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Tudor re-releases the Heritage Chrono Blue for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Original Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue from 1973

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New Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue Basel 2013

40 years ago, Tudor released the Heritage Chrono Blue in 1973. This Basel 2013, Tudor brought this watch back into the collection  to relaunch the brand into the US with a bang.

The entire watch world is waiting for the arrival of Tudor into the US market.  What better way to do so than by paying homage to a true classic. Stylistically, when you look at this watch, it has the feel and look of a Paul Newman vintage Rolex Daytona from the sixties.

They definitely reproduced this watch as close to the original specs as possible, at the same time they added some nice touches to the crowns and pushers. Even though the dial is pretty much the same, it appears cleaner, boulder and less busy than the original. The date wheel is smaller and more subtle making the dial look less crowded.

The case is a good size at 42 mm and is made out of stainless steel. This watch is fitted on a stainless steel oyster looking bracelet which is timeless and also comes with an additional nylon strap and buckle for a more casual sporty feel.  The movement is an ETA 2892 with a module for the chronograph which is made specifically for Tudor.

I know Tudor is going after the three to five thousand dollar market and with watches like this they will be sure to own it.

Technical specs for the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue ref#70330B

The case, in stainless steel, measures 42mm. It has a sapphire crystal and it is water resistant to 150 meters. It features a bidirectional rotatable 12-hour graduated (48 positions) steel bezel for second time-zone display, blue disc.

Movement is the Swiss automatic Tudor caliber 2892 (base ETA) with chronograph module. It has a power reserve of 42 hours. 45-minute totalizer at 9 o’clock and small seconds hand at 3 o’clock with date at 6 o’clock.

Tudor release the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013

by amitdevhanda

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CR

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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Chronograph ref# 42000CN

There are very few watch brands I can say that really peak my interest. The new ones are either trying way too hard to copy the legends of time or they are so complicated that you need a PhD or some sort of NASA certification to actually set the time. 2013 is a landmark year for Rolex because of the 50th anniversary of the Daytona, it’s also a marks the year they are bringing back subsidiary brand Tudor to the US Market.

During the time frame of the Great Depression, 1946 to be exact, Hans Wilsdorf the Founder of Rolex introduced a subsidiary brand of Rolex known as Tudor. When most companies were lowering their prices and image, Hans Wilsdorf decided to introduce a new collection and brand that had reliability and quality like a Rolex but at a lower price point to make it more affordable. This Basel 2013, Tudor has introduced a new product line ready to launch in the US market this summer 2013.

I have always been a fan of Tudor watches , but now I am incredibly excited because up until now the market for well made watches between 3 thousand to 6 thousand dollars didn’t really exist. Rolex has very cleverly positioned Tudor to fill that price point and own that market share. This is right in line with the philosophy of founder Hans Wilsdorf,  making it more affordable and accessible without compromising quality, reliability and integrity.

So what makes Tudor different from Rolex besides price point? Well, Tudor doesn’t manufacture their movements like Rolex. They use work horse movements like ETA.  For the last 10 or more years, Tudor brand watches have been marketed and sold in most countries around the world including Australia, Canada, India, Mexico, South Africa, most countries in Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and countries South America, particularly Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela

I am excited to report that Tudor has introduced the FastRider Black Shield Chronograph for Basel 2013. This watch is basically a ceramic chronograph that has the visual aesthetic of the iconic Rolex Daytona. I love the fact they can take more risks with Tudor and experiment with design, composites, price points and complications . In a lot of ways, Tudor represents the side of Rolex that the public wants that Rolex actually has no problem executing and fulfilling. Rolex is a lot more traditional and historic while  Tudor is modern and accessible.

The Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph is a serious winner because it’s well finished, everyday wearing and speaks to that real racing enthusiast who enjoys a chronograph function. Even though a little small for my liking, the 42 mm size is a great place to start. There are two dial options available, both black dials,  one with red indices and the other with luminous white indices.

The case  and bezel of the watch are black ceramic, while the chronograph pushers are steel and black PVD coated. Unlike most watches whose date wheels rest at the 4 o’clock position, this rests at the  4: 30 position. Both variations are available in two strap options in leather and rubber. This is actually a chronograph you can swim with as it’s water resistant to 150 meters and has screw down crown.

I don’t know the exact price, but I am guessing it to be at around the 6 thousand dollar mark plus or minus, which is a great place to be for a Chronograph that is basically made by Rolex.  Those of you who are gushing at the new Rolex Platinum Daytona and feel like you have been priced out of the market, now have something new, different, re-invented and stay within the Rolex Family. I have a feeling Tudor is going to create a mass hysteria and bring a whole new world of collectors by bringing this cult brand back to the US.

Technical Specs for the Tudor FastRider Black Shield Chronograph

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com

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info courtesy of http://www.tudorwatch.com

Baselworld 2013

by amitdevhanda

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I just wanted to clarify for any of you out there how Baselworld in Basel Switzerland works. Every major watch brand exhibits in Baselworld every year to showcase their latest creations. This Fair is for retailers all over the world to see what the newest releases are and to place orders for the year for their store/stores as most of these brand have allocations.

Unless, you’re a member of the press or some how invited by the brand, the public is not allowed to go into these magnificent booths that the watch brands spend millions of dollars on to put on the event of the year. However, unlike other watch Fairs and Baselworld by far being the biggest ans surely one of the most important in the world, the general public is allowed to purchase day and group passes. You can definitely look from the outside of all these amazing booths where you can see the newest novelties in the windows.   This year Baselworld starts on April 25 and ends May 2 2013.  To get all the information you need on specifics for Baselworld 2013 please click here