When we all expected that Tudor would come up with a new Black Bay Fifty Eight, the brand in a stroke of magic surprises with the new Black Bay 54, which comes with a reduced case of 37mm diameter, 11.24mm thickness and a lug-to-lug distance of 46mm.
And if at first glance the new Black Bay 54 looks the same as its middle brother Fifty Eight, it has more novelties in addition to size. We are talking about a new crown and a new edge bezel, which together with flattening sapphire crystal contributes a lot to the thinness of the new stainless steel case. Everything else on the exterior remains the same, continuing to have 200m of water resistance, which fans lot appreciate, and the unidirectional bezel with 60 clicks with the luminous inverted triangle marker at 12 o’clock.
The dial has no novelties, as the brand here is conservative and is back to betting on the classic black dial with gilt accents.
Inside, the new Black Bay 54 comes equipped with the automatic movement Caliber MT 5400 that is COSC certified, operating at 28,800 Vph and offering 70 hours of power reserve.
Finally, one more novelty translated into the strap, since either the option for the steel bracelet or the rubber strap both are now tapered, from the 20mm wide lugs to 18mm to the clasp and both feature the T-FIT micro-adjustment system.
We are not going to lie and say that we had anticipated this launch, on the contrary, we were as surprised as everyone else, and the sentence that best describes our opinion is that we loved it.
We had the opportunity to try it on our hands on the first day of Watches and Wonders and if in pictures it looks interesting on the wrist it’s great. We also had the opportunity to speak with the Tudor design team and learn in detail about the new 54 and it is truly amazing.