New for Watches & Wonders 2021 – Tudor’s green and taupe Black Bay Fifty-Eight watches crafted from 925 brushed silver and 18ct yellow gold, along with the new Tudor Black Bay Chrono watches with a distinct vintage-inspired motor racing design.
Could the digital approach to Watches & Wonders for a second year running mark a whole new chapter for the future of the luxury watch industry? 2021 is bringing with it some extraordinary firsts for many prestigious brands too, including Tudor who has launched two stunning new iterations of its popular Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch line and a panda and reverse panda version of its retro Black Bay Chrono watch.
The new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight watches
Tudor first released the Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch in 2019 with a black dial followed by the 2020 navy blue iteration. Now the luxury watch brand releases two additional colours – green and taupe. The Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch collection has a fascinating historical background that continues to serve and shape the line’s new releases. Despite the relaunch of the Tudor brand in 2009, the origins of the Fifty-Eight watch go back much deeper than a little over a decade ago. The Fifty-Eight watch is essentially a smaller version of the Black Bay watch, which shares design elements with some of Rolex’s vintage dive watches (since it was produced during the time when Tudor was borrowing components from its sibling brand).
The Tudor Fifty-Eight watch collection takes its name from the 1958 Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner ”Big Crown” reference 7924 and shares many features with this original dive watch. The case shape of the new models remains faithful to the Fifty-Eight design. Both the taupe and green versions measure 39mm. The taupe dial is paired with a 925 silver case executed with a satin finish, whereas the green dial is fitted inside a luxurious 18ct yellow gold case. The silver case of the Tudor Black Bay M79010SG-0001 is an absolute first for the brand. The proprietary material is said to take on a different patina over time and marries well with the taupe dial in an unusual granular finishing and a surrounding taupe aluminium bezel. The 18ct yellow gold 39mm Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight with green dial and green aluminium bezel ref: M79018V-0001 is vintage-inspired and features matching gold hands.
The Tudor rose is engraved upon the surface of the screw-down crown in both models and the watches are topped with a domed anti-glare sapphire crystal glass front. Both models boast the snowflake hands, a minute track and luminous-coated hands and baton hour markers. A 200-meter water-resistant capability prepares both new Tudor Fifty-Eight watches for plenty of underwater exploration thanks to their unidirectional rotating bezels which help keep track of elapsed dive time. The caseback of each new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch is equipped with a sapphire crystal glass exhibition feature. This grants a clear view into the performance of the Manufacture Calibre MT5400 – certified to COSC standards. The self-winding engine provides a 70-hour power reserve. To finish, the new Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 is fitted with a brown leather strap with a 925 silver buckle, while the new Tudor Black Fifty-Eight 18K comes fitted on a brown alligator leather strap and an additional green fabric strap with a gold-coloured stripe (both with an 18ct yellow gold buckle).
The new Tudor Black Bay Chrono
Creating a buzz, the two new Tudor Black Bay Chrono watches for 2021 are what all Tudor aficionados are talking about. Threading the needle between Tudor’s heritage watches and its black dial diving watch DNA, it also hints towards subtle racing undertones. The first Tudor Black Bay Chrono launched in 2019. Tudor and Breitling had exchanged some technologies to create an innovative movement that powered these first models. The new Black Bay Chrono watches both measure a case diameter of 41mm and come in a black dial variation with silver-filled chronograph counters ref: M79360N-0001 and a reverse variation – a silver dial with black-filled chronograph counters red: M79360N-0002. The bi-compax layout comprises a 30-minute sub-dial at 3 o’clock balanced by a small second counter at 9 o’clock. The new Tudor watches are topped with a sapphire crystal glass front and promise 200-meter water resistance courtesy of a strong and robust stainless steel case paired with an equally rugged and sophisticated satin and polished stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp. Said clasps also have an integrated safety catch.
Tudor has certainly made adjustments to the way these watches wear on the wrist. Ergonomically developed with the wearer in mind, the dial has been moved closer to the sapphire crystal lens to facilitate a slimmer build and the movement fitted inside the case – the Manufacture Calibre MT5813 – has also been repositioned. Bringing down the thickness of a chronograph will no doubt appeal to collectors in search of a modern chrono that feels less hefty on the wrist. The case is executed in a mix of satin-brushed and polished finishes. The two polished push-pieces accompany a Tudor rose-engraved crown and the models also feature a matt black anodised aluminium disc with tachymetric scale and silver markings.
Both the two new Tudor Black Bay Chrono watches are powered by an in-house self-winding movement that is certified to COSC standards. Performing at 28,800 vibrations per hour, the engine, which has been used throughout the Black Bay Heritage watch collection, is capable of a running time of 70 hours once fully wound. In addition to the chronograph features, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono also features a practical date window balanced at the 6 o’clock position.
For more details on the new Tudor watch releases for 2021 you can view our Black Bay collection now at Berry’s Jewellers, contact us on Live Chat via our website or speak to one of our knowledgeable team members on 0113 201 0512.