Tudor’s ever-present diver’s watch, the Heritage Black Bay, has certainly received an aggressive push this year with new models added to its existing line-up just when you thought the diver’s watch had reached its creative ceiling. The introduction of an all-steel version and a 41mm model, however, swiftly dispelled such notions. In conjunction with this year’s Only Watch charity auction, Tudor presents the Black Bay Bronze One, imparting more nuanced distinctions to one of the most recognisable diver’s watches in the crowded marketplace.
The one feature that may arouse your curiosity is the position of the crown. In this case, it is on the left or the nine o’clock position. For Tudor’s fans, this is not a ground-breaking development. The watchmaker released the Tudor Pelagos LHD “Left Hand Drive” last year to much of the delight of those who prefer to wear their watches on their right wrists.
The one-off piece has also received this season’s favoured treatment—a fabric strap. In order to complement the khaki green fabric strap with a bronze-coloured stripe running down the middle, the dial and the bezel are finished in the same colour tone. The aluminium bronze alloy case measuring 43mm will acquire a layer of naturally occurring patina associated with bronze over time.
Aesthetics aside, the watch houses a COSC-certified MT5601 automatic movement, boasting 70 hours of power reserve. The hands are generously sized as one would expect from a Tudor Heritage Black Bay. Its cream-coloured luminescent-coated markers will make it especially legible even as the darkness descents. Lastly, water resistance is rated 200m.
The Only Watch auction is set for Saturday, 11 November 2017, 2.30pm Geneva time. In the meantime, Piaget will be exhibiting the watch in various events worldwide.