Tudor’s latest release proves that sequels can top the original
Words by Russell Sheldrake
It can be tough to follow up from a popular new release but Tudor seems to have figured out a winning formula with its ever-expanding Black Bay family
Back in 2016 we were introduced to the Tudor Black Bay Heritage 36 – a sleeker, more refined version of the fan-favourite diver’s watch that did away with the traditional rotating bezel in favour of a static version with a smooth-polished finish, while keeping the cool ‘snowflake’ hour hand that has been a design signature of the brand since it was first launched back in 1969. After sell-out success, it was joined in 2018 by its little and big brothers, the 32 and 41. This year, having dropped the ‘Heritage’ from the name, Tudor has added a new member to the growing family – three sleek and sophisticated, metallic cousins in the form of the Black Bays 32, 36 and 41 S&G, each with two dial colours.
The big difference with these new models is in the name: ‘S&G’ stands for steel and gold – adding the precious metal into the design of its all-steel originator. On the face, the precious metal seeps onto the satin-brushed bezel, high polished crown and detailing on the hands and hour markers. You can have the classic black dial on one of these, however another new feature is a companion model that comes with a sunburst champagne dial – amping up the wrist-shine ratio. Tudor has also swapped-out the three-link steel bracelet on its predecessor models for a new steel and iteration in a gold five-link, which not only gives the watches a sense of throwback splendour, but also sits far more comfortably on the wrist thanks to the added articulation points in the chain.
Tudor Black Bay 41 S&G with champagne dial
Tudor Black Bay 36 S&G with black dial
In short, poking out from your shirt sleeves at handshake level, it’s a high-shine blinder – and proof that, contrary to accepted beliefs, sometimes the sequel is better than the original. Call it the Godfather II of timepieces.