There are three things you need to know about Tudor’s MT56 group of automatic calibres. First of all, they’re made in house — in fact they’re the very first in-house movements in Tudor’s 70-year history. Secondly, they’re COSC certified, which means that all of them meet or exceed a stringent set of industry standards regarding chronometric performance. Thirdly, they’re extremely forward thinking in terms of function and design, particularly in context of features such as the silicon hairspring, traverse balance bridge and 70-hour power reserve.
That was the easy part, knowing the three most important things about the Tudor MT56 group of automatic calibres. They’re made in house, they’re COSC certified, they’re forward thinking. You see, easy. Now comes the part that takes a bit more effort — understanding what makes these three things so important. It’ll take 10 minutes and I promise to make it as painless as possible. Let’s get started, shall we?
For various reasons that are too complicated (and fraught) to get into, the word “manufacture”, and by extension, “in house”, has become synonymous with quality watchmaking. People see the “in house” label and in their minds it automatically translates to a bunch of arbitrary bonus points that elevate the watch in question far above an equivalent model with an externally sourced movement. This is just such bad logic that I regularly get quite frustrated with it, because it devalues the legitimate work that some companies put into becoming a true watch manufacture with strong, qualitative products.