They grow up so fast! It’s always fun to visit Rolex’s little brother during Baselworld, but Tudor showed signs of maturity this year, introducing the brand’s first in-house movement (caliber MT5621) in the Tudor North Flag. Still, Tudor displayed its youthful nature with a new tool watch made for outdoor exploration. Partners since 2011, Tudor and Ducati have decided to go on another bike ride with the new Fastrider Chronograph. Launched earlier this year, together with the new Ducati Scrambler, the new chronograph shares the same spirit and sense of adventure as the iconic motorcycle form the 1960s.
While it wasn’t the fastest bike of its era, or the one before it, the Scrambler was much-loved because it had an excellent frame, a reliable engine, and bold colors contrasting with the black running gear. Features that now define the new Fastrider Chronograph. Tudor presented three models with green, red and yellow dials to match the new collection of motorbikes. But their anti-conformist design clashes with a functional and clean dial. After all, Tudor still listens to its elder.
Made in a sporty 42mm brushed stainless steel case, the Fastrider features a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel to protect it from off-roading adventures. Panda subdials and luminescent hands and hour markers ensure the watch is legible on the road, while a small date indication between 4 and 5 o’clock keep bikers on top of their schedule.
The new Fastrider comes with a black leather strap inspired by the Scrambler’s leather saddle, ensuring a very comfortable fit, whether you’re digging your wheels into uncharted ground, racing around the track, or simply enjoying your day in between two rides. The only thing missing from the new Fastrider is an in-house movement. Instead, a modified engine powers the Fastrider. Boasting a power reserve of 46 hours, the tried-and tested ETA 7753 is a reliable mechanism that will weather the years.
The Fastrider is another interesting collection from Tudor. While Tudor showed how serious it was about manufacture its own movements with the North Flag, it retains a fun an adventurous side with the Fastrider Chronograph. After the helmet, boots, and gloves, the Fastrider is the latest accessory to strap on before taking off for a ride. The Tudor Fastrider Chronograph is priced at $4,100.