TUDOR has gone fashionably bronze as it expanded its Heritage Black Bay line. Six years after Panerai launched a watch with a bronze case, kicking off a trend later picked up by brands such as IWC, Zenith and Oris,Tudor has also unveiled its own bronze model this year. And it has literally gone big with it. Black Bay Bronze, the centrepiece of four new timepieces added to Tudor's popular diving watch collection, has an imposing 43mm bronze case - the biggest so far among the Black Bay models. There's also the first all-black Black Bay watch, though this is in the smaller 41mm case common in the collection. The third new timepiece is an updated version of the first Heritage Black Bay model rolled out in 2012. The latter was a winner of the industry's equivalent of the Oscar, the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève.
The final addition to the Black Bay line features a downsized 36mm steel case - another first for the collection. All four models, of course, inherited the general lines as well as the domed dial and crystal from Tudor's first diving watches. They are fitted, in particularly, with the "Big Crown" that first appeared in the famous 7924 reference of 1958.
The "snowflake" hands are borrowed from Tudor watches used by the French National Navy in the 1970s.
While many of the external features are taken from past models, the heart of all four new timepieces beat to the rhythm of Tudor's first own movement which made its debut last year. A movement that boasts 70 hours' power reserve and has passed the rigorous tests set by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).