Tudor strengthens the success of the Black Bay Collection; presenting four distinct models and an awe-inspiring retrospective Black Bay. To gratify Tudor collectors, the announcement of the chic and retrospective Tudor Black Bay P01, based on the US Navy Prototype from the late 1960’s, ignited the interest of the entire industry. True to Tudor’s tradition of innovation, it combines the original functional design with state-of-the-art new features. Read on for all the new Tudor 2019 Baselworld launches.
Could this be the best version of the Tudor Black Bay Bronze yet? It seems this is the question watch lovers are already asking themselves, and with good reason. As a case material, bronze has become the favourite of collectors since the first Black bay Bronze 43mm was introduced in 2016, an aesthetic reference to the brass used in ancient ships and diving equipment. But Tudor doesn’t just use any old bronze. Renowned for its practical and robust dive watches, it has chosen a high-performance aluminium-copper alloy, normally employed in naval engineering for parts that need to resist saltwater corrosion. This means the case won’t turn green like copper-based alloys, but instead, will develop a warm brownish-gold patina over time.
What’s really got people talking though is the gorgeous gradient dial. Starting off as a very light shade of slate grey at the centre it gradually becomes darker and darker as you move towards the dial’s outer circumference. It’s very understated and really ties in nicely with the overall vintage aesthetic of the watch. All the hallmarks of the Black Bay collection are there, the Snowflake hands, the applied Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and the classic dot hour markers and triangular marking at 12 o’clock. All of which is treated with luminescent material for maximum visibility in low light. Framing the dial is a bronze unidirectional rotating bezel with a matte grey anodised aluminium insert complete with 60-minute diving scale. Inside is the calibre MT5601, a manufacture movement offering a power reserve of 70 hours, an anti-magnetic silicon balance spring and official COSC chronometer certification.
Reinforcing its ties to motor racing, Tudor introduces this year a steel and gold (S&G) version of its Black Bay Chronograph. A hybrid of sorts, the Black Bay Chronograph brings together the aquatic heritage of the Black Bay family with the brand’s long-standing association with the racetrack. The 41mm steel case boasts polished and stain finishes. The screw-down crown and screw-down chronograph pushers are in yellow gold. The black dial also features yellow gold highlights, evident on the small seconds and the 45-minute chronograph registers, as well as the Snowflake hands, hour markers and printed markings.
Around its circumference is the fixed yellow gold bezel with matt black anodised aluminium insert displaying the tachymetric scale to measure average speed. Whether worn on the riveted steel and yellow gold bracelet, or the aged brown leather bund strap with ecru stitching, the Black Bay Chronograph has a distinctive vintage look and feel. There’s nothing vintage about the movement inside though. The calibre MT5813 is equipped with a silicon balance spring, a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with vertical clutch and offers a max power reserve of 70 hours. The Black Bay Chrono S&G has been certified as a chronometer by the COSC and is sure to be a hit with racing enthusiasts looking to stand out from the crowd.
The Tudor Black Bay P01 was unquestionably a highlight of 2019 Baselworld, based on an historic prototype. In 1967, the US Navy commissioned Tudor to develop and innovative watch based on a unique set of technical requirements which included: a better protected crown, and a bidirectional bezel with locking mechanism. Tudor’s initial solution was a prototype codenamed “Commando”. It was equipped with a 12-hour bezel for navigation purposes (functioning similar to a GMT), a crown positioned at 4 o’clock, and a system of pop-up hoods (end links) at either end of the case that would allow the wearer to adjust the bezel and then lock it into place.
For its modern-day reincarnation, Tudor has adopted and adapted many of the original ideas from the “Commando” prototype. Presented in an entirely satin-brushed 42mm steel case, it features a ‘hood’ at 12 o’clock that can be opened to release the rotating bidirectional bezel, which of course features a 12-hour scale. The screw-down winding crown is positioned at 4 o’clock and protected by crown guards, in direct homage to the original prototype. The domed matte black dial and Snowflake hands instantly identify this watch as a member of the Black Bay family and for that added vintage touch, the luminescent hour markers are painted, not applied. Providing the power is the manufacture calibre MT5612, which is fitted with a variable inertia balance and a non-magnetic silicon balance spring. It is COSC-certified as a chronometer offering, a 70-hour power reserve and is mounted on a new waterproof hybrid strap.
The Black Bay 41, 36 and 32 models offer the perfect solution for those who love the Black Bay aesthetic and history but don’t necessarily want to wear a professional grade dive watch every day. Offering a slimmer case and fixed bezel, these popular models are now also available in S&G (Steel & Gold). Combining polished steel and yellow gold satin-brushed surfaces offers a subtle contrast and distinction as well as warmth to the case and bracelet. All three models are available with your choice of a matt black or satin-brushed champagne-coloured dial, allowing you the option to further refine the watch’s aesthetics to your personal tastes.
Each model is equipped with a new and exclusive five-link yellow gold and steel bracelet. The exterior links are satin-brushed steel, while the central links feature polished steel. The two rows of intermediate links are satin-brushed yellow gold. Holding the bracelet firmly in place is a folding clasp with safety catch. Inside each is the self-winding mechanical movement, Calibre 2824, offering a 38-hour power reserve. The perfect choice for an everyday watch, the new Black Bay S&G comes in a size to suit just about every wrist.
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