Saturday, April 1, 2017

TUDOR Heritage Black Bay Chrono

Swiss watch brand TUDOR updates its Heritage Black Bay family by presenting the first in-house manufacture chronograph with self-winding movement, column wheel and vertical clutch.

Since the presentation in 1970 of the Prince Oysterdate Chronograph, its first chronograph, TUDOR has always produced watches that are closely tied to the world of motorsports. In the same way, since 1954 TUDOR has been constantly improving its professional divers’ watches. The new hybrid Heritage Black Bay Chrono chronograph dares to combine the aquatic heritage represented by the Black Bay family with the queen of the racetrack, the chronograph. Remaining faithful to the Black Bay aesthetic with the famous snowflake hands – a brand signature since 1969 – the Heritage Black Bay Chrono model offers optimum readability against the domed matt black dial.
Its sub-counters are hollowed for optimum contrast and a date aperture is positioned at 6 o’clock. The recognizable characteristics of the Black Bay are preserved in a steel case with a 41-millimetre diameter, fitted with pushers inspired by the frst generation of TUDOR chronographs. A fixed bezel in circular satin-brushed steel with engraved tachymetric scale completes the face of this sporty new chronograph.
Boasting a 70-hour power reserve, a silicon balance spring and certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, the Manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813 that drives the Heritage Black Bay Chrono model is a high performance movement. Crafted in the purest watch making tradition, this movement incorporates column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. In keeping with the TUDOR philosophy of quality, it presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by an array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products. Derived from the chronograph manufacture calibre Breitling 01, with a high-precision regulating organ developed by TUDOR and exclusive finishes, this movement is the result of a recent collaboration between the two brands, which now pool their expertise in the design and production of certain mechanical movements.
The fabric strap is one of the signatures of the Heritage line, and TUDOR was one of the first watch brands to offer it. Woven on 19th century Jacquard looms by a 150-year-old family firm from the region of Saint- Étienne, its manufacturing quality and comfort on the wrist are unique. The Heritage Black Bay Chrono model presents a complimentary navy-blue denim-style strap designed by TUDOR and woven by this craftsman.
In addition to the complimentary denim-style strap that comes with every Heritage Black Bay Chrono, there is a choice of two bracelet designs. The first is a steel bracelet inspired by the folding riveted bracelets of the TUDOR watches produced in the 1950s and 1960s. These were famous for having rivet heads for attaching the links, shown on the side of the bracelet.
The links also had a distinct stepped construction. These two aesthetic details are integrated into this strap, which still presents a modern construction with solid links. The second is a leather strap in a rich brown, with folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Heritage Black Bay Chrono
Reference 79350

Case
41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
Fixed steel bezel with black engraved tachymetric scale
Steel screw-down winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and lacquered in black, with black anodised aluminium winding crown tube
Domed sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 200 m (660 f)

Dial
Black, domed

Bracelet
Steel bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch
Additional fabric strap with buckle included in the box

Movement
Manufacture Calibre MT5813
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Swiss Chronometer officially certified by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute)
Variable inertia balance, micro-adjustment by screw
Non-magnetic silicon balance spring
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4Hz)
Total diameter: 30.4 mm
Thickness: 7.23 mm
Jewels: 41 jewels
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours

Functions
Centre hour and minute hands
Centre chronograph second hand
Chronograph 45-minute counter at 3 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Instantaneous date at 6 o’clock with rapid adjustment without non-correction range
Stop seconds for precise time setting

Retail price
With bracelet: Swiss price (VAT incl.) CHF 4,800.–
With strap: Swiss price (VAT incl.) CHF 4,500.–

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