In the mind of every seafarer, bronze is the metal of the ocean, used in myriad objects housed on vintage yachts and ships. While for many watch lovers, gold, platinum and steel will remain the metals of choice in high-end horology, that hasn’t stopped the likes of Panerai, Anonimo, U-Boat and Hublot from experimenting with bronze. And, whereas once the alloy could be dismissed as a popular novelty, the fact that one of the watch industry’s biggest players has now joined the Bronze Age suggests that demand is, in fact, stronger than ever.
The new Heritage Black Bay Bronze ref. 79250BM is the latest addition to Tudor’s lauded Black Bay diving watch collection, bringing the total number of models up to four. It features a 43mm warm pink-gold-coloured case made of a blend of aluminium and bronze, which, over time, acquires an aged appearance as a result of reactions to air, humidity and wear. The patina is unique to each owner and adds a customisation that money cannot buy. And, for the first time, Tudor has incorporated a chocolate-brown colour for the dial and bidirectional bezel, which, together with the creamy numerals and gold accents give a feeling of a nicely aged “tropical” dial – but without the associated cost of the natural variety.