The Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” gets its name from its colour, of course, but also from the year 1958, in which the first TUDOR divers’ watch waterproof to 200 metres (660 ft), reference 7924 or “Big Crown”, was presented. Among other aesthetic nods to this historic watch, this model offers a 39 mm diameter case in in keeping with the characteristic proportions of the 1950s. Ideal for slim wrists, people who like more compact watches and vintage enthusiasts, the Black Bay Fifty-Eight “Navy Blue” also carries on with the long TUDOR tradition of blue sports watches.
Six special features distinguished TUDOR Black Bay Fifty-Eight from other candidates for the “2020 Challenge Watch Prize”. New Black Bay Fifty-Eight stood out with 39 millimetre case in 316L stainless steel and matt domed dial with “snowflake” hands, a hallmark of TUDOR divers’ watches since 1969, filled with grade A, Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminescent material. Manufacture Calibre MT5402 with silicon balance spring and 70-hour power reserve certified by COSC drives the watch. In addition, it comes in three options: a “riveted” steel bracelet, a blue “soft touch” strap or a blue Jacquard fabric strap with a silver band. Each TUDOR watch is also covered by a five-year transferable guarantee with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required.
The special features of the new Black Bay Fifty-Eight watch earned him a “Challenge” award at the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
Created in 2001, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) is a Foundation recognised as a public interest organisation since 2011. The main purpose of the Foundation is to highlight and yearly reward the most remarkable contemporary creations and promote the watchmaking art worldwide.
The GPHG notably plays this unifying promotional role by staging an annual competition involving several hundreds of watches marketed during the year and attributing the highest awards in this domain. In doing so, it contributes to enhancing the traditions, skills and values of Swiss – and indeed universal – watchmaking culture. The GPHG awards ceremony held in November of each year draws elite representatives of the international watchmaking profession, united in honouring the finest creations and stakeholders who daily breathe vitality and creativity into the watchmaking world. Twenty or so prizes, including the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix (Best in Show) distinction are awarded on this occasion.
Often referred to as the watch industry “Oscars”, the GPHG is a not-to-be-missed event in the watchmaking calendar and one of the sector’s most famous media showcases.