This year, at Baselworld, Tudor released its third version of the Black Bay Bronze – a hardy chronometer-certified, water-resistant timepiece. To date, we’ve seen a brown bronze and a blue bronze edition, and the new slate-grey bronze edition makes for a sophisticated and attractive addition to the collection.
The bronze and aluminium-alloy case measures 43mm, like its earlier counterparts, and the matt slate-grey dial is gradated from the periphery to the centre. The square-tipped ‘snowflake’ hour hand – a Black Bay signature – complements the ecru-coloured luminescent Arabic numerals, and the combination of colours and the slightly domed sapphire crystal lend this model an attractive classic feel.
The focus on bronze continues with a bronze bezel, to which a nice touch has been lent with the insertion of blue aluminium, and there’s another attractive addition at 12 o’clock in the shape of a delicate luminescent pearl. The solid case back is in brown PVD stainless steel.
When it comes to straps, there are two options, both of which, in keeping with the theme, have bronze pin buckles: a distressed black nubuck version for those wanting a weathered, outdoorsy look, and a black fabric one with a classic beige stripe, inspired by the parachutes of the French navy and harking back to the model’s diver’s-watch heritage. The timepiece is powered by the new automatic Tudor MT5601 calibre, which has an impressive power reserve of 70 hours and is COSC-certified.
Priced at £2,910, the new Black Bay Bronze with Slate Grey Dial stands out for its elegant old-school colour scheme, while, from its robust build to its 200m water resistance, it maintains its reputation for remaining a watch for those who love to be active.