TUDOR watches has gone from strength to strength in recent years releasing some exceptional, good-looking watches at very accessible prices. TUDOR watches are tool watches, made for adventurers – and anyone seeking reliability, technical capability and aesthetics!

 

At Baselworld 2015, Rolex’s more affordable little brother has impressed again with the release of three new models: the North Flag, the Fastrider and the Pelagos - and the launch of TUDOR’s first movement developed and manufactured by the brand: ‘TUDOR MT5621’.

TUDOR states that its new movement has “power reserve of approximately 70 hours which means that its wearer can, for example, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it. In addition to the hour, minute and central second functions, it provides an instant date display visible through an aperture positioned at 3 o’clock, as well as a power reserve indicator in the form of a disc at 9 o’clock. Beating to a frequency of 28,800 beats/hour or 4 Hz, the calibre TUDOR MT5621 is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring spring, held in place by a traversing bridge fixed at both sides to improve resistance to shocks and vibrations. Its self-winding system is bidirectional and, a first for a TUDOR product, it is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).”

The new North Flag and Pelagos are the first TUDOR models to be fitted with the new movement.

 

TUDOR North Flag

An instrument with a scientific design

“In the early 1950s, the members of the British North Greenland Expedition wore TUDOR Oyster Prince watches on their wrists while carrying out a series of experiments in the most hostile conditions imaginable on Earth. In this context, their watches, like the rest of their scientific equipment, took on the dimension of a scientific instrument whose reliability was crucial to life on-site. It was in this spirit of scientific instrumentation that the hybrid steel-ceramic external parts of the TUDOR North Flag were created by the TUDOR Style Workshop in order to express on the outside the high level of technology and reliability of its movement. This begins with the choice of a case with integrated bracelet, a type of construction with a sophisticated overtone and a highly qualitative feel that requires particularly delicate modelling work in order to attain optimum ergonomics and ideal fluidity of lines.”

 

Key features of the North Flag, in addition to the new TUDOR calibre, are:

 

* Entirely satin-finished middle case for a matt effect

* Case back open on to the movement which is visible through a sapphire crystal, an unprecedented detail for TUDOR and one which reveals it in sharp focus under the light of the crystal.

* Two bracelet options – the first taking the form of a solid steel bracelet, satin-finished with polished inter-link surfaces. The second is a matt black leather strap, structured with yellow top-stitching and lining. Both are fitted with the TUDOR folding clasp in a polished and satin- finished version.

* Waterproof to 100m.

 

TUDOR Fastrider

 

"Created in 2011 at the beginning of the partnership between TUDOR and Ducati, Fastrider is TUDOR's technical and sporty line dedicated to the world of performance on two wheels. In 2013, with the Fastrider Black Shield and its matt black ceramic monobloc middle case, TUDOR presented the result of a shared design approach between the world of motorcycle sports and that of fine watchmaking. It was an experience that continued with the customisation of a Ducati Diavel using the same aesthetic language. In 2015, TUDOR continues on the path of aesthetic juxtaposition by offering a new Fastrider chronograph inspired by one of the most famous Ducati models: the Scrambler. The Scrambler represents the exhilarating, non-conformist and adventurous expression of the Ducati DNA, the motorcycle of choice for a community that knows no boundaries."

 

Key features of the Fastrider:

 

* Stripped back, colourful dials - three dial options designed to reflect the various Scrambler versions: bright yellow, the model's historic colour, olive green for a powerful urban look and red for a retro-chic effect.

* Self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours, providing a calendar function with rapid corrector which may be read through an aperture positioned at 4.30.

* Two bracelets available - an interpretation of typical leather saddles with gadroons, offering an additional sporty effect or a matt black rubber strap.

* Waterproof to 150 metres.

 

TUDOR Pelagos

The ultimate tool watch

 

“A magnificent example of a tool watch and the symbol of a lifestyle made up of aquatic adventures, TUDOR Pelagos is one of the most complete traditional mechanical divers’ watches on the market. In 2015, this emblematic model has been updated with a movement manufactured by TUDOR and an additional colour combination, a reference to the most glorious period in the history of the brand’s divers’ watches.”

 

Key features of the North Flag, in addition to the new TUDOR calibre, are:

 

* Guaranteed to a depth of 500 metres and equipped with a helium escape valve.

* Generously- sized square hour markers on the dial to enhance readability, and a large quantity of luminous material. The luminescence is blue, the last colour on the spectrum to be discernible at great depths.

* Titanium bracelet featuring a steel folding clasp with a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by TUDOR. An additional rubber strap is also provided with an extension system making it easily adjustable for any type of diving conditions.

* Titanium for the external parts for its intrinsic qualities of lightness – approximately 60% of the weight of stainless steel for the same volume – and great resistance to corrosion by seawater.

 

The new TUDOR models will arrive in store later in the year. Stay tuned for more details!