MR PORTER, the award-winning online destination for men’s style, has once again partnered with Swiss fine-watch manufacturer Zenith and British watch customiser Bamford Watch Department in creating an exclusive limited-edition timepiece, the El Primero Revival A384 Edge of Space Limited Edition, with only 50 produced.
This is the second collaboration between the three parties, having launched last year’s sell-out success, the Solar Blue. For the El Primero Revival A384 Edge of Space Limited Edition,Mr George Bamford of Bamford Watch Department and MR PORTER worked alongside Zenith in the design of this watch, which was entirely developed and produced in-house at Zenith’s Manufacture.
Inspired by the Zenith El Primero Revival A384 model, the watch takes inspiration from several of the brand’s historical design elements. These subtle touches include the tachymeter, which references back to a 1984/86 El Primero, sub dials inspired by the calibre 146-HP from 1970, aesthetic reminders of a vintage chronograph case alongside vintage dial text font restored from the original A384. Its unique “Edge of Space” blue dial is framed by a 37mm titanium micro blasted case, fitted with a navy blue Cordura-effect rubber strap featuring minimal white stitching designed to complement the white dial markings. Combining all of these various touchpoints, Zenith, Bamford Watch Department and MR PORTER have created a watch that is both familiar and yet altogether minimal and modern. Each of these limited-edition watches will feature a special open case-back engraved and individually numbered one to 50.
“Following on from the success of last years ‘Solar Blue’ Limited Edition, we are excited to launch our next exclusive collaboration with Zenith and Bamford Watch Department – the ‘Edge of Space’. Taking inspiration from Zenith’s archive and weaving iconic elements into the El Primero A384, the end result is supremely modern and unique.” Fiona Firth, Buying Director, MR PORTER.
“I’m always positively surprised when I see how Bamford Watch Department reimagines one of iconic watches. For the 50th anniversary of the El Primero, the A384 was the perfect canvas to create something outstanding yet typical of Bamford’s distinctive style, exclusively for MR PORTER.” Julien Tornare, CEO, Zenith.
“I am so excited to be working on another limited edition created by the amazing team at Zenith exclusively for MR PORTER. Using the historic case of the El Primero A384, this edition feels almost like a prototype straight out of Zenith’s skunk works, with a titanium case and a black blue dial paired back to the essential elements of the original A384, creating a fresh interpretation of this watch model. The classic references meeting the modern design has been an amazing process from a designer and manufacturer perspective.” George Bamford, Founder, Bamford Watch Department.