Tudor : Diving generation

Heritage Black Bay Steel

CASE : polished and satin-brushed steel, domed sapphire crystal, screw-down steel winding crown bearing the TUDOR rose engraved and black-lacquered, with black anodized aluminium winding crown tube, solid caseback, water-resistant to 200m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding (Caliber MT5612, 70h power reserve) bidirectional rotor silicon balance-spring, COSC-certified

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, seconds, date, unidirectional rotating bezel with 60-minute graduation DIAL : black, cambered, snowflake hands

BRACELET/STRAP : steel bracelet or aged leather strap, folding buckle with safety clasp, additional fabric strap

Since its launch in 2010, the Heritage has reached a comfortable cruising speed and its Black Bay flagship has been sailing from one success to another. A new in-house movement in 2015 ; the stratospheric price (100 times that of the standard model) fetched for its one-of-a-kind version sold in the Only Watch auction ; the triumph of its bronze version introduced in 2016 : all these are extremely positive signs heralding the 2017 vintage of this iconic diver’s watch. The Heritage Black Bay Steel presented at Baselworld 2017 is distinguished first and foremost by the steel disk of its rotating bezel, which is circular satin-brushed to create a matt effect. While it still bears the angular hands evoking those of the watches supplied to the French Navy in the 1970s, aficionados will immediately note the appearance of the date which they sweep over. The new feature has involved a slight evolution of the previous caliber, of which the sturdiness and precision have been well tried and tested. This COSC-certified in-house Tudor movement, equipped with a variable-inertia oscillator featuring a silicon balance-spring, provide its wearer with a comfortable power reserve that the brand refers to as “weekend proof”. But who would want to be without such an attractive sports watch at the end of the week ? Especially since the Heritage Black Bay Steel, available with a steel bracelet or a steel leather strap, also comes with an additional khaki strap woven by the French artisans of the age-old Jacquard textile manufacturer.

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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