As Leonard Cohen titled his parting shot: “You Want It Darker.” So pervasive is the lust for all-black watches that brands are almost coerced into releasing them. That is, if they don’t want aftermarket opportunists to satisfy the demand. Tudor has issued all-black timepieces before, namely the Fastrider Black Shields, but the company really nailed it with the Heritage Black Bay Dark.
Why would this model have an even greater impact than the Fastriders? Tudor is on such a high at the moment that anything they issue seems to be a hit – sort of a horological equivalent of the Beatles’ run of consecutive Number Ones – yet the Black Bays are the ones that most people adore. Sure, there are Pelagos fans like yours truly and there are those who only wear chronographs, for whom the Fastriders are natural choices, but the Black Bay is the model that lifted Tudor from “hot” to “scalding”.
Amusingly, “Black Bay Black” had already been used by Tudor to denote the version with black bezel, when it joined the blue and burgundy editions, while the Bronze has a niche all to itself. I suppose it was only a matter of time (groan…) before the Black Bay was entirely covered in the colour that forms its name, and a nod of respect to the in-house wit who delivered the perfect moniker: Black Bay Dark.