Tudor has announced a new chronograph model at Baselworld and it is called the Fastrider Black Shield. This new model expands the Fastrider line and features a matte black ceramic case and is part of the continuing relationship between Tudor and the motorcycle brand Ducati. With a brash red-on-matte-black style, the handsome Fastrider Black Shield certainly looks like a fitting companion for any modern Ducati sport bike.
The Fastrider Black Shield measures 42mm wide and its case is made from nearly scratch-proof injected ceramic. The case is a monobloc, meaning it is made from a single piece and not a series of pieces mounted to a sub-frame, this allows for the entire case structure to be fashioned in ceramic. Tudor says this technical know-how is an extension of the knowledge they developed for the ceramic bezel used on their Pelagos diver.
Update: After seeing the Black Shield in person, we can report that it's pretty great. The ceramic case is beautifully finished and carries a warmer tone than that of PVD or DLC treatments. It feels very solid and each detail is nicely finished and combines for a nicely proportioned sport watch with an excellent wrist presence. I love the red stripe above the chapter ring on the red/black models and the bronze/black model fitted with the tan alcantara strap makes for one very appealing combination that has an almost military vibe.
The Fastrider Black Shield (ref 42000) is powered by the Tudor calibre 7753, an automatic chronograph movement based on an ETA 7753, with 27 jewels and a power reserve of 46 hours. The crown and chronograph pushers are done in steel with a black PVD treatment. The Black Shield offers a total chronograph measure of twelve hours, a date display at 4:30, and is water resistant to 150 meters.
The Tudor Fastrider Black Shield will be available in either a sporty red/black or bronze/black color combination with both rubber and leather strap options available. While the bronze/black model may appear to be more gold-tone in the photos, the actual color is more earthy and carries a frosted-style finish. I don't think there is a wrong choice between the two color options and the new case construction looks awesome. You have to appreciate the way that Tudor uses color and can blend the subtle matte finishing with a brash red or bronze accent. The Tudor Fastrider Black Ceramic has a retail price of 4700 CHF and will be available in time for Tudor's return to the US market this coming September.