Bamford London and Michelin have come together to create an exclusive 133-piece limited edition watch, one for each year since Michelin was founded in 1889.
Bamford London launched the Swiss-made Bamford B347 model last year which was another step forward for the brand, driving further ahead with cutting-edge materials and design limits. The MICHELIN x Bamford B347 Pilot Sport turns another corner with the use of new materials and design choices bringing these two brands into perfect alignment.
“What started out as a light-bulb moment, stood next to a line-up of Porsches at a car meet with a friend who works at Michelin, has developed into this stunning display of two pioneering brands. The racing-inspired design, lightweight carbon body, integrating the recycled tyre rubber and marking this by adding the tread pattern from their latest tyre – it all works.”George Bamford, Founder, Bamford London
The MICHELIN x Bamford B347 Pilot Sport is an automatic monopusher chronograph with a 41.5mm black cutting-edge forged carbon case housing a Sellita SW510 automatic movement. The single push-button located at 2 o’clock provides the start-stop-reset function and the car related references only begin there. The black dial features white accents as well as luminous hour and minute hands. The white subdials are a nod to Michelin’s latest brand campaign showing tyres on real life vehicles as white, cartoon-style circles, because of course, tyres used to be white.
The Michelin yellow also features as a unique coloured fleck on the strap which is made using recycled MICHELIN Pilot Sport 5 test tyres. The material is from Michelin’s research and development campus, Ladoux, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France. The strap features a real tread pattern, taken from the Pilot Sport 5: specifically from a 225/40 ZR18 (92Y) tyre. This size tyre would be used on some special cars like the retro BMW E36 and E46 M3s, British-built Lotus Evora and 3-Eleven Models plus the Morgan Aero 8, and various iterations of the VW Golf GTI hot hatch.
Type – Self-winding – Monopusher Chronograph – Date
Movement – Sellita SW510 MPa, 28,800 per hour (4 Hz), 27 jewels, 62 hour power reserve
Function – Cam operated chronograph – single push-button at 2 o’clock, Hours, minutes and small second at 9 o’clock, 60 seconds counter in the center, 30 minutes counter at 3 o’clock, Date with quick setting, Self-winding mechanism with ball bearing, Stop second device
Case Material – Carbon Fibre
Case diameter – 41.5mm
Case thickness – 14.5mm
Caseback material – Black coated Steel
Water Resistance – 100m / 10 ATM
Lug Width – 22mm
Strap – Recycled MICHELIN Pilot Sport 5 test tyre with rubber lining and square end and black buckle
For more information please visit Bamford London