Baselworld 2015: A Watch That Withstands Arctic Conditions

By Roberta Naas, atimelyperspective.com | March 26, 2015 | Watches & Jewelry

Tudor's latest reveal at Baselworld is the brand's North Flag collection designed to survive brutal elements—including arctic conditions.

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Tudor North Flag watches.

Tudor is a brand that is almost synonymous with outdoor activity, from cars to sailing and more. Now, the brand takes the adventurous spirit a step further with the new North Flag collection with in-house-made movement. The line is named for the arctic and Antarctic—extremes of the planet, temperatures, and conditions. It was also named for the science exhibitions of the early 1950s, when the British North Greenland Expedition scientists wore Tudor Oyster Prince watches throughout their experiences in the hostile conditions. As such, the new watch is completely inspired by history, but offers a visionary look to today’s rugged adventures.

The hybrid steel and ceramic watch was developed with special attention paid to the case material and the all-new movement. In fact, this watch represents Tudor’s first Manufacture-made caliber—the Tudor MT5621 with a power reserve of roughly 70 hours. In addition to providing the hour, minute, and central seconds, it offers an instant date display and power reserve indicator. The variable inertia oscillator features a silicon balance spring and the watch is geared to resist both shock and vibrations thanks to its COSC-certified chronometer status. The self-winding watch with bi-directional winding beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

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The steel/ceramic hybrid case was made in-house.

The steel and ceramic case is offered with an integrated bracelet construction. As is typical of Tudor, the North Flag is sold with two bracelet options, including a solid steel satin- and polished-link bracelet, and a matte black leather strap with yellow top stitching and lining.

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Founder and editor-in-chief of ATimelyPerspective.com, Roberta Naas is a veteran award-winning journalist in the watch industry with more than 25 years of experience. She was the first woman watch editor in the US market—breaking in to an “all boys network” with a pioneering spirit that would be her signature to this day. Naas brings responsible, factual—yet always timely and insightful—reporting of the watch industry to the forefront.

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