Unveiled at the ongoing Baselworld, TUDOR's latest timepiece for 2012, the Heritage Black Bay, is a handsome ode to the fine Swiss manufacture's watchmaking history.
The new TUDOR Heritage Black Bay is the latest addition to the Tudor Heritage collection, launched in 2010 and aimed at drawing together some of the brand’s emblematic models. For one, the Heritage Black Bay's vintage aesthetic hails from a diving model that first appeared in 1954 and continually evolved until the 1980s. Its distinctive domed dial, striking burgundy bezel and “snowflake” hands are hallmarks of this iconic model that saw it emerging as a firm favorite among the clutch of the very first divers’ watches in the market.
The Heritage Black Bay model, while rooted in history, has been updated with more slender, elongated lugs, reworked and resized to produce a contemporary steel case with a comfortable diameter of 41 mm. The black domed dial boasts generous luminescent hour markers for optimum readability. Like that of the hour markers, the pink gold of the hands retains a gentle hint of nostalgia, suggesting the patina of old timepieces. Other notable design features include
Equipped with the new folding clasp developed by TUDOR, the Heritage Black Bay model is offered with a black fabric strap and a steel bracelet, or with a black fabric strap and a second strap in aged leather.
TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Technical Specifications
41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
Unidirectional rotatable bezel in steel with burgundy red disc
Self-winding mechanical movement
Power reserve of approximately 38 hours
Screw-down steel winding crown engraved with the TUDOR rose
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
Steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch, additional fabric strap with buckle