We all know that collector’s love ‘tropical dials’ which generally start out as black and ‘fade’ to a dark shade of ‘chocolate’ brown, when exposed to years of sunlight.

Given that these sought after timepieces are thriving, Bamford Watch Department set out to create their own ‘tropical dial’ utilising a recycled source – ground coffee – in partnership with Black Badger.

All in the Detail: Each dial has its own unique character

It’s amazing to be working with the awesome James Thompson at Black Badger on our second collaboration. I’ve always wanted to create a wonderful tropical dial but in a modern way, and I think this recycled coffee dial really has an authentic tropical vibe to it. Accentuated inside the Carrera watch this really works well together

George Bamford, Founder of Bamford Watch Department

The coffee was specially roasted and ground at Cafe Da Matteo, a roastery and cafe in Göteborg that has been ranked in the top 5 worldwide by Lonely Planet guidebook. The special Badgerworks coffee was then formed into dial blanks and hand-finished to bring out the natural lustre and colours of the material. The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 with Tropical Coffee Dial is limited to 20 pieces with a price of £5,500.00 and is available from Bamford Watch Department

Few materials are as familiar both in appearance and experience as coffee. Economies are built on it, wars are fought over it, history is tied to it.  As a planet over 2 billion cups are consumed every day

James Thompson, AKA Black Badger 

Technical information:

Model:  Carrera Calibre 5.
Type:  Automatic Watch
Movement: Tag Heuer Calibre 5 *Sellita SW-220-1)
Power Reserve: 38 Hours.
Case Material: Stainless Steel finished with light grey Military Grade Titanium Coating (MGTC)
Case Diameter: 41mm.
Case Thickness: 13.45mm
Case Back: Stainless Steel with Sapphire Display back.
Water Resistant: 10ATM – 100m.

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