Tudor's Fastrider collection was born from a collaboration with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Ducati. Their Scrambler and Diavel motorcycles inspired the look of these high-tech, robust watches.
The Fastrider collection is a youthful, fresh series of watches from the Swiss manufacturer Tudor
, primarily inspired by the look of Ducati's Scrambler motorcycle. The Scrambler's design distinguishes itself by its bright, eye-catching colors such as red or yellow and exposed motor. The exposed motor offers a look at the inner workings of the motorcycle, similar to watching a caliber in a skeletonized watch. Like the motorcycle, the watch is available in different versions with red, yellow, or olive green dials, with satin-finished stainless steel and ceramic being the main materials used. The watches are waterproof up to 150 m thanks to a screw-down case back, screw-down winding crown, and double waterproofness system. If you need a watch to accompany you to even greater depths, then the diving watches Tudor Pelagos
or Tudor Black Bay
are good choices. The Black Bay is waterproof up to 200 m, while the Pelagos can go as deep as 500 m. One of the first in-house calibers produced by Tudor has ticked away away in the Pelagos since 2015. The automatic caliber has a power reserve of 70 hours and it is unaffected by magnetic fields thanks to its silicon balance spring. Its certificate from the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres
(COSC), the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute, guarantees its precision.
Pitch Black: The Fastrider Black Shield
In 2013, Tudor presented their first version of the all-black Fastrider chronograph. Like the other watches, the Black Shield is the result of a collaboration with Ducati. This time around, the powerful Diavel motorcycle served as inspiration. Its 156 horsepower with a torque of 128.9 Nm speaks for itself. The Black Shield takes inspiration from the bike's black design: Even the motorcycle's small, yet striking color accents are reproduced on the watch. The 42 mm monobloc case is made of high-tech ceramic and is therefore especially lightweight, scratch resistant, and robust. The black ceramic bezel features a tachymetric scale and enables you to calculate speed over a given distance. Furthermore, the case's angular design immediately catches the eye and is reminiscent of the Diavel's look.
The color accents on the dial are also quite head turning. One version of the Black Shield features hands, index markers, the date, and the Tudor logo in bright red, as well as the o-ring beneath the sapphire glass. These parts of the watch glow red in the dark similar to the Diavel's backlights. Red decorative stitching on the leather band rounds out the watch's look.
The beige-accented version stands out thanks to its Alcantara leather band, which goes together perfectly with the black watch. Black contrast stitching and a black folding clasp round everything out. A third version of the watch uses exclusively white indices, hands, and numerals. The black/white contrast is striking, yet still more subtle than the red version. These timepieces are also available with a rubber strap.
Tudor uses the automatic caliber Valjoux 7753 in their Fastrider models, a chronograph movement based on the Valjoux 7750. ETA, the largest movement manufacturer in the world, produces both of these reliable, precise, and well-engineered Valjoux calibers. The 7753 has a diameter of 30.4 mm, is 7.9 mm thick, and features 27 jewels. Its power reserve lasts approximately 46 hours and the movement vibrates at 28,800 alternations an hour, or 4 Hz. This allows time to be stopped to 1/8th of a second. The date display window is located between four and five o'clock, the subsidiary seconds at nine o'clock, the 30-minute totalizer at three o'clock, and the 12-hour totalizer at six o'clock.
Tudor's Retro Chronographs
This Swiss manufacturer has other watches with stopwatch functions in addition to their colorful Fastrider models: the timepieces in the Heritage
collection. The collection's name already indicates that these watches feature vintage designs. The Heritage Chrono and the Heritage Chrono Blue are reminiscent of watches from the 1970s. Tudor's current vintage-inspired watches are characterized by their two-tone dial with a subsidiary seconds subdial at three o'clock, a 45-minute totalizer at nine o'clock, and a date display window at six o'clock. An orange stopwatch seconds hand matches the numbers on the rehaut, creating a striking look. The Chrono Blue has blue subdials as well as a blue rehaut and bezel and is available with a matching blue, white, and orange striped fabric strap.
Tudor: The Rolex Subsidiary
Tudor has been one of the most well-known watch manufacturers in the world since its foundation in 1946 as Montres Tudor S.A. Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf founded this Geneva-based company with the goal of producing more affordable watches just as reliable as any Rolex. Today, Tudor's watches still profit from the developments and history of their parent company, one example being the perpetual rotor from Rolex's Oyster. This automatic winding mechanism allows the spring to be constantly wound as long as the watch is on a wrist. It was a revolution in the middle of the 20th century, seeing as people previously had to manually wind their watches in most cases. In 1952, Tudor introduced its self-winding Oyster Prince. Before then, the perpetual rotor had been exclusive to the Rolex Oyster. Tudor began to use the Rolex's pillow-shaped case around this time as well. Their Submariner bore a striking resemblance to Rolex's Submariner.
With Tudor, Wilsdorf wanted to unite aesthetics and efficient performance, and Tudor watches have proved their sturdiness time and time again. Twenty-six Oyster Prince watches from Tudor accompanied the British Royal Navy on the British North Greenland Expedition in 1952 and they withstood the cold and harsh weather conditions. A year later, the company launched a campaign based on having tested the watches under harsh conditions to prove their strength and endurance. A stone carver wore one watch non-stop for three months, while another Oyster Prince was worn by a motorcycle driver over the course of a 1,000 mile race. Construction workers wore the watch too. For 30 days, they connected steel beams with a Tudor on their wrists.
Tudor Fastrider: Extravagant Chronographs with Reliable Technology
Tudor achieves their goals with their Fastrider chronographs. These stopwatch timepieces are aesthetically pleasing with their modern and eccentric design and bicolor dials, and they also appeal to motorcycle fans thanks to Tudor's collaboration with Ducati. A reliable ETA caliber ticks away inside these pieces, ensuring they run dependably. The high-tech, 42 mm ceramic case is lightweight, scratch resistant, and increases the sturdiness of these watches.