On top of its best-selling Black Bay collection, TUDOR at Baselworld 2018 has unveiled a new addition - the Black Bay Fifty-Eight.
Named after the year in which the brand introduced its divers' watch waterproof to 200 metres (reference 7924, dubbed the "Big Crown"), the Black Bay Fifty-Eight is fitted with a new TUDOR manufacture movement. As a tribute to its legacy, this will appeal to vintage enthusiasts.
More significantly, it has been designed for slim wrists at 39mm, making the TUDOR collection now accessible to an even larger group of customers. Its siblings in the Black Bay collection ranges from 43mm to 41mm.
It also comes in a new colour combination – a subtle variation on the aesthetics of the Black Bay line. Finishing touches in gold have been applied to the hour markers, hands and minute track of the black and steel bezel. The winding crown tube is in satin-brushed steel - a new feature in the Black Bay line - in keeping with the style of the case and winding crown, which bears the TUDOR rose logo in relief.
Three years after first introducing its own (in-house) Manufacture Calibre, TUDOR in 2018 has unveiled a second family of movements. The Calibre MT5402 displays hour, minute and second functions and has been designed for medium-sized TUDOR watches.
Boasting a self-winding mechanical (automatic) movement with bidirectional rotor system, it is certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) and possesses a 70-hour power reserve - close to three full days.
The Black Bay Fifty-Eight model is available with a vintage-inspired riveted bracelet, brown leather strap with a folding clasp or black fabric strap with a gold-coloured band.
Not simply a re-release of a classic, the TUDOR Black Bay Fifty-Eight evokes over 60 years of TUDOR's diver heritage whilst featuring the latest manufacturing techniques, reliability, robustness and the quality of finish consistent with today's more rigorous requirements.
The result is a delightful coming together of traditional aesthetics and contemporary watchmaking.