Editor’s note: The Tudor Black Bay had an extraordinary beginning when it was released in 2012, with the Black Bay red finally giving*the brand its flagship model. I remember seeing it in the window of the booth and*basically attaching myself to the glass like an abalone. A distressed leather strap with boss-looking deployant. A rich burgundy / red bezel. Gilt touches on indices. A perfect colour dial. Details for days. Shut up and take my money. I had one on my wrist just a few months later. And the Black Bay had a stupendous 2018, when the Black Bay ’58 which many are now hailing the ‘perfect watch’ for the money, fronted up shoulder to shoulder with the Black Bay Pepsi GMT, a watch I mistakenly included in my Top 10.*And then retracted, so strongly did I feel I got it wrong. The success of Tudor’s 2018 campaign is still felt by those waiting patiently on wait lists for both models. A wait list for a Tudor. Like I said, stupendous.*But what about the*middle years? And in particular, the chrono? A steel & gold version was released this year, with a dramatic colourway and a cool strap. Let’s take a…

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