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Watches & Wonders 2021: Tudor Black Bay Chrono 50th Anniversary

by Hours and Minutes Australia

This year, TUDOR is relaunching its Black Bay Chrono model in steel with a reworked case and two dial options – Domed matt black or opaline, with contrasting circular sub-counters, to mark the 50th Anniversary of its chronographs. The new Black bay Chrono’s are a testament to Tudor’s technical prowess in making timepieces suitable for crucial timekeeping in world of motor sport.

The two watches being unveiled come in satin-brushed and polished 316L stainless steel cases measuring 41mm in diameter, with fixed bezels in 316L stainless steel, insert in black anodised aluminium with tachymetric scale. The domed sapphire crystal glass ensures that you can see all the details on the dial with absolute clarity, including the date window at six o’clock and the red accents. On the right side of the case are two chronograph pushers which are slightly raised – once again crafted from 316L steel. The design of the stainless steel pushers has been inspired by the very first generation of TUDOR chronographs. The case back, screw-down winding crown with the TUDOR rose in relief and chrono pushers, ensure 200m of waterproofness. In comparison to the 2017 Black Bay Chrono, the 2021 version features slightly shorter and thicker lugs, giving it a more cleaner look.

Remaining faithful to the Black Bay aesthetic, the Black Bay Chrono is immaculately designed with Tudor’s iconic ‘Snowflake’ hands – a brand signature for divers’ watches since 1969. The two hollowed out sub counters (45 minute chronograph and small seconds counter at 3 and 9 o clock respectively) are in contrasting colours, matt black and white opaline respectively, for optimum readability.

Fitted with a high performance MT5813 column-wheel chronograph caliber, the watch delivers a power reserve of approx. 70 hours. It has the finish typical of TUDOR Manufacture Calibres. Its rotor in 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. The movement is chronometer certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute and also features a silicon balance spring. It has been crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, with column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. Derived from the Manufacture chronograph Calibre Breitling 01, with a high-precision regulating organ developed by TUDOR and dedicated finishes, the movement is the result of a lasting collaboration between the two brands. They have chosen to pool their expertise in the design and production of certain mechanical movements so that both parties can benefit from their use.

The new Tudor Black Bay Chrono is worn on either a riveted 316L steel bracelet with polished and satin finish or black leather strap with removable bund with folding clasp and safety catch, or black Jacquard fabric strap with buckle. 

For more information visit tudorwatch.com

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