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.