More bold-faced genius: Tudor is flaming hot right now, and as long as they keep up the flow of utter gems – think Black Bay Black, the bronze version, etc – it will stay that way. The latest lust-maker is so simple to produce and yet still it is so innately desirable that you have to regard it as a display of horological chutzpah like no other: a left-handed Pelagos. Doh!
What’s involved in making this model? Nada!! You rotate the case 180 degrees. Check: Winder is now on the left. You reverse the strap or bracelet so the deployant clasp operates in the same direction. Check. Even though the movement is now “upside-down”, the date ring still serves its purpose in a window at the “new” 3 o’clock – because it’s on a ring! The only snag would be if the dial itself has locating pins that aren’t symmetrically positioned to allow swift rotation of it by 180 degrees. But even that’s not a crisis, merely asking the dial maker to relocate a couple of pins.
All that’s left is an act that every watchmaker performs every time he or she fits or refits hands: to set the hour and minute hands to line up at what is the “new” 12 o’clock. That’s right: the two hands ONLY line up in the vertical at 12 o’clock, not at 6:30. As the movement has been flipped, what was once 12 o’clock is now 6:30; not adjusting the hands for this would have them out of sync at noon or midnight.
Ice this fresh cake with a big-ass serial number on the caseback and you have another item to tempt the Tudormaniacs. I tip my hat to Tudor: so little effort, like adding a new colour, and still the buzz it’s created is that of a billion bumblebees.