T he saying, “bigger is better”, might now always hold true, but in the case of Tudor’s new Heritage Black Bay timepiece, it certainly does. Previously clocking in at 36mm in diameter, the emblematic model is now presented in a 41mm case, which is a good 5mm larger than its predecessor.
The watch retains the model’s signature elegant sporty stylings of sleek black lacquered dial with vintage snowflake hands encased in a fixed bezel polished steel case with large winding crown. What’s different is that the middle case has been redesigned and slimmed down to allow it to slip effortlessly under a shirt cuff. It is also now affixed with a flat sapphire as opposed to a domed one that defines the rest of the Black Bay family, thus creating a minimalist effect.
The Heritage Black Bay 41 ticks with the self-winding mechanical movement, calibre 2824, and comes with the choice of a steel bracelet or a brown leather strap with steel folding clasp. The watch is also supplied with an additional strap in urban camouflage fabric. Made using the jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 150-year-old family firm from the Saint-Étienne region of France, this strap is a signature feature of Tudor’s Heritage line.