TUDOR's watch range showcases a number of sought after collections, including the Black Bay, Pelagos, Clair de Rose and 1926. The collection offers signature features such as single-piece fabric straps, hallmark Snowflake Hands and mechanical Manufacture Calibres, with multiple functions and superior performance. TUDOR were established in 1926 and over the years, the brand have become well known for tool watches, used by divers and the military. In recent years, TUDOR Watches have launched a number of partnerships with a variety of ambassadors, including the New Zealand All Blacks and David Beckham.
One of the hallmarks of TUDOR watches are the single-piece fabric straps. In 2010, TUDOR became one of the first watchmaking brands to introduce this option. Woven by the Julien Faure company on 19th century Jacquard looms in the St-Etienne region of France, the manufacturing quality and robustness of these are unique. By using such a production method, this creates an incomparable richness of texture and guarantees the utmost in comfort on the wrist.
Taking inspiration from the seat belt system of vintage sports cars, TUDOR’s fabric watch straps are designed to be adjustable in length. Woven in 3D and incorporating “tunnels” in which the strap bars of the watch are inserted into, keeps it all streamlined under the case and the strap fixed firmly in place. The straps are produced with a dense weave containing a high thread count, which ensures both sturdiness and flexibility. The fabric strap has become a classic in the watchmaking landscape, but its interpretation as created by TUDOR remains unsurpassed in terms of technical quality and aesthetics.
“Snowflake” hands are another TUDOR signature and they remain the single most proprietary and recognised TUDOR design element. These famous angular hands first appeared in TUDOR’s catalogue in 1969, are accompanied by characteristic square hour-markers and nicknamed “Snowflake” by watch collectors. They appeared on two diving watches bearing references 7016 and 7021. This innovative design allowed for a lot of luminescent material to be applied to the hands and dial thus guaranteeing excellent legibility in all conditions, and in particular underwater. This iconic detail was used exclusively on TUDOR’s diving watches until the mid-80s and then was re-introduced in 2012 on the modern day Black Bay and Pelagos models.
Since 2015, TUDOR has offered mechanical Manufacture Calibres with multiple functions and superior performance. All Calibre builds have been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision. The non-magnetic silicon balance spring is featured throughout and they are all certified as chronometers by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). In fact, TUDOR manufacture calibres’ performance go beyond the standards set by this independent institute; where COSC allows an average variation in the daily running of a watch of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time in a single movement, TUDOR insists on between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its running when it is completely assembled. All TUDOR manufacture Calibres are “weekend-proof” with a 70 hour power reserve, which enables the wearer to take the watch off on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to reset it.