That’s one way to describe Tudor’s worldwide growth in recent years. As discussed with Bani McSpedden of watch-next.com at the recent launch of the Fastrider Black Shield ‘Black’ held in Sydney by Gregory Jewellers, it really seems as though this brand, which quietly did its ‘thing’ in many markets for decades, has blossomed and developed a worldwide cult following in an remarkably short period of time since its market expansion and revitalised collections.
First released in 2013, the Fastrider Black Shield chronograph forms part of Tudor’s partnership with Ducati and its distinguishing features have been the monobloc ceramic case (made via injected ceramic) and bold use of colours such as green, red and yellow on the dial.
Inspired by Ducati’s new XDiavel this new model, in sand-blasted matte black and white, is a very different beast to its more colourful older siblings and to me, a more attractive proposition for this. It has a very different overall ‘feel’ to it and its matte/ colour scheme makes it far less likely to draw attention to the wrist, for those who prefer more subdued hues. Although it has both leather and rubber strap options, I think the contrast stitching alternative is the way to go.
The screw-down crown and pushers are PVD-treated steel and the bezel is fixed with a tachymetre scale. There is a date corrector with at 9 o’clock.
Water resistant to 150m, inside the 42mm case is the automatic 7753 chronograph movement with 46 hours power reserve.
If you’re looking for a sporty stealth-like watch from an old brand that is riding on an incredible wave of buzz at the moment then take a look at it.
The new Fastrider Black Shield Black has a RRP of $5,850.