Ushering in the first day of Watches and Wonders, Swiss luxury watchmaker TUDOR has recently announced the launch of its latest Black Bay, which is the latest technical and aesthetic evolution of the iconic diving watch with a burgundy bezel. The newest Black Bay features evolved design elements, a “T-fit” clasp, and is Master Chronometer-certified by METAS. The Black Bay was first launched in 2012 with a burgundy bezel, and it was given the Manufacture Calibre treatment in 2016. Now, it returns in a third evolution, representing the aesthetic and technical future of the line.
The new Black Bay features the original proportions of a 41mm case in stainless steel with a 60-minute unidirectional burgundy bezel. It has a subtly domed satin radial-brushed black dial with gilt accents, “Snowflake” hands with Grade A Swiss Super-LumiNova luminescent material, and a Manufacture Caliber MT5602-U certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) with a silicon hairspring and a 70-hour power reserve.
In addition to the newest Black Bay, TUDOR has also launched the Black Bay 54, which recalls the brand’s first-ever dive watch with a 37mm case and a Manufacture Calibre. The unidirectional bezel is devoid of any graduated hash marks, echoing the days of the early ‘50s when SCUBA diving was in its infancy. The Black Bay 54 also features the iconic “Snowflake” hands, a hallmark of TUDOR divers’ watches introduced in 1969, with Grade A Swiss Super-LumiNova luminescent material.
TUDOR has also expanded its Black Bay line in steel with a fixed bezel, all fitted with Manufacture Calibers, and available in four sizes with a five-link bracelet and clasp with rapid adjustment. The curved cases feature a combination of finishes that offer a design language that slightly departs from the brand’s iconic tool watch spirit to embrace a sophisticated, versatile, unisex chic look and feel.
The new 41mm Black Bay GMT line has also been introduced with a new, highly legible, whimsical dial in opaline to match the distinctive burgundy and blue bezel in a matte version. It’s also equipped with a steadfast Manufacture Caliber. The GMT function establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones. A matte white-grey finish is applied to the dial, and the marker surrounds are darkened to create a noticeable contrast.
Lastly, TUDOR has expanded its Royal line to include radial-brushed salmon and chocolate brown dials, offering an unexpected and exquisite aesthetic. The Royal range offers self-winding, sporty, and chic watches with integrated bracelets that are as affordable as they are aesthetically sophisticated. The line sits at the crossroads between classic and sports watches and comes in stainless steel or gold and steel, offered in four sizes with a total of thirteen possible dials for every personality.
Overall, TUDOR’s latest releases showcase the brand’s commitment to merging cutting-edge watchmaking technology with design elements inspired by its nearly seven-decade heritage of making robust professional diving watches.
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