Tudor kicked off its 2021 showcase of latest fashions with the Tudor Black Bay Chrono, a watch we have been ready for final 12 months, however we’re going to lead this story with the 39mm Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925. Why? Properly, for one factor, it sports activities a silver case (therefore the 925 within the title) and an exhibition caseback – the previous a primary for Tudor, the latter a primary for the Black Bay. Actually, the workforce huddled over whether or not any main model had a silver dive watch in present manufacturing however we predict not (that is the Web, appropriate us please). These info clarify our resolution to guide with this piece, as a result of it provokes questions.
To start with, you might marvel why sterling silver? This materials might have been used for pocket watches nevertheless it was by no means significantly favoured for wristwatches. The issue is stability, provided that the steel will age and may even be an irritant to at least one’s pores and skin. Tudor doesn’t clarify the alloy in use right here, what with patents and all the things, nevertheless it says stability will not be a difficulty. Within the video presentation, the model coyly means that one thing gold and one thing silver have been added right here. Now that could possibly be something, from gold to platinum, or copper to zinc. Nevertheless, we speculate that one thing inert should be in play to make this Black Bay appropriate for intensive publicity on one’s wrist.
The subsequent matter for dialogue is the exhibition caseback, which permits the world to see the manufacture automated calibre MT5400. This calibre may sound unfamiliar however it’s a variation on the MT5402 that powers a variety of Black Bay fashions. In line with Hodinkee, the principle distinction between MT5400 and MT5402 lies within the dimension of the bottom plate, which has been adjusted to make it higher suited to strutting its stuff through that exhibition window. Sure, it is a software watch nevertheless it clearly yearns for some horological appreciation. Given how the Black Bay assortment is evolving, this can be a really good transfer certainly. So far as the taupe dial is worried, we are going to reserve judgment till we see the watches, which can be this week.
And now, the 41mm Chrono… Final 12 months marked the 50th anniversary of the Tudor chronograph however clearly occasion overtook this. Properly it’s lastly right here, and it sports activities the automated calibre MT5813, which isn’t new. We final noticed it within the S&G mannequin, however it’s now accessible in metal variants so hurray for everyman watch fanatics…if you may get it. We perceive from the identical presentation video that the 2021 Black Bay Chrono is slimmer than its predecessors however we are going to as soon as once more withhold judgment till we look at it in particular person.
Lastly, there’s a full gold watch to get into, however we are going to solely get into the shallows with it for now. It too is a Black Bay Fifty-Eight in order that makes two treasured (form of) 2021 additions to that fashionable household. We are going to be sure you dedicate more room to it in time to come back, maybe within the journal.
All pictures courtesy of Tudor.