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All That Glistens with Tudor at Baselworld 2019

At this year’s Baselworld, Tudor decided to build on its Black Bay family with quite interesting pieces. As they look back on their heritage for inspiration, and fuse it with the Black Bay aesthetics, Tudor has succeeded in creating polished and reliable watches that keep in line with its historical connection to divers’ watches.

 

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Ref. 79250BA-0002

In 2016, the Black Bay Bronze was the winner of the “Petite Aiguille” prize at the prestigious Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. At Baselworld 2019, the naval heritage timepiece returns—this time in a slate-grey dial, and a rare bronze case with a special patina. The 42mm case was made with a kind of brass used in old ships and diving equipment from naval history.  This living metal produces a subtle, unique patina on the watch case depending on the wearer’s habits. The patina develops into a warm brown and golden color over time, giving it a worn look that adds to its vintage vibe. Since dark colors tend to produce a slimming effect, its slate-grey dial slims down its hefty case. Another benefit of its grey dial is its high legibility which is the same as that of a black dial, only with a lot more charm. While we’re fans of an aged black leather strap, this slate-grey woven strap with a gold accent beautifully matches the watch’s color scheme. Overall, it’s striking watch with rich visual effects and an immense commanding presence on your wrist.

 

Tudor Black Bay 41/36/32 S&G Ref. M79503-0001

A new addition to the family is the slightly smaller and simple but well-designed Black Bay 41/36/32. This time, Tudor is giving you the privilege to refine the watch’s aesthetic—from choosing a 32, 36, 0r 41mm case, all the way down to selecting a lacquered black or champagne colored dial. While there are many combinations to choose from, we think the lacquered black dial in a 32mm case seems like a perfect blend. The polished timepiece comes in a new five-link yellow gold and steel bracelet that adds a subtle contrast and warmth, as well as a supple and comfortable look on one’s wrist. With just the right amount of gold, the watch is dressy without being formal, making it an excellent choice to wear on any occasion.

 

Tudor Black Bay Chrono S&G Ref. 79363N-0001

Two-tone fans, where are you? Tudor knows you’re out there. The watch house combined aquatic heritage and motorsport heritage in its Black Bay Chrono, now in S&G. While the core Black Bay characteristics remain present, such as the 41mm case and gold pushers, the timepiece comes in a polished, satin-finished steel and yellow gold bracelet. In fact, the entire piece is dripping in gold; from its crown, bracelet, pushers, all the way down to its bezel. With champagne-colored counters to create a warm and golden look, it also creates an ideal contrast against its domed matte black dial. The watch is finished with Tudor’s signature snowflake hands and red accents to incorporate a more sporty chronograph look. While you have an option of a brown aged bund leather strap and a black jacquard fabric strap to embrace the spirit of 70s racing, we’re a sucker for the S&G bracelet with that case. A standout from the pack, the chronograph is powered by a self-winding manufacture calibre, column wheel and vertical clutch—a first for Tudor.

 

Tudor Black Bay P01 Ref. M70150-0001

We’re down to the most talked about watch at Baselworld 2019: the Tudor Black Bay P01. The timepiece was based on a proposed prototype developed specifically for the US Navy in the 1960s. The PO1, standing for Prototype 1, was originally designed with a utilitarian aesthetic in mind, which explains the unorthodox winding crown at 4 o’clock and the unique end-link bezel lock system, all within a 42mm case entirely satin-brushed for a matte finish. Adding to its aesthetic is its domed matte black dial with painted luminescent hour markers and of course, Tudor’s signature snowflake hands. Accompanying the case is a rubber base strap bearing a snowflake motif on the back, finished with brown leather trim. Powering the watch is the manufacture caliber MT5612, making things perfectly engineered and sharp. All in all, we can definitely say it’s a well built Tudor watch with a great story and historical context behind it.

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