Tag: Tudor

Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) Swiss

Marketed as a sort of accessory for the new Ducati XDiavel cruiser that was presented last November at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan, Italy, this new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Ducati (ref. 42000CN) looks 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 very 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.

Tudor North Flag with MT5621 Manufacture Caliber Swiss

If the Swiss-based watchmaking brand really wants to get rid of its image of a 'poor man's Rolex', this new Tudor North Flag that seems to be designed as a new flagship model of the company seems to be 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 very strong impression. Whatever the next model be, the brand clearly doesn't plan to dwell on its past forever.

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Automatic Swiss

Around 18 months ago, Rolex's "cheaper" brand Tudor has unveiled its Tudor 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.

Tudor Pelagos Diver Titanium 500M Automatic Swiss

On the heels of the recent Tudor Heritage Black Bay 200M Automatic Diver (Ref. 79220R) the Swiss watchmaker has also presented an even more extreme model that is inspired by their "classic" pieces. Although clearly 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.

Tudor Heritage Black Bay 200M Automatic Diver (Ref. 79220R) Swiss

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 of a watch. A very handsome-looking Frankenstein, for that matter.

Tudor Fastrider Chronograph Ducati (Ref. 42000) Swiss

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.

Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back (Ref. 20550N) Swiss

Looking at the new Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back watch that was officially presented last March during the annual Baselworld 2011 show, I can't really figure out whether Rolex is serious about its resurrected entry-luxury sub-brand or just amuses itself with an old toy.