Back when the TUDOR Heritage Black Bay 36, and then the 41, were introduced one year after the other, they both brought a more formal feel to the Black Bay model, which has its roots as a diver's watch.
This year, TUDOR has expanded the range one step further with a model for the ladies who prefer a smaller diameter.
Sized at 32 mm, the new model along with the existing Black Bay 41 and 36 range, comes with an additional blue dial option, unveiled at Baselworld earlier this year.
A blue dial colour has been offered by TUDOR in its collections ever since the 1960s, and the Black Bay will now offer a meticulously lacquered dial, capturing the light in a spectrum of vivid electric blue to a navy so deep it is almost black.
Inspired by the TUDOR divers' watches produced during the 1950s, the Black Bay boasts a shiny bezel unlike its sister models that have rotating ones. They do however, sport luminescent hour markers, the iconic "snowflake" hands, as well as a large winding crown, characteristic of the first generation of TUDOR divers' watches that were waterproof to 200 metres.
Neo-vintage in conception, its manufacturing techniques, reliability, robustness, and the quality of the finish on the Black Bay 36, 41 and now the 32, are entirely consistent with today's more rigorous requirements.
With its new 32 mm diameter, TUDOR's characteristic design brings all the features of a tool-watch to the feminine wrist, seen above on Lady Gaga, the personification of the Swiss Manufacture's Born to Dare slogan.
Refined as well as functional, the Black Bay 32 is typical of its family, historically and technically. It is waterproof to 150 metres, has a self-winding (automatic mechanical movement and is highly legible. It has a steel case with alternate polished and satin finish.
The Black Bay 41, 36, and 32 are available with a choice of a steel bracelet, a leather strap with a folding clasp, or in black fabric. Made in the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the St-Etienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of TUDOR, which is regarded as a pioneer in this area.