Written by Alisha De Fazio
The story of TAG Heuer and UK’s personalisation house Bamford Watch Department dates back to 2017, when Bamford Watch Department was signed on as the authorized customization partner of TAG Heuer. In April 2018, the duo unveiled their first collaboration timepiece which was met with international acclaim – TAG Heuer Bamford Monaco. Today, TAG Heuer and Bamford Watch Department have come together for the second time to design a special limited edition Aquaracer – TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition.
“When designing this limited-edition Aquaracer, we looked to models from TAG Heuer’s past for creative inspiration. The orange design elements and sporty bezel are reminiscent of the impactful TAG Heuer pieces that were launched between 1979 and 1994 and paved the way for the Aquaracer collection, which made its official debut in 2004,” comments George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department.
The new TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition features a 43mm case crafted from grade-2 titanium. This lightweight, ultra-robust metal is hypoallergenic and resistant to corrosion, which explains why it is also often used in aeronautics and the manufacturing of sports equipment. The unidirectional bezel which is also crafted from Grade 2 Titanium sports the essential element of a diver’s watch—a 60-minute dive scale.
I find the black dial goes well with the all-titanium construction of the watch. Precise orange dashes on the hands, bezel and around the flange add a nice sporty / stylish touch. Staying true to diver’s watch standards, the black-gold-plated hands with orange lacquer and indexes are infused with white Super-LumiNova, and there’s also a magnifying lens over the date window at three o’clock, making it easier to read even when you’re on the move.
Powered by TAG Heuer’s automatic calibre 5, which vibrates at 4Hz, the watch packs in a power reserve of 38 hours. As an ultimate utility watch, this timepiece’s professional-level functionality is guaranteed to a depth of 300 m. The caseback is also fashioned from grade 2 titanium and is engraved with “LIMITED ONE OF 1,500”.
Available in TAG Heuer boutiques and online as of December 2020 and for pre-orders as of 26 November 2020. Click here.
Being sporty has never been more inspired by style!
Recommended Retail Price: $5,650 Australian Dollars
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Bamford Limited Edition
MOVEMENT: Calibre 5 Automatic CASE: Diameter 43 mm, Grade 2 titanium case, Grade 2 titanium unidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute scale, Flat sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, Stainless-steel screw-down crown at 3 o’clock, Grade 2 titanium screw-down caseback, Water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar), “LIMITED ONE OF 1,500” engraving DIAL: Black dial Rhodium-plated applied indexes with white Super-LumiNova®, Rhodium-plated hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®, Rhodium-plated central hand with white Super-LumiNova®, White TAG HEUER printed logo Magnifying lens and angled date window at 3 o’clock BAMFORD AQUARACER 300 m/1,000 ft printing BRACELET: Sandblasted three-row bracelet made from grade 2 titanium, Grade 2 titanium folding clasp with double safety push buttons with diving extension TAG Heuer engraving