Marketed as a sort of accessory for the 2016 Ducati XDiavel power cruiser that was presented at the 2015 EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) is as sporty and laconic as the Italian sports bike. While some may find its look a bit dated (while others may call it ‘classic’,) the choice of material for its chunky case easily compensates for its apparent lack of originality making it a nice choice for a person willing to spend close to $5000 for a Swiss-made chronograph that, while looking plain, offers you the same level of quality and functionality that we expect from a timekeeper in this price range.
If Tudor wants to get rid of its image of a ‘poor man’s Rolex’, this new flagship North Flag model is a step in the right direction. At least, the combination of an in-house mechanism, a cleverly designed case, an elegantly simple dial, and the famous Tudor Rose right below the Arabic numeral “12” make a strong impression. Whatever the next model be, the brand doesn’t plan to dwell on its past forever.
Around 18 months ago, Rolex’s “cheaper” brand Tudorhas unveiled its Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330) that paid tribute to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate from the 1970s. The resemblance between the original and the reissue was, well, a little less than obvious, so, learning on past mistakes the brand decided to offer this new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue featuring styling that makes it look almost like a faithful recreation of the old “Montecarlo” version of the same Oysterdate range.
On the heels of the recent Heritage Black Bay 200M Automatic Diver (Ref. 79220R) the Swiss watchmaker has also presented an even more extreme model that is claimed to be inspired by their “classic” pieces. Although not a reissue in the true meaning of the word, this new Tudor Pelagos Diver Titanium 500M (ref. 25500TN) is strongly influenced by the 1968 Tudor Snowflake Ref. 7021. Not being a tool watch any longer, the premium-priced 25500TN is a lot more refined than its predecessor.
With parts of its body borrowed from vintage models that were in production fifty or even seventy years ago, the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay automatic diver looks not like a tribute to classic “Rolex’s smaller brothers”, but rather like a Frankenstein’s monster of a watch. A very handsome-looking Frankenstein’s monster, for that matter. Perhaps, not even a monster at all.
With its gorgeous Tudor Heritage Chronograph (Ref. 70330n), the Swiss-based watchmaking brand pays homage to the legendary Tudor Oysterdate Chronograph that was manufactured in the early 1970s.
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The Swiss watchmaking brand Tudor has recently refreshed its model range by presenting a new family of sporty Tudor Grantour automatic watches.
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With its new Tudor Fastrider Ducati (Ref. 42000) automatic chronograph, the recently resurrected Swiss watchmaking brand continues its trend of offering not particularly bright timekeepers for those considering the canonical Rolex design language too flashy for the price.
Looking at the new Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back that was officially presented last March during the annual Baselworld 2011 show, I can’t figure out whether Rolex is serious about its resurrected entry-luxury sub-brand or just amuses itself with an old toy.
This year, Rolex is going to resurrect the beautiful Tudor Advisor timepiece from the 1950s that featured a mechanical alarm module. The new iteration of the historic model will be sold as the Tudor Heritage Advisor and will feature all the lovely exterior design cues of the original that was first introduced almost 55 years ago.