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Tudor Black Bay Dark Hands-On

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The Heritage Black Bay, first launched in 2012, is Tudor’s best-selling collection. Based on the first 1954 Tudor Submariner (Ref. 7922), along with design elements borrowed from multiple subsequent Submariners, the Black Bay is not a re-edition, instead, it is a contemporary re-interpretation of the original. Building on the success of the core model, last month a day before Press Day at Baselworld, in addition to debuting the Black Bay Bronze, Tudor launched the Black Bay Dark, which like the Bronze, is somewhat of a departure from the rest of the Black Bay collection. Scenes from the launch which took place just ahead of Baselworld 2016 Unlike the larger 43 mm diameter bronze-alloy case from the Bronze model, the Black Bay Dark is in stainless steel and has the same dimensions (41 mm x 12.75 mm) as the Black Bay

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Introducing the Black Bay Bronze with in-house movement

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Today, Tudor debuts the Black Bay Bronze. A new, larger 43 mm diameter version of the Black Bay, in a unique aluminum bronze alloy case. In addition to being the first Black Bay offered in a larger case size, and the first to have Explorer style hour markers (at 3, 6, and 9), it also represents the first Black Bay to feature the new in-house movement. Not to mention, it has pierced lugs. Similar to caliber MT 5621, which was launched this time last year in the North Flag, the MT 5601, is automatic, beats at 4Hz, has 28 jewels, and boasts a 70-hour power reserve. Moreover, it uses a silicon balance spring and has a variable inertia balance wheel, with a traversing balance bridge which makes the regulator assortment more robust. The difference, between this movement and what powers

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Introducing the new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

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Tudor has debuted a new version of the Fastrider Black Shield. Originally launched at Baselworld 2013, the Black Shield is the ceramic model within the Fastrider collection, which also includes stainless steel variants. Similar to all the Fastrider launches to date, the Black Shield was launched alongside the new Ducati motorcycle. Appropriately, this time around, the new bike is the all-black Ducati XDiavel cruiser. Tudor has left everything intact from the 2013 Fastrider Black Shield models – including the 42 mm diameter monobloc black ceramic case and 7753 ETA movement – with the exception of a new dial that is all-black with contrasting white: indexes, seconds hand, lume, subdial markings, logo and so on. The only other change is the slightly enlarged “Black Shield” moniker on the dial at 12 o’clock. (Ref. 42000CN)

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Tudor Black Bay 79220N

Tudor announces a new variation of the Black Bay with a matte black bezel and a gilt dial. The watch is virtually the same as the 79220R (red bezel version) with the exception of a new black bezel with a red triangle at 12 o’clock, a black anodized aluminum crown tube, and now a slightly different black distressed leather strap as an option. Furthermore, if you break it down, the Tudor Black Bay 79220N is virtually the same as Ref. 7923/001, that was produced as a one-of-a-kind edition for Only Watch 2015, except it has the standard hour, minute and second hands – with the standard writing at 6 o’clock as seen on references 79220B and 79220R. We were hoping the latest Black Bay would upgrade from an ETA 2824 to the new in-house manufactured caliber MT 5621 (which was

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Black Bay One In The Metal

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These are the first hands-on images of the unique Black Bay One that will be auctioned off in November for charity at Only Watch 2015. Tudor’s Heritage Black Bay One (Ref. 7923/001) is the result of a mixture of elements from across Tudor’s history, with the focus being on the 1954 Ref. 7923, the second Tudor Submariner. A black gilt dial with a gold transferred minute track, Tudor Geneva logo, and the word “SHOCK-RESISTING” pay homage to the 7923. Gold-plated applied hour markers and stick shaped hands, are also reminiscent of the 7923. The similarities continue with the black bezel insert with the red triangle at 12, however, like on previous Black Bay models, this design element is a nod to another reference, as opposed to just one. In this case, the red triangle comes from the original Tudor Submariner

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The new Tudor Pelagos

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Originally launched in at Baselworld 2010, the Tudor Pelagos receives an updates for 2015. Most notably, it is now equipped with Tudor’s first in-house movement, the caliber MT 5621, which also powers the new North Flag. The new self-winding manufacture movement beats at 4Hz, has 26 jewels and boasts a 70-hour power reserve. It uses a silicon balance spring and has a variable inertia balance wheel, with a traversing balance bridge which makes the regulator assortment more robust. And as mentioned above it is the brand’s first foray into COSC-certified movements. The movement features industrial-type matt finishes, which Tudor highlights precision, reliability and technology, over appearance. Further, the large surfaces have been sand-blasted or decorated with a sunray brushed finish, and the rotor is open worked. The Pelagos has a screw-down triple sealed water-resistant system, scratch resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

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Tudor Black Bay One for Only Watch

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The 6th edition of the biennial Only Watch charity auction of unique timepieces that are specially produced and sold to benefit research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy, takes place in November 2015 in Geneva. And we’ve recently begun previewing the pieces on PROFESSIONAL WATCHES, starting with the Laurent Galet Square seen here, and now Tudor has announced a unique version of the Black Bay to be sold to support this noble cause. Tudor’s one-of-a-kind Heritage Black Bay One (Ref. 7923/001), like previous Black Bay models, is the result of a mixture of elements from across Tudor’s history, with the focus being on the 1954 Ref. 7923, the second Tudor Submariner. A black gilt dial with a gold transferred minute track, Tudor Geneva logo, and the word “SHOCK-RESISTING” pay homage to the 7923. Gold-plated applied hour markers and stick shaped hands, are

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The making of Tudor fabric straps

This video shows the making of the Tudor fabric straps, which are woven by the same company that makes the Vatican robes. The material is much higher quality than a typical Nato style fabric strap. And while they look similar to a Nato, they do not have the extra fabric at the end, making the closure more like a traditional pin and buckle equipped strap. Moreover, the spring bars are connected directly to the straps, and secured to the case, as opposed to traditional Nato straps which are looped through the spring bars.

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REVIEW: Tudor Heritage Black Bay Blue

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Overview Dating back to the original Tudor Submariner from 1954, the Tudor Heritage Black Bay is a contemporary timepiece, inspired by the first Submariner, as well as taking design cues from virtually all subsequent Submariner models. First presented in 2012 with a burgundy bezel, black-chocolate dial, gilt printed minute track and beige lume (Ref. 70922R). In 2014, the Black Bay debuted in a new version, this time with a blue bezel, black dial, white minute track and white lume (Ref. 70922B). Aesthetically, the Black Bay case and hour indexes come from the original 1954 reference 7922 Tudor Submariner. However, it’s the reference 7924 from 1958, dubbed the “big crown,” that inspired the oversized crown seen on the current model. And as for the “Snowflake” hands, they first appeared on references 7016 and 7021 from 1969. In the second half of

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Tudor debuts steel Fastrider Chrono at Baselworld

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First created in 2011, the Fastrider collection represents a partnership between Tudor and Ducati. In 2013, Tudor launched the Fastrider Black Shield which is a matte black ceramic chronograph that was designed in conjunction with a customized version of the Ducati Diavel. For 2015, Tudor has created the Fasterider Chrono which has the same dimensions, design and movement as the Black Shield, but instead of all black ceramic, the case is crafted of 316L steel with a ceramic bezel. The Fastrider Chrono was designed to coordinate with the look of various Scrambler motorcycles (originally produced in the 1960s) that were recently resurrected by Ducati. Accordingly, there are three dial variations that match the bikes: bright yellow, olive green and red. Fastrider Chronos come in 42 mm diameter cases, just like the Black Shield. And while the design and dimensions are

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