A watch that left-handers will love
Timepieces designed for left-handed people are a rarity among high-end watchmakers. That may explain why Tudor, sensing a missed opportunity, staged a glitzy event in Manhattan to introduce the Pelagos LHD (which stands for Left Hand Drive), an update to the brand’s signature diver’s watch featuring a crown positioned on the left side of the case.
Citing its history producing customized “lefty” watches for the French Navy, the brand is capitalising on the industry’s long-time neglect of southpaws — and giving those once “left" behind plenty to cheer about.
How It Looks: Encased in a 42mm titanium-and-steel case with a satin finish, the Pelagos LHD is so stealthy looking that, at first glance, most passersby probably won’t notice the unconventional placement of its winding stem. The black dial provides a stark backdrop to the distinctive calendar disk, which has been dubbed “roulette” by collectors: the even numbers of the calendar are displayed in red, while the odd are displayed in black. A beige luminescent coating on the titanium unidirectional rotating bezel matches the markings on the dial. The name “Pelagos” appears in red at 6 o’clock.
How It Works: A specially modified version of Tudor’s in-house MT5612 movement powers the LHD timepiece. Boasting a 70-hour power reserve, it has been certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
How to Get It: At $US4,400 (or about $A6070), the Pelagos LHD is priced the same as the previous version of Pelagos. The model comes on a titanium bracelet and includes a bonus rubber strap with extension. The back of each piece is engraved with a unique production number in large Arabic numerals, marking the first time Tudor has created a numbered series. (tudorwatch.com)