Baselworld Goes Blue

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Blue hues made an impression at Baselworld 2013, proving that the color trend–ranging from serene to shocking–is still going strong.  Rolex’s familiar Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue in unexpected, eye-catching bright blue was a particularly noteworthy debut. This attractive timepiece lets wearers decide just how much color they want to embrace, offering interchangeability between the classic steel bracelet and color-coordinated fabric strap.

Unveiled in its initial incarnation in 2010, the stunning Tudor Heritage Chrono features a 42mm stainless steel case, Swiss automatic caliber 2892 movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and, for second time display, a rotatable, bidirectional graduated steel bezel. Other watchmakers who caught the blues at this year’s Baselworld included Oris, showing off a Divers watch features smooth sapphire glass, and Gucci, which unveiled a square case chrono with contrasting marine blue and brass elements.

The modernized Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue pays homage to the popular Tudor chronographs of the early 1970s. These innovative timepieces featured unprecedented color accents, including blue, grey and orange. Produced for only a brief run, they have since not only become increasingly popular, but are greatly prized among the collecting community. Contemporary fans of this style can now enjoy the reinvention of this chic, sophisticated timepiece in vibrant blue, thanks to the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue. But U.S. shoppers will have to wait to get their hands on this dazzling piece of wearable art: it won’t be available in the States until later this year. In the meantime, pre-owned Rolexes, including earlier versions of the Tudor Heritage Chrono, are not only accessible, but have gracefully withstood the test of time and taste.

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  1. Milton says:

    I sure would like to attend the Baselworld convention one day.

  2. Kathleen says:

    I had a feeling that various forms of blue are coming into style, not just in fashion clothing, but it seems to also be the case with accessories. These watches are very elegant and they fall right into this fashion trend. It makes me want to shop for an elegant wrist watch.

  3. I have never seen such stylish elegance in time pieces. If some of these watches are affordable, I will be sure to treat myself to a reward for all of my recent hard work.

  4. That is a hot watch but the only thing it makes me think of when I see that blue band on there is the preppy stages form the 80’s. I am not in any way saying that is bad because I am a product of the 80’s and I loved it.

  5. This Blue Tudor wrist watch series is a vastly different departure from the styles that Rolex has made over the years. When people hear Rolex, they picture silver, or gold watches and diamonds with that signature loupe bubble over the date. If you saw the video ad for it, you noticed that it works best as an accessory when you drive an expensive classic blue race car. So you have to spend big bucks either way (Kidding).

  6. Virginia says:

    I am so very impressed by this line of watches. I don’t particularly care for the cloth style band, but I really am enamored by the steel band. I love the vibrant cobalt blue, especially that metallic blue color on the steel face. I also like the dials which are functional and they look pretty darn colol, too. I have yet to price this watch, but I think I want one.

  7. My favorite color is blue so you know that I like both of them equally, unfortunately my husband works outside in the heat all summer so the cloth band would get very sweaty and start smelling, is it washable? I would be afraid to take it apart for fear of not getting it back together again. Maybe the metal band is the way to go.

  8. Jonathan says:

    Kelly doesn’t the sweat make the metal band rust? I had a watch once that every time I would wear it and sweat in it you could actually see the salt when it would finally dry.

  9. I have seen some very cool time pieces in my day but these are very unique and attractive in their own way. Keep up the good work I am looking forward to more.

  10. These timepieces are beautiful and I love the blue on the face, but I think the band is a bit much.

  11. I couldn’t help but notice that most watches at basel are associated with auto racing or flying, and it seems nearly all of the timepieces are chronographs.

  12. To take a beautiful piece like this watch and put it with a wrist band that they used to find popular in the 80’s was a risk but they really pulled it off here.

  13. I remember how 50 years ago, in 1963, Rolex unveiled the Oyster Perpetual COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA, a chronograph designed for racing drivers and measuring speed. This watch has established an impressive track record on the racing circuits and achieved iconic status as the world’s most famous and most sought-after chronograph. These were also on display at this year’s Baselworld. I saw some video on the event. It looked fun.

  14. This line of watches is definitely marked by impressive craftsmanship and if you can use one or two words to describe it, I would say classic and elegant. When you buy a watch of this quality, you are certainly making an investment and you expect it to last over a long period of time. I am sure these watches are built with quality and made to last.

  15. Michele says:

    These are the Rolex novelties 2013. A lot of new colors, but unfortunately no new Cosmograph Daytona. I had been looking forward to a new Cosmograph Daytona, but Rolex did not present one. The Cosmograph Daytona celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, so this would have been a good occasion to do so. Yes, Rolex is different and they do not care to much about anniversaries. We have to accept this fact.

  16. My son was looking for a gift to get his best man and this is something that he feels would last a long time and it is very sporty, his best man is a sports nut and very active in sports himself so he want a watch that will stand up to the challenge. Thank you for posting this it was a great gift idea for him and I’m sure a lot of other people.

  17. This watch convention is very cool, trendy and fun. That also pretty much defines the watches of Elle Time & Jewelry, and their newest entries at BASELWORLD 2013, which don’t disappoint. An eye-catcher to delight trendy fashionistas and every cool world traveller is Elle’s new Jetlag. The watch sports an oversized case and dual-time subdials backed by dozens of world capitals lightly imprinted on the face.

  18. These watches which were introduced at this renowned international event were impressive to me mainly because they look almost identical to a watch which I saw Miami Heat super star, Lebron James, wearing at the post game press conference of game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which took place on Wednesday evening in downtown Miami. The watch he was wearing retails for $300,000. I think I go blue and pay a whole lot less.

  19. This modernized style of the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue is really stylish – in a preppy kind of way. I am quite sure you can wear it with almost anything. But one thing is certain: when you wear a watch like this, it says to the on-looker that you are an established person who can afford to pay for quality craftsmanship, but also that you are not a flashy, reckless spender. It sends the right message to your peers.

  20. Maurice says:

    I watched a youtube video of the coverage and from what I saw, several new Speedmasters were presented at Baselworld, but the Speedmaster in black ceramic “Dark Side of the Moon” will certainly garner the most attention. This has a 44.25 mm black ceramic case with brushed and polished surfaces, just like the steel version, with a polished black ceramic bezel. It is really elegant and worth the investment, in my opinion.

  21. I am sorry to say that I really don’t know much about these watches and how well they last or anything like that but I will admit that I like the looks of them. The blue looks very sophisticated and manly where a lot of the watches that you see for men that are dressy look gawdy as well this can be both manly and dressy all in the same shot.

  22. William says:

    I was told that I was supposed to buy a watch for this gentleman for his birthday this last week and didn’t realize it so I started shopping online and ran across your watch. I have a feeling that it is more expensive then what I am looking to spend but it is a very nice watch and I am thinking about this for my father’s birthday.

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