MORE THAN A FAMILY RESEMBLANCE
This model, with its two-colour bezel, recalls a watchmaking classic. But take a closer look and you’ll see that the brand with the Tudor rose has kept its own personality intact.
They always manage to surprise us. For the past few years, Tudor has regularly been the focus of attention with their models launched at Baselworld. For 2018, the Black Bay GMT is undeniably the watch in the spotlight. It’s true that the bidirectional revolving bezel is quite reminiscent of the legendary Rolex GMT-Master II, but look closer and you’ll see that this watch has the technical talents and specific features to make it very attractive. First of all, this really is an all-terrain model, at home on land or in the water with a robust steel case that is watertight down to 200m. The Snowflake hour hand, an aesthetic hallmark of the collection, and the minute hand point towards luminous hour markers that stand out nicely against the black dial for optimal readability, even in the dark. Along with the central second hand, there is a fourth, red hand that revolves once around the dial every 24 hours, so the owner can see the time in a second time zone using the figures around the bezel. The blue and the burgundy colours show the night and day times respectively. A date rounds off the time information.
All these features are driven by an automatic mechanical movement (70 hours of power reserve), with accuracy certified by the COSC. It also has a “stop second“ system for precise time setting.
The Black Bay GMT is worn with a steel, leather or NATO strap. Tudor has reminded us that a practical watch can also be stylish!
Price: 3,400 EUR (leather-NATO) – 3,700 EUR (steel)
By Dan Diaconu