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.

Tudor's Black Bay Ceramic One sold for a ridiculous amount at Only Watch 2019

Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One

If history is anything to go by, we shouldn't have been surprised at news coming out of Only Watch 2019 that Tudor's entry into the charitable auction, the Black Bay Ceramic One, had sold for a staggering 350,000 CHF ($515,000 AUD). In fact, for Tudor's third pièce unique entered into Only Watch to do anything other than command a crazily large bid would've been an abnormality. Why, you may ask? Well, the Swiss marque's first "Only Watch", the Tudor Black Bay One, was submitted for auction at the 2015 event, and while the estimate for the stainless steel diver was a mere few thousand Swiss francs, it ended up selling for a monolithic 375,000 CHF! Two years later, Tudor was back at Only Watch 2017 with the Black Bay Bronze One, and, just like its inimitable steel counterpart, it too sold for a whopping chunk of change – 350,000 CHF, to be precise. However, while the previous two Tudor Only Watches represented only slight deviations from the standard models they were based off, the Black Bay Ceramic One represents wholesale change for the Black Bay, and it's all to do with the 41mm case. This is the first Black Bay… Read More

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The 3 biggest upsets of GPHG 2019

The 3 biggest upsets of GPHG 2019

Well, it's been another successful year for what many in the horological world refer to as (much to the chagrin of Time+Tide's Nicholas Kenyon) the "Oscars of the watchmaking industry". And, much like Hollywood's most revered awards ceremony, there's been more than a few upsets at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, across quite a few different categories. Now we understand that GPHG is an awards ceremony, so the ability to please everyone is nigh on impossible. However, these three watches represent the biggest shocks from the famed awards night: Tudor P01   Yeah, I don't think anyone saw this one coming, but somehow, against the misshapen odds, the Tudor P01 has gone and won the hotly contested "Challenge" category at this year's GPHG. Quite how this … inimitable-looking timepiece managed to upend a field that consisted of watches like Ming's gorgeous 17.06 Copper and Doxa's excellent new SUB 200 is beyond me, but GPHG's expert judges obviously saw something in P01 that this mere mortal did not. Anyway, while the Tudor P01 is a contentious timepiece, it does at least present consumers with an unquestionably unique design language that you won't find anywhere else. Kudos to Tudor for… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark

Tudor has decided to honour its partnership with New Zealand's All Blacks the only way it knows how … with a limited edition watch, the Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark. Made to not only pay tribute to the All Blacks' illustrious history, which dates back to 1884, the Chrono Dark also celebrates the rugby team's 2019 title defence of the Rugby World Cup. Just 1181 watches will be created initially, and we know what you're thinking: what's the significance of 1181? Well, that's how many Kiwi rugby players have been selected for the country's national squad since its inception. What's even more unique is that for every new player added to the All Blacks roster, Tudor will create an additional example of the Chrono Dark. Based on the standard 41mm Black Bay Chrono, the limited edition timepiece has been styled to mimic the All Blacks' famous playing jersey, a feat that Tudor has accomplished by applying a matt black PVD-treated coating (as seen on the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark). Originally developed by NASA and employed in several of their space programs, PVD, or Physical Vapor Deposition, is a thin-film technology that can be applied to almost any inorganic material…. Read More

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Tudor's Black Bay Ceramic One sold for a ridiculous amount at Only Watch 2019

Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One

If history is anything to go by, we shouldn't have been surprised at news coming out of Only Watch 2019 that Tudor's entry into the charitable auction, the Black Bay Ceramic One, had sold for a staggering 350,000 CHF ($515,000 AUD). In fact, for Tudor's third pièce unique entered into Only Watch to do anything other than command a crazily large bid would've been an abnormality. Why, you may ask? Well, the Swiss marque's first "Only Watch", the Tudor Black Bay One, was submitted for auction at the 2015 event, and while the estimate for the stainless steel diver was a mere few thousand Swiss francs, it ended up selling for a monolithic 375,000 CHF! Two years later, Tudor was back at Only Watch 2017 with the Black Bay Bronze One, and, just like its inimitable steel counterpart, it too sold for a whopping chunk of change – 350,000 CHF, to be precise. However, while the previous two Tudor Only Watches represented only slight deviations from the standard models they were based off, the Black Bay Ceramic One represents wholesale change for the Black Bay, and it's all to do with the 41mm case. This is the first Black Bay… Read More

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Two-tone watch anxiety? Here's your solution

two-tone watch

Editor's note: The two-tone watch seems to be having a resurgence of late, especially in the design studio of Tudor. While we first saw this in a subdued black dial Tudor S&G, the following year they gave us a champagne dial, and this year a two-tone chronograph on a bund strap no less. But two-tone watches aren't always easy to pull off, with the spectre of the '80s looming large in the peripheries of people's minds. To help you reconcile your desire to buy a two-tone watch, and your discomfort with Wall Street stereotypes, we have created a handy guide for you on how you can approach this bi-colour problem.  Now, if you've watched my review of the Tudor S&G you'll know that I'm #team2tone all the way, but the thing is, I don't *really* know how to wear it. I mean, I think I'd be OK in more formal settings — just pair it with a suit and away you go, but in every other part of my life — not so sure. I've got two-tone anxiety, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Because, much as we're all aware that the mix of precious and plain metals… Read More

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Tudor in Australia for almost 100 years? Here's why

Tudor in Australia

Editor's note: Not many know it, but Australia was one of the most important markets for Hans Wilsdorf as he built the businesses of Rolex and Tudor in the early part of the 20th century. Tudor watches have been in Australia for the best part of 100 years, proving that Australians know great value when they see it — value the brand continues to offer today. While our American and English cousins have only recently rediscovered the joys of Tudor watches (relaunching in the American market in 2013 and the UK in 2014), Australia can stand proud in the knowledge that we've been wearing watches emblazoned with the Tudor shield and Tudor rose for the last 83 years. Tudor first came to Australia in 1932. History shows that it was merely eight years after Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark "The Tudor" in 1926. The Australian distributor was the jewellery firm Willis & Sons – who had been importing, wholesaling and manufacturing jewellery since 1858. While Australia in the '30s wasn't the centre of the watchmaking world, we did have a pretty significant expertise and background in jewellery, thanks to the gold rush – so it's not entirely surprising that we would… Read More

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Half a decade with the Tudor Black Bay Blue

Tudor Black Bay Blue

Editor's note: We remember back when times were simpler. Back before there were half-decade waitlists, before secondhand watches were doubling retail prices, and before everything Tudor made was in-house. It was back in 2014 when Tudor first showed us the versatility of the Black Bay range, and the brand deeply impressed the watch community when they released the Black Bay Blue. This was also the year when Time+Tide started, and Felix's review of this new Black Bay Blue was one of the most popular stories on the site for a long time. So we thought we'd look back at this simple sports watch to see how it's aged over the last half-decade, and reflect on just how much the industry has changed in that time.  Introducing the Tudor Black Bay Blue As a brand, Tudor is a lot like Rocky, in that Rolex's little brother is a plucky fighter come good again. UNLIKE Rocky, Tudor's releases just get better and better with each passing year. Baselworld 2014 sees two big crowd-pleasing releases from Tudor, and a new range that is understated in the extreme, though still enticing. We'll talk more about the Ranger and the Style later, but for now let's focus… Read More

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