Where watches are concerned, Canada is often the last to get the good stuff. But that may be changing: On Thursday, November 19th, Toronto’s Yorkdale mall became the site of the first monobrand Tudor boutique in North America, putting the latest Tudor watches within easy reach of millions of Canadian watch fans – ourselves very much included.
The result of a partnership between Raffi Jewellers and the Swiss watchmaker, the new boutique doesn’t just offer a showcase for Tudor’s newest watches, it also serves as an immersive brand experience. This is evident in everything from images of Tudor #BornToDare ambassadors like David Beckham, Jay Chou and the New Zealand All Blacks, to a decorative palette is inspired by the brand’s iconic black, red and white colour scheme.
Here’s what we’ll be on the lookout for on our next visit to Yorkdale.
From its roman numeral dial to its sleek integrated bracelet, the Tudor Royal is a true go-anywhere watch that can transition from formal to casual with aplomb. The real choice here is deciding whether to go with the 41mm case in two-tone, the 38mm case in steel, or any of the half-dozen other highly enticing options on offer.
Black Bay Chrono S&G
Tudor has been making beautiful chronographs for decades, but their latest might be one of the best they’ve ever done. Its two-tone steel and gold fabrication, the optional “bund” style leather strap, and an in-house COSC-certified movement add up to a whole lot of watch for the money. Sign us up.
Black Bay GMT
Who doesn’t love a good GMT? This one has all of the charm of the classic dual-time pilot watches from the 1960s and 1970s, with the added appeal of Tudor’s unique two-tone woven strap.
This serious diver’s watch has everything you need for a trip to the sea floor, or a night on the town. We’re particularly fans of its titanium case and bracelet, whose featherlight weight are an impressive counterpoint to its 500m water resistance. You really need to try it on to understand.
This Tudor dress watch tends to fly under the radar, but its subtlety is part of its charm. The thin case, fine hands, smooth bracelet links and no-nonsense sans-serif numerals on the dial all add up to one thing: quiet and effortless elegance.