The Tudor Fastrider Chrono is the brand’s latest supplement to the motor racing genre. With its highly successful heritage collection and increasingly popular Pelagos line up, we were excited to get a hands on with the Fastrider.
Of late, Tudor has become a really colourful brand. Quite literally. Beginning with the Black Bay and Chrono Bleu ‘Monte-carlo’, Tudor creates a new image for itself; a future minded brand with a keen eye on its heritage. As previously mentioned in our critique article on homages, we find that Tudor is breaking out of it’s ‘Poor man’s Rolex image’ and crafting a new identity of its own. With this Fastrider line, the watches remind us once more that the brand is reinventing itself. However, we have heard some critics moan the seemingly gimmicky approach of trendy looking watches. So what do we think of the Fastrider Chrono?
Review: Tudor Fastrider Chrono
Waterproof to 150 metres, the 316L stainless steel case of the new TUDOR Fastrider chronograph is made to parallel the sportiness of the Ducati Scrambler. The 42 mm Monobloc middle case is fit with a screw-down case back and winding crown with a brushed finish on the exterior. The entire matte finish is further accentuated with the contrast between the matte black ceramic bezel and pvd treated pushers and crown. The overall feel of the watch is comfortable on the wrist, with sufficient heft without being overwhelming. The watch comes with a rubber or leather strap, of which we prefer the leather, which gives the watch a more classy look.
The Fastrider Chrono uses a 7753 self-winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of approximately 46 hours. Its functions include centre hour, minute and seconds hands; small seconds at 9 o’clock, 30-minute totaliser at 3 o’clock and 12-hour totaliser at 6 o’clock. It also houses a calendar function with a date display at 4.30. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph. There is nothing particularly fancy about the movement, of course considering the price range and closed case back, the movement is constructed with function rather than form in mind.
Tudor’s designers wanted to capture the Ducati Scrambler’s DNA with the Fastrider; which of course was most effectively achieved with the dial colours. Three dials were designed to reflect the various Ducati Scrambler versions: bright yellow, the model’s historic colour, olive green for a powerful urban look and red for a retro-chic effect. For some of us at Deployant, our attention was first captured by the exotic dial colours. Hard to divorce the relation, we were reminded of Rolex’s exotic dial Daytonas, especially the tricolour, or contrasting subdial models. There is a good element of differentiation however in the story concept, Tudor being one of the few brands to partner with a much neglected motorcycle category while most other brands have stuck with automobiles.
Our overall impression of the Fastrider Chrono is a good one. Given its price at CHF3900, we thought the Fastrider is a fun watch to collect. It may be good for a weekend trip or a ride out to sea or even a gym watch. Some of our readers who love motorbikes may even consider having it as a riding watch. Then of course, this watch is more a fun watch for a young man or an older guy who is young at heart. Purists who love serious watches may have to look the other way.