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Baselworld 2013: TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield

by Philip Kaspar
25 April, 2013
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

Tudor Black Shield ECU

Baselworld

Whew! Trying to keep up with what’s hot and new at Baselworld 2013 is like trying to chase down this fiery new TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield watch. You simply can’t keep up.

Released to an eagerly awaiting Baselworld watch cognoscenti at precisely 4pm Swiss time yesterday afternoon, the new TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield is a monobloc case in high-tech black matt ceramic.

Ducati Diavel Carbon

Tudor Black Shield

It’s another dark and moody collaboration with motorbike manufacturer Ducati, and in turn Ducati has taken the design of the watch much further than a mere collaboration by actually customising the one-of-a-kind Ducati Diavel Carbon model with a black matt finish on the whole motorcycle and signature red highlighting on the details.

The watch is created using high tech injected ceramic, it’s not merely a coating, it forms the entire case, forged as a single piece to make it a scratch proof monobloc.

Close up

This complex procedure mastered by Tudor makes the bezel and middle case extremely tough and resilient.

Tudor Black Shield Crown

Waterproof to a depth of 150 metres (500 feet) and fitted with direct-action pushers and a screw-down crown in PVD-treated steel, the 42-mm case houses a self-winding chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours.

A red seal placed under the sapphire crystal – evidence of rigorous attention to detail – creates a perfect tribute to TUDOR’s colour codes.

The TUDOR Fastrider Black Shield is also offered in a version combining the matt black of the case and dial with a bronze tint on the hands and hour-markers. This version is available with either a rubber strap or a beige Alcantara® strap with black stitching.

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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