Available in four size variations, several dial colors to choose from and a steel or two-tone case material. The name Royal has been used by Tudor once in the past, but now takes on a more sporty and bold personality for this 2020. Tudor is well known for its range of robust diving watches – the Black Bay, Pelagos is Submariner to name but a few examples – but the sister brand of Rolex is recalling the style of its models Prince Day-Date with the launch of the new collection Tudor Royal.
By managing some design elements shared by its sibling brand, the Tudor Royal Collection it has a crenellated bezel similar to the fluted bezel of the famous case Rolex Oyster, as well as a five-mesh integrated bracelet. Sitting somewhere between a classic watch and a sportsman, Tudor it made the Royal watch available globally having been exclusive to parts of the Asian market earlier this year. Without apologizing, Tudor borrows from Rolex in the same way it has done in the past, this time with an interesting value proposition.
Underlined by his slogan"Born To Dare", an important aspect of the business model of Tudor is the creation of wristwatches at an affordable price. The brand has achieved this goal in the past by lending case shapes, dial designs and names from the high-end catalog of Rolex and equipping them with more convenient third-party movements. In this way, many Tudor watches are naturally vintage-inspired as they follow in the footsteps of Rolex which, as a company, merely makes progress, drawing very rarely from its past. This method applies to the Tudor Royal, an affordable sporty-chic watch powered by a movement AND and made from a block of stainless steel 316L (as opposed to stainless steel 904L “Oystersteel" of Rolex).
The characteristic notched bezel of the Tudor Royal it is available in four different sizes; 28 mm, 34 mm, 38 mm and 41 mm. Steel versions are fixed on a stainless steel case 316L combined made with glossy and satin finishes. The two-tone versions are accompanied by an 18-carat yellow gold screw charge crown engraved with the logo Tudor embossed (as well as the steel version) and a five-tone integrated bracelet in steel and 18-carat yellow gold. The alternating smooth surfaces and the cut grooves of the bezel of the Tudor Royal reflect similar finishes applied to the built-in bracelet design. Three large satin meshes are placed between two thinner shiny parts along the entire bracelet, fastened with a folding buckle and a safety latch.
In addition to the two cash variants, a choice is also offered between the colors of the black, silver, champagne and blue dial, along with diamond versions and hour indices with Roman numerals. The larger 41 mm iterations take on the appearance of the Rolex Day-Date first launched in 1956: the concept behind the two openings placed remotely from each other (the day at 12 o'clock and the date at 3 o'clock) was to allow the wearer to refer to the date without having to reveal the entire watch dial from under the sleeve of a shirt.
One movement AND is the basis of the many variants Tudor Royal. To maintain a fair price and because these models are less geared towards real watch collectors, Tudor did not opt for the in-house movement. The larger 41 mm model is powered by theETA 2834, while theETA 2824 pushes the hands of the 34 mm and 38 mm models. The smaller 28 mm model is powered by theETA 2671. All three offer a 38-hour power reserve and operate at a speed of 28,800 alternations per hour. Similarly, all three movements are fixed inside a 100-meter waterproof case with a sealed caseback and screw crown to ensure a watertight environment.
With the 28 mm and 34 mm women's models available in a mother-of-pearl dial option with diamond point indices, the difference between the female and male variants of the Tudor Royal it is distinct in design while combined with their functionality.Although the highlights of the watch Royal be its fluted bezel, the dial inspired by the Day-Date and the built-in bracelet, what can't be ignored is its attractive price given its movement Swiss Made adjusted according to chronometric standards.
Prices for the new Tudor Royalwill be (depending on the materials and dial options):
- between 2,170 EURO and 3,750 EURO for the 41 mm model
- between 2,120 EURO and 3,700 EURO for the 38 mm model
- between 2,070 EURO and 3,650 EURO for the 34 mm model
- between 2,020 and 3,600 EURO for the 28 mm model