Tudor Expands Its Ever Popular Black Bay Family And Unveils Two New Royal Models
This year’s Watches and Wonders event in Geneva has given the biggest names in the world of horology a chance to showcase their latest releases. We’ve seen some exceptional new watches with many stimulating a fascinating debate among watch aficionados.
Unsurprisingly Swiss icon Rolex, and its more accessible sister brand Tudor, were at the centre of that chatter. Tudor certainly captured our attention with the introduction of several standout new models. These include additions to its signature Black Bay collection, models that take advantage of the trend for smaller watches, and some stunning new dial colours. There’s also a new GMT variant that Tudor fans are going to love.
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At the heart of Tudor’s revival is its seminal diver’s watch, the Black Bay. Needless to say, the Swiss watchmaker’s most popular collection was at the forefront of its new 2023 offerings. Leading the pack is the stunning burgundy variant that pays homage to the original 2012 watch.
This new iteration improves on the earlier watch and now boasts Tudor’s Calibre MT5602-U engine, a movement backed by a Master Chronometer certificate from METAS. The Black Bay trademarks are all there and the watch is presented in a 41mm case and comes in two bracelet variations or a rubber strap.
Another piece that mines Tudor’s back catalogue is the Black Bay 54, a watch that evokes the early days of scuba diving. Heavily influenced by Tudor’s 1954 Oyster Prince, this is a vintage-inspired piece that picks up on the current trend for smaller watches.
With a modestly sized stainless steel case – it’s 37mm wide – the Black Bay 54 feels authentically vintage. This aesthetic is reinforced by the straightforward bezel and the lolly pop second hand based on the original watch.
If that’s not enough, there’s another Black Bay family member to check out – and it comes in a variety of sizes. More versatile and classically styled, this Black Bay is notable for its fixed and polished bezel and its unisex appeal.
That versatility comes in part due to the array of case sizes. It’s available in 41mm, 39mm, 36mm, 32mm, and 31mm cases and all on a five-link bracelet. All sizes feature in-house COSC-certified movements and the new dial colours were proving to be head turners at Geneva. The new dials come in blue, an unusual anthracite hue, and champagne. Did we mention that some come with diamond markers too?
Sticking with the idea of offering collectors new dial options, Tudor also debuted another variant of the popular Black Bay GMT. More aviation inspired than the rest of the Black Bay family, the new watch is equipped with an opaline dial that perfectly compliments the blue and burgundy bezel.
Rounding out Tudor’s pitch at Watches and Wonders 2023 were two new iterations of the classic Tudor Royal. Like the smooth bezel Black Bays, the Royal is available in a number of case sizes that now includes two new dial options, salmon and chocolate brown. This model forgoes the distinctive snowflake hands of the Black Bay and instead opts for baton hands, roman numerals around the dial edge and an integrated bracelet.
Prices for the new Burgundy Black Bay begin at USD$4,125, USD$3,625 for the Black Bay 54 and USD$3,975 for the Tudor GMT. The new Tudor Royal models start at a very affordable USD$2,300.