Friday, March 13, 2015

Watch in Focus – Tudor Pelagos

When it comes to making watches with real purpose, there arent many that know more than Rolex.  Renowned for precision, the legendary brand creates professional timepieces that combine innovation with technical stability. With the Rolex name becoming synonymous with accuracy and reliability, its no surprise that sister brand,
Tudor watches, stemmed from an ethos of providing the quality Rolex customers had become accustomed with at a more affordable price. With both being founded by entrepreneur and visionary Hans Wilsdorf, Tudor was started as a subsidiary in 1926, and served to provide the dependability for which the Rolex brand was known at an entry level price. This was ultimately achievable by using bought-in Valjoux movements, rather than utilising the more expensive in-house alternative. Rather than living in the shadow of the larger company, Tudor strived to make its own name, using technological advancements and inventions to become a respected maker in its own right.


Tudor Pelagos

Tudor made particular steps forward with the release of its chronograph models, with the 1974 Monte-Carlo sporting drivers watch proving to be especially instrumental in furthering the companys progress. Prior to this, in 1952, Tudor watches accompanied a year long Royal Navy scientific expedition to Greenland, resulting in subsequent demand from the French and US forces.  Hollywood also came calling for the brand, with Tom Cruise wearing a Tudor in action film Mission: Impossible.


Tudor Pelagos Watch

From this impressive heritage comes the Pelagos, named from the Greek for sea, a diving watch that continues the traditions from which the brand was built whilst simultaneously advancing underwater technology.  The first fully titanium diving watch from the Rolex family, and water resistant to 500m, the defining feature of the Pelagos is an automatically adjusting clasp, designed to expand and contract based on the wearers movements.  The folding steel clasp combines with a micro adjusting mechanism to provide a comfortable diving experience that accommodates the pressure of descent, deep water movement and the ascent.  Other specialist deep sea features include a precise rotating divers bezel, and an automatic helium release valve, essential to balance variations in pressure during decompression. As well as an oyster bracelet as standard, the Pelagos also comes with a rubber strap to allow it to be worn comfortably on the outside of a diving suit.


Tudor

Visually, the matte finish provides a crisp and practical effect; the dial is easy to read even in extreme conditions, and the snowflake hour hand acts as a reminder of the brands historical models. With a power reserve of thirty eight hours, this is a watch that is ready to perform in and out of the water, and that is equally at home in everyday life as it is in the murky depths.

Tudor Watches

Obtaining one for day-to-day wear may be more of a difficulty however, with Tudor still proving to be elusive within the market place.  Despite its rarity, Tudor is a brand worth investing in, as it continues to merge Rolex DNA with Swiss watchmaking expertise, whilst forging ahead in an entirely new and modern direction of its own.

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