Omega extends its Aqua Terra series with two new men’s (41.5mm) and two new ladies’ (34mm and 38.5mm) models this year. The Aqua Terra is distinguished by its lacquered black or blue dial features with the “Teak Concept” vertical lines. Available July 2014.
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
How the Omega Master Co-Axial works…
You may have noticed in my features on the 2014 Omega collection that the calibers this year are not quite as they have been in the past. Of course you all know about Omega’s “co-axial” technology, so what is new this year? The Master Co-Axial. As anticipated when it announced its caliber 8508 a year ago, Omega’s new breakthrough anti-magnetic technology was not a one-off development — Omega was planning to bring the technology into ALL of Omega’s new calibers. 2014 marks the beginning of this, hence the name and dial notation “Master Co-Axial”.
What Does Omega Master Co-Axial Mean?
The OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres are distinguished from their predecessors by their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. The first important step toward creating an antimagnetic movement began in 2008 with the launch of the Si14 silicon balance spring. The staffs and pivots in these upgraded calibres are made of Nivagauss™; the steel plates found in the Co-Axial movement have been replaced with non-magnetic plates; and the spring of the shock absorber has been crafted from an anamorphous material.
The introduction of this new class of calibres , which differ from their predecessors in their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, marks a dramatic step forward in terms of robustness and reliability of OMEGA’s flagship mechanical movement, both in men’s and women’s watches.
OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart said, “Our Master Co-Axial mechanical movements have set a new quality standard for the brand and for the industry. In the years to come, the anti-magnetic technology will be a part of every one of our exclusive, proprietary calibres. With these movements, the magnetic fields that can compromise the performance of every watch are no longer an issue.”
So how will the watch consumer perceive and value this technology that is henceforth standard in Omega movements? Well, that remains to be seen. One thing is for sure — Omega has invested a hefty sum in this innovation, and you will be hearing a LOT more about it in years to come.
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
Baselworld 2014…First look…
A radical reissue of an old tradition, the Girard-Perregaux Neo-Tourbillon with Three Bridges ushers in a new, avant-garde design code for the Tourbillon with Three Golden Bridges which was first created nearly 150 years ago. The depth and dimensionality of the dial, the contemporary aesthetic, the beautiful shapes and lines — this is one amazing watch!! This is undoubtedly one of the big highlights of Baselworld 2014. I’ll break it all down, below.
The Tudor Ranger is the brand’s new entry level piece. It is part of the brand’s “Heritage” collection which means it is a reissue of a watch from Tudor’s past — in this case, the Ranger from 1957. Though the 41mm steel cased Ranger is a sober, “plain Jane” kind of watch that some of you watch guys might knock it for, it does have some cool strap options to jazz it up a bit. The watch has a quality, though common, ETA 2824 automatic mechanical movement in it. It will list at $2,700 on a strap and $2,800 on a bracelet, making it squarely aimed at the entry level watch guy who could one day become a repeat Tudor buyer, or even better, upgrade to a Rolex buyer.
Inspired by the original 1955 model, the new Trésor is a classicaly styled timepiece and a welcome addition to Omega’s De Ville collection. Offered in 18K Sedna gold, 18K yellow gold or 18K white gold — all 40mm case size — the De Ville Trésor has a beautiful a silvery opaline dial with a vintage “clous de Paris” pattern. Polished 18K gold hour, minute and seconds hands are complemented by the date window at 6 o’clock. Powered by the Omega Master Co-Axial calibre 8511. Not only does it feature a Si14 silicon balance spring and co-axial escapement it can also resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.
The Omega De Ville Trésor will be offered in both rose and white gold at a price of 11,500 CHF.
As an aside — you may have noticed this year that all of Omega’s new calibers are now utilizing its 15000 gauss antimagnetic technology that debuted last year. If you are curious what Omega “Master Co-Axial” means, be sure to read my explanation of this important development and breakthrough Omega technology, here>>>
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure.
by Kyle Stults on March 26, 2014
Premiered in 2006, the Annual Calendar Chronograph in platinum — Ref 5960P — was the first automatic chronograph from Patek Philippe. The 5960P was followed by 5960R (rose gold) models in a few dial variations. With the launch of the Reference 5960/1A, one of the very few Patek Philippe timepieces in steel outside its sports watch collections, the prior references have all been discontinued as Patek agains evolves this annual calendar chronograph. The layout of the chronograph subdial is new, and I would say improved, though mechanically the caliber is unchanged.
by Kyle Stults on March 26, 2014
Another hot launch from Rolex this year — a GMT-Master II with Cerachrom “Pepsi” bezel, in white gold case. After last year’s GMT “Black and Blue” (Ref 116760), this watch was wisely anticipated by many Rolex aficionados. Though the white gold case is somewhat of a surprise, this watch, like the GMT Black and Blue, will be another huge hit. The red and blue ceramic (Rolex trademarked their “Cerachrom”) bezel on this watch looks amazing — the bezel numerals are engraved and given a fine coating of platinum to enhance readability. The case stays at 40mm, with white gold Oyster bracelet with polished center links; same also is the Rolex Cal 3186.
First look quick look…
***UPDATE: See our “closer look” at the Tudor Black Bay blue, with extensive photo gallery, here>>>
Not to be outdone by its bigger brother Rolex, Tudor also has a strong lineup this year, including this new Heritage Black Bay with blue bezel. It comes on a dark blue aged-leather strap for $3,100 or a polished steel bracelet for $3,425. Both versions come with a fabric strap as well. And don’t overlook the white “snowflake” hands which look very nice inside the blue bezel.
With this our official coverage of Baselworld 2014 beings: Rolex has just unveiled the Sea-Dweller 4000, featuring a 40 mm case, black ceramic bezel, helium escape valve and depth rating of 4000 feet (1220m). The bracelet is also upgraded with Rolex’s Glidelock & Fliplock clasp features on the bracelet. The caliber is the Rolex 3135.
This is certainly an intriguing release — a “reissue” of sorts. The Sea-Dweller first debuted in 1967 and was discontinued in 2008, which I suppose makes the new 116600 one that purists might love.
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