Tudor watches are synonymous with the world of diving and that same unyielding inspiration makes its way into their Baselworld 2016 collection. The signature Tudor design itself dates back to 1954 and has since encompassed Swiss-made timepieces which are a fine balance of ergonomics, legibility, accuracy and robustness. As such, their watches often abide by the code of form following function which has laid the perfect foundation for the pinnacle of today’s modern diving watches.
At Baselworld 2016, Tudor released three standout timepieces that caught our attention. Let’s take a closer look at each one of them.
Black Bay Dark
The latest addition the the iconic Black Bay collection is the Black Bay Dark (REF. MT5602), a diver’s watch which receives the black PVD treatment. The silhouette of the watch follows the general blueprint of earlier models and even features the same winding crown from the 1958 Big Crown piece.
The watch’s 41mm case is black PVD treated steel set in a ultra sleek matte black finish. The famous Tudor unidirectional bezel meanwhile also receives the black PVD treatment with a matte black anodised aluminium disc. Residing inside this case is Tudor’s in-house MT5602 movement as certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). The movement even boasts an incredible 70 hour power reserve which ensures that a watch which comes off on Friday evening won’t need to be wound until Monday morning.
As the watch is a diver’s piece, it receives a 200 metre waterproof rating. The strap comes in an option of either a steel bracelet or aged leather strap with a black PVD treated folding clasp and safety catch. There’s also an included fabric strap with matte black PVD-treated buckle for those who want to truly stand out.
The Black Bay Dark will be available from July 2016.
Black Bay Bronze
One of the most charismatic watches to come out of the show is Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay Bronze. The unique bronze colour is teamed with the Swiss watchmaker’s mechanical movement developed entirely in-house. Like the Black Bay Dark, the Bronze follows the same winning design formula carrying over the winding crown from the famous Big Crown model of 1958. That’s where similarities end though with the Black Bay Bronze coming in at an imposing 43mm bronze case. The colour itself is special as it reflects the hue of historic ships and diving equipment of yesteryear.
Taking a closer at the watch, the Black Bay Bronze receives a bronze-coloured PVD-treated steel case with a svelte satin finish. This lends the watch some serious appeal in the colour palette race and drastically helps the legibility of the hours, minutes and seconds function even when submerged. The bronze unidirectional bezel with a disc in matte brown anodised aluminium wraps up this little package up with elegance.
Movement of the piece is handled with Tudor’s MT5601 as certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). It also boasts a substantial power reserve of 70 hours. Minute details include a bronze screw down winding crown with an engraved Tudor rose whilst the hours, minutes and seconds are displayed on a brown dial. The Black Bay Bronze is waterproof to 200 metres and comes with an aged leather strap with a bronze buckle. It misses out on a steel bracelet but it does receive the additional fabric strap with bronze buckle included in the box.
The Black Bay Bronze will be available from May 2016.
Heritage Black Bay 36
Tudor takes the minimalist approach to its latest model of the Heritage Black Bay set in 36mm. The general lines of the Black Bay collection are followed whilst a focus on reducing the watch’s footprint is the focus. As a result, the Black Bay 36 (REF.MT5602) acts as an introduction to the Tudor collection for those with slimmer wrists or those who seek a more formal option without relegating style and sportiness.
The 36mm steel case finished in satin comes together with a smooth steel bezel which is polished. Inside that case sits Tudor’s calibre 2824, a self-winding mechanical movement with a 38 hour power reserve. The dial is set in black to give easy legibility of the hours. minutes and second hands. For those looking to dive, the Black Bay 36 can submerge down to 150 metres. Choice of strap is between a steel bracelet or aged leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch. Both straps will come with an additional camouflage fabric strap with buckle included in the box.