You’ve heard of a dive watch, but what about a yacht watch? In 2021, Tudor unveiled the FXD version of its famed titanium Pelagos diver, which was made with input from the Marine Nationale’s combat swimmers. It featured a full graduated bezel, more realistic water resistance, a slimmer profile, and a heightened lug-to-lug dimension. Now, the Swiss watchmaker has taken the Pelagos FXD up another notch to celebrate its partnership with Alinghi Red Bull Racing for the America’s Cup yacht race.
Along with a new take on the time-only Pelagos FXD, Tudor has also made the very first chronograph in the lineup. While the original FXD was made in conjunction with the French Navy, the two new versions — both in the same colorway — deviate a bit from that military-focused pretense. For one, the watches swap the typical titanium cases for carbon composite ones. The time-only reference stretches 42mm across, meanwhile, the chronograph is a bit wider at 43mm.
Matching the black color on the cases, the watches’ bi-directional 60-minute bezels are still outfitted in titanium, as are the crowns and pushers (on the chronograph). As for the dials, they’re colored in a matte blue with red accents, taking after the Red Bull color scheme. Powered by the same Tudor MT5813 movement used in all of the Black Bay Chronographs, the FDX Chronograph sports a bicompax display and 70 hours of power reserve. Lasting just as long, the MT5602 movement used for the time-only watch is the same one used on previous time-only FDX models.
Held every three to four years, the America’s Cup is the oldest international competition for any sport. The last event was held in 2021 and the next will be in Barcelona in October 2024. Alinghi Red Bull Racing will head to the first of three preliminary regattas this September. Priced at $3,675 and $5,075, the two new Pelagos FXD watches are available now on Tudor’s website.