A man running like an underwater steamer on smooth sand dunes somewhere in the deep seas is what welcomed us at the Tudor booth on a screen. He ends up in a cave, where the ruins of an ancient city Pelagos are buried forever. The film restarts, he climbs up the cliff to jump in the sea and it goes all over again. It is rather captivating and you soon realize that you, too, have been withholding your breath for a good while. The video of the new Tudor Pelagos creates the atmosphere for the show. Not once did we see Tudor’s young target audience in front of the booth in Basel staring at the video and not taking air – or breathing with speed when looking at the Fastrider with Ducati.
Let’s see what he emerged with from down under… The new Pelagos of course and the North Flag, are the first Tudor timepieces equipped with two versions of the company’s first self-developed and produced movement. As well as new editions of the Fastrider collection matching the colours of Ducati’s new-born Scrambler motorbike.
Tudor worked on Pelagos further – the star of 2015’s model is the new movement, no doubt. Calibre MT5612 took its place under the hood. It is entirely developed by Tudor having reliability and accuracy in mind even in rough conditions. The company wants to offer true tool-watches that you conquer, discover and work with every day not missing out real fun-time either. Engineers also laid an eye on versatility as well, since the different versions of the same base movement work in multiple timepieces. The bi-directional self-winding movement has a power reserve capacity of 70 hours and works on 4 Hz. It received the COSC certification too.
Being a diver’s watch legibility is a key requirement. Indexes have been sunk into the dial and were treated with luminous material generously, which glares with a blue that is highly visible underwater. The hands are bold and the hours hand is topped with a “snowflake” square. The bezel is ceramic and the numbers stamped on them are also luminous.
Accompanying the original matte black dial colour, the watch is available with a new matte blue dial, too. It comes with rubber strap or with a 316L stainless steel bracelet, which can be extended for more comfort at the buckle.
The North Flag was also raised at Baselworld. The timepiece received another version of the movement, called MT5621. This, beyond time and date displayed by Pelagos’ MT5612, has a power reserve indication function too. The base concept of creating a reliable workhorse is visible in the movement finishing too – matte, sand-blasted, sunray-brushed everywhere under the case-back sapphire.
On the dial black, yellow and white dominate, surrounded by the metallic surface of the case. The bezel has a matte black ceramic ring too. It comes with a stainless steel bracelet or with yellow-stitched black leather with yellow lining.
New Fastrider chrono editions
I like the new Fastrider collection more than the previous Black Shield version – the combination of matte ceramic (push pieces and bezel) with stainless steel is refreshing. Not to mention the colours that spilled from Ducati’s Scrambler bikes directly onto the dials. The black touches on the indexes as well as on the circumference of the chronograph sub-dials elevate the look even further. Put on the leather jacket boy and get in the saddle!
Photo credits: Tudor, Loupiosity.com.
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