Continuing Tudor’s trend of revamping staples across the lineup for Watches and Wonders 2023, the brand has released two new colorways in the Tudor Royal — salmon and chocolate brown. The Royal line dates back to the 1950s but has remained something of an underdog in the Tudor lineup in recent years, thanks in large part to the massive popularity of the Black Bay and Pelagos lines. However, for those searching for a watch that pushes more toward classic and dressy than sporty, the Royal is the place to look in Tudor’s catalog.
The new Tudor Royals retain all the hallmark traits of the rest of the line, with their integrated five-link bracelet and notched bezel. Available in four case sizes (41, 38,, 34, and 28mm), the Tudor Royal is aimed at both men and women, with colorways that span the masculine-to-feminine spectrum. The range in sizing is something we see elsewhere in the Tudor lineup, like on the smooth-bezel Black Bay line, and it’s a trend we hope to see continue throughout the industry.
The case and bracelet on the Royal are crafted from stainless steel and feature a satin finish throughout, with either polished or yellow gold highlights, depending on the colorway. Though the bracelet is integrated, sadly, you won’t find the T-Fit clasp on the new Royals.
The new dials are the main talking point on these new Royals, coming in both salmon and brown, each with a deep sunray finish. Though a bit late to the show with the salmon dial, this is a colorway that’s still very much on-trend and is a hue that works just as well on the smaller gem-set 28mm version as it does on the larger, Roman numeral-dial 41mm version.
For the brown dials, Tudor leaned into the two-tone resurgence, adding gold to both the case/bracelet and the dial itself. Here, the applied hour markers and baton hands are all executed in yellow gold — a color combination that definitely works and gives the watch a nostalgic mid-century feel.
The new Black Bay models may have received the in-house movement treatment, but not so for the Royal line. Here, you’ll still find the T603 (41mm), T601 (38 and 34mm) or T201 (28mm) calibers based on ETA/Sellita movements with 38 hours of power reserve. The movements are chronometer-certified, so accurate timekeeping shouldn’t be an issue.
Though the Royal line falls more on the side of classy in the classy-to-sport spectrum, with its notched bezel and Roman numeral dial, Tudor has still ensured that the watches have 100m of water resistance.
In some ways, it’s a bit surprising that the Royal hasn’t seen the same popularity as other watches within the Tudor line, considering the resurgence in popularity of integrated bracelet sports watches. The Royal is likely to remain the quiet sibling within the Tudor family, yet these new colorways offer warm and nostalgic hues that are likely to appeal to plenty of people looking for an integrated bracelet watch that’s more dressy than sporty and trends away from the rugged, masculine aesthetic often found in the sports watch category.
The new Tudor Royals range from $2,790 to $2,980 in salmon and $4,180 to $4,440 in chocolate brown, with an upcharge for models with gem-set indices. To learn more about the Tudor Royal, please visit the brand’s website.