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Baselworld 2013: Tudor Fastrider Black Shield ceramic chronograph (ref. 42000CR and 42000CN)

Compared to overall quality, the Rolex Submariner dial defeats the Pelagos — but again they want to do various things. The Submariner is blatantly trying to be a little flashier, while the Pelagos is more about being a fantastic looking utility apparatus. If you look closely, you will inevitably see little inconsistencies in the use of the Super-LumiNova, which is not uncommon at all. However, you have to look quite carefully. I just say this to explain that if you pay the additional cash for your Rolex, you receive just a little more building fanaticism when it comes to complete dial perfection. But for the cash the Pelagos dial is good — you just need to appreciate it as a tool watch and not as a lifestyle item people want to only show off.One of the fun quirks which Tudor 6 Wives included in the dial design is something just intended to add character which has no functional use. It is subtle, but it will bring me pleasure that the numerals on the date disk alternate between being printed in a black or red color. That means every day the colour of this date changes. It just helps liven up things a little, and is the last cosmetic thing I will say before I once again proceed to speak about all of the little functional details you need to be excited about if you are interested in getting a Pelagos watch.Before that, I’ll only say the final thing that divides the Pelagos LHD from the standard Pelagos is that each piece is given an individual serial number on the rear of the case. This isn’t new or all that rare, but it’s for a watch like this and will help add collectability to it. Yes, Tudor kind of randomly made up an enthusiast’s variant of this Pelagos and also added a serial number to the caseback, but oddly enough it was the ideal thing to do as it assists each individual slice feel a little more unique.

The Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is the brand’s first all ceramic watch. It has a monobloc matte black ceramic case with the case and bezel being a single piece.

Equipped with a one piece black ceramic case made by injection moulding, the Fastrider Black Shield is Tudor’s first all ceramic watch. The case construction makes it unusual as typically ceramic watches have multi-part cases.  A one-piece case on the other hand means fewer gaskets are needed, meaning there is a lower chance of moisture or dust entering the case.

The crown and pushers are in black PVD coated steel, completing the all black look. For contrast the indices, hands and chapter ring are in red (ref. 42000CR). This is available with a rubber strap or a leather strap with red stitching.

Another model is available with khaki hands and indices, for a more casual look (ref. 42000CN), with the option of a khaki Alcantara strap or a black rubber strap.

Water resistant to 150 m ,the ceramic case has a diameter of 42 mm and the movement is the automatic Valjoux 7753. – SJX