TUDOR creates timepieces in an innovative and unique way by equipping them with fabric straps meticulously fashioned by a company that perpetuates an over century-old artistic craft. They bring an additional touch of style that reinforces the resolutely modern and sophisticated TUDOR identity.
Thanks to a production process including unique hand-made skills, the straps developed for TUDOR endow the watch with a unique dimension expressing cutting-edge style and ensuring peerless comfort on the wrist.
TUDOR is often perceived as a trendsetter in the watch industry. Thanks to the stylistic choices it makes, the brand has always known how to keep a step ahead of trends that today are considered standard in the watch industry. The fabric strap is a good example of this. In 2009, while most of the Swiss luxury watch brands were not yet aware of the fabric strap or did not consider it worthy of the level of sophistication of their products, the fabric strap, which had already gained popularity within the intimate circles of collectors of sporting watches, found in TUDOR an ideal environment for its further interpretation.
TUDOR’s Style Workshop, always on the lookout for subtle details to intensify the pleasure that wearing a fine watch brings, recognised the stylistic potential of such an accessory and, in line with its pursuit of perfection, had its own version manufactured by a traditional passementerie company.
As is often the case with many widely adopted innovations, the origin of the use of fabric straps can be traced back to the military. In the early 1970s, NATO standardised the use of nylon thread-through watch straps. Economical and not very comfortable but sporty and easy to change, from the year 2000 onwards the fabric strap saw a resurgence of interest amongst keen watch collectors.
Once the TUDOR Style Workshop decided to become involved, it completely reassessed the design and made it adjustable in length, taking its inspiration from the seat belt system of vintage sports cars. It then found a solution for incorporating “tunnels” in which the strap bars of the watch could be inserted in order to keep the latter fixed firmly in place.
Finally, the TUDOR Style Workshop approached a well-established traditional passementerie company, one of the very few remaining in France still practicing the technique of “Jacquard” weaving, thanks to which the room for experimental manoeuvre, in terms of the complexity of the motifs, is practically limitless. The “Jacquard” also has the added advantage of producing a dense weave with a high thread count which ensures the sturdiness and flexibility of the straps made using this technique.
Nowadays, TUDOR offers a number of fabric straps of different styles and workmanship. The use of such a production method creates an incomparable richness of texture and guarantees the utmost in comfort and longevity.
In 2015, TUDOR announced its first Manufacture Calibre in its history, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This high-performance calibre of excellent precision and proven robustness offers a 70-hour power reserve, meaning that its wearer can, for example, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it. It reaches a frequency of 28,800 beat/hour or 4Hz.Explore
TUDOR has developed for the first time a case completely fashioned in high-tech injected ceramic. The whole case of the Fastrider Black Shield is produced as a single piece – a unique operation for watches in this segment. This technological expertise also equips other models in the collection like the bezel of the Pelagos, the TUDOR North Flag and the TUDOR Fastrider Chrono. The ceramic is virtually impervious to scratches, and its colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays. The result is, naturally, quite out of the ordinary, powerful and unique.Explore
A TUDOR watch lives. Pulsates. It will take you into the world of micro-precision. The high technology in all components are relentlessly tested to the smallest detail - to the point of obsession.
Aesthetics and performance fit for the most demanding of products, designed for endurance as much as pleasure. Pleasing to the eye and exciting to the mind, this precision mechanism will withstand the rigours of time. Exceptional materials, durability and strength of design tells a unique story.
The Pelagos stands out with its titanium bracelet featuring a steel folding clasp with a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by TUDOR. This technical system allows the bracelet to be adjusted during the dive, contracting when the combination is compressed at greater depths, and expanding when the pressure decreases again during the diver’s return to the surface. An additional rubber strap is provided with an extension system making it easily adjustable for all diving conditions.Explore
A TUDOR watch lives. Pulsates. It will take you into the world of micro-precision. The high technology in all components are relentlessly tested to the smallest detail - to the point of obsession. Aesthetics and performance fit for the most demanding of products, designed for endurance as much as pleasure. Exceptional materials, durability and strength of design make each watch a unique object.Explore