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Watches & Wonders 2021: Tudor

TUDOR Presents New Watches 2021

 

Building on its reputation for creating emblematic models chosen by the boldest adventurers, this year TUDOR presents unique versions of its Black Bay Fifty-Eight model. On the 50th anniversary of its first chronograph, TUDOR is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel, and is also introducing new versions of the Black Bay 32/36/41 and 1926.

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The Spirit of Black Bay Chrono

 

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The famous Black Bay family introduced the first TUDOR chronograph, powered by the self-winding Manufacture Calibre MT5813, with a column wheel and vertical clutch.

 

New Versions of a Classic

To mark 50 years of its chronographs, TUDOR is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel with a reworked case and two dial options with contrasting sub-counters in the purest tradition of the sports chronograph.

 

 

A Signature Look

The recognisable characteristics of the Black Bay are preserved in a steel case with a 41-millimetre diameter. A fixed bezel in stainless steel with a tachymetric scale insert in black anodised aluminium completes the distinguished appearance of this sporty new chronograph.

 

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Manufacture Chronograph Calibre MT5813

The Manufacture Chronograph Calibre MT5813, which powers the Black Bay Chrono model, displays hour, minute, second, chronograph and date functions. Boasting a 70-hour power reserve and a silicon balance spring, the Manufacture MT5813 chronograph Calibre is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance exceeding the standards set by this independent institute. A high-performance movement, it was crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with a column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. In keeping with the TUDOR philosophy of quality, it presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by the array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products.

 

 

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Jacquard-Woven Strap, Steel Bracelet or Cuff

The fabric strap is one of the hallmarks of TUDOR, which, in 2010, became one of the first watchmaking brands to offer it with its products. Woven in France on 19th century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company in the St-Etienne region, its manufacturing quality and comfort on the wrist are unique.

The Black Bay Chrono model features a black strap with a motif chosen by TUDOR and woven by the craftsmen. The model is also available mounted on a stainless steel bracelet inspired by the folding riveted bracelets made by TUDOR in the 1950s and 1960s. The links also had a distinct stepped construction. These two aesthetic details appear on today’s model, which still integrates modern manufacturing methods with solid links. Finally, entirely in keeping with the spirit of “1970s racing”, the Black Bay Chrono is offering another choice of bracelet: a bund in aged black leather with ecru topstitching and folding clasp.

 

 

 

A Chronograph with Aquatic Heritage

Since the launch in 1970 of the Oysterdate model, its first chronograph, TUDOR has always produced watches that are closely tied to the world of motor sport. Since 1954, TUDOR has likewise been constantly improving its professional divers’ watches. The Black Bay Chrono model combines these traditions in a sport chronograph with contrasting sub-counters and a high-performance automatic Manufacture Calibre, with column wheel and vertical clutch.

 


The Spirit of Black Bay 32/36/41

 

 

The Black Bay line is the result of a subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. Far from simply being an identical re-release of a classic, each watch brings together over 60 years of TUDOR divers’ watchmaking heritage while being resolutely anchored in the present.

 

 

Introducing A New Silver Dial

The satin sun-brushed silver dial is crafted by the most meticulous professionals in the field with applique hour markers and hands with the Swiss Super-LumiNova® phosphorescent material.

 

 

 

Big Crown and “Snowflake” Hands

Like other models in the line, the Black Bay 32, 36 and 41 feature a dial inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches produced during the 1950s. They feature a prominent winding crown as a nod to the famous 7924 reference of 1958, aka the Big Crown, while its characteristic angular hands, known as “Snowflakes”, were borrowed from the TUDOR watches used by the French National Navy in the 1970s.

 

 

 

Black, Blue or Silver Dials

The Black Bay 32, 36 and 41 in steel come with a choice of either a black, blue lacquered, champagne-coloured or silver dial. These shades offer outstanding contrast and clarity, while luminescent hour markers help ensure legibility in all conditions.

 

 

 

Steel Bracelet, Leather Strap or a Fabric Strap

The Black Bay 32, 36 and 41 are supplied with a choice of a steel bracelet, a leather strap with a folding clasp, or a fabric strap. Made with a Jacquard shuttle loom, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the St-Etienne region of France, the fabric strap is a signature feature of TUDOR, which is regarded as a pioneer in this area.

 

 

 

Black Bay 32/36/41 S&G

Sporty and elegant, the Black Bay 32, 36 and 41 models in steel and gold retain the aesthetic features of the Black Bay line along with the reliability of TUDOR divers’ watches. Combining polished and satin-brushed steel together with satin-brushed yellow gold offers a subtle contrast and distinction as well as warmth to the case and bracelet.

 


The Spirit of Black Bay Fifty-Eight

 

 

TUDOR pays tribute to the brand’s first divers’ watches with the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, a model whose dimensions evoke that of the epoch. Fitted with a TUDOR Manufacture Caliber, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is designed for slim wrists, people who like more compact watches and vintage enthusiasts alike.

 

 

Introducing Gold

TUDOR is introducing a bold new version of its popular model, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight, in solid 18 ct yellow gold with an open case back. This is a first for both in a TUDOR divers’ watch.

 

 

 

Introducing A New Silver Version

TUDOR is also launching a unique new version of its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight model in 925 silver – a first for a TUDOR divers’ watch, and creating a surprising incandescence.

The Manufacture Calibres MT5402

The Manufacture Calibres MT5400 and MT5402 which power the Black Bay Fifty-Eight models, display hour, minute and second functions. they show the finish typical of TUDOR Manufacture Calibres. Their builds have been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision, as has a variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation. Together with their non-magnetic silicon hairsprings, the Manufacture Calibre MT5400 and MT5402 are certified as chronometers by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with performances going beyond the standards set by this independent institute.

Another notable feature is that the power reserve of both these calibres is “weekend-proof”; that is to say about 70 hours, which enables the wearer to take the watch off on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to reset it.

 

 

 

A Choice of Bracelets and Straps

The Black Bay Fifty-Eight comes with a choice of a riveted steel bracelet with polished and satin finish, a leather or “soft touch” strap with folding clasp, or a fabric strap. One of TUDOR’s signature features, the fabric strap is made using the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family business from the St-Etienne region of France.

 

 

 

The Essence of Black Bay

The Black Bay Fifty-Eight gets its name from the year 1958, in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was introduced. Among other aesthetic nods to this historic watch, the model offers a case 39 mm in diameter in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s.

 


The Spirit of 1926

 

 

With the 1926 line, TUDOR pays tribute to its early history with a range of mechanical watches that are timeless and elegant. A classic watch for women and men, the TUDOR 1926 comes in four sizes with a wide choice of dials.

 

 

Timeless and Elegant

Named after the year that the TUDOR brand was created by Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf, the timeless and elegant TUDOR 1926 line captures the essence of the brand, reflecting a world of fine Swiss watchmaking where mechanical excellence goes hand-in-hand with enduring sophistication.

 

 

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An Embossed Design Dial

Domed for a vintage touch and adorned at the centre, the delicately embossed design of the 1926’s dial is in subtle contrast with the smooth minute scale. Numeral appliques, arrow-shaped hour markers and sword-shaped hands offer a wealth of details that create an intricate play of light on the dials.

 

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Classic Elegance in Four Sizes

Offered in steel or steel and gold, the 1926 line comes in four sizes – 28 mm, 36 mm, 39 mm and 41 mm. Made of polished steel, the case is waterproof to 100 metres (330 ft). All four case sizes are available with finishing touches in rose gold.

 

 

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Metal Bracelet or Leather Strap

The 1926 line offers a bracelet designed with comfort, refinement and quality in mind. Made up of seven links of varying size, it closely follows the curve of the wrist. Its outer links are satin-brushed while those in the middle are polished – a variety of finish that enhances the elegant appearance of the watch. Meticulously assembled in accordance with TUDOR’s longstanding skill in the field, the bracelet is flexible as well as strong.

As an alternative to the bracelet, all the models in the 1926 line are also available fitted with a brown leather strap lined with rubber for additional comfort and enhanced durability.

 

 

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Arabic Numerals and Arrow-Shaped Hour Markers

Offered in a choice of silver, opaline black and now white, these dials have applique even-numbered Arabic numerals between faceted arrow-shaped hour markers. There are also versions where the odd-numbered hour markers are set with diamonds.