When Tudor first unveiled an all black ceramic Black Bay for Only Watch 2019 (Charity Auction), it left many Tudorholics down under, wondering whether the material / model would ever make a comeback. This week, fans of the brand have every reason to celebrate with Tudor unveiling a new standard production all black ceramic Black Bay – with a few tweaks of course. Meet the new Tudor Black Bay Ceramic.
This handsome, resilient, everyday timepiece comes with a matt black 41mm ceramic case and a unidirectional rotatable bezel in black-PVD-treated 316L steel with 60-minute graduated disc in black ceramic with sunray satin finish and engraved markings and numerals. Its matt black monobloc ceramic case has sand-blasted surfaces with bevelled edges, mirror-polished for a striking contrast, and is finished with very pronounced lines. Note: It is also the first Tudor Watch to be certified by Federal Institute of Metrology or METAS.
METAS or the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology tests a watch under certain parameters, making it a ‘Master Chronometer’. These include the main functional characteristics of a watch including precision, resistance to magnetic fields, waterproofness and power reserve. Its standards are incredibly high, starting with precision. In order to qualify, a watch must be able to function within a 5-second range of variation each day (0 +5), that is to say 5 seconds less than the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) (-4 +6) carried out on a single movement and a second less than TUDOR’s internal standard, which is applied to the brand’s models with a Manufacture Calibre (-2 +4). The certification also guarantees the timekeeping accuracy of a watch subjected to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. Finally, it also guarantees that the waterproof capability claimed by the manufacturer conforms with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard 22810:2010, as does the power reserve of each Master Chronometer watch. It should also be noted that two prerequisites are necessary before the certification can be obtained: Swiss manufacturing must conform with the criteria of Swiss Made, and the movement must be certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
Waterproof to 200m, the case is fitted with a new automatic movement Calibre MT5602-1U, which powers the Black Bay Ceramic. It has the finish typical of TUDOR Manufacture Calibres but is entirely in black, in line with the general appearance of the watch, emphasising its distinctive performance. Its rotor in black tungsten monobloc is openwork and satin-brushed with sand-blasted details, and its bridges and mainplate have alternate sand-blasted, polished surfaces and laser decorations. Its build is designed to ensure robustness and precision, as is its variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixing. Together with its non-magnetic silicon hairspring, the Manufacture Calibre MT5602-1U is able to function within a tolerance range of 5 seconds (0 +5). The high-functioning automatic calibre offers a respectable 70-hour power reserve certified by METAS.
Compared to the unique model of 2019 which featured an all black dial and matt black indexes and hands, this one comes with a black dial and applied hour markers with off-white luminescent material. Definitely a lot more legible. Worn on a hybrid leather and rubber strap with 316L steel folding clasp and safety catch in black PVD-treated 316L steel and an additional black fabric strap with cream band and black PVD-treated 316L steel buckle (Included in the box), the new Tudor Black bay Ceramic is priced at approx. $6,440 Australian Dollars. Buyers also benefit from a five-year transferable guarantee with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required