One of the watch and jewelry industry’s most important events, Watches and Wonders, is currently being held in person in Geneva for the first time since 2019, just prior to the start of the pandemic. Tudor used the event to introduce its new Black Bay Chronograph S&G which has been updated from the original steel and gold model that launched in 2017. This new model comes with a gold watch face and black subdials, with a choice of steel and gold riveted bracelet, a black Jacquard fabric, or a dark brown tagged leather band. Powered by the column-wheel MT5813 caliber, a collaboration between Tudor and Breitling, the 41mm Black Bay Chrono gives off the vibe of a 50s-themed motor-racing watch.
Also for 2022, Tudor is offering the Black Bay Pro, an entirely new model with a 39mm diameter case, a fixed steel bezel, and a Manufacture Caliber MT5652 with a built-in GMT function. The reference time on the Black Bay Pro model is indicated by an angular yellow “Snowflake” hand, an aesthetic hallmark of Tudor, which completes a lap of the dial every 24 hours. Local time is indicated by another, shorter “Snowflake” hand set by a jumping hour, which can be moved either backward or forward. The date, displayed through an aperture positioned at 3 o’clock, is coupled with the local time hand so that when setting the time and passing midnight in retrograde, it instantly jumps to the previous day. A highly unusual, sophisticated, and particularly practical function for the user. The Black Bay Pro is available in a choice of a riveted steel bracelet, a hybrid rubber and leather strap, or a black fabric strap with a yellow band.
Tudor also announced the addition of a two-tone S&G model to the 41mm Black Bay GMT range, which comes with a “root-beer” rotating bezel. And last, but not least for 2022 are the only new Tudors that aren’t named Black Bay, namely a number of new references in the daily-wearing Royal range, which comfortably straddles the divide between chic and casual, and covers four sizes, from 41 to 28mm. Powered by chronometer-rated Sellita calibers and in steel or steel-and-gold cases with integrated bracelets, these new watches feature notched or diamond-set steel or gold bezels and an array of sunray dials, with gem-set mother-of-pearl now an option.
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