Marking Over a Decade of TUDOR wins at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève
In early November of every year, members of the watch industry descend upon Geneva to take part in the spectacle known as the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).
The purpose of the GPHG is to highlight the best watches from the past year in numerous categories and generally promote the craft of watchmaking around the globe by raising awareness of exceptional watches.
It’s often referred to as “the Oscars of watchmaking” for the jury-style nomination and award format, not to mention that pomp and ceremony of it all.
An academy of 827 members nominate the watches, and a jury of 30 make the final decision when it comes to the winners.
This year, TUDOR took home the award for Best Sports Watch with the Pelagos 39. The 2023 GPHG marks a special moment in TUDOR’s history, as the Pelagos 39 is the ninth watch to be awarded in an eleven-year period.
TUDOR has taken home awards in ’13, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19, ’20, ’21, ’22, and now with the Pelagos 39, ’23. The Pelagos 39 is a sports watch imbued with the rich dive watch heritage of TUDOR, but also focuses on sophistication and functionality under the waves as well as an urban environment.
As part of the Pelagos line first released in 2012, the Pelagos 39 is the first in the Pelagos line to focus not only on underwater technical performance, but the versatility of a reduced form factor with a 39mm case in grade 2 Titanium.
Find out more about the Pelagos 39 below.
The models in the Pelagos line are amongst the most complete traditional mechanical divers' watches available today.
The Pelagos 39 comes with a second strap made of black rubber, with a titanium pin buckle, that attaches to the case with titanium end links. Also included is a rubber extension piece that makes it possible to lengthen the strap even further, by up to 110 millimetres.
Last, but not least, the name Pelagos stands out in glossy cherry red at 6 o'clock, disrupting the model’s two-tone colour palette.
The Pelagos 39 model is supplied with an entirely satin-brushed titanium bracelet that is equipped with the TUDOR “T-fit” clasp for rapid length adjustment.
The applied hour markers on the dial are made of monobloc luminescent ceramic composite, a feature that enhances the technical aesthetics, whilst considerably increasing the luminous surface of the hour markers. The dial is made up of two main elements, a sunray satin finish flat disc whose subtle shine contrasts with the matt finish of the 45° conical bead-blasted flange.
The aesthetic balance of the Pelagos 39 model is achieved through an entirely satin-brushed case in line with this TUDOR product family. This artfully contrasts with the radiance of its bezel insert, made of black ceramic with an enhanced sunray satin finish, featuring a graduated scale in white luminous material.
With its Pelagos 39 model, Tudor offers a versatile watch at the crossroads between the world of technical diving and urban sophistication.
Pelagos 39 is a compact and versatile, traditional mechanical divers' watch, with a touch of elegance created by the shine of the sunray satin finishes on its dial and the insert on the bezel.
Featuring grade 2 titanium, luminescent ceramic composite monobloc hour markers, a rapid adjustment system for the clasp and a diver’s extension, the Pelagos 39 model combines TUDOR’s professional dive watch heritage with the versatility of a 39-millimetre case and the striking radiance of sunray satin finishes on its bezel and dial.
The result is a sports watch that boasts both cutting-edge watchmaking technology and a chic aesthetic, as at ease in the city as on the shore.
The Pelagos 39 model is equipped with Manufacture Calibre MT5400. Its construction has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision due to its variable inertia balance, which is held in place by a sturdy traversing bridge with two points of fixation.
Thanks to this balance and the non-magnetic silicon balance spring, Manufacture Calibre MT5400 has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance going beyond the standards set by this independent institute. In fact, where COSC allows an average variation in the daily running of a watch of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time in a single movement, TUDOR insists on between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its running when it is completely assembled. Another notable feature is that the power reserve of Manufacture Calibre MT5400 is ”weekend-proof”, about 70 hours, which enables the wearer to take the watch off on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to wind it.
Choose your own adventure. Tudor Pelagos 39 is a versatile watch designed to be used however you want – dive, drive, workout, go out. Presented for the first time in a 39 mm dial size, it will fit both your daringness and your elegance.
Easy to use, requiring no tools and offering five positions, Tudor ”T-fit” clasp system allows the wearer to carry out a fine, instant adjustment of the total length of the bracelet along an adjustment window of 8 millimetres.
Every TUDOR watch, including the Black Bay, is assembled and fully tested to TUDOR’s superior standards at the new TUDOR Manufacture located in the Le Locle, Switzerland.
This new state-of-the-art facility, bringing together the know-how of watchmakers with the best in production management and automated testing systems, was completed in 2021 after three years of construction. All decked out in TUDOR red, the Manufacture spans over four levels totaling more than 5,500 square meters and is physically and visually connected to the neighboring Kenissi Manufacture, the TUDOR movement production facility founded in 2016.
With Kenissi and a network of TUDOR-owned affiliates, the brand has been able to integrate the development and production of high-performance mechanical calibers. As a consequence, TUDOR now fully masters the manufacturing of strategic components and can guarantee their quality.
Since the brand’s creation by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926, and in line with his vision of the ideal timepiece, TUDOR has been ceaselessly creating watches that are as robust, durable, reliable and precise as possible. On the strength of this experience, and confident in the superior quality of its watches, TUDOR offers a five-year guarantee for all its products. This guarantee does not require the watch to be registered or submitted to periodic checks and is transferable. TUDOR also recommends that its watches should be serviced approximately every ten years depending on the model and the extent of its use on a day-to-day basis.
TUDOR is an award-winning Swiss-made watch brand, offering mechanical watches with sophisticated style, proven reliability and unmatched value for money. The origins of TUDOR date back to 1926, when “The Tudor” was first registered as a brand on behalf of the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. He officially set up the Montres TUDOR SA company in 1946 to produce watches that respect the traditional Rolex philosophy of quality at a more affordable price point. Throughout their history, thanks to their robustness and affordability, TUDOR watches have been chosen by some of the boldest adventurers, on land, in the air, underwater and on ice. Today, the TUDOR collection includes iconic lines such as Black Bay, Pelagos, 1926 and Royal. Since 2015, TUDOR has also offered models with mechanical Manufacture Calibres with multiple functions and superior performance.
In 2017, TUDOR launched a new campaign with the #BornToDare signature. It reflects both the history of the brand and what it stands for today. It tells the adventures of individuals who have achieved the extraordinary on land, on ice, in the air or underwater, with a TUDOR watch on their wrists. It also refers to the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of TUDOR, who manufactured TUDOR watches to withstand the most extreme conditions, watches made for the most daring lifestyles. It is testimony to TUDOR's singular approach to watchmaking, which has made it what it is today. At the cutting edge of the watchmaking industry, its innovations are now essential benchmarks. The TUDOR #BornToDare spirit is supported throughout the world by first class ambassadors, whose life achievements result directly from a daring approach to life.
Complimentary black rubber strap