It’s that time of year again! Basel is in full swing, and every watchmaker worth their salt is displaying new and exciting concepts for 2017. Few manufacturers this year, though, are making as many waves as Tudor. So far they’ve unveiled a slew of new additions to the Heritage Black Bay line, including a 41mm version of the Black Bay 36, a steel-bezeled Black Bay three-hander, and this- the Black Bay Chrono. Not only is it a handsome addition to the ever-expanding Black Bay lineup, this new piece also spells out a surprising new turn for the Tudor brand.
While the case shares some similarities to Tudor’s Heritage Chrono, such as the bezel and lug shapes, the new Black Bay Chrono downsizes to a more manageable 41mm. In addition, the Black Bay Chrono adds a fixed stainless steel tachymeter bezel and classic Tudor/Rolex fluted screw-down pushers. The overall effect is extremely reminiscent of the classic Tudor Big Block 79180, right down to the 41mm diameter.
The dial design, however, is brand-new for the Black Bay Chrono, and while it represents and odd mishmash of styles on paper (especially when paired with the pure Tudor racing chrono case) it comes together to form an attractive whole. The Black Bay Chrono retains the standard Black Bay’s traditional applied diver indices (with removals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock for the chrono subdials and date window), but subtly alters the iconic Tudor “snowflake” handset to work more easily with the new chronograph format. Most prominently, the hours hand has been noticeably slimmed down, ensuring the chronograph registers are always visible and easy to read.