It’s moderately uncommon for Tudor to launch a be careful of the Baselworld context… What’s much more uncommon is a Tudor restricted version (besides one executed with Harrods and one with Bucherer). This explains why as we speak’s launch is a little bit of an exception. As one of many official sponsors of the All Blacks (New Zealand’s nationwide rugby group) and because the 2019 Rugby World Cup is about to start out in a number of days from now, Tudor introduces a superbly matching new mannequin. Meet the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish Restricted Version ref. 79360DK. And test the video on prime of the article to see it in motion and in particulars.
Again to Black (Bay Chrono)
The Tudor Black Bay wants no introduction anymore. It’s the signature assortment of the model and has been its best-seller for over 7 years now. However let me refresh your reminiscence on a barely controversial subject: the Black Bay Chrono.
Chronographs have all the time been essential for Tudor, particularly because the early-1970s and the introduction of the Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph 7031 and 7032, in addition to the “Montecarlo” 7149, 7159 and 7169 – extra particulars about these watches right here. Even when Tudor relaunched within the early-2010s, the chronograph was a predominant complication within the assortment, with the Heritage Chrono.
The inaugural “full metal” model of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, reference M79350, launched in 2017.
In 2017, the model determined so as to add a chronograph to its Black Bay line, thus mixing racing-inspired components (tachymeter bezel and total toolish look) with the basic diving attributes of the gathering (200m water resistance and Snowflake arms). This watch actually created some discussions and controversies, regardless of being achieved, mechanically fascinating and pretty priced. One thing we longly mentioned on this article. At Baselworld 2019, Tudor launched the Metal-and-Gold mannequin. And whereas the newest already gave a sign of the highway chosen by Tudor for its chronograph, the latest model we’ve with us as we speak is making issues clear: the Black Bay Chrono is a racing chronograph in the beginning, and its black apparel makes it even stronger.
All Black Black Bay… Darkish
This new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish ref. 79360DK couldn’t be extra apparent. A full-black watch to rejoice the “All Blacks”… Nonetheless, being easy generally and going straight to the purpose is healthier than looking for a justification to a restricted version.
So right here it’s: you’re in entrance of a completely black PVD-coated model of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono. What adjustments in comparison with the usual metal model we talked about above? In actual fact, aside from this Bodily Vapour Deposition (a thin-film know-how initially developed by NASA for its numerous area packages), not a lot. Nonetheless, visually, this adjustments the watch fairly dramatically.
First issues first, what doesn’t change is the dial. We nonetheless discover this domed, grained and matte background on that are displayed two sub-counters (small seconds and 45-minute register), central arms for the hours, minutes and chronograph seconds and a date at 6 o’clock – on a white disc, which balances the dial and echoes the spherical utilized hour markers. One might argue in regards to the snowflake arms, which don’t really feel completely acceptable right here, however as soon as once more, they’re a part of the gathering’s DNA. We’re not going to enter this debate once more.
Transferring to the dial’s periphery, the bezel retains its tachymeter scale – which units this watch as a racing-oriented piece – however quite the opposite of the metal mannequin, the bezel contains a black anodised aluminium disc and isn’t stable metal anymore – the reason being resistance to scratches. The pushers are PVD-coated, identical to the crown. All are screw-down, guaranteeing a stable 200m water resistance. Nonetheless, screw-down pushers will not be essentially the most sensible with regards to begin and cease the chronograph perform.
The case itself retains is 41mm diameter, its satin-brushed surfaces and the signature bevel on the facet of the lugs. It is likely to be a chronograph nevertheless it has all of the attributes of the Black Bay assortment. The case and case again are PVD-coated too. Lastly, this Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish is worn solely on a metallic bracelet, which isn’t within the classic riveted fashion right here. It’s full-blackened too and comes with a folding clasp and security catch.
Manufacture Chronograph Motion
Contained in the case of the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish 79360DK is the Manufacture calibre MT5813, which everyone knows relies on the Breitling B01 structure. That is an built-in automated motion with fashionable options, similar to a vertical clutch and column-wheel to actuate the chronograph features. Little question right here, this can be a very stable provide and well-known motion with superior popularity.
A view to the Manufacture Calibre MT5813 – which you received’t see on the ultimate product, as hidden behind a stable metal case again.
Earlier than being encased by Tudor, the motion is modified, with the addition of particular components on the regulation. It comes with a non-magnetic silicon stability spring and a variable inertia stability – two components to enhance reliability and precision – the motion beeing chronometer-certified by COSC. Different distinction with the Breitling model, the Tudor calibre MT5813 is completed with sand-blasted bridges – which permits for a lower cost and which doesn’t matter a lot because the motion is hidden behind a stable, screwed case again.
What to consider this new Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish? I’m normally not a fan of blackened watches. Nonetheless, I used to be pleasantly shocked by this Darkish model of the BB Chrono. Whereas the metal mannequin was most likely “too metallic” (perceive right here that it lacked distinction), this Darkish version feels extra acceptable because it visually makes the watch extra compact and it enhances the racing fashion of the piece – and thus is extra coherent.
What stays true is a superior high quality of building, an ideal motion and stable package deal contemplating the worth of this watch.
Value and availability
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish reference 79360DK is a restricted version, with the identical variety of timepieces as All Blacks gamers because the group’s creation in 1903 to the RWC 2019, or 1,181 timepieces on the time of writing. The quantity might be adjusted based on the ultimate composition of the World Cup group. The sequence will develop over the approaching years as new gamers be a part of the ranks of the All Blacks. This might be made clear on the again, with the presence of a particular engraving indicating the serial variety of every timepiece.
The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Darkish might be priced at EUR 5,590. Extra particulars at www.tudorwatch.com.