Watches: Tudor Fastrider Chronograph 2015 Collection (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on April 14, 2015
Just like last year and the year before that, Tudor continues to develop their sporty lines with extremely well-crafted models featuring strong design codes able to appeal to a young clientele of watch lovers in search of multi-purpose timepieces adapted to every occasion of their active urban lives. Whether in the North Flag, Pelagos, Fastrider or Grantour line, these new creations successfully combine reliable movements and assertive looks at a truly competitive price, placing Tudor in an amazingly strong position relative to the competition.
Among the great-looking novelties presented during Baselworld 2015, the Manufacture unveiled the latest tribute to Ducati, a partner of the brand since 2011. This time around, the design team drew its inspiration from one of the Italian motorcycle manufacturer’s most famous model: the Scrambler.
“Inventive, youthful and free-spirited” as Ducati describes it, this recently introduced roadster marked a change of direction for the Italians, being more affordable and down-to-earth than the company's high-performance offerings. This attempt to attract new and younger riders to the iconic Italian brand is the same followed by Tudor with the new “Fastrider Chronograph” models.
Three versions have been created to honour the three iconic colours of the Scrambler: yellow, red, and green. All three models come in a brushed 42.00 mm stainless steel case paired with a contrasting matt black ceramic bezel featuring a tachymeter scale and matt black PVD coated chronograph pushers and crown. This combination is very masculine and the overall matt effect makes it appear very trendy.
The aesthetic of the dials is equally accomplished: a black flange and black chronograph registers with grey centre provide a nice contrast to the flashy yellow, red, or green colour of the rest of the dial. The ruthenium hour markers and hands provide the finishing touch.
Secured by a folding clasp, these watches can be purchased with a black rubber strap to be worn even if you go for a swim (the water resistance is 150 meters despite the presence of the chronograph) but the versions featuring a black embossed leather strap are much nicer in my view and also more evocative of the world of performance on two wheels. These bracelets that are an interpretation of the typical leather saddles with gadroons look stunning on these three watches.
Inside the “Fastrider Chronograph” models beats the Valjoux 7753 calibre, a self-winding mechanical movement with chronograph function that has proven to be extremely reliable over the years and that offers a fine 46-hour power reserve. Even though this is not a manufacture movement, it can be nicely finished and I would have liked to see a sapphire case back on this model: not every watch lover can afford the price tags associated with fine in-house calibres but it does not mean that they do not appreciate the mechanical beauty of watchmaking and showing them the movement through the back is a good way of developing their interest for Fine Watchmaking.
Apart from this little detail, the watches are great and at CHF 3,900, they really represent an excellent value for money. The only question left is to decide whether you prefer the yellow, red, or green version!
For more information please visit the Tudor web site.