May 1, 2013

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Basel

Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Basel 2013
  Tudor! Yes, finally available in the United States. A much longed for and desired request. Now the US and the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on these handsome and timeless Tudors. Just released at Baselworld 2013 is this historic reincarnation from 1973. Tudor has done a good job with with their "throwback" watches to yesteryear. This Heritage Blue Chrono is no different. Extremely well executed and will look amazing on the wrist. The only gripe W&R has is that the watch will not be inexpensive and is packing a standard ETA 2892. Maybe with watch prices these days, this is the new norm...For the vast majority who do not even now what movement is in the watch, it really doesn't matter. This would be a great addition to most collections. Well done aesthetically, with history to back it up. 

Tudor Press Release:
  The TUDOR “Montecarlo” chronograph is an absolute icon. Since its launch in 1973, it has been produced in a number of different versions, the most fascinating featured distinctive touches of blue, grey and orange. This rare, historic chronograph was produced for only a few years. Today, it is greatly prized by collectors and is steadily increasing in value. To revitalise this legendary chronograph – imbued with the spirit of chic, sophisticated holiday destinations of the 1960s and 1970s, and reminiscent of carefree Mediterranean warmth and glamour – TUDOR has decided to reinterpret it and unveil the new TUDOR Heritage Chrono Blue. TUDOR’s approach to the design of this watch was exactly the same as for all the watches in the Heritage line since 2010. Far from being merely a new version, it is a unique reinterpretation in which past, present and future converge in both time and style.

  While all the aesthetic codes that contributed to the recognition of the historic model remain – a synthesis of the original spirit of the timepiece and a faithful reproduction of its key characteristics – TUDOR’s Style Workshop has added many modern touches to update the iconic spirit of this watch and endow it with a timeless strength to make it “tomorrow’s icon”. The royal blue of the original model (1973) combines with a slightly lighter grey than that of the original to give birth to a watch as much at home in water as on land, radiating the Mediterranean spirit and its warmth. Inspired by history, but completely redesigned, the dial now has three-dimensional hour markers with two bevelled metallic edges defi ning an area fi lled with SuperLuminova for a stronger image and optimal legibility. It also features two counters located inside two blue trapezoidal shapes, one at 3 o’clock for the small seconds hand, and one at 9 o’clock for the famous 45-minute counter that marked the history of TUDOR chronographs in the 1970s.
  Waterproof to a depth of 150 metres (500 feet), the steel case, 42 mm in diameter (compared with 40 mm on the original) has a bidirectional bezel with a blue anodized aluminium insert. Under its sapphire crystal, it houses a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve. As an additional refinement, TUDOR’s new Heritage Chrono Blue comes with two bracelets, one in steel with a folding clasp, the other in reinforced fabric with a buckle. The fabric strap – the outcome of cooperation with a firm still carrying on the age-old art of traditional weaving – echoes the characteristic colours of the dial and provides exceptional wearing comfort: an extra touch for a chronograph that takes its inspiration from history but makes an utterly contemporary statement.

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 42mm
Strap: Stainless Steel or Fabric
Lug Width: Not comfirmed, check back
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Bidirectional
Movement: ETA 2892
Power Reserve: 42 hours
Water Resistant: 150M


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