At Baselworld 2016, Tudor seemed like they read my mind with the release of the new Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection! While I always love the Tudor Black Bay Collection, the ETA movement with its measley 38 hours power reserve has always held me back. When the new Tudor Pelagos with in-house movement came out earlier this year, I wistfully thought, “It would be great if Tudor can fit the new in-house movement into the Black Bay.”
And guess what Tudor went and did at at Baselworld 2016? Their new Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection, in essence, personifies the new Tudor. Once an afterthought to its much more illustrious older brother (Rolex), Tudor has been making so many right moves since their Monte Carlo collection. Tudor Black Bay One headline stealing turn at Only Watch 2015 is arguably the grandest validation from the hard-to-please watch collector crowd.
Enough gushing. While you’ll see articles on the Tudor Black Bay Dark and Bronze variation, I still feel that the best versions of Tudor Black Bay is in Burgundy and Black. Cosmetic difference between Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection and previous are subtle. Gone are the vintage Tudor rose logo replaced with current Tudor’s shield although you can still find it on the crown The text lines grew from two to three, all in straight line as opposed to curved. The crystal are now domed. The original design was almost perfect in its ability to capture vintage zeitgeist with modern touches. I’m glad Tudor don’t mess with the original design language. The only change I would LOVE to see is an addition of a GMT module. I would seriously consider selling my Rolex GMT BLNR for that version of the Tudor Black Bay GMT.
Perhaps the biggest and most compelling change to the Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection is on the inside. Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection are all powered by the new in-house movement ref MT5602 similar to the one in the new Pelagos. With 72 hours power reserve beating at the modern 28,800 BPH or 4HZ, you can now leave the watch off the whole weekend. While the finish of the movement is very utilitarian it does incorporate latest/greatest refinement and durability from Tudor (and some borrowed from Rolex). Tudor Black Bay 2016 Collection just shot to my top 3 watch to get this year. Now the only conundrum for me is Burgundy or Black.
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