We were just recently marveled by all the new timepieces that debuted at SIHH, but time never stops. And it would be especially worrying if it stopped, when the passion being discussed is that of horology. So, now only two months away from the next luxury fair, which will be BaselWorld. Here is a peak at two new editions Omega has unveiled for this upcoming watch celebration.
First off let’s focus on the new “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m”, which at first glance seems to not have any major changes going on. It bears the same case style, hands, dial and even the diving capacity remains the same. But, Omega has tampered with the case size, added a new movement and some new materials.
The 39,5mm case is made of 18k Sedna gold with a brown ceramic ring. This watch features a polished brown ceramic ring with an Omega Ceragold diving scale and a screw-in crown with helium escape valve. It’s covered by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The backside reveals the movement thru a crystal, as well as a, screw-in caseback engraved with “Planet Ocean” and “600m/2000ft” on it.
The chocolatey looking dial is polished brown ceramic with 18k Sedna gold applied index markers, covered by white SuperLumiNova that emits a blue glow. The hour and seconds hands on this Seamaster follow the same theme of being 18k Sedna gold with a blueish glow in the dark, while the minute hand radiates a greenish emission, for enhanced and distinguished legibility. Also features a date aperture at the the 3 o’clock position.
This “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m” is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8801, with 35 jewels. The power reserve on this watch can last up to 55 hours and it is METAS certified. Mounted to the timepiece is a brown leather strap with rubber lining and an 18k Sedna gold clasp. This watch has been issued as a ladies model, but many see it more as a unisex.
The second model announced for Basel World is the “Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer”. This watch is famously known for having been worn on the moon. So, what better complication to add to it other than a Moonphase! This had actually been done before, but this time Omega has change the caliber movement, rendering this timepiece a METAS certified, Master Chronometer.
The 44mm case is made of stainless-steel with a mixture of polished and brushed finish. There is also a blue ceramic ring that combines very well with the overall dial color on this watch. The polished ceramic bezel ring features a tachymeter scale, with a shiny liquidmetal finish. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has anti-reflective treatment on both sides. While the exhibition caseback is beveled and reveals the movement.
But, no doubt that much of this watches allure resides on its stunning blue sun-brushed dial, with polished rhodium-plated index markers. Featuring three sub-dials: a 12 hour counter at the 3 o’clock position, the date at the 9 o’clock position and the Moonphase over the 6 o’clock position. There are some red accents for enhanced legibility and overall aesthetics. These marks appear on the tip of the seconds hand, the date hand and the term “Speedmaster” which appears under the 12 o’clock position and the white colored Omega logo. Also worth mentioning is the “Moon image” on the Moonphase which was based on a high-resolution NASA photograph that Omega states contains an astronaut’s footprint, after taking a closer look.
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer
This “Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph Master Chronometer” is powered by the self-winding in-house movement, caliber 9904, with 54 jewels and 368 parts. The power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours and it is METAS certified. Mounted to the timepiece is a blue leather strap with a mixture of brushed and polished stainless-steel folding clasp.
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