Predicting Tudor releases in recent years has been a rather futile exercise. Anyone who was around when the P01 was initially teased likely has more than a moment’s hesitation when they see a new teaser from the shield. Such was the case this year (and earlier this week) leading into the first digital Watches & Wonders event, with Tudor showing a billow of red and black smoke combining to create the shield logo. Was this a reference to a ‘coke’ bezel GMT? A new Fastrider? In reality, none of that came to pass, the red and black are simply the brand’s colors, and the watches we got were relatively straightforward, if unexpected.
Perhaps the most unexpected were a pair of precious metal Black Bay 58 references, one solid gold, and the other, silver. While a gold Tudor sport watch is unusual, gold watches in general aren’t unheard of. Silver, on the other hand, raised a few eyebrows. A Black Bay 58 in a case made of silver was borderline inexplicable, but it was also quite beautiful. The case was brushed, and bright, while the dial and bezel were a lovely shade of taupe. But this is a dive watch, a tool watch at heart, and isn’t silver a bit …soft? If you weren’t sure what to make of this one right off the bat, you’re not alone.