So Long As It’s Black: Bamford Watch Department
“Timepieces that are both individual, yet highly collectible, and above all exclusive.” That’s how company founder George Bamford describes his range of bespoke, PVD-treated, all-black watches.
The process of customisation has now gone one step further, as the Bamford Watch Department can offer dials produced to a customer’s exact requirements. For example, a Rolex was recently produced with a dial detailed in Viper Green – exactly matching the client's newly restored 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera RS.
Bamford’s interactive website allows buyers to indulge their creative sides and come up with a truly unique timepiece.
The diamond-hard, Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) black coating is described as ‘military grade’ in the company’s literature, and the result makes a dramatic change from myriad, ‘ordinary’ stainless steel sports watches.
In addition to Rolex models, Bamford also offers a ‘stealth’ version of the Tag Heuer Monaco. Whatever the brand, all watches come with a full two-year warranty.
Well, you’ve started a nice collection of watches, but how can you keep them safe, secure, fully wound and in a case that matches their style? You need a Bamford Watch House.
I was able to view this recently and, as you’d expect from a collaboration between Bamford and David Linley, the result is a stunning work of art. Made from black sycamore, the front pulls down to reveal four watch-winders and under the gas-strut-activated lid lies a black aluminium tube that can hold a further four timepieces.
This tube – available separately – is the ultimate carrying case for the travelling watch collector. Unscrewing the cap allows two ‘feet’ to drop down, thus stabilising the tube on a flat surface. Inside, it is padded and neoprene-lined for extra security.
Finally, Bamford has made a matching Leather Watch Roll Tool Kit that comprises three popular sizes of precision watch screwdrivers; additional screwdriver blades; a 10 x magnification loupe; a case-back remover; watchmakers' tweezers; a bracelet removal tool; and a microfibre cleaning cloth.
The tool kit is included in the Bamford Watch House but is also available on its own.
For further details, see www.bamfordwatchdepartment.com or call in at the company’s flagship Sloane Square, London store. Alternatively, you can telephone +44 (0)207 881 8019 or email [email protected].
Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Bamford Watch Department
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