Watch fans, you are invited! This Friday and Saturday, Wixon Jewelers, based in the Minneapolis, MN area is holding their annual Watch Fair featuring the latest designs and limited edition pieces from the several of the finest Swiss timepiece manufacturers. Wixon carries a super lineup of watches that will surely make this event worth the visit: Patek Philippe, Panerai, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani Fleurier, Rolex, and more. AND, Wixon is also one of the new US retailers for Tudor Watches which is a great opportunity in and of itself for you to be among the first to check out the new line which just landed in the US last month.
The Wixon staff will be joined by brand representatives to give you a real in-depth and hands-on experience with some phenomenal timepieces. In fact, should the temptation to enhance your wristwear be too much to resist, I am told that Wixon will even pay the sales tax during the special two-day event.
All Perpetuelle readers who are or will be in the Minneapolis area later this week are invited and will want to be sure and stop by.
Rolex brother-brand Tudor is now available for sale in the USA. The launch party last week in New York served as the official kick-off, hosted by GCK Partners who won the media account here in the US. The week before last I happened to be in Vail where I popped into the Betteridge boutique (phenomenal lineup of brands and watches there, by the way) for a look around. Lo and behold, there were already a dedicated display cases for Tudor in the brand’s signature black and red colors — just waiting for watches (I trust they are now well-stocked).
Anyway, the exciting thing is that Tudor is now here in the good ole’ USA. The watches will be priced a step down from Rolex and should, among many fan bases, appeal to the younger demographic — guys who are looking for their first nice watch, for example. Tudor is a bold and adventurous brand — much more so than Rolex, I would argue — and this will add to its appeal in the US market. I’ve spoken to many people recently about Tudor, and not one person has expressed anything but excitement about the brand being in the USA. Then again, none of these were affiliated with Breitling, TAG Heuer or Omega. Yes, this is a serious new competitor that big name brands such as these will now be competing with, vying for your hard earned dollar (give or take several thousand). For watch enthusiasts and collectors, I think this is a good thing.
If you really want to get in on the love affair, check out the nice microsite + forum created by Tudor’s other US marketing partner, HODINKEE (not to be confused with http://www.tudorwatch.com).
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
Did You Know?
TUDOR is a premium Swiss watchmaking brand appealing to people with an acute sense of style, a desire to be different and uncompromising quality expectations. Its price positioning sits in the premium segment that complements Rolex’s position in the high-end luxury segment. Since the brand name was registered for Hans Wilsdorf, founder of Rolex, in 1926, TUDOR has benefited from Rolex’s outstanding watchmaking expertise, quality control and service. TUDOR was re-launched in 2007 with a distinctive personality and a high level of independence in its design, manufacturing and communication. TUDOR and Rolex are the two brands in the portfolio owned by the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation, which was set up in 1945 by the eponymous founder of Rolex. They respectively address the premium and the high-end segments of the market, and have distinctive roles to play. TUDOR has been inspired by motorsports since the 1970s and, in addition to being the Entitlement Partner of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, is also currently the World Timing Partner for both Ducati and the FIA World Endurance Championship. source: Tudor
As part of Tudor’s partnership as official timing partner for Ducati, the latest addition to the Fastrider collection is the Black Shield. The Black Shield has a stealthy-looking injected matte black ceramic case, with nice red appliques and lettering on the dial. This is Tudor’s first “all ceramic” watch — it is monobloc injection ceramic construction; this includes the bezel (i.e. it is part of the case, not a separately created piece).
Powered by the Tudor calibre 7753 (based on an ETA 7753), the in-house automatic movement offers full chronograph functionality as well as a rapid date corrector. It comes on a rubber or leather strap. The crown and chrono pushers are in PVD finished steel. Notice also the red chapter ring which sits just inside the bezel.
A tan-accented model is also available.
Tudor (the Rolex sister brand that isn’t afraid to introduce new and exciting watches), has announced its second vintage style chronograph, the Heritage Chrono Blue (Ref. 70330B). Like the last Tudor Heritage Chrono in black and orange from 2010, this piece will be a big hit. In blue, orange and grey, the new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue with 42mm steel case looks great and is inspired by the 1973 Tudor “Monte Carlo” chronograph (also pictured below). It again has the ETA 2892-chronograph base movement in it. Pricing probabl in the $4,000 – $5,000 range, but TBD.
Tudor is coming to the USA this year, by the way!
Click through for more looks
Courtesy of Boris Pjanic, a new acquaintance of mine who blogs at Watchesandart. Not an extensive review, but some nice pics of a beautiful watch that I would love to be able to have some wrist time with some day. Click through to Watchesandart to see the full review, replete with photos.
Tudor Heritage Chronograph Watch Review
42mm steel case
Tudor’s new Pelagos dive watch bares resemblances to the old Tudor Submariner’s from the 1960′s and 1970′s; specifically, the Snowflake hands. But the case and bezel insert are also reminiscent of the vintage Tudor Sub’s. The bracelet is quite interesting, with a self-adjusting bracelet which adjusts based upon your depth/water pressure (see video below).
The new TUDOR Pelagos, waterproof to a depth of 500 metres (1640 feet), is a fusion of technology and innovation. Its sporting character and impeccable reliability will meet the requirements of lovers of the deep and those passionate about the vital marine environment.
TECHNICAL MASTERY A diving tool par excellence, the new TUDOR Pelagos is a fusion of technical mastery and mechanical reliability. It is also a proud reference to several style codes that have punctuated TUDOR’s history and left their mark on some of the company’s most iconic models. The Pelagos is an invitation to explore the silent world in a new dimension.
A TRIBUTE TO THE SEA The new TUDOR Pelagos is a tribute to the sea, to those who are active in it and those who conserve it. Reliable, technically outstanding and a superlative sports model, the Pelagos marks another step forward in the illustrious history that binds TUDOR to the ocean depths.
INSTRUMENT FOR THE DEEP Waterproof to a depth of 500 metres (1640 feet), this superlative watch has a case with a diameter of 42 mm. Made entirely of titanium and completely satin-finished – resulting in a special sheen and a rugged look – it is an aesthetic expression of the power of this deep-sea instrument.
LUMINESCENCE IN THE DEEP Enhanced with a unidirectional rotatable bezel, with a matt black ceramic disc and luminescent numerals, The TUDOR Pelagos is thick enough to ensure excellent grip and ease of handling. Even in extreme conditions, perfect readability is assured by generous hour markers and luminescent “Snowflake” hands. An original two-sided internal flange incorporates the applied hour markers in a triangular, rectangular or square shape – a reminder of the brand’s historical models.
by Kyle Stults on February 16, 2012
Don’t you just love leaks? Seems this one started South of the Equator, but now that you see it here, consider the new Tudor Heritage Black Bay Ref. 79220R 99% official now — though you’ll have to wait until Baselworld 2012 (March) for the “official’ nod. Unlike its big brother Rolex, Tudor has been having some fun in recent years with its Heritage collection (remember 2010′s Tudor Heritage Chrono?) and this seems to be a continuation of the same spirit. Unfortunately I am not a big Rolex/Tudor fan and so can’t really get in to the nuance of this “heritage” piece — try Rolex Passion Report (Philipp Stahl’s great blog — same guy behind the Rolex HTE watches) or Rolex Forums (or R-l-x.de or other foreign language sites) for more informed and spirited discussion of this piece. As for me, I’m just here to let you know that it’s coming, and here’s what it looks like:
Tudor Heritage Black Bay (Ref. 79220R)
41mm steel case, “Big Crown”, gilt dial, “snowflake” hands, convex glass, automatic mechanical movement, on bracelet or leather strap with folding clasp, additional fabric strap with buckle (pictured)
Here’s a first look at the 2011 Tudor Grantour Chrono Flyback watch, Ref 20550. Rolex sister-brand Tudor had one of the big hits last year with its Tudor Heritage Chronograph watch, and while this particular model is not part of the Heritage line, it is another solid chrono — including a flyback function — that will hit international display cases later this year. In keeping with the Grantour auto tie-in, the Grantour Chrono Flyback’s small seconds hand counter (at 9 o’clock) is (set in a background motif reminiscent of automobile transmission belts (kinda lame, right?). The leather strap comes with a very sleek looking folding clasp (pictured), too. Ref 20551n is also offered as a steel+pink gold combination — but I’ll spare you the look because unlike the 2011 Rolex Yacht-Master II which is also offered for the first time in a two-tone combo with pink gold this year, the Tudor two-tone is a sight for sore eyes.
Tudor Grantour Chrono Flyback
42 mm steel (pictured) or steel+pink gold case, automatic mechanical fly-back chronograph movement
a look at the sleek folding clasp that comes on the leather straps:
by Kyle Stults on March 18, 2010
Seems this Tudor may outshine its sister brand Rolex…
This new watch from Tudor seems it could be a bit of a surprise hit for the brand. Says who? My friends at Hodinkee whose opinion I respect highly on matters pertaining like these (vintage reissues, Rolex, Tudor, etc.). I would add that this watch is particularly refershing compared to the fairly uninspiring new models from its larger and more esteemed parent brand, Rolex. The color combination is great, particularly with the matching fabric strap. Size is 42mm and estimated price is about $4,000 (according to my friends at Hodinkee). Here’s a cool video for you to enjoy, as well as some official pics from Tudor. You can see the entire 2010 Tudor Collection over on our Official Baselworld Forum.
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