Tudor Pelagos FXD Chrono ‘Cycling Edition’: A Watch Ready to Ride

Cycling Into New Territory: Tudor’s Pelagos FXD Chrono Goes Off-Road

As the 2024 Giro d’Italia kicks into high gear, Tudor is pedaling towards new horizons with the release of the Pelagos FXD Chrono “Cycling Edition.” Gone are the days when the Pelagos were confined to the ocean’s depths – this new special edition is ready to hit the road (or the dirt trail, as the case may be) and keep pace with the world’s most elite cyclists.

A Pelagos for the Peloton

While Tudor’s Pelagos line has long been the go-to for hardcore divers, the brand is now expanding its horizons with this cycling-inspired chronograph. Gone is the traditional diving bezel, replaced by a fixed 60-minute counter tailored for tracking average cycling speeds. And with a water resistance rating of 100 meters (down from the typical 200), it’s clear that this Pelagos is more at home on terra firma than in the briny deep.

Carbon-Fiber Cycling Cred

But don’t let the lack of diving credentials fool you – this watch is no slouch for performance. The matte carbon case looks sleek and stealthy and keeps weight to a minimum, ensuring that your wrist doesn’t feel like it’s dragging an anchor on those grueling climbs.

Tachymeter for Two Wheels

One of the standout features of this “Cycling Edition” is the specialized tachymeter scale on the rehaut (that’s watchspeak for the angled inner bezel). Instead of measuring the speed of a race car, this nifty little scale is calibrated to help cyclists calculate their average speed over a given distance. Talk about taking the concept of a “sports watch” to a whole new level!

Under the Hood: A Proven Performer

Powering this two-wheeled wonder is Tudor’s tried-and-true MT5813 movement, a COSC-certified automatic chronograph based on the venerable Breitling B01. With a robust 70-hour power reserve and a maximum chronograph measure of 45 minutes, it’s more than up to the task of timing your next century ride (or, you know, just timing your commute to the office).

The Cycling Connection

But this watch isn’t just a random cycling-themed release – it’s a direct tie-in to Tudor’s sponsorship of the Giro d’Italia and their very own Tudor Pro Cycling Team. With the team making its Grand Tour debut at this year’s Giro, it only makes sense for Tudor to commemorate the occasion with a timepiece that’s as dedicated to the sport as the athletes themselves.

Key Points:

  • 43mm matte carbon case for lightweight performance
  • Fixed 60-minute bezel with cycling-specific tachymeter scale
  • Powered by the reliable MT5813 automatic chronograph movement
  • Water-resistant to 100 meters (scaling back the typical Pelagos diving credentials)
  • Team-inspired black and red color scheme
  • Priced at $5,275 and not a limited edition

The Closing Perspective

While purists might scoff at the idea of a Pelagos that’s not meant for diving, I’d argue that this “Cycling Edition” is a bold and refreshing move for Tudor. After all, what’s the point of having a legendary tool watch if you’re not willing to adapt it to new disciplines and challenges? By taking the Pelagos off the dive boat and onto the road, Tudor is showcasing the versatility of its lineup while paying homage to the grit and determination of professional cyclists. Sure, it might ruffle a few feathers in the watch snob community, but for the rest of us, it’s a reminder that true adventure knows no boundaries – and that a great watch should be ready to go wherever the road (or trail) may lead.

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