Available in four size variations, several dial colors to choose from and a steel or two-tone case material. The name Royal was used by Tudor once in the past, but now takes on a sportier and bolder personality for this 2020. Tudor well known for its range of rugged diver's watches - the models Black Bay, Pelagos e Submariner vintage to name but a few - 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 Oysters, plus an integrated five-link bracelet. Sitting somewhere between a classic and a sporty watch, Tudor 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 its slogan "Born To Dare“, An important aspect of the business model of Tudor is the creation of wrist watches at an affordable price. The brand has achieved this 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 doing so, many Tudor watches are naturally vintage-inspired as they follow in the footsteps of Rolex which, as a company, only makes strides, very rarely drawing on its past. This method applies to the Tudor Royal, an affordable sporty-chic watch powered by a movement ETA and made from a block of stainless steel 316L (as opposed to stainless steel 904L "Oystersteel"of Rolex).
The distinctive notched bezel of the Tudor Royal it is available in four different sizes; 28mm, 34mm, 38mm and 41mm. The 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-karat yellow gold screw-down winding crown engraved with the logo Tudor embossed (as well as the steel version) and an integrated bracelet with five two-tone links in steel and 18-karat yellow gold. The alternating polished surfaces and cut grooves of the bezel of the Tudor Royal reflect similar finishes applied to the integrated bracelet design. Three large satin links are placed between two thinner shiny parts along the entire bracelet, secured with a folding clasp and safety catch.
In addition to the two case variants, a choice of black, silver, champagne and blue dial colors is also offered, along with diamond versions and Roman numeral hour markers. The larger 41mm iterations echo the look of the Rolex Day-Date first launched in 1956: the concept behind the two openings positioned 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 face from under a shirt sleeve.
One movement ETA automatic is the basis of the many variants Tudor Royal. To maintain a fair price and as these models are less geared towards true watch collectors, Tudor did not opt for the in-house movement. The larger 41mm model is powered byETA 2834, while the 'ETA 2824 pushes the hands of the 34mm and 38mm models. The smaller 28mm model is powered byETA 2671. All three offer a 38-hour power reserve and run at a speed of 28.800 vibrations per hour. Likewise, all three movements are set within a 100-meter waterproof case with a sealed caseback and screw-down crown to ensure a watertight environment.
With the women's 28mm and 34mm models available in a mother of pearl dial option with diamond point indexes, the difference between the female and male variations of the Tudor Royal it is distinct in design while paired with their functionality. Although the highlights of the watch Royal be its fluted bezel, the dial inspired by the Day-Date and the integrated bracelet, what cannot be ignored is its attractive price given its movement Swiss Made adjusted according to chronometric standards.
Prices for the new Tudor Royal will be (depending on 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
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