sapphire crystal above. is found at the 3 o’clock position. Directly below 12 o’clock is a white printed TAG Heuer logo; above 6 o’clock is a smaller Bamford logo and some of the watch’s descriptors. Thin white crosshairs meet at the dial’s center, where the orange, lume-filled sword hour and minute hands and thin gray seconds hands are located.
On the reverse side of the Aquaracer Bamford is a specially engraved scuba diver image, along with the text “One of 1,500” indicating the watch’s limited run. Inside the 300-meter water resistant case ticks a TAG Heuer Calibre 5 Automatic movement, with a frequency of 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Aquaracer Bamford watch will be limited to 1,500 pieces and is available now, directly through TAG Heuer and Bamford Watch Department, as well as via TAG Heuer authorized dealers. Pricing for the English market stands at £3,250 while pricing for the American market is placed at $3,900.
To learn more about Bamford Watch Department, visit their website, here.
To learn more about the Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition and inquire for purchase, you can visit TAG Heuer’s website, here.
The alternating orange and white tip of the seconds hand is novel, and pretty cool! Never seen anything like it!
I’ve seen the Rolex Bamford editions in Singapore, mostly Daytonas
Are they reals. TagHeuer?
I like the watch on offer, but I have doubts one aspect of the article, which is that it claims that Rolex has collaborated with Bamford on customized offerings. I have never heard of this, so can the author pleas pass on his information on this collaboration?
A mistake not to have lume on the inverted bezel triangle that marks the zero position. That orange needs to glow or be bordered with lume. Diver-like sports watches often don’t have lume there which marks them down as not being true dive watches in many cases.
I’m not typically a fan of Bamford editions, but in all fairness I quite like this one. Reminds me of the old Heuer series 3000 watches