Swiss watchmaker, TUDOR, has just launched the Black Bay Ceramic, a watch showcasing the brand’s technical expertise, a case in matte black ceramic, a Manufacture Calibre, and a Master Chronometer certification from METAS (Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology), a first for a watch in the TUDOR collection. Achieving this certification is no easy feat, as the watch had to pass eight punishing tests, including those for accuracy, autonomy, water-resistance and – the big one – anti-magnetism to 15,000 gauss, allowing TUDOR to call the Black Bay Ceramic a Master Chronometer. The inspiration behind this new release can be found in TUDOR’s Black Bay Ceramic One, which was auctioned off at the 2019 Only Watch charity auction and sold for 350,000 Swiss francs.
Visually, the TUDOR Black Bay Ceramic mixes modern elements with neo-vintage aspects. One of the classic details is the angular hands, known as “Snowflake,” which first debuted in the TUDOR’s 1969 catalog and are revived with this timepiece. Featuring a case thickness of 14.4mm and a 41mm diameter matte black ceramic case with sand-blasted surfaces and mirror-polished edges, its rotatable bezel insert is similarly made of black ceramic with a smooth sunray finish. The scratch-proof domed dial also comes in matte black and has applied white hour dials coated with Super-Luminova to stand out in the dark. Two bracelet options are offered to complete the whole look: a hybrid leather and rubber strap and a black fabric strap, which, naturally, come in black.
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