Tudor Black Bay GMT Launches at Baselworld
TUDOR is introducing the Black Bay to world time by adding a new GMT function. Sporting a distinctive, burgundy and blue bezel, this model is also equipped with a new manufacture movement.
TUDOR is expanding its Black Bay line by presenting a model with a highly functional complication: a multiple time-zone function – also known as a GMT function – that establishes local time without losing sight of the time in two other time zones. Recognisable by its rotatable bezel, which derives its deep blue and burgundy colour theme from other models in the Black Bay line, but in a matt version, the Black Bay GMT is also a nod to the early days of this watchmaking function. Additional time zones are indicated by a red Snowflake hand, TUDOR’s aesthetic hallmark, which spins around the dial in 24 hours, as well as a bidirectional rotatable bezel that is also calibrated for 24 hours. The twelve daylight hours are printed on the burgundy section and the night-time hours on the blue. With a steel case, 41 mm in diameter, the Black Bay GMT model is waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft) and designed to withstand the elements. Its winding crown tube is in satin-brushed steel, new for the Black Bay line and aesthetically in keeping with the case and winding crown. Its contrasting black dial means that it is legible in all conditions, including night-time, thanks to its luminescent hour markers. The dial features a GMT marker at 6 o’clock.
THE ESSENCE OF BLACK BAY
Like other models in the Black Bay line, the Black Bay GMT features a dial inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches produced during the 1950s. They adopt the characteristic angular hands known to collectors as snowflakethat appeared in the brand’s 1969 catalogue. Lastly, the large winding crown, characteristic of the first generation of TUDOR divers’ watches to be waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), is also adopted in this new model.
The Black Bay line is the result of the subtle blend of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking. Far from simply being an identical re-release of a classic, it brings together over 60 years of TUDOR divers’ watches at the same time as being resolutely anchored in the present. Whilst it is neo-vintage in aesthetics, its manufacturing techniques, reliability, robustness and the quality of its finish are consistent with today’s standards.
TUDOR is a Swiss made watch brand, offering mechanical watches with sophisticated style, proven reliability and unique value for money. The origins of TUDOR date back to 1926, when ‘The Tudor’ was first registered as a brand on behalf of the founder of Rolex, Hans Wilsdorf. He created the Montres TUDOR SA Company in 1946 to offer watches with the quality and dependability of a Rolex, at a more accessible price point. Throughout their history, TUDOR watches have been chosen by the boldest adventurers and seasoned professionals alike. Today, the TUDOR collection includes emblematic models such as Black Bay, Pelagos, Glamour and 1926. Since 2015, it has offered mechanical Manufacturemovements with many diverse functions.
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