High precision chronographs have always been linked to the world of motorsport. An industry-savy Jack W. Heuer was one of the first to recognise this and by offering his company's services as official timekeeper at various motorsport events and forming fruitful relationships with some of the most prestigious motorsport teams and drivers perhaps ensured the viability of his brand. In recent years the watch industry have responded to the demand for vintage-inspired sports chronographs, particularly those with motorsport themes with a growing collection of re-releases so to "get the look" no longer requires auction hunting unless, of course, rarity is required.
The Tudor Heritage Chrono is a new release which pays tribute to the 1970's Tudor Chronograph Oysterdate. The satin and polished steel case, at 42mm is slightly larger than the original and the bidirectional rotatable bezel, milled crown and pushpieces and the 3D applique hour markers add to the overall robust styling. Flashes of orange against the black and grey combination dial are particularly appealing especially when complimented by the orange and black fabric strap, although a stainless steel bracelet version is also available. The piece is powered by the Valjoux 7734 self-winding movement and is water resistant to 150 metres.
The Tudor Heritage Chrono is the most recent addition to a new portfolio of watches which has relaunced the brand and widened its appeal to a new client base...... and the motorsport connection? In 2009 Tudor became "Timing Partner" of Porsche Motorsport with engagements in the Porsche international one-make cups.