TRAVEL HERITAGE

Tudor unveils the latest member of the Black Bay Heritage series with the addition of a GMT model this 2018 at BaselWorld that is guaranteed, make that confirmed, no, make that double confirmed to win over brand naysayers, if indeed there are any left.


The Tudor Black Bay Heritage GMT effortlessly captures the brands past, threw in a complication and replace the missing bits by unleashing unbridled creativity to create a truly believable timeless classic that it could call its own.


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Spotting the same dimension as her dive cousins at 41mm, the contrasting mirror and brush bi-finished case with bevel on steel stands up exceptionally well for the readapted Tudor 'Big Block' Oyster case from the 70's with ultra large crown tubes. The crown is signed with union rose emblem, consistent with Black Bay Heritage series models. The bracelet version also features a redacted version of the riveted three row Oyster fliplock bracelet complete with solid end links that attaches to the watch and spring loaded catch clasp for that touch of refinement. At 200 meter rating, this is a dive capable instrument if you insist.

The extremely legible printed dial with applied luminous hour indexes contains nothing ground breaking. It simply retains it's functionality perfectly in a rather traditional manner. Three of the four hands feature the signature 50's Tudor 'snowflake' termination point design, with only the minute hand absent of this feature. The 'snowflake' at the GMT hands has been adorned with a red accent to distinguish it from the rest of the snowflakes. (this snowflake thingy sounds so millenial)
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The 24 hour GMT markings, absent from the dial has been featured on the uni-direction bezel. The aluminium bezel insert half in rustic dusty blue and the other in warm burgundy, representing the two half's day and night is perhaps what defines the character of this gorgeous looking timepiece. The outcome of this combination gives it that on my way to my country manor in my vintage Bugatti look. Fitted with a domed crystal, the emotions that oozes out of this timepiece for lacking of a suitable term is nestled somewhere in between rich distinguish tradition and timeless mordern classic. It's almost like a quientessential part of a paranakan exhibit and the perfect timepiece to wear when you board SpaceX on it maiden flight to Mars. Tudor hit the nail and scored hugely here.

The highlight of this indelible new addition must be the movement. The four hands Manufacture Calibre MT5652 with two time zone GMT feature is the latest in-house movement by this extremely ambitious watch maker. The bi-directional automatic oscillating weight has openwork features and the variable inertia balance with four petal union rose design elements is held by a bridge with two anchor points ensuring superb stability and robustness. It is COSC certified which essentially guarantees it's Swiss origins, not that it was ever called into question. But what separates the MT5652 calibre even from Rolex calibre 3186/7 used in Explorer II and GMT Master II (48 hours), is the staggering 70 hours power reserve which is relatively rare for a GMT movement.
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The watch wears a little larger then it's 41mm case due to more pronounced masculine lines, it's not gawky looking in anyway way or sense. It will be available second half of the year in three strap variations not just to give it that twist in mood but also to appeal to the modern woman keen to flaunt her femininility with her new found confidence. While some may suggest this is another snip and tuck on a hand me down design, for that i will have to add that it is an outstanding job and Tudor has outdone itself once again with another excellent interpretation of her glorious heritage.

Now, is anyone holding out for a redacted Jubilee bracelet?