Let’s be honest, the unique Patek and F.P.Journe for Only Watch 2017 we’ve just introduced to you earlier today are indeed really important pieces… But let’s not forget the brand that surprised everyone back in 2015, with a watch that sold for multiples of its pre-sale estimate: Swiss Tudor. For the 7th Edition of the charity auction, they are back, with a unique left handed and Khaki Green Bronzo, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze One.
Two years ago, at Only Watch 2015, Tudor rocked the event by presenting a unique Black version of the Heritage Black Bay, a watch that was prefiguring a future commercial watch (the Black Bay Black 79220N). This watch caused a sensation, as it reached approximately 100 times the price of a standard Black Bay, at CHF 375,000. Clearly, collectors had shown their enthusiasm for it by bidding – hard. This year, for Only Watch 2017, Tudor had no other choice than to bring another ultra-cool piece. And here it is, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze One.
This Tudor Black Bay Watch for Only Watch 2017 is based on the highly desirable Heritage Black Bay Bronze 79250BM, which had been originally introduced at Baselworld 2016. Much more than just representing a change of material for the case, this was a major update of the Black Bay. Its case, which was made in a specific aluminium bronze alloy, typically used in naval engineering, was larger at 43mm. The dial had also been updated with a surprising, yet quite cool 3-6-9 layout. Finally, the watch introduced a distinctive brown dial and bezel, meanwhile inside, Tudor had implemented their new in-house movement, calibre MT5601.
For Only Watch 2017, the choice has been taken to veer to the left, and to turn it green. Indeed, the Tudor Black Bay Bronze One is, as seen in the Pelagos, a lefty or LHD, with the winding crown positioned on the left side of the case – thus made to be worn on the right wrist. The other update concerns the color of the dial and bezel. Here, Tudor refers to military codes, with a Khaki Green (also for the strap), replacing the brown color used on the standard version.
The Tudor Black Bay Bronze One ref. 7925/001 is still equipped with the manufacture Calibre, here the MT5601-LHD, a chronometer-rated movement with 70h power reserve and antimagnetic properties, modified to have the crown on the left side. The watch will be delivered with a Khaki-green and beige fabric strap with bronze buckle and an additional aged brown leather strap with bronze buckle.
An additional and unique experience: the future owner of the Tudor Black Bay Bronze One will get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Tudor’s Headquarters in Geneva. This exceptional invitation for one person, a first for Tudor, which runs no visitor program, will include travel expenses.
Only Watch is a biennial fundraiser for research on muscular dystrophy – Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies (AMM). Organized under the patronage of HSH Albert II de Monaco, the 7th edition gathers a record 48 participants.