Official watch of the Seattle Seahawks? Nah, the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition commemorates the unique relationship between OMEGA and the innovative Solar Impulse project, a project which officially began in 2003 and whose ambitious aim is to circle the globe in an airplane powered only by solar energy. This new watch follows the Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse that Omega released last year, which itself was a big step up from the Solar Impulse watch Omega introduced in 2010 in tandem with the craft’s maiden voyage. While the quartz multi-function movement and 45mm titanium case with ceramic bezel remain unchanged, the overall aesthetic of this year’s model has been greatly enhanced. The base Skywalker X-33 from last year is unremarkable in its appearance, but the 2015 Omega Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse reflects a bold color-set — and it looks really, really good.
The watch itself which has a blue bezel and green seconds hand, complemented with a bold and blue NATO-style strap with a green border.
The lightweight grade 2 titanium 45 mm case is complete with a ceramic bezel with a chromium nitride scale whose minute track scale is coated in white Super-LumiNova, as are the skeletonized black and white hour and minute hands. The central seconds hand is distinguished by its green and black color combination. he blue and green dial, with its white transferred indexes and hour markers coated with white Super-LumiNova, has a central opening allowing the wearer to read the liquid crystal display digital elements.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Solar Impulse Limited Edition is powered by the OMEGA calibre 5619, a quartz chronograph movement. The titanium caseback is stamped with the Solar Impulse “Around the World” patch and engraved with the words “TESTED AND QUALIFIED BY ESA” (the European Space Agency).
It will be produced in an edition limited to 1,924 pieces. The number honors the year that the first round-the-world flight took place; members of the United States Army Air Service flew around the world from 4 April to 28 September 1924.
More on the Solar Impulse Project, here.
OMEGA collaborated with Solar Impulse co-pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg on the concept of this innovative timepiece that combines both analogue and digital displays. It was developed to meet the needs not only of these specialists but of anyone who can appreciate its impressive variety of functions.