It looks like some news from Tudor for Basel 2015 have been leaked. It would be interesting on many facets. The watch, called the Tudor North Flag will be fitted with Tudor caliber MT5621. This is the first interesting information. Why? An in-house Tudor movement.
Oh... the watch...
I have to say that the watches looks good and features a power reserve indicator. Specs? 40mm steel case, 70 hours power reserve, non-magnetic silicon spring, display back (another first), WR 10 ATM and COSC rated movement. I like.
So back to why it is interesting. Well, first, as noted earlier, in-house movement. Basically, Tudor first. Technically, not. The first in-house was a long time ago, during the time of the Tudor Oyster Prince, reference 7909 with the Tudor caliber 390. The caliber 390 is based on Fleurier 350. Rolex modified the movement and you have the Tudor caliber 390.
So it would be the second right? Technically it would be the Tudor caliber 1475 that powers the Tudor Advisor reference 7926. Rolex modified the AS 1475 in terms of functions and finish.
So its the Third? Well.... If we go the path of that German Swiss brand... Then we have the current Tudor Advisor with the in-house Tudor alarm module on an ETA2892... but I digress....
Anyway, what is important is that it is Tudor in-house movement. Great. Now comes the second interesting part. Would the movement fit in Tudor current offering like the Black Bay, Heritage Ranger and even the Pelagos? All you need is to remove the Power Reserve module. If yes, would that not put Tudor on the path to be a manufacture?
When Tudor was 'relaunched' I remarked that it is on the same path as that Italian Swiss brand. But it seems 'Evolution' got in the way and it has sped up the process. It would be interesting to see what else Tudor have on offer for Basel 2015 and how it evolves from then on.
What ever it does, it looks like my Tudor collection is expected to grow.... :)