Tudor : Black Bay One for Only Watch

Heritage Black Bay One

Case : polished stainless steel case, unidirectional rotatable bezel with black disk, domed sapphire crystal, waterproof to 200m Movement : self-winding mechanical movement, (Tudor Caliber 2824, 38h power reserve) Functions : hours, minutes, seconds Dial : domed, black Bracelet/Strap : steel bracelet with tube-type attachments and folding clasp, delivered with two additional straps in aged leather and hand-crafted grey fabric respectively One-of-a-kind model

For its first participation in the Only Watch biennial auction, Tudor indulges in its favorite style exercise. It embodies an art in which the brand with the red shield excels: successfully orchestrating the temporal collision of aesthetic codes from the past, present and future. Tudor was indeed notably awarded the Revival Prize at the 2013 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. In this instance, reference 7923 from the 1950s, produced in small quantities and much sought-after by collectors, is the only Tudor divers’ watch to feature baton-type hands. Its 2015 reincarnation as a one-of-a-kind model for Only Watch subtly differs from the original while featuring the same historical layout. The Heritage Black Bay One is enhanced with red accents on the bezel at 12 o’clock and in the two lines of text specifying the guaranteed immersion depth. The case size is more contemporary, the movement is now self-winding, and the crown with its engraved rose features a black anodized aluminum tube. Aficionados will be reassured to learn that, in parallel with this first one-off piece in Tudor’s history, the brand launched on October 15th (GMT’s 15th birthday !) its Heritage Black Bay in a non-limited black version (see 4×4 article on page 32).

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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