The brand new Pelagos FXD models, a chronograph and a time-only watch, inspired by yacht racing, come with cases made from carbon composite, titanium, and stainless steel. Fitted with Manufacture Calibres, the new Pelagos FXD and Pelagos FXD Chrono embody the daring spirit of both TUDOR and Alinghi Red Bull Racing.
Pushing Traditional Boundaries
TUDOR and Alinghi Red Bull Racing formed their partnership in 2022, marking the first time TUDOR ventured into the world of competitive yacht racing. In this centuries-old sport, victory comes by fusing a resolutely daring human spirit with the most cutting-edge technology. The Alinghi Red Bull Racing AC75 represents the very best in cutting-edge maritime engineering, utilizing a proprietary blend of carbon, titanium and stainless steel to give shape to a hull that leaps out of the water at speed. The new Pelagos FXD “Alinghi Red Bull Racing” watches were born out of this philosophy, by combining a high-tech carbon composite, a first for TUDOR, with titanium and stainless steel, just like on an AC75 (America’s Cup 75) hydrofoil racing yacht. It’s also the first time TUDOR has integrated a chronograph Calibre into a fixed strap-bars case.
The daring and innovative spirit of TUDOR is on full display when it comes to the two new Pelagos FXD and Pelagos FXD Chrono models. The watches are imbued with the spirit of TUDOR and Alinghi Red Bull Racing; two separate entities that share the vision of pushing traditional boundaries.
Race Ready on All Fronts
The most notable difference to the Pelagos FXD is its lightness. The case combines a high-tech carbon composite for the case and bezel insert, an extremely light and robust material, with titanium for the bezel, crown, and direct-action pushers, and 316L stainless steel for the case back and movement container. Both watches are water resistant to 200m.
Wearing the same hue of the hull of the AC75, the matte dials put legibility first and foremost. While both dials are finished in Alinghi Red Bull Racing Team Blue with a red-tipped second hand, the Chronograph model features red accents around the counters to further hint at the aesthetics of the AC75, namely the red stripes on the hull. On the 45° angled rehaut, between 10 and 2, a subtle “Alinghi Red Bull Racing” mention overarches the dial’s layout. The signature square hour-markers and “Snowflake” hands, designed back in the sixties by TUDOR to offer larger luminous surfaces and thus improve legibility, are fashioned from luminescent ceramic composite for optimal legibility in challenging conditions.
Both models come with a bidirectional 120-notch rotatable bezel that utilizes Swiss Super-LumiNova® Grade X1, a luminous material showing a performance increase of up to 60% after two hours compared to standard grades. These bezels are graduated from 60 to 0, allowing for easy tracking of countdowns, a key moment before the start of a regatta.
Two Manufacture Calibres
Powering the watches are two TUDOR Manufacture Calibres. For the Pelagos FXD Chrono, the MT5813 movement displays the time in hours, minutes and seconds, with chronograph and date functions. The time-only Pelagos FXD retains the heritage of the original FXD, containing the in-house MT5602 movement. Both movements are certified by COSC within a tolerance range of -2/+4 seconds per day, and boast a “weekend-proof” power reserve of 70 hours. The Alinghi Red Bull Racing logo is engraved on the case back, as a final stamp of the collaboration.
Both Pelagos FXD in the Alinghi Red Bull Racing editions come with a 22 mm “Team Blue” jacquard-woven ribbon with red accents. The titanium “D” buckle with a self-gripping fastening system easily adapts to different wrist sizes to ensure maximum comfort while remaining secure on the wrist. The technical strap construction developed by TUDOR and Julien Faure is woven in France, on 19th century looms, in a nod to tradition.
Two watches that embody the daring and innovative spirit of TUDOR and Alinghi Red Bull Racing, sharing in the vision of pushing traditional boundaries. Which one will you pick?
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