2017 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Gold 79733N

2017 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Gold

2017 Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel & Gold

The Black Bay family of watches are the most popular in Tudor’s Heritage line. They combine a classic aesthetic with innovations of modern-day watchmaking. The 41 mm Heritage Black Bay S&G introduced at Baselworld 2017 features characteristics that people have grown to love about the Black Bay models with new elements that make it stand out on its own.

The most obvious update in this configuration is the combination of yellow gold and steel used for the case and bracelet. The winding crown, bezel and center links of this model use yellow gold to create the first two-tone Black Bay model. The hands and hour markers also use yellow gold in combination with the powerful luminescence Tudor models are known for. The winding crown is engraved with the Tudor rose, which is lacquered in black to match the bezel and dial.

Another notable addition to this model is a date function, visible through an aperture at 3 o’clock. This is a first for the watches in the Black Bay family, adding a useful complication to the classic diver’s watch. The two-tone bracelet incorporates a riveted bracelet with stepped construction that is characteristic of models introduced by the brand in the 1950s. It is also available on an aged leather strap, both options equipped with a folding clasp and safety catch.

The Black Bay S&G is fitted with a Manufacture Calibre MT5612 self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of 70 hours. It features 26 jewels with a total diameter of 31.8 mm and a thickness of 6.5 mm. This Swiss Chronometer oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour, or 4 Hz. The balance spring is made from silicon, a non-magnetic material that maintains the frequency of the timepiece. It is waterproof to a depth of 200 meters, or 600 feet.

For additional information on this model, including pricing and availability, visit tudorwatch.com. If you own a Tudor watch and would like to fit it with the ultimate rubber strap, click here to sign up to receive a notification when the Rubber B collection for Tudor will be available for purchase.

Patek Philippe to Hold a Grand Exhibition in New York

Patek Philippe's The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York

Patek Philippe’s The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition New York

“From its earliest days, when our founder Antoine Norbert de Patek made his first journey to America in the 1850’s until today, the importance of America to Patek Philippe can be seen through our history exhibited in the Grand Exhibition in New York,” says Patek Philippe President Thierry Stern of The Art of Watches exhibition to be held at Cipriani in New York City this summer.

This event will be free to the public, taking place over ten days with guided tours available. Ten rooms in a 13,218 square foot space will showcase watches dating back to 1530, the current collection, movements and films exploring the history of the oldest privately-owned family watchmaker based in Geneva. Live artisans will be demonstrating watchmaking techniques in the Rare Handcrafts Gallery while master watchmakers allow visitors to explore the inner-workings of Patek Philippe movements in The Watchmaker’s Room.

Larry Pettinelli, President of Patek Philippe US, shares “We are tremendously proud to have been allowed this rare opportunity to educate the public not only about Patek Philippe, but also the historical significance of timekeeping through the ages.” The watchmaker hopes that the event will make visitors feel the same way they would if walking through the company’s manufacture in Geneva. At the conclusion of the tour, visitors are welcomed to relax in the Patek Philippe Café.

Taking place between the 13th and 23rd of July, this event will capitalize off of the high concentration of tourists that visit New York City in the summer. With the two-story exhibition open to the public, the watchmaker is allowing new generations to experience the art of watchmaking up-close. It is also a wonderful opportunity them to see the current collection first-hand and understand the historical context of each piece.

For more information on The Art of Watches Grand Exhibition: Discovering the World of Patek Philippe, including video and sketches of the rooms, visit patek.com.

Jet Black Velcro Rubber Strap for Rolex Explorer 39mm

photo of Jet Black Velcro Rubber Strap for Rolex Explorer

Jet Black Velcro Rubber Strap for Rolex Explorer 39mm

The Explorer model is beloved amongst Rolex enthusiasts with a taste for minimalist design. An uncomplicated professional wristwatch, its symmetrical dial has remained virtually unchanged since the model’s introduction in the 1950s. The black dial features large Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9, rectangular hour markers and a triangle indicating 12 o’clock. The current configuration features a 39mm case diameter, up from 36mm as seen on vintage Explorers.

The latest innovation from Rubber B takes the comfort and craftsmanship of a vulcanized rubber strap to a new level. The Velcro Series strap for the Rolex Explorer 39mm, recently added to our e-boutique, features a Velcro Alfatex closure that is torsion-tested for strength and security. A titanium insert lines the attachment loop for optimum performance. They are hand sewn using Gore-Tenara thread which is resistant to UV rays and chemicals.

Select your size using our sizing guide for the perfect fit on wrist sizes ranging from extra-small to extra-large. Like all of our vulcanized rubber watch straps, our Velcro Series straps are made in Switzerland using only the finest quality materials. They exceed FDA and BVGG specifications as non-allergen, nontoxic and non-marking. What results is the ultimate rubber strap for the Rolex Explorer, now with an additional closure option.

Shop our entire collection of straps for Rolex now by visiting rubberb.com. In addition to the 39mm Explorer, we offer straps for their most popular models, including the Cosmograph Daytona and Ceramic Submariner. We ship worldwide within 24-48 hours of receiving your order, with expedited shipping options available.

New VulChromatic Colors for Panerai Luminor 44mm

New VulChromatic Colors for Rubber B Panerai Luminor 44mm Straps

New VulChromatic Colors for Rubber B Panerai Luminor 44mm Straps

The Rubber B VulChromatic series of rubber straps for Panerai Luminor 44mm models offers sporty style and ultimate comfort. Swiss made using only the finest materials, they maintain the luxury of the timepiece while giving the wearer the freedom to take their wristwatch with them on any adventure. A colorful stripe down the side of the Jet Black strap completes the look, adding just the right amount of personality.

No blends, bonding or glues are used to achieve the dual-tone of our VulChromatic straps. Using a patented process, we precision mold the colored piece of rubber into the host rubber material. This process ensures a seamless look and full tension and torsion uniformity. The colors will not fade over time, even after exposure to sweat, UV rays and other elements of daily wear. Combining all of these elements results is the ultimate rubber strap for Panerai.

We have added two new color combinations to our collection for Panerai, shown in the photo above. For those with a bold sense of style, we now offer a Red Devil and Jet Black strap for the Luminor. If you prefer a more subdued strap, we have also introduced a Caribbean Blue and Jet Black VulChromatic strap. Both of these straps maintain the nautical aesthetic of Panerai with a unique and stylish design element.

Learn more about these new straps and shop our entire collection for Panerai in our e-Boutique at rubberb.com. We ship internationally within 24 to 48 hours of receiving your order, with expedited shipping available.

Rolex Introduces Stainless Steel Sky-Dwellers in 2017

photo of 2017 Two-Tone Rolex Sky-Dweller

2017 Two-Tone Rolex Sky-Dweller

The most complicated watch currently offered by Rolex, the Sky-Dweller has been available only in precious metal configurations until now. At Baselworld 2017 the watchmaker introduced several new Sky-Dwellers in combinations of gold and stainless steel. The photo above shows the two-tone version in a combination of yellow gold and stainless steel.

The yellow gold/stainless steel configuration comes with a champagne dial as shown in the above photo. It is also available with a black or white dial. This combination evokes the aesthetic of the Datejust, Rolex’s classic dress watch. It features rectangular hour markers filled with Chromalight luminescence. This is a departure from the Roman and Arabic numerals used to mark the hours on the precious metal versions.

White Gold and Stainless Steel 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller

White Gold and Stainless Steel 2017 Rolex Sky-Dweller

The combination that has been talked about the most since the international trade show is the white gold and stainless steel Sky-Dweller. The close up photo above shows the blue dial of this version which has already commanded a waiting list at many Rolex Authorized Dealers around the world. The white gold and steel configuration is also available with a white or black dial. At a modest price point, this opens up a new market for the watchmaker’s most innovative complication.

On their official website, Rolex has added tutorials on how to set the time and date on this complicated watch. This and the improved luminescence makes the model more accessible to the masses. All Sky-Dweller models are powered by a 9001 self-winding mechanical movement manufactured in-house by the watchmaker. The 42mm case features the fluted bezel that is characteristic of their dress watches and the Oyster bracelet is secured by a folding Oysterclasp fitted with a 5mm Easylink comfort extension.

Visit rolex.com for more information on the 2017 Sky-Dweller model configurations.