Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

After their first two collaborations, Bamford Watch Department and Black Badger have once again united for a third project that incorporates an innovative superconductor material. It is a special edition timepiece built on a Zenith El Primero chronograph.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

A superconductor is a material that offers almost zero resistance to electric current. There are many variations and types of superconducting materials. The BWD X BB Zenith El Primero Superconductor watch features a solid case made from Copper-Niobium superconductor.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

In this superconductor material, filaments of niobium metal are housed within copper and extruded to the desired length. The superconductor used for the BWD X BB Zenith El Primero Superconductor watch is comprised of a tight orientation of silver metal and copper housing. There is a fantastically organised network honeycomb aesthetic. However, when angles and curves are introduced to the metal a brilliant high-tech wood-grain array is revealed.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

You can expose the finished superconductor piece to a special acid that will eat away the copper but leave the niobium structure untouched. This gives a highly dramatic, skeletonised effect with unrivalled contrast. This material has been machined down into the mid-case of the watch and it has been lightly acid etched to make the honey-comb stand out more and the finish matt with glass bead. However this material can also be polished to a light finish.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

This 42mm diameter watch houses an El Primero 400B Automatic column-wheel chronograph that beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour. This 31-jewels self-winding movement delivers a power reserve up to 50 hours.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

The BWD X BB Zenith El Primero Superconductor watch features a black dial with gold accents, 3 sub-dials (small seconds and chronograph 12-hour & 30-minute counters), date display at 6h and a tachymeter outer dial ring.

Bamford Watch Department X Black Badger Zenith El Primero Superconductor Limited Edition

This BWD X BB Zenith El Primero Superconductor watch will be offered in a limited edition of 20 pieces. The watch is fitted with a genuine suede leather strap in black with gold contrast stitching.

Technical details

Movement
El Primero 400B Automatic, 31 jewels, 326 components, 36,000 VpH, (5 Hz)
Type: Automatic El Primero column-wheel chronograph
Power reserve: min 50 hours

Functions
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Tachymetric scale
Date indication at 6 o’clock
Chronograph with central chronograph seconds hand; 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock; 30 minute counter at 3 o’clock

Case
Material: Copper Niobium Superconductor
Case diameter: 42 mm
Case thickness: 13 mm
Case-back: Sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 100m / 10 ATM
Lug width: 21 mm

Dial
Black dial with gold accents
Sub dials and tachymeter
Hands with Super-Luminova

Strap
Genuine suede leather in black with gold contrast stitch

Edition
Limited Edition of 20 pieces

Price
£14,500

Availability
Available to order online from 17th August 2020