On the last day of the 2018 rugby season and before returning to New Zealand, seven players from the All Blacks came to Geneva to visit the TUDOR workshops and discover the art of watchmaking. Having just attended the World Rugby Awards held the day before in Monaco, which TUDOR also partners, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Dane Coles, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi assembled by hand a TUDOR watch with a working mechanical movement. Two teams were formed to compete in a challenge that requires concentration and meticulous attention to detail.
The All Blacks wear the Black Bay Dark, an all-black steel diver’s watch which perfectly matches their team colours. As robust as the wearers and tested to the extreme, according to TUDOR’s watchmaking philosophy, the Black Bay Dark pays homage to the more than 60 years TUDOR has spent perfecting the ideal professional’s watch. When the All Blacks visited the TUDOR workshops in Geneva, they assembled a movement of a Black Bay Dark. Watchmaking takes precision and dedication, as does playing rugby.