Hi-tech ceramics have come a long way since the early 1960s when Rado first decided to explore alternatives to metals and present its tungsten-carbide DiaStar. Today most luxury brands confidently feature futuristic robust ceramics in their watch cases and bezels, which benefit from its scratch proof, anti-wear, and anti-magnetic properties. With everyday practicality in mind, there are even more ceramic watches in the line-up in 2021.
While the new Tudor Black Bay Ceramic may take its lead from the Tudor Black Bay Ceramic One ref M7921, which fetched the equivalent of about R5.3m at the 2019 Only Watch charity auction in Geneva, Tudor is no stranger to the hi-tech material. Tudor broke with tradition in 2013 to show off its technical abilities through a rather fashionable, matte-black ceramic Fastrider Black Shield. This contemporary chronograph was inspired by the world of motorcycle racing but has sadly disappeared from the catalogue.
The same goes for the 70s-inspired, Explorer-esque North Flag with its ceramic outer bezel and featuring the first in-house movement, the calibre MT-5621 when launched in 2015. Big brother Rolex was the first to bring a ceramic bezel to market in 2005 on the gold version of the updated GMT-Master II.