To mark the Rugby World Cup 2019™ and celebrate its partnership with New Zealand’s national rugby team, TUDOR presents a black limited-edition version of its Black Bay chronograph. The number of timepieces created corresponds to the number of All Blacks players since the team’s creation. An additional model will be added every time a new player is selected to join the team.
ONE PLAYER, ONE WATCH
To celebrate the All Blacks’ legacy and mark the Rugby World Cup 2019, as the team will defend its back-to-back champions title, TUDOR launched the Black Bay Chrono Dark model. This new black version of its chronograph – matching the All Blacks’ famous jersey – is fitted with a Manufacture Calibre with column wheel and vertical clutch. TUDOR, in a rare departure, is releasing the Black Bay Chrono Dark in limited edition: a watch to pay tribute to every player who has been selected for New Zealand’s national rugby team from its creation in 1884 to the RWC 2019, or 1181 timepieces to date. The number will be adjusted according to the final composition of the World Cup team. The series will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks.
The Black Bay Chrono Dark model features a characteristic satin-brushed steel bracelet for a matt effect, finished with a black PVD-treated coating. Directly derived from the thin-film technology originally developed by NASA for its space programmes, PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, enables practically any inorganic material to be bonded with metals.
The colour choice for this timepiece is a reference to the All Blacks team that TUDOR has been supporting since 2017, reinforced by the presence of a special engraving on the case back indicating the serial number of each timepiece.
KEEPING THE BEST OF THE PAST
With a history extending back more than a century, the All Blacks are not only the most successful international rugby team of all time but also one of the most successful and legendary teams in world sport.
The All Blacks are named after the color of their team kit, with the All Blacks jersey one of the most famous pieces of sports apparel in the world. An icon of national pride, the black jersey with the silver fern emblem was formally adopted by the New Zealand national rugby team in 1893. An everlasting symbol of the All Blacks’ heritage and culture, the players don’t see themselves as owners of the jersey, but guardians, and they adhere to the mantra of “leaving it in a better position than you found it”.