To mark the event of Rugby World Cup 2019 and celebrate its partnership with All Blacks, New Zealand’s national rugby team, Tudor presents the Black Bay Chrono Dark, a black version of its Black Bay chronograph in limited edition. This watch has been launched with the same number of timepieces as All Blacks players since the team’s creation. An additional timepiece will be added every time a new player is selected.
This timepiece celebrates All Blacks’ legacy and commemorates the opening of Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC). The team will be defending its back-to-back championship title in Tokyo, Japan. The Black Bay Chrono Dark model, a new black Chronograph version, matching the All Blacks’ famous jersey.
Unusually for TUDOR, the new model is a limited edition: a watch to pay tribute to every player who has been selected for New Zealand’s national rugby team from its creation in 1903 to the RWC 2019, with 1181 timepieces at the time of writing. The number will be adjusted according to the final composition of the World Cup team. The number of pieces available will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks.
The Black Bay Chrono Dark model features a characteristic satin-brushed steel bracelet for a matte effect, finished with a black PVD-treated coating. Directly derived from the thin-film technology originally developed by NASA for its various space programmes, PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, enables practically any inorganic material to be bonded with metals. Of course, the colour choice is a reference to the All Blacks team that TUDOR has been supporting since 2017, reinforced by the presence of a special engraving on the case back indicating the serial number of each timepiece.
In keeping with TUDOR’s philosophy of quality, this timepiece is equipped with the Tudor Manufacture Chronograph Calibre MT5813, which presents extraordinary robustness and reliability, guaranteed by an array of extreme tests applied to all TUDOR products.
TUDOR’s strong commitment to the world of rugby has been made with the association of the sport’s noble, uncompromising and bold spirit that reflects the brand’s vision of watchmaking as well as its values. Some are born to follow. Others are #BornToDare.