Mr Porter is taking pre-orders from today, October 15, for a limited edition Zenith Heritage 146 timepiece designed by the brand’s official customisation partner Bamford Watch Department (BWD).
If pre-orders do not account for the production run of just 25 pieces, they will be properly on sale from November 15 for $7500.
BWD managing director George Bamford and his team worked alongside Zenith’s designers in the creation of the watch, which was then developed and produced in-house at Zenith’s manufacture.
Based on the Zenith Heritage 146 model, the watch takes cues from several of the brand’s historical design elements including a tachymeter inspired by a 1971 El Primero, a red second hand, aesthetic reminders of a vintage chronograph case and a centric sub-dial rings hark back to the old Zenith recorder tell-tales and motion detecting clock, the company suggests.
Its unique “Solar Blue” dial is framed by a 38mm stainless steel case, fitted with a navy blue Alcantara strap featuring white stitching designed to complement the white dial markings.
“This is a first for Mr Porter, working together with both Zenith and Bamford Watch Department, and we are thrilled with the result. Zenith’s approach to modern day watch- making, alongside George Bamford’s eye for contemporary customisation, has created a unique timepiece,” says Toby Bateman, managing director of Mr Porter.
Mr Bamford adds: “Since becoming the official customiser for Zenith in June last year, I have had this project in mind with Mr Porter. I am so excited to see it come to fruition and as always, it was a pleasure designing and working with both brands on the project. The engineering team at Zenith have blown me away with how the beautiful blue on this unique dial has come to life and the way in which the design nods to the past makes it truly special.”