Tudor is pretty regular with their release schedule. Most of their drops occur at Tudor World — sorry, I mean Baselworld — and then there’s occasionally one or two little surprises throughout the year, like the Pelagos LHD back in 2016. This week, Tudor unveiled a new, highly limited (for the brand) edition of the Black Bay Chrono rendered in all black PVD. Dubbed the Black Bay Chrono Dark, it takes this already masculine watch to a new aggro level, and we got the chance to go hands-on with it.
Before getting into the watch itself, let’s go over why Tudor made it. This isn’t just a blacked-out chrono for the sake of making a blacked-out chrono. It’s to celebrate Tudor’s role as the Official Timekeeper of the Rugby World Cup 2019, as well as their sponsored team, the New Zealand All Blacks. Additionally, Tudor will be supplying the referees with the non-limited Black Bay Chrono in steel. Starting September 20th in Japan, this is the ninth Rugby World Cup and the first in Asia, so it’s kind of a big deal. The All Blacks also won in 2011 and 2015, so they’ll be defending their title.
Clearly, Tudor drew from the name and aesthetics of the All Blacks for inspiration in the design, as well as the numbering of the watch. Founded in 1903, the All Blacks have had a total of 1,181 players at the time of writing, which is also the number of Black Bay Chrono Darks to be produced. As that number goes up, more will be released, so I suppose there will be a shred of hope for whoever ends up on the waiting list. The number of each watch will be etched into the solid case back.