Whether it’s the extraordinary load-bearing flying buttresses at the Chartres Cathedral, the streamlined trains of Raymond Loewy, or the air scoops in one of Flavio Manzoni’s award-winning Ferraris, the details in great design have always come about through function and performance defining the very architecture of the aesthetic form.
And in modern watchmaking, there is no single timepiece that more perfectly represents the symbiosis between unlimited performance and thoroughly seductive design than the extraordinary Tudor Pelagos.
With its name derived from the Greek word referring to the deep sea, the Tudor Pelagos represents the single greatest value in the dive watch sector; it is an example of supreme ethical pricing, as well as an amazing technical innovation, in an era lacking in true creativity and where watch prices have veered out of control.
It is, in essence, everything that is good about modern watchmaking.
The latest edition of the Pelagos is a unique left-handed or “destro” watch with roots that hark back to the military heritage of Tudor. This watch also introduces a new vintage-themed update to the Pelagos that, combined with its amazing technical innovation, creates a delicious union between the past and the present.
But before delving into all the glorious details of the new Pelagos LHD (or “Left Hand Drive”), let’s remind ourselves that almost every detail of the Pelagos is in some ways born out of Tudor’s legendary collaboration with military divers, in particular those of France’s Marine Nationale.