The biggest news in the watch industry these days is Rolex sub-brand Tudor's return to the U.S. marketplace after an absence of almost 14 years. While the reasons for their departure and return can be debated, it's crystal clear that Tudor's been consistently knocking things out of the park since the debut of their vintage-inspired Heritage Chronograph in 2010. This year Tudor returned to the Heritage Chronograph and made it over in the vein of of their vaunted 1973 Monte Carlo chronograph. The end result is a stunning piece of horological architecture and the birth of a modern-day classic: behold the Tudor Heritage Chronograph Blue.
The Heritage Chronograph Blue shares its movement -- an ETA 2892 with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module -- case, and bracelet with the Heritage Chronograph, but it replaces the dial and handset with pieces that more accurately capture the look and feel of the original 1973 chronograph. The result is a watch that is at once more resolutely sporty and fun than its predecessor but refrains from being different for different's sake. In spite of its playful colors, this is a serious watch; even a cursory tour on the wrist will bear this out. Tudor learned its craft at the feet of the master (that is, Rolex) ,and it shows in the meticulous finishing of the case, the precise action of the chronograph pushers and the smooth operation of the crown. With screw-down crowns and a water-resistance rating of 150 meters, the Heritage Chronograph Blue is ready for whatever you can dish out. This is a watch that begs to be worn, and that's exactly what we plan on doing with it.
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
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Jeremy BergerBen Bowers