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The relationship between Tudor and Australia stretches back to the 1940s – there’s a good chance your father or even grandfather has a watch bearing the distinctive rose or shield logo. But as the brand commences an exciting renaissance, it’s time for the second chapter in the Australian Tudor story. Time+Tide are honoured to partner with Tudor as they win over a new generation of watch lovers.

MY WEEK WITH: The Tudor Black Bay 36 – by Kristoffer Paulsen

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Let us start off by saying that if we’d known just how busy Melbourne-based photographer Kristoffer Paulsen was when we arranged to lend him the Black Bay 36, we’d have said, “How about we raincheck this project?” Not only is Kris under the pump with his commercial work (there’s a good chance you’ve drooled over his pictures of food at some point), he’s also exhibiting at Tailfeather Concept Store and dealing with the end of the year like the rest of us. In addition, he’s also just bought a house (well done!) and got married (congratulations!). Let the boy have a lie down, please. Yet somehow, in the midst of all that, he managed to spend a week with the Black Bay 36, delivering a series of beautiful images that speaks to the watch as an object of pure design, as well as giving us a glimpse into Kristoffer’s life. My first impression was… that I really liked the watch – it has an understated look that really resonated. However the fabric strap took some getting used to – on reflection I think I’d have preferred a version on a steel bracelet or leather strap. Once I put it on, I felt… smarter. You know… Read More

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HANDS ON: First look at the Tudor Pelagos LHD – live video, pics, price

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Once again, Tudor has surprised and tempted us with a brand new release just before Christmas – the Tudor Pelagos LHD. On the whole it’s the same Pelagos we know and love, with just a few tweaks – but these small changes combine to show the watch in a completely new light. First of all, the case. It’s the same 42mm titanium case we’re used to, with one not-so-minor difference – the crown is on the left, a feature that gives the watch its left-hand drive sobriquet. The inspiration for this unusual configuration comes from the brand’s past. In the 1970s, the Tudor Submariner was the watch of choice for French Naval divers. Some of these were delivered in a left-handed format – perhaps for divers who wore the watch on their right hand, or perhaps simply so the prominent crown wouldn’t catch or dig into the wrist. Bear in mind, of course, that just because this is intended to be worn on the right doesn’t mean you can’t wear it on your left hand – I did, and quite enjoyed the lack of interfering crown. An interesting side note is that because the crown is on the left, COSC tested the MT5612-LHD movement in different… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: Tudor shows its age with the Black Bay Bronze

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The story in a second Yet again, Tudor has delivered one of the most talked about watches of 2016. If you’d asked me in the early months of 2016 if the bronze trend had a future, I’d have said no. To all intents and purposes the craze, spearheaded by Panerai, was on the wane. Sure, the ancient-yet-innovative alloy had its charms, but it takes a certain type of person to mess around with sulphur and lemon juice, making their watch look like something salvaged from a shipwreck. I thought bronze would always be a niche case material, not a mainstream proposition. Then I saw the Tudor Black Bay Bronze. Catapulting off the incredibly strong Black Bay family, this watch has what it takes to bring bronze to a much bigger audience. The case We have to start this by talking about the case. The two key take away points here are size and material. At 43mm across this is the biggest watch Tudor has ever made, and boy does this incremental increase make for a big impact when it comes to on-the-wrist presence. For me, the size and bulk of the BB Bronze make it much more of a ‘fun’ watch,… Read More

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MY WEEK WITH: The Tudor Black Bay 36 – by Kristoffer Paulsen

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Let us start off by saying that if we’d known just how busy Melbourne-based photographer Kristoffer Paulsen was when we arranged to lend him the Black Bay 36, we’d have said, “How about we raincheck this project?” Not only is Kris under the pump with his commercial work (there’s a good chance you’ve drooled over his pictures of food at some point), he’s also exhibiting at Tailfeather Concept Store and dealing with the end of the year like the rest of us. In addition, he’s also just bought a house (well done!) and got married (congratulations!). Let the boy have a lie down, please. Yet somehow, in the midst of all that, he managed to spend a week with the Black Bay 36, delivering a series of beautiful images that speaks to the watch as an object of pure design, as well as giving us a glimpse into Kristoffer’s life. My first impression was… that I really liked the watch – it has an understated look that really resonated. However the fabric strap took some getting used to – on reflection I think I’d have preferred a version on a steel bracelet or leather strap. Once I put it on, I felt… smarter. You know… Read More

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VIDEO: Rodger Corser on acting, coming home and Tudor watches

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I first noticed it for a split-second in Channel 9’s new show Doctor Doctor. Pause. Rewind. Yep, there was no mistaking the black bezel and dial on the wrist of Hugh Knight (the titular doctor) – definitely a Tudor Black Bay. I filed that knowledge away in the part of my brain dedicated to celebrity watch-spotting, not imagining for a minute that a few weeks later I’d be having a drink with Rodger Corser, in a tiny laneway bar, talking about that exact timepiece. Watches tell you a lot about a character, and a bad choice is immediately obvious. But for Rodger, the Black Bay Black is more than just a smart props decision, it’s a deeply personal link, one that ties into his other on-screen personas and informs his craft. Of course we spoke about more than just watches – we discussed how he felt coming back to his hometown of Melbourne, as well as the importance of timing, and making the most out of opportunities when they arise. We highly recommend you watch the full three-minute story, but if you want to cut straight to the watches and the story of the Tudor Rodger’s grandfather passed down through the family,… Read More

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LIST: 4 ways the Tudor Pelagos can go from desk to diver without missing a beat

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Are you sitting down? You’d better be, because I’m about to drop a truth bomb of bunker-busting proportions. Most dive watches out there in the real world never see anything deeper than the local pool. Shocking, I know. The truth is, there’s plenty of dive watches out there that look the business, but are less than optimal underwater. Others though, are quite capable of multitasking – looking just as good in office or marine environments. The Tudor Pelagos is one such watch. Here’s four reasons why. #1 – Distinctive design While the Pelagos takes its dial-side inspiration from the watches of French naval divers, the bold visual language of the snowflake hands and chunky hour indices makes just an equally strong style statement. It doesn’t matter if your hero is Cousteau or Le Courbusier, the Pelagos can handle either challenge #- Best in class bracelet One of the best features of the Pelagos is the titanium bracelet and clasp, which can be extended and micro-adjusted on the wrist. This means it will always be the perfect fit, whether you’re wearing it over your wetsuit, or with your work suit. #3 – Titanium tough The sharp, scratch-resistant titanium case and ceramic bezel… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: Good things come in small packages – the Tudor Heritage Black Bay 36

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The story in a second: The Black Bay 36 is an outstanding watch – but is it a Black Bay, and does that even matter? When I first laid eyes the Tudor Black Bay 36 it was during a photo session at Baselworld. I saw it cold, without the watch being contextualised by Tudor staff or a journalist’s review. Shocked is too strong a word to describe my reaction, so let’s go with very surprised. My head was full of the Bronze and Dark Black Bays I had already seen, so I was expecting more of the same – bold, assertive, masculine pieces. Instead, I was holding the Black Bay 36, smaller and very traditional. It looked good, but the fact that it bore the Black Bay name didn’t sit right with me. It’s six months later, and I’m still not sure. If I had to declare my relationship status with this watch, I would have to say: It’s complicated. The dial It was the dial that got me. It’s pure Black Bay – those snowflake hands, and oversized luminous hours – and it’s become in the last few years the stuff of modern legend. But in the small case,… Read More

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