The launch of the Black Bay GMT in 2018 was heralded as smash hit for Tudor, with a ‘family’ launch alongside the release of the Rolex ‘Pepsi’ GMT-Master. Where the Rolex Pepsi bezel was manufactured from the 21st century ceramic, its Tudor stable mate was fitted with a vintage-style aluminium insert that gave the watch a true heritage look. Many headlines celebrated the first GMT watch from Tudor, but in fact this wasn’t the case. During Tudor’s interregnum from the UK and US markets, they were still producing watches for the Far East and European mainland. One such model was the Iconaut – a 43mm beast of a watch with dual time-zone complication. It was this watch that was Tudor’s first GMT model and recently Carl Moody acquired one from a client in virtually unworn condition. Carl Moody’s recently discovered Iconaut ref 20400 An original Tudor print advert for […]
Today we bid a fond farewell to our existing Rolex room after nearly 8 years as it makes way for a stunning new concept. Work begins in earnest on Monday 27th when the fixtures and fittings start to be removed and work is carried out to install the new room over the following 8 days. As in 2012 the Rolex architects have provided the unique design with the installation done by Benbow Group of Newton Abbott. When we originally chose the library wall concept of our 2012 room it was the first in the country, other than Rolex’s own boutique in London and inevitably it was a feature that we loved and will miss. However we are looking forward to being able to reveal our new Rolex room soon.
1 – It’s a Modern MilSub… Tudor have never made it a secret that they worked in collaboration with some of the world’s most important naval forces, including the The Marine Nationale (MN) and the United States Navy (USN) and that its watches were widely issued by other forces including Argentina and South Africa. In fact, the development of vintage Tudor Submariners was informed through field-testing and research with both navies, most famously the development of the snowflake hands with the MN. These partnerships and the related watches have been key to the modern era Black Bay and Pelagos watches as well as the current Born To Dare campaign – a celebration of the daring nature of Tudor watches and encapsulated in the Tudor Black Bay P01. 2 – It’s a Modern Interpretation of a Secret Tudor Prototype… Tudor’s relationship with the US Navy was key in the […]
Just Perfect – The Rolex Datejust If you stopped anybody in the street and asked him or her to name a luxury watch brand they’d almost certainly say “Rolex”. In fact, they might even give this answer if you asked for the name of a general luxury brand. Rolex has its own unique position in the world and the yellow coronet is unavoidable whether you’re watching the tennis, golf or Formula 1. And it’s not just about the Daytona and Submariner, the most popular watch is a much more humble and yet no less important member of the family – the Datejust. The Survivor We’ve already taken a look at the Oyster case here, but it is a key component to the now legendary Datejust. The first Oyster cases came in the form of the ‘Bubbleback’ watches, which were very popular time-only watches in the 1930s. Never one to stand […]
You can’t escape him can you? It seems like very time a bus drives past, you open a magazine or walk past a billboard, David Beckham is looking at you with his arms strategically placed to showcase the latest Tudor Black Bay or Pelagos. However, I strongly believe that Tudor’s recent meteoric rise in the UK and the rest of the world has been, in no small part, thanks to Mr Beckham’s ambassadorship for the brand. But recent fans of Tudor might be surprised to learn that, in actual fact, the brand dates back to 1926 and was founded by the most important man in the history of watchmaking… Mr Hans Wilsdorf was the founder of arguably the most significant and enduring watch brand – Rolex. He also founded Tudor, which he envisaged as a more utilitarian cousin to the ‘coroneted’ head of the family. The name Tudor was actually […]