APHOTIC ZONE

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Tu­dor’s Black Bay Dark is the lat­est ad­di­tion to this wildly pop­u­lar col­lec­tion, and the most monochro­matic one so far

The Black Bay Dark is over­whelm­ingly monochromic, ex­cept for a sin­gle line of red text on its dial, and a largely ob­scured red tri­an­gle on its bezel. This is no ceramic watch though, un­like those from Tu­dor’s Fastrider Black Shield col­lec­tion. In­stead, the stan­dard Black Bay case has been given a black PVD treat­ment with a satin fin­ish to achieve this cool and men­ac­ing look. The steel con­struc­tion gives the watch the weight and heft one would ex­pect from old-school dive watches.

As a de­scen­dent of his­tor­i­cal Tu­dor dive watches, the Black Bay pre­serves some of its pre­de­ces­sors’ sig­na­tures, such as the “snowflake” hour hand. What the mod­ern model may lack in ex­clu­siv­ity or prove­nance, it com­pen­sates with tech­ni­cal ad­vance­ments in the form of a fresh and ef­fi­cient move­ment, Cal­i­bre MT5602. Chronome­ter cer­ti­fied by COSC, this in-house de­vel­op­ment has a go­ing time of 70 hours which, while not un­com­mon for newer me­chan­i­cal move­ments re­leased in re­cent years, is still nearly dou­ble that of av­er­age ones in the mar­ket.

Like its sib­lings, the Black Bay Dark is of­fered with dif­fer­ent strap op­tions. One can choose be­tween a black Pvd-treated stain­less steel bracelet and an aged leather strap with black Pvd-treated fold­ing clasp. The third op­tion of a wo­ven fabric strap with black PVD treated buckle is in­cluded as ex­tra for both of them.

The Black Bay Dark is no­tably dif­fer­ent from the Black Bay Bronze, an­other show stealer, in two no­table ar­eas. Firstly, it re­tains the 41mm case size of its sib­lings, un­like the slightly larger Black Bay Bronze, which clocks in at 43mm. Se­condly, the dial of this watch has rec­tan­gu­lar mark­ers on the three, six, and nine o’clock po­si­tions, again like its sib­lings and un­like the Bronze’s Ara­bic nu­mer­als. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Tu­dor Cal­i­bre MT5602 with 70-hour power re­serve

CASE 41mm in Pvd-coated steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 200m

STRAP Pvd-coated steel bracelet or black aged leather, both with Pvd-coated steel de­ploy­ant buckle; ad­di­tional fabric strap with Pvd­coated buckle

PRICE Un­avail­able

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Singapore

© PressReader. All rights reserved.