Tudor’s Heritage line has become a favourite among fans of the vintage pieces that were its original inspiration.
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In 2010, the Heritage Chronograph in black and orange marked the successful launch of Tudor’s Heritage collection. Three years later, the brand has expanded the range to include a second chronograph, the Heritage Chrono Blue.
True to the retro spirit of the line, both models were inspired by the “Monte Carlo” chronographs of the ’70s.
Distinguished by their colourful dials, the original Monte Carlo timepieces are now highly coveted. In fact, the chronograph from this iconic line is perhaps the most desirable vintage Tudor timepiece, partly because of its unique dial design, which has yet to be replicated by Tudor or its sister company, Rolex.
The publicity surrounding the remakes has also boosted interest in the originals. Prices for Monte Carlo watches have spiked in recent years, alongside those of other vintage Tudor watches – which have also inspired Heritage collection pieces, like last year’s Black Bay.
While the first Heritage Chronograph was inspired by the first Tudor chronograph from the ’70s (dubbed “Homeplate” for the shape of its hour indices), this year’s Heritage Chrono Blue takes its cues from the subsequent Ref. 7169 of 1973 – it sports a 1970s-inspired colour scheme of blue, grey and orange.
To complete the vintage look, Tudor includes a matching blue, grey and orange canvas strap inspired by the militaryissue Nato strap favoured by watch collectors.
Beyond the aesthetics, the Heritage Chrono Blue has all the details and quality of a modern timepiece, including scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is water-resistant up to 150m. And though the case shape remains similar to that of its predecessors, it has grown to 42mm to suit contemporary
tastes. Inside the Heritage Chrono Blue is an automatic movement based on the ETA 2892, which is more convenient for the wearer of the watch than the manualwind calibre of before.
The Heritage Advisor
The Heritage chronograph is not the only reissue that received a facelift this year. When it was unveiled in 2011, the Heritage Advisor was Tudor’s first modern alarm watch. Modelled on the Advisor alarm of 1957, the Heritage Advisor was only available with a silver dial, until a twotone black-dial version was added this year.
While the 1957 original had a simple dial and featured just an alarm and the time, the new Heritage Advisor offers considerably more. For one, the volume and clarity of the alarm have been enhanced by a 42mm steel and titanium case, compared with the original which was steel and 34mm.
Operating the alarm is simple enough: A pusher at “8” turns the alarm on or off, and an aperture at “9” on the dial indicates the state of the alarm. The alarm is set via the crown at “2”, which moves the red alarm hand backwards or forward, while the second crown at “4” is to wind and set the watch. The dial features a date indicator at “6” as well as a power reserve display at “3”.
The Heritage Advisor is also water-resistant to 100m, and features a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal. And like all the other Heritage models, it comes with a fabric strap, in addition to either an alligator band or steel bracelet.
It looks like Tudor has found its retro groove, without sacrificing the expected conveniences that come with modern watchmaking.
The new Heritage Chrono Blue and Heritage Advisor feature enhanced inner workings while
keeping to the originals’ vintage designs