The Rugby World Cup 2019 started yesterday and spans until Saturday November 2, 2019. This year, the ninth Rugby World Cup event takes place in Japan (the first time the event is being held in Asia). There as the Official Timekeeper is Swiss watch brand Tudor. The brand will have timing clocks and scoreboards in high visibility during the event.
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In addition to its Official Timekeeper role of the Ruby World Cup 2019, Tudor has had the entire New Zealand All Blacks team as brand ambassadors for the past two years. The brand even has the team’s star player, Beauden Barrett – who was elected the world’s best rugby player in 2016 and 2017 — as an individual brand ambassador. The team won Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015 and is defending its title for a third victory.
Now, to honor its relationship with the New Zealand All Blacks, Tudor unveils a limited Edition Black Bay Chrono Dark watch that is an all black chronograph to match the New Zealand team’s All Blacks’ jersey. The 41mm watch has a satin-brushed Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) treatment in black matte finish for the case, caseback and link bracelet. It is equipped with an anodized aluminium bezel with tachymeter scale for measuring speed and distance. It also offers date indication, domed sapphire crystal and 45-minute chronograph counters with small seconds at 9:00. Water resistant to 200 meters, the timepiece is designed – like all Tudor watches – as an all-around sports watch.
It is powered by the Manufacture chronograph caliber MT5813 that is equipped with a precision column wheel and vertical clutch mechanism. The movement is based on Breitling’s Caliber 01, with regulator developed by Tudor and all of the finishing done in house by Tudor. The movement is a COSC-certified chronometer, attesting to its having passed a host of stringent precision tests.
The $5,925 watch is being produced in a limited edition of 1,181 pieces (the number of players that have been on New Zealand’s rugby team since its found in 1903. The production number can grow as new players join the team in the coming years. All of the watches are available for sale except the number 1115 that belongs to Barrett.
In addition to this watch, Tudor unveiled a stainless steel Tudor Black Bay Chrono timepiece two years ago that the referees wear throughout the games. That piece is not a limited edition watch and retails for $5,100.