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 various space programmes, PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, enables practically any inorganic material to be bonded with metals.
ALL BLACK CHRONOGRAPH
The colour choice of the Black Bay Chrono Dark is a reference to the All Blacks rugby team that TUDOR has been supporting since 2017, reinforced by the presence of a special engraving on the case back indicating the limited-edition serial number of each timepiece.
COLUMN WHEELAND VERTICAL CLUTCH
Since the presentation of TUDOR’s first chronograph in 1970, the Oysterdate, the brand has always produced watches closely tied to the world of motorsports. Since 1954, TUDOR has been constantly improving its professional divers' watches. The hybrid Black Bay Chrono Dark combines the brand’s aquatic heritage, represented by the Black Bay family, with the queen of the racetrack – the chronograph – resulting in a sporty-chic watch with a distinctive touch of nostalgia.
ENGRAVED TACHYMETRIC SCALE
The Black Bay Chrono Dark's sub-counters are hollowed for optimum contrast and a date aperture is positioned at 6 o’clock. The recognisable characteristics of the Black Bay are preserved in a steel case with a 41-millimetre diameter, fitted with pushers inspired by the first generation of TUDOR chronographs. A fixed bezel in circular satin-brushed steel with engraved tachymetric scale completes this sporty new chronograph.
THE ESSENCE OF BLACK BAY
Like other models in the Black Bay line, the Black Bay Chrono Dark model features a dial inspired by the TUDOR divers’ watches produced in the 1950s. It also adopts the characteristic angular hands known as "snowflake". Finally, the large winding crown, characteristic of the first generation of TUDOR divers' watches, is also adopted in this model.
THE MANUFACTURE CHRONOGRAPHCALIBRE MT5813
Boasting a 70-hour power reserve, a silicon balance spring and certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, the Manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813 that drives the Black Bay Chrono Dark model is a high-performance movement. Crafted in the purest watchmaking tradition, it features a column wheel mechanism and vertical clutch. In keeping with the TUDOR philosophy of quality, it presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by an array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products.
The history of the TUDOR divers’ watch dates back to 1954 and the launch of reference 7922. The first in a long line of ergonomic, legible, accurate and robust divers’ watches, it perfectly embodies the approach formulated by the American architect Louis Sullivan, according to whom the form of an object must follow its function. Furthermore, it laid down the aesthetic and technical foundations of an ideal divers’ watch, those of an understated, functional and reliable tool. The sixty years that followed the launch of the original 7922 saw the constant improvement of the TUDOR divers’ watch and each model gained unanimous acclaim from professionals in the field, including some of the greatest military navies in the world.
The new hybrid Black Bay Chrono Dark chronograph dares to combine the aquatic heritage represented by the Black Bay family with the queen of the racetrack, the chronograph.
ONE PLAYER, ONE WATCH
To celebrate the All Blacks legacy and mark the Rugby World Cup 2019, TUDOR launched the Black Bay Chrono Dark model -- a new black version matching the All Blacks’ famous jersey. This new chronograph is a 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, or 1181 timepieces to date. The series will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks.