I guessed that Tudor would go for a Black Bay GMT at Baselworld 2017, however, given the success of the Heritage Chronograph, it makes sense that they opted for a Black Bay Chronograph (with a particularly interesting movement). Thankfully they refrained from producing it in the Bronze sized 43mm case and opted for the 41mm diameter. Again I was impressed with Tudor’s releases, adding a touch of functionality to the Black Bay Steel with a date window, introducing a Gold and Steel version which I didn’t see coming, and of course the Chronograph. Here’s a quick rundown of Tudor Baselworld 2017 releases.
Tudor Black Bay Steel
The new 41mm Heritage Black Bay Steel gets a brushed steel bezel and a new MT5612 caliber movement (with the addition of the date), a slight variation of the brand’s first in-house movement which debuted in the North Flag. The historical rivet bracelet also makes another appearance as does the red triangle at the top of the bezel. Dial styling carries on from the most recent Black Bay releases with horizontal text and the Tudor shield. Pricing is 3300 CHF on leather and 3600 CHF on the bracelet with both options sold with a Khaki Nato strap.
The Steel and Gold version features the same specs as the Steel version above but gets a gold crown, bezel and central bracelet links to add some formality to the Black Bay.
Tudor Black Bay 41
For the Tudor Black Bay 41, Tudor has opted for a slimmer middle case and fixed bezel in polished steel in a 41mm case. It retains the shape and feel of the Black Bay but presents itself as a dressier option, designed to slide under a shirt cuff. It comes with the choice of a steel bracelet or a brown leather strap with steel folding clasp and an additional strap in urban camouflage fabric if you’re feeling sassy. Price unconfirmed.
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
The 2017 Tudor Black Bay Chronograph features the brand’s first in-house chronograph Calibre MT5813, column wheel and vertical clutch, developed in a collaboration with Breitling (based on the B01, Breitling’s flagship chronograph movement). The watch features dual sub dials and pushers inspired by previous Tudor watches like the Heritage Chronograph I briefly mention above. A fixed bezel in circular satin-brushed steel with engraved tachymetric scale adorns a 41mm case making for a rather handsome watch. Prices are US$4,725 on strap, and US$5,050 on bracelet. Expect Australian prices to sit around $6500.