No doubt that the “Trilogy Collection” drew in the most interest from Omega aficionados at Baselworld 2017, but there were many more offerings. Among them are these new editions to two “Seamaster” model lines: “Planet Ocean” and “Aqua Terra”.
First off let’s get lost in all this “big blue” with a 45.5mm case made of blue ceramic, which has been a growing trend along various Omega collections, especially the “Seamaster Planet Ocean” model line. It features a transparent case back that allows to see the inner workings of the mechanical movement. This screw-in case back comes equipped with a unique Omega innovation they’ve even patented called a “Naiad Lock”, which keeps the engraved wording pleasingly in position.
Also includes a unidirectional rotating blue ceramic bezel with a diving scale composed of: white Liquidmetal® Arabic numerals; while a blend of orange rubber and ceramic highlight the first 15 minutes on the scale. It’s covered by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 600 meters (2000 feet), further assisted by a helium escape valve, found on the left side of the case near the 10 o’clock position.
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Time is exhibited on a blue dial with orange accents, white hour index markers and the Arabic numerals: 6, 9 and 12 in orange. Its broad arrow hands and hour index markers are made of 18k white gold with a white Super-LumiNova coating, for an enhanced legibility. Circling around the dial near the bezel is an orange GMT track ring. Also features a black date aperture with white numerals at the 3 o’clock position.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT Big Blue
This “Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Master Chronometer GMT Big Blue” (Ref#: 18.104.22.168.03.001) is powered by a self-winding mechanical watch, caliber 8906 with 39 jewels and 25,200 Vph. This movement is part of the new Omega “Master Co-Axial” standard, which is capable of withstanding up to 15,000 gauss and supplied with a 4-year warranty. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a blue rubber strap with exposed orange stitching and orange edges, which has been designed to give off a fabric appearance. Its underside features a wave pattern, while being secured to the wrist by a blue ceramic fold-over clasp. The strap has been treated with an anti-bacterial coating that increases hygiene and longevity.
These horology fests are always the most opportune moment to present novelty pieces to the public. But, in the midst of so many releases there will always be a few good ones, going unnoticed. Like for those more in need of a dress watch instead of a sporty option, Omega has multiple versions of their updated “Aqua Terra” model available, now equipped with a modernized look and a “Master Chronometer” movement. Here are three new propositions by Omega from their “Aqua Terra” collection, presented at Baselworld 2017.
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These “Aqua Terra” models are available in either a: 41mm case made of 18k Sedna gold and steel or just a stainless steel model. There is also a smaller 38mm version in stainless-steel with a blue dial and rhodium plated luminous hands and hour index markers. If you take a close look, one begins to notice the subtle tweaks that have altered the shape of the original case. Even the crown has been modified to a conical shape, which was inspired by the wave design seen around the exhibition sapphire crystal on the also updated case back.
Time is exhibited on a teak motif dial in either: silver-toned with black outlined luminous hands and index on the two-tone edition; while the plain steel version follows this same color-scheme but adds some orange highlights. The third version is the aforementioned blue dial on a bracelet. This “teak motif” is modeled after the decks of luxury yachts and serves as a defining feature on this timepiece. And they are a novelty since contrary to previous editions, the lines now run horizontally, instead of vertically as before.
Lots of details for previous editions have either been cut out, or moved to other spots, as a way to clear up the dial and provide a cleaner look. For example the date aperture has been moved from the 3 o’clock spot to the 6 o’clock position, just like it was on the original Seamaster form 1957. Other changes include: shifting the “water-resistance” wording from the dial to being engraved on the case back.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer
These new “Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer” (References below) are powered either by a: self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8800 which includes a quick-set and power reserve on the movement that can last up to 55 hours, when fully wound; or, a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 8900 with 39 jewels and 25,200 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. In common both these movements are equipped with METAS-certified master chronometers movements.
Mounted to the watches are a: brown leather strap, secured to the wrist by a deployment clasp on the steel version; and a black strap with exposed white stitching for the two-tone version.
While the 38mm blue dial edition has been fitted with a redesigned stainless-steel bracelet, made to fit more accurately on those with small wrists. All these timepieces should be available by July 2017.
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