To mark the Rugby World Cup 2019 and celebrate its partnership with New Zealand’s national rugby team, Swiss-made watch brand Tudor is presenting a black version of its Black Bay chronograph in a limited edition with the same number of timepieces as All Blacks players since the team’s creation.
An additional model will be added every time a new player is selected.
“To celebrate the All Blacks legacy and mark the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC) as the team will defend its back-to-back champions title, (we are) launching the Black Bay Chrono Dark model, a new black version – matching the All Blacks’ famous jersey – of its chronograph, fitted with a Manufacture Calibre with column wheel and vertical clutch,” according to a press statement issued in Doha by Fifty One East, the official retailer of Tudor in Qatar.
Unusually for Tudor, the new model is a limited edition: a watch to pay tribute to every player who has been selected for New Zealand’s national rugby team from its creation in 1884 to the RWC 2019, or 1,181 timepieces at the time of writing.
The number will be adjusted according to the final composition of the World Cup team.
The series will grow over the coming years as new players join the ranks of the All Blacks, the statement notes.
The Black Bay Chrono Dark model features a characteristic satin-brushed steel bracelet for a matte effect, finished with a black PVD-treated coating.
Directly derived from the thin-film technology originally developed by Nasa for its various space programmes, PVD, or Physical Vapour Deposition, enables practically any inorganic material to be bonded with metals.
Of course, the colour choice is a reference to the All Blacks team that Tudor has been supporting since 2017, reinforced by the presence of a special engraving on the case back indicating the serial number of each timepiece.
Boasting of a 70-hour power reserve, a silicon balance spring and a certification by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute, the Manufacture chronograph Calibre MT5813 that drives the Black Bay Chrono Dark model is a high-performance movement.
Derived from the Manufacture chronograph Calibre Breitling 01, with a high-precision regulating organ developed by Tudor and dedicated finishes, the movement is the result of a lasting collaboration between the two brands.