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in this issue LUKE GRIMES BY MITCHELL NGUYEN MCCORMACK

Watch Lab: Tudor’s North Flag & Pelagos

A NEW CHAPTER. Tudor embarked on a new venture as it unveiled the 2015 novelties, which debuted the in-house movements

 

tudor north flag
North Flag

 

NORTH FLAG

A decidedly angular aesthetic, a straightforward dial and industrial-looking stainless steel case make up the first defining impressions of a North Flag watch.

Against a stirring background of icy cold Arctic lands, this is a timekeeping instrument designed to endure and accompany daring human exploration to challenging territories, where only a selected few have ever been. Such trips take not only effort and courage to make; durability and resistance to weather changes and underwater survival also play a crucial role.

This year, Tudor blazes a trail with the creations of timepieces that carry its own in-house movements. One of the chosen novelties is the rugged North Flag, powered by the automatic movement caliber Tudor MT5621.

 

CASE
The sleek 40mm case has a double bezel, made of stainless steel and black ceramic. The transparent caseback showcases
the new movement.

DIAL
Tudor applies distinctive shades of white and yellow to the black background. A date display is set at 3 o’clock, opposite to the 70-hour power reserve indicator.

BRACELET
The stainless steel bracelet featured here is light and ergonomic on the wrist. For an added tone of style, the black leather strap with yellow stitching and lining packs a snazzy punch.

 

 

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Pelagos

 

PELAGOS

Tudor’s sense of exploration also delves deep underwater. This becomes a solid theme that resonates with the Pelagos.

A true diving watch, it can tell time up to a depth of 500 meters. This is made possible thanks to a helium escape valve, an essential device for preserving the watch during “saturation” dives. It avoids the need for very long decompression phase when diving to deeper than 25 meters; the helium escape valve will let the gas escape freely from the watch without damaging it.

Aside from the incredible water-resistant property, the new Pelagos boasts the new in-house movement caliber Tudor MT5612. The Pelagos comes in black as well as blue, which is 2015’s new release. The latter is the emblematic hue of Tudor’s dive watches since the 1960s, and the one chosen by the French Navy for the Tudor Submariners.

 

STRAP
The rubber strap comes with an extension system adjustable for all diving conditions. Meanwhile, the titanium bracelet features a folding clasp with an auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by Tudor.

DIAL
The emblematic diamond-shaped hour hand is dubbed “snowflake” in collectors’ circles. The luminous markers glow a vivid blue in the dark.

CASE
A helium escape valve is visible from the side at 9 o’clock. The bezel is rotatable to one direction only, useful to measure dive time.

 

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