One of the more exciting things to debut at Baselworld was the new in-house movement from Tudor.
The brand, which debuted in 1926 as the brainchild of Hans Wilsdorf himself, was conceived as a more modestly priced brand. The intent was to use movements that were generally available. Thus, R&D expenses did not need to be amortized over the production output and Tudor timepieces would be accessible by a less-well-heeled clientele.
We’ll, time goes by and things change. Tudor has become more and more independent of its big brother over the years. And now, what better way to declare that independence than with a manufacture movement?
The fledgling calibre MT5621 is an automatic, chronometer-certified, shock-resistant and anti-magnetic, with hacking seconds. And the coup d’état (coup de grâce?) is a 70 hour power reserve.
The movement is being used to power both the new Tudor North Flag and the latest Pelagos timepieces. The North Flag is a sleek, contemporary looking piece, targeting the up and coming generation of watch lovers. The Pelagos, of course, is the brand’s flagship diver – now available with blue dial and bezel as well as the original black.
The North Flag features a sapphire case back so you can inspect the new calibre. The Pelagos comes with the standard, no-nonsense solid back – fitting for a watch that’s all business.