Brilliantly blending rugged off-road capability with high-end class, the Land Rover Defender has mesmerized those lucky enough to sit behind the wheel of the SUV and those looking from afar ever since it debuted in 1983. Just a few months ago, Land Rover teamed up with Bamford on a Defender-inspired limited-to-100 timepiece that sold out extremely fast. Now the two British firms collaborate once more on a follow-up version of the watch.
Known for its high-profile watch collaborations and customizations, Bamford always does an excellent job elevating its subjects on an aesthetic level, merging the likes of Popeye or Snoopy with a stylistic sensibility. However, with the LR001, and now the LR002, the watchmaker manages to scale back the eccentrics to offer something remarkably minimalistic. Both pieces have a unique hour marker design on the face that accentuates the lume and improves visibility.
We’ve all seen watches that are inspired by race cars, but a non-chronograph, SUV-themed timepiece is somewhat of a rarity. However, the LR002 taps into the Defender’s World War II-inspired roots and is thus driven more by utilitarian mores and an understated design. Adorned with the same leather-like NATO strap as the LR001, the LR002 swaps the former’s gray titanium case for a black DLC-coated one, also with a 40mm diameter. Completing the stealthy look, the dial is colored black as well with a touch of blue for the model name. This time, the watch is given white indices and hour markers with a bright Super-LumiNova lume that’s easy to see any time of day. Powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW-2001B automatic movement with 41 hours of power reserve, the time-only field watch also boasts 100m of water resistance. The closed caseback, also made from black-colored titanium, features both brands’ names embossed.
Also limited to 100 pieces, the Bamford x Land Rover LR002 Limited Edition is currently available from Hodinkee’s shop for $1,700.