2021 saw Rolex and Tudor join Watches & Wonders, the global digital event where fans of the brands could eagerly anticipate and celebrate the introduction of their latest watch novelties. We are delighted to be presenting an overview of the 2021 Tudor watch releases, revealed during Watches & Wonders.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono received a notable stylistic update for 2021 with new “panda dial” versions – high contrast dial options cherished by collectors and watch lovers globally.
Tudor debuted its first dive watch in 1970 and introduced its first chronograph in 1970: these two dimensions merged with the introduction of the Black Bay Chrono, a timepiece that tastefully combines the rugged construction of the Black Bay dive watches with the dynamic stylistic elements of Tudor’s chronographs.
As such, the 41mm wide stainless steel case of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono is rated waterproof to a depth of 200 meters – suggesting a considerably more robust construction than what is accepted to be the standard in its segment. Equally impressive is the fact that the 2021 variants achieve this in a slightly slimmer case, reworked for yet greater wearing comfort.
Safeguarded by this robust case is the MT5813 movement, a high-performance self-winding chronograph caliber with a vertical clutch, column wheel and extended 70-hour power reserve.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono is available with a white on black, as well as a black on white dial, combined with a variety of straps that range from a jacquard-woven strap and leather bund strap all the way to the iconic triple-link steel bracelet with the vintage-inspired rivets revealed in its edge.
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight is now available in two stunning new iterations with fascinating case material choices. The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 showcases a case crafted from sterling silver – a metal that is although popular for jewellery, it is highly exotic in the field of watchmaking and also a first for a Tudor divers’ watch. Tudor uses a proprietary, special silver alloy, the properties of which are such that use does not affect the appearance of the case of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925. With satin finished surfaces and edges throughout, the incandescent brilliance of this metal shines from underneath the matt textures.
The silver case is accentuated by a dial and bezel in matching taupe colour, adding a darker, contrasting tone that works beautifully with the radiance of the 925 silver exterior. Revealed through its open case back is the Manufacture Tudor MT5400 caliber that displays the hours, minutes and seconds, all on centre-mounted hands.
Its self-winding rotor – again, revealed by the sapphire case back – is in tungsten and is openworked to allow a yet easier appreciation of the sand-blasted, polished and laser-etched bridges and mainplate just under it.
A yet more precious and indeed novel new Black Bay reference is the Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18k, a bold new version in 18ct yellow gold with an open case back – both are a first in a Tudor divers’ watch. Crafted from solid 18ct yellow gold, this indeed is the first Tudor divers’ watch ever to have a case in this lustrous precious metal.
With an exterior diameter of 39 millimetres, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is the perfect canvas for such an exquisite and luxurious rendition: its timeless size, beautiful proportions and purposeful design work harmoniously with this highly prestigious alloy.
Despite its 18ct yellow gold exterior, this stunning iteration of the Black Bay Fifty-Eight also boasts a water resistance rating of 200 meters, courtesy of its robust case construction and screw-down crown. The 18ct yellow gold case back features an expansive sapphire crystal window that exhibits the Manufacture Tudor MT5400 caliber. As it is with every Black Bay Fifty-Eight model, each movement is individually tested and certified by the independent chronometer testing institute, COSC, allowing for a maximum average daily running variation between -4 and +6 seconds. However, once the watch is fully assembled, Tudor insists on each piece performing to a yet more stringent -2/+4 second variation.
The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 18k comes on a domed dark brown alligator strap with an 18ct yellow gold buckle, with an additional green fabric strap with gold-coloured band and 18ct yellow gold buckle also included in the box.
The aforementioned three case sizes cover a wide range of styles and suit a yet wider range of wrists.
Made from a block of one of the most robust stainless steels in existence, 316L steel, the case and bezel display alternating polished and satin finished surfaces, allowing the Black Bay to adapt elegantly to all occasions and attires.
From the beach side to formal events, all it takes is a well-chosen case size for the Black Bay to complete one’s look. And should it come for one of those carefree splashes in the pool or the sea, its 150-metre waterproof case, screw-down crown and case back ensure the Black Bay will be there for the ride. Better still, Tudor offers a five-year guarantee for all its products and recommends its watches are serviced approximately every 10 years – depending on the model and daily use.
The various Tudor Black Bay 41, 36 and 32 models are available on a range of strap options, including brown leather with a folding clasp and safety catch, a black fabric strap with buckle, as well as a beautifully finished steel bracelet.
The Tudor 1926 collection pays homage to Tudor’s origins and watchmaking traditions. It is a sublimely elegant mechanical timepiece that epitomises Tudor’s philosophy of refinement, quality and affordability.
The 1926 line is named after the year when “The Tudor” was first registered as a brand on behalf of Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. Quite the milestone to pay tribute to, the 1926 lives up to expectations with its enduring sophistication, high-quality construction and superb price point.
Available in 41, 39, 36 and 28 millimetre-wide variations crafted from 316L stainless steel or 316L stainless steel combined with rose gold, the 1926 features domed dials with embossed centres and a smooth minute scale for a refined and legible look – the cornerstones of a truly elegant timepiece.
Powered by Swiss self-winding calibres and supported by the Tudor 5-year warranty, the 1926 is available on the spectacular, 7-link Tudor metal bracelet in steel or steel and rose gold, or on a leather strap with a folding clasp and safety catch.
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