Tudor Fastrider Black Shield

Posted: December 4, 2015 in Tudor, Uncategorized
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Swiss watch brand Tudor began its partnership with Italian motorcycle maker Ducati in 2011, and introduced its first Fastrider Black Shield watch — directly inspired by the Ducati Diavel — in 2013. With this year’s release of the new Ducati XDiavel cruiser model, Tudor once again brings out a Fastrider Black Shield using the design language of the new superbike.

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The matte black dial is punctuated by white hour markers and numerals, a white central chronograph hand, and small white hands for the chronograph subdials and small seconds subdial. A white luminescent coating is used on the hands and hour markers. The monobloc case, made of high-tech black ceramic, is water-resistant to 150 meters and virtually scratch-proof. The deliberately sculpted, angular contours of the case (which measures 42 mm in diameter and has a sleek, bead-blasted finish) are meant to evoke the streamlined bodywork of the Ducati XDiavel.

The fixed, matte-black ceramic bezel is engraved with a tachymeter scale, a useful feature for motorbike racing enthusiasts. The dial’s tricompax arrangement has chronograph subdials at 3 o’clock (30 minutes) and 6 o’clock (12 hours) and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The screw-down winding crown — which is inscribed with the Tudor logo — and chronograph pushers are in black PVD-treated steel that seamlessly matches the dark hue of the ceramic case.

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The movement in the new Tudor Fastrider Black Shield is the automatic chronograph Caliber TUDOR 7753 (based on the tried-and-true ETA Valjoux 7753), which has a power reserve of approximately 46 -hours and a fast-adjustment date corrector; the date display appears on the dial in an aperture at 4:30. The matte-black calfskin leather strap, with white contrast stitching, continues the “stealth” theme of the dial and case. The watch is also available with a matching matte-black rubber strap.

Anyone interested in procuring the 2015 edition of the Tudor Fastrider Black Shield can start revving up their engines now for a trip to their Tudor authorized retailer: it’s on sale now, released to coincide with the launch of the Ducati XDiavel on November 16. It’s priced at $4,925 on both the rubber and leather strap.

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