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This week on the B&J Wound-Up: The new MING Diver sells out minutes after its online release, The first non-digital watch event of the year and BWD latest collaboration with Zenith.
Introducing: The Bamford Watch Department x Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor
Today saw the launch of the latest Bamford collaboration with Zenith featuring the work of Canadian material magician Black Badger. This honeycomb El Primero uses copper-niobium, the ‘super-conductor’ material, not in its usual use of transferring massive amounts of power to MRI machines, particle accelerators or even nuclear reactors but in the pursuit of making a cool-looking watchcase for the luxury Le Locle founded brand’s flagship chronograph.
The watch is based on the regular Zenith Chronomaster El Primero, with the 5Hz movement being the only interchangeable aspect of the watch. The case width of 42mm, 13mm thickness and 100 meters of water resistance remain the same as on the standard watch.
The matte black dial with bronze details represents quite a rarity among El Primero chronographs – colour symmetry across the dial. The dial also matches what is an acid-soaked case. Each of the 20 cases are masked across the lugs before the acid bath eats away at the niobium matrix to reveal the copper underneath. This results in quite a sci-fi-looking, robot-bumblebee aesthetic.
The Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor has been produced in a limited run of just 20 pieces and carries a retail price of £14,500.
Geneva Watch Days to Go Ahead Later This Month
Geneva’s economy is one of the many that have fallen victim to the global coronavirus pandemic due to their dependence on the watchmaking and hospitality industries. While 2020 will go down as a rough year for the second-most populated city in Switzerland, there is light at the end of the tunnel. A watch event that will happen in 2020 – Geneva Watch Days.
The 38mm GP Laureato Chronograph – Hopefully more like this to come and less skeletonisation of everything in the GP catalogue.
Initially planned to occur in April, the upcoming Geneva Watch Days event will be the first major industry trade show of the year, showcasing watches from 17 brands and running between the 26th and the 29th of August. Event organisers announced that the show will run in a ‘decentralised format’ with brands only showing watches in their own spaces such as hotels, boutiques and conference centres. Entrance to said locations will be by appointment only and masks and hand sanitising stations will be provided by each brand.
The participating brands include the show’s founders – Breitling, Bulgari, De Bethune, Gérald Genta, Girard-Perregaux, H. Moser, MB&F, Ulysse Nardin, and Urwerks Geneve. These big names will be joined by eight of the associate brands which are Artya, Bovet, Carl F. Bucherer, Czapek, Ferdinand Berthoud, Louis Moinet, Maurice Lacroix, and Reuge. The press release from Geneva Watch Days states that these brands will be presenting ‘numerous new models’ – exciting news.
Stay tuned to barkandjack.com to keep up-to-date with all the major releases from the event.
Gone in 60 Seconds: The MING 18.01 H41
On Friday we released our Introducing article on MING’s new diver, the 18.01 H41 (check it out).
As stated, 150 of the super-lightweight, lume-packed dive watches were released on MING’s website at 1pm GMT or 2pm here in the UK (BST). MING had previously released an announcement that clearly stated the imminent arrival of a dive watch, similar to that of the Abyss 18.01 Concept that sold out earlier this year. Unfortunately, many of those who had signed up to the mailing list were left disappointed after, for whatever reason, receiving their release alert emails at 4,5 or 6 minutes past the hour, only to find that the 150 models had already sold out.
For those desperate to get this futuristic, and impressively specced £2,700 diver on their wrist, there is still hope – the second and final drop.
On the 22nd of August MING will release another 130 18.01 H41’s onto their website at 2am (3am BST – ouch). If you’re looking to pick one up, I’d suggest setting your own personal alarm 5 minutes before to then sit and wait until the hour, refresh the page and then try and add one to your basket and complete the purchase – best of luck!
What are your opinions on tool watches that are given an artistic makeover? Are they worth the price difference? Let us know your thoughts on this week’s stories down in the comments section below. Join us next week for a full Wound-Up of all the industry developments over the next 7 days.