Tudor Black Bay One for Only Watch 2015 in Exclusive Live Photos
It is not a coincidence that, so far, I've not written anything about the laudable Only Watch Charity Auction and the one-of-a-kind timepieces that will go under the hammer in Monaco on 7th November 2015. From time to time some brands allow us journalists to take some live photos of unique pieces, something that greatly helps to enhance the beauty and uniqueness of these valuable items. I was waiting for that specific opportunity to also give you the chance to enjoy those watches at their fullest and, luckily enough, I was granted it last week, when I got to meet face to face the famous Tudor Black Bay One, thanks to my friends at Watchonista. This timepiece is the "Special One" that the brand from Geneva created in an exclusive style to be sold at next autumn's auction, an event whose main goal is to raise money for charity thanks to the offers of generous collectors.
The Tudor Black Bay One is a customization or, better to say, an almost perfect re-edition of one of the most successful timepieces Tudor has manufactured in the last few years. Its design clues are faithfully and directly inspired by the original 1954 Tudor Black Bay ref 7923. The so-called "gilt" dial, the slightly domed crystal, the inverted "lollipop" central seconds hand, the crown mounted on an anodized aluminium tube that matches the bezel are only some of the aesthetical touches that directly link this beautiful timepiece to its grandfather.
Beside that, Tudor equipped its Black Bay One with a solid non-integrated stainless steel bracelet that, in the standard version, features tube-type attachments with a folding clasp and a safety catch and, as an option, can be replaced by a Jacquard-weave admiralty grey fabric and a darky brown aged leather strap. This timepiece features the 2824 movement that ensures 38 hours of Power Reserve and which can be found inside each of the current Black Bay models.
The 41mm Tudor Black Bay One will definitely be one of the most sought-after timepieces at the upcoming auction and I'm extremely curious to find out what its asking price and its buyout price will be and, needless to say (and I'm sure I am not the only one who thinks that) I hope that this auction will give us all the chance to see again this timepiece, albeit in a reissued and limited version.
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(Photo credit: courtesy of Watchonista)
Gaetano C. @Horbiter®