- Cult trend label Rowing Blazers groups up with Bamford and TAG Heuer on a really collegiate chronograph
- The watch, which was designed in collaboration with Eric Wind, pays homage to the Heuer Yacht-Timer ref. 33.512
- It boasts a triple-signed white dial with pastel highlights
TAG Heuer has lengthy been synonymous with motorsport, however in 2023, the 163-year-old model is reminding us that they’ve additionally obtained loads of watersports heritage, too – particularly in terms of yachting. Earlier this yr, TAG made a splash by bringing back the Skipper in the form of the new Carrera Glassbox. Now they’re doubling down on the regatta-y goodness with a three-way collaboration between preppy American trend label Rowing Blazers, classic watch specialist Eric Wind (of Wind Classic fame) and Bamford Watch Division for a Carrera Chronograph that takes inspiration from one among Heuer’s most iconic timing devices.
That instrument in query is the Heuer Yacht-Timer ref. 33.512, which could possibly be worn both on a nylon strap or on a nylon neck wire, and featured a single giant onion crown-tipped pusher at 12 o’clock. The Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera is rather less spartan, because it comes with the selection of a nylon strap or a metal three-link bracelet… It may possibly additionally inform the time in addition to time issues.
It’s value declaring that regardless of its regatta timer inspiration, the Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera – just like the Carrera Glassbox Skipper – doesn’t characteristic a regatta timer complication per se, somewhat it’s a traditional chronograph. That’s probably not an enormous deal: who of us truly goes yacht racing? It sort of matches in with Rowing Blazers’ basic oeuvre anyway: capturing the vibe and elegance of Ivy League athletes with out the necessity to sink a number of hundred thousand bucks into a level and home within the Hamptons. Enlisting Eric Wind to design the watch was a sensible transfer.
Just like the Yacht-Timer ref. 33.512, the Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera contains a white dial with darkish blue accents and pastel-coloured sub-counters that characteristic a cross-hatched texture, which is considerably paying homage to Ben-Day dots: a stippling approach utilized in comedian e book artwork that was additionally the signature of well-known Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein. It’s a refined impact that reinforces the watch’s retro vibe – it’s prefer it’s been lifted from the pages of a Boy’s Personal journey or an Archie comedian.
From a technical perspective, the Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera relies on the Carrera Chronograph 42mm, which boasts the model’s tried-and-tested Heuer 02 motion. 80 hours of energy reserve and 100m of water-resistance make it each sensible and preppy.
That is the second such collab TAG has penned with the assistance of Bamford in as many weeks, with the dynamic duo tapping Japanese motorsports/streetwear outfit Team Ikuzawa on a equally vibey Carrera Chronograph earlier this month. This Rowing Blazers quantity is stylistically very totally different, nonetheless: the Group Ikuzawa mannequin options two sub-counters and a date window, whereas the Rowing Blazers mannequin options three sub-counters and no date window.
Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera pricing and availability
The Rowing Blazers x Bamford TAG Heuer Carrera is a restricted version of 99 items and shall be accessible solely at rowingblazers.com. Value: USD 6,300.
|Carrera Chronograph x Rowing Blazers by Bamford “Yacht-Timer”
|42mm (D) x 14.3mm (T) x 48.6mm (LTL)
|White with pink, inexperienced and darkish blue sub-counters; gentle blue rehaut; Rowing Blazers emblem at 6 o’clock, Bamford textual content at centre
|Metal three-link bracelet with folding clasp
|Heuer 02, in-house, automated, column-wheel chronograph
|Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph
|Restricted version of 99, accessible solely at rowingblazers.com