Watchmaker feels blue

Tudor's engineers and designers believe that this year, blue is the new black in haute horology. As a remake of its iconic Monte Carlo Chronograph, Tudor launched the Heritage Chrono Blue. Since it first debuted in 1973, the Monte Carlo Chronograph has been produced in several versions, all keeping its distinctive shades of blue, grey and orange. Heritage Chrono Blue also has retained the royal blue colour, combined with a slightly lighter grey than that of the original, and a touch of orange on the strap.

The redesigned dial has three-dimensional hour markers with two bevelled metallic edges. Two counters are inside the two blue trapezoidal shapes at three and nine o'clock, for a small seconds hand and Tudor's signature 45-minute counter, respectively. The watch is available in two styles of bracelets: one in steel with a folding clasp, and the other in reinforced fabric with a buckle that echoes the colours of the dial.

The alarm function can be activated by a push button, with an on/off display set at nine o'clock on the dial. The watch is fitted with either a vintage-size, satin-finished three-piece-link steel bracelet, or an alligator-leather strap with a folding clasp and safety catch. It also comes with an additional black fabric strap decorated with raised rows of interwoven satin.

 Tudor also decided to embrace new materials, such as ceramic, and so the Fastrider Black Shield came to be. Its case comes in hi-tech black matte ceramic, contrasted by fiery red indexes on the dial. The masculine cut and colour reflects the Diavel Carbon motorcycle that Tudor customised in collaboration with Ducati to accompany the debut of the watch. This chronograph is available with either a rubber strap or a leather strap with red stitching. It also comes in a version with a bronze tint on the hands and hour markers.

The Glamour line, which ranges in size from 31mm to 42mm, adds its smallest option yet with the Glamour Date 26mm. The timepiece comes in steel or a gold and steel combined version, with matching bracelets and folding clasps.

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