Friday, May 20, 2011
Following on from the very successful Tudor Heritage Chronograph launch last year, Rolex’s sister brand has just released a new model, the Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back, and remodelled the Grantour Date and Chrono.
This collection of sport chic watches are designed to capture the excitement of the world of GT racing. As with many brands currently following what is becoming a well worn track – that of the retro racing inspired look, (see Saint Honore Haussman Forty 7-24) the Tudor Grantour’s strong lines and the hands of the watch are inspired by the sleek shapes of sports car design. This time the counter with red details emulates the dials on a GT dashboard.
All the models in the Grantour line are equipped with pushers that are lockable at one eighth of a turn, and satin-finished streamlined lugs.
Tudor Grantour Chrono Fly-Back
With the same 42 mm case as the Grantour Date and Grantour Chrono models, this new model is equipped with a Fly-Back pusher with a red marking.
The small seconds hand counter at 9 o’clock is set in a background motif designed to look like automobile transmission belts.
The Fly-Back allows consecutive time intervals to be measured rapidly thanks to its on the fly chronograph reset and instant restart functions.
The watch is available in steel and in a combination of steel and 18ct pink gold, which is a first for the Tudor brand.
The Grantour Date, Chrono and Chrono Fly-Back models are available with a satin finished three-piece link steel bracelet with a polished centre piece, or the racy leather straps with large or micro-perforations and a folding clasp with a new safety catch.
Case: 42mm steel with polished and satin finish
Black-lacquered fixed graduated bezel made of steel or 18 ct pink gold
Movement: Self-winding mechanical chronograph
Power reserve of approximately 42 hours
Steel or 18 ct pink gold bistable lockable chronograph pushers with red and black markings
60-minute totaliser at 9 o’clock
Small seconds hand at 3 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Steel or 18 ct pink gold screw-down winding crown
Waterproof to a depth of 150 m (500 ft)
Steel or steel and 18 ct pink gold bracelet, or leather strap with large or micro-perforations, folding clasp and safety catch