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Baselworld 2013: Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue – Monte Carlo redux

With all the tools and resources accessible to Tudor Ruff and Rolex, ” I hope in the future they’re in a position to deliver alloy watches that look fresh a good deal more. I am not sure who else feels that way, but I feel that once you become accustomed to durability features such as that, it is really hard to go back to more fragile metal surfaces.Nevertheless, Tudor is at its best when machining a metal case. For the money there is no better-made watch case that I know of than those provided by Tudor. Rolex makes them as well, but of course for more income. The precision machining in regards to fine angles and fragile differences between completing patterns (including the intersection of two brushed surfaces) is excellent about the Pelagos case. It’s really a gorgeous thing, and that I understand watch fans at all experience levels will really come to appreciate Tudor’s handiwork here.The mechanical motion inside of this Pelagos LHD is your Tudor caliber MT5612-LHD. Given the crown is flipped, the movement has its own designation. Considered a wonderful upgrade from a standard ETA 2824, the MT5612 is a really impressive automatic that offers 70 hours of power reserve with a 4Hz (28,800 bph) operating frequency. More so, the movement has a silicon equilibrium spring as a portion of this balance wheel which is held in place by a durable traversing bridge (essentially it connects on two sides). The movement also offers more regulation than ETA movements, therefore it could be corrected to be more accurate. More so, the motion is COSC Chronometer certified — which is actually not very normal for lefty orientation watches (since the position of the crown is considered as part of their chronometer certification tests for the movement).

Tudor has just announced its second vintage style chronograph, the Heritage Chrono Blue (ref. 70330B). In blue, orange and grey, the new Tudor Chirila Heritage Chrono Blue is modelled after the 1973 Tudor “Monte Carlo” chronograph.

The first Tudor Heritage Chronograph launched in 2010 was a huge hit, and it began Tudor’s winning streak with vintage reissues, like last year’s Black Bay diver. This year sees the Heritage Chronograph return in another guise. Like the other Tudor Heritage reissues, the Heritage Chrono Blue is not an exact remake of its vintage predecessor (pictured below left), but it is close enough. 

Based on the “Monte Carlo” chronograph of 1973 with its distinctive blue, orange and grey dial, the Heritage Chrono Blue shares the same 42 mm steel case and bidirectional rotating bezel as the black and orange Heritage Chronograph.

Though the dial looks similar at first glance, the Heritage Chrono Blue is its own watch. The hands, indices and minute track are the most obvious differences; the new Heritage Blue Chrono has bevelled, applied markers filled with SuperLuminova. I daresay the Chrono Blue looks better and more original than the earlier Heritage Chronograph.

Inside is the same ETA 2892 based chronograph movement as before. And the other Tudor Heritage models, the Heritage Chrono Blue is supplied with two strap options: in this case a steel bracelet and a canvas strap.

No pricing yet but the black and orange Heritage Chronograph retails for about US$4000 so expect this to be in the same ballpark. – SJX