Bamford Watch Department has joined forces with renowned American artist Wes Lang to create a remarkable timepiece, the Solid Gold TAG Heuer Carrera. Crafted in extremely limited quantities, this unique collaboration seamlessly combines the iconic, automobile-inspired design of the Carrera with Lang's distinctive artistic style and perspective.
The Solid Gold Carrera, expertly rendered in 18k rose gold, boasts a generous 42mm width and a slender 14.4mm thickness. Its sapphire crystal ensures durability, while a remarkable water resistance of 100 meters ensures peace of mind. The opulent gold dial features a pair of black sub-dials and a matching black rehaut, exuding a sense of timeless elegance.
In a deliberate departure from conventional watch layouts, this Carrera forgoes a date display or running seconds indication. Instead, it focuses on displaying the time, active chronograph seconds, and a 12-hour chronograph measure with a 30-minute display. The resulting arrangement feels purposeful and impeccably balanced.
True to the nature of a modern, solid gold Carrera, this TAG Heuer timepiece is powered by the brand's esteemed Heuer 02 caliber. This automatic chronograph movement features a column wheel and operates at a frequency of 4Hz, ensuring precise timekeeping. Impressively, it offers an 80-hour power reserve, ensuring reliable performance for an extended period.
Injecting a touch of vibrant red accents throughout and equipped with a display case back, the influence of Wes Lang becomes apparent in the design. At the six o'clock position, where a conventional sub-dial might reside, Lang's automotive-themed artwork takes center stage. A tire with wings occupies the space, adorned by a fiery skull above it. Those familiar with Lang's work will recognize the connection, as it pays homage to the Carrera's significance in post-modern automotive iconography.
Limited to a mere 15 pieces, this Bamford/Wes Lang collaboration comes with a price tag of $23,683.78. With its exclusivity and remarkable design, it is certain to become a coveted collector's item among enthusiasts and aficionados of both Lang and Bamford alike.