Last week, TAG Heuer introduced a Limited Edition Carrera made in celebration of Jack Heuer’s 88th birthday – a release I figured would be the last LE of the season for TAG. Well, it turns out the brand isn’t done yet (and who knows if there is still more to come). Yesterday, it announced a watch in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department, the well-known watch customization outfit based in London.
The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition is the second collaboration between the two companies released this year. The first was the BWD X Badgerworks TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 with Tropical Coffee Dial. Now, this new Bamford LE doesn’t have a coffee filled dial, but it does feature orange accents, a concentric patterned black dial, and a case made from grade 2 titanium.
In 2017, Bamford became the authorized customizer of all TAG Heuer watches. Since then, it has customized a Monaco, an Autavia, a Carrera, and now this – an Aquaracer. Unlike the other Bamford customized TAG Heuer pieces, this is probably the most modern looking model to join the club. At 43mm, it is no small watch either.
Looking at this new watch, it actually comes across as quite conservative. Bamford is generally known for making bold statements in its pieces, subverting expectations, playing with color and contrast. This watch is certainly bold, but more in the way that any watch is bold – which is not a bad thing. There are the striking orange color flourishes in the dial markings, flange, and hands. Then there is the seconds hand, which is done in an almost traffic cone-like motif. As touched on earlier, the deep black dial features a concentrically engraved circular pattern.
The case, as mentioned, is fashioned from grade 2 titanium. Basically the entire outer part of the watch – bracelet included – is sandblasted, which is something I would definitely like to see in the metal. The sandblasting continues onto the titanium unidirectional bezel, which boasts an orange triangular pip. To cap things off, the Bamford word mark is printed above “Aquaracer” and in equal proportion to it.
Given the fact that it is a dive watch, the Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition features 300m of water resistance. It is powered by the Calibre 5 Automatic (a movement based on the ETA 2824-2). In terms of the overall design, this watch could very well be a regular production Aquaracer – and a cool one at that – however, it is limited to 1,500 pieces.
Brand: TAG Heuer
Model: Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition
Reference Number: WAY208F.BF0638
Case Material: Grade 2 Titanium
Dial Color: Black
Indexes: Rectangular markers
Water Resistance: 300m
Caliber: Calibre 5 Automatic
Functions: Hours, minutes ,seconds, date
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Chronometer Certified: No
Pricing & Availability
Price: CHF 3,800
Availability: December 2020 (available for pre-order immediately)
Limited Edition: Yes, 1,500 pieces
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