Historically speaking, back in 2017, Tudor made a strong commitment to the world of rugby, signing major partnerships with World Rugby and New Zealand Rugby as part of its #BornToDare campaign. The brand’s made this choice thanks to the sport’s noble, uncompromising, and bold spirit that reflects the brand’s vision of watchmaking as well as its values.
Now, two years later, to celebrate the All Blacks legacy and mark the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC), Tudor launches the Black Bay Chrono Dark model, a new black version—matching the All Blacks’ famous jersey—of its chronograph.
As we can see upfront, this new model features a characteristic satin-brushed steel bracelet for a matt effect and finished with a black PVD-treated coating. Derived from the thin-film technology originally developed by NASA for its various space programs, PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) enables practically any inorganic material to be bonded with metals.
Inside, deep within the case is the beating heart of the Black Bay Chrono Dark: the Manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813. This high-performance movement—derived from the Manufacture chronograph Calibre Breitling 01 as the result of a lasting collaboration between the two brands—comes with a 70-hour power reserve, a silicon balance spring and a certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute.
To make it more special, this new watch comes in a limited edition with the same number of timepieces as All Blacks players since the team’s creation in 1884 to the RWC 2019—1181 timepieces at the time of writing—with the presence of a unique engraving on the case-back indicating the serial number of each watch.
The number of the watch will be adjusted according to the final composition of the World Cup team, and the series will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks.
The number of the watch will be adjusted according to the final composition of the World Cup team and the series will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks.
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