If there are two brands whose launches are practically impossible to predict, it would be Tudor and Rolex. And then when their new releases are officially announced it always manages to surpass our expectations. Earlier this week at Baselworld 2018, Tudor introduced some sensational show-stealers that play to their strengths technically and aesthetically; setting some of the biggest trends for the coming year. Today we bring you our top 3 releases from Tudor at Baselworld 2018:
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Ok so the internet has been buzzing with views and comments on the new Tudor Black Bay GMT, ever since details were first released to the media. This Baselworld 2018 we saw various manufacturers entering new avenues, experimenting spaces you probably wouldn’t even have anticipated. For this release, Tudor has worked together with its parent company Rolex and frankly we know this one’s gonna be big for Tudor. Quite similar to the Rolex “Pepsi” GMT Master II, the new Black Bay GMT is brands’ first GMT Sports watch that takes its inspiration from the Black Bay family. The 41mm case, ‘Pepsi’ aluminium bezel, oversized signed crown without crown guards, and chapter ring dial is sure to put a smile on your face. Aesthetically, Tudor has given this release a very retro look. It has a traditional 24-hour bidirectional two tone bezel (For Day and Night) and the iconic snowflake hand for the second time zone indicator (and the hour and second hand). Powered by a new COSC Certified in-house movement (Caliber MT 5652) running at 28,800 vibrations/hour, the watch boasts a power reserve of 70 hours.
The aged black dial is inspired by the brand’s 1950s models and features luminescent hour markers paired with the signature ‘snowflake’, which simply means optimal legibility in the murkiest conditions. At 200m water-resistance, this is a true diver watch. The watch is available in a riveted steel bracelet, Terra Di Siena brown leather or fabric strap.
An extremely attractive watch at an extremely attractive price.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight
Next up we have the Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight. Another retro revival from the 50’s. This is the kind of watch that will grow on you the more you wear it. Among other aesthetic allusions to this famous historic watch, this model has a 39 mm diameter case, in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s. It is aptly proportioned to suit slim wrists, people who like more compact watches and, of course, vintage enthusiasts. It also comes in a new colour combination – a subtle variation on the aesthetics of the Black Bay line. Evocative of a time when TUDOR divers’ watches were first being made, finishing touches in gold have been applied to the hour markers, hands and minute track of the black and steel bezel. The winding crown tube is in satin-brushed steel – a new feature in the Black Bay line – in keeping with the style of the case and winding crown, which bears the TUDOR rose logo in relief.
Like other models in the Black Bay line, Black Bay Fifty-Eight features a dial inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches produced during the 1950s. They adopt the characteristic angular hands known to collectors as snowflake that appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. Its large winding crown and the red triangle of its rotatable bezel are identifying features from the first generation of TUDOR divers’ watches that were waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft).
Beating inside is an MT5402 calibre that displays hour, minute and second functions and has been designed specifically for medium-sized TUDOR watches. Its openwork rotor is entirely satin-brushed and its bridges and mainplate have alternate sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations. Its structure has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity and reliability, as has its variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation. Thanks to these qualities, together with its non-magnetic silicon balance spring, it is certified as a chronometer the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). With a 70-hour power reserve, a wearer can take off the watch on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to re-set and wind it.
But the fun isn’t over just yet. Tudor is offering the new Fifty Eight in a choice of a Riveted Bracelet, inspired by the 50’s, a brown leather strap with a folding clasp or black fabric strap with a gold coloured strip. Made using the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the St-Etienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of TUDOR, which is thought to be a pioneer in this area.
Personally, we think this watch is a great choice for new buyers that may have not liked the 41mm before.
Tudor 1926 Collection
A few days before Baselworld officially opened its doors, Tudor announced its newest brand ambassador; the ‘King of Asian Pop’, Jay Chou and with this announcement also came the revealing of Tudor’s first lot of watches for the fair, the all new 1926 collection. So why 1926 you ask? The 1926 line is named after the year when “The Tudor” was registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex Founder Hans Wilsdorf. It captures TUDOR’s philosophy and continues down the very same path that it has trodden ever since its inception, emerging as a high-quality watch technically and aesthetically, with a level of sophistication that transcends any apparent limitations.
The dials of the collection are a real delight to look at. Domed for a vintage touch and adorned at the centre, their delicately embossed design harkens back to TUDOR’s origins, in subtle contrast to the smooth minute scale. Offered in a choice of silver, opaline or black, these dials have appliqued even-numbered Arabic numerals between faceted arrow-shaped hour markers. There are also versions where the odd-numbered hour markers are set with diamonds. The wealth of detail of the dials of the 1926 line creates a striking and intricate play of light that perfectly complements the sword-shaped hands with their matching colours perfectly.
For the 1926 collection, Tudor has used a self-winding mechanical movement that boasts a 38-hour power reserve. There is a date aperture at 3 o’clock. Offered in steel or gold and steel, the 1926 line comes in four sizes – 28 mm, 36 mm, 39 mm and 41 mm. It has been designed for women as well as men to suit wrists both big and small, with those who love beautiful things in mind. The case is made of steel, polished all over and waterproof to 100 metres (330 ft). All four case sizes are available with finishing touches in 4N rose gold which embellish the bezel and winding crown and highlight the dial details.