Watch Porn Retrospective: Tudor for Work or Play

Posted on May 16, 2011

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Over the years Tudor gained an unflattering reputation as a “low-end” Rolex. However, new vigor and watch making excellence has given birth to all new TUDOR timepieces that effortlessly communicate classic elegance and performance. Designed for performance and crafted for sophistication, 2010 was a year that rightly belonged to Tudor; Its offerings that year- the Tudor Heritage Chronograph and Tudor Glamour Double Date were of such functional beauty and quality that North American markets (of which Tudor was no longer a part of) were almost rioting when pictures of their Baselworld debut made its rounds in the wild of the internet.

Indeed, today Tudor and its new retro chic aesthetic not only captures the spirit of a brand that for over six decades captivated audiences hungry for affordable luxuries but now stands on firm foundation no longer needing to lean on it’s older cousin. Tudor reflects beauty and boldness and a taste of Rolex level quality without the price tag.

Tudor Heritage Chrono

Created at the crossroads of vintage and velocity, the new TUDOR Heritage Chrono, a timely add- ition to the TUDOR Sport collection, is ingeniously inspired by the celebrated TUDOR Oysterdate Chronograph of the early 1970s.

Some forty years down the road, the 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono is a fitting ode to the historic links and shared values of the TUDOR and Porsche brands and to the powerful TUDOR-Porsche Motorsport partnership signed in 2009, when TUDOR became “Timing Partner” with involvement in the Porsche international one-make cups.

The 2010 TUDOR Heritage Chrono mirrors the original shape and proportions of the middle case, bezel, lugs and bracelet of th 1970s model. But a closer look reveals a series of new and beautifully executed design details. Notably, the bevelled and polished edges of the lugs, the slick, stylized shoulders to protect the crown, and the knurled edge of the rotatable bezel and of the pushers that flank a knurled winding crown to improve grip.
The dial, available in either grey on black or black on grey, is further enhanced with stunning orange details and features 3-D applique rather than printed pentagonal-shaped hour markers and two counters. The 45-minute counter reiterates the counter of the 1970s, dictated by the very structure of its 7734 Valjoux movement and the need for optimal legibility. The thicker, wider, sleeker watch case of the TUDOR Heritage Chrono, once 40 mm and now 42 mm, is altogether in keeping with the dimensions of today’s chronographs. It also boasts the reference 7033 bidirectional rotatable bezel, originally designed for the 1970s first edition of the watch but never distributed. Today it bears the reference number 70330, with a black eloxed aluminium disc, and comes with both a three-link solid steel bracelet with a new clasp and TUDOR shield logo, as well as, yes, a black, grey and orange fabric strap, with a newly-developed vintage– and seat belt-inspired buckle.

Tudor Glamour Double Date

“Smooth, suave and suggestive” best describe the lines of the shining-armour-of-a-case and double bezel in polished steel that exquisitely frame a dial with open-work feuille hands and a domed sapphire crystal. While respecting the shape and pro- portions of the other models of the TUDOR Glamour collection, the case, for the first time, measures a handsome 42 mm.

The dial, available in black, silver or dark grey, is distinguished by a dramatic double date window at 12 o’clock and a small seconds counter that makes its debut at 6 o’clock and is subtly adorned by the return of the TUDOR rose pattern, reminiscent of the brand’s earliest logo from the 1930s and 1940s.

TUDOR HERITAGE CHRONO DOUBLE DATE
Steel Diameter : 42 mm Self-winding mechanical movement Satin-finished and polished steel case Screw-down pushers at 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock for chronograph functions 45-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock Date at 6 o’clock Bidirectional rotatable bezel in steel with black disc Sapphire crystal Screw-down crown Waterproof to 150 metres (500 feet) Steel or steel and 18 ct yellow gold Diameter : 42 mm Self-winding mechanical movement Polished case with double bezel Double date window at 12 o’clock Small seconds hand at 6 o’clock Open-work feuille handsDomed sapphire crystal Screw-down crown Waterproof to 100 metres (330 feet)
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