Whenever it is time for
Baselworld Watches & Wonders, you can find me hovering around the TUDOR booth. They usually have something nice or odd to present, at prices that will not create too big an argument at the dinner table when returning home… TUDOR is a brand that is not afraid to take risks, makes robust wristwatches, offers excellent value, and does not suffer from the same waiting list drama that its bigger brother does. If you see something you like, chances are that you will indeed get what you want with just a little bit of patience.
However, TUDOR just released an extremely attractive and perfectly proportioned GMT today. And I am expecting people will have to play the waiting list game for this fantastic, and nicely priced, new addition to the TUDOR family. A modern-looking Tudor GMT in 39mm. Yes, it does have strong Rolex Explorer II vibes, but I don’t think that is a bad thing. This is not TUDOR’s first foray into the GMT realm. Not too long ago, TUDOR released the Black Bay GMT which set the internet on fire for a couple of months as well.
This being a GMT, the reference time is shown by the yellow hand. The local time is indicated by the shorter (familiar-looking) snowflake hand. It is this shorter hour hand that you can quickly set to whichever local time zone is applicable when your airplane lands. The caliber features a jumping hour which can be set both forwards and backwards, so adjusting to the new time zone is a breeze (from a horological point of view). As per Tudor “the date, displayed through an aperture positioned at 3 o’clock, is coupled with the local time hand so that when setting the time and passing midnight in retrograde, it instantly jumps to the previous day”.
The watch is powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5652. According to TUDOR it was developed by TUDOR specifically for the Black Bay Pro model. The power reserve of the caliber is also what TUDOR calls ‘weekend proof’, meaning around 70 hours, so you can take it off Friday night and put it back on your wrist Monday morning with the watch still nicely ticking away and keeping time.
The new TUDOR Black Bay Pro is available on a steel bracelet, a woven strap or a leather strap. Find out more right here.